Does anybody have any experience with the detergents and the like from The Laundress? There's a shop in the village with their stuff and it is mucho expensive for detergent. I'm wondering if anybody has used their stuff and noticed a difference enough to warrant the expense.
I'm mainly looking into their whites detergent, stain solution and bleach alternative to keep white dress shirts white and without a collar ring. I've tried the little bar of soap thing on the collar and that's bullshit in my experience. Also shout and such on the collar and cuffs doesn't do any better of a job than normal laundering. The only thing that seems to work well on dress shirts is dry cleaning, but that is even more expensive than these products on a regular basis and also doesn't remove body odor and water based stains well. Am I over thinking this? Should I just launder normally and dry clean when they need it?
Every 6 months or so, I will sort of power clean my shirts that need it (collars, cuffs, pits). I use the following method and its very effective for me and doesnt cost me a lot of time:
1) Shirts go in a bucket with warm water and OxyClean
2) Take a shirt out of the bucket, Fels Naptha soap rubbed on the collar/ pits/ cuffs as necessary, then a quick scrub with a nylon brush to raise a little lather and work the soap into the fabric. This step takes literally 30 seconds a shirt
3) Put scrubbed shirt(s) into a garbage bag to soak over night. Launder normally the following day.
I am a sweatier than usual guy, so the above is necessary for me to prolong the life of my shirts and not let them get dingy and funky...