Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Bounty Huge Roll, Select a Size, White

Bounty Select-A-Size Paper Towels, 12 Huge RollsSo I compared past purchases, and if you zoom in on the product, the Huge Roll size is now 193 2-ply sheets per roll. Previously, the Huge Roll size was 210 sheets per roll. Consequently, the cost per sheet went up. So is a Huge Roll 210 or 193? Well, Procter & Gamble, which is it? Unfortunately, it seems it now is the latter. Shame on you, P&G. Buyer beware.

I was a subscriber to the twelve roll deal when it was about $28.00 Now Amazon has raised the price and you are not getting near as much product. Before the twelve rolls shipping weight was 15.4 Lbs. Now for the same twelve so called huge rolls the shipping weight is 12.6 Lbs. You do the math. Amazon thinks we are stupid. I no longer consider this any deal at all. May as well go to any big box retail store.

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I love the big rolls that never run out. HOWEVER.....the second shipment contained single sheet towels NOT select-a-size and this forces me to use twice as many towels. I did not notice when it arrived. SO YOU WILL WANT TO CHECK. VERY ANNOYING. I DID NOT GET WHAT I PAID FOR.

Does anyone have any ideas how I make sure the shipment will contain what I ordered? ie. can I have a special handling check on the product. Thanks for comments and help.

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I commented on the posters original review stating these were $18.99 on (different product), but thought I would also post it as a stand-alone review so it would get equal attention as previous review (and since I did some math, might help others determine best value for them).

Different product I believe. The ones on Target you are referencing are the 12 Giant Rolls, whereas the ones on Amazon are the 12 HUGE Rolls. You get more product with the Huge Rolls.

67.44 square meters for the Giant $18.99

98.4 square meters for Huge (16.4 * 6) $30.93

Giant @ Target 28 cents per square meter

Huge @ Amazon 31 cents per square meter

So the Target ones are cheaper per square meter. Would have to get them more often though and buy them yourself instead of getting it delivered. Might be worth it for some to have Amazon deliver it, especially when they have promotions (currently Amazon promotion of $3 off, plus $15 off $75 P&G products). However, currently, Target has also cut their price from $18.99 to $14.99. And I think you can find P&G circular coupons to use at Target.

In the end, I think it's a trade off of convenience vs getting bottom dollar savings. Biggest convenience for me would be the click me coupons on the product page vs clipping coupons from the newspaper (after buying said newspaper!).

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The item pictured is exactly what I wanted...2 roll paks. I ordered 6 paks which would be 12 rolls. Instead what I got was 2 large 6 roll paks. Now it may not seem like a big deal, but I have space here and there to put a 2 roll pak, but 6 roll paks are to big for me to store. So I took them out of the paks, no protective plastic on them to store them and I am sure they will get dusty in the garage by the time I get to the last ones.

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

The Laundress Denim Wash-Classic-16 oz

The Laundress Denim Wash-Classic-16 ozIt's extremely difficult to find a pair of perfect jeans because i'm rather picky about the cut and color. I get very frustrated whenever my favorite jeans become faded after several washes, even though I wash them in cold water and never put them in the dryer. One day I got a pair of new jeans which I really love, and I decided to research for some special way to clean them. I found The Laundress Denim Wash and was at first kind of skeptical about it, but I gave it a try anyways. And gosh! IT WORKS! I've been using it since last Christmas and my jeans are still as new =D This is such a wonderful and unbelievable creation. Definitely recommend this to all denim-lovers!

Started buying this from a clothing catalog and loved it. It will not fade your darkest jeans and you can trust that the cost is worth it. I would highly recommend this product!! Amazon has the best price and the shipping cost is very attractive!

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The product is great! It brings out the 'blue' in my denim and ideally I'd like it to be cheaper or come in a larger bottle!

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I've been using this on my jeans for 3+ years. My jeans look great, and don't shrink or fade. Great for us that spend 100+ on a pair, protect our investment! All their stuff is great, I don't dry clean my clothes anymore. Check their site for all the details, trust me, those chemicals are do bad for the clothes!

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NaturOli Soap Nuts / Soap Berries. - TWO POUNDS! - "Select" seedless "USDA" Organic! - 100% Wild-cr

NaturOli Soap Nuts / Soap Berries. - TWO POUNDS! - 'Select' seedless 'USDA' Organic! - 100% Wild-crafted! - Rated 'best' eco-friendly, natural detergent. - Award winning! - Hypoallergenic & fragrance-free. ---- 'EXTREME 18X' BUNDLE!!...included below...

