Made here in Ontario, Laundry Tarts All-Natural Laundry Detergent is cloth diaper-friendly, free of the usual nasties, keeps your whites gleaming and comes in a delicious variety of scents. I was sent a package of Oatmeal Almond detergent, courtesy of The Laundry Tarts, and right away was pulled in by the yummy scent -- a subtle fragrance reminding me of almond cookies. I was also pulled in by the simple, eco-friendly packaging (a brown bag, folks!) and the tongue-in-cheek humour on the labeling. The ingredients list is clear and easy to read. I recognize all the items and use about half of them in my cooking! The list on the Oatmeal Almond is 7 ingredients -- a few more than my usual detergent, but a much shorter list than the usual grocery store detergent. This is important to me, and is something I recommend to people buying detergent to use with cloth diapers: look for a short list, and understand whatthe ingredients are -- if you can't pronounce it, don't use it!
I love the ethics behind this brand. These two ladies really get it -- from their background in natural health and healing, to their "100 mile" rule in the creation of their detergent! They are great communicators, available on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and a click away by email, and are very enthusiastic about their product.
To be honest, I'm enthusiastic about it, too! It works great on my diapers -- getting them whiter and doing better stain management that my other detergents -- and it also conquers the dirty "boy" laundry my older boys produce on a daily basis. I find I need to use two full tablespoons with my diapers in my front-loading washing machine, and I use the same with my regular laundry (as I am using less water and fewer rinses for clothes than with diapers). For set-in stains, add a little water to some detergent to make a paste and apply it to the stained area -- I found this worked better for stain removal than my usual store brand stain stick, and on par with the BunchaFarmers (by which I swear!).
I even tried the stain paste method on my old enameled farm sink in the kitchen, but I neglected to use a base white for comparison so the difference didn't show up well on camera. It didn't remove all of the stain (sandblasting might ;) ), but it knocked out a lot of it -- pretty cool for something meant for washing clothes, IMO!
The scent seems like a cloth diaper no-no, but I prefer it -- with a front-loading HE machine, it is very easy to not run enough rinses to get out all the detergent. The light scent in this detergent is my early-warning system, letting me know that it hasn't all been rinsed free -- if I open the washer and smell cookies, I need to run another rinse! When there is no longer a scent, the diapers are clean and free of lingering detergent residue.
My only gripes about the detergent (small ones, I promise!) are:
- I need to do an extra step for best results with my HE front-loading machine. The detergent dissolves best if soaked in a small amount of warm waterbefore being added to the machine.
- I experienced build-up issues on one of my cloth diapers. The new bumGenius 4.0 uses a different fleece inside and, for whatever reason, the detergent doesn't seem to rinse completely free from the gathers around the leg elastic. I use more than 15 different types of diapers, however, and this was the *only* one I had trouble with. For what it's worth, I didn't like the new bumGenius 4.0 fleece before having this problem, so I'm not that bothered by it. ;) I'd rather ditch that diaper and keep the detergent, if need be!
I give this product two thumbs up! :)
*I received free product in exchange for this product review.