Frankly, when I was buying my first wool cover and scouting around for a good wool wash, a soap bar seemed stupid. “Isn’t it much easier to just get the liquid?” I thought haughtily, imagining a world where only poor peasants leaned over their washbuckets, using rough, ash-stained hands to rub a sad bar of soap over their $80 wool longies (ok, I didn’t say it was a very realistic imaginative world).
Of course, thriftiness prevailed; not knowing if I would even like using wool, I opted for the cheapest wool wash, which happened to be a Sudz n’ Dudz Organic Wool Wash Bar. And what do you know? I have become that poor peasant using rough hands to scrub my wool diaper covers.
Luckily for all, Sudz n’ Dudz is not a “sad bar of soap.” In fact, it’s quite amazing. Each bar is handmade in the U.S.A. with organic oils and essential oil scents. There is an unscented bar as well, and each is enriched with lanolin, so every wash gives your wool a little lanolin boost. The company website indicates that the oils and butters that make up their soap include castor oil, coconut oil, beeswax, olive oil, palm oil, and shea butter. It’s quite an unremarkable list in that you can hop to any local organic store and pick up each ingredient off the shelf, but something about the way Sudz n’ Dudz combines their ingredients turns them into magical soap.
With stubborn stains, you can rub the wool wash bar directly onto your wool, but “stubborn stains” is not a concept that these soap bars are aware of. One fine summer evening my toddler managed to completely dye her pure white sweater red with the strawberries she was eating. I ripped off her sweater as soon as I noticed and ran to the bathroom, shaving bits of the Sudz n’ Dudz into a basin of cool water to dissolve and dumped in the sweater. Naturally, immediately distracted by something else, I didn’t get back to the sweater for a few more hours—and when I lifted it out of the sink, to my utter amazement it was completely white again. No scrubbing! No stain removers! This is when I became a True Wool Wash Bar Believer (even though this particular example has nothing to do with washing wool). But as you can imagine, it does a fine job of keeping our wool collection clean as well. None of our wool is looking particularly dingy, and this is considering a rambunctious toddler (and maybe a slightly absent-minded mother) that likes to jump directly into mud with light-colored longies on. The soap doesn’t leave any weird residue behind or smell like someone dumped an entire bottle of perfume into the sink like some other scented soaps do. It cleans, and it cleans well. What more can you ask for?
The one negative thing I have to say about Sudz n’ Dudz is that the soap bar lasts too dang long. I’ve been using the same bar for nine months now and I still have half of it left. I want an excuse to buy more scents, but if I buy all the ones I want to try now, I will be passing unused bars down to my kids. The value is incredible. If for any reason somebody hates their Sudz n’ Dudz bar this reviewer would be happy to take it off your hands, especially if you have a lavender scented one. Mmm, lavender.
Sudz n’ Dudz Organic Wool Wash Bars are only sold wholesale to qualified online retailers. Please visit http://sudzndudz.com to find out which retailer near you offers them.