Test Lab: Mrs. Meyer's Laundry Detergent

Test Lab: Mrs. Meyer's Laundry Detergent

Trent Johnson
May 11, 2009

I've been a devoted and happy user of Seventh Generation Free & Clear Natural Laundry Detergent for quite some time, but when I couldn't find it on sale, I decided to give another earth-friendly detergent that was on sale a try: Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day Laundry Detergent liquid...

Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day detergent is Earth-friendly and HE compatible, important since I have a front loading HE washing machine. While I'm no longer a formulations chemist (funny story ...), I've heard of pretty much every ingredient in Clean Day, so feel pretty good using it on my clothes.

What's in the bottle:
• Anionic Surfactants from plant-derived sources
• Cotton Extract
• Borax
• Dirt and stain-fighting enzymes
• Natural essential oils for fragrance

The first test of Mrs. Meyers was right after a Half Ironman race that me and some house guests and I had just completed. I had a bit of Seventh Generations detergent left, but decided to give the new stuff a try on our jerseys, shorts and socks from the race.

The result was excellent. In my experience, synthetic fabrics (fitness apparel) is are notorious for being hard-to-clean. But after washing and line-drying our clothes, there was no noticeable lingering odor and the Lavender scent was delightful but not overwhelming.

Next time, I'll probably do the same — and that means buying whatever earth-friendly detergent is on sale. But this time I'll do so without hesitation, especially if it's my newly found Mrs. Meyers or the trusty Seventh Generation.

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