Tropical Traditions Powdered Laundry Detergent Review/Giveaway ~ Closed ~

7/05/2010
I have a confession to make.

My husband does the laundry.

He is a wonderful help to me in every area of the home, but he owns the laundry. I help him by starting a load or rebooting the laundry, but he is such a routine guy that he does a great job about keeping Mount Washmore climbable.

I think he enables me.

So, you might be wondering why I choose to review Tropical Traditions Powdered Laundry Detergent (when I could have chosen another product)?

I'm just a little excited for the little one I am carrying! And I thought this would be a great excuse opportunity to dig out and assess my cloth diaper stash. Cloth diapers are, after all, expensive, and my stash has been through 2 babies. So, I will need to start adding to my stash a little each month before baby is born.

Plus, I needed a little incentive to do something. My first trimester is never very productive. (Can you tell? Have you missed me?)


Tropical Traditions Powdered Laundry Detergent is an environmentally safe, non-toxic detergent.

The ingredients: soda ash, sodium percarbonate and mild surfactants.

I know that you cannot just use any detergent on cloth diapers, so I did some research and found that these ingredients are "cloth diaper safe."

 It also contains a non-chlorine destainer and deodorizer, which would be an added bonus for cloth diapers. =)

I used 1 scoop per load. With powdered detergents, I usually let the washer fill a little and agitate it to dissolve the soap. And I got bubbles! I've made my own "environmentally friendly" soap in the past and it doesn't bubble. (Bubbles make it work better, right?) :p


The detergent is unscented, so what I got was odor-free clean smelling cloth diapers. Any kind of odor (even smelly good odors) makes me nauseous during my first trimester, so I love this stuff! 

Here's my newborn stash:
  • 10 All in Ones (AIO's) 
  • 12 Indian Prefolds
  • 5 Pro-Wrap Covers


Considering they outgrow this size so quick (6-10 pounds), I think this is enough. What do you think? (If I wash daily?)

Okay, I have this thing about adding vinegar to the rinse cycle, so I also did a load of freshly pee stained sheets and bed covers (I use blue pads).  I am really sensitive to smells and especially because I was still in my first trimester when I did this experiment, it was really hard not to use the vinegar! (For some reason, the vinegar doesn't bother me). But everything came out smelling odor-free, except the blue pads (but only I could tell). It might just be the material in the blue pads though because everything was washed together and everything else smelled fine.

Then I had fun washing cute little onsies (all neutral colors, since baby's gender will be a surprise!).



I washed Elli's pink baby . . .
. . . Which made for a very happy girl:

Then, I washed all the sheets in the house, a few blankets that were put away for the summer, Elli's car seat cover, some rugs. . . any and everything I could wash, EXCEPT the regular laundry! You know, all the other stuff that needs washed too. =)  

Before I make this review any longer, as I am in the habit of doing, I'd like to give you a chance to win a 5 lb container of Powdered Laundry Detergent!


To enter, leave me a comment telling me what you would wash with it if you won! If you would do a regular load of laundry, that is okay. ;-)

~This giveaway is now closed~ Congrats to Anna

For extra entries:
  • Tell me of another product that you would try from Tropical Traditions, if you could choose any. 
  • Tweet about this giveaway and leave me a link to your status.
  • If you subscribe/follow my blog give yourself an extra entry. 
  • Blog about this giveaway for 5 extra entries. Leave me a link to your post! 
  • Tropical Traditions also has a Referral Program, so if you place an order with them as a first-time customer, please select “Referred by a friend” and in the box that says “How did you hear of us?” enter my sponsor ID number 5835118. By telling Tropical Traditions that I referred you, you will receive a complimentary copy of the book Virgin Coconut Oil: How it has changed people’s lives and how it can change yours! by Brian and Marianita Shilhavy with your first order! This book is filled with testimonies and research showing how healthy coconut oil is, and it also includes over 85 recipes showing how one can incorporate coconut into their diet. This is worth 10 entries, so please leave me 10 separate comments if you do this! Note: I am not paid for referring customers, but I will receive a free jar of coconut oil!  If you need help ordering, please see my referral program instructions page.
Your comment is your entry. Please leave me an email address so I can contact you if you win. You will then have 48 hours to contact me with your information or I will choose another winner. 

This giveaway is open until Thursday July 15th 8pm MST and is only open to US residents.  (TT will ship internationally, but not for giveaways.)

Thanks to TT for sponsoring this review and giveaway! 

Disclosure: Tropical Traditions provided me with a free sample of this product to review, and I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose. Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return for the free product.

75 comments:

Our Little Family said...

How cool! I would definitely wash my daughter's clothes, as we've found out that not only does she have food allergies, she just has super sensitive skin, too.
Jill
MsJill81 (at) hotmail (dot) com

Our Little Family said...

Oh, and I follow your blog! :)
Jill
MsJill81 (at) hotmail (dot) com

Andi said...

Sign me UP! I soooo want to try this stuff! Love ya!

Andi said...

I get the Top. Trad. newsletter!

Andi said...

I follow on Twitter!

Debbie said...

I would use it on our regular laundry. I wonder how it does with stinky towels?

Debbie said...

I follow you.

Debbie said...

I subscribe to the TT Newsletter.

Debbie said...

I'd like to try the TT coconut flakes.

Julie said...

I would use it on regular laundry!I would love to try it!

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Joesette said...

I'd use it for regular laundry, and for the curtains that I've been saying Im going to wash soon....

Michelle said...

Julie

I would use it on regular laundry!I would love to try it!

Michelle said...

Julie said:

I am a follower.

Michelle said...

Joesette said:

I'd use it for regular laundry, and for the curtains that I've been saying Im going to wash soon....

Michelle said...

Yikes! For some reason I am getting the comments by email, but they are not posting to blogger!

