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Arm & Hammer Toss 'n Done Laundry Power Paks - About.com Laundry Product Review

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Arm & Hammer Toss 'n Done Laundry Power Paks - About.com Laundry Product Review

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Arm & Hammer's Toss 'n Done Power Paks have a great, descriptive name for the single dose laundry detergent. Toss the pak in the washer and you're done with laundry. Well, except for the drying, folding, ironing and storing of laundry! When they offer a pak for that, it really will be a power pak!

Arm & Hammer Toss 'N Done Power Paks

Arm & Hammer Toss 'N Done Power Paks were one of the first single use laundry detergent formulas to hit the store shelves. The product uses the cleaning boost of and Arm & Hammer Baking Soda as well as other ingredients in a crystal form. The single does is encased in a polyvinyl film packet. The outer film dissolves completely in any temperature water to release the cleaning products.

The Power Paks are added to the washer before adding clothes and water. One pak is recommended per average load. Two paks can be added if the load is large or heavily soiled. The packs work in both top-loading and front-loading washers - both standard and high-efficiency (HE). If using with a front loader, the pak must be placed directly in the drum - not in the dispenser drawer.

The individual paks come in a resealable outer bag. Listed ingredients are:

  • biodegradable surfactants
  • sodium carbonate
  • Arm & Hammer Baking Soda
  • enzyme blend
  • color-safe bleach
  • brightening agent
  • fragrance

    You can read more detailed information about the product ingredients on the Church & Dwight website.

    Toss 'N Done paks are available in 20 ct. ($2.99-$3.99) and 60 ct. ($7.99 - $9.99) bags. Product savings coupons are available on the Arm & Hammer Savings Center website.

  • The Arm & Hammer Story

    Arm & Hammer Laundry Products are an arm of the Church & Dwight Co., Inc. The Arm & Hammer brand was first applied to boxes of sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) produced by Dr. Austin Church and John Dwight in 1846. The familiar box of baking soda with the hammer-wielding arm of Vulcan, god of fire, as their logo became a fixture in most homes.

    In 1970, the company introduced the first non-phosphate laundry detergent and was the sole corporate sponsor of the first Earth Day celebration. By the 1980s, Arm & Hammer laundry detergent was available in both liquid and powder formulas and in 2012, single use paks. And, in 2006, Church & Dwight acquired Orange Glo International, the parent company of OxiClean, an oxygen based bleach.

    In addition to laundry products and baking soda, Church & Dwight manufactures a variety of cleaning, freshening and deodorizing products such as kitty litter, toothpaste, deodorants, carpet deodorizer, household cleaners like Kaboom, Orange Glo and Scrub Free, and personal products like Nair, Trojan condoms and First Response pregnancy tests.

    Laundry Guide Recommendation

    I have found Arm & Hammer laundry products to be effective through the years in removing stains and leaving laundry clean and fresh with every formula I have tested. Toss 'N Done Power Paks are no exception. They performed well in removing normal body soil and dirt. They did not remove an oily food stain that had set. For heavily soiled areas or food stains that have set, I would suggest using a pre-treater.

    The paks are very easy to use. They dissolve completely in both cold and hot water. The formula is low-sudsing which is a plus for complete rinsing in the final rinse. The only "trick" to using the paks is that your hands must be completely dry when handling them or the outer film will begin to dissolve. You should also keep the outer container sealed when not in use - especially if you live in a high humidity area. The paks should always be kept away from children and pets. They look a bit like candy and can squirt into eyes or mouths if punctured.

    Even with the higher cost per use than liquid or powder Arm & Hammer, I can easily see how the paks will be embraced by anyone who has to use a community laundry room or laundromat. Toss 'N Done is one of the least costly single dose laundry products on the market. They are also an excellent idea for anyone with limited mobility or dexterity to handle jugs and heavy boxes of laundry detergent powder.

    I would recommend Toss 'N Done for use on average soil loads of laundry. Only you can weigh the cost vs. convenience and determine which is more important to your laundry routine.

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