This is the third natural, cruelty-free laundry detergent I’ve tried (the first two were from The Honest Company and Method). The company, Eco Sprout, makes nothing but products that facilitate cloth diapering. I found its detergent at Sweetbottoms Baby Boutique in Cary, NC, while shopping with a friend. I don’t have kids to cloth diaper, but I do have an interest in super tough cruelty-free detergent, so I decided to give it a try.
This laundry detergent is different from the other detergents I’ve reviewed because it’s a powdered formula instead of liquid. It’s safe for HE machines. It comes in a pouch with explicit usage directions printed on the back: first time use, how much to use for different types of loads, use for clothes other than diapers, etc. I switched between this detergent and others over the course of several weeks, and I found that this product worked really well on my clothes, just like the others.
But because this is made to tackle some of the most disgusting messes imaginable, I decided to put it to a real test. I volunteer at a therapeutic horseback riding facility, and in addition to working with riders with special needs and grooming and taking the horses, I sometimes take home the horses’ saddle pads to wash. The saddle pads (the cloth pads that go between the saddle and the horse’s back) get washed maybe 8 times a year. They are used on 10 horses every day, including hot, sticky summer days (oh, and horses sweat, in case you didn’t know). So these saddle pads are filthy–I’m talking caked-on dirt and sweat that you could literally scrape off with your fingernails–and hairy and stinky. I used 4 tablespoons of this detergent (the max amount recommended), hot water, and the “heavily soiled” setting on my HE washer. The pads came out clean and sweet smelling. I have washed these same pads on several occasions over the years, and I have never seen them so clean. And speaking of sweet smelling, the green tea fragrance is fantastic. This is the best-smelling detergent I’ve ever used.
In short, give this stuff a try. You can buy a 4 ounce package to try on the Eco Sprout site for $2.95.