Today I have for you all another update on our diaper routine. Well, it’s actually for all of our laundry. A couple of months ago, I was sent a SmartKlean laundry ball and Stain Remover to review for this blog. Well, actually I contacted them. I don’t recall how I came across their site, but when I started to read I got excited really quick. I mean, who doesn’t love the idea of spending $45 for a whole year (365 washes) of laundry? Then make it gentle to the skin (my husband has eczema, so detergents easily irritate him), eco-friendly (no traces of soap in the water and you can even cut out the rinse on your laundry and save water), and cloth diaper safe! Yeah, I’m in!
I was so excited about it that I emailed them right away asking if they’d like me to review it for my blog. Diana got back to me ASAP and sent out not only the laundry ball, but stain remover too. I forced myself to use up the last of the Country Save before I made the switch because I didn’t want to waste and then I started using the ball.
I am a laundry ball convert.
My clothes are just as fresh, if not more-so than they were with regular detergent. They don’t smell like anything (which is exactly what I want! I hate detergents that make my clothes smell “fresh”!) and I honestly think I have less stains, even without getting the stain remover involved. It’s super nice to just start the laundry and not worry about how much detergent has to go in. The ball just hangs out in our washer (much like our wool dryer balls) unless I take it out to do a pre-rinse on the cloth diapers (still best for stains, I’d say). I’ve been using the ball for over two months now and my clothes are still just as clean as they were day one, even with our hard water.
Next I tried out the stain remover. It’s just a block of waxy substance that you rub on the stain. Super easy! The first stain I tried it on I didn’t have much luck with. It’s a shirt that I love dearly, but seems to be stain-prone. The day after buying it, I had a bunch of bacon grease splash up onto it! I know, I know, I shouldn’t have been wearing a new shirt and cooking bacon. Hindsight is 20-20, you know. I handed it over to my mother-in-law and she worked her magic on it and got the bacon grease out. Now though, it had a little brown mark of unknown origins. The stain had been sitting for a few months, so I’m not surprised that I didn’t have any luck.
The second time I tried out the stain remover on some cloth diapers I was trying to sell. It specifically says cloth diaper safe, just like the laundry ball! Yay! So these prefolds were pretty stained. I hadn’t done anything to try to get the stains out before because, to be honest, I don’t care about stains on my baby’s diapers. I mean, they’re for poop! Geeze! But generally when selling diapers, they do better if they have less stains.
I started off my stain removal process with some Rockin’ Green I had from the Great Cloth Diaper Change. I soaked the diapers for a few hours with that on hot. Then after running the rest of the cycle to drain and then rinse them, I rubbed the SmartKlean stain remover all over the stained parts. The transformation was astounding! They went from being so stained that it was impossible not to see it to having so little stains that the worst of them had it hardly show up on camera! Many of the diapers had no stains at all after this too. I’ll definitely be trying this again the next time I need to sell diapers. Maybe I’ll even do it to my current ones now just to make them nice and pretty again! I’ll be interested to see how it works on the coffee stain Twig decided to create (don’t worry, no babies were burned in the making of this blog post!).
SmartKlean does everything its competitors do, often better, and it’s at a savings to you and the environment. Sure, $45 for laundry detergent seems like a lot to drop at once, but it’s totally worth it. I know that I’ll be purchasing more in the future, just not for a whole year!
You want one too, you say? Well today is your lucky day! SmartKlean is giving away a free laundry ball and stain remover to one lucky reader! Leave one comment per entry. Don’t forget to get in those extra comments for extra entries!
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The winner will be chosen on Wednesday, February 27th at 5PM Mountain Standard Time by random. The winner will be emailed and must respond to the email within 48 hours or a new winner will be chosen. Good luck everyone!
Winner is Pierogie Mama with comment #2 on the random number generator!