I have been trying out different laundry detergents, but I have yet to find a natural pre-spray stain remover. I have used Charlie’s Soap in the past, but never knew that they had a pre-spray! I was sent their pre-spray and some samples of their laundry powder to review.
Charlie’s Soap was started in 1976 by Charlie Sutherland who created it to clean the oils that a large textile yarn company created, where he was employed. Through the years Charlie’s Soap was reformulated and in 1992 the company became what it is today.
What is Charlie’s Soap?
Charlie’s Soap has been tested for non-toxicity (at Duke University) and biodegradability (at Japan Food Research Labs) and effectiveness (at SGS US Testing Labs). The formula is unique a secret recipe! The detergent parts of all their products come from a coconut oil base and a unique blend of biodegradable surfactants. They also contain pure, highest grade, completely soluble, Green River, WY soda ash (washing soda). The Indoor/Outdoor and Kitchen & Bath cleaners contain water and the same ingredients listed before, and a small amount of biodegradable solvent. The Duke University Department of Environmental Medicine says the solvent is safe to be used in children’s crafts for cleaning paint brushes, so it’s pretty safe! The Laundry Liquid is similar to the cleaners, but contains no solvent and more of the detergent blend; this makes it thicker than the cleaners and better for laundry use. The Laundry Powder is similar to the Laundry Liquid, but contains more of the soda ash and no water. It also contains some sodium silicate to help with grease stains and help keep the powder dry in wet environments.
Charlie’s Biodegradable Laundry Pre-Spray
You can apply the pre-spray as soon as you see the stain. Rub the spray into the stain and let is sit for about 30 minutes. The spray was designed to gently remove stains, so feel free to let the spray sit for a while. The Laundry Pre-Spray will separate the stain from the fabric. The treated area will look like the stain is spreading and that means that it will come out in the wash! Just re-wet the stain with pre-spray just before you throw it in the wash. Repeat if necessary. The Laundry Pre-Spray should not damage any fabric, but if you are concerned test it out in a small area.
Charlie’s Biodegradable Natural Laundry Powder
Charlie’s Soap Laundry Powder is a clear and scent-free powder that cleans thoroughly, rinses completely, and leaves nothing behind. You only need 1 tablespoon per large load and the powder is safe to use in standard and HE machines. You don’t need to add softeners to the wash. The laundry powder is non-toxic and biodegradable. This powder can be used on all fabrics and contains no clays, dyes, phosphates, ultraviolet brighteners or perfumes.
If you have hard water, you can use their Biodegradable Laundry Booster & Hard Water Treatment. It uses a biodegradable phosphate that leaves no residue on your clothes while softening your wash water. It’s nice that we can treat the water without using chemicals. This works best when used with the Charlie’s laundry powder or liquid.
As you can see, just one tablespoon creates enough bubbles to clean any load!
I used the Pre-Spray on my kids clothes. It got some stains out immediately, but a couple of stubborn stains took longer to get out. I think next time I will let the spray sit on the clothes longer before washing them. I have used both the powder detergent and laundry booster / hard water treatment before and have had great experiences with them. We have really hard water where we live, so it is nice to find a hard water treatment that is natural and effective. I have used Charlie’s mostly on my kids clothes, which are the dirtiest clothes in my house, so I know that this detergent works and that this company knows what they are doing. I like using their detergent because it is safe for my family and safe for the earth. I would love to try out their other products as well.
Charlie’s Soap is sponsoring a Made in the USA prize pack! This pack includes an 80 Load Laundry Powder and a Laundry Pre-Spray and is valued at $27! The giveaway will go live on July 4th and end on the 13th! Please come back on the 4th to enter to win this #USAMade package along with other USA made prize packs.
Interested in getting an early entry? Visit Charlie’s Soap and tell me something you learned or another product you would like to try in a comment below.
Thank you to Charlie’s Soap for providing the products mentioned in this post for review. Although I received these products at no charge, all opinions expressed in this post are my own.