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Vaska Herbatergent Advanced Botanicals Laundry Detergent Product Review

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Vaska Herbatergent Advanced Botanicals Laundry Detergent Product Review

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The Bottom Line

Vaska Laundry Detergent is an excellent product both in cleaning ability and in protecting the environment.


  • Cleans laundry well.
  • Allergen free and biodegradable.
  • Useable in HE and standard washers.
  • Packaging contains 50% post consumer plastics.
  • U.S. EPA Design for the Environment seal.


  • Not widely available in retail stores.


  • High performance botanical laundry detergent.
  • Leaves laundry clean, smelling fresh and soft to the touch.
  • Contains no harsh chemicals, animal products, perfumes or dyes.
  • Endorsed by the U.S. EPA Design for the Environment.
  • Environmentally sound packaging.

Guide Review - Vaska Herbatergent Advanced Botanicals Laundry Detergent Product Review

I first learned about Vaska Laundry Detergent on the San Francisco Giants home page. (I've always had a soft spot for Willie Mays.) The Giants have taken the National League's Green Pledge and use Vaska for their new stadium's laundry. I was impressed that the Giants were taking the pledge but I had no idea if Vaska was a good product.

Then I gave it a try. I love it. I tried the scent free Vaska herbatergent and my clothing came out smelling fresh, free of stains and soft to the touch. Even though it is scent free, it actually has almost a spicy, citrus fragrance like fresh herbs. Compared to heavy perfumes, it was such a clean smell.

Vaska is a Berkeley, California-based company started by Julia Fry, a fashion designer. Their products include Herbatergent™, Herbasoft™ fabric softener, Spotoff™ stain remover and Oxygenbleach. Every product is labeled with both what ingredients they contain as well as those they don't. The Herbatergent contains plant-based surfacants, vegetable conditioner, water soluble degreasing agent, lavender leaf extract and filtered water. No chemicals, no optical brighteners, no animal products, no dyes.

My biggest problem with Vaska is that it must be ordered online which means you must plan ahead! And, as an aside, it has a really nice looking bottle design and a see-through cap that makes measuring a breeze.

Update: Vaska introduced a bag-in-box packaging at Sam’s Club Stores in California and Nevada in November 2009. The new package consists of a plastic bag contained within a 50% post-consumer recycled paperboard exterior and saves approximately 62% plastic usage compared to the plastic bottles that are currently the industry standard. Dimensions of the box are L – 8.063” X W – 6.313” x H – 9.875”.

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