(Frequently Asked Questions)
The Laundry Paste will dilute in water within a few hours. Sometimes we need to get laundry done right now! I recommend you dilute a small amount in hot water. Make it easier by putting it all into a lidded jar and gently shake to accelerate the dilution.
Towels sometimes need an extra half-ounce of liquid laundry soap. Towels get the pleasure of sitting around for days, usually damp, bunched up on the floor or in the dirty clothes basket. I find an extra half to one ounce of laundry soap works well to leave your towels smelling clean and fresh.
TIP: Try washing towels in small loads for best results.
PRO TIP: Try using less laundry soap. Too much laundry soap of any kind can cause build up in your machine reducing its efficacy and can also lead to musty odors in the machine and your fabrics. We know it is difficult to get used to using such a small amount of laundry soap (half – one ounce of Tangie liquid laundry) but it really does not take a lot. Try if for yourself. Based on the quantity of items in the washer per load, it make take less liquid laundry soap than you think.
STILL NOT FRESH?
1.It’s probably time to clean your washing machine. If you have never cleaned your machine, you might be VERY surprised at the gunk that builds up inside.
Check out this video by a curious husband with a stinky washer…
Fortunately, Tangie laundry soap is free of phosphates and animal by-products. There are many ways to clean your washer machine. Check the manufacturer’s instructions first.
For a regular load of clothes use half-ounce to one ounce of liquid laundry soap. When the clothes are real stinky or heavily soiled, use one ounce to two ounces per load, depending on size of the load.
Laundry Tip: Do NOT overfill the machine with too many clothes. Give them room to move around and let the dirt out.
The short answer –
Use 1-ounce of liquid for heavily oiled or super smelly clothes. If that does not work, try adding an additional half ounce.
Use one half-ounce for regular clothes and small loads.
A small amount of liquid is difficult to dispense from a large bottle. Instead of dissolving the entire laundry bar at once (it makes one-gallon liquid), dissolve a portion of Tangie Laundry Concentrate bar to make a smaller amount and use a size container that is easy for you to handle and pour liquid from (directions are in the laundry listing and on the paper packaging). To measure the liquid, we suggest using a shot glass, plastic scoop from protein powders, or the measuring cap from your old brand X laundry container.
Angie’s Laundry List : The Tips for Better Laundry.
- Always SHAKE BOTTLES FIRST. Ingredients naturally settle. Not a hard shake, just a light swirl will easily blend the settled ingredients.
- Use dryer balls. Old tennis balls work the best! NEVER USE DRYER SHEETS. They are toxic, Google it.
- Want scent in your clothes? Use wool dryer balls. Add several drops of your favorite high-grade essential oil to wool dryer balls or tennis balls. You can even blend your favorite essential oil with some water and a bit of alocohol in a misting bottle and mist your clothes before putting them on. Try some lavender on your sheets before bed. It’s like a mist of luxury.
- Treat stains with a little Tangie laundry detergent as soon as the stain happens then rub it with some Tangie Stain Remover Stick. Launder as usual.
- PRO TIP: Cut the stain remover stick into smaller pieces and divide the pieces up, placing one piece where you spend time at. Car, desk, backpack, purse. It is so handy!
- Try the Fabric Loving Bundle. A complete kit for a zero waste laundry routine. Save 10% on the bundle instead of buying the items individually.
- Wanted scented laundry detergent? The aroma with NOT be in your fabrics when laundering is complete, but the soap will smell good when you open the bottle. Do not use fragrance oil.
Great question, thank you for asking. Yes. we are all VERY proud to say that Tangie is Leaping Bunny certified, Green America Business Certified and EWG rated A for our Laundry Paste.
Leaping Bunny. Some may not be familiar with Leaping Bunny.org. They verify that we do no animal testing with our own products nor do the companies we source ingredients. They actually made us get signed letters from all our suppliers plus we have to recommit each year! When you see a company is Leaping Bunny certified, you can trust that it really means something, not just a “paid-for-logo” certification.
Look for this logo:
The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health has found that 1/3 of the substances used in the fragrance industry are toxic.
But because the chemical formulas of fragrances are considered trade secrets, companies aren’t required to list their ingredients but merely label them as containing “fragrance”.
