Monday, April 18, 2011

Our response to Consumer Reports' Results

We are so happy that Consumer Reports tested our 2-in-1 Dish Detergent (for hand dishwashing and dishwasher machines) in their May issue. With our top green formula, it set a standard against the other products in performance. However, we were disappointed that Consumer Reports failed to report the correct usage amount and measured it equally against the other brands. The test was of hand dishwashing soaps only - none of which were green and they were all grocery brands. Consumer Reports priced our wash at $1.00 per wash, which when in fact, it prices at only $.08 per hand wash and $.16 per dishwasher load.
While we always respect Consumer Reports' editorial and independent reviews, which we feature on our blog, we were disappointed that the comparison was not measured properly against the other brands.

No other product delivers what The Laundress Dish Detergent does - a non-toxic and non-petroleum derived formula for use in both dishwashing machines and by hand.

See below for the proper usage chart so you can see how efficient our Dish Detergent truly is.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

As seen in...

Mirem Profumerie
Piazza Lega Lombarda
1 Mantova, Italy 46100
Tel: 39 0376328516

We're featured on AHAlife

It’s spring and that means one thing: It’s time to get the house fresh and get rid of all the winter clutter. But we don’t want to replace our mess with harmful chemicals. Which is why we turned to The Laundress, whose fabulously fragrant, all-green products make household chores a pleasure (really!), to assemble a special spring-cleaning kit just for us.

The kit includes Scented Vinegar (ideal for deodorizing and sanitizing), Surface Cleaner, All-Purpose Cleaning Concentrate (just dilute with water for a fantastic floor, tile, kitchen and bathroom cleaner), Lint-Free Cleaning Cloths and a Kitchen Soap Bar (the only thing we’ve used that really rids our hands of cooking smells), all of which are scented with the brand’s signature 247 scent, a refreshing blend of bergamot, thyme, lavender, musk and ylang ylang and packaged with their understated white and black labels.

A white enamel pail—far, far classier than a plastic bucket—can also be added to the kit. Oh, and don’t be fooled by the small size of the bottles; all of The Laundress products are concentrated, so a little goes a long way.

Both effective and luxurious, The Laundress takes something boring and makes it into a boutique experience. And since we’re talking about scrubbing floors and wiping down countertops, that’s no mean feat.

Say founders Lindsey Wieber Boyd and Gwen Whiting, “for too many years, people expected clean to smell like chemicals or bleach. We stepped outside of the traditional product so that the initial experience was our clean scent and concentrated dose. The second experience is really seeing how well they work!” We would also add the third experience of enjoying the line-up of beautiful bottles in our closet.

Curated by blogger Katie Kavulla of Being 5, a mother of three who appreciates how The Laundress products smell good, are eco-conscious and gentle enough to use all over your home, but still exceptionally effective.

The Laundress Spring Cleaning Kit includes Scented Vinegar, Surface Cleaner, All-Purpose Cleaning Concentrate, Lint-Free Cleaning Cloths and a Kitchen Soap Bar. White enamel pail optional.

All natural, highly effective cleaning products with a refreshing bergamot-thyme-lavender-musk-ylang ylang scent.

Discovered in New York City.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Friday, April 8, 2011

Gwen's Sweater Rehab

I was SO desperate for a sweater rehab.  I was so busy caring for everyone else’s wool and cashmere that I hadn’t realized I was walking around with holes, tears, and split seams - a full on cashmere ragamuffin! 
Some need Betty Ford, while I needed Sweater Rehab!
Look at that pile of sweaters in serious need of some tender, love and care… 

Below is the ammunition you will need for a successful recovery…

Optional tools include: Wool & Cashmere Spray, Scented Vinegar and Mesh Bags.
For sweaters with heavy pilling, we use the Sweater Stone, both before and after laundering.

I soaked all my sweaters in Scented Vinegar to remove odor. 

As my sweaters were stained, pre-treating with both Stain Solution and the Wash & Stain Bar were imperative. I used The Wash & Stain Bar for removing deodorant build up and body oil in the arm pits.

Here are the setting s you’ll need whenever washing wool or cashmere…always use a COLD water temperature!
I even did an extra rinse cycle for these guys.

Once my sweaters were dry I gave them another de-pilling with our Sweater Stone and brush with our new Cashmere Brush!
I am completely OBSESSED with the Cashmere Brush- I can’t believe I have lived so long without it. I use it almost every day to brush my sweaters, jackets, capes and ponchos to remove lint, blonde hair, etc!

After laundering, my sweaters were sent straight to Meriam to repair at Alterknit.
Meriam is a genius and master craftswomen to repair with the original yarns to look brand new.

Some of my "before and after" repairs are below….I had holes, seams and tears…my sweaters needed “the works”!

They can even alter, shorten, slim, re-style and re-purpose woolens and they are woven to your request.

Alter Knit
245 W. 29th Street, Suite 800
New York, NY 10001
(212) 473-6363
We can wash your favorite sweaters with our Sweater Service and send them out to repair for you… for more information click here.

I am back in good shape and have been looking good the rest of the winter. I am just ready now to give them their last wash and store away for the season….I am ready for spring!


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