Call me crazy, but I actually like doing laundry. I like the coziness of hanging towels to dry on a kitchen rack in the winter. I like the feeling of minor accomplishment when I see a stack of neatly folded clothes. The smell of sunshine and breeze in shirts that have dried outdoors on a line. The white-noise-hum of the washing machine churning away.
Domestic Goddess I am not. Since having tried my new favourite detergent, however, I may very well be a Tart!
Created by Jessy Cooke and Michelle Waithe (Toronto, ON), The Laundry Tarts is a line of eco-friendly, deliciously scented laundry detergent that cleans effectively and lives up to its sassy name. It is infused with essential oils, blended to create light, sweet scents reminiscent of all your favorite desserts! The Tarts have ensured that not only is their natural detergent completely biodegradable, the colourful packaging - made with soy inks and recycled bags that can easily be composted - is kind to the earth as well. In a nutshell, their products are "hypoallergenic, 100% vegan and free of phosphates, EDTA, phthalates, parabens, SLS, SLES, nitrates, sulphites and chlorine".
Upon hearing about The Laundry Tarts (loved the quirky name, loved the vibe of integrity around the product), I was eager to give this detergent a try. I ordered several samples - key lime pie, caramel popcorn, chocolate mint, lemon meringue pie, caramel apple, and unscented. There was ample opportunity to test them out - I wash a LOT of linens from my reflexology practice! Though all were scrumptious, my favorite scents were key lime pie, chocolate mint, and caramel apple.
For years, I have used unscented commercial laundry detergents. The scented ones literally make me wince. Too potent - they smell like chemicals, no matter how much money they spend to convince me what I'm actually smelling is "vanilla orchid bamboo dew" or "starry twilight musk". More often than not, they trigger headaches and a stuffed-up nose. The Laundry Tarts detergent was the first eco-friendly powder detergent I'd tried. What a refreshing change to find that each of these detergents had a subtle, sweet scent that was a pleasure to be around. This time, I lingered in the laundry room, sniffing the sample packets, instead of slamming the washer lid shut and bolting for fresh air!
My clothes emerged from the washer without the thin, slippery residue that usually remains when using commercial detergents. The fabrics felt soft and clean. A hint of scent lingered, especially on cotton pillow cases and flannel. The Chocolate Mint scent seemed to linger the longest, followed by the Caramel Apple. I have since washed all my bed linens with The Laundry Tarts. What a delicious treat to snuggle under fresh, sweet-smelling sheets at the end of long day!
I also discovered that The Laundry Tarts does effectively remove stains. Inadvertently planting my elbow in honey dijon mustard turned out to be a happy accident, something I could include in my review, though I was far from thrilled when it happened. I followed the directions for stain removal outlined on the website and also HERE. You'll see that Jessy and Michelle also list the detergent ingredients, explain why they are used, and what they do. They are all recognizable and natural. Imagine!
- A effective, eco-friendly detergent that smells lovely!
- A product perfect for those with sensitive skin and chemical sensitivities.
- A detergent that effectively cleans and deodorizes diapers (see A Tart's Guide to Cloth Diapers)
- Upbeat, prompt customer service
Do not expect
- An intense scent
- Lots of suds in the washer (Fear not - it's still working like a charm!)
Worth Your Attention
- The Laundry Tarts will partner with your community groups to provide a unique, eco-friendly fund-raising option. I love this idea, and think it would be a fantastic alternative to typical campaigns. We all enjoy supporting our local PTAs, service groups, and other community organizations but it's easy to become overloaded with requests to buy knick-knacks and foodstuffs we neither want nor need. Contact Tanja Warren - Tart #3! - to Fund-raise with The Laundry Tarts. Offer your community a fun, useful, and novel product that everyone needs...and will very likely flock to purchase!
To purchase The Laundry Tarts detergent, head to their online store and browse the menu of delicious scents available! It is also available through various other online stores and brick-and-mortar retailers, listed on their home page.
A big thank-you to The Laundry Tarts for generously offering to sponsor this giveaway!
The Laundry Tarts Giveaway
Prize: The winner’s choice of a 20 sample variety pack or 1 bag of The Laundry Tarts detergent.
Eligibility: This contest is open to residents of Canada and the USA.
Entry: Single entry. Please visit The Laundry Tarts and complete the mandatory questions in the form below. Additional entries can be earned by completing any/all of the bonus questions.
Additional entries - up to 1/day - can also be earned by leaving a relevant comment below. Vos commentaires peuvent être en français. What has been your biggest laundry challenge – or disaster? What is your favorite part of the The Laundry Tarts website? Which video on their YouTube Channel is your favourite, and why? How do you make laundry more eco-friendly in your home? What scents would you like to see the Tarts add to their “menu”? What would convince you to switch from commercial laundry detergent to an eco-friendly detergent? Who did you share this review article with, and why? Please remember to include your email address or username after your comments.
Contest ends Sunday, May 22nd, 2011 at 8:00pm Pacific Standard Time. Winner to be randomly selected using randomizer.org. If the winner has not responded to my notification by Tuesday, May 24, 2011 at 8:00pm PST, another winner will be randomly selected.
This giveaway has now ended. Congratulations to Huguette English of Beaverbrook, NB! Huguette chose the 20 sample variety pack as her prize.
Thanks to all who participated!
Thanks to all who participated!