Wednesday, February 25, 2009

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The Queens of Garment Care

Gwen Whiting and Lindsey Wieber started The Laundress product line because of their frustration with toxic cleaning chemicals and detergents used to both dry clean and wash their they combined the most potent friendliest cleaning concoctions with the most beautiful scents into their luxurious garment and home furnishing care line was born. Made with organic materials, renewable resources, plant based dye and free from chlorine, bleach and artificial fragrances not to mention animal and cruelty free, you can certainly feel good inside and out!!! And to boot their products still have a higher efficacy rate than grocery store products as a result of incorporating several enzymes which are more expense but far safer and much more efficient in banishing stains. The current collection is available in four fabulous The Laundress scents: Classic, Baby, Lady, Cedar. We LOVE the wool and cashmere shampoo, the ironing water, static solution and travel paquettes!!! Oh and the wash and stain bar! The best part is that the entire The Laundress collection will soon be debuting on Clos-ette's online shop!

Xoxo Melanie

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Groups to sue cleaning product makers for ingredient disclosure
Environmental and health activists want lists and research results from such firms as Procter & Gamble and Colgate-Palmolive.

By Susan Carpenter February 18, 2009

The makers of Tide, Ajax and other common household cleansers are being asked to come clean about their ingredients. Environmental and health activists announced plans Tuesday for a lawsuit to make Procter & Gamble Co., Colgate-Palmolive Co. and two other major firms reveal the chemical ingredients of their cleaning products and their research on the products' effects.

The suit, to be filed today in New York, seeks to use a little-known 1976 New York law passed to combat phosphates in detergent. The activists "say people deserve to know whether the products they use to wash their dishes and clean their homes could be harmful," said New York lawyer Keri Powell, an attorney for Earthjustice, a nonprofit public interest law firm.The lawsuit is being filed on behalf of six state and national environmental and health groups, including the Sierra Club and American Lung Assn. in New York.

Responding to the lawsuit, the Soap and Detergent Assn. expressed disappointment that activist groups were "using an arcane New York state regulation as a way to disparage cleaning product formulators whose products are used safely and effectively by millions of people every day." The industry plans a major push next year to make more information available about ingredients, said Michelle Radecki, general counsel of the Washington-based group. It represents 110 cleaning product manufacturers that together make more than 90% of U.S. cleaning products."The cleaning product industry is committed to providing more information than ever before on cleaning product ingredients," she said.Last September, the coalition of groups sent letters to several manufacturers informing them of the New York law and its requirement that they file semiannual ingredient and research reports with the state's Department of Environmental Conservation. The letters asked the manufacturers to comply within 30 days. "Eco-friendly" cleaning product manufacturers Method Products Inc., based in San Francisco, and Seventh Generation Inc., in Burlington, Vt., were among the companies that complied with the request. Cincinnati-based Procter & Gamble, New York-based Colgate-Palmolive and Princeton, N.J.-based Church & Dwight Co. (maker of the popular Arm & Hammer products) all refused to comply; Britain-based Reckitt Benckiser Group (which makes Woolite) did not respond.The lawsuit seeks to invoke Article 35 of New York's Environmental Conservation Law -- a statute that's seen little action since it was passed in 1976 to combat phosphates, a family of chemicals once widely used in detergents until they were associated with negative health effects. Health issues are central to the new lawsuit as well. Many of the activist groups in the lawsuit link the chemicals in household cleaning products to asthma, skin sensitization and other human health issues, as well as reproductive problems in aquatic life. The Consumer Product Safety Commission is the federal agency charged with overseeing home cleaning products, but it doesn't require cleaning product manufacturers to provide comprehensive ingredient lists, so few companies do. And although the federal Toxic Substances Control Act was enacted in 1976 to regulate the introduction of chemicals, it grandfathered in most of the existing chemicals on the market. In California, two laws were approved in 2008. Together they require the state to identify "chemicals of concern," to evaluate safer alternatives and to create a scientific clearinghouse for information on chemicals' effects, but environmental and health groups say it will be years before consumers see results.,0,3588277.story
The Laundress in Tokyo!

