New Laundry Products of 2012

laundry podsLet’s face it. You can think of a hundred other things you would rather do than laundry. Nevertheless, you still want your whites bright, your colors vibrant and you would like them to get that way as quickly possible. With that being said, I thought I would take a few minutes to discuss some of the newer products to hit the store shelves, which are designed to promote both cleanliness and efficiency.

Tide Pods – You know those handy individual packets of dishwasher detergent? Well, Tide Pods are the same thing but they’re designed for your laundry. The pods consist of three chambers (cleaning, stain-fighting and brightening) housed in a smooth dissolvable shell. They’re safe for use in any type of washing machine and will work in any water temperature. Gone will be the days of measuring liquid or powder detergent and rinsing cups. Proctor & Gamble has delayed the release of this product twice because of unexpected manufacturing challenges, but it’s scheduled to be on store shelves by the end of the month. A package of 57 pods will retail for approximately $15.99.

Purex Complete 3-in-1 Laundry Sheets – One sheet provides detergent, fabric softener and static-guard for a full load of laundry. Drop a sheet into the washer, and the detergent is released during the wash cycle. Toss the same sheet into the dryer with the clothes. The stripe on the sheet will be activated by heat to soften clothes and remove static. The product has received favorable reviews on Amazon. A package of 22 costs around $10, so while it might be a bit pricey for regular use, it would be perfect to bring on vacation or emergency trips to the laundromat.

Shout Color Catcher Sheets – Designed to protect clothes from color bleeds while preserving original colors, this product is marketed as a time saver that reduces the need to sort clothes. Simply drop one sheet into the washing machine and it will absorb loose dyes found in the wash water. The sheets received mostly favorable reviews from Amazon customers, with some noting that while they may have prevented bleeding between colors, they failed to keep colors from bleeding on whites. A pack of 24 sells for approximately $4.29 at Walgreens.

Bounce Dryer Bar – This product attaches to the drum of your dryer and eliminates the need for dryer sheets. One bar will last between 2 and 6 months, depending upon its size and scent. The Bounce Dryer Bar has also received favorable reviews from Amazon customers, with some noting that it leaves a white residue on black clothing, which may or may not be caused by over-drying. Expect to pay between $8 and $10 per bar.

Mr. Steamy – This contraption is actually a ball that when filled with water and placed in the dryer, is supposed to produce enough steam to unwrinkle clothes. When purchased directly from the manufacturer, the product is $19.99, but online reviews indicate the people have found it at discount stores for $9.99. The product has been met with mixed reviews, with unhappy users complaining that it’s quite noisy in the dryer and fails to remove wrinkles as promised.

Affresh Washer Cleaner – Geared toward modern, high-efficiency washing machines, this product is designed to remove odor-causing residue from washers. One tablet placed in the empty wash basket and run through a normal wash cycle is all it takes to keep the appliance clean. Affresh was well-received by Amazon customers and a pack of 4 sells for approximately $7.56 online.

Scentsy Dryer Disk – Scheduled for release in March, the disk is made of plastic which is infused with a fragrance that includes anti-static properties. One disk will work on 15 loads of laundry. The product’s pricing has yet to be determined as of this writing. Contact a Scentsy independent consultant for further details.

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19 Responses to New Laundry Products of 2012

  1. Shauna Bohren says:

    Thanks for posting this. I use and sell SA8 products, by Amway. If you would ever like to sample them let me know and I can send some to you. They have been around forever and are fantastic. Better products than you can get in the store and better prices too. They are also safe for the environment and your machines. Enjoy your day.

    Shauna

  2. What a great idea for a business, since we all have to do laundry!
    Keep it up ladies, good job :)

  3. amy peck says:

    These are great new products to know about. I have used the Purex 3 in 1 sheets. I purchased them when we went on vacation. They are a big space saver and worked well too. Thanks for the information.
    http://myrottencandy.weebly.com/blog.html

    • Xenia says:

      After several times of Daniel getnitg dressed in the morning for work and coming out to the kitchen to ask “um… do I have any clean ____ ?” I sat down and wrote out a laundry schedule. I do 1-2 loads a day, and none on Saturday or Sunday (unless I get off schedule or I need something washed specifically). As for fabric softener… I don’t buy it either, but last winter I got 4 bottles for FREE w/ coupons, and I use it every now and then. I like it!! But I’m used to the laundry w/out it, so I don’t mind not using it. There are recipes for homemade if you want to use it but not buy it.

  4. diane says:

    stopping by from craftsandthings nice site

  5. I actually don’t use any of these!

  6. WiMG says:

    Tide pods! Genius!! I never knew such things existed. Husbot hates doing laundry because he always puts too much(or too little) in. I’m buying these ASAP! Thank you for this post! Do you mind if I link this on my blog?

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  8. Carly says:

    I’ll have to try some of these. The newest thing we have used is Purex Complete Crystal Softeners… and WOW. We have a front loading HE washer and we sprinkle a cap full of those little crystals in with each wash. Our clothes smell amazing out of the wash and we don’t have to use any kind of dryer sheets or fabric softener when they dry. I would highly recommend those and I will definitely be trying some of these new things. Thanks yall!!

  9. I’m going to have to try those Carly. I don’t use dryer sheets because they leave a film on my lint trap but I would like to find something that combats static cling.

  10. Samara says:

    As a Newbie, I am constantly exploring online for articles that can help me. Thank you

  11. Safiyyah says:

    I am looking for some good Laundry Products. I haven’t tried these yet. Thanks for the tips!

  12. I’ve been using the Bounce Dryer Bar for a while. They’re convenient and easy to use – once during install! And btw, I have to experience the white residue on black clothing.

    It does cost a bit much, but it lasts, and the smell is subtle and fresh. I haven’t tried the Shout Color Catcher Sheets, I’m a little skeptical about it, but would like to give it a chance.

    Thanks for the great tips!
    Cheers.

  13. Awesome article. I will add you to my bookmarks.

    • Jenis says:

      You can make a couple balls of foil and throw them in your dryer vorefer to eliminate static cling, too. Super cheap and none of those foul chemicals from the fabric softener…Erinn

  14. Nia Sweezey says:

    Nice read, I just passed this onto a colleague who was doing a little research on that. And he actually bought me lunch because I found it for him smile Thus let me rephrase that: Thank you for lunch!

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