I have been using these for 7 months and have been very happy with them. I am so glad to buy a laundry-cleaning product that does not come in a plastic jug, that does not leave a soap residue on my clothing or in my washer, and that cleans our clothes efficiently!

My fiancee, who has a very labor-intensive, sweaty, chemical-laden job, reports that even his work clothes come out of the washer smelling like nothing. Which is a huge improvement over the stinky pile of clothes he tosses in there! He likes that there is no scent on the clothes after they come out of the washer (no stench, no chemicals, no flowers, no perfume, just "clean").

The little bag is very durable and stays closed in the wash (we tie the drawstring in a knot for security). They also successfully run through the dryer. We have a front loading maytag commercial quality washer and a standard maytag gas dryer.

I purchased the larger bag, and I'm excited to finish it, so I can find a new use for that, as well. Reusable produce lingerie bag... toiletries bag...etc.

I put "samples" of soap nuts from my big bag, into the little bags, and give to loved ones (I usually stuff the bag for them and tell them to store them in a ziploc bag or glass jar and only use about 5 or so nuts per "use", which equals about 5 loads. This way, they can get quite a few trials of them and have some on hand while waiting for their own shipment to arrive!). They sell a three-pack of the bags on amazon.

TIP 1: we keep a make-shift dry-erase board & marker on the wall by our washing machine to tally the washings with those IIII-slash line markings, using two lines for especially heavy or dirty loads. Once the nuts in the sack are washer-spent, we erase the markings on the board, dump the nuts into a big jug (for later boiling) and refill the sack. This is much easier than trying to remember/calculate how many uses the nuts had or have left (especially when two people use the same sack at different times).

The next three tips aren't about the direct use of this specific product, but since they are eco-laundry related, and about my general use of the product, I thought I'd add them:

TIP 2: Since these nuts don't attack stains, I also purchased (from Amazon) a spray bottle of BioKleen BacOut, which I keep in my laundry room for stains and problem spots. (I also keep one on each floor, for carpet spots.) Works better than other natural stain removers I have tried.

TIP 3: I don't use fabric softener, but I do put a tbsp 1/4 cu white vinegar in the fabric softener dispenser. I think it further helps to rinse away soil and keeps static down. Even with fleece blankets, it's not an issue. (We also use a lower heat to dry, which helps, too).

TIP 4: In the dryer, I use organic wool dryer balls (bought on Amazon), with some drops of pure essential oil (usually lavender or peppermint). I put the drops on the balls and then (when I have an extra minute) toss them in for a brief Air Fluff (no heat) to reduce the wetness of the oil before I put my clothes in the dryer. No icky chemical (or expensive natural) separate fabric softener needed! Plus, I like how the EO makes my clothes smell and I think it helps repel mosquitoes as I haven't gotten bitten since I began doing this. I used to get bit very often, and others are getting bitten more then I am now.

I rely on reviews here at Amazon to help me make informed buying choices. I hope this review has helped you in the same manner. If you voted this as helpful, I Thank You! :)

Let me just state, that I loved the idea of using soap nuts for my laundry. I consider myself a pretty "green" mom. But, I'm not completely overboard yet. With that said, I could never find a true honest comparison of soap nuts, vs. tide. So, after reading what I could find about the soap nuts I purchased 2 lbs of them and decided to give them a try.

Here's what I found:

I have 2 kids, 3 yrs and 8 months. I usually only pre-treat the really dirty or "that's gonna leave a stain" stuff when I use Tide. I also use a scoop of Oxy Clean in my kids loads and use vinegar to enhance the oxy clean and as a fabric softener. I take pride in having clean, non-dingy clothes. I can get stains out of most anything if I take a little time. So with that said I replaced the Tide with Soap Nuts.

I actually used 2 of the muslin bags w/ 6-7 soap nuts a piece for each load (so double the recommended amount). I still added a scoop of oxy clean, 1/2-1 cup of vinegar, and then started adding a 1/2 cup of baking soda to enhance the cleaning, b/c I just wasn't super impressed. I almost always use a warm/cold cycle and I always use the 15 minute auto soak option with an extra rinse. So, I was hoping the extra soaking would help the soap nuts release more saponin for the cleaning. I was still pre-treating the really dirty stuff the same. Basically the only thing I changed was adding the soap nuts (and the baking soda after using the soap nuts for about 2 weeks).

So...after a month and a half of using this above mentioned concoction here's my observation:

The soap nuts work probably as well as a generic brand of laundry detergent. They get the mildly dirty clothes clean. But, they don't remove any of the little tougher stuff like my Tide did. I think if I were to pre-treat every little dirt/food spot it would come out, but who has that sort of time? I'm just noticing little spots on my kids clothes that I'm pretty sure wouldn't have been there before. On mine and my husband's clothes they work pretty well. But we don't drool left-over sweet potatoes or roll around on the floor and dirt as we play. Go figure.

