MyGreenFills Laundry Bundles Review – August 2017
MyGreenFills is a non-toxic, hypoallergenic laundry detergent subscription service with an eco-friendly spin: your first box will contain refillable jugs and mix-at-home packets, and your future deliveries will consist of only mix-at-home refill packets.
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This review is of the MyGreenFills The Change Maker, $28, box.
The Subscription Box: MyGreenFills
The Cost: $28 for The Change Maker, $24 for Clean Conscience, and $18 for Fresh Start.
The Products: Non-toxic, hypoallergenic laundry wash, laundry rinse, enzyme stain remover, and stain stick. These products are free of SLS, dimethicone, silicone products, perfumes of any kind, glycol, dyes, fillers, phosphates, 1,4-dioxane, chlorine, DEA, thickeners, fillers, formaldehyde, petrochemicals, or optical brighteners.
Ships to: The US for free
This is our first MyGreenFills review, but make sure you check out our other Eco-Friendly Subscription Box reviews!
Seeing that this box isn’t one which touts an element of surprise, the contents are pretty straightforward and exactly as marketed. Which a good thing!
Here are the two jugs you’ll receive, which MyGreenFills calls the “last jug[s] you’ll ever own.” The concept is that you mix the contents of specific packets with warm water in these jugs, and voila, you have your laundry detergent. It’s kind of DIY-ish and I find it to be a really clever way to reduce waste!
On the back of each jug is uplifting text that really makes you feel like you’re helping toward a “greener” planet by using this system. Which, of course, you are, so the best part is that it’s true!
This little container holds the contents of the stain remover packet, no mixing needed. I love jars like this—my first thought was, “My, how Pinterest-y my laundry space is going to look!”
Here’s the scoop that comes with the jar. It fits perfectly inside, even once you’ve added the powder.
The lids of the jugs read, “I am honored,” and the top of the jar says, “I am loved.” These are such nice touches that add a hint of positivity to laundry day. So thoughtful.
Here are the three packets that you add to their respective jugs/jar. The directions say to fill each jug with very warm water, add the contents of the packets, and then shake. The laundry wash was a little challenging to pour into its jug without making a bit of a mess—it’s a very friction-y powder and needed a little coaxing. Once shaken, it was very bubbly. The laundry rinse is liquid and went in very easily. I wasn’t sure what laundry rinse is, but the jug indicates it’s the same thing as fabric softener. As I mentioned above, the enzyme stain remover doesn’t need to be mixed; just relocated to its cute jar.
MyGreenFills offers both scented and unscented version of these mixes. I chose to receive the signature scent, which is made from a mix of orange oil, lime oil, fir needle oil, clove leaf oil, lavandin abraili oil & eucalyptus oil. When I signed up for my subscription on the MyGreenFills website, the signature scent option had a little image of fresh lavender under it, so that’s the scent I was expecting. In reality, it’s a much more classic laundry detergent scent, though I associate that smell with freshly cleaned clothes, so I don’t mind it.
Finally, the stain stick. It came in this little compostable paper sleeve. I like how the instructions for what to do if this stick comes in contact with your eye or gets swallowed have a hint of personality. It makes the MyGreenFills brand feel more personal and relatable, like there are actual humans behind it.
I thought I’d put this stain stick to the test on a really stubborn stain: a grass stain on my husband’s (very poorly tie-dyed) mountain biking shirt. Because it ultimately doesn’t matter if this shirt has grass stains on it, I decided to only rub the stain stick on one small part of the stain. That way I could tell compare between the stain-removing capabilities of the stain stick vs. the regular ol’ washing machine. If you reference the above image, the part I rubbed with the stain stick is the few inches below where I’m hovering it. Per the directions, I wetted that area first.
Well, the difference is very clear if you ask me! The top photo shows the T-shirt pre-wash. I threw it in the machine with other workout clothes and washed it in hot water with approx. ¼ cap of both the laundry detergent and laundry wash, which is what the directions recommended for a high energy washing machine. This is much less detergent than I’m used to using, so I was wary, but I went for it anyway. I also included a scoop of the enzyme stain remover powder with my load. The directions were a little confusing; they direct you to add “1 tiny scoop” per load, and I wasn’t sure if “tiny” referred to the fact that the scoop itself is, indeed, very small, or if the suggestion is to only use a partial scoop. I ultimately bet on the former and used a full scoop.
The bottom photo reveals that the washing machine was little to no help in removing the grass stain (though, in retrospect, I guess I knew grass stains don’t usually come out in the regular wash), while the middle blot that got the stain stick treatment is significantly lighter. My vote is that the stain stick was a success!
Note: While my current setup should last me 50 loads, I popped back over to the MyGreenFills website to see what’s up with refills for when that time comes. Each of the four products I have cost $7, so that adds up to the $28 spent on the original box. The default setting is for monthly refill shipments, but with only 2 people in my household, that seems way too soon, so I’ll be changing my refill date. I also might use some products more quickly than others, and their website makes it really easy to adjust what your refill shipment will include.
Verdict: Okay, I’m officially a supporter of MyGreenFills! While this box differs from other subscriptions in that it doesn’t arrive filled with fun surprises, it includes hints of thoughtfulness throughout, and that alone was a welcome surprise. Mixing the detergent and laundry rinse in their jugs took all of five minutes and doesn’t involve any sort of crazy chemistry, so not much can go wrong. And, the stain stick actually works. Plain and simple, this is a great service for everybody, eco-minded or not.
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