I recently found out that my natural laundry detergent wasn’t quite as natural as the bottle lead me to believe. So I looked at the other options at my local grocery store. One was Mrs. Meyers. I had never tried Mrs. Meyers laundry detergent before, but I had tried other Mrs. Meyers products and liked them a lot. But the Mrs. Meyers laundry detergent was $15 a bottle… That’s way more than I had been spending on laundry detergent. And it’s such a little bottle too! The bottle said 4x concentrated and that one spoonful would do a whole load. But I was skeptical. After all, with three adults, three dogs, and nine cats in the house, my dirty laundry is really dirty. I was afraid of going through the whole bottle in a week or two. I stood in the store for about five minutes looking back and forth from the bottle to the price tag and back again. I had a little extra money, so I decided to go for it. I bought the lemon verbena.
I’ve used it for about 15 loads so far, and it’s done a great job on all of them. One spoonful (half of its tiny cap) really does do the whole load. I also put in a little baking soda, let the clothes soak for an hour, and put a little vinegar in the fabric softener/bleach section for a little boost/peace of mind, but I did all that with the old detergent too.
And it smells really good too. Sadly, I don’t smell it on my clothes after they’re done. They don’t really smell like anything after they’re done. But I’m not sure if that’s the fault of the baking soda. Either way, it’s not a big deal.
My only real complaints are the bottle and cap. And looking at the reviews on the Mrs. Meyers website, it looks like I am not the only one who doesn’t like them. The bottle is small, which means it takes up less room in a grocery cart, is not heavy, and takes up less room on a laundry room shelf. That’s all good. The problem is that it does not have a handle, and it’s just large enough that it’s a bit challenging to hold with one hand. That makes pouring very awkward. The bottle also doesn’t have a spout or drip catch like some other detergents have. And the detergent is so incredibly thick and sticky (it’s got a consistency like honey) that pouring without a spout or drip catch means that some drips down the side of the bottle, and it’s actually pretty hard to wipe or even rinse off. Also, when I go to put the cap back on, there’s a weird air pressure thing going on that keeps pushing the cap back up.
But those are pretty minor complaints for a green laundry detergent (it’s made with at least 98% natural ingredients and is leaping bunny certified) that will last me a few months. So I give Mrs. Meyers laundry detergent a green thumbs up.