Ivory Snow Detergent Review: Mild But Able To Remove Stains
Myra shared her Ivory Snow detergent review.
Now that the weather has turned much cooler there are a lot of sweaters to be washed. I have always been a fan of this detergent for this job, since it is mild enough to use on gentle care garments, but still has good stain removal powers.
Though I would like to find a gentle detergent that has no perfumes I find that the scent of Ivory Snow is not nearly as oppressive as other detergents.
It used to be easy to find in both the powder and liquid forms, but now the liquid seems to be the only one available, even at Walmart and Kroger.
While it is not as inexpensive as other gentle care detergents I find it is worth the money, especially since it is used for a limited portion of the laundry.
Dry cleaning 1 sweater is as expensive as buying 1 bottle of Ivory Snow!
Thanks for sharing your review of this mild detergent, which is made for all types of fine washables Myra.
I know what you mean, it is difficult to find Ivory Snow powder in stores these days (stores only like to carry the liquid versions of almost everything, it seems), but this type has not been discontinued, at least as of this writing, and is still readily available for sale online (such as through the link above).
I'd love to hear from more readers who've used this, or any other cold water wash, sharing what you think about it, and how it has worked for you. Please make sure you tell me what types of delicate fabrics you've used it on!
I have to say, I have been over all pleased with this product, just as many of the readers have said.
First, I like the fact that it costs significantly less than Woolite's delicate wash when comparing the number of loads it will wash. Those 8 load tiny bottles of Woolite are way expensive in my opinion.
This bottle was also pretty small, at only 16 loads, but still a better value in my opinion.
So far, I've used this detergent to wash delicates, such as bras and hosiery, as well as swimsuits, and it has done well.
The detergent itself is quite thick, which I like.
I'm not a huge fan of the light scent, but you don't really notice it when the clothes come out of the washer too much, and by the time they air dry I don't smell much at all.
One pet peeve, but it unfortunately is a problem with many different detergent brands, is that you can't really measure out the soap very well with the cap provided since it is next to impossible to see the lines they provide for you.
Because of this I could see how you could easily overuse the detergent, meaning it would not last the number of promised loads since you overfilled the cap. I just try to go really easy on the amount I use since I'm always washing delicates in small loads and batches anyway.
Thanks to my lovely readers for introducing me to a new delicate wash, and unless I can find another generic I love I think I'll probably stick with this one from now on!
As for not being able to find the powder formula of this delicate wash easily, I would definitely agree. I would either order it online, or I would suggest another powder made for delicate clothing, but there aren't many (hence probably why the person you spoke to suggested Dreft).
The closest I'm aware of are the Grab Green brands that has detergent pacs available made specific for delicate clothing. I haven't received any reviews of this product yet though, nor tried it myself so I cannot say whether it works well.
Your best bet may just be to use the liquid version of Ivory Snow instead and forego the powder version. I honestly don't think that would be a huge deal. I personally use the liquid version all the time and have never really felt the need for the powdered version.
I've responded to this comment from Becky as part of the laundry questions section of the site. Come check out what else I've answered, or ask your own question as well!
I Use Year Round But Especially Great For Summer Clothes
While I use Ivory Snow all year round for gentle care laundry, it is especially nice to use on summer clothes.
I use it for dresses, tops, slacks, and swim suits.
I am thankful I don't have to dry clean most of my summer clothes, as the frequency of cleaning required for them would be cost prohibitive.
This is a great laundry product as it cleans well and is not as abrasive (or strong smelling) as other general laundry detergents.
Since all of the clothes I wash with this detergent are air dried the minor perfume smell created by it wears off quickly.
It has worked well on occasional stains, such as yogurt.
I just pour a small amount of the Ivory on the stain and let it soak in a dish pan for about an hour then rinse.
Usually the stain will be gone (if not I repeat the process) and then I will throw it in the wash when I have several items that can be laundered together.
I also use the bars of Ivory for hand washing small items, and even as a pretreater for collars on garments I wash with the Ivory detergent.
I would highly recommend Ivory Snow for gentle care washes.
As with many liquid detergents the cap used for measuring is not an easy read, so I mark it at the levels I need and reuse it when I start a new bottle. This way I avoid spending more than I need on detergent.
I have used this detergent for my gentle care washes for about 2 years and have been really satisfied.
I was recently baby sitting my nephew and he did a good job spitting up on one of my summer dresses.
I don't think that my sister wears anything that can't be washed in warm water with a heavy duty detergent (Tide or Wisk) and some type of laundry booster like Oxi Clean or Clorox 2!
Luckily it was only a few hours later (and the stain had not dried since I applied cold water right away) I was able to pretreat the stain with the Ivory Snow, then let it soak before running it through the wash.
First time I ever presoaked with this product.
It did a great job on this cold water garment.
In this case I really welcomed the light perfume scent since I was attacking a very sour smell.
By the way, my sister said that for any type of protein stains like baby formula, milk, or egg based stains, that you should never wash them in hot water as that will pretty much ensure that the stain will not come out.
Ivory Snow Laundry Detergent Is One Of The Products I Use For Gentle Care Garments
I use Woolite for washing sweaters, scarfs, and other garments, especially summer clothes requiring cold water gentle care, either as a hand wash or in the washer using the gentle cycle.
If the garment is stained I will use the Ivory Snow Detergent because though it is gentle, it contains enzymes which attack stains.
That could be, for example, when you or one of your kids spill juice or a soft drink on your summer outfit.
I always air dry the gentle care garments regardless of what the care label indicates. They tend to last longer.
Even when clothes worn on a hot summer day do not have any perspiration stains this soap has a nice light fragrance which helps to "freshen up" clothes.
Thanks so much for your review of this gentle wash detergent.
I'd love to hear from even more people share their opinions and experiences of this detergent. If you've used this, or any other laundry soap used for gentle garments, I would love to hear it. You can share your review or experience here.
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