Michelle said...

If for some reason, your comments don't post, I will keep track of them by email.

Anonymous said...

I would use it to wash my 2 boys clothes and maybe the clothes for my newborn who will be here in less than 3 months.

abby43@bellsouth.net

Vicky said...

Would love to try this! mrs.lyashenko@yahoo.com

Vicky said...

I follow your blog! :)

Anna said...

I subscribe to their newsletter.

Anna said...

I'd like to try their coconut oil. I've tried the lotion, ccc, and bar soap, but haven't tried their coconut oil yet.

Anna said...

I subscribe to your blog.

Anna said...

I follow them on twitter.

Anna said...

I would wash cloth diapers as well as regular laundry if I won. What fun for you to start washing baby clothes and cloth diapers!

Anna said...

I blogged about it. http://mamajourney.wordpress.com/2010/07/07/tropical-tradi…laundry-powder

Anna said...

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Anna said...

I tweeted: http://twitter.com/mamajourney/status/17970037108

Diane L. said...

I would be especially interested to see how this does on whites.
bkittie@hotmail.com

agodlyhomemaker said...

i'd wash all the dresses my daughters wear each day! they musy change 10x a day! lol

agodlyhomemaker said...

i want to try their vinegar- i'm curious.

agodlyhomemaker said...

i follow TT on twitter

agodlyhomemaker said...

i get TT's newsletter

agodlyhomemaker said...

TWEETED http://twitter.com/godlyhomemaker/status/18007981975

agodlyhomemaker said...

i sub to you

agodlyhomemaker said...

i follow you

Carandrew726 said...

We are a cloth diapering family, so I would love to try this detergent on our diapers and of course our regular laundry too!

Jay said...

I would wash our family of 6's clothes. Would love to see how it works on hubby's work clothes.
rbjj32825[at]lycos[dot]com

Rudi Pittman said...

I would wash all the towels....I found out typical laundry detergent can leave a buildup in the towels that limits their absorbancy and can cause them to smell musty...the ingredients in this sounds like it would not have that effect.

GoldenOrchard said...

I'd wash all the kitchen and bed linens and I'd wash all the white clothes with this laundry detergent if I won

GoldenOrchard said...

I'd love to try Trop Traditions Virgin Gold Label Organic Coconut Oil!

GoldenOrchard said...

Tropical traditons email subscriber

GoldenOrchard said...

follow tropical traditons on twitter@wildorchids09

Heather said...

I would like to try the raw honey

Heather said...

I subscribe to the tropical tradition newsletter

Heather said...

If I won I would wash whatever was in the laundry hamper

Heather said...

I follow Tropical Traditions on twitter

Bloodyst Elegance said...

I would definately wash my 9 mo. old's clothes in this natural-oxygen rich detergent. I love the fact that its eco-friendly, and all-natural. I do not use and try not to use any detergent with dyes,fragrances and toxic chemicals when I wash my son's clothing.

Maria Narne said...

I would use it on our regular laundry. I am very sensitive to perfumes and I use unscented laundry detergents when I do the laundry. I would love to try your product.

Cheryl W. said...

I would wash my dog's clothing , such as, sweaters, dresses and bedding with it. They get so messy and have to be washed alot.

Ann said...

I would like to use the detergent to wash my family's laundry. This will be the only detergent I will purchase in the future. Thank you in advance for choosing me to be the winner.

Ann
shel5340@bellsouth.net is my email address

Sue D said...

I subscribed to their sales newsletter.
slrdowney at hotmail dot coms

Sue D said...

I would also like to try their organic coconut chips.
slrdowney at hotmail dot com

Sue D said...

I would just use it for our regular laundry.

matt4melis said...

I would do a regular load of laundry. I do lots of laundry with 4 kids!

matt4melis at hotmail dot com

matt4melis said...

I'd love to try the shampoo bar or maybe the organic soy-free eggs

matt4melis at hotmail dot com

matt4melis said...

Subscribe to Tropical Traditions Sales Newsletter

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matt4melis said...

Follow Tropical Traditions on Twitter. @matt4melis

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matt4melis said...

http://twitter.com/matt4melis/status/18570970394

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matt4melis said...

follow your blog

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Renee Richardson said...

I would wash all of our clothes in it because not only do I suffer from eczema but so do all 3 of my children so we have very sensitive skin.
Thanks for the great giveaway :)

mrsjohnson1982 at yahoo dot com

Renee Richardson said...

I would really love their Organic Canadian Honey :)

mrsjohnson1982 at yahoo dot com

Renee Richardson said...

I subscribe to the Tropical Traditions newsletter using this email address:
mrsjohnson1982 at yahoo dot com

Renee Richardson said...

I follow Tropical Traditions on Twitter.
Username: @missreneer

mrsjohnson1982 at yahoo dot com

MelindaG said...

I would put this away until September, after baby number 8 comes. Then I could use it and not worry about getting more detergent made. Though that might be difficult, I'd probably dig into it just to give it a try right away!!

MelindaG said...

I follow your blog, through email RSS feed

MelindaG said...

I subscribe to TT's newletter and sales

MelindaG said...

I love tropical traditions, you introduced me to the company. We use their coconut oils, coconut cream and have a bucket of raw shredded coconut. I also love their lip balm... LOVE IT!!
I think the next thing of interest is their dish soap.... looks interesting!

MelindaG said...

This looks great. I would put this away, until after the birth of #8. That way I could use it, and not make my own anymore!! Or atleast for the first weeks while Mom will just want to cuddle with the newest blessing!!!

Congrats on the new little one!

GranolaMom4God said...

I follow TT on Twitter!

GranolaMom4God said...

I receive their sales newsletter!

GranolaMom4God said...

I would like to try the cinnamon teeth cleaner! Thanks, Michelle!

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