Today I opened up the washing machine, took out a freshly laundered diaper and put it to my nose. Took a big deep whiff and the words “Oh…..wow!!” came out of my mouth. Why? Because after many disappointments in the laundry room and many dollars wasted, I finally found a detergent that got my laundry fresh and clean the very first time. No stripping. No extra rinses. No harsh fragrances, abrasive borax or bleach.
So what’s my magic bullet? What’s working just as well as Tide? It’s the eco-friendly detergent made by Meg at generationMe. I received a complimentary 32-load bag of detergent to try out and I figured I’d test it out on my toughest job first – 2 days worth of dirty diapers from 3 of my children. And it passed with flying colors.
Packaged very attractively in a brown bag designed to cut down on waste, the generationMe detergent includes a handy little blue scoop which is already marked to make measuring out the detergent easy – 1 T for high efficiency washers and 2 T for top loaders. The ingredients list takes five seconds to read and understand: castille soap, oxidizing agent, baking soda and citric acid. Pure and simple.
Meg’s detergent contains no fragrances (although she can add natural essential oil if you wish), no sodium lauryl sulfate, no phenols or phosphates. Producing safe and sustainable products that won’t endanger your family’s health are at the heart of generationMe’s mission.
And many mothers who’ve attempted to make homemade detergents probably aren’t aware that borax, a common ingredient, is quite caustic and should be only handled with a mask and gloves. Personally, my experience with mixing up homemade detergent was a flop. It didn’t clean very well and the borax actually caused irritation to the diaper area.
The higher cost of generationMe detergent is a consideration, however. A 64-load bag is $12.00 plus an additional $12.00 for shipping (prices current as of 9/1/13); that means each load costs about $0.38. If you have a top-loader, double the cost. This is a reasonable amount, however it’s not as competitive as something you can find locally for 25 cents or less.
The generationMe motto is “Reusable products for any lifestyle.” Besides the detergent, Meg’s eco-friendly line-up includes reusable Swiffer mop and duster refills, wet bags, snack bags, produce bags, cloth wipes and cloth diaper soakers.
Lots of laundry is inevitable, with 5 children (2 in diapers) and re-usable cloth all over the house (wipes, napkins, etc.). I want to do this job cheerfully, and do it well. The generationMe detergent helps me to do just that. When a product lives up to its promises, it makes this mama feel like super woman. Thank you, Meg!
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