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HOW TO . . . wash cloth diapers and other performance garments

  • If you’re new to using Charlie’s Soap, click here first to Super-Cleanse all your diapers before using them.  This is the first and last time you’ll need to strip these garments.
  • If you’re using other detergents on other regular clothes, make sure you clean out the drum before washing diapers.  A quick wipe-down with Charlie’s Soap Kitchen & Bath should be enough.  Otherwise, the wash cycle will clean the drum and not your laundry.  Those residues could be deposited on the garments temporarily degrading their performance.
  • Make sure garments are washed with lots of water and lots of agitation.  Follow care instructions.
  • Charlie’s Soap is not a disinfectant. 
  • Avoid letting polyester sit for too long as odors can become trapped and it will take a soak to remove them.
  • When in doubt, wash them twice.
  • Add Charlie’s Soap Booster if you have hard water.

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HOW TO . . . use Charlie’s Soap for laundry if you have sensitive skin.

  • If you’re new to using Charlie’s Soap, click here first to Super-Cleanse your clothes BEFORE wearing them.
  • As Charlie’s Soap starts to pull old residues out of your clothes, do not be surprised if they smell and feel weird.  This is normal and will pass. 
  • When in doubt, wash them again.

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HOW TO . . . use Charlie’s Soap for Laundry with an HE washing machine

Many HE washers really are efficient at cleaning with less water than traditional top-loading washers.  Charlie’s Soap is perfect for them.  However, some HE machines are inefficient with their use of lower levels of water and thus need a little help.

  • Leave your washer on the Heavy Soil setting for extra agitation.  Consider adding soft, plastic, knobby dryer balls to restore some agitation.
  • If your washer rarely uses enough water, use the Bulky cycle or add a wet towel to the wash.
  • Add Charlie’s Soap for Laundry directly to the clothes when possible.  Be sure that the washer doesn’t drain the drum before starting its cycle, though.
  • Double rinse.
  • With all front loaders, leave the door open to prevent odor.

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HOW TO . . . clean the most stubborn of stains.

First try Charlie’s Soap Laundry Pre-Spray.

    1. Spray the stain as soon as you notice it
    2. Rub the liquid into the stain.
    3. Let that sit for 30 minutes or longer.  It’s okay if it dries.  You may see the stain spread.  This is normal.  It means the stain has separated from the garment.
    4. Wash garment according to care instructions.
    5. Take care not to dry the garment until you know the stain is gone.

If that doesn’t work, try repeating the process.  But this time with a bit more vigor…

    1. Use more Pre-Spray and agitate longer
    2. Let it sit longer
    3. When you go to wash the garment, double the dose of Charlie’s Soap
    4. Add the Booster
    5. And if it’s a light colored garment, add the Oxygen Bleach

And if THAT doesn’t work …

    1. Find an appropriately sized bucket.  Fill it with water.  Add at least 4 doses of Charlie’s Soap for Laundry.  The more Charlie’s, the more effective the soak.
    2. Cover the bucket to prevent evaporation and leave it overnight.  We have soaked items for weeks. Charlie’s Soap only goes after the stain, not the garment.
    3. After soaking, dump the contents into the washer and run two cycles with NO soap.

AND IF THAT DOESN'T WORK, we’ll sell you a pair of scissors to cut the stain out.  Because with a stain that far gone, nothing short of damage to the garment is going to get it out.

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HOW TO . . . use Charlie’s Soap in a professional laundry service

  • When possible, follow these instructions for Super-Cleansing [link] the machines and the stock of laundry.  Extra-long cycles can take the place of multiple washes to remove entrapped detergent residues.
  • Dosing
    • 16 lbs. machine : 0.0625 fl. oz. per pound weight (liquid) or 0.03125 oz. per pound weight (powder)
    • 400 lbs. machine: 0.0475 fl. oz. per pound weight (liquid) or 0.02375 oz. per pound weight (powder)
  • Wide range of temperature compatibility.
  • Compatible with many builders (sodium carbonate, sodium percarbonate, potassium diphosphate, etc.) and disinfectants (chlorine bleach, 3% hydrogen peroxide).
  • Charlie's Soap Indoor/Outdoor Cleaner Concentrate is available as a pre-treater for extremely heavy soil or reclaim washes.
  • Since Charlie’s Soap rinses thoroughly, there is little to no need for softeners or sours to balance pH.
  • Water softeners and other industrial products available upon request.

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Extra tidbits about using Charlie’s Soap for laundry

  • If you have hard water, add ½ tbsp of Charlie’s Soap Booster to each wash to prevent and slowly remove scale.  Other water softeners like Borax and washing soda also help a little.  Water hardness can change with the weather.
  • To brighten whites, add 2 tbsp of Charlie’s Soap Oxygen Bleach.  Regular chlorine bleach works, too.
  • Add Charlie’s Soap directly to the clothes, ignoring the dispenser whenever possible.
  • If you have to use a shared washer, or you go to a Laundromat, make sure your wipe down the drum with Charlie’s Soap Kitchen & Bath Household Cleaner before starting your load!
  • Charlie’s Soap is highly biodegradable.  Therefore, you can use it for gray water irrigation.  Use soaker hoses, not sprinklers.
  • If your washer is 4.0 cubic feet or higher, a full dose of Charlie’s Soap may be a heaping spoonful of Laundry Powder or an ounce and a bit extra of Laundry Liquid.
  • Using a double dose of Charlie’s Soap for Laundry can help in a pinch if you need extra cleaning.
  • If you really want to have a scent from your laundry, add a few drops of your favorite essential oil to a face cloth and add that do your drying clothes.
  • Charlie’s Soap is safe for colors, but do follow your garments’ care instructions.  If a garment says it is not colorfast, it may bleed or fade.
  • Most clothes are naturally soft.  The more you use Charlie’s Soap, the more your garments’ characteristics shine.  You shouldn’t need fabric softener.
  • To kill static cling, add a moistened face cloth to the last 5 minutes of the drying cycle.

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