Why can't I smell my Scent Sprinkles on my laundry?
The short answer is: because we don't use parabens, phthalates, or plastics in our Scent Sprinkles. Those are added to commercially available brands to make fragrances last longer, but they can create some problems like negative health effects and clogged washer drains.
So what can you do? You may have to use Scent Sprinkles a little differently than the kind you buy at the grocery store. Here's how we do it!
- We found the Scent Sprinkles work best in warm to cold water. Hot water seems to wash the scent out quicker.
- For a large laundry load, add 1 generous tablespoon for a light scent and 2 tablespoons for a heavier scent.
- Try adding it to your rinse cycle instead of your main wash. If you don't use fabric softener, you can use that compartment of the soap dispenser for the Scent Sprinkles.
Is Power Powder the same thing as laundry soap?
No, our laundry detergent uses a surfactant - sodium coco sulfate- that is designed to clean your clothes without damaging your washing machine. It does not contain any 'soap' or grated soap bars. Many natural or homemade laundry 'soaps' use grated soap bars as the base of their product. While this may seem like a good idea, over time the clothes will build up a fatty residue from the oils in the soap, making them feel dirty after a few washes.
How much Power Powder should I use?
For a regular-size load of laundry that is lightly to moderately soiled, I recommend 1 heaping tableblespoon added directly into the washing machine drum with the clothes. For heavily soiled items or smaller loads you may need more or less detergent, up to 2 tablespoons.
*Tip: I have found that adding 1/8 cup of white vinegar to large loads - like dirty towels for example - can help the detergent remove odors, soften the fabric, and remove light stains more effectively.
Will this work in hard water?
Yes! In fact, our detergent was designed in hard water conditions. If you have very hard water I recommend adding 1/8 cup white vinegar to a load of laundry. If you have very soft water, a tablespoon or two of baking soda may be necessary.
Why can't I buy scented detergent?
I want customers who are avoiding fragrances for whatever reason to know their detergent will never be contaminated accidentally. It's much easier for those of us who want scent to add it in after, too!
Will this detergent remove stains?
Yes and no; the detergent contains sodium percarbonate- the active ingredient in oxygen powder stain removers and laundry additives- and a combo of three enzymes that work to help break down oils, proteins, and plant-based stains. This means it can remove most of the dirt and grime we expose our garments to daily.
If you have a tougher stain like wine, motor oil, blood, chocolate, etc., I recommend first pre-treating the item with an appropriate solution (I will add a blog post about stain treating soon). For messy toddler stains, baby milk & formula buildup, and other moderate stains I recommend using our Stain Detainer