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Dropps Review after 1 year: What works and why it’s worth switching

We’ve been using Dropps laundry detergent pods, oxi-booster pods, fabric softener pods, and dishwashing detergent pods for almost a year now. I’ve had the chance to experiment a bit with them and want to share my review of Dropps Pods! You should know I am a fan of most but not all of their products, and that I switched when trying to find safer products for my family.

Please note, I have ordered and reordered these pods and this post is not sponsored. While I would never do a sponsored post for products I dislike, I wanted the freedom to show you the good and the bad and compare to other brands. Sponsored posts don’t usually allow mentioning other competitive brands. So enjoy!

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Why I switched to Dropps for laundry and dishes

Little by little I’ve been switching the products I use to clean our home. In addition to Dropps, we also now use Branch Basics concentrate for all our cleaning sprays, and I am soon to try out a few Norwex cloths as well. It’s a change in the way I think about chemicals being absorbed through the skin.

Since skin can absorb harmful chemicals, laundry detergent seemed like an important safer swap since it touches my family’s skin every day.

I love that Dropps pods have no dyes and have a few unscented options. My family doesn’t seem to be bothered by scents on the skin, so I opted to buy the scented versions, which are 100% scented using essential oils.

I feel better knowing what’s on my skin is less toxic, and that there’s zero plastic involved.

What I used before switching to Dropps

Prior to Dropps, I used All Free & Clear pods for the laundry with Oxi Clean powder on occasion, and Cascade pods for our dishwasher.

Honestly, they worked great, and we had no skin reactions. I was simply looking for safer products with less chemical toxins.

We don’t have skin allergies in our home, but I’ve always preferred unscented laundry detergent as I’m skeptical about added fragrance chemicals (which don’t need to be disclosed in the US and therefor can’t be studied or tested for safety).

Dropps actually uses essential oils as fragrance in their scented varieties, so there’s no mystery item there.

Dropps laundry and dish pods

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Reasons why I’m a Dropps laundry detergent convert

I found a Groupon for $100 worth of Dropps pods for $45, so it was the perfect time to give them a try! So glad I did. I was on the fence about them and getting a discount helped me to give them a try.

If you’re thinking, “get me some pods already!” click here to get $20 off your order.

Why I’m still using Dropps a year later:

  • They work! Dropps clean my clothes & dishes.
  • Less packaging/no single use plastics
  • Safer Ingredients/Better EWG rating
  • Inexpensive (save 20% with subscribe and save, plus choose from 3 sizes of each product. The bigger the box, the less you pay per pod)
  • Gentle on the skin, and they even have options for sensitive skin and babies.

Why I was skeptical to use Dropps pods

There are a few reasons I was skeptical of Dropps.

First off, marketing is not everything. Ya, it’s great that these waste less plastic by shipping the pods in a cardboard box, but did they actually clean clothes and dishes?

Secondly, would these stick together and be a waste of money? They are not in an airtight container and I live in the south where it gets humid.

Thirdly, Dropps pods are way smaller than my old Cascade dishwashing pods, and Dropps launry detergent pods are smaller than my old All Free & Clear pods.

O, and the oxi boost pod is smaller than the huge scoop of Oxi Clean I used to put in. So, would they have the same cleaning power or would I need to always double up on Dropps, doubling the cost?

Ok…so I’ll get to all that. But first…here’s why I’ve switched to Dropps and haven’t looked back.

Dropps pods laundry detergent review
This is the family size unscented Dropps box.

Yes, Dropps pods clean my clothes really well

You may be wondering how could the same amount of detergent in a pod be fine for all sized loads? Especially if you’re used to filling a cup to line 1, 2, or 3…a pod seems a little imperfect.

Here’s how Dropps deals with that: I have an upright washing machine, and follow their advice to use:

  • 2 pods if I’m doing an XL load
  • 1 pod for large, medium or small loads
  • 1 mini pod for small loads.

I pretty much never do a small load with 3 kids and a husband, so skipped trying the mini pods. You’d probably be fine to just use the regular pod for small dirty loads anyway.

The Dropps dish pods are *Just OK* but we do still use them

So I have a love hate relationship with these. I like them enough to have reordered them, but they don’t work as well as my old Cascade pods, despite the thousands of raving reviews on their website. Other’s say they work as well as Cascade, but I disagree.

I’m hoping there will be an improved formula.

Glass doesn’t get as sparkly, but it gets clean with Dropps dish pods

My disapproval with these is that is that they don’t clean my clear glasses as well as my old Cascade pods. They just don’t.

My white dishes look the same, but my clear glass isn’t as “sparkly”. It’s noticeable, and sometimes I think they still look smeary and rewash.

I would say my clear glasses seem to look how they did when I used to do all dishes by hand (no dishwasher when we were 1st married). You know, the look fine, but don’t sparkle like when you take them out of the dishwasher?

I’ve tried using 2 pods at once, and loading my dishwasher less full. I **think** that helps, although I now just use 1 pod as recommended and it seems the same.

Definitely don’t overcrowd your dishwasher or silverware using Dropps.

My next beef with these is that I was hoping for a lingering lemon scent, but there is none. Not a big deal to me. I love that they use essential oils instead of chemicals. But… I can’t smell it at all before or after use. Not even from the outside of the dish pod. Maybe it’s just my sniffer is off.

Why I’m sticking with Dropps dish pods even though they don’t work as well as Cascade

  • I love that here’s no overpowering chemically smell oozing from my dishwasher while it washes, dries, and is opened like when I used Cascade, or the Aldi brand dish pods. It was strong!
  • There is zero plastic with Dropps.
  • I feel safer using this with my family than Cascade.

Click here to try out the Dropps Dish Pods, and use code DROPPS15 for 15% off.

Dropps dishwasher pod size (smaller) vs Cascade (larger)

Dropps deliver no waste packaging

Dropps claims that 68% of laundry detergent plastic containers go to landfills.

First off, you actually can recycle plastic laundry detergent jugs in most areas! You don’t even need to rinse them out. But here’s the thing…most people just toss them, and I’ve done that plenty of times. To me, pods are a great way to skip plastic altogether.

As for the cardboard box it comes in…you can recycle that or burn it.

And as for the pod membrane, it’s made up of a water soluble film made of polyvinyl alcohol (PVOH). This dissolves in the water and is able to be broken down by microorganisms at water treatment plants and turned back into water and CO2.

Dropps have safer ingredients for your body than Tide and many others

The EWG (Environmental Working Group) does a pretty great job of helping the average Joe person to navigate safer swaps. They have this easy A to F scoring for thousands of products, rating ingredients they’ve researched. They rate a product’s safety for the categories: asthma/respiratory, skin allergies, reproductive toxicity, cancer, and the environment.

Dropps come in with a B & C rating, depending on the product you use. See this example of the scent booster/fabric softener pod I bought.

Here’s Tide Original’s rating (F), as are all of Tide’s varieties. Happy to say goodbye, although my hubs did sneak a bottle home as I think it reminds him of his childhood?! Or just smells lovely I guess. All Free & Clear (which was my go to) also scored an F.

EWG rating on Tide is an “F”. Bye bye Tide.

How to save money on Dropps pods

If you’re new to Dropps, here is a code for $20 off your order!

Drops are about 20 cents per pod. I did find a Groupon though so it was half that! My old All Free and Clear pods were less by a few cents. Here’s how I saved a lot of money on my Dropps:

Check Groupon first!! I began my dive into Dropps pods with a $100 voucher on Groupon that I bought for $45. Yessss. These come and go, so just check first. Side note, these can only be used on subscriptions (which you can cancel after your first order no questions asked). And, always read the fine print, because I had to use the whole amount in one order or lose it.

Get Rakuten first, even before buying a Groupon! This is an easy cash back app I’ve been using for years now. I click one button on my computer that says “Activate cash back”, and then buy as usual. So I earned 3.5% cash back off at Dropps, and 5% off my Groupon purchase by activating my Rakuten button. In total, I’ll get about $4.50 or so back via Paypal…by clicking a button.

Then, I saved 20% by choosing the subscription option at Dropps. On top of that, you can get a larger sized box to save more per pod. For example, 56 pods cost $16, 140 pods cost $32, and the 210 pod option cost $40 (which is about 20 cents/load). But, with my Groupon, I paid about half that. See photo below.

