What we DON’T put in our detergent and why:
Chlorine can be very irritating to the skin. It can dry out the skin’s natural oils and may cause rashes, hives, soreness and irritation to the eyes, lungs and mucus membranes.
Phosphates are made from a phosphorus base, which is a very important mineral for plants and animals. Excess phosphorus into rivers, lakes and fresh water may offset the delicate balance of biology and produce an excess of algae and bacteria. This may cause the bacteria balance inhabitable for aquatic life, unsuitable for swimming or ingesting.
Sodium Lauryl/Laureth Sulphate (SLS/SLES):
SLS/SLES, may be a skin irritant and is absorbed into the skin very easily. Like many other commercial ingredients, it is also being linked to a category of xenoestrogen; making its way to the bloodstream potentially causing hormonal imbalances in the body.
EDTA is used as a preservative in cosmetics, food, chelation therapy, the textile industry and pulp mills as well as in laundry detergents for treating hard water. EDTA may be more harmful to the environment and is being linked to being a hormone disrupting agent.
Phthalates are synthetic fragrance enhancers which can be irritating to asthma sufferers, cause headaches, migraines, dizziness and are being linked to disrupting hormone levels, feminizing males in the womb and blocking natural hormone receptors in females.
What we DO put in our formulas:
Sodium Bicarbonate, Sodium Percarbonate, Sodium Carbonate, Sea Salt, Rosemary Extract, Saponified Canola and Coconut oil, Sorbitol, Phthalate Free fragrances, Essential Oils, Plant extracts and Absolutes.
Do I need to add any oxygen cleaner or other cleaners to brighten or whiten? We’ve added a natural oxygen cleaner as a base to our laundry detergent powder. Color safe and great for brightening your clothing and getting stubborn stains out of your whites, you don’t need to add anything to your laundry load. It is recommended for cloth diaper stains to either soak or make a paste on heavy duty stains. Our laundry detergent is also cost effective for those who purchase fabric softeners, oxygen cleaners and soda washes to add to their laundry detergents. Ours have a unique and natural combination of all cleaning actions.
Can I use fabric softener?
You are welcome to with your regular clothing, but you don’t need to! We’ve added a natural dissolving fabric softener to the ingredients list, so your clothing will be naturally softer. It is a natural softener and does not break down fabrics with chemicals, rather dissolves into the water as a very light abrasive agent. Chemical fabric softeners are not always recommended for cloth diapering, luckily, ours is 100% food grade and safe for all types of fabrics. Rest assured your cloth diapers are safe with our formula.
What does my clothing smell like after? Because we use very pure ingredients, your clothing will be very lightly scented if any. Your clothing will smell sweet, fresh and clean. Just like doing your dishes, you wouldn’t want your plates smelling like soap residue. We use only phthalate free oils, meaning no binding ingredients will be left on your clothing; only a fresh, clean smell from dissolving odours-not masking them with synthetic fragrances. This is a testament to how clean our ingredients are, as your clothing will truly be clean with no residues left to settle in your fabrics. With commercial laundry products, phthalates and other perfumes are added and leave a residue behind, which might smell nice, but they are harmful chemicals and mask odors instead of removing them.
For those who would like a stronger laundry smelling experience, check out our scented Tumbler Tart dryer balls for some truly sweet all natural laundry.
I use cloth diapers or am thinking of using cloth diapers and have a million laundry questions like how to strip my diapers, how much water to use, how much soap to use, microfibres, barnyard smell, residues, bacteria and is this safe for my warranty?
Guaranteed that those are only some of many more questions you may have, please feel free to email us with any questions [email protected], visit our Facebook page where we have a large community of cloth diaper users or perhaps our blog may have answers to specific questions such as the fragrances we use, baking soda and bamboo fabrics and how to strip your cloth diapers using our all natural products. Our dryer balls are a wonderful addition to any cloth diapering laundry routine.
How is this detergent different from the other powder detergents that are on the market?
Our all natural detergents are different because of our all natural ingredients and unique scent options. Our recipe is a very old formula in which we make handmade and use ingredients from all natural sources. To put it quite simple, we have a very pure product that works, is cost effective for the loads of laundry and has the option of unscented or fun dessert scents. Our all natural detergent is also one of the only options on the market that is safe for cloth diapering and sensitive skin.
I’m a vegan, can I use this?
We do not test our products or on animals. We test on real people with real laundry. Our dryer balls are made from 100% New Zealand, fair trade and ethically treated sheep.
Are your products Gluten-Free?
There are no traces or ingredients of Gluten in any of our products.
Directions For Detergents:
TOP LOADERS: For small loads use 2 tbsp. For medium to large loads, use 4 tbsp. For heavy or stubborn stains, soak for 1 hr or make a paste with water and scrub lightly with natural bristle scrubbing pad.
HE MACHINES AND FRONT LOADERS: Energy efficient machines use 1/3 less water than traditional top loaders making them better for the environment by saving water and less energy. Less water means less soap. Use 1 tbsp for small loads and 2 tbsp for med-large loads. If needed, dissolve detergent in ¼ cup of warm water for machines requiring liquid detergents. Caution: Do not overload your machine with heavily soiled items; doing so may require an additional rinse for proper soap and water dispersal.
CLOTH DIAPERS/CLOTH MENSTRUAL PADS: After a cold water wash or rinse to remove any particles, use a warm water wash with the above instructions based on your machine type. When switching detergents, always do a cloth diaper strip to avoid any residue or conflicting ingredient combining with other detergents. For cloth diaper stripping, ammonia or odor causing bacteria check out our Strip it! Formula.
VINTAGE/DELICATES: Hand wash or soak items for 15-30 minutes. Cold water wash. Hand to dry. For small delicates, wash in lingerie or mesh fabric bag.
HARD/SOFT WATER: Our detergents are formulated for city and hard water, simply use half the amount recommended for soft water.
CAUTION: Always keep your cleaning products, including laundry detergents away from pets and children. Although our products are very natural, they contain soap ingredients and may cause eye irritation. Should contact with eyes occur; flush with warm water. Our detergents should not be ingested, despite how delicious it may smell. Refrain from sticking head directly in bag.
The Laundry Tarts Inc. are not responsible for misuse of their product.
DIRECTIONS FOR STRIP IT:
Directions: Pre-rinse garment in cold water. Dissolve 2 tbsp of Strip it! In 8-10 gal of warm/hot water (soft water requires 1 tbsp). Soak rinsed garments in the solution for 1 hr, stirring occasionally to loosen embedded residues. Drain solution and rinse items thoroughly. WARNING: This product is intended to treat built up residues, odor causing bacteria; only use as required and do not use more than recommended or soak overnight. For BEST results, soak in basin or large area. Washing machines may be used if there is enough water to do a sufficient soak. Although our products are very natural, they do contain soap ingredients which may irritate eyes should contact occur; for this reason, please keep away from pets and children. and flush with warm water should this happen.
The Laundry Tarts Inc. are not responsible for misuse of their product.
DIRECTIONS FOR STAIN BAR:
The Laundry Tarts Stain Remover Bar works wonders on every day stains! Simply add water and work affected area into a lather. Rinse and wash.
Directions for Tumbler Tart Dryer Balls:
Toss 3-6 dryer balls into the dryer to create loft while dryer tumbles clothing. Dryer balls reduce static, wrinkles and dry time without the harsh chemicals of conventional fabric softeners or dryer sheets. Dryer balls can last up to 5 years or 1000 dryer cycles.