Frequently Asked Questions
Do you dread walking down the cleaning and laundry aisle at your local grocery store? Do the chemicals and synthetic fragrances from those laundry products make you feel nauseous? If you have a sensitivity to chemicals and fragrances like me, but still want clean and fresh laundry, consider Claudia's Choices Ultra Phosphate Free Laundry Powder for your everyday wash.
Our laundry powder is completely fragrance and scent free, and contains no optical brightener, fabric softener, quaternary ammonium compounds (quats), sodium laureth sulfate (SLS), parabens, sodium percarbonate, enzymes, glycerine, or phosphates.
All of the ingredients in our natural laundry powder are listed, and are 100% mineral and plant based.
Our product is a free-flowing powder instead of a pod, which allows you to adjust the amount of laundry detergent you use, depending on your laundry load size, soil level, and water hardness level. If you have a water softener, or have soft water, you can reduce the amount of laundry detergent you use which is even more environmentally responsible.
The skin or epidermis is the human body's largest and fastest-growing external organ, and shouldn't be burdened by detergent residue or fragrances that are designed to stay in the laundered clothing. The skin absorbs all of those chemicals found in many other laundry products, especially a baby's skin which has not yet formed a protective layer. Because our product is a concentrated laundry powder, it effectively removes the dirt, stains and odors, yet rinses clean and leaves no residue behind. This is why our product is often used for washing baby laundry and cloth diapers. It is sold at natural stores and specialty baby stores in Canada.
What are the ingredients in Claudia's Choices Ultra Phosphate Free Laundry Powder?
Sodium Carbonate, Sodium Metasilicate, Citric Acid, Coco Glucoside, Carboxymethylcellulose.
Are there any other ingredients in Claudia's Choices Ultra Phosphate Free Laundry Powder?
No. All of the ingredients used to manufacture our product are listed. What you see is what you get.
Can I use Claudia's Choices Ultra Phosphate Free Laundry Powder for washing cloth diapers?
Absolutely! Our product is diaper-safe and rinses clean. This is because our product is free from:
- synthetic fragrance
- essential oils
- fabric softener
- quaternary ammonium compounds (quats)
- sodium percarbonate
- sodium laureth sulfate (SLS)
- optical brightener
The above types of ingredients in a laundry detergent can coat the fibres and cause repelling issues.
Our product is a concentrated laundry powder, contains enough plant-based surfactant to properly clean the diapers and does not contain any fillers.
Claudia's Choices Ultra Phosphate Free contains Sodium Metasilicate. Is this ingredient buffered?
Yes, this ingredient is buffered with Citric Acid.
How much laundry powder do I use per load?
A one-ounce scoop is included with the product (except for our sample pack). One scoop-full is the standard amount to use for a full load of laundry for moderately hard to very hard water. If you have soft water you may reduce the amount to half a scoop.
How do I know if my water is hard or soft?
There are three options:
1. Check with your municipality
2. Use a DIY water hardness home test kit from your local hardware store.
3. Soap Suds Method: fill a clear, clean bottle with one-third tap water, add a few drops of pure liquid soap (castile soap is best; not a detergent), and close the lid. Shake vigorously. A lack of bubbles and cloudy water indicates hard water. Lots of bubbles and clear water at the bottom means you have soft water.
Can I use a powdered laundry detergent in my front-load HE washing machine?
Certainly. Remove the dispenser insert cup from the dispenser drawer when using powder detergent to ensure it will dispense correctly. Consult the user manual of your washing machine.
Alternatively, you may dilute the laundry powder with a small amount of water in a small container and then pour it into the dispenser cup for liquid laundry detergent.
I would like to try Claudia's Choices before I buy. Do you have any free samples available?
If you've never tried our laundry powder before or you've been using our original formula and would like to try our new & improved formula, we would be happy to send you a free 2-load sample pouch.
Where do you ship?
We ship to anywhere in Canada. For more information about shipping, please visit this page.
Is Claudia's Choices available at any stores?
You can purchase our laundry powder at select stores. For a list of our retailers, please visit this page.
I have a question that isn't answered here. Where can I get more information?
Please send us your question by completing the Contact Us form.