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Overrated: ALL Clear and Free Laundry Detergent


Know what’s overrated? ALL’s Clear and Free Laundry Detergent. I used it for years when my kids were little babies. I was part of the new mom group that lacked the confidence to just do things my own way. I was scared into using anything that wasn’t ‘free and clear’ of literally everything. Perfumes, dyes, harsh soaps, mineral oil, lavender, baby powder, common sense, etc. You know the drill. You announce your pregnancy and expect to spend the next few months of the first trimester glowing and day dreaming of your new little squish. You linger in the baby isles not knowing if you are expecting a boy or a girl but adorning over the tiny little things that fit newborns. And that lasts all but an hour. Ha! Yes, literally after I announced my very first pregnancy a friend IMMEDIATELY sent me a text containing critical advice. She didn’t even let me enjoy it for a full 60 seconds before sucking me back down to earth. Bitch.

And that was just the beginning.

I was scared into using products and not using products that sent my head spinning and my self-confidence down the drain. Included in those scare tactics was ALL Free and Clear Laundry Detergent. I’ll admit…it doesn’t have a scent and it’s not supposed to. But let me spell out what that means for you and your clothes.

You will smell like what is in your house.

Have dogs? I guarantee that’s what you smell like…a dog. Have cats? That too. Have a smoker? Yep, you guessed it.  It does the job of keeping perfume and dyes out of the wash…but it leaves the wash open to absorbing what it is surrounded by. And even if you can’t smell it the rest of us can. I promise you. Do yourself a favor and throw this crap in the garbage.

You’re welcome. 

Now rewash the dog smell out of your entire wardrobe.

Dye free is not for me,

Your Mediocre Mom