I shared this with a couple of people but want to post it here. I do more pet laundry than "people laundry" at this house. Altogether maybe 6-7 full size loads a week, so we use a lot of detergent. I like free-and-clear but brand name detergent is expensive when you go through bottles like we do. The only "dollar store" free-and-clear I have found is Sun Free and Clear at Big Lots, 50 loads for $2.75, but they stopped carrying the bottles, now they only carry the huge jugs that are too heavy to handle and don't fit on the shelf over the washer (if you could lift them).
I just discovered LA's Totally Awesome Laundry Detergent With Oxygen, the navy blue bottle. It is not "free and clear", it is actually blue, and if you sniff the bottle there is a faint fragrance but not bad. I tried it, and of course everyone has their own sense of smell, but as far as I can tell, by the time it comes out of the dryer, the fragrance is gone. I have washed 3 loads of pet laundry, which is mostly whites, and they have all come out CLEAN and SOFT and UNSCENTED. I am totally happy with it. The company also has several other formulas that are scented (if you prefer that) but I haven't tried them.
They sell bottles that do 32 loads for $1 at Dollar Tree or 99 Only. Also at 99 Only they have the same stuff in a big bottle that does 150 loads for $3.99. That would last us almost 6 months, that's cheap! It is bigger than I want to deal with, but not as big as those huge jugs of Sun that are WAY too big. The Sun Free and Clear I was using for the past 10 years was about 5 cents a load and this LA's Totally Awesome stuff is 3 cents a load using the small bottle. The laundry I've done was white cotton towels, white cotton and polyester quilted pads, white fleece underpads, and light colored polyester fiberfill quilts. It included a LOT of urine, some slight fecal stains, and traces of greasy ointment, but no major ground in dirt. I have not had any doggy disaster laundry recently, but if I get some I will try to post back how the Awesome detergent does on that.
Hope this may help someone with an incontinent pet who thinks, "The washer never stops at our house!"
OK, had a stain on a quilted bottom sheet that was maybe a 4 or 5 on a scale of 1 to 10. Laid it out flat and poured a full cap of Awesome With Oxygen detergent on it, and let it sit for several minutes before putting it in the washer and running the load. Did not come out as clean as I'd like. You could still see where it was. I was thinking that since this is formulated "With Oxygen", that meant it would work kind of like Oxy-Clean, but it really didn't. It worked like normal Sun Free and Clear. With Sun Free and Clear, when I have a ground in stain like that, I lay it out flat and pour hydrogen peroxide on it, let it fizz, then wash as usual. That works. Will have to do that with Awesome Oxygen detergent, too. That's OK.CarolC wrote:I have not had any doggy disaster laundry recently, but if I get some I will try to post back how the Awesome detergent does on that.
To be fair, they do not advertise it as a spot remover, and I did not try rubbing it after I poured the capful on the stain. That might work, but I don't want to have to get the rubber gloves and all that, it's easier to go back to pre-treating with peroxide, you don't have to rub that, just let it fizz.
If you're wondering why not just add bleach to the wash, I'd love to! But the waterproof fleece underpads immediately get holes in them and start to leak, it must eat whatever plastic they sandwich in the middle of the fleece. Any load that has quilted sheets also has fleece underpads and I'm not going to start washing them separately.
And if you're wondering, what's the big deal if you can still see where a stain was after you wash it, the dog won't care...there is a reason beyond just pride. This particular dog has an open v*lva as a result of her paralysis, and the urinary tract is inside the v*lva, and when I put her into bed at night without her diaper, I want to her be on really clean sheets. They may not be hospital clean, but at least "good and clean". I realize any dust on her feet or tail, etc, will soon also be on the sheets, but I have control over whether fecal stains and possible germs are in the bedding or not.
And that being said, it does no good to find a bargain detergent if your dog is going to get a urinary infection from contacting unclean bedding. You could buy a lot of expensive detergent for the cost of a vet exam and antibiotics, not to mention the guilt you would feel over letting it happen because you were being cheap. That's why I'm really trying to see whether this detergent is good or not. At this point, I still think it is.