Thursday, April 19, 2012
When it comes to taking steps to go green, I feel as though there are more and more organic foods, eco-friendly beauty products and natural fibers everywhere I look. Which is great, right? Who wouldn't want to do all they can to provide their family with items that are as healthy as possible — while also helping the earth?
However, there are certain items that can often raise questions on their results. Will those natural hair products get your hair as clean? Can green cleaning products still disinfect?
That's why when I'm introduced to a company that has found a way to create something efficient and proven effective while still keeping it healthy and natural, I can't help but be impressed. Therefore, when it comes to finding a laundry detergent that is clinically tested to clean as well as leading laundry detergents yet is pure enough to drink, that can only be Vaska.
A Berkeley-based company, Vaska develops advanced botanical solutions for household, institutional, and industrial cleaning. Their revolutionary products use real herbs and natural ingredients to develop professional grade laundry products that clean effectively without harming people or the planet.
In fact, Vaska is among a select number of companies that have earned recognition by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for what they have done for the environment. Not too shabby, right?
Considering the amount of laundry that we do around here, I was interested in testing out Vaska's Unscented Perfect Laundry Detergent to see if it was just as perfect as they claimed.
Clinically tested to clean better than other green detergents and equal to leading chemical brands, Vaska's Perfect Laundry Detergent is available in Lavender or Scent Free formulas. Both are hypoallergenic and free of perfumes, dyes, optical brighteners, and the traditional chemicals that damage fabrics and cause skin irritation.
Instead, the ingredients include plant based surfactants, vegetable conditioner, water soluble degreasing agent, lavender extract, lavender scent (in the lavender version only, of course) and filtered water. Basically, without using any harmful chemicals, these liquid detergents can still deliver exceptional cleaning power and clean clothing and linens effectively (in standard or high efficiency machines).
I love the 4x concentration, as it not only significantly reduces the product's carbon footprint, but just makes it so much more manageable and easy to use — no wielding a bulky, heavy container necessary. The cap is so very tiny, but to clean a regular load of laundry, you only need to pour in half a capful of Vaska. That's it!
Each time I have used Vaska Perfect Laundry Detergent on my family's clothes, I have been happy with the results. The very tiny hint of a scent that I smell (when I put my nose right up to the detergent) is simply that of a clean, soapy freshness. As the formula is hypoallergenic and safe enough for babies, I don't have any problem using it on clothes that touch my daughters' (and my husband's) sensitive skin.
In the end, our clothes come out looking and smelling fresh and clean, so add on the benefits that this detergent provides for the environment and it's a win-win situation all around! Retailing for $12.99 for a 42 oz bottle (56 loads) and $7.99 for a 21 oz bottle (28 loads), Vaska's detergent does seem to be as close to perfect as I've seen.
Along with their Perfect Laundry Detergent, Vaska's new and improved home laundry product line includes:
· Exceptional Fabric Softener: Liquid fabric softener that is vegetable derived with a natural lavender scent to give clothing and linens enhanced softness naturally. This product is safe on colors, whites, natural and synthetic washable fabrics and the formula never leaves waxes or chemicals behind that damage fabrics and irritate the skin. Retail price: $6.99 for a 42 oz bottle (42 loads).
· Amazing Oxygen Brightener: Chlorine free bleach that makes whites sparkle and keeps color garments bright. Not only is this Brightener safe on colors, whites, natural and synthetic washable fabrics, but it makes clothing and linens truly soft – without the stiff and crunchy bleach feel (ingredients include hydrogen peroxide, plant based surfactants and filtered water). Retail price: $5.99 for a 42 bottle (42 loads).
Whether washing high tech workout clothing or a toddler's favorite tee, Vaska products clean even the most delicate fabrics gently yet effectively. Find their items at your local retail store or on Amazon and be sure to visit their website to find out more about their full collection. You'll also want to connect with Vaska on Facebook and Twitter so that you never miss an update from this award-winning and inspiring company.
(Other than the Perfect Laundry Detergent that I was provided by Vaska , I was not compensated or enticed to do this review in any way. This review is solely my honest opinion of this product.)