Review of liquid laundry & automatic dishwasher detergents from FIT Organic. While a small line, every product is USDA certified organic. It uses soap berries the common “active” ingredient. They have: produce spray, foaming dish & hand soap, baby laundry stain remover, laundry & carpet stain remover, lime, calcium & rust remover, soaker produce wash, cleaner & degreaser & auto dish liquid, in addition to a baby & regular laundry liquid (in unscented & scented).
A very FAQ on my page is: what are the safest yet most effective auto dish & laundry detergents available? And it’s not an easy answer. The labels for FIT Organic product are most certainly among the safest available, but do they really work? Here’s my experience:
The liquid laundry detergent I give 2 thumbs up. You can check out the ingredients here: http://www.fitorganic.com/products/fit-organic-100-oz-laundry-detergent-free-and-clear. It lists 75 standard loads, 150 HE loads. I didn’t keep track with my standard machine, but it seems like it probably did get close to that. Most people tend to use more than needed for most products, so if you watch your measurements & do get 75-150 loads, for $15.99 that’s a pretty good value for a USDA certified organic product. What am I comparing this products effectiveness to? Other safe, natural detergents on the market. Many years ago I settled on giving up some effectiveness for safety. So while Tide (for example) may get your clothes very clean, it’s awful for the environment & carries numerous concerns with it. My routine: I have a drawer full of play clothes, which is mostly what my kiddos wear. They’re not school age yet, and mainly are at home playing & getting super dirty. I also have a drawer for clothes to wear when we do go out & want something more cutesy. So, if their play clothes, which they wear most days of the week, have a few stains in them, that’s fine with me. I know this routine doesn’t work for all families, but it works very well for us. For my expectations, I was completely happy with the performance of FIT Organic laundry detergent.
The Automatic Dishwasher Liquid I cannot give 2 thumbs up. You can check it out here, it’s $6.99 for 42 oz which again, I think is a great value for a USDA certified organic product: http://www.fitorganic.com/products/fit-organic-42-oz-auto-dish-free-and-clear. However, it didn’t perform well at all with my hard well water. I was so, so hopeful that it would work well, but when I opened the dishwasher my heart sank. My dishes were very cloudy, filmy, scuzzy. BUT, I have heard from a few of you who are happy with this product! For the price, I say absolutely give it a try. Water & machine types vary so much, and what doesn’t work for me can work great for the next person!
The only thing I was not happy with was the delivery of these products. The 2 products came in a HUGE box that had so, so much brown paper stuffed in to keep the jugs centered & from bouncing around. I could not believe the amount of paper in that box (which yes I did re-use). And that is the one downfall with liquids: the huge plastic container they come in, and shipping them safely. This is one reason I have gravitated towards powdered detergents over the years: they come in much smaller packaging, while still plastic generally, I’m not staring at a huge plastic jug. So my final thoughts: if you see these products sitting on the shelf at your local store, absolutely give them a try! I’ll be adding the company to my “approved” list for sure, as they truly are offering the only USDA certified organic products for some categories! I’m very thankful they shared a few of their products with me & would be happy to test out more & share my honest feedback!