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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Ultra Power Plus vs. "Others"

Out of curiosity yesterday, I did a little experiment. I mixed one load's worth of laundry detergent with a pint of water, and watched to see what would happen. I'm not a scientist, and I'm sure this experiment doesn't hold much weight, but it was enlightening to me to see the results. I have used a certain brand of laundry detergent for years - I cloth diapered my kids, and used it to clean their diapers, and eventually all of our clothes, towels, sheets, etc. I've honestly had no problems with it, and have been reluctant to make a change to Norwex Ultra Power Plus (UPP) because it is marketed as extremely similar (no dyes, fillers, etc) to what I was using. However, this little experiment leaves me wondering.

The picture below shows pint glasses filled with hot water from the tap (obviously, it has since cooled, and doesn't look any different). I added one load's worth of laundry detergent to each pint glass.

For detergent, I used:
  • 1.5 Tbsp Bare Naked Babies Classic Rock from Rockin Green (as per their directions for 1 load in a HE washer of 1-2 Tbsp)
  • Slightly less than 1/4 cup of liquid Tide (1 load's worth according the package - I used the entire package)
  • 1 tsp. of Norwex Ultra Power Plus (UPP) (recommended use for a HE washer is 1/2 to 1 tsp - I used the higher amount)
I took pictures at one minute, five minutes, and thirty minutes. It's been almost 24 hours now, and they haven't changed. All that stuff is what's left behind on clothes or whatever is washed. The Rockin Green soap has actually settled to the bottom of the jar - probably exactly the amount I put in, it doesn't look like anything has dissolved. Maybe your washer's rinse cycle clears it out. Maybe an extra rinse cycle clears it out. I'm not a laundry expert, so I'm not sure! My chemist friend said my experiment was flawed - the results don't really show anything significant - but it does show you how much gunk (fillers, surfactants, dyes, fragrances, etc) goes into your laundry machine, and what might be clinging to the fibers in your clothes. If you have sensitive skin, allergies, or reactions to certain things, maybe your laundry detergent is to blame. I know I'll be choosing the cleaner option from now on!

Norwex UPP Ultra Power Plus has no fillers, dyes or fