Charlie's Soap - Laundry Pre-Spray - 16.9 oz. (500 mL)
Pre-treat stains with Charlie's Soap Laundry Pre-Spray. Let's face it. Stains on clothing are an on-going challenge. No shirt is safe from a ketchup bottle with an attitude and no pants can run from the little boy who slides into home plate. Charlie's Soap Laundry Pre-Spray is a cost effective and environmentally safe way to deal with most stains. Like all Charlie's products, it goes back to nature quickly.
Just watch it work
- Apply the Pre-Spray to the stain, directly on the fabric as soon as you notice it. Rub the Pre-Spray into the stain and let it sit for a bit – maybe 30 minutes. Don't be afraid to let it dry. Charlie's Soap Laundry Pre-Spray was designed to gently remove stains, not blast them off.
- The Laundry Pre-Spray will separate the stain from the fabric. The treated area will look like the stain is spreading -- and that means that it will come out in the wash.
- Re-wet the stain with Pre-Spray just before you pop it into the wash. Feel free to repeat the process if necessary. Their Laundry Pre-Spray will not damage any fabric. (It might be a good idea to test for color fastness and follow your garment's care instructions, though.)
What's in Charlie's Soap?
Their formulas are what make us special. They have been fully tested for non-toxicity (Duke University) and biodegradability (Japan Food Research Labs) and effectiveness (SGS US Testing Labs). They are unique and, following the practices of Coca-Cola, secret. A secret formula doesn't keep folks from drinking Coke, right? But consumers have a right to know what's inside the products so that folks can better make up their minds whether they want to use their products.
Charlie's Soap's ingredients can be separated into two categories: biodegradable ingredients and natural mineral ingredients. The United States federal government requires that a product biodegrade 80% in 28 days before it can be labeled "biodegradable." As tested by the Japan Food Research Laboratories, their biodegradable ingredients degrade by 97.3% in 28 days in soil. The rest of their ingredients fall under the natural mineral category. Their products are rated safe for use around lakes and streams and have been approved by the USDA for use around food preparing surfaces. They are non-toxic.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is Charlie's Soap a "soap" or a "detergent"?
Charlie's Soap is a blend of natural-based surfactants (detergents) derived from coconut and mineral oils, treated with a product of natural gas (real soaps are treated with caustic soda or pot ash), and salts in water (Laundry Liquid) or pure washing soda (Laundry Powder).
There is a good reason that it is called Charlie's Soap and not Charlie's Detergent. Thirty-plus years ago, the product was first created for the textile industry. It worked so well that workers in the plants started stealing it.
They eventually found their way over to Their office and started asking for it. Everyone in the textile plants knew Charlie Sutherland Sr. They started asking for some of Charlie's "soap", not knowing the chemical difference between soaps and detergents. Charlie Sutherland Jr. actually created the product, but it's not his name on the bottle. After years of trying to name the product everything under the sun, the name "Charlie's Soap" just stuck.
As a first time user, how can I get the most from my Charlie's Soap?
Run a large empty load with a few old rags and two doses of Charlie's Soap to remove possibly harmful residues from your washing machine left behind by other detergents.
Some of your laundry and your washing machine may require several washings before old detergent residue is fully removed and you notice the lasting benefits of using Charlie's Soap: low suds, softer clothes.
For best results in everyday use, use only one dose of Charlie's Soap for Laundry for a large load of laundry, even in HE washing machines. Softeners are not recommended or needed. Wash according to care instructions. Test on garments that may bleed or fade. For excessive or stubborn stains, treat laundry with Charlie's Soap Laundry Pre-Spray.
Is Charlie's Soap safe for my sensitive skin?
Yes. Charlie's Soap rinses away completely from your clothes so there is nothing left to which you can react.
Clothes that have been washed in anything other than Charlie's Soap likely have detergent residues. Charlie's Soap will clean those residues to the exclusion of other stains until they are gone.
It may take several washes with a full dose of Charlie's Soap to remove those residues, not just bring them to the surface. You should wash clothes that are new to Charlie's Soap two or three times before wearing them. They want to make sure that nothing touches your skin but clean clothes.
If you develop itching from clothes washed in Charlie's Soap, this is a sign that not all the old residues have been removed. They have only been pulled to the surface where you can feel them. Two successive washes of that garment with Charlie's Soap should alleviate that problem. For more information, see their Sensitive Skin page.
What happens if I use more than the recommended amount?
It is wasteful, but not necessarily harmful. In extreme cases, an extra rinse may be needed to get rid of the suds and thus retain the hypo- allergenic properties.
Can Charlie's Soap be safely used to clean a baby's diaper?
They believe that clean, dry, residue free and sanitized (frequently changed and disinfected) diapers are best for babies and babies' bottoms.
Their detergents contain no ingredients or additives that are designed to bind to fabrics; and they contain no antibacterial agents, either. Subsequently, Charlie's Soap is residue free. Because your results using Charlie's Soap may vary due to your particular water conditions, your washer and your baby's sensitivity to bacteria, they suggest you follow a successful procedure like the one suggested here.
Charlie's Soap is not a disinfectant. Follow care instructions on your child's diapers, but make sure to kill bacteria that might have survived the washing process: boiling, sunning, 1/4 cup vineger (rinse), 1/4 cup hydrogen peroxide (wash) or 1 tablespoon bleach in the wash. Left alone, such bacteria can cause severe, burn-like reactions.
