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This is hands down, the best laundry soap I have ever used. I sspent the better part of a year trying to figure out why my clothes had started to smell bad. This included purchasing a new washer which worked great, but at some point I noticed that faint musty smell coming back. I have finally found the culprit. Liquid laundry detergent. There are numerous articles out there about the use of fats or other products in liquid detergent that cause it to build up both in your machine and on your clothes. Google "how to clean the drum in my washer" and find the disgusting results. This build up ruined my washer and left deposits in my clothes that trapped stinky mold. And this happened using less than the recommended amount per load on the advice of my appliance repair business family. This problem is so bad, there is a setting on my new washer called "Affresh" which is a product that cleans all of the garbage left by liquid detergents. The manufacturer of the washer recommends running the cycle with the Affresh tablet once per month. Spolier alert, it doesn't work all that well. The stink is still trapped in your clothing by the gooey liquid laundry detergent even with a clean washer.After this revelation, I tried other powders and finally found this to be the best. I have been using this soap now for about 6 weeks and my clothes have never been cleaner. They smell clean. They feel clean. Even my old t-shirts that I loved that I thought I would have to throw out, now smell clean again. They took a few washings to get the gunk out, but it eventually worked. Also, I am alergic to perfumes and pretty much everything. I've had no problems with this soap at all. No rashes, no itching.There are a couple of issues brought up in the comments that I was concerned about before purchasing this soap. The first was the person who said this clogged their pipes. Each load takes 3/4 of a tablespoon. That is truly all you need. Judging from the pictures posted it is clear to me that more was used as the soap is not dissolved. More soap is not better. Follow the directions. Which leads to the second issue. The pictures showing how the soap "bleached " their black shirts. This happened to me once as well. When I didn't follow the directions. I have a high efficiency top loader and the directions for use clearly indicate that the soap should be placed at the bottom of the machine underneath the clothes. This is so the soap has a chance to dissolve. The high efficiency machines use way less water. If you just sprinkle it on top of the clothes it could rub into them before dissolving. I did this once when I thought I forgot to put soap in. But I probably did. So I had twice as much soap in there as well. One of my black shirts came out with that same "bleach" mark. Except it isn't bleached. Bleach leaves kind of a purple mark on black clothing. It was excess soap, which came out of the shirt the next time I washed it properly.Buy this soap. Throw out the liquid GARBAGE. Follow the directions and and once again, love your laundry without having to throw everything out after a year. I've tried other powdered soaps and this simple formula, devoid of all the additives is THE best.
*** 5/24/2019 Update ***Believe it or not, I recently discovered the “heavy” setting on my front load washer. I was always intimidated to use it because the user manual said to use it on color-fast/sturdy garments. I started using it for my husband’s work clothes and saw it used a much better amount of water and got his clothes super clean. I now wash all of our clothes on that cycle, but I use the permanent press for my work clothes which also uses a lot more water than the “normal” setting. Since this change, I now use the recommended dosage of Charlie’s soap with incredibly fantastic results; I don’t think our clothes have ever been this clean. I no longer use dryer sheets (I think they contributed to the residue feel, oops) and our clothes are so soft. I am a Charlie’s Soap user for life!Sadly, my Charlie’s Soap had been sitting on a shelf in my laundry room for a good while; ever since I got my front load washer I have had a love hate relationship with it and I had to stop using Charlie’s because it stopped working for me at that time. When I had my standard washer, I would use a scoop to a scoop and a half if the load was especially soiled. When I got my front load high efficiency (FL HE) washer I used about a scoop and my clothes were left with residue. And what was confusing to me was Charlie’s Soap’s website even tells you to use an amount of detergent for the weight or size of the load, not based on whether it’s high efficiency or a standard washer, so that’s what I did. That resulted in dingy, itchy, and not so fresh clothing. I started to use the liquid Charlie’s and only used about a tablespoon of the liquid, which is half the suggested amount, and although I had pretty good results, I hated how messy it was. I then tried Nellie’s and although that rinsed more cleanly, the stain fighting power wasn’t there, then I tried Molly’s and that was even worse. So then I was talking (or complaining) to my friend who also has a FL HE washer, but she uses Norwex’s UPP, and she said she only uses a half of a teaspoon to one teaspoon of the UPP per load. I found that hard to fathom but her point was you just can’t expect an HE washer that uses so little water to perform well with too much detergent. The detergent can’t rinse clean so stains and dirt aren’t effectively washed then rinsed away. The logic was there since I know that with a normal wash cycle on my FL’er, I can’t even see the water level, it uses