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Avoid Toxins with Natural Laundry Powder {GIVEAWAY – NOW CLOSED $85 value}

September 6th, 2013 · 15 Comments · What to Buy

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The last time my kids’ clothes were washed at someone else’s house with all their fragrant detergents and fabric softeners, I washed them multiple times – maybe 3-5 total – and still couldn’t get the synthetic fragrance out.

I know a lot of people think those smells are the fresh scent of clean laundry, but I know better. It makes my nose tickle and my insides curl to smell that stuff, especially on my kids’ clothes.

However, I never knew exactly WHAT I was smelling until I started working with a new sponsor, Molly’s Suds. As I was perusing the great information on their site, I found my answer in their “Stain Tips and Tricks” document:

When you first use Molly’s Suds you may notice some smells are appearing that didn’t seem to be there before! Our fabulous Laundry Powder lifts out the build up from your previous detergent and fabric softeners including a dangerous toxin called Galaxolide. It’s a synthetic musk put into detergents to fool you into thinking your perfume, underarm odor and sweat stink are gone!

Well, Galaxolide, get outta my clothing!

Here’s how, according to Molly’s:

To get rid of this stink and build up use 1/2 cup of distilled white
vinegar in your wash the first several loads. It will also help to remove the build up in your washing machine. If you have stinky armpits, get the armpit of the shirt damp and apply a drop or two of natural dish soap and rub it in, then add about a 1/2 teaspoon of vinegar and rub it in too. Toss in the washer and it will be gone!

I love when companies share knowledge, respect the earth, and love their customers too. I’m including my official review of Molly’s Suds separately from the giveaway, but here are just a few successes we’ve had with Molly’s Suds powder and All Sport liquid:

  • some already-through-the-dryer grease stains, with help from dish soap (which doesn’t always work for me)
  • ground-in dirt
  • campfire stink

The Prizes

Two KS readers get their chance to try Molly’s Suds at home. Molly's Suds Starter Pack

1st Prize: Starter Pack
Value = $65

  • 1 Laundry Powder (128 loads)
  • 2 sets of wool dryer balls (6 total)
  • 1 All Sport (32 loads)

2nd Prize: Laundry Powder (128 loads)
Value = $21.99

About the Company

Molly’s Suds was founded by a pediatric nurse and mom after the unexpected stillbirth of her daughter Molly. Researching the causes of stillbirths she discovered overwhelming science-based studies on the dangers of chemical exposure to the unborn child and children, adults and of course the effects on our farming and animals.

Molly’s Suds was born in 2008 with the goal to educate and share with the public ways to reduce toxins in their everyday lives while watching a budget and fitting into the already business of life. Our promise is to provide non-leaching products that are safe for not just the planet, but for the people and animals on it too! Read more…

A Coupon for You!

If you already know you want to give Molly’s Suds a try, please use the code KITCHEN for 15% off any order (not including the starter pack, since that’s already discounted – but if you add the starter pack items individually to your cart and use the 15% off, it’s a better deal than the starter pack!). Coupon expires November 1.

ENTER HERE

Giveaways at Kitchen Stewardship are run via a survey, which means comments on this post do not count (and will be deleted). In the long run, this is quicker for you if you go for extra entries.

There are 9 possible entries! Here’s what you can do to win:

  1. *Mandatory entry: Sign-up for the Molly’s Suds Mailing List.
  2. Subscribe in a reader or via email to Kitchen Stewardship (or tell us if you already do).
  3. Tell me if you “LikeKitchen Stewardship on Facebook.
  4. Tell me if you “Like MollySuds on Facebook
  5. Subscribe to Molly’s Suds Blog
  6. Follow KitchenStewardship on Pinterest
  7. Follow @kitchenstew on Twitter
  8. Tweet this: “Can’t wait to start using the Molly’s Suds Laundry Powder if I win the giveaway with @kitchenstew!”
  9. Subscribe to the KS Monthly Newsletter (or tell me if you already do) – this is totally different from the RSS feed for daily posts – new content, once a month, and some summer menu plans for free when you sign up.

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Remember, comments here DO NOT COUNT. You must use the survey form.

Giveaway is open to U.S. and APO mailing addresses only. I will use random.org’s integer generator to choose the winner, who will be announced on the blog and will receive an email. Entries will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. EST on September 12th and I’ll post the winners the following week.

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Disclosure: I received products for my review at no charge, which of course did not affect my opinion in the least. Giveaways are paid advertising and a great thing for my readers, so I’m happy to include it separately from the review. See my full advertising disclosure here.

