I’ve never liked hand washing. The only times I’d ever done it was when I had to spot clean something. I rarely heeded the advice of clothing labels that advised anything beyond “machine wash.” Instead, I’d sometimes dry clean them, but usually I’d just throw those items into the machine with the rest of my laundry. Of course I’d at least put those items in one of those mesh delicates laundry bags; I mean, I’m not CRAZY. But that kind of garment care is hardly ideal for keeping clothes long-lasting. You’d think that a fashion obsessed retired stylist would respect her clothes more than that, but no, the time and effort of hand washing was something that I wanted no part of.
That is, until I started using Soak, a rinse-free laundry detergent for delicates, sweaters, and other fine garments. Yes! Rinse-free. All you do is pour a capful into a gallon of cool water, let your garments soak for 15 minutes (you can leave it in longer if you want, so it’s cool if you forget to set your alarm), squeeze out the water, then let it dry. That’s it! You may rinse, if you want, but with the drought and all, it’s nice to know that you can save time, energy, AND water by eliminating the rinse step.
It’s made of no harsh ingredients that are gentle enough to bathe in, so you don’t need to worry about ruining your hands while you do your “washing.” And on the eco-friendly topic, the bottles are made of 100% post-consumer resin and the labels are printed with plant based ink, so the packaging is completely recycleable.
I still dislike old-school hand laundering, but I can handle this rinse-free version. I love this product so much that I’m 90% sure that I’ll offer it in my shop. Is this something you’d be interested in? Would it help you get past your resistance to handwashing? Let me know!