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Dropps is thrilled to announce that two of our products were chosen as winners in the 2013 Readers’ Choice Best in Laundry Awards! Best Single Dose Laundry Detergent: Dropps Scent + Dye Free and Best Fabric Softener: Dropps Wild Orchid. Thank you to all of our loyal fans who voted!

Dropps Scent + Dye Free Laundry Detergent Pacs and Dropps Wild Orchid Fabric Softener Pacs win 2013 Readers' Choice Best in Laundry Awards.

Dropps Scent + Dye Free Laundry Detergent Pacs and Dropps Wild Orchid Fabric Softener Pacs win 2013 Readers’ Choice Best in Laundry Awards.

The 2013 Readers’ Choice Awards showcase the best products, features and services selected by readers. This popular reader-driven awards program began on’s technology channel in 2008 and has expanded to highlight the best across a wide variety of topics. This year the Readers’ Choice Awards showcased the best in hundreds of categories across most of’s channels, from technology to hobbies to sports.

Have you ever wondered how we came up with Dropps in the first place? Fast Company is featuring an excerpt from Red Thread Thinking that highlights the evolution of Dropps. Click through for a great read!

Dropps made the cut for two categories in the 2013 Reader’s Choice Best in Laundry Awards! We’re thrilled to announce that we were one of the top nominated products in the following categories:  Dropps Scent + Dye Free Laundry Detergent is nominated for “Best Single Dose Laundry Detergentand Dropps Wild Orchid Fabric Softener is nominated for  Best Fabric Softener.” Show your support for Dropps laundry products and vote!

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Voting for the 2013 Readers’ Choice Awards will begin at 10:00 a.m. EST on Tuesday, February 19, 2013 and will close at 11:59 p.m. EST on Tuesday, March 19, 2013. Winners will be announced on Wednesday, March 27, 2013.

The nomination period for the 2013 Laundry Readers’ Choice Awards opens today and we want to hear from all of the Dropps fans!

The award nominations follow a similar format as “likes” on facebook. Our fans nominate their favorite laundry products in 10 categories. The more nominations (likes) the higher the product ranks. The top three products in each category will move to the final voting phase. Click here to vote:

Show your support for Dropps by taking a moment to nominate your favorite products! Happy Washing!

Nominate Dropps for the 2013 Laundry Readers' Choice Awards!

Nominate Dropps for the 2013 Laundry Readers’ Choice Awards!

We would like to take a moment to remind everyone to keep Dropps and all other household cleaning products stored safely out of the reach of children. Take an extra minute to make sure cleaning products are stored away in a cabinet or on a high shelf to ensure the safety of your family and pets after use. Healthy family, happier washing!


If you’ve seen an advertisement for a laundry detergent product claiming to have incredible brightening capabilities, keep reading.

It’s no secret that one of the most common battles in the laundry biz is centered on creating a superior cleaning and brightening detergent, but are there any costs?

Glowing Line Drying Laundry Installation by Li-Hsin Wang

Luminescent Line Drying Laundry Installation by Li-Hsin Wang

Optical brighteners—factually known as synthetic chemicals—are designed to create the illusion that fabrics are cleaner by reducing the natural yellowing that occurs over time. By absorbing ultraviolet light and emitting it as blue visible light, clothes appear brighter and carry the highly desired glow we all seek—unless, you’re in

Unfortunately, these detergent additives remain on both clothing and skin post-wash, leaving behind a not-so-fresh residue. For those of you with sensitive skin, the possibility of irritation and/or an allergic reaction is likely, especially if for a baby.

As for your daily wear, if you’ve ever encountered a stiff, starchy residue when your fabrics dry naturally— voilà! Chances are the “crunch” is the aftermath of these optical brighteners. One should never take for granted the “fluff” provided by his/her dryer: When using optical brighteners, they come quite handy!

We at Dropps can’t forget that optical brighteners are also harmful to the environment, as components of a non-readily biodegradable product. Proven to cause mutations in bacteria, these chemicals are toxic to aquatic life once washed away into our water systems. Dropps leaves out optical brighteners in favor of a gentle, respectful formula that retains fiber strength, softness and brightness.

So listen up consumers: We are urging you to stay informed!

Clean wisely and as always, happy washing!

The laundry biz can seem overwhelming: Fibers, and enzymes, and stains—oh my!

But luckily, we here at Dropps would like to fill you in on an interesting tidbit that has been well-known by our staff for years. If you’ve ever noticed a “Biological” or “Non-Biological” label on your laundry detergent, consider yourself ahead of the curve.

Seen most commonly in the UK, the difference between “Bio” and “Non-Bio” labeled detergents is indicative of a basic, fundamental question for laundry-goers: What is my laundry detergents purpose?

Some of you might say, “To remove stains, of course!” Others might have a different perspective and answer, “To freshen my clothes when I so desire!” The truth is, both claims are valid and accurately depict the main difference between “Bio” and “Non-Bio” detergents—but what are the details? What are the ingredients? What are the impacts?

If you’re a consumer who bases their purchases on reviews from publications like Consumer Reports, remember to consider the variable factors. To date, many publications base reviews solely on stain fighting abilities; they don’t account for the affects of those products if used continuously, nor do they mention what the alternative can provide.

Let’s take a step back and offer some food for thought.

In the most basic of explanations, biological detergents are those containing enzymes, used for stain fighting purposes. Intended to break down protein, starches and fat in strong, common stains such as food, sweat and mud, “bio” detergents have the ability to operate effectively in lower temperatures in comparison to non-bio detergents. Sounds promising, doesn’t it?

Perhaps it’s important to consider the affects of using enzymes—which can break down cloth fibers and cause adverse reactions for individuals with sensitive skin. So what’s the alternative?  

What most consumers should consider, is balancing the use of biological detergents with non-biological detergents. Think about it: Does everyday laundry need a stain fighter?

Non-biological detergents are gentle on fibers and kinder to the skin. A helpful solution to the allergy-prone, “non-bio” detergents freshen clothes without any additives that may unnecessarily compromise the quality of your garments.

The next time you’re ready to toss a load in, choose wisely!

As proud supporters of the laundry-sphere, we here at Dropps urge consumers to be knowledgeable about which products they choose to bring into their homes, because one thing is certain: There will be no shortage of options!

For more information on the ingredients found in our Dropps formula, check out our FAQ section on our website,!