While shopping for laundry detergent I noticed Purex was very reasonably priced compared to my regular brand and liked the idea of Free and Clear. What free and clear means is that this laundry detergent is free of perfumes and dyes.
There is a variety of Purex laundry detergents with interesting scents but I found this very appealing because I was looking for something free of fragrance for our sheets and pillow cases. Our family is full of allergies so washing our bedding with this seemed like a good idea and in fact solved our problem of our allergies kicking in at bedtime.
I believe that Free/Clear only comes in liquid. I chose the 120 fluid ounces which does 37 loads. The jug is white which can easily be identified on the shelf as free/clear. The handle is built in the container for easy lifting and pouring. The lid screws off and serves the roll as a lid and a measuring cup for the detergent. The detergent is 100 percent clear in color and doesnt have a smell.
There is a color shield logo on the bottle which indicates that the product protects the colors. The front of the bottle indicates that the product is improved and that we should expect whiter whites, brighter colors.
The directions for use are similar to other detergents. Heavily soiled items should be pretreated by directly placing the liquid on the soiled area and rub in. Add the proper amount of detergent to the wash as the washer begins to fill and then add clothes.
The bottle indicates that this contains surfactants and is hazardous so should be kept away from eyes, mouth, and children. If the product is ingested a glass of milk or water should be given immediately and the physician should be called.
I am pretty loyal to Tide detergent however since its expensive I continue try new products because you never know what might work better. After my first few washes I thought that the product was working really well. Since my son was hanging the shirts up for me I never noticed how they were coming out. After about two weeks when I went through my daughters closet looking for clothes I started pulling them off the hanger one by one and saying "Thats not clean." There were faint stains on nearly everything so I was very disgusted. I rewashed them with Tide and the stains immediately came out so I no longer use the product on my kids clothes because their clothes are just too dirty for this product to handle.
My results are based from my experience using strictly cold water and my water is extremely hard. Those who have hard water typically require more detergent than those with soft water so I dont skimp on the amount of detergent that I use.
When I get the clothes out of the washer they smell clean however there isnt a fragrance at all to them. Once they come out of the dryer I can only smell the natural smell of warm cotton. I do miss the scent on my shirts so prefer not to use this with everyday wear. I normally use this on our jeans, towels, and bedding.
I thought the product did pretty well with whites bar far from bleached white. I didnt see any fading at all and dont mind using this in the long run for jeans.
I was happy with the free/clear aspect of the product however it doesnt suggest that the product is hypoallergenic. If you are considering using this for a baby, Purex does have a product called Purex Baby which does have a baby scent but is tested to be hypoallergenic.
I erroneously got the impression that this was gentle or mild since its free and clear however there are no claims on this bottle that this is gentle on the laundry. I believe this is just as effective and strong as their scented products.
I still prefer Tide over Purex however prefer Purex over other brands that I have tried. There is a lot of detergent for the money and it does an okay job on clothes that arent very dirty.
The Dial Corporation; Scottsdale, AZ 85254
Contains no phosphate
Price varies by size
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