TIPS FOR THE LAUNDRY ROOM
Q: HOW TO . . . wash cloth diapers and other performance garments
- If you’re new to using Charlie’s Soap, click here first to Super-Cleanse all your diapers before using them. This is the first and last time you’ll need to strip these garments.
- If you’re using other detergents on other regular clothes, make sure you clean out the drum before washing diapers. Otherwise, the wash cycle will clean the drum and not your laundry. Those residues could be deposited on the garments temporarily degrading their performance.
- Make sure garments are washed with lots of water and lots of agitation. Follow care instructions.
- Charlie’s Soap is not a disinfectant.
- Avoid letting polyester sit for too long as odours can become trapped and it will take a soak to remove them.
- When in doubt, wash them twice.
Q: HOW TO . . . use Charlie’s Soap for laundry if you have sensitive skin
- If you’re new to using Charlie’s Soap, click here first to Super-Cleanse your clothes BEFORE wearing them.
- As Charlie’s Soap starts to pull old residues out of your clothes, do not be surprised if they smell and feel weird. This is normal and will pass. When in doubt, wash them again.
Q: HOW TO . . . use Charlie’s Soap for Laundry with an HE washing machine
Many HE washers really are efficient at cleaning with less water than traditional top-loading washers. Charlie’s Soap is perfect for them. However, some HE machines are inefficient with their use of lower levels of water and thus need a little help.
- Leave your washer on the Heavy Soil setting for extra agitation. Consider adding soft, plastic, knobby dryer balls to restore some agitation.
- If your washer rarely uses enough water, use the Bulky cycle or add a wet towel to the wash.
- Add Charlie’s Soap for Laundry directly to the clothes when possible. Be sure that the washer doesn’t drain the drum before starting its cycle, though.
- Double rinse.
- With all front loaders, leave the door open to prevent odour.
Q: Extra tidbits about using Charlie’s Soap for laundry
- Add Charlie’s Soap directly to the clothes, ignoring the dispenser whenever possible.
- If you have to use a shared washer, or you go to a Laundromat, make sure you wipe down the drum before starting your load!
- Charlie’s Soap is highly biodegradable. Therefore, you can use it for gray water irrigation. Use soaker hoses, not sprinklers.
- If your washer is 4.0 cubic feet or higher, a full dose of Charlie’s Soap may be a heaping spoonful of Laundry Powder or an ounce and a bit extra of Laundry Liquid.
- Using a double dose of Charlie’s Soap for Laundry can help in a pinch if you need extra cleaning.
- If you really want to have a scent from your laundry, add a few drops of your favourite essential oil to a face cloth and add that to your drying clothes.
- Charlie’s Soap is safe for colours, but do follow your garments’ care instructions. If a garment says it is not colorfast, it may bleed or fade.
- Most clothes are naturally soft. The more you use Charlie’s Soap, the more your garments’ characteristics shine. You shouldn’t need fabric softener.
- To kill static cling, add a moistened face cloth to the last 5 minutes of the drying cycle.