38 of 46 people found the following review helpful
Works pretty well but more expensive than my usual detergent,
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This review is from: Charlie's Soap - Eco Friendly Laundry Powder - 2.64 lbs - 100 loads (Health and Beauty)
I came across this detergent on Amazon when looking for more natural products to clean clothes. I've been using it for a little over a week now and have had a chance to see what it can do. I like the fact that it's unscented, hypoallergenic and doesn't leave a residue. I also like that it leaves my clothes soft without having to use a fabric softener and that it's made from biodegradable coconut-based detergents and high-grade, completely soluble, Green River washing soda. How does it do on cleaning my clothes? It does a decent job. It doesn't get out every set stain completely, but it does as good a job as Arm and Hammer unscented detergent. I did a trial run on a piece of cotton fabric (actually it was an old pair of white cotton underwear that were ready to be tossed anyway) and put some soy sauce, a smashed blueberry, butter, wet clay soil and some Oil of Olay face make-up on the fabric. I put them in the microwave for 1 minute to try and set the stains. Then I washed it with some dishtowels and other white things.
After washing in a front load Asko washing machine that has a lot of rinse cycles using a level tablespoon of detergent it got the butter, the clay soil and the soy sauce out completely. I could see the blueberry stain very faintly. It didn't touch the Oil of Olay foundation make-up. But then, my regular detergent didn't get that out either. (Good all day make-up, huh?) I would say it didn't do any better or worse than my old Arm & Hammer. I didn't pre-treat before washing. But the clothes felt quite a bit softer than the Arm & Hammer, even my jeans which are usually pretty stiff right out of the washer. I normally add an oxygen based bleach with any clothes that are heavily soiled or have stains. It worked well with the addition of that and got out all the stains.
Now for the value. The prices on Amazon change a little from day to day, but the day I bought it I paid .143 cents per load, based on getting 80 loads as advertised. I checked a Consumer Reports magazine for the price per load of my Arm & Hammer. It was 9 cents per load according to them although the amount of detergent you use is more. So it costs about .053 per load more than my old detergent. That's over 37 percent more expensive. If you use a product like Tide, it could be as much as 23 cents per load so Charlie's would have the price advantage there.
So will I continue to use Charlie's Soap? I probably will because of two factors: it leaves my clothes softer and it's a smaller package that's easier to store. I also kind of like dealing with a family owned company (at least as far as I can tell it's still family owned). The other thing is that I love the packaging. The little cloth bag is way cool!