A great place to receive eco-friendly samples for the household is via Seventh Generation’s Generation Good platform. You basically have to sign up on the website and complete surveys and a profile to qualify for free samples to use and review.
I qualified for the Seventh Generation Laundry Detergent Samples and received the following package in the mail.
The sample box came with a brochure on the product along with two packets of the laundry detergent containing 2 loads each.
In each packet, a dissoluble polyvinyl alcohol and glycerin film encased a detergent block that comprised of a plant-derived water softener, mineral-based cleaning agent, plant-derived cleaning agent, plant-derived anti-foaming agent and more. Here you can see a close-up of the ingredients in each detergent block.
Upon opening the resealable pack, I was confronted with these two little soaplet baggies.
The instructions say to drop one pack directly into the washing machine BEFORE adding clothes. This is the part that confused me: “Washes 2 medium loads. For larger or heavily soiled loads, use two packs.” I took this to mean that one pack would last in the wash for two loads and for a heavy load, to drop two of the packs in.
I dropped one pack in and filled up the washing machine (we use a top load 10 kg) with baby towels, swaddle blankets, fleece blankets, headbands and a whole bunch of rompers and onesies (20 pieces or so) to prepare for Baobao. I would say it took up 3/4 of the machine. I did add a tiny bit of Kodomo softener (half a capful) to the wash to see how it would fare.
The laundry load came out without any discernible scent – something that I knew would happen, though I am torn between whether baby clothes should have that fresh baby scent. I guess half a capful of softener did not work after all. There is already softener listed in the ingredients breakdown though I felt that the swaddle blankets though marginally softer before I put them in, were still not soft enough.
And as for the fact that the package stated “Washes 2 medium loads,” there was no trace of the pack in the washing machine when I was done.
US$0/S$0 to a US address
S$1.14 shipping to Singapore via forwarder
Hey if it’s less than S$2 for 4 packs of laundry detergent it’s definitely of value.