I am looking for an alternative to Woolite to hand wash my delicates. I have heard from several sources that Woolite is relatively harsh chemically. I have heard of "Forever New", "Laundress" and "Holistia (?sp- from Nordstrom)". Any thoughts on these or other mild detergents you have had success with?
I've heard/read from a few sources now that some people use Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps for washing delicates. I use the soap in the shower, but have not used it for laundry yet. I plan to try it out after I use up the last of my Woolite.
I use the Brora cashmere shampoo £5 for my cashmere and other really delicate stuff which has to be soft. I have used woolite at lower concentration for other things like silk dresses and it seems to have been fine.
The Dr. Bronner's soap is really nice. I like it because it's relatively inexpensive and you don't have to use very much to get things clean. The label is really...bizarre; it has some strange religious kind of stuff printed on it. I use it for washing dark denim -- it's mild enough to prevent excessive fading. I think the peppermint and lavender varieties smell best; I thought the almond was kind of yucky. The tea tree is nice too.
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Yeah, one of my really good friends works for Le Mystere and says to not EVER use Woolite when washing bras or underwear, it's awful. She recommends Forever New, Ivory Snow or Dreft. I've been using Ivory Snow and it's definitely been a lot more gentle on my bras than Woolite was. I hate the smell though, so once I'm through with the bottle, I think I'm going to try Dreft.