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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!



I am so excited to open our Drugstore up to everyone and I hope that you will be able to participate this week or in weeks to come! I will be posting this each Tuesday so please mark your calendars if you plan to participate. You can post your entries at any time throughout the week and then leave your entry in the links below.

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Giveaway Results: Earth Day Celebration Prize Pack (Valued at over $130)


Thank you all for entering our Earth Day contest.  We chose our winner randomly and would like to congratulate Commenter #9 (Mana) on winning this prize pack.

Mana said, “Every year in March, we put up green decorations around the house, put green food coloring in our meals and one year i even wore a goofy leprechaun hat :) Our Sunday afternoon tradition is to drive down to the local airfield where they have a large recycling station. We recycle all our recyclables, and then drive around so our kids can look at all the planes. Ideally I would like to build our own solar array to complement our household electricity usage.”

Thanks for entering and please check back each Tuesday for a brand new giveaway!

In conjunction with my role in the Walmart Eleven Moms, I was able to sample just a handful of the great products Walmart is carrying to green up our household routines. I am truly trying to do my part to be green and teach my children to love & protect our Earth so it is wonderful to get to sample of the great green products on the market today.

In addition to sampling them, in honor of Earth Day, we were offered the opportunity to giveaway the items we received  and to share the green love with our wonderful readers.

Here is just a little information about the products that are included in this fabulous prize pack that one lucky reader will win!

Brita Water Pitcher- The last time I bought one of these was in college and maybe that is why I am so impressed with some of the great design changes that have happened since my last purchase. This handy filtration system comes with a flip top so that it is easy to fill with tap water and a a little covered pour spout that keeps your water nice and fresh. Replacing your water bottles with these filtration systems are a great green alternative and are a lot friendlier on your wallet to boot.

greenworks1Clorox GreenWorks Cleaning Products- Longtime readers will know that I am a HUGE fan of the new line from GreenWorks and have yet to have met a product from this line that I do not like. These cleaners are more affordable than many of the green cleaners on the market and they offer the same great green benefits. In our house, we love the GreenWorks wipes and dish soap. I am sure you will find that these perform just as good as the harsh stuff, and they are easy on your wallet too! I encourage you to give these product a try!

Tide Coldwater- With two crazy kids, we have a lot of dirty clothes in our house and laundry detergent gets put to the test. I am a huge fan of Tide and feel it is worth that little extra bit of money to keep my clothes looking nice to splurge on a good detergent. The new Tide Coldwater can keep your clothes looking great without even turning on the hot water. This is better for the environment and will keep your clothes lasting longer.

White Cloud “Green Earth” Paper Towels- I won’t lie, one thing we do not purchase a lot of is paper products. I have learned I can whittle this expense down to just toilet paper by disposing of the disposable items. That being said, there are those occasions where a roll of paper towels comes in handy. I won’t illustrate those occasions, as I am sure you can imagine a few on your own. White Cloud makes a line of “Green Earth” paper towels made from 100% recycled fibers. If you are a family that has a paper towel addiction, this line would be a great option to explore or to keep on hand for life’s little emergencies.

bissell-grean-machineBissell Little Green Deep Cleaner- Of all of the products in the line-up, my enthusiasm for this one can’t be surpassed. My obsession with Bissell knows no bounds and their Little Green Floor Cleaner is great for any mom with messy kids or animals. You can not only spot clean your floors, but you can also tidy up the upholstery with ease. Anybody have a minivan stuck with years of  McDonald Happy Meals? This might be the ticket for getting order restored in the car or your children’s carseats. It takes up very little room and is a great gadget to keep those carpets looking beautiful in your house. What makes it earth-friendly? The parts are made from post-consumer recycled plastic and it has PVC-free tanks and hose. They also greatly reduced the packaging to help keep this green machine as green as possible!

For one of my lucky and amazing readers, I am offering this ENTIRE prize pack from Walmart, Bissell, White Cloud, Tide, Clorox Greenworks, and Brita (valued at approximately $130) to you, in honor of Earth Day! To enter, please leave a comment by Tuesday (04/28) at 8PM EST and tell me one habit you will change to green one of your household routines. The more creative, the better! Good luck to each of you and Happy Earth Day!