How It All Shakes Out:
Ease of Use: 4
When All Is Said And Done: 4.5
I was sent the "Green Tea" scent. It sounds crazy, but as I anxiously awaited the EcoSprout to arrive, I kept wondering what Green Tea smells like. I kept thinking back to an actual tea bag and kind of wondering if I would dislike the smell. I honestly couldn't place what it would be like. So many lotions and sprays and creams say "Green Tea and Mango" or some other scent combined with Green Tea, which is always the dominant scent--I began to wonder if I had ever smelled it before!
Then it arrived in my mailbox.
It is wonderful! It's bright and clean and fresh smelling. Not at all like an old teabag. Not like perfume or a lotion or anything I had smelled before. Simple, crisp and fantastic. I would like to thank Mary for sending such a great-smelling scent option for me to try! It is not what I would have immediately chosen, but I LOVE the outcome of my wonderment and it was fun to experience something new! So, for "scent" EcoSprout gets a 5!! This goes hand-in-hand with Sinking-Stink. My diapers are always stripped using RLR Laundry Treatment (well, the inserts, fitteds, prefolds, flats, and anything non-PUL anyway) yet there is always a degree of stink that accumulates after a while. EcoSprout did not ADD to that stink, as many detergents do that claim they are "cloth safe." There are even brands that are well-known in the cloth world that I used and felt like they perpetuated the problem for me! This was not the case with EcoSprout. The residual smell from the detergent was not as strong as the original smell while getting the wash ready, but there was still a faint, fresh smell of the lovely Green Tea there. I have noticed that I'm not seriously offended by my diapers--not even the microfiber--nearly as quickly since starting to use EcoSprout! So, EcoSprout scores a 5 in that realm, too!
The fact that it did not add to any laundry issues makes it quite effective. It cleans my diapers, regular wash items, and even my husbands dirty work clothes. I was pleased with the results after using the EcoSprout detergent for a few weeks. It really has decreased my amount of stink, which makes me feel like my diapers are cleaner. I am a HUGE skeptic of anything that boasts this, as I said I have tried MAJOR cloth-diapering detergent brands and found that they stink!! I will be keeping EcoSprout around until potty training is complete!
Something really awesome about EcoSprout is that it is all-natural. My son and I both have sensitive skin, and looking back at my first few months of being a new mom, I cannot believe I used Dreft, thinking it was "sensitive safe!" It is probably the most perfumed, smelly detergent I've ever sniffed! It didn't have any bad reactions on our skin (and of course I didn't use it on any cloth diapers) but I used it quite a bit, thinking it was a sound choice for us. Now that I've experienced so many alternatives that I didn't know existed a little over a year ago, I won't ever go back to the pink box of powder! I feel like a company that can make an effective product in an all-natural way = quality!! The packaging EcoSprout comes in is really pretty. The bag is a slider bag, for ease of use and closure. LOVING this feature! Zip-lock style bags are hard to shut if granules of detergent or flakes get into the track of the zipper. Bags with NO re-closure devise are the worst. This handy slider top makes it easy to close, ensuring I won't waste a bit in my laundry frenzy! The outer cover with the EcoSprout logo is muslin or some type of earthy-looking material, which I really dig too. My coffee provider also uses a similar material and I re-use those bags for all sorts of household organization and storage. Much more earth-lovin' than all plastic. Another mark of quality! Give 'em a 5!!
Lastly, the ease of use part of my scrutiny of this great product. I gave it a small demerit for ease of use--though I LOVE that it is a slider bag with an awesome cloth cover, I don't like that they don't send a scoop. Maybe this is a good thing in some ways--it uses less plastic. Maybe the manufacturers are thinking green and hoping the consumer will use a tablespoon that is metal, that they already own for measuring. But, as much as I would like to embrace that notion, I still like when detergent comes with it's own measuring device. So, since I had to find a suitable scoop for this detergent, as petty as it sounds, it was enough of an inconvenience to note for me. I'm not a lazy person. I didn't mind that I had to walk upstairs and find a measuring utensil. I just like the company going the extra mile, if you will, providing you with the appropriate vessel for measuring their product. It could even be made of recycled materials if they would like to keep it more green. But, if I were to change one thing it would be that. All detergents should come with a measuring device of their own.
There you have it. A pretty darn great detergent. An all-natural fix for your diaper stink. A detergent safe for baby bums, mama cloth, daddy dirt and all that falls in between. I am really liking my EcoSprout! You should LIKE them too. And, LIKE Lovely Eco Chic while you're at it! You can keep apprised of all the fun news, events, promotions and happenings over at Lovely Eco Chic by following on Facebook. If you think this might be for you, BUY some--Mary would love to help you out with your cloth diapering and detergent needs! You can also take a stab at WINNING a bag in the scent of your choice by filling out the Rafflecopter form below!! Make sure to THANK Mary for bein' an earth-lovin' mama and generously sponsoring this giveaway!
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