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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
TOP 500 REVIEWERon October 27, 2010
I used this product for several months in the past until we used it up.

PROS:

Like many laundry detergents that try to be a little better for the environment, the cleaning is not as robust, but it was okay. All the kids clothes cleaned well enough.

They changed the mixture since getting a bad review on Consumer Reports for cleaning potential. I only have experience with it after the change, picked it up at Home Depot.

CONS:

When I used this stuff, for serious cleaning jobs I kept one of the top 5 detergents recommended by Consumer Reports ready on the side.

The pump in theory is a great idea for those with front loading washers, although it probably doesn't matter that much to those with top loading washers. In practice they bungled the manufacture of the pump. The pump is pretty wobbly. I'd say 5-10% of the time I get the stuff on the outside of the bottle or my hand, some of the time I hit the edge of the washer opening. I've gone through a few of these bottles and they all seem to have the issue.

I've noticed the Martha Stewart dishwashing liquid bottles get filled up to greatly varying levels and the darkness of the colors of the liquid vary a great deal among the bottles, all of which demonstrate the likelihood of some kind of quality control issue .. perhaps it is the same for the laundry detergent, too? When lined up on the Home Depot shelf one can see the differences in level and color from one dishwashing liquid bottle to the other.

The comments on this site about it smelling bad, we simply don't have that issue, not sure what to say there. I'm tempted to suggest it's a competitor's marketing team smelling blood in the water but who knows maybe it is another result of a quality control issue. Perhaps it was the old mix.

Brand protection is everything for these folks probably and I'm guessing Martha Stewart had little or nothing to do with this product's final form, because if she had, the pump would work flawlessly, the shade of amber and proportions would all be the same, and I suspect the cleaning power would be better :).

SUMMARY:

If you are in the market for the more environmentally friendly liquid detergents, try Seventh Generation at least as a starting point, when we were testing them we stopped on that one and have been using it ever since.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on September 10, 2010
I just love this detergent. I was shocked when I read CR review of it. This detergent does clean, what it doesn't do is leave a bunch of chemicals and a fragrance. It is that fragrance that most people associate with clean clothes, but it's merely chemicals sticking to them! This detergent cleans great, and the pump dispenser is awesome! This detergent is great for my family, since we all have sensitive skin and don't like fragrance!
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on January 13, 2010
I am always trying to find fragrance-free detergent and this is great. I love that it has the squirt top, so the detergent goes into my HE washer without spilling. My clothes smell good and I love knowing I'm not washing a bunch of chemicals into my son's clothing!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on July 17, 2011
After being diagnosed with perioral dermatitis, I made the change to all sulfate free products.
I did read the reviews, smelled the product prior to purchase (ICK, it really does smelly fishy)
and decided to try it.
This product produces clean laundry and with the martha stewart fabric softener, has zero smell.
Static is not a major problem either. Once my bottle of fabric softener runs out, I will try the white vingear
(which I have read about to substitute as a fabric softener).
I will continue to use this product along WITH something to neturalize any odors.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on May 27, 2012
I love this detergent. I have tried so many eco friendly laundry detergents trying to find one that works well, and, at the same time, is within our budget. We have had this detergent for over four months, and we are still not through it all which has made it very economical. I was a skeptic at first when I got it home, and it did have a slight weird "fishy" smell to it when you pump it into your washer, but the smell goes away, and you have very clean clothes. I have never smelled the "fishy" smell on our clothes after taking them out of the washer, so I live with smelling it when I pump it in. It cleans the clothes well, and I don't even use laundry softener, and they still come out pretty soft.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on May 24, 2011
When I first used the detergent I was happy with it. My children have skin sensitivities and this detergent didn't seem to cause any problems. It did a fine job with my laundry.
I stopped using it for a couple of weeks and went back to my older detergent. I wanted to see if I noticed a difference since it is pricier than my regular detergent.
It smelled so bad when I pumped out some detergent. Like other reviewers posted it smells really fishy. I smelled my laundry after it washed and I didn't smell it on the clothes. There was no smell. I use white vinegar instead of regular fabric softener so if there was still a fishy smell it would have been noticeable. So if you can get past the smell it shouldn't be a problem.
Pumping directly into the washer was messy so I started using the cup that came with my regular detergent. I just pump what I need into the cup and add it to my wash. I am almost done with this detergent and I don't think I will buy it again because of the smell.

Update:
My husband complained about his shirts having a musty scent every time I used this detergent.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 22, 2011
Just got our first load out of the laundry after using the laundry detergent and softner together and the clothes smell really fresh and clean as well as being amazingly soft. I typically use tide for HE machines and have found that to be great at keeping clothes bright. The load I took out of the machine of colors was bright and dirt free. Love the products!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on September 21, 2010
I wnted green but I needed clean. This detergent is the best. It does an amazing job cleaning and leaves the clothes with a fresh smell not a perfumed smell. It is gentle on the clothes so I use it for my delicate items too. Of course it is safe for the environment so it is a win win!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on July 26, 2011
This must have a short shelf life. The first time I used it I didn't notice the smell, but it got worse and worse over a few weeks. I hate it, it smells like urine, but then when I read other fishy reviews, I thought, yes, I can see that too. Gross. i am so cheap though, so I won't throw a huge container like that out. I simply use that for really dirty items (kid-dirty-foodstains), needing two cycles... I use it first and then do my second washing with another detergent. Oh, and I used it on the kids outdoor toys in a bucket of water with a rag, thinking it would deter other wild animals from the sandbox area, lol.
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on April 11, 2015
MS Laundry Detergent really does have a lack of dangerous chemicals in it. So, you can use it with impunity.
I use this website to find out what is in my cleaning products: http://www.ewg.org/guides/cleaners/3073-MarthaStewartCleanLaundryDetergent
A very important idea since you LIVE in your clothes and BREATHE VERY DEEPLY and unguarded when you sleep. Not to mention when you exercise and work.
Please pay attention to the chemicals in your life. McDonalds Fries now have a whopping 127 artificial additive chemicals in them!
Let's do what we can.
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