What does "clean" smell like?
People will give a myriad of different answers on this question, and I bet I can guess the reason – whatever their laundry smelled like growing up (or for some, the crunchy converts, the answer is how their laundry smells now).
If your mom hung laundry on the line to dry, you probably have a deep appreciation for "sunshine clean."
If your mom used a certain name brand detergent or a similar artificially fragranced dryer sheets your whole life, that’s likely your historical "clean."
Many folks who may have started their adult lives with the "clean laundry" impression of clean may have had a natural living "conversion" of sorts, and now that chemical fragrance turns their nostrils. It’s hard for me to believe that anyone enjoys the smell of dryer sheets and Galaxolide, the toxic, synthetic musk on which many laundry detergents rely for their "clean" scent.
I do my best to get those scents out of our clothes whenever we buy secondhand or someone else washes our laundry for us. It can take five or six washes sometimes! Ick!
I’ve disliked that smell for a long time, and it becomes more and more repugnant the longer I live without synthetic fragrances in my house.
However, I never knew exactly WHAT I was smelling (or why it might have been getting under my skin, literally and metaphorically) until I started working with one of our sponsors, 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.
Molly’s is becoming my go-to laundry option, especially as I start to train my 8-year-old to sort and start the laundry. It’s a stage in my life where I’m seeking the simpler, the better. Being able to use the tablespoon scoop included in the package and just dump a spoonful in…is priceless.
You can check out my official review of Molly’s Suds here where you’ll read about some of our successes with the product, including:
- some already-through-the-dryer grease stains, with help from dish soap (which doesn’t always work for me)
- ground-in dirt
- campfire stink
You Can Win Some!
Here’s your chance to try Molly’s Suds at home. The $64 value prize includes:
About the Company
From the site:
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 20% 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 20% off, it’s a better deal than the starter pack!). Coupon expires February 1, 2014.
Quick note – the winners of the Harmony Acres giveaway from last week are:
- Abi Craig
- Darla Black
- Sharon (smrjbp@…)
Watch for an email from me and reply within 48 hours with your mailing address to claim your prize! Congrats!
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