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Only use the recommended amount of detergent
Although many laundry do-ers associate adding more soap with having a better clean, this can cause some laundry problems such as residue, build up and mold.
Don’t overload your washing machine
Overloading your machine can prevent soap and water from dispensing to all your garments. Along with your agitation cycle, more room between your outfits means that the soap and water will have better access to a better clean.
Pre-treat your stains as soon as possible
Some stains need a little extra care. By pre-treating your stains before throwing them in the wash gives them a better chance at removal and can prevent heat from setting in the stain. Bubby’s Bubbles Stain Remover Bar is a great tool for pre-treating stains!
Get to know your clothes
Always read the care tags on your garments as they may require extra attention or steps while washing such as lying flat to avoid shrinking or needing to be hand-washed. Here’s an article with helpful tips on understanding different materials of clothing!
Always empty your pockets
Avoid disasters like freshly laundered gum all up in your towels or your favorite pen exploding on your delicates. Melted crayon party all over your jeans can be rectified-not by time machine, but by listening to Bubby in the first place.
Think twice, do once
This advice is universally applicable in all life situations and decisions, including but not limited to laundry
Frequently Asked Questions:
If you are experiencing more static than normal, try turning down the heat on your dryer cycle. If you are using dryer balls and are experiencing static, reduce your dryer time. As dryer balls absorb water from your laundry cycle, it will take less time for your load to dry and may be over drying causing additional static.
Using pure oils on you dryer balls may result in oil stains on your clothing and are not recommended. Some synthetic oils can also contain flammable ingredients and are not meant to heated.
Bubby is hard at work, always making new products for you to have the best laundry experience possible. Stay tuned for more exciting product announcements that may be related to this topic.
Front Loaders: The powder can go into dispenser drawer or right into the drum. Whichever you’re more comfortable with!
Top Loaders: The powder should go right into the drum of your washing machine.
We use REAL soap in our laundry detergents! It seems in this day and age, chemicals have replaced the timeless way to remove dirt, grease and oil. Our all-natural product ingredients emphasize the importance of the environment, effectiveness and using all-natural ingredients safe for sensitive skin and the planet.
Our Products can be used in all water temperatures and types.
Soft water is usually water in rural areas like cottages or country homes outside of cities that use well water. Soft water does not contain added minerals like fluoride and calcium that city water adds for anti-bacterial purposes. Because of this, soap does not need to work as hard to dissolve minerals. For Soft/Well water, simply use half the amount of detergent recommended on the packaging. Our detergents are naturally formulated for harder water commonly used in cities and does not require any change in direction.
When you have a septic system, there are a lot of restrictions on what you can put down the drain in order to keep important bacteria and microorganisms in check to help break down the waste as well as avoiding excessive foaming agents commonly found in most detergents. Our detergent is perfectly safe for all septic system use as it does not contain phosphates, phthalates, SLS/SLES, enzymes or any chemicals that would disrupt the delicate intricacies of your septic system.
Because we know there are laundry do-ers out there that have skin sensitivities to soap and cleaning products that contain gluten, we assure you there are no traces or ingredients of Gluten in any of our products, in the manufacturing process or facility.
Although we use sunflower oil and coconut oil in our soap base, if you have a nut/seed allergy, it is important to speak to your doctor about what products you use on your skin and even in your laundry. Even though coconut isn’t a nut, some people who are allergic to tree nuts, such as almonds, walnuts and cashews, can sometimes be allergic to coconut. If you are allergic to Sunflower oil or coconut oil, our products may not be right for you.
Our laundry detergent and stain bar remover are made with vegan ingredients. No animal products or bi-products are used in our formulas.
None of our products or ingredients have been used to test on animals. We only test on real human laundry that has been used for over 100 years. All of our ingredients have been carefully chosen by local vendors, artisanal soap makers and carefully crafted aroma experts that only have the highest ethics and intentions to create high quality, trusted products.
