Stay At Home Mums - Laundry powder review-Nov 2011 November 25 2011, 0 Comments

 I have been searching for quite a long time for a laundry detergent that is natural, Australian made, economical and safe. After doing quite a lot of research online, I found an Aussie company which made a laundry detergent with all these qualities. I decided to put it to the test and here’s what I discovered. Just to note, we at SAHM are not paid to do any product reviews and are not affiliated with this company in any way.

First, a little bit of background about the company – Clean Conscience was founded in Tasmania by Tracey Duggan. Her idea was to develop cleaning products which were environmental, economical, safe to use and ethically sound (palm oil free and cruelty free). Her philosophies resonated with me immediately so I was really keen to give her products a go!

I bought a 1 kg tub of Clean Conscience eucalyptus super concentrated laundry powder at the start of August this year from their online store. I must admit, I was a little nervous, because upfront it seemed a bit pricey (1 kg for $15 plus $10 postage – it is also available in a 3kg, 10 kg or 20 kg package). Anyway, postage was quite fast from Tassie to my home in Queensland (I received it within a few days of ordering via standard Australia Post) so that impressed me.

The packaging is clean and simple – a white recyclable plastic screw top container with their labelling. Upon opening the container, I found the aroma of eucalyptus absolutely wonderful – the powder is very fine and light brown in colour. The powder is made up of very basic ingredients – powdered soap nuts, bicarb soda, washing soda and eucalyptus essential oil. The usage instructions are simple – 1 tablespoon of powder for a top-loader machine and ½ a tablespoon for a front-loader. The 1 kg container holds enough powder for 65 washes at approximately 23 cents per wash (top-loader) or 133 washes at 12 cents a wash (front-loader). The powder has no artificial additives like fragrances, colours, bulking agents or synthetic surfactants and is effective using either cold or hot water.

Now my usual washing practice averages about 1 to 2 full loads per day in my LG 7kg front-loader machine. This includes my family’s clothes, towels and bedlinen mostly. I found that the detergent did an all-round excellent job cleaning everything! The only thing it probably didn’t do was to immediately remove some food stains from my daughter’s white t-shirt (but I soaked it in napisan and washed it again and the stains were gone). My husband’s work clothes (he gets grease and sawdust and grime on his clothes all the time) came out looking bright and clean (except for some grease marks which had been there for months and are never going to budge!). The horrible armpit smell (sorry honey!) was eliminated also. The powder also does a beautiful job on the towels and bedlinen. I must say that everything in the wash came out soft and fresh smelling, with no detergent residue (which happened all the time with the supermarket brands).

As I mentioned before, the price worried me initially BUT it is now the middle of November and I have used only two thirds of the container I purchased in August. I truly believe I have more than got my money’s worth out of this detergent. That’s $25 well spent in my book! Clean Conscience sells their products through their website, but they also have stockists scattered around Australia (their stockist list is on their website) so if you have one of these near you, that will eliminate the postage cost and then this product will be even more economical!

All in all, I absolutely loved this product and the philosophy behind it. Visit www.cleanconscience.com.au for  this product and more of the Clean Conscience cleaning range.

(Product Review conducted by Admin Nic)