Tackling Grubby Laundry With Purex UltraPacks

Purex UltraPacks

Detergent samples courtesy Purex!

Lately, it seems like I’ve been using different detergents for different loads of laundry. When I have a “Standard” load of laundry, I might use my homemade soap, and if I have an extra dirty load I might us a more super-powered/scented detergent – if only for the psychological difference that a heavy scent makes when cleaning something really dirty! So when I got a bag of Purex Ultrapacks in the mail last week, I knew right away this would be reserved for heavy-duty messes, since the bag touts its dirt-lifting additions of Oxi and Zout stain remover. I put it to the test with a load of dirty kitchen towels and rags, along with these pants that Jai had worn while laying tile. They were covered in dried grout, so I figure this should give the detergent a nice challenge.

Grout

The detergent is pre-portioned in handy little packs, so you just toss one in the machine and add your clothes. It recommends using two packs if you’re washing a large and/or heavily soiled load, however my extra-large load of icky rags was super clean with one pack.

Jai's Pants After Washing With UltraPacks

The pants were spotless after I pulled them out of the wash, so the detergent had no problem getting out the grout. I forgot to take a photo of them after I pulled them out of the dryer, but since Jai wore them while tiling the very next day, they were once again covered in grout, washed again with UltraPacks, and once again, came out pristine. I’ll definitely be saving this for my grubbiest loads of laundry since it has done a great job thus far!

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Making Homemade Laundry Soap With Fels-Naptha

Making Homemade Laundry Soap With Fels-Naptha

I was provided with a complimentary Purex Fels-Naptha Laundry Bar & free coupons for review.

Last month, I tried my hand at making homemade laundry soap for the first time. It was straightforward to do and worked out well, so when I received a Fels-Naptha bar in the mail, I knew immediately that I’d be putting it to use in my next batch. The recipe from DIY Natural that I go by advises either using a bar of Fels-Naptha or Ivory soap; I’d only tried the Ivory soap thus far, so I was eager to see how this would compare.

Grating Fels-Naptha for my homemade laundry detergent

To prepare my soap, I added Borax and washing soda to a washed out coffee can that I’ve been using to store my homemade detergent in. Normally the recipe calls for 1 cup of each ingredient, but I only had about 3/4 cup of washing soda left and I didn’t feel like making another batch, so I just scaled the other ingredients down accordingly. If you don’t know how to make washing soda, click here!

Once those ingredients had been added, I shaved 3/4 of the Fels-Naptha bar into the canister using a cheese grater. This laundry bar is yellow, so it almost looks like cheese while you’re doing it. ;)

Fels-Naptha shavings

Then, I took a large spoon and mixed the ingredients together for 5 minutes. Done! DIY Natural recommends using 1-2 tablespoons per load, depending on how soiled your laundry is. I’ve run several loads of laundry with my new Fels-Naptha laundry soap concoction, and I’m pleased; it’s not really scented, but the laundry comes out with a fresh, “Clean” smell. And I still have a quarter of the bar left, so the next time I have an item with a stain on it, I’m going to try using this to treat it – it’s meant to be a good pre-treatment for stains as well, so I’ll be curious to see how it works in that regards.