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That Sweet Baby Smell

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Purex Baby Triple Action Laundry Detergent - About.com Laundry Product Review

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We all know that there are moments when a baby doesn't smell so sweet. But, just after a bath when he's all wrapped up in a soft, thick towel; there's nothing that smells sweeter. Purex Triple Action Baby wants to help you capture that feeling everyday and still keep your little one's clothes clean and gentle on his skin.

Triple Action Purex Baby

In early 2012, Purex reformulated its basic laundry detergent and branded it a triple action detergent offering clothes that are bright, white and clean. All of their products were methodically moved to the new formula. And, now in 2013 Triple Action Purex Baby is hitting the shelves replacing Ultra Purex Baby Laundry Detergent.

While the new formula delivers the same cleaning power as Triple Action Purex, it is formulated to be sensitive to baby's skin by eliminating harmful dyes. It does contain fragrance.

The listed ingredients are:

  • Water
  • Alcohol Ethoxy Sulfate (Cleaning Ingredient)
  • Sodium Carbonate (Water Softener)
  • Linear Alkylbenzene Sulfonate (Cleaning Ingredient)
  • Sodium Chloride (Viscosity Control)
  • Alcohol Ethoxylate (Cleaning Ingredient)
  • Sodium Polyacrylate (Polymer)
  • Fatty Acids (Foam Control)
  • Disodium Diaminostilbene Disulfonic Acid (Brightener)
  • Tetrasodium Edta (Chelator)
  • Methylisothiazolinone (Preservative)
  • Fragrance

    The product is available in 50 ounce and 100 ounce bottles. It is safe for use in regular and high-efficiency washers. It contains no phosphates and is safe for septic systems. The bottle contains 25 percent or more post-consumer recycled plastic.

    Because the product is new, it may be difficult to find. You can access a Purex Store Locator on their website.

  • Henkel and Purex Products

    Purex products including liquid laundry detergent, powder laundry detergent, Purex 3-in-1 laundry sheets, liquid fabric softeners, dryer sheets, Complete Crystals in-wash softener and laundry enhancers Magic Release and color safe bleach are manufactured by Dial Corporation of Henkel North America. Other Henkel products are Zout, 20 Mule Team Borax and Sta-Flo Starch.

    Henkel is an international company that produces adhesives, cleaning products and personal care products around the world. Many familiar United States Brands - Loctite, Soft Scrub, Dial Soap, Right Guard, Soft 'n Dri - are products of Henkel.

    The name Purex was coined in 1923 for a chlorine bleach developed by Lionel and Ray Precourt. By 1946, the Purex company added their first powdered laundry detergent, Trend. In 1975 liquid laundry detergents hit the shelves and the Purex brand has continued to grow and offer new products. Their 3-in-1 Laundry Sheets received a 2010 Edison Award for Best New Household Product.

    Laundry Guide Recommendations

    I no longer have little ones at home but I clearly remember the laundry challenges. Sweet potatoes, plums and iron-enhanced formula were always the worst. I have a young friend that loaned me enough stain makers to conduct my own trials. I stained both some knit fabric and terry cloth (like a bib) with the baby food and formula.

    I then washed one set of test clothes within an hour of the stain. I used a bit of the Purex Baby liquid as a pretreater and then washed as recommended in a load of white clothes. These stains came out and I was pleased with the results. The laundry smelled fresh with a light, clean soap scent.

    I then conducted the test on the same fabrics that had the stains waiting around for four days (not unusual for a busy mother or dad). I was not as pleased with the results. There was still some trace evidence of the stains. Purex Baby does not contain the enzymes necessary to remove the stains.

    I was also disappointed to find that the measuring cap that was once translucent is now opaque. It is almost impossible to read the measuring lines.

    I can recommend Triple Action Purex Baby for gentle cleaning but you will probably need to add some stain removers to your laundry shelf.

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