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Pinellas mom goes national with natural detergent

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A Treasure Island mom came up with a clean green way to wash clothes and her product works so well it’s now being sold nationwide. It’s an all-natural product called Molly's Suds.

"I use simple ingredients, only earth elements, so everything in it comes from the earth, and can go back into the earth," said Monica Leonard, the owner of Molly's Suds All Natural Products.

Sadly, the idea to come up with a chemical-free safe way to wash clothes was born out of the death of a child. Leonard delivered her forth child prematurely. Her daughter whose name would have been Molly, was stillborn. Devastated by the loss, Leonard started researching what could have gone wrong, and found several studies linking harsh commonly used household chemicals to miscarriages and fertility problems.

"These are ingredients that are banned in other countries, but here in the United States they try and tell us they’re safe," Leonard said.

In her research, Leonard found that newborn babies can have more than 200 chemicals in their umbilical cords.

"Detergents, what we used the most of is the worst, it’s horrible, even ones that are marketed as clean have more than 120 chemicals, it’s not a regulated industry," Leonard said adding that some of the biggest name brands are on that list.

That prompted Leonard to start creating her own product that she first introduced at farmer’s markets, selling to customers out of buckets. Demand was so high she knew it was time to go into business and manufacture Molly Suds. Leonard quit her job as a nurse and took a leap of faith.

"I said to myself, this needs to be a company, it’s making a difference and it gives Molly’s death some purpose," Leonard said.

The product line is booming, sold in 30 stores across the state, and now nationwide. From Molly Suds to wash clothes, Leonard also created a All Sport, Diaper, and Delicate designed products, and there are wool dryer balls. There is even a safe dog shampoo now available.

"It makes me feel humble to know we were given this tragedy, but it’s affected so many people in positive way. It’s a blessing it really is," Leonard said.

Leonard keeps a little shadow box in honor of Molly, inside the tiny print of her feet taken at the hospital. That same print has been exactly replicated and you will find it on every Molly Suds product. Molly’s name leaves on and she was still able to leave a foot print in life that is making a difference.

You can find out more about Molly's Suds at http://www.mollyssuds.com/

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