Road Test: Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day 68 Load Laundry Detergent in Lemon Verbena
Don’t believe the hype about super concentrated laundry detergents? Believe in Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day 68 Load Laundry Detergent!
I have a confession to make, Bettys: I have weird laundry habits, most of which I have developed in an effort to save money.
I live in New York, and like most New Yorkers, I don’t have a washer or a dryer in my apartment. Doing laundry for me means lugging at least two weeks’ worth of clothes down the block to my local Laundromat, where the average wash costs $2 and the average dry $1.50. If you split up your lights and your darks like I do, multiply the costs accordingly. Doing linens, too? Add another load. All those trips to the Laundromat add up, and believe you me, it can get expensive. Subsequently, I have made it a sneaky habit to drag as much laundry with me as I can whenever I’m at my significant other’s for the weekend, because he, living by the Jersey shore, conveniently has a washer/dryer in his apartment. You have no idea how much I’ve been saving by doing this.
However, I’ve started to feel guilty enough about it that I feel I should start pitching in for his laundry detergent, since I seem to be using it more often than I do my own. This is why it was something of a stroke of luck to find a cute little sample of Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day 68 Load Laundry Detergent ($15.99, mrsmeyers.com) in our mailbox last week. I figured, hey, at least I can take these tiny little packets out to the shore with me over the weekend and add them to the boyfriend’s laundry detergent supply. Then another thought occurred to me: Wait a minute. Why the heck are these packets so tiny? I read the label. Each packet, which was small enough to fit in the palm of my hand held exactly one tablespoon of detergent. That single tablespoon, the label swore, was super concentrated—4X, in fact!—and would therefore be enough to clean an entire load of laundry. Plus, its cleaning power came from plant sources and essential oils, so it promised to avoid the ickiness of most chemical-based detergents.
I scoffed, naturally. One tablespoon? Surely not! How could such a tiny amount of detergent have that much cleaning power?
Bettys? I stand corrected. The first thing I did after I arrived (besides tossing down my stuff, that is) was to unpack my load of laundry from my duffle bag, throw it in the washer, and squirt in one of those itty bitty little packets. A mere hour and a half later, I had a lovely, spic and span load of freshly-laundered clothing, all of which smelled not like weird air fresheners, but like lemon verbena. Yum.
I was floored.
The best part? It’s unbelievably cost-effective. For about 16 bucks, you get one 34-oz. bottle (yes, it comes in a bottle; the wacky little packets were just for the sample size) of this magical detergent—which will handle a whopping 68 loads of laundry. And if lemon verbena isn’t your thing (I happen to like citrus scents, but I can understand why others might now), it’s available in three other delightful scents: lavender, rosemary, and bluebell.
So just in case you’ve never believed that super concentrated laundry detergents are all they’re cracked up to be, trust me: This one is. Snag some of your own at mrsmeyers.com and prepare to be wowed. Doing laundry has never been more of a breeze!
Lucia Peters is BettyConfidential’s associate editor.