Because our products do not contain any of the common chemicals found in commercial laundry detergent like SLS, Chlorine, Sulfuric compounds, acids or other skin irritants, our products may be perfect for you. Many sensitive skin sufferers and those with eczema related issues have found relief using our products as well as many parents who use our detergent for cloth diapering.
Because we use very pure ingredients, your clothing will be very lightly scented if any. Your clothing will smell sweet, fresh and clean. Just like doing your dishes, you wouldn’t want your plates smelling or tasting like soap residue. We use only phthalate free oils, meaning no binding ingredients will be left on your clothing; only a fresh, clean smell from dissolving odours-not masking them with synthetic fragrances. This is a testament to how clean our ingredients are, as your clothing will truly be clean with no residues left to settle in your fabrics. With commercial laundry products, phthalates and other perfumes are added and leave a residue behind, which might smell nice, but they are harmful chemicals and mask odors instead of removing them.
We’ve added a natural oxygen cleaner as a base to our laundry detergent powder. Color safe and great for brightening your clothing and getting stubborn stains out of your whites, you don’t need to add anything to your laundry load. It is recommended for cloth diaper stains to either soak or make a paste on heavy duty stains. Our laundry detergent is also cost effective for those who purchase fabric softeners, oxygen cleaners and soda washes to add to their laundry detergents. Ours have a unique and natural combination of all cleaning actions.
We’ve added a natural dissolving fabric softener to the ingredients list, so your clothing will be naturally softer. It is a natural softener and does not break down fabrics with chemicals, rather dissolves into the water as a very light abrasive agent. Chemical fabric softeners are not always recommended for cloth diapering, luckily, ours is safe for all types of fabrics.
Great question! The short answer is no, you are not doing anything wrong and you’re actually doing everything right! It’s normal and expected to not see as many suds or bubbles as you’re used to when you switch over to Bubby’s Bubbles laundry detergent. Why? Here’s the longer answer: The excess of thick soapy suds you often see in commercial laundry detergents is caused by a sudsing chemical called SLS (this is in most commercial cleaning products, shampoos/conditioners, and even food!). But, these excess suds are not actually doing anything to benefit the cleaning process! Because we use real bar soap with naturally occurring soapy goodness (or saponification) we keep our ingredients free of synthetic foaming agents. They aren’t necessary and are simply an aesthetic additive that is used to make the cleaning properties of the product more convincing. It doesn’t make your clothes any cleaner. Why did we decide to keep this ingredient out of our product, and in turn, why did we decide to have a less-sudsy/bubbly product? Bubby’s Bubbles is so proud of our values and ingredients. We want to only put stuff in your laundry room that our Bubby would put in hers! SLS (or, the additive that makes bubbles) is simply not good for you or for the environment. More details on the possible negative effects of SLS can be found here.
Bubby says it is generally recommended to separate your clothing by light, dark and colors. Some dyes in darker clothing can bleed into lighter colored clothing during the washing cycle and ruin your lighter items. Sorting your clothing preserves the color and integrity of your clothing so you can wear your “My Bubby Loves Me” T-shirt for even longer.
Because you’re smelling mildew, bacteria and mold mostly caused by towels not being dry when you put them away or from detergent build-up or a dirty washing machine. Not to worry, Bubby is here. To avoid stinky towels, Don’t leave your towels in the washing machine for too long before putting them in the dryer. Avoid chemical fabric softeners or using too much detergent. They can contain large amounts of fragrance oils which can trap odor and bacteria deep inside the fibers, aggravating the problem more each time you wash them. Give your towels a deep clean with Bubby’s Bubbles detergent using hot water and getting them into the dryer immediately after the washing cycle. A repeat wash may be required for extra stinky towels.
Chances are, you’ve overloaded your machine, preventing from the soap and water to be dispersed properly, or the soap simply got caught in a pocket that didn’t allow for it to move around to the rest of the clothing and be dissolved properly. It happens sometimes and can be avoided by not overloading your machine, or dissolving detergent in warm water before placing it into the machine.
