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Purex UltraPacks Laundry Detergent - About.com Laundry Guide Product Review

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Purex UltraPacks Laundry Detergent - About.com Laundry Guide Product Review

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Purex wants to make your laundry routine more simple with convenient single dose laundry detergent - Purex UltraPacks. No more mess. No more spills. No more heavy jugs.

Purex UltraPacks

Introduced to the United States market in February 2012, Purex UltraPacks are convenient pre-dosed liquid laundry detergent packs. The packs are little pillows of super concentrated Triple Action Purex Laundry detergent that you toss into the washer. The outer skin of the packs is a polyvinyl film that dissolves completely in water to release the detergent.

The UltraPacks are added to the washer before adding clothes. One pack is recommended per average load. Two packs 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 pack must be placed directly in the drum - not in the dispenser drawer.

While the product ingredients are not listed on the package, the ingredients for Triple Action Purex are: Water, Alcohol ethoxy sulfate, Sodium carbonate, Linear Alkylbenzene sulfonate, Sodium chloride, Alcohol Ethoxylate, Sodium polyacrylate, Fatty Acids, Disodium Diaminostilbene disulfonate, Tetrasodium edta, methylisothazolinone, Fragrance, Liquitint blue. Of course, the water is removed to concentrate the formula for the individual packs.

Purex Ultrapacks contain no phosphates and are safe for septic systems. Since the packs dissolve completely, there is no recycling except the outer package. Check with your local recycling center to see if they accept the plastic used in the outer bag.

Purex Ultrapacks come in Mountain Breeze - Purex's most popular scent - and Free & Clear for those with fragrance and dye sensitivity.

With convenience, comes a higher cost. The suggested retail price of Purex Ultra Packs:

  • 18 ct. $4.49 25 cents per use
  • 26 ct. $5.99 23 cents per use
  • 36 ct. $7.99 22 cents per use
  • 54 ct. $8.99 16.5 cents per use
  • The World of Purex Laundry Detergent

    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 Recommendation

    I have always found Purex laundry detergent products to be effective at cleaning everyday soil and leaving clothing fresh. Purex UltraPacks are no exception. My laundry came out clean and smelling fresh with the Mountain Breeze formula that I tested. The UltraPacks formula did not remove every stain - they stumbled on red mud and some set-in oily stains. This is because the formula does not contain a significant amount of the enzymes needed to remove certain types of stains.

    The Ultrapacks 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.

    The only "trick" to using the packs 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 packaging sealed when not in use - especially if you live in a high humidity area.

    The packs should always be kept away from children and pets. They look a bit like candy and can squirt into eyes or mouths if punctured.

    My only complaint is that the packs cannot be used for pre-treating stains. I frequently use liquid detergent to pre-treat heavily soiled areas or food stains. You will need to have a separate stain remover available for treatment.

    Even with the higher cost per use, I can easily see how the Ultrapacks will be embraced by anyone who has to use a community laundry room or laundromat. 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 Purex UltraPacks 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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