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Dropps Review: Smart and Eco-Friendly Laundry Detergent

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In this Dropps review, you will learn the major features of the environment-friendly detergent as well as my analysis result from customer reviews. Plus, you will learn the trend of people’s interest in the product over the past 5 years, which indicates the quality of the product. To understand the product, we need to understand the company first.

About the Company

When I review products and services, there always was a good story behind a good product. As I researched the firm, I felt the same way again. My first thought about Dropps was that it would be a start-up company established recently. The firm actually had a long history in the detergent and textile markets.

The firm was started in their family-owned cotton mill outside Philadelphia in the early 80s. The first challenge they faced was developing a detergent that is soft enough that it does not harm sweaters. During that time, sweaters were a trendy fashion item fuelled by the popularity of MTV. Their inventions called Cot’n Wash was named “#1 in overall cleaning quality among hand-laundry detergents” in Consumer Reports.

Fast forward to the 21st century, their next mission was making things smaller and smarter. The result of their endeavor is Dropps – small, convenient, and dissolvable pots. You don’t have to measure before pouring liquid detergent. The size of each mini-pack is pre-measured, and you can just drop it. Since it does not use plastic, it’s environmentally friendly.

Smart laundry detergent
Smart laundry detergent

Now that we learned about the company, let’s find out all about Dropps.

Dropps Major Features

There are several different types of Dropps. Each has a specific purpose. Despite the differences, they share the major features.

Works in All Washing Machine

Regardless of your washing machine type – front loader, top loader, or any other type, you just need to drop a pot. It is convenient because people have to buy a different detergent depending on the type. With Dropps, you can be care-free.

No Unnecessary Chemicals

According to Dropps, the ingredients don’t use any dyes, chlorine, phosphates, enzymes, and optical brighteners.

Natural Scent

Dropps uses essential oils and natural extracts for scent.

Gentle on Skin

Dropps is designed to be mild and non-irritating on sensitive skin.

Natural Ingredients

Dropps adopted a biodegradable formula that uses plant-extracted ingredients.

Delicates-Safe

Dropps is enzyme-free that it is safe for delicate and natural fibers. It will not shrink, stretch, or fade your soft clothes.

Environmentally-Friendly

It uses dissolvable pot and ships in a recyclable box instead of a plastic container. We all know plastic is a big environmental problem. By using Dropps, you are protecting our nature.

Dropps Types

We learned the major features of Dropps. In the Dropps website, they categorized Dropps by product names and needs. If I list all Dropps products here:

Laundry Detergent

  • Sensitive Skin Laundry Detergent Pods, Unscented
  • Sensitive Skin Laundry Detergent Pods, Fresh Scent
  • Baby Sensitive Skin Laundry Detergent Pods, Unscented
  • Stain & Odor Laundry Detergent Pods, Clean Scent
  • Stain & Odor Laundry Detergent Pods, Lavender Eucalyptus
  • Small Loads Sensitive Skin Laundry Detergent Pods, Unscented
  • Small Loads Stain & Odor Laundry Detergent Pods, Clean Scent
  • Small Loads Baby Laundry Detergent Pods, Unscented

Dish Washer Detergent

  • Dishwasher Detergent Pods, Lemon
  • Dishwasher Detergent Pods, Unscented

Oxi Booster

Just to let you know what Oxi Booster does, it removes tough stains and odors. The booster also whitens whites.

  • Laundry Oxi Booster Pods, Unscented
  • Baby Oxi Booster Pods, Unscented
  • Household Oxi Booster Pods, Unscented
  • Household Oxi Booster Pods, Lemon

Scent Booster and Fabric Softener

Dropps has pods dedicated to softening fabric and boosting scent.

  • Scent Booster with Fabric Softener Pods, Clean Scent
  • Scent Booster with Fabric Softener Pods, Lavender Eucalyptus
  • Scent Booster with Fabric Softener Pods, Orange Blossom
  • Fabric Softener Pods, Unscented

Odor Spray

If you want to add freshness and great scent, you can use Dropps’ odor defense spray. You can quickly use it for those that can easily smell bad such as sports wears, gym bags, shoes, yoga mats, and other sports equipment.

  • Clean Scent Odor Defense Spray

Dropps Prices

What I liked about Dropps was how they designed prices. They not only have a once-off price tag but also offer subscription. Let’s see the prices of the detergent pods.

One-Time Purchase

One time purchase of Dropps detergent varies by size.

  • Single (64 pods): $28
  • Couple (160 pods): $52
  • Family (240 pods): $66

Among them, the Family size has the lowest price-per-pod.

Subscription

Dropps has subscription plans so that you can forget about going grocery shopping for detergent.

