I'm Back to Vaska
For the better part of the last year, I've settled into a detergent usage pattern that I've grown accustomed to. I've been alternating between Tide Total Care HE liquid and Persil Megaperls for the majority of my laundry. A week ago I wandered across a section of my garage where I had put all of my previous detergent experiments - Bi-O-Kleen, Charlie's Soap, Country Save, EcoVantage, All Small & Mighty, Method, Vaska Clorox Green Works, Le Blanc, LanoSoft, etc. Out of all these, the one I remember the most was Vaska because it left my clothes so soft and fluffy they practically float out of my dryer.
Well, I pulled the Vaska back inside and started using it on my recent loads. It's funny how you forget the things you liked about a product when you've stopped using it for a while. I love the light, fresh, slightly citrus scent that Vaska leaves behind as well as the incredible softness when combined with their softener. In fact I liked it so much that I re-ordered the Vaska products, which arrived a couple of days ago. Vaska has changed the verbiage on their packaging and has also re-formulated some of their products. The detergent is now thicker and more viscous at a 4x concentration. The oxygen bleach appears unchanged, the fabric softener scent seems to have been tweaked slightly and no longer has that mustiness to it that lavender can sometimes bring to the party.
I also ordered Vaska's Spot Off stain spray. So far it's working better than expected. For a non-toxic, natural stain spray I must say it works just as well or better than the bottle of Shout that it replaced. Since I have to pre-treat stains even with a detergent as aggressive and toxic as Tide, Vaska gives me the same level of clean for the same effort. While I'm certain that Tide may remove some stains that Vaska can't, I have yet to find anything in my everyday laundry that Vaska can't handle.
In another thread I shared that I found some odorless grey "biofilm" material around the inside of my pin trap. Guess what? After using Vaska on a few loads the biofilm has disappeared! So after all is said and done, I'm back to using Vaska for my laundry again.