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Drugstore Dish: Purex Natural Elements

purex-natural-elementsI will admit that I am a Tide detergent girl through and through. I have tried lots of the more inexpensive brands with less than positive results. Ideally, at some point I plan to try making my own homemade detergent, but until that day comes I will be buying it at the supermarket or drugstore.

I have not tried the Purex brand in years, but what I remember of it was that it did not perform as well as Tide and that I never felt like my clothes were as clean. Purex came out with a new line of environmentally-friendly cleaners though that I thought would be worth a try called Purex Natural Elements. Even if I am not a fan of a brand before, I am willing to give things a try again if a product interests me.

For an effective performance test in the Clark household though, detergent must do three things:

1. It needs to get stuff clean. My children are more than happy to put any detergent that we use through a good test of every type of unimaginable nastiness known to man. The detergent needs to stand up to these tests.

2. It needs to not make us break out in hives. I rarely ever try new detergents because my family has severe reactions to new detergents. If everyone is breaking out in hives than this can cause a downward spiral of rewashing laundry and making our lives miserable trying to figure out what the culprit is. Seeing as I list laundry on my least-favorite-things-to-do list, I am hesitant to try new detergents.

3. It needs to smell good. When I say that something needs to smell good it needs to smell delicious, but not overpowering. No heavy floral scents or heavy fragrances, but things that smell clean or yummy.

I put the Purex to these three tests and it met all three of my standards. I can only vouch for the yummy smell of the Cherry Blossoms & Vanilla though so you would need to see if the Apple & Melon or Linen & Lilies were pleasant smells to you.

The environmental factor was a great bonus. These scents are derived from 100% natural cleaning ingredients and natural fragrance extracts. I think it is these natural factors that made it so our normal hivey reaction did not happen. The company also says that it is hypoallergenic and free from phosphates and dyes.

Of course, the best selling point about Purex for all of my frugal readers, is that Purex is at a lower price point than other detergents. The suggested retail price on these bottles are $3.49 for a 50 ounce bottle & $6.99 for a 100 ounce bottle.  Even with coupons, you don’t often see Tide at these price points.

The bottles are smaller  because it is a concentrate so you only need half the detergent to get the job done. This isn’t an exclusive-to-Purex feature, but they do highlight it as another way that they are environmentally-friendly.

I never thought I would say this, but I think this is going to be our new favorite detergent because it is less expensive and because it met the Clark test.

What is your favorite laundry detergent? Do you make your own? Please share!

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