Monday, March 28, 2011

Product Review - Vaska Laundry Detergent

**I have not been paid or in any other way incentivized - these opinions are my own**

Prior to Addie's arrival, I had always been a sale shopper when it came to laundry detergent and was not committed to any particular brand.  This all changed, of course, when Addie arrived and we knew we would either need to use a baby type detergent or a "free and clear" solution from one of the big brands.  So, we started using the Method Free and Clear which worked well with everyone's skin but it really seemed to be fading out our clothes and making everything very rough.  I couldn't get down with that, so I started looking for different brands and happened upon Vaska one day at Target.  I read the bottle and it looked great on the bottle, it was very earth-friendly and claimed to be safe for babies so I picked up a bottle and figured I'd look into it once I got home and if everything looked good, I'd give it a go.  Here's what I found:

Product Name: Vaska Herbatergent "Free and clear"

Price: $15.99 for 64 load bottle

Product Description: This product uses real herbs and botanical cleansing agents for performance stain removal and freshness and was created and started by Julia Fry, a fashion designer, whos passion for textiles inspired her to create a botanical cleaning solution.  Vaska does not contain Nonylphenol ethoxylates, (NPEs), chlorine, phosphates, alcohol, optical brighteners, animal products, EPA priority pollutants, or dyes and has been tested by the Fashion Institute of Technology and compared to name brands such as Tide and is found to have the same stain removing power as other, less eco-friendly brands.  Even its packaging is earth-friendly, using post-consumer recycled plastic in its bottles.  There is a great article here that goes into greater depth about this product.  

Pros:  It's earth friendly and does a great job washing my clothes.  It is "free and clear" of all dyes and perfumes but still has a nice clean scent to it.  It leaves clothes feeling soft (I don't use any fabric softener) and lets clothes hold their color.  It's also baby friendly and I have had no problems at all washing Addie's clothes in this.

Cons:  It's a bit pricey for laundry detergent and the consistency of the detergent is a bit watery although that doesn't effect the cleaning power of this stuff, just caught me off guard a little.

Would I buy again or give to a friend: Yes, I am a convert and will use this from here on out!

Happy laundering!!



Cheryl E. said...

I have never heard of this before, I will have to check it out. I like how it makes your clothes soft too without using fabric softner. I feel like whenever I use the free and clear products they are never that soft and cuddly. Thanks for the info :)

Beach Bum & Baby said...

Great review hun!! I still need to pick some of this up and try it! I totally agree about the method - which is so disappointing!

Raven said...

So glad I read this! I have been using the Method detergents also, and I totally noticed it fading our clothes, but didn't know what else to use besides good 'ol Tide. Well, now I know! Thanks for the info!