Some Tangie products contain scent, but it comes from the blend of essential oils we use, not synthetic fragrance. You can still have a very pleasant olfactory experience. Your nose will love the smell of plant essence and you will not miss the chemicals!
A recent study by the non–profit Environmental Working Group showed that many products, more than half of all baby soaps – contained a carcinogenic chemical. That must stop because you and your family deserve better than that!
Short answer is Tangie laundry is not toxic and we are not the only ones saying that.
On a scale from A – F, with F being the most toxic, Tangie laundry scored an ‘A’ for Consumer Safety by a third party certifier called The Environmental Working Group. We sent them our Laundry Concentrate bar in the early stages of development, they did their independent testing and research to determine our grade. Proud to say we received an ‘A’ and have since made better improvements, shooting for that A+.
In the early stages, we used oxalic acid to enhance the stain removal aspects in our laundry formula. It is a highly effective ingredient but one that EWG frowns upon. So a few years ago we reformulated, removing the oxalic acid, replacing it with washing soda. So today, Tangie Laundry Concentrate is even safer and more effective. Go Team!
To expound on the fragrance question above, fragrances added to many cleaners, most notably laundry detergents and fabric softeners, may cause acute effects such as:
- respiratory irritation
- watery eyes
There is an average of 17.5 Billion cups of laundry detergent poured every year in the United States alone! The average family does about 80 pounds of laundry per week or 35 billion loads of laundry per year! That is tons of chemicals people are inhaling and wearing. Tangie is changing the world one load of laundry at at time.
LACK OF REGULATION. The cleaning industry lacks regulation which leaves the heavy lifting on you to determine the healthiest choice for you.
Take a look at your current bottle of laundry soap. Is there a COMPLETE list of ingredients on the label? If so, do you know what those ingredients are and if they are toxic to you or not? The reality is manufacturers are not required to list their ingredients and many choose not to. You can can go online and research their MSDS sheet (Material Safety Data Sheet), but they certainly don’t make that easy! At Tangie, we proudly use no synthetic fragrance and list EVERY ingredient on the label!
We refuse to use the ingredients listed below
<pclass=”justified-font”>These are exempt from labeling requirements and regarded as “trade secrets”. There is no way to determine what the individual ingredients are, and may include phthalates. These have been linked with the aggravation of asthma, headaches, allergic reactions and possible long term central nervous system disorders.
Found in many cosmetics as a preservative. Suspected links between parabens and breast cancer. Be sure to avoid deodorant containing parabens since it’s applied close to the breast area, every day for many, many years.
SODIUM LAURYL SULFATE (SLS)/SODIUM LAURETH SULFATE (SLES)
There are nearly 16,000 studies in the PubMed science library about the toxicity of this chemical that can be found on the SLS page on Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) website. It is present in nearly all shampoos, scalp treatments, hair color and bleaching agents, toothpaste, body washes and cleansers, make-up foundations, liquid hand soaps, and laundry detergents. Although SLS originates from coconuts, the chemical is anything but natural.
Any discussion of SLS/SLES must include a discussion of 1,4 dioxane because the manufacturing process of SLS/SLES results in its being contaminated with 1,4 dioxane—a known carcinogen. (NOT to be confused with Dioxin)
Primarily used as a solvent and an aid to absorption through the skin. The main concerns are that this material may be a primary skin irritant and there are possible links to liver abnormalities and kidney damage.
Primarily added to cosmetics as an anti-bacterial agent. It belongs to a class of chemicals known as chlorophenols and is suspected of causing cancer in humans.
Sometimes used in deodorants for its ability to absorb moisture and provide a “smooth” feel under the arms. Because of the particle size, it may “block” the underarm pores producing the effect of an antiperspirant. Talc is closely related to the potent carcinogen asbestos. Talc particles have been shown to cause tumors in the ovaries and lungs of cancer victims. http://www.preventcancer.com/consumers/cosmetics/talc.html
Phosphorous is like a fertilizer in our water system. As it Increases algae and aquatic weed growth, the oxygen needed for healthy fish and aquatic life is depleted.
NOT ONLY ARE THESE CHEMICALS POTENTIALLY DAMAGING TO YOUR HEALTH, BUT THEY ARE ALSO CONTAMINATING WATERWAYS AND HARMING OUR SOIL.