Why shouldn't I use fabric softener with Charlie's Soap?
Fabric softeners are used to cover the residues that normal detergents leave on fabrics. Charlie's Soap is designed to clean all the way to the fiber, and leave no residues, and so no fabric softeners are needed. Without the residues, clothes will be naturally soft.
Is Charlie's Soap safe for colors?
Charlie's Soap is safe for all color-fast washables. When in doubt, apply some to a small area for a test and rinse.
Can I use bleach with Charlie's Soap?
Chlorine bleach can be used in the wash cycle with no problems. Keep in mind that you don't need nearly the amount of bleach to disinfect as you do to whiten clothes. If you use too much, beware of bleach residues that can irritate sensitive skin. Following bleach with another wash of Charlie's Soap can remove any residues. Color-safe (oxygen) bleaches can also be used with Charlie's Soap.
Is Charlie's Soap compatible with my HE washer?
HE means that less water is used per washing cycle. HE detergents are often merely lesser amounts of the same detergents because most detergents on the market do not dissolve well in small amounts of water. Charlie's Soap is completely water soluble, so it needs very little water to dissolve it completely. Therefore, a normal dose of the Powder or Liquid is small enough to use in HE machines.
If you have used the full amount of Charlie's long enough to have washed your wardrobe at least three times and you are still noticing suds, only then should you consider using less Charlie's Soap. When washing diapers in frontloading HE washers, make sure to use the highest water setting.
Is Charlie's Soap tested on animals?
They do not have any animal-based raw materials. However, they cannot be absolutely sure of the total history of all of their raw materials. But, to the best of their knowledge and sources of information, the answer is No. They have not performed any in-house, nor paid for any animal testing of their products.
Does Charlie’s Soap have a scent?
Charlie’s Soap not only does not have a perfume or scent blocker; it takes all other scents away. Any detergent that has a perfume is leaving that perfume behind. If it’s leaving that perfume behind, it is also leaving behind the odor that the perfume is supposed to cover up. If it’s leaving those odors behind, then it’s not clean!
Zero incidental ingredients
Many other "green" detergents use incidental chemicals to augment their cleaning agents. These are things like, but are not limited to: oleic acid, sodium hydroxide, boric acid, protease and amylase, glycerin, calcium chloride, sodium chloride,citric acid, methylisothiazolinone and benzisothiazolinone. Charlie's Soap contains and needs none of these chemicals or chemicals like them: no baking soda, no zeolites, no fragrances, no bleach, no anti-foaming agents, no essential oils, no anti-redeposition agents, no thickening agents, no enzymes. Charlie's Soap stands on its simple formula for superior cleaning and safety.
How they got from there to here...
In 1976, Charlie Sutherland, Jr. and his brother-in-law Ron Joyce were working for the yarn oil division (run by Charlie's dad) of a large textile yarn company. The yarn company asked Charlie to find a soap to clean up the oils his division was making along with other accumulated grime the yarn machines picked up. Rather than buy a soap, Ron and Charlie started making it themselves on the sly in an old barn on Ron's dad's farm. Charlie came up with the final formula after a short while; the stuff worked great, and they were in business.
With $200, Charlie and Ron officially started their little soap company. Charlie had to borrow $100 from Ron to cover his half of the enterprise. Eventually the yarn company figured out where the soap was coming from and raised Hell. After they convinced Ron that they would continue buying the soap, he went with the new soap company. The yarn company kept Charlie. Charlie's dad used to say of the original cleaner, "It cleans everything from false teeth to diesel engines." They put that on the labels. The soap company struggled on with Charlie still helping make soap on weekends, and Ron delivering during the week. The oil division at the textile yarn company was bought out in 1981 by a German chemical company and Charlie went with the Germans.
Time to start a new company
In 1983, over strong objections from his wife Jane, Charlie left his good job and bought Ron's shares of the struggling little soap company. Ron left for greener pastures, and Charlie, now over $60,000 in debt, moved all the equipment to the old yarn oil division where his father, Charlie senior, and Ron's secretary, Jenny Craver, still kept an office. Jenny stayed with the little soap company. The very day Charlie took over the soap company, the old yarn company started modernizing and shipping thousands of their old machines to China.
The Chinese folks insisted that these old grimy machines had to be sparkling clean before shipping. Soap sales soared, and Charlie hired Wayne Belton to mix soap and drive the truck he got from the German company. Charlie paid off his debts and was sitting pretty especially after he invented a new scour (Laundry Liquid) for the Quality Control Labs, and it was now selling to the outdoor-wear folks. All was good - for a while.
In 1992, after all of the old textile machines had been shipped to China, the yarn company was sold and 75% of Charlie's soap business was gone overnight. Times were tough, and Charlie and Jane had two kids in college and two more in private school. Thank Goodness Charlie had the new sales in the Laundry Liquid for outdoor wear. That kept the doors open. Sadly, Charlie's dad passed on in 1994. He is missed.
Today -- Sold around the globe
Over the years, through word-of-mouth and lots of scratching, the original Charlie's Soap, the new Laundry Liquid, and the newer Laundry Powder have found their way around the globe and they continue to amaze those who try them. The boys, Taylor, James, and Morgan started working at the plant in 2002 and they are really making the company grow.