This is a must have product for every household! Whether you cloth diaper or not, look in your closet and you will find dozens of items that would benefit from Eucalan delicate wash. Perfect for wool diaper covers and longies, you can also use it on your wool sweaters and delicate fabrics. Eucalan comes in four lovely scents (lavendar is my favorite!) and you can choose the scent purely based on preference or for specific purposes.
Eucalyptus (the main scent I reviewed) was their original scent and has natural moth and flea inhibiting properties so is perfect for wool fibers and pets/pet gear.
Natural (unscented) is recommended for sensitive skin and hunting gear.
Grapefruit can be used on wool just as well as the other scents, but it does not have moth inhibiting properties if that is something of concern to you. It is a natural disinfectant and, like the lavendar scent, a natural antiseptic.
Lavendar smells divine and has its well-known calming properties as well as natural moth and flea inhibiting properties.
So take your pick or pick all four, you will never run out of items to wash in this delicate no rinse wash. Also a smart choice when only hand washing a few items and it is great for synthetic fibers too! Eucalan also contains lanolin which is a natural conditioner for fabrics, dust mite repellent (awesome!) and Eucalan can help hold your wool diaper covers off in between lanolizing days. One of their eco-tips is the treat stains rather than washing the whole garment if the rest is not soiled. Their new Eucalan wipes are the perfect solution to throw in your purse and tackle stains on the spot– I must say it is a perfect product for any diaper bag or clumsy mama’s purse. Read some eco-friendly laundry tips and uses for Eucalan here.
I have been using Eucalan to wash my wool diaper covers for the past month or so and LOVE it. I have tried two different methods: in the sink and in my front washer. For both the sink and the washer you will need 1 teaspoon of Eucalan per gallon of tepid water. For the sink I fill the basin with water, put a teaspoon of Eucalan in with the soiled garment. Let it soak for 20-30 minutes, roll off the extra moisture in a towel and hang/lay it out to dry. The second method works for front loading washers where you run a soak cycle (no rinse and no spin particularly for wool). I just tried this method this past week and love it, because I can wash more items than fit in my bathroom sink and simply adjust the amount of Eucalan as necessary. This will be perfect for the winter when I have sweaters a bulkier items to wash on top of my wool covers or delicates.
And did you know you can get a free sample if you mail them a self-addressed stamped envelope? Pretty cool and tells me how much they believe in their product, because they know you’ll fall in love with it. I am falling in love with wool, especially for diaper covers, and I am realizing that with the right “tools” wool and delicate fabrics can be a breeze to maintain.
In honor of their first blog review, Eucalan is offering a 20% off coupon code valid until November 20, 2009 for TCDR readers. Enter “TCDR” in the promotion code section– you might now get savings like this again! Snag it while you can save and when you’ll be needing it this winter season.