  • Single (64 pods) for 3 – 5 pods per week: $22.40
  • Couple (160 pods) for 8 – 10 pods per week: $41.60
  • Family (240 pods) for 13 – 15 pods per week: $52.80

Compared to a one-off purchase, subscription plans are 20% cheaper. The subscription cycle is every 4 months. It is not a fixed contract so that you can change, pause, or cancel your subscription anytime.

Customer Review Analysis

When you consider buying a product or using a service, you will wonder what experiences other buyers had. Investigating the reviews of other users can lead to a better decision, and it is a wise thing to do as a consumer. If people are dissatisfied with it, they will complain about it and won’t recommend it. If they are happy, they will leave positive comments and share their great experiences. If we can compile and analyze those reviews, we can have an assurance about the product or the service.

That’s what I am going to do for you. I used around 800 reviews that people left on Amazon. I summarized those data to generate easy-to-understand graphs and charts. Those visuals will allow you to understand the overall sentiments the customers had toward Dropps. They are also easy to understand.

Positive Dropps Word Cloud

In a word cloud, some words will appear bigger because those specific words were more frequently used among customers. So, the bigger the more frequent, thus, if those big words are positive, it proves that most of the customers had a positive experience. Have a look at the word cloud of Dropps.

Positive Dropps Word Cloud
Positive Dropps Word Cloud

The word cloud above should have given you a good impression of their products. The most frequent word that actual customers used in their reviews was “great”. Other big words are also positive – “stars”, “five”, “good”, “clean”, “easy”, and many more. Just by looking at the word cloud, we can learn that most of the people were satisfied with the products.

Among the words, “five” and “starts” go together as that’s Amazon’s rating system. When a user doesn’t put the title for the review, Amazon uses the number of starts as the title.

What’s also noticeable is the words like “easy”, clean”, and “scent”. These words are closely related to Dropps as they tell the characteristics of the product. Basically, in my interpretation, it is like people said it is easy to use, and it has a good scent and makes laundry clean.

Customer Sentiments

The word cloud tells you what descriptive words people used for the product. There is another angle we can use to understand the Dropps customer reviews. That is by categorizing the reviews into a type of 10 sentiments. While I used the review titles for the word cloud above, I used the review contents for the sentiment analysis. The result is the graph below.

Positive Dropps Customer Reviews

I was able to run my sentiment analysis code to find out what specific sentiments people had over Dropps. As we could guess from the word cloud, more than half of the review contents were positive. Of course, people shared negative experiences. I haven’t seen any review that is all positive. Despite the negative reviews, overall, people left positive comments on the smart laundry detergent.

Dropps Interest Trend

Another type of analysis I often use for a product review is using Google Trend. It is an extremely helpful service by Google that gives you a historical Google search trend. The idea is that if a product or a company can maintain or can increase its search volume over many years, it supports the quality of the product. If a product is bad, people won’t show their interest and eventually will never search for the product anymore. Then, how is the trend of Dropps? Plus, how has people’s interest in general been changed?

The blue line above shows the changes in people’s interest over the past 5 years. In March 2015, people already started showing some interest in Dropps. Until late 2017, the level slightly grew. However, since mid-2018, the trend began increasing more rapidly and it has reached its peak in January 2020.

This trend line is quite encouraging to see as it tells us people have paid consistent attention. And, recently, more people searched about Dropps.

Top Countries

Although Dropps is based in the U.S., it seems that the largest interest does not come from the states. Have a look at the chart below.

This global map tells you the level of interest by country. The darker the higher. Find the list-icon that has three horizontal lines at the bottom right and click it. It will turn it into a country ranking list.

Interestingly, the largest came from Sweden, followed by the United States, Norway, and Denmark. It looks like the northern European countries love Dropps more than any other region.

Protect the Environment from Household

Protecting the environment is the responsibility of all of us. And, it should start from individuals and households. It may not be a coincidence that those European countries are ranked higher. According to this article, “The world’s most eco-friendly countries – where does the UK rank?“, Sweden, Norway, and Denmark were listed as environment-friendly countries. The U.S. is also included in the rank.

In the introduction of Dropps, it is reported that 17.6 billion pounds of plastic enter into our water system every year, which is a staggering number. You may have seen some shocking images of sea animals died by plastic wastes.

Dropps use natural extracts as ingredients and dissolvable container. Plus, they ship their product in a compostable cardboard box. If you want to see how actual packaging and product look like, check the YouTube link at the bottom.

Conclusion

In this post, we learned about the company and the major features of Dropps. From my review analysis, we discovered that most of the actual users had a positive experience with the detergent. Based on the 5-year trend, it is likely that more people would search for Dropps. Considering all these, start with a one-off plan, and when you like it, you can subscribe to their quarterly plan.

Useful Links

If you want to have an actual look at the product or review by YouTuber, check these links.

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