When it comes to laundry detergent, I’ve always just gone with what I could find at the grocery store. That could change now that I’ve tried The Laundry’s Finest Laundry Powder. Sound new? Actually, it’s been around since the 1930s, but until very recently was only used at The Laundry at Linens Limited, a fine linens laundering service in Milwaukee.
The Laundry specializes in old-world cleaning to preserve treasured linens — hand-stretching linens so they keep their shape, air-drying heirloom pieces — so The Laundry’s Finest is obviously made with care. It’s pH-balanced, biodegradable, and contains no optical brighteners, bleach, or significant quantities of phosphorus. When I added it to my wash, it didn’t get super sudsy. But boy, did it clean — even a load including a pair of muddy sneakers came out perfectly. I put it to the test with my towels, which ended up plenty soft, but it was simple items like my T-shirts that impressed me. They felt softer and smelled better than they ever had, sincerely. That was a benefit I was not expecting.
You can purchase The Laundry’s Finest in refillable canisters (love that); a canister that will wash up 40 loads will set you back $24.95. Yes, that’s a lot more than what you’ll pay at the grocery store. But to wash items like a tablecloth my mom embroidered, or my collection of vintage concert T-shirts? I can’t think of anything finer. –Mary T.