So, while I REALLY REALLY REALLY want to LOVE soap nuts...I don't just LOVE them. I think they do an ok job on a regular sort of family with kids. So, if you're single, or married w/ no kids, or have older kids that aren't as dirty, then these will probably work great. But...for a family with 2 kids that are pretty average on the dirty scale...I might recommend staying w/ the Tide. I'm seriously considering going back, but I'm trying to decide if it's worth it. Clean, non-dingy clothes...or being more conscious of the environment and the stuff that my kids wear next to their skin.

So...make your own judgement. Just wanted to give an honest opinion of the comparison.

BTW...this company I bought them from is AWESOME! The soap nuts were a great quality, the shipping was quick, and their whole mission statement is great. The price was perfect too. So, no complaints about any of that.

Just a comparison for those who are wondering.

***So 3 months later and I just want to say I'm still using the soap nuts. That 2lb bag lasts a seriously long time! Love that! I figure I'm spending about $4/month on laundry detergent.

I also want to state that I've decided to stay with the soap nuts. I feel so much better about knowing my kids have just a little bit fewer chemicals they are coming contact with. The clothes are still clean, minus a few stains that haven't come out. The difference between Tide and soap nuts is noticeable but not enough to make me stop using them.

Over all, I'm happy with the soap nuts. I don't think you'll find a natural laundry detergent that cleans as well as these.

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I bought these after I had a baby who had a reaction to another detergent because I wanted something as gentle as possible for his clothes. This is not powerful enough to get the stains and odors out of his cloth diapers, but for normal everyday laundry--these work great!!! I did want to offer one little tip though. I noticed a few reviews on soap nuts claiming that it doesn't get stains out or that there was an odor to them. Two things actually--it makes a tremendous difference if you take the nuts out of the laundry before the rinse cycle begins!!! I've put a 10" satin ribbon on my little soap nuts bag so I can easily locate the soap nuts in the wet washload in the washer. These are truly a fragrance free product. But the clothes obviously will rinse most cleanly if the nuts are not in the rinse water. Also, do keep a bottle of spray and wash or shout or something to treat stains before you wash, because this is definitely not a stain fighting detergent. If you have dried food or hunks of remnants of something on a shirt or towel before the wash, clean that off best you can and treat the stain before washing. But there is truly no need whatsoever for fabric softener or dryer sheets with these soap nuts. Clothes come out very soft. Now that my learning curve is over, I actually love this product for my family. No chemicals!!! :)

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Shockingly wonderful. I'd never heard of soap nuts until a relative saw a news story on them and mentioned it to me. I settled on NaturOli because, after a lot of internet searching, it was one of the top-rated soap nut products and most trusted companies. I did four loads the first day and tried not to be too impressed. A few days later I did three more loads and came to two conclusions: (1) Soap nuts ARE great! They wash thoroughly and laudry is purely clean. No fading colors, no odors. Truly wonderful. (2) My favorite way to do laundry with them is to use 6 nuts & 1/2 Cup of vinegar. Laundry comes out extra soft. I have a front-load machine. Highly recommended!

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I bought these as a detergent for washing cloth diapers. The first time I used them I washed them in hot with my fitted diapers and some prefolds and was super surprised at how clean they came out. I could literally put my nose up to previously soiled diapers and not smell residual poo smell. I had to strip my diapers b/c I had used natural detergent (BioKleen) beforehand and there was a film and these nuts actually helped strip them more. I have used them on my regular clothes also and am very pleasedno static or film (I hate fabric softener b/c of the film it leaves). I once watched them wash and was very surprised that they actually suds a little. I'm not sure how many times I can use them over and over, but so far I'm still on the same nuts after almost 6 loads and they still feel usable.

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Monday, July 21, 2014

Wonder-Ball Detergent-free Laundry Cleaner

Wonder-Ball Detergent-free Laundry CleanerI keep this item in my front-load washer and use a dab of he detergent or borax/washing soda with it (whether I really need it or not). I hardly spend anything on detergent anymore and my wash looks and smells great!

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Purex Complete 3 in 1 Pure and Clean (Big Value 38 Sheets)

Purex Complete 3 in 1 Pure and CleanI love this product and am so frustrated I can't find it anymore in stores thank goodness for Amazon! I've been using it since it came out, I first got it as a free trial pack in the mail. It makes laundry so easy, no more lugging around a huge jug of laundry detergent, and dealing with the excess dripping down the sides after you pour it. I really loved this product when I lived in an apartment without a washer/dryer unit inside, and had to go down two flights of stairs and across the parking lot to the laundry facility.