Get the 20% off by choosing the subscription option (cancel anytime), and the price per pod goes down the larger box you order.

Save money and wash your clothes in cold water

Did you know that washing your clothes in cold water decreases the energy it cost to do a load of laundry by 65-90%?! Not to mention hot water can actually set certain stains into the clothes like blood. AND, Dropps say their products work best in cold water.

Of course there are times you’ll want to use hot water (like to sanitize those puking germs or if certain fabrics recommend warmer water on the label).

Do the pods dissolve all the way or leave residue on your clothes?

Dropps pods are made to dissolve and activate in cold water. So far, I’ve had no issues finding any part of a leftover pod in my laundry because I bought their $5 laundry pod pouch. Anything that doesn’t dissolve all the way stays in the pouch, although that’s uncommon for me.

I put the pouch containing my pods into the drum first, let the water bubble a bit, and then put clothes on top.

Dropps are gentle on the skin & have several unscented options

Just because something smells like perfume doesn’t mean it’s clean. And just because it’s unscented doesn’t mean it’s NOT clean.

My husband is a dermatologist and while he loves himself some good ‘ol’ scented laundry detergent…(Ahem Tide which I gave away), he actually recommends unscented to his patients.

He says he likes the Dropps scents I’ve purchased, so I’m thankful for a safe way to have clothes smell fresh and amazing! My all time favorite scent so far is the Orange Blossom. I buy unscented laundry pods and the orange blossom fabric softener. It’s light, not too strong at all, but noticeable.

How I store my Dropps pods

Child safety tab helps keep out toddler hands, but I prefer to use containers to make it easier. I also don’t like that the cardboard sides rub up against the pods each time I close both layers of the box. I feel like I could pop pods this way.

The cardboard box design comes with this extra-hard-to-get-into box supposedly to help keep toddlers safer. Since I have a toddler, I love this effort!

However, I would go nuts trying to open three of these each time I do laundry. (I use a detergent pod, oxi pod, and fabric softener pod each time).

Easy solution…and much cuter I may add…is to get some jars you love and label them! I got mine at the dollar store. You could also reuse large nut containers like we buy from Costco, or order these cute plastic jars.

Clear plastic jars make it easy to see what you need and grab the right pod! Just store the box away with extras and refill your jars.

Do Dropps pods stick together at all?

The scent boosters were the only pods that had trouble sticking together. They did peel apart without breaking.

Most of my pods came how you’d expect…separate. However, just the fabric softener box had quite a few “bunches”. I would have emailed the company about it except I was able to pull them apart gently without any ripping of the casing.

Update: My second box of fabric softener pods had zero stuck together.

But be sure to never handle when wet, and keep them in a sealed bin or out of the garage unless it’s humidity and temperature controlled.

Where are Dropps made and do they ship to Canada?

Dropps are made in the midwest United States. I love the idea of buying products made in the US, so that’s just another reason I’m happy supporting this company!

I’m sad to say as of January 2020 Dropps stopped shipping to Canada. I’ll update this if I’m aware of that changing.

What is Dropps refund policy if I order a bunch and don’t like them?

Dropps website states that within 30 days if you are unhappy with the product, they will refund you. However, they will deduct the original cost to ship it to you. (It’s free shipping always on their site…so not sure how much they paid to send me a 14 lb box of pods…it might deduct a lot of $$$)

They also do not require you send back the product, but ask that instead of tossing it that you would gift to someone or donate to a family in need or a shelter. That’s pretty cool to me.

Is the Dropps subscription worth it?

I personally think the Dropps subscription is worth it because it’s such a huge discount! I’d rather do that and cancel my subscription after shipment (which you can do easily online).

You can also just keep the subscription and push the next ship date super far back.

One time, I got an email that my subscription charged to my card and I wasn’t anywhere near ready for more, so I emailed the customer service right away and within the hour they cancelled it and refunded my card. Great customer service because I responded before it was packed and shipped.

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Do you have a friend that is looking to make some safer swaps for their home? Or maybe just looking to use a little less plastic in their lifetime? I’d be so thankful it if you would pin this post or share it to your socials!

Thanks friend. If you have any questions, I’d be happy to answer them in the comments. And be sure to grab $20 off your first box of Dropps!

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