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Thursday, February 19, 2009

We love this super cute blog posting about The Laundress!


Of course my first 'real' entry has to be about something as exciting as laundry (really hooks the audience). Working for California Closets for over 6 years, I learned a lot about caring for and preserving your belongings. Caring for your clothing is as important as organizing it! My believe around clothing is to buy great quality and take really good care of it. Nothing makes me more upset than wasting money on clothes that fall apart. I would rather spend $400 on a dress that lasts years, than $50 on something I can only wear a couple of times - my style is more classic with an edge, less trendy (I need to mention, though, that the best t-shirt on the market is the "My Favorite T" from the GAP. They're about $2o and better than anything else out there - expensive or cheap).

Back to laundry. The best laundry detergent I have ever used is from a small company called "The Laundress." The company was started by two friends who had years of experience in the textile and fashion world. They created a luxury fabric care line that helps to preserve all types of fabric, saves trips to the dry cleaner, is good for you and the environment, and has 4 different fragrance lines that smell divine. I love the whole line, but if I had to chose I would buy the "Delicate Wash", "Darks Detergent", "Fabric Fresh", and "Wool & Cashmere Shampoo"'s really hard to choose because every product is amazing.

If you are used to grocery store bought detergent, the prices will shock you, but I justify this luxury by thinking about how long my clothing will look fabulous and the dry cleaning bills I won't have - plus, the products are concentrated. You can find this line in some high-end home and beauty boutiques, but I think it's easiest to buy from their website. Be sure to check out their whole website - I think it's amazing. I love the "Things We Love" posts...such a great idea for any business website.

Check out the products and let me know what you think.
Funny Note: When my boyfriend and I were discussing Valentine's Day, I said I didn't want anything because I would rather save for travel or for something in our newly remodeled house later in the year... but then I decided to ask him for some detergent from
The Laundress. I'm not kidding. I'm such a romantic.

Check out her blog, The Krafty Life, here...

Thursday, February 5, 2009

The Laundress is featured on!

5 Questions With....The Laundress!
In addition to your wedding dress and accessories, you'll probably purchase and/or receive a variety of lingerie for your honeymoon. And unlike your dress, lingerie can be worn again and again so you'll need to know how to properly care for your intimates. We asked Lindsey Wieber and Gwen Whiting, co-founders of The Laundress—a line of luxury fabric care, specialty detergents and laundry-related accessories—how to travel with, clean and store lingerie. Here's what they had to say: —Anne Chertoff

How should one wash their lingerie? Are there some basic do's and don'ts?
The biggest rules are to always hand wash and air dry—no dryer. A laundry basin or sink are great options and always remember to wash in cold water that is best for delicate fabrics. If there are stains you may just want to add more detergent to make sure they are fully cleaned. Also remember to lay flat to dry so that it does not distort the item.

When traveling, is there a best way to pack and store your lingerie?
Yes! We recommend storing your items in storage bags so that you can avoid damage and protect them from other items in your suitcase. We recommend purchasing storage bags for all your intimates and laundry. It saves the embarrassment from any unwanted security checks into your bags. It keeps them nice and discreet.

Which fabrics should you always hand wash and which fabrics can go in a machine?
Cottons, linens, polyester and acetate and some rayons are fine for the machine, but silks, satin or any time of blends with those fabrics should be hand washed. If you are planning on using a machine, a mesh washing bag is always the best option, and remember not to keep it on a long washing cycle or in hot water. Only cold water for delicate items.

How do you spot clean lingerie?
We recommend using our Laundress Wash & Stain Bars
for spot cleaning because they are a concentrated dose of detergent that allows you to clean the garment very effectively. You can use them just like a bar of soap and work them into the stains very gently. Make sure not to over soak as it may damage fabrics.

When storing lingerie in your home, are there any special instructions one should follow?
Lingerie can just be stored in a special cloth bags (not plastic) to avoid damage. You may also want to consider storing with a natural moth repellent infused with lavender to keep them fresh.

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