Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Tried It Tuesday - Purex Complete 3-in-1 Laundry Sheets

A while back, I was contacted about an opportunity to be a Purex Insider. I am always interested in trying new products, so I jumped at the opportunity. I was one of the lucky ones who was chosen and got to try a new product that Purex is launching, called Purex Complete 3-in-1 Laundry Sheets. I received my free sample in the mail a week or two ago.

When they first arrived, they seemed a bit of a curiosity to me. The Laundry Sheets are complete with detergent, softener and anti-static for one load. The sheets look like a small wave. A bulk of the body is blue detergent, somehow held between two dryer sheets that is released during the wash cycle. Then, there is a special green stripe at the end that is heat activated in the dryer to provide softness and to remove static.

Using the laundry sheets was incredibly convenient. Since I tend to do my laundry in the morning as I'm getting ready for work, it makes it real easy for me. No need to catch the rinse cycle to add fabric softener. And, when it is time to move the laundry to the dryer, no need to add a dryer sheet, just move it and go.

After washing and drying with the laundry sheets, I found my clothes to be clean, fresh smelling, soft and static-free. The scent of the laundry detergent is a pleasant, fresh scent that I don't find to be too overpowering. In fact, I had received my packet shortly before leaving for the weekend and had left it in my kitchen while we were away. The scent permeated the air with a nice freshness, just sitting on my counter. Actually, according to the website, the Laundry Sheets are available in three scents - Spring Oasis, Tropical Escape and Pure & Clean. I like the scent I was sent, but it occurs to me that they didn't say which it was. Guess I will have to use my nose to figure it out when I am at the store to buy them.

You can purchase the Laundry Sheets as a 20 sheet starter kit that includes a dispenser and as a 24 sheet refill pack. The Laundry Sheets are available at retailers nationwide at a suggested retail price of $5.99-$7.49 for both the starter kit and refill pack. They hit the store shelves earlier this month and I know that I already have seen them featured in the circular (on sale!) at one or two of my local stores.

They are easier to use than liquid detergent and fabric softener and certainly easier to store. I do like too that they don't drip. I seem to always have a ring of detergent on top of my appliances that results from not quite all of it running back down, like the cap is designed to do. With these, there also seems to be less waste. Since you aren't using a bulky bottle to hold the detergent or fabric softener and the sheet that is left after the laundry is no larger than any other dryer sheet that you would throw away.

Another nice feature of the Laundry Sheets is that they are usable in both a traditional washer as well as an HE washer.

One drawback that I see is that with liquid (or powder) detergent, you have the flexibility to increase/decrease the amount of detergent if you are running a smaller load or an extra dirty load. With this product it is one size fits all. I would likely have to have a combination system - I would use this product for 85% of my laundry, but would still need to keep some liquid product on hand for the small loads.

Overall, I would say this is a great, innovative offering to the laundry aisle. Head over to the Purex 3-in-1 Laundry Sheet website to learn more. Plus, you can get a coupon for $1 off, so you can try it too.

Have you tried them yet? What did you think? Leave us a comment or link back to your blog.