Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Charlies Soap Laundry Powder Review

As a new cloth diaper momma,  I've been on the hunt for the perfect laundry soap.  One that's safe on our cloth diapers, environmentally friendly, safe on my baby's sensitive skin and most importantly, one that actually gets my cloth diapers clean and smelling clean.  I saw Charlie's Soap at a locally owned cloth diaper store near our home and decided to give it a try.

The tub I got contains 2.64 lbs. of soap powder which can accommodate 100 standard wash loads, 80 loads if they are large.  For those of you that like to shop in bulk, Charlies Soap powder is also available in a super hero sized tub that holds enough soap for 1250 loads!  And for those of you that are partial to your liquid detergents, Charlie's Soap is available in a liquid form.

First, I tested Charlie's Soap on poop!  Baby poop!  And what better poop to test on, then formula poop!  

I did a medium load of Emma's cloth diapers 
and added about 2/3 of a tablespoon as recommended. 

 I did my first cold pre-wash to get the poops, pees and ickys out.  
Then ran my hot cycle to really get things clean, followed by 2 cold rinses.  

Now lately, with the other cloth diaper safe soap I've been using, my cloth diapers come out of the wash with a funk to them.  I've made sure that I wasn't using too much soap, creating a stink from residue buildup and even with extra rinsing they still had a lingering "ew" to them.  After one wash with Charlie's Soap, I pulled my diapers out of the wash, stuck my face in them and voila!!  No funk!!  

I was astonished, thrilled, and so excited about this fabulous squeaky clean diaper, that I washed my husbands stinky work clothes with it too!  My husband, for those of you who don't know, is a chef.  He spends 10 hour days in a very hot and sweaty kitchen, cooking with large ovens, flat tops and grills with not a lot of air circulation.  When he comes home, he doesn't smell like a home cooked meal.  He smells like 10 different home cooked meals on top of sweaty man odor. (Dear Hubby, I love you and I'm sorry I just told the world that you stink. Please forgive me.)   No matter how much I wash his stinky chefs pants and coats with our standard liquid detergents, they always have a weird spicy food smell to them.  Well not anymore!  This momma is hooked!   

One very amusing thing about Charlie's Soap is little statement they make on the package about the smell of clean clothes.  The tub says "Charlie's Soap cleans all the way to the fiber leaving nothing but the good old-fashioned sweet smell of clean.  if you want flowers, go pick some!"  This cracked me up and after I thought about it, I couldn't agree more!  What better smell than the smell of something clean.   And Charlies Soap definitely lives up to that statement!

Here are the other reason why I love Charlie's Soap!  Its non-toxic, hypoallergenic so it doesn't irritate my little ones skin, its biodegradable so its safer for the environment, it doesn't leave icky soap residue on your fabrics and its made it the US! Charlie's soap can remove grease, grass stains, pine sap, wine, food stains, tar, blood, clay and poop! 

And something really important that you should know about Charlie's Soap.....their company is family owned and operated and has been since 1976!  I know I can trust the Charlies Soap family to take care of my family!  They are dedicated to making good, clean, honest environmentally friendly and biodegradable products for my family and yours! 

So who's happy about her 
squeaky clean diapers?

For hard water, Charlie's Soap also has Charlie's Soap Booster to help minimize the effects of hard water.  They also have Charlies Soap Laundry Pre-Spray to help tackle severe staining!   Not only do we have very hard water, but were also very messing so well definitely be trying those in the future.

Charlies Soap even extends beyond the laundry room!  There is also Charlie's Soap Kitchen and Bath Household Cleaner as well as an Charlie's Soap Indoor/Outdoor Surface Cleaner that will clean "everything from false teeth to diesel engines."  We haven't tried these products yet but my curiosity may get the best of me.

Visit Charlie's Soap's website to learn more!  There's also an occasional coupon code when you buy direct!!

Charlie's Soap did not provide any free product or compensation to facilitate this review.  All photos are my own.  The opinion expressed in this review is my true and honest opinion.  Cross my heart!


  1. sounds like a good product. I like that it is made in the US and that it is environmentally friendly

  2. Ive been wanting to go back to using charlies for awhile now. this review has made me want to go back even more lol. glad to hear it worked so well for you!

  3. I just started using Tide Ultra powder (before that I was using Ecos F&C), so maybe if I become disatisfied with that I'll try this. I've heard others say they like it, but some say they don't. I'm glad you like it!