Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Whirlpool Corporation Affresh 3 Puck Cleaner W10135699 Laundry Detergents

Whirlpool Corporation Affresh 3 Puck Cleaner W10135699 Laundry DetergentsAfter talking with family and friends, it is obvious that front load washers have an odor problems caused by mold or mildew. Due to the nature of the unit being closed and sealed all the time without proper drying time makes this a hot bed for growth. Once every couple of months my wife runs the washer on the cleaner cycle with the affresh puck. Does a great job of ridding the washer of smell. Leaving the door ajar while not in use helps prevent the start and continuation of mold, mildew and the smell.

If you have a high efficiency washer this is a must have product to keep it clean, working well, and have everything smelling clean.

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Method Laundry Detergent, 3.2 Fluid Ounce

Method Laundry Detergent, 3.2 Fluid OunceI bought this so I would have a refillable, yet inexpensive bottle for my 84 use method laundry detergent. I love the idea of a reusable bottle and don't need to have a huge bottle taking up space in my laundry area. This fits on the small shelf, holds several loads of laundry worth of soap and can be taken with me if I'm going away somewhere and don't want to use someone else's soap.

I love the dye and fragrance free option and it still makes my clothes smell fresh. I love that I can use less detergent, and cold water, and still get well-cleaned clothes, plus be more environmentally friendly without hurting my budget.

It says that you get 8 loads out of this small container, but I usually get more. It is usually sold as a sample size at places like Target, but I can get a couple month's of laundry done with it. You really do only need a couple of pumps in the bottom of your washer, and it works wonders. Your clothes smell so good! I highly recommend this product for the "green" households, as the formula is super concentrated; it cuts down on shipping weight (because you're shipping less water overall, saving weight and space and therefore lowering carbon emissions).

Overall, great product, and I recommend it to everyone!

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How filthy do your workout clothes get? I sweat A LOT. I mean, dripping into my eyes, dripping down my legs a lot. I refuse to wear my workout clothes more than once and typically want to get them in the laundry as soon as possible to avoid letting them start to smell.

I received this uber-concentrated Method laundry detergent sample in the mail through a Facebook promotion unrelated to reviews. I thought it was the cutest thing ever, but I was shocked to find it had 8 loads worth of detergent in this cute little package!

One small load equals just two pumps from this detergent bottle. Once I got used to how far the bottle squirted (ahem, I may have ended up with some detergent on the wall) and directed it into the washer instead, I was pleased. I hate dealing with drippy lids on liquid detergent jugs. I also keep my laundry detergent on a shelf at least a foot above my head, so reaching up for one of these little guys (even if it was the 50 load one) would be much easier than the heavy jug.

The Method website claims this laundry detergent uses plant-based technology and is "readily biodegradable." They also say the detergent is not irritating to the skin. I frequently have skin irritations and sometimes use unscented laundry detergent; however, I used the scented kind of this Method detergent and have not broken out yet. I did notice a very nice smell when I moved the wet laundry into the dryer, though. :)

I'm not sure if I will start buying this or not, but I love its convenience, packaging, and scent. This trial size bottle is a lot cheaper directly on their website, btw.

Review originally published at Second Chances on blogspot.

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Monday, September 29, 2014

Trident Layers Gum Apple & Pineapple, Size: 12x14

Trident Layers Gum Apple & Pineapple, Size: 12x14Trident Greenapple + Goldenpineapple Layers sugarless gum has a somewhat subtle but distinctive flavor that lasts a fairly long time. The Apple and Pineapple flavors go well together and there isn't a noticeable aftertaste from the artificial sweetener. Each pack contains 14 individually wrapped pieces.


I pop these in at work to take my mind off the occasional tedium of work and/or to keep from stress-eating. These have great and relatively long-lasting flavor.

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Dial 1423982 Purex Ultra Free and Clear Concentrated Liquid Detergent, 100oz Bottle, (Pack of 4)

Dial 1423982 Purex Ultra Free and Clear Concentrated Liquid Detergent, 100oz Bottle,
  • Ultra concentrated liquid
  • Free and clear
  • 100 oz Size
  • Pack of 4

We go through a lot of "free and clear" kid-friendly laundry soap in our house. My mother used Purex and so I tend to buy it or Seventh Generation. Buying in bulk is a good way to ensure we don't run out. Unfortunately, when these arrived they were all dusty. Also, one of the spouts was dented in and another one was leaking.

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With three small children, including toddler twins, I'm always on the lookout for a gentle but affordable detergent that cleans well. Unfortunately, Purex Free and Clear was anything but gentle. Not good when I do ten loads a week.

My two year old daughter is very sensitive to strong detergents (surfuctants), dyes and fragrances, so I tried this detergent as it claims to be hypoallergenic, dermatologist tested and 100% free of dyes and perfumes. It cleaned well, had no scent, but soon caused my daughter's skin to start itching and, after a couple of days, it dried out my hands, causing thick skin and deep painful cracks on my fingers similar to large paper cuts.

