Laundry seems like a never-ending activity in our home. Sound familiar?
Rhys likes his bed outside on warm days, where it picks up all kinds of dirt. When he feels anxious, he vomits. And then there is the drool that comes with a giant set of loose lips.
Arden, our 17-year-old tortie, leaves vomit surprises. Most of those are on our bed. There is nothing quite like sliding your foot into a squishy spot at 2:37 a.m.
Wean, our 15-year-old orange tabby, sneezes catastrophically and blasts cat snot on remote surfaces. Sometimes my face, in which case he has been sitting on my chest so I can appreciate the full extent of his work.
Pillows, blankets, bed covers, sheets, and the human clothing that becomes collateral damage during clean up . . . I wash a lot of laundry. Cleaning up after our very experienced animal family members is an honor I regard. As much as I dislike the never ending pile, I know from experience that when it shrinks I mourn.
Many clients ask me about the products I use with my family and I gladly share my experiences. After trying many different varieties of soap and detergent in our HE washer, I must say I have been the happiest with Charlie's Soap.
It's fabulous. Here's what I like about it.
First, it doesn't have an odor and nothing is added to make it smell or not smell (sometimes manufacturers add ingredients to mask the smell of other ingredients to create an "unscented" product - gross). Both of our kitties live with asthma and we work hard to make sure our indoor air is as clean as it can be for them. Our laundry smells delightfully neutral, which is just what Charlie's Soap promises: "Nothing but the sweet smell of clean."
Second, it gets out stains like nobody's business. I rarely pretreat anything and have come to accept that many of the soft surfaces in our home will carry stains. With Charlie's Soap, I don't see stains on the bedding for Rhys (our Dane) or the kitties, and that bedding has seen poop, vomit, bile, blood - hospice stuff.
Third, it doesn't include anything that irritates skin, harms fish, or otherwise makes life difficult for humans or other beings. No lye, phosphates, dyes, bleach, or abrasives. I rest easy with this stuff.
I buy ours on Amazon as a Subscribe and Save item. Even with as much laundry as I do, I buy a 100-load container about every three months. That's about $5.60 per month for laundry soap, and that's a great deal. That leaves us more room in the budget for all of Rhys' Dane-sized prescriptions.
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I'm Shannon, and I love and am loved by four Great Danes, four cats, and one horse (four Danes, one cat, and one horse are no longer walking this earth). Here I'll share stories of my adventures in grief photography for companion animals, my own grief journey, and thoughts on caregiving.