It is recommended that once every 2 weeks is enough time to pass before washing your sheets. However, if you are prone to sweating a lot at night or are prone to allergies to dust, once a week is the recommended amount. Bubby says you should probably go wash your sheets now that you know.
Washing new clothes before wearing is good personal hygiene, says Bubby. Although new clothes may look new, they might have been worn by many people in the dressing room and contain a lot of bacteria, can cause contact dermatitis or even diseases from unwashed hands. Apart from hygiene, how’s about we wash all those chemicals used in the textile manufacturing process to be on the safe side.
Although Bubby may not have the ultimate answer to everything in the universe, she does have a very strong theory that socks undergo a very elaborate maturing process whereby they must journey far, far away beyond the laundry room to seek the answers of the universe as foretold by the ancient dust bunnies that live under the dryer; for they are wise and all-knowing. After their long journey and soul expansion, the sock is then reunited with it’s pair by means of fate; ever changed and enlightened. It could be that it is also stuck to a pant leg, fell behind the washer as it was being loaded or in the other pile of laundry. The universe is vast and mysterious.
The perfect washing routine has many components that must all work in harmony for the best results when washing cloth diapers. Depending on how often you wash your diapers, how many diapers you are washing, your machine size, the types of fabrics and materials you are using and the type of water you have, can all affect your cloth diaper laundering routine. One cloth diaper laundry routine can be different for someone else’s. For this reason, we have a basic routine to recommend when using our detergent for cloth diapering.
When switching detergents, washing new diapers or washing used diapers, it is important to do a cloth diaper strip to ensure there is no residue or added build-up left on the diaper. If there is a urine smell, beading or greasy texture to your diapers or inserts, it may be time for a cloth diaper strip. We recommend washing no more than 10-12 diapers per load to allow proper soap and water dispersal. After removing any solid particles, pre-rinse all the diapers in cold water with no detergent. With cloth diapering, the more water, the better as it will wash out soiled items, allowing clean water to rinse out your items more efficiently. Use a warm water cycle with the appropriate amount of detergent per our packaging depending on your load size. Put in dyer on low heat or hang dry when washing cycle is finished. Read More Here
What is a Dryer Ball? A Dryer ball is a ball made of felted wool used as a natural alternative to chemical ridden dryer sheets. Dryer balls do everything a dryer sheet does; reduces static, eliminates wrinkles with the added advantages of reducing the time it takes to dry your clothing by 25% (roughly 10 minutes) which saves you money. Dryer balls are also reusable up to 5 years or 1000 dryer loads which saves you money on dryer products and eliminates the waste caused by dryer sheet packaging. For optimal results, use 3 for regular loads and 6 for large loads with towels, blankets and comforters.
Where do you get the wool? We use 100% Wool from New Zealand: offering a wide range of laws and regulations for the protection and ethical treatment of sheep. Our dryer balls are made with the same wool right down to the core, are hypoallergenic and safe for those with wool sensitivities. There are no added materials or artificial cores, just 100% wool meant to absorb water easily and away from your clothing.
Are the Sheep Ethically treated? New Zealand sheep enjoy the protection of a wide range of laws and regulations regarding safety and health codes. Sheep farmers ensure extremely high standards of environmental protection, sustainability and social responsibility. Sheep live in open pastures all year long on average of at least 1/3 of a football field per sheep to graze free-range in their natural environment. Passed on from generation to generation, New Zealand sheep farms are renown for their passion for agriculture and ethical values for animal welfare.
Can I add fragrances or essential oils to my dryer balls? Using pure oils on you dryer balls may result in oil stains on your clothing and are not recommended. Some synthetic oils can also contain flammable ingredients and are not meant to heated. Bubby is hard at work, always making new products for you to have the best laundry experience possible. Stay tuned for more exciting product announcements that may be related to this topic.