My hands never came in contact with the soapy water and I use double rinsing, and I always wear gloves when washing dishes, so it took a while to figure out the cause. The detergent leaves no scent but at the same time the clothes smelled somewhat alkaline, like baking soda or a Styptic stick used for shaving cuts. I realized the process of folding laundry alone (which I've done for years) was the cause my hands were significantly worse and cracked everytime I folded a lot of clothes.

The ingredients in Purex are as follows: Water, Alcohol Ethoxy Sulfate (Cleaning Ingredient), Sodium Carbonate (Water Softener), Linear Alkylbenzene Sulfonate (Cleaning Ingredient), Sodium Chloride (Viscosity Control), Alcohol Ethoxylate (Cleaning Ingredient), Sodium Polyacrylate (Polymer), Fatty Acids (Foam Control), Disodium Diaminostilbene Disulfonic Acid (Brightener), Tetrasodium Edta (Chelator), Methylisothiazolinone (Preservative). Even though there were no dyes or fragrances, some other ingredient was causing this.

After comparing Purex Free to Tide Free's ingredients, I found Purex has sodium carbonate (soda ash) listed as the third ingredient. Some research turned up that it is a highly alkaline component in bleaching agents and automatic dishwashing detergents. It is corrosive, caustic and poisonous. Contact with skin can cause irritation, burns and blisters, especially when skin is wet. To prevent skin damage, skin must be flushed with water for at least 15 minutes. It can also cause severe eye damage (first aid of flushing eyes for 15 minutes is listed on the bottle for this, but not for skin contact).

The sodium carbonate is used is some laundry detergents as a water softener and to enhance cleaning ability. It is also used in papermaking to break down tough fibers. However, given its effect on skin, it really has no place in a detergent for sensitive skin.

I've switched back to Tide Free and Gentle Laundry Detergent 170oz Tide Free and Gentle Laundry Detergent 170oz. It's more expensive but it's gentle on skin. My hands soon healed and my daughter's skin no longer itches.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Shout Advanced Gel, 1 bottle, 8.7 fl oz

Shout Advanced Gel, 1 bottle, 8.7 fl ozI like this product as you can apply it to a stain and then wash it later and it really works. Couldn't find it in the supermarket. Thanks Amazon for making it available!

I spilled berry pie on my best white shirt and didnt' notice it for a few days. It was dry and set in. I treated it the first time and a lot of the stain faded but still not wearable so I treated asecond time. I was amazed to find today that the stain was completely gone and the shirt is white. Ready to wash and wear.

Thank you Shout.

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What a nice surprise when using this product over the weekend. It was easy to use and removed the coffee stains the first time washing. The attached scrub brush worked well too. The seller was made buying and shipping was quick. -a happy customer

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Great travel bottle, but the cap isnt the most secure.

Im used to the Shout spray, so I hope this concentrate is just as good if not better.

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I hate leaving 3 stars for this product because I've used it for years and love it. The product itself is great. But I absolutely wanted to leave feedback for this so others hopefully don't get caught in the same expensive situation I did!

A couple years ago I bought a 3-pack of Shout Gel from another seller. They no longer offer the product, so Amazon redirected me to this page instead, where Ulta Life, Inc. is selling the product. I reordered thinking that it was also a 3-pack, because the price was the same as what 3-packs are sold for by other sellers. It's only ONE bottle, not three! At this price, it makes it a HUGELY expensive single bottle of Shout Gel.

Granted, the web page does not indicate it's a 3-pack. The confusion came about because Amazon -likely through some slightly broken automated process -suggested it to me as a replacement for my old seller. But I think Ulta Life probably gets a significant amount of sales from people like me who are accidentally pointed to this product. I can't imagine they sell a lot of $11 bottles of Shout Gel except by mistake.

Purex Crystals Laundry Enhancer, Lavender Blossom, 55 Ounce

Purex Crystals Laundry Enhancer, Lavender Blossom, 55 OunceI LOVE LOVE LOVE this softner!! It smells excellent...beyond excellent actually...and softens your clothes just right!! Some softners leave this filmy residue on your clothing, and some liquid softners will leave greasy spots on your clothes. This cannot leave those greasy looking spots because it is not a liquid and it doesn't leave that filmy residue because it is distributed throughout the whole wash, not just the rinse cycle. I have a front loading washing that takes only HE detergents, and this is compatible...which I love!! It cannot be placed in the detergent dispenser, but rather is placed directly into the washing tub. The smell is AMAZING and does last many many days longer than traditional softners.

Now, with all that being said...the other uses for this awesome stuff is endless!! I wrapped about a 1/2 cup of it in a few cheese clothes, tied it, and then placed it in various places as an air freshener and it works better than any actual air freshener I have tried. I put one underneath the seat in my car where the vent intake is so it can distribute the beautiful smell throughout the car...I put one just inside the ventilation intake vents in my house...put one in the pantry (because there are always odd smells coming from that messy cave)...one near the kitty litter box...one inside the diaper pail....and my favorite, inside a compartment my vacuum has for "scent sacks" that are like $2/each from the manufature...so much cheaper this way and they last longer!! I think of new places to put it each day!! Only gripe, because it is new, rather hard to find. I hate having to buy it online because it is double the price than at my local store...but they are always out of it!! This is a large bottle of it and it will last quite some time even if you use it for EVERYTHING like I do...but with the amount of laundry I do (kids, kids, and some more kids...oh & my messy husband)...I go through a lot of detergent & softner.

