Method Smartclean and Vaska Herbatergent
I just wanted to say that I have recently tried both of these detergents and really like both of them. I have been a long time Charlie's Soap user, but recently stopped using it due to the fact that my whites had gotten very dingy and I was having lots of trouble with stains that weren't coming out in the wash. I went from Charlie's to Tide and Cheer and my laundry got noticeably cleaner and whiter, but I felt a little bad about using so many chemicals to get my laundry clean.
Anyway, I've been very happy with both the Method and the Vaska detergents. I have used the Method on some very dirty laundry and it's done a great job of cleaning. It also has a nice, clean scent (I used the Peony version) that I liked. The clothes came out very soft and bright with this detergent.
I've been using the Vaska for a shorter period of time, so haven't yet run a really dirty load with it. (I probably will do that tomorrow, as my husband is out playing on his tractor today.) However, for my everyday laundry I've been very pleased at the cleanliness and softness of my clothes after washing with Vaska. The smell is heavenly, although not much lingers after washing - just enough to give you a tiny whiff. My clothes are very, very soft after being washed in this detergent. I have done whites with the Vaska and they looked very bright and very white after washing.
Just a heads up for those of you looking for natural detergent alternatives.