HoofPrints' owner Gina Keesling notes:
I am always on the lookout for new products that my farrier and horsey customers might find useful, so when I saw a pitch for natural laundry detergent - saying it would remove residual stink from clothes that had been sweated in repeatedly, I immediately thought of hard working farriers, hay balers, horsewomen, stall cleaners, etc.
As a farrier's wife with a sensitive nose, I know all too well the phenomenon where freshly washed clothes still have a hint of funky odor wafting up as they're being transferred from the washer to the dryer. A selling point for Charlie's Soap is that it gets rid of that, leaving only CLEAN smell (NOT FLOWERS). I ordered a sample and set about testing it for myself. Let the record state that at 60 years old, my laundry skills are somewhere around "expert"
To test it, I grabbed up an armload of my previously "expertly" laundered sports bras and tank tops, tossed them in the bathroom sink, added a tablespoon of Charlie's Soap and filled with warm water. An hour later I didn't know whether to be astonished or grossed out. It really does do what they say. "Breaking down biological residues" sounds like fluffy marketing-speak... but that's exactly what happened.
If this detergent can extract that much residual dirt from this not-that-active middle aged woman's already-washed clothes, imagine what it can do for folks who really DO get sweaty and dirty! It comes in 3 sizes: 2.64 lbs does up to 100 loads, 1.1 lb / 30 load packets, and Trial or Travel size - 4 load packets. It's a complete detergent, you don't need anything else to clean your clothes.
*Disclaimer - you may recognize some of the (gross) pictures from our previous Rockin' Green Detergent promotions. I'd intended to use a new photo of the results of my new test with Charlie's Soap. The only clothes I had on hand that were previously laundered in regular detergent were some vintage socks belonging to my husband. The resulting water was just as dirty, but the white socks in the white sink just didn't make as good a presentation as the one shown with the coordinating teal sports bras. The pic that didn't make the cut is here.