Official rules and small print stuff: 1) No purchase necessary to win 2) must be 13 or older to enter and have a mailing address within the sponsor’s boundaries (see above) 3) only one survey entry per person 4) odds of winning depend on number of entries 5) employees of Kitchen Stewardship, LLC or sponsoring company not eligible for participation 6) contest sponsored by Molly’s Suds 7) prizes must be accepted as is and are not redeemable for cash 8 ) Kitchen Stewardship, LLC and sponsoring company are not liable for any injury or damage to persons and/or things as a result of the acceptance of the prize offered. 9) This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook.

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15 Comments so far ↓

  • Cindy H

    This sounds like something I would love to try. I would love to get rid of the detergent I use now. :)

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  • Vanessa Chesebro

    Question – I’ve been making homemade laundry detergent and have been fine with it. But now I’m having a baby and am learning that I’m not supposed to use some of the ingredients in my detergent on cloth diapers, so I’m starting to look for other options. I was going to try the soap nuts when I run out of detergent, but do you recommend this instead?
    How do Molly’s Suds compare to soap nuts? I’m not sure how to figure out the economy of soap nuts – they don’t really tell you how many loads you could do, or give any sort of estimate.

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    Katie Kimball @ Kitchen Stewardship Reply:

    Vanessa,
    I haven’t done much with soap nuts or Molly’s and cloth diapers – just one load of cloth diapers with Molly’s b/c we took the month of August “off” from cloth with too much traveling.

    For soap nuts $ figuring, you can do 3-5 loads per 4-5 nuts, if that helps! Some love soap nuts for cloth, some hate it – but the great thing is that you can always switch around, too.

    I would NOT use homemade detergent on cloth diapers – some absolutely ruined a bunch of my best covers (made them leak) and I’m turned off from that forever. :(

    I’m not sure if there’s much support from soap nuts companies for cloth diapering (???) but I know Molly’s Suds has a special page all about it, which is really helpful.

    Congrats on the new addition, and good luck navigating the world of cloth! :) Katie

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  • Marilyn Matthews

    I would like to try these products because I have a lot of allergies to fragrance and my husband has health issues where we have to avoid toxins.

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  • Amy M

    I entered the coupon code KITCHEN in my cart (which had everything but the starter kit in it) on the Molly’s Suds site and got a message saying the code could not be applied to any items in my cart. Am I supposed to do it some other way?

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    Katie Kimball @ Kitchen Stewardship Reply:

    Amy,
    I just sent a message to the company to get this straightened out – in the meantime, try “kitchen” and “Kitchen” just in case they’re case sensitive and I was over zealous with my caps. ;) I’ll reply again when I know the answer for sure though! :) Katie

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    Katie Kimball @ Kitchen Stewardship Reply:

    Hi Amy!
    Monica at Molly’s Suds got right back with me – they fixed the code on their end and it should work great now – not case sensitive at all. Thank you for your interest! :) Katie

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  • Heather

    This looks great! Thanks for doing the giveaway! I’m a subscriber.

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  • Ashley

    I’m interested in trying the Molly Suds All-Sport, the KITCHEN code didn’t work though. Does the all sport qualify?

    thanks!!

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    Katie Kimball @ Kitchen Stewardship Reply:

    Ashley,
    It should; I think there’s a problem with the code. We’ll get it ironed out (laundry pun intended) as soon as possible and I’ll let you know what’s up. Thanks so much for the order – you’ll love it! :) Katie

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    Katie Kimball @ Kitchen Stewardship Reply:

    Ashley,
    Monica at Molly’s Suds got right back with me – they fixed the code on their end and it should work great now – not case sensitive at all. Thank you for your interest! :) Katie

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  • AshleyB

    Hi Katie–
    I was able to sign up anyway, but the link to sign up to follow Molly’s blog returns a “505 – Server Not Found’ error. Just thought I’l let you know :)

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  • Amy

    For grease stains, I use a dab of lighter fluid. Sounds crazy and I’m sure not green, but it works every time. Just put a dab on the stain and let dry completely before washing. The stain will be gone even before you put it in the washer.

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  • eva

    I do housecleaning as my work and I do have to say that many of the so called “natural” cleaning products are anything but…you need to read, read, read the labels. And less is more…you don’t need fifty bazillion different cleaning supplies to get the job done…one of the “must haves” that I use are the “erasers”…and use them wet.

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  • Kristie

    What does tell me if you already do mean in regards to subscribing to Kitchen Stewardship? (I already subscribe.)

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