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GrabGreen Laundry Detergent

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Pros: easy to use

I tried out this laundry detergent and loved the ease of just tossing a pod into the wash.  However, it's cleaning power was not spectacular.  I threw in a couple of my kids shirts wihthout pre-rinsing just to see how they would do and this detergent didn't remove a single spot.  And they weren't bad stains, just typical spots.  I suppose this stuff wouldn't be bad for adult clothes with no stains or spots, but I wouldn't recommend it for kids clothes unless you pretreat everything first.

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Pros: Very convenient! Dissolves readily! Cleans well!

Cons: None that I see

I was asked to review this product and I like it a lot.  It is so cool to drop in premeasured packets.  No mess and they dissolved very quickly.  My clothes came out looking well.  It was nice to be able to use such a nice eco friendly and handy detergent.  I would definitely look for this product in the future.  I give it an "A".

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Pros: Convinient, less detergent used per load compared to other brands

Cons: Expensive

I hate doing laundry. I'm not very good at it and I don't have much time for it. Because my girl's still have accidents at night, I use cloth diapers on my baby, my husbands doesn't conserve clothes, and because I breastfeed hormones make my clothes smell funny, so I have a lot of smells and stains to wash out of a lot of clothes. Don't even get me started on our dingy socks. Oh, and our washing machine is old and dingy too, so anything that helps me make doing laundry easier I welcome with open arms.

Throwing a pod (or 2 for my bigger loads) of grabgreen laundry detergent in  every load was very helpful. I didn't spill any powder doing this (this saves a lot of soap which = money saved) and I noticed that even with the two pods used for the heavier loads I still used less detergent per load with this product than I do on a regular basis. If I were to guesstimate I would say I used half of the detergent with these pods than I do with my other green detergent. So, even though this detergent is much pricier than the one I buy because I save more soap per load it ends up costing almost about the same. In addition, at the grabgreen website, buying in bulk would also save me money. The clothes also came out of the drier much softer since I began using the grabgreen detergent.  That said, I didn't feel it cleaned as well as my current (Seventh Generation) green laundry detergent.

Stains remained on some of the clothing and I need an eco-friendly detergent that helps me really fight the stains better than my current detergent. I don't have time or the enegry to presoak or wash things as they get dirty. I need something that will fight the tough stains and smells despite my laziness/busyness, but still be eco-friendly and safe to use. 



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Pros: Pre-mesured packets

Cons: cost is more per load

I was a tester of this product.  I really loved the easy to use packets.  Having a teen in the house and trying to teach him daily living skills, the packets made laundry lessons a snap!  The packets dissolved instantly in the cold running water.  I was a bit worried the there might be some residue but I sure didn't find any, even on dark clothes.

The packets are a great thing to take with you on vacation if you are having to do a load of laundry while you are away.  It is much easier to pack these than to pre-measure powder into baggies.

The cost per load is more than other detergents but it's green score would make this an attractive alternative.  I would recommend this product and would consider buying it in the future.

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Pros: non-toxic, softens clothes, less packaging

Cons: didn't remove strong smells and tough stains

This is quite an interesting detergent and impressive I might add. First I was impressed by the list of ingredients. It's the first time I see all the ingredients of a laundry product listed in such a prominent way on the package. Not only that, I see nothing scary in it and I applaud. The second thing that I found rather pleasing was the individually packed dosages. They are very convenient, especially for people that have to go to the laundromat or the basement, or anywhere outside their dwellings, to do laundry. This way you don't have to carry a whole box with you. You can just toss the little packet in with the clothes and stick everything in the machine. Another advantage for me is that I don't have to measure the detergent, not because I am lazy, but because I am always worried that I probably used too much.

Performance wise, I would have to say that this detergent did not do better than other ones I have used. I would say it did just as well with your regular dirt but not so well with persistent stains. Oily stains and blood stains did not go away and unfortunately the smells didn't either. Clothes that were moderately dirty like sheets and towels came out great, smelling fresh. But my husband's stinky work clothes, or my cloth pads, not so much. Next time, I will use some laundry booster to help things along, which I always do, I just wanted to test this without them. What I do love however, is that the clothes come out softer than with other detergents and require less ironing.

Overall, I think this is a great idea. Less packaging, truly green ingredients (as far as I know) convenience for people who have no washing machine and have to go far to do laundry. However, I find it a bit expensive something that makes it prohibitive for large families that have to do more laundry than some of us.

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Pros: great ingredients and diaper safe product, convience

Cons: expensive

I got this free to test for huddler and was super excited as soon as I read the ingredients, cause this product is cloth diaper safe, and cloth diapers are the ultimate test for any laundry detergent :) So I tossed a couple pods in with a load of cds and waited to see what happened. I was fairly sure of the results already as the ingredients are very similar to what we use already in the detergent that I make. 

These pods are made of sodium precarbonate and soda ash, which is a bonded powder form of washing soda and hydrogen peroxide and then plain washing soda. The detergent I've been making to use most recently has been a few boxes of washing soda and 1 bar of grated homemade castile soap, just a couple to few depending on load size) baby formula scopes of that and a cap of hydrogen peroxide added directly to the washing load. Mine is MUCH cheaper, literally cents per load but the grab green is much more convienent, so it's a GREAT option for those who don't have the desire or time to make your own or do your own measuring. 

As I guessed the diapers came out great and no smells :) I'm doing a load of towels with them right now but if they can handle solid food toddler on the go diapers then towels with be a cinch :)

I couldn't find a recycle number on the package material, so I'll update as soon as I figure that out, I'm checking out their site right now and will email them if I can't find the info on their site and then update my eco score after that and when i find the info on their prodution processes. But so far they look pretty good on the eco score front.

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Pros: non-toxic, convenient, no fragrance or dye

Cons: a little pricey, doesn't dissolve well in cold water

For the past few months I've been using Tide Coldwater as my laundry detergent, so that will be my basis for comparison.

Tide has a significant advantage on price.  It only costs around 10 cents per load, whereas GrabGreen costs $7.50 for 24 loads - about 3 to 4 times more expensive.  On the other hand, if you only do 1-2 loads of laundry per week like me, the $7.50 worth of GrabGreen pods will last 4-5 months.  Not exactly a bank breaker.

The GrabGreen pods got my laundry as clean as Tide, maybe a little cleaner.  They also claim to have a softener, which is good because the one problem with hanging clothes out to dry is that they tend to stiffen up.  I actually left them out longer than usual today, and although some of my clothes did stiffen up, they weren't as stiff as when I use Tide.

Another nice bonus of the GrabGreen pods is the convenience.  You just grab one of the pods out of the bag, toss it in the washer, and then toss the clothes in.  Not like measuring out detergent is a big task, but it's still a nice convenience factor.

The big drawback I've been noticing recently is that often the pods won't completely dissolve in cold water.   So I'm left with a little soap puck and clothes that aren't as clean as they should be.  And I'm certainly not going to offset the green advantage of the detergent by using hot water.

So overall I'm disappointed in GrabGreen.  It's a bit more expensive than Tide, and doesn't work well in cold water.
GrabGreen Laundry Detergent
Description:

Pre-measured concentrated powder pods 24 loads It’s three products in one - it cleans thoroughly + enhances softness + removes stains Made with all naturally-derived ingredients. Hypo-allergenic - great for those with allergies and sensitive skin. Fragrance & dye free - why bother with non-natural ingredients.

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