Monday, June 20, 2011

Eco Sprout Review from The Flats and Handwashing Challenge!

 
During the Flats and Handwashing Challenge, I was very lucky to have some amazing sponsors. One of my wonderful sponsors, Eco Sprout, sent me their awesome Sample Detergent Pack to help me with the Flats and Handwashing Challenge! Eco Sprout was started by a Work at Home Dad who wanted to create a detergent that not only got diapers clean, but was environmentally friendly, biodegradable, and 100% natural. Eco Sprout is a family run company and they hand make and mix each batch of Eco Sprout detergent to make sure that it meets their high standards.


Here is some more info about Eco Sprout from their website:
Eco Sprout Detergent is an eco-friendly, all natural detergent that's great for your entire family, and SAFE for cloth diapers and sensitive skin. It will clean and disinfect your diapers while rinsing clean. No more battling with eye-watering ammonia smell!

The Sample Detergent Pack came with 8 samples in it:
(Scent descriptions taken from the Eco Sprout website)
  • Sandalwood Vanilla - A powdery soft and sensual fragrance that blends the warm, woody essence of sandalwood with creamy vanilla.
  • Warm Vanilla Sugar - A wonderfully, sweet, warm and comforting scent with vanilla, coconut, and basmati rice.
  • Fresh Linen - Crisp and clean, reminiscent of linen sheets drying in the sun, with refreshing, light hints of apple, kiwi and violets.
  • Lavender Chamomile - A calming blend of true Lavender infused with chamomile.
  • Ocean Blue - Fresh, clean, and salty scent of the ocean. This scent is very light and crisp!
  • In the Buff - This soft unscented detergent is designed for the most sensitive of skin.
  • Baby Powder - Clean, light and airy and smells just like corn starch powder without being overpowering.
  • Seasonal - I'm not sure exactly which Seasonal scent I got, the current seasonal scent is Pink Lemonade, but mine is definitely not that. I think it was their winter seasonal scent. 
The scented detergents are all designed to be enjoyed while you have them in your laundry room and while you use them. (Or in my case, our master bathroom! It smelled great!) In my opinion, the scents are a nice little aromatherapy bonus! The scents have been created to wash out and when clean your diapers and laundry simply smell fresh and clean!  

I was really excited to try Eco Sprout, they all smelled so good! My favorites are Ocean Blue, Lavender Chamomile and Sandalwood Vanilla. Although, a new scent came out recently - Pink Lemonade! Perfect for summer! I love citrus scents, so I think I will have to try Pink Lemonade! 

My sample pack came with a really useful "First Time Users" guide. Eco Sprout HIGHLY recommends giving your diapers a good soak before you start using Eco Sprout detergent as your primary cloth diaper detergent. This is to give your diapers a good deep cleaning and to pull out any soap, grime, minerals and softeners that are lurking inside your diapers and inserts. This can also help to prevent rashes that sometimes pop up when switching to a new detergent. 

 I switched to using Eco Sprout at the half-way point during the Flats and Handwashing Challenge. I soaked my flats and covers for about 2 hours or so in the tub and I used about a Tablespoon of detergent. I was really impressed at how quickly the detergent dissolved! When washing in the tub, I always gave the water a good swishing to make sure that all of the detergent had dissolved. But Eco Sprout seemed to dissolve on contact with the water and it was also very low sudsing.

In you go!
Fill 'er up!

After their soak in Eco Sprout, I swished and scrubbed my diapers and flats. There wasn't too much "residue" in the tub, but I had only been using the flats for a half of a week, so I'm sure there wasn't too much "grime" to pull out. Then, I rinsed the flats and covers and hung them to dry outside. I was really interested to see if Eco sprout would do a good job at getting stains out. I had a "stained" diaper, now it wasn't a really bad stain, but still, I like it when my diapers look fresh and clean. So,  after soaking in Eco Sprout, being scrubbed and hanging out in the sunshine...the stain was gone! Yay!
Before! ...that stain was just glaring at me! Ok, maybe I'm the only one who can see it.
After! Can you see a stain? I can't!
When I brought my diapers in from drying outside, they smelled so clean and fresh! There was no scent left behind, they just smelled like the outdoors! I love the smell of laundry when it comes in from drying outside. It makes me so happy!

I love the bag that Eco Sprout comes in and I knew that I had to put it to good use! So, I re-purposed it to be my clothespin baggie! I had previously been using a plastic bag from Lowe's (classy, I know) and now I have a much cuter home for my clothespins. I think they are happier and I love using it! Another great thing that I found from the sample pack is that the sample sized bags of detergent are perfect for travel! They are resealable (genius!) and they were so handy to have when we were traveling to visit my family! It was great not to have to lug a whole big bag with me. So, if you are planning any summer trips, I would definitely recommend stocking up on some 2oz. bags of Eco Sprout or just order the Sample Pack and try them all!


I really enjoyed using Eco Sprout. I am so, so , so glad that I got the chance to try Eco Sprout, I loved the variety of scents and (more importantly) it got my flats and covers clean and stain free! I really like that Eco Sprout has one formula - no matter what your water type is. You simple add more or less detergent to your machine (or tub) based on your water type. They also have a great chart that helps you decide how much detergent to use, depending on your machine and your water type.  I appreciate that Eco Sprout tells you what they use for their ingredients. Little man has fairly sensitive skin and while I was using Eco Sprout detergent for little mans flats and covers, we didn't experience any rashes or break outs. Yay! Eco Sprout was a great choice to use with our hard water, it kept the stains away, kept little man rash free, it smelled great and got my diapers CLEAN for the Flats and Handwashing Challenge!

I really loved using Eco Sprout and I know I will be buying more! I have my eye on Pink Lemonade and In the Buff for little man's cloth diapers and I'm even going to start washing our regular laundry in it! I feel like their prices are very reasonable as well:
*This is from the Eco Sprout website: Our detergent is safe for all water types and is designed to work with both HE and conventional machines.

Our detergent is free from dyes, brighteners, enzymes, phosphates, & is SLS free. It is also 100% natural and biodegradable.


Interested in getting some Eco Sprout for your diaper laundry? You can SHOP their website for detergent (in a variety of sizes), bottom balm, bottom spray and pail freshener! You can also connect with Eco Sprout on Facebook.


Thank you to Eco Sprout who provided me with samples of their detergent to use during the Flats and Handwashing Challenge. These samples were sent to me free of charge for review and has not influenced my opinion of the product. I have sought to give my honest review and experience with this product. Special thanks to Eco Sprout for sponsoring me with samples to use for the Flats and Handwashing Challenge!   



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