so little water. Finally, although it was really hard for me at first, I decided to take my friend’s advice. I had a small/medium load that needed washed. There was a grass stained shirt and some stinky campfire clothes mixed in the load and I used just a 1/2 teaspoon of Charlie’s and guess what!!?! The clothing came out sparkling clean and smelling like nothing! Just like they did when I used Charlie’s with my standard washer. I didn’t want to get too excited but I continued on this path and now I use 1/2 teaspoon with a small/medium load, 1 teaspoon with a medium/large load and 1 and 1/2 teaspoons for extra large loads (no matter the size of a load of towels I always use 1/2 a teaspoon). For bedding I use 2 teaspoons, or 2/3’s of a tablespoon, because the bedding cycle uses more water and it’s such a large load. Now I am soooo happy that I didn’t give up on Charlie’s because I finally don’t have the love/hate relationship with my front loader anymore and my clothing is just the way I like, fresh, clean and smells like nothing. I am also convinced that most people who leave poor reviews are simply using too much detergent. I know it all varies depending on your type of high efficiency washer and the softness/hardness of your water, but my washer uses very little water and my water is pretty soft so this is what works for me. So my advice is to experiment and not give up. You may not think what works is enough detergent but, it’s so highly concentrated and such a good product, when you add the correct amount it can perform the way it’s supposed to. It’s absolutely, hands down, my favorite “green” detergent ever. I never thought I would get this excited about a “laundry detergent” but I take pride in providing clean clothes for my family that I know are safe for them. And I love that it’s also safe for the environment. I still pretreat stains, when I remember, but this detergent just works so well. Sorry for the long review, I am just excited and wanted to share what worked for me!
This stuff is amazing! When it says use only a tablespoon or less, they mean it! I first tried this product with a full load, including bathroom mats, clothing, towels, underwear. I tend to be an "over-user" with just about everything, laundry detergent included. But I forced myself to adhere to the directions on this, just to see how it would do, and threw in a scant tablespoon on top of that hideous, smelly load, thinking I can always rewash this stuff if necessary. Lo & behold, I was genuinely shocked when all was said and done: not only did every item come out spotless, but the smell!! Rather, the LACK of smell was near exhilarating. I immediately thought, this reminds me of my childhood--helping my mom hang wet clothes on the clothesline in the backyard-- just plain wet cloth! Plain clean, wet cloth--the absence of scent is almost a scent in itself! And everything was spotless. How that small amount of detergent could accomplish all this is mind-boggling. Needless to say, I am hooked.
I've trained Brazilian jiu-jitsu for a number of years, and post-training my gi (uniform) is pretty much the most disgusting thing you can possibly imagine. Soaked with sweat from a dozen different people, along with hair, and sometimes snot or even blood. The nastiest petri dish of germs you could possibly imagine and crawling around in it by the time we're done.I've used every kind of detergent imagineable to clean it after training, and nothing has ever worked as well as Charlie's. It's an absolute miracle and I'll continue to use it as long as I'm training. Other detergents had a tendency to leave an lingering funk in my gis so I'd have to add some white vinegar, or were too harsh on the heavy cotton and led to them wearing out more quickly. Charlie's is gentle enough and still cleans deeply enough that the gi seems to come out smelling like nothing each time.I'm not quite sure how they do it, but it's amazing. Highly recommended if you need a deep clean, or if you have sensitive skin that's irritated by other harsher, scented detergents. A+ product. I love you, Charlie's.
Okay. I'll be honest.I hate laundry.I have tried cheap detergent, homemade detergent, and eventually I settled on Tide pods.For my clothes I used one, it worked fine.Now my husband is a different story. He's in the Army. He does pt five days a week. Those clothes have so much funk at the end of the day that you can smell them at twenty paces and they almost walk themselves to the laundry room. For his clothes I used two tide pods, a tide boost pod and a scoop of oxiclean.I thought they were clean enough.Then I bought this detergent.I washed a load of clothes, without washing out my washer. Who needs instructions?They smelled awful.So then I read the bag.I gathered my towels and my underwear in and washed everything three times.(I threw the underwear in because clean underwear is always a good thing)Then I smelled. Yep. I smelled my own underwear. Not those pretty ones you wear on a normal day. Those that you wear to the gym and pretend don't exist.I smelled fabric. That's it.No perfumes, no chemicals, no funk.Just clean fabric.It literally blew my mind.Then I went nuts and washed my husband's pt uniforms with only one scoop. I was sceptical. I mean, these drawers smelled like something even a skunk would be offended by.Then, I lost my mind momentarily and sniffed.Again. Nothing but clean fabric.Because it's such a simple detergent I can use it on his camouflage with no issues. Because it works so well I can now run the clothes on a standard cycle with 30°C water and only two rinse cycles.Saves money, saves water, and is good for the environment.I'll never buy anything else.