A few months ago, my mom told me about a new laundry detergent that she had discovered called Molly’s Suds. It was “all natural with no harmful chemicals” she excitedly told me. The words “all natural” make me very cautious these days. I have discovered that when a cleaning product calls itself “all natural” it often means the following:
- It smells like wet dog
- It doesn’t actually clean, it just smears the dirt around
- It still has several chemicals in it (not sure how they can still call it “all natural”?)
- It contains so many actual natural ingredients (I don’t need 15 different types of plants in my laundry soap, thank you very much) that it actually makes my skin break out/itch more than a bath in red dye #40 would!
I told my mom that I would give her new discovery a try, after all my Arm & Hammer Free and Clear bottle was nearly empty. Also, the statistic that 95% of laundry detergent contains formaldehyde kind of freaked me out. My initial reaction? Cute packaging, but lets see the ingredients list.
I flipped the bag over and was shocked to read the following: sodium carbonate from the Green River Basin in Wyoming, sodium bicarbonate, epsom salt, sea salt, and a minimal amount of organic peppermint essential oil.
For once, the ingredients were truly all natural. The real test would be how this detergent would wash my clothes and whether or not it would flare up my eczema.
Let me tell you, this laundry soap has passed “the restaurant test” and “the eczema test” with flying colors! When I get home from a waitressing shift I smell like an overwhelming combination of hickory wood and crab cakes The restaurant I work at is constantly running an open-flame grill which leaves my hair, body, and clothes completely saturated with smoke at the end of the night. After one wash using a very minimal amount of Molly’s Suds, my restaurant clothes did not smell at all. In fact, they smelt fresh and felt soft, with no fabric softener added. I was suddenly a believer.
After wearing my clothes that had been washed in Molly’s Suds for a few days, I realized how non-scratchy they felt and how much more soothing they were on my skin than my ones washed in Arm & Hammer. I immediately dumped my entire closet into the washing machine to rinse everything I owned in Molly’s Suds.
The best part about Molly’s Suds? It lasts an insanely long time! I wash my clothes so much that I was buying a family sized jug of Arm & Hammer every 2 weeks! So far I have been using this same bag of Molly’s Suds for over a month.
I am excited to have been introduced to a product that is good for my skin, my clothes, and the environment. It has been a struggle since I was a baby to find a detergent that would really clean my clothes and not cause breakouts. Molly’s Suds also sells a detergent specifically for athletic clothes and a non-toxic, flea-killing dog wash!
My mom is so passionate about effective, chemical-free products that she recently started working for the woman who created Molly’s suds! If you are interested in giving it a try, shoot her an email. She would love to answer any questions you may have about why other detergents are harmful for you and the environment, and why you should try Molly’s. Or don’t, maybe formaldehyde in your clothes is your thing 😉
If you do place an order through my mom, you’ll get a 10% discount. You can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org
Check out the Molly’s Suds website to read more about the different products offered!