The Honest Company: 4 in 1 Laundry Packs

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Today I thought I would review The Honest Company’s 4 in 1 Laundry Packs. I’ve been using them now for several months and feel like I finally have a completely formulated opinion on this product that I’d like to share with you, my readers!

If you’ve followed the blog for a while you’ll know that back when I first started the blog I posted a recipe for homemade laundry detergent. This is a recipe I’ve been making and using for years and I really do love it. However, I’ve been getting progressively busier over the last year between work and all the Theater related things I do. So when I ran out of laundry detergent this spring I didn’t really have time to go through all the steps to make more right then. I decided to look for a green/non-toxic  laundry detergent that was easy to use. After some research, I settled on the 4 in 1 Laundry Packs from The Honest Company.

You may have heard about the Honest Company recently, they’ve been under fire for using toxic chemicals (that they swear they don’t use) in a couple of their products.  These laundry packs though are a powdered formula, so they are not in the contaminated products category.

One thing that drew me to these laundry pods was the fact they scored so well on the EWG. I really wanted a product that was actually going to clean my clothes but wasn’t going to have a lot of skin irritants in it. Way back, when I started making my own laundry detergent right after college, the main reason was the fact that a lot of the “cheaper” detergents made my skin itchy and irritated but I didn’t have a lot of expendable income to purchase high-quality detergent. I found that when I made my own detergent I didn’t have those issues so I’ve been making it ever since! Since these pods don’t have much in the way of skin irritating ingredients though I haven’t had any issues with using these to clean our clothes.

The one complaint I have about these pods is that the film doesn’t always dissolve completely and sometimes it created large buildup spots on our clothes. However, if I simply wash them again in a less full washer (I have a tendency to overfill the washer) the dried on detergent will go away.

Alex swears that these don’t clean as well. However, I think it mainly has to do with the fact our clothes don’t come out of the wash smelling like a perfume factory. They come out smelling like absolutely nothing, which I think is fantastic.

One other thing to watch is the cost of these. You can purchase a pack of 50 pods for about $16 directly from them. If you purchase these from VitaCost you will actually pay slightly less than you would directly through the Honest Company. However, if you already subscribe to their bundle service you can add one package of these for no extra cost to your bundle which makes it very economical.

I will probably continue to purchase these pods since they are very convenient and do the job, I’m sure at some point I’ll go back to making my own laundry soap since it is so much more economical to do so. These though are great for the time being when I don’t really have extra time to deal with making my own soap.