While laundry isn’t necessarily a topic that gets most people jumping for joy, it’s one of those things you just can’t escape. And so I’m excited to say that I have been selected as a Purex Insider VIP! What this means is that there will be sneak peaks at new Purex products, great laundry tips and information, and also some great giveaways for you all.
If you haven’t heard of it or haven’t found it in stores just yet, that’s understandable; it was only first released at Walmart on December 28, 2010. In addition to Walmart, you should now be able to find it at Meijer, Giant Eagle and Albertson’s, with more major retailers that started rolling it out in January. When you do go to the store looking for this product, you’ll find that it comes in three scents (including Tropical Splash, Lavender Blossom and Fresh Spring Waters) and looks like this:
So what exactly makes Purex Complete Crystals Softener so new and different? First, most traditional liquid fabric softeners are oil-based; their purpose is to coat your fabrics in oil, which over time builds up and decreases the lifespan of your fabrics. When fibers are coated in oils, it causes dirt to stick to the fabrics which keeps you from being able to get your clothing truly clean. Purex Complete Crystals, however, are 92% natural – not oil-based. Instead of coating your clothes in oil, they actually penetrate the fabric and infuse the fibers with freshness – and that lasts for weeks, not days! The Crystals are able to do this through a combination of things – being crystals instead of liquid or powders – and also because they go into the wash at the start, which allows them to spend longer infusing your laundry with long-lasting freshness.
Another great thing about Purex Complete Crystals is that it’s the first major fabric softener that is 100% safe to use on children’s sleepwear since it does not interfere with the flame retardant qualities. Most traditional fabric softeners can impair the flame retardant effectiveness because of the oily residue they leave behind. That’s a fact that I wasn’t previously aware of, but am glad I now know!
They’ve also been formulated to work in both regular and high efficiency (HE) washers, so no matter what machine you use you can add the Crystals.
I was sent a sample of the Fresh Spring Waters scent to try here at home. So far I’ve used it on a load of towels and two loads of mixed laundry. It’s definitely very easy to use – you just pour it in with the laundry when you’re loading the washing machine. It also cuts down on any mess because you’re not measuring out a powder that can shake all over the place nor a liquid that can drip and need to be wiped up.
The real questions I had, though, were does it soften and how long-lasting will the scent really be? The answers: very much so and really long lasting. My husband was helping me fold the clothes (isn’t he great?) and commented on how soft everything felt (we skipped dryer sheets to give a more honest opinion). So the softening part was enough to make him take notice, which I think is great. As for the scent, four days later the towels still were giving off a light, fresh scent in the bathroom, which was longer than other fabric softeners that I have used in the past.