Mrs. Jones' Soapbox - a review
I am not a cleaner. I LOVE things to be clean and organized but I hate to think about doing it. Once I'm actually working at it I feel great, it's the getting to it part that is hard. So when I do clean I want effective products that work fast. Another factor is my son's eczema. I really believe in using as many natural products as I can to try to keep from aggravating it. I switched to Shaklee for all my cleaning products at Christmas. I like the laundry soap but it's expensive. Once I ran out I started using clear and free ALL. It's not all natural though, so when I heard about Mrs. Jones' Soapbox on Etsy, and found out that my cousin uses her products and loves it, I decided to give it a try.
The first thing that impressed me was her eco friendly policy - she sells her products in reusable packaging and then offers refills in recycled containers for an even better price. By the way, the containers are super cute too! Since I had my own jar, I bought the Four Bag refill of laundry soap, 320 loads worth (if you have HE machines it's 640) - for $38 including shipping. It comes to $0.12 a load! Much cheaper than Shaklee and exactly the same price as ALL.
The product description reads:
The Pert Plus of laundry detergents, this is a cleaner, deodorizer and softener all-in-one. Clothes come out soft and free from the waxy residues left behind by traditional detergents and fabric softeners. The mild ingredients make it the ideal product for babies and people with allergies and skin conditions. You need just one heaping spoonful of detergent for each wash so this product will cost you less and last longer than any other on the market. A little bit goes a long way! And there's no need to use fabric softener or softener sheets. This is a laundry soap & fabric softener all-in-one so your clothes come out of the dryer soft, fresh and static-free.
Safe for HE, top or front loaders, baby clothing, cloth diapers, sensitive skin, skin allergies, skin conditions and septic tanks. This product is readily biodegradable.
As soon as it arrived I did all my laundry - my sister and mother are amazed right now- that in and of it's self was worth the purchase, ha ha ha. Anyway, the soap smells wonderful and had my whole house (it's small and open to the laundry room) smelling fresh - but the clothes didn't come out perfumey (?) or smelly at all. I was dubious about not needing fabric softener, but you really don't! My clothes were softer than ever and no static. I'm in love with this soap and highly recommend it. I even passed on a bag to my SIL for my nephew who also has eczema.
With my purchase Jamie (owner) sent a sample of her Soft Cleaning Scrub.
"This soft scrub cleaner is a personal favorite of mine. I keep one under my kitchen sink and use it to clean my stainless steel sink, dirty casserole dishes, pots & pans, my glass stove top when food gets burnt on, the inside of my oven and the inside of my dishwasher. I keep another jar in the shower and use it to clean the glass doors, tile walls and floor while I'm taking a shower! There are no harsh fumes to breathe (it smells like delicious cake frosting) so I find it's quick and easy to do.
It's also great for cleaning bathroom sinks & tubs, scuff marks on the walls, and the inside of your washing machine. Anytime you need a little extra oomph when you're cleaning, reach for Scrub. I even discovered recently that it will remove paint from your skin if your hands get dirty while you're cleaning paint brushes!"
I decided to give it a try on my kitchen sink. I generally use Shaklee's Scour Off scrub and then on occasion I'll use Soft Scrub - even though I hate the toxic smell, it does do the job better than my Scour Off . Here's the before pic:
I think it did a good job- as well as my Scour Off. For a jar it's $8.99 and for the 16oz refill it's $3.99 - my Shaklee scrub is $7.25 for 9oz (if your a member). As soon as I'm out of my Shaklee I'll be switching to Mrs. Jones' Soapbox - I can't wait to try her other products as well.