This is a great product that I prefer over dryer sheets and liquid softner. It is more than double the price on Amazon though. On Walmart's site you can find it for under $8 and shipping is only 97 cents for the 55 oz bottle. On Amazon the same bottle is $19. Not sure why such a huge price difference? Amazon has to start getting their prices closer together with competition because the consumer does shop around.

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I absolutely LOVE this product. It has a terrific, long lasting scent!

BUT...it is so much cheaper in my local grocery store! I can purchase the 28oz bottle for $4, so that means I can get 3 of them(total of 84oz) for LESS than it costs to purchase this one 55oz bottle on Amazon! Yikes! I love the convenience of Amazon's S&S, but can't afford to pay more $ for something I can get cheaper elsewhere. Please adjust your prices, Amazon!! :o

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|I know I was confused when this product first turned up. "What is it FOR?" I thought.

Well, you may not want to use a fabric softener on everything you own for example, using fabric softener on towels or washcloths reduces their absorbency.

That is where Purex Complete Crystals comes in. You can get a wonderful scent on your towels, but they'll still be useful for drying off after a shower!

Just note what other reviewers have said: this is NOT a fabric softener. But it is a great scent product for the times when you don't want or need to use a softener, but you want your towels, etc. to have a wonderful smell.

And one other thing: this stuff is CHEAP at Walmart (one of the only reasons I ever go to Walmart is to buy Purex Complete Crystals in bulk!)

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I really enjoy the way this product makes my laundry smell! I also enjoy Gain and some Tide products but would NEVER pay what they charge for their in wash additives.... PUREX works wonderful at a much lower price!

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Saturday, September 27, 2014

Oil Eater Cleaner Degreaser 32oz

Oil Eater Cleaner Degreaser 32ozI recently spilled some cooking oil on our new composite deck. After cleaning it twice with dish soap, the stain was untouched. As luck would have it, I ended up out of town for several weeks and was afraid the stain had permanently been set in. After doing some research on the internet, I found a suggestion to use this product.

To my amazement, after spraying Oil Eater Cleaner Degreaser on the stain and lightly brushing, the stain was gone. I'm not sure how well it works on other types of stains, but this alone saved me from replacing several expensive composite boards.

I have used this in its many dilutions all over my house. Stove, oven, bathroom, car, laundry, floor (hard and carpet), both inside and outside. I am interested in biofriendly products. This one, bamboo flooring, and BioBags are my favorites. I like that there is a refillable spray bottle. It was one of the few products that got the grime off the kitchen areas when moving into my current house.

I would recommend good ventilation, not from toxicity, but I personally do not like the smell. In its lowest dilution it has a minimal odor. Other products have made me physically ill from the fumes, but this does not.

Make sure you follow the directions in terms of dilutions and what surfaces are safe.

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I used this product to clean my light colored Berber carpeting and it was fantastic. There were mud and dirt footstep stains tracked in from movers. Based on the advice from the company's 800 #, I mixed the Oil Eater with some water (1:3 ratio) and sprayed it directly over the carpet. I let it sit a couple of minutes and used my carpet cleaner with just plain water to rinse it. My carpet looks as good as new.

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GREAT for degunking and degreasing old motorcycle parts. I was getting mediocre results from the Simple Green I was using. Then while rummaging on the garage shelf, I found an old forgotten sample bottle of Oil Eater someone gave me years ago.

A little goes a long way. Just a tiny squirt and a toothbrush will do wonders on oil, slung-off chain lube, and stubborn brake pad dust. This cleaner seems to have a higher concentration of surfactants than other cleaners. It penetrates grease very easily and after some toothbrush scrubbing, rinses away easily.

I'm so glad Amazon stocks this product as I couldn't find this in the local stores. I know I sound like an infomercial; I'm just very satisfied with this cleaner.

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I have used this product for 17 years now. I used to purchase it at Costco until aboout 3 years ago when I found that Costco no longer carries this product. I looked and looked to see where else I could purchase it and was so glad that I found I could do so through Amazon.

I use Oil Eater Degreaser on everything. I use it full strength. It is wonderful for cleaning garage floors and cement.

It is fantastic for removing stains from laundry (White or Colored Clothing, I spray directly on the stain, then put a cup full in washer along with my laundry soap). I use it to clean my range, oven, tubs, showers, toilets. I use it to clean the carpet in my truck and spot clean the carpet in my home.

I dread the day that I will not be able to find or to buy Oil Eater Degreaser, as far as I am concerned, there is No Better Product on the Market. And it is Non-Toxic and Non-Corrosive.

I highly recommend it to anyone for Any of their Cleaning Needs.

Joyce Wafford