How and Why to Use a Laundry Bar RSS

Posted October 2022
Written by Jamie Barrows
So, you've decided to wear your white designer jeans to family dinner, when BAM. You drop a forkful of spaghetti right on your lap. Another new clothing item ruined. You'll put it in the back of your closet, muttering aggravated incoherencies and reminding your clumsy self why you don't typically buy expensive clothes.

Finding a reliable laundry stain remover is tough. Knowing that the product is eco-friendly is even more difficult. The demand for clean, green, and effective consumer products is expanding from skincare to household and personal care. After all, more things affect our bodies and skin microbiome than just topicals. Keeping that in mind, we have expanded our portfolio to include household items like our
Laundry Bar for stain removal.

Why should I choose a laundry bar?

For similar reasons to bar soap, laundry bars are a much more eco-friendly option over liquid versions of the product. The bars we make here at Bradford are formulated using minimal water (our Laundry Bar only contains 12-14%!), have far less packaging than liquid stain fighters, and contain no harsh chemicals. Believe it or not, stain removal can be achieved with age-old ingredients like lemon, salt, or natural glycerin. There is no need for long ingredient labels with unidentifiable 10-syllable synthetics. Traditionally, laundry bars contained Borax. While the ingredient is incredibly tough on stains, it is not considered environmentally friendly. We found a substitute that performs just as well and has an EWG rating of 1 (the best possible score). That means it is good for you and the environment without sacrificing efficacy.

Changing to a solid laundry bar to remove your coffee and wine stains may feel unnatural initially, but they are a tried and true format. You'll become proud once you become aware of its impact on your sustainable habits.

How do I use it?

There are a couple of ways you can use a stain removal bar. Both are very simple. Think of your bar as an ultra-concentrated stain remover. You will need to use just a little water to create a lather and push the soap into the stain. You can do this one of two ways:
  1. Dab the stain with a small amount of water and gently rub the bar directly into the affected area
  2. Create a lather by wetting the laundry bar and rubbing it with a clean rag or upcycled toothbrush. Then, scrub the stain with the soapy lather.
The funny thing about laundry bars is that they are certainly not a new idea. Rumor has it that one of the first uses of soap, in general, was for laundry. Women in ancient Rome noticed that the substance they found near the Tiber River, where they washed their linens, took dirt and grime out easier. The gooey substance was the earliest form of soap: a combination of animal fats and caustic ashes. Additionally, Bradford's very own operation began because the booming textile industry in Rhode Island needed flake soap for scouring wool. Our innovative Laundry Bar is an old idea with a modern twist – and one that is much needed in our current, eco-minded landscape. ‚óŹ