These sheets are very convenient. As long as you do not over pack the washer, they work very well. Packed well, when going on trips I can place a few inside my bags, keep them fresh until ready to do the laundry. They do a good job getting clothes clean. Definitely recommend.

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These are a great product, I use them and they are great for my college son and eldery mom... so easy.... I really wish they would bring them back... they are still easier than pods and no one will be eating them..... BRING THEM BACK!!!

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I love how this Purex sheets works. I use it while on vacation to do our laundry and it did such a awesome job my clothes come out clean and smelling fresh and then no static what so ever.

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I have bought this item in stores and loved it. Now it is very hard to find. These sheets work great and are wonderful for traveling. They have always done a great job on our clothes. Received in a timely manner. Well packaged. Thanks Amazon!

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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Arm & Hammer Plus the Power of OxiClean Stain Fighters, Gel Laundry Detergent, 31 Loads 55 fl oz (1.

Arm & Hammer Plus the Power of OxiClean Stain Fighters, Gel Laundry Detergent, 31 Loads 55 fl oz (1.I usually just buy what's cheapest, what's on sale, I have never been impressed with Tide, and usually stick with all because it's cheaper and I can get a small bottle that is easier to use. We are tough on our clothes I guess. I have a 2.5 year old, my husband is in the army, and I exercise every day, so our clothes can get pretty dang dirty! ANY detergent I've used, if I look in towards the end of the wash cycle the water will be dingy brown with no suds, and I ALWAYS use over the recommended amount, I Just fill the entire top up. With this stuff I noticed that during the entire wash cycle the machine was filled with white suds. To me suds = soap. suds = soap = clean. Not only that, but I don't even fill up the cap half way unless I am doing pee clothes or army field uniforms. You'd think with a 2.5 year old I would have experience with it's stain fighting power but I haven't dealt with that yet. Nothing comes out stained dingy or dirty, so I guess it lives up to it's claim, but I also haven't washed blood/grass stained covered items yet. As with all household/grocery items it is of course overpriced on amazon.

This stuff is awesome. I'm not one to rave about detergent, but I do a lot of laundry and this detergent is great on tough stains. I use it on my sons' baseball uniforms and they come out looking great. I really like the smell of this detergent. It's pleasant without being too strong or too perfume-y. I highly recommend this Arm & Hammer product.

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Do not use this product to pretreat stains on white items. I followed the directions on the bottle, pretreated and washed immediately, however, not only did the product not remove the grass stain, I now have a very large blue stain where this product soaked into the material during the pretreating process. Rewashing did not remove the blue stain.

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This is definitely a great product but this is wayyyy overpriced on this site. I am paying $4.00 for the same size bottle at my local grocery store chain.

The product performs great and makes your clothes smell fresh and clean without an overbearing perfumy smell.

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Picked this up at a grocery store I go to (price was slashed down to 3.49, as they were not going to carry it anymore). I usually use a different popular brand (which costs a lot more), but I was really low on cash that week so I decided to give it a try. And for the price, how could I go wrong?? I was very surprised at how great it worked and how clean and nice smelling my clothes came out!! For now I'm going to continue with this laundry detergent, because it really works well by removing stains and dirt (and I've honestly washed some pretty dirty stuff with it, too!!!! :) ), and the price is normally much lower than what I usually spend on detergent. Very happy with this laundry detergent, and I highly recommend it!!

All Mighty Pack, Free and Clear, 24 Count

All Mighty Pack, Free and Clear, 24 CountFor anyone with allergies, this is a must product. We have a front load washer and this is far more convenient to use.

Good for rationing. And if you're one of those people like me who usually leaves the bottle of detergent at the laundromat before getting to finish it, they're perfect! You can just bring as many as you'll need in a little box or bag and leave the rest at home. So worst case senerio, you lose a few loads of laundry detergent instead of 20.

They also manage not to leave any chemical scent on your clothes, while still washing the dirty smells off.

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I have always been traditional when it comes to trying new products that could damage my clothes. So when the laundry detergent pods and pacs came out, I figured I would wait to see if there were any issues with them before I tried them. I regret waiting!

The pacs are somehow expertly packaged, as small loads and large loads all come out clean, fresh, and never soapy. I must admit that I love just throwing a pac in the washing machine, instead of measuring the liquid.

I will buy these for as long as they make them. Awesome product!

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