My first impression: Purex 3-in-1 Laundry Sheets are convenient and easy. Dispenser seems flimsy, but it doesn’t really need to be that durable since it’s just holding the 3-in-1 sheets. Scent (Tropical Escape) is wonderful. Not sure about the environmentally friendliness with the sheet being so thick…will research.
Environmentally Friendliness: Neither the packaging nor sheets are made of post consumer recycled material, but they are researching this for future product updates. The sheets themselves are made of polyester and are not recyclable or biodegradable. I am going to try to come up with some sort of craft to ‘recycle’ them myself.
We own the Whirlpool Duet system, so my normal routine consists of adding powder detergent to the dispenser, and then I use home made dryer sheets. These would not be cost effective for us even though I bought it using coupons (Regularly $5.94 for the starter pack that does 20 loads, or a refill pack of 24 loads). We currently use Kirkland Laundry Detergent bought last year from Costco for less than $20 for a huge plastic container. My homemade dryer sheets are squares of fabric that I soak in 3 parts water, 1 part liquid fabric softener. (They don’t really help that much with static, but our laundry always smells good.) I’m actually thinking I’ll try using the left over 3-in-1 sheets rather than the fabric squares. They seem quite a bit more absorbent. On to the test…
1st step: With high hopes, loaded washer & threw in marvelously smelling blue sheet. Started washer. (Normal load, warm wash/cold rinse, high spin speed.)
2nd step: Transferred clothes from washer to dryer…including (no longer blue) sheet. Also, noticed the fabric softener strip was missing in spots. The Purex site says that it’s because the water was possibly too hot. I find this odd since it was washed on warm and not hot (I rarely use cold/cold)…so we’ll see what happens when I wash a load of whites using hot, and a different load of colors using cold (for experimental purposes).
3rd step: Removed clothes which smelled quite nice. As you can see in the photo below, the sheet still had quite a bit of the fabric softener/static remover stripe left over after running through the dryer. This was surprising since it was already partly missing before starting the dryer.
UPDATE: I did test the sheets in a cycle of cold/cold (which was mainly towels, and a few pairs of jeans), and as you can see it looks the same as the one from the warm/cold cycle.
I also did a load of whites set on hot/cold, and the fabric softener strip is nearly completely obliterated. I am not sure what the exact temperature of my water is, but I think it’s pretty normal.
My washer even has a sanitize setting which actually heats the water to super hot (not sure on the exact temperature of that either) to kill bacteria and other cooties, so the water can get quite a bit hotter…not going to test that cycle since I never use it.
Over all, I think these are a great idea. It just seems they may have been released a bit prematurely. There are many things I can see that need improvement. The sheets need to be either made from recycled materials, be recyclable/biodegradable, or ideally all 3. They should perform the same in all water temperatures, or specify which temperatures they are intended for. The fabric softener strip should actually work as it was designed. With a few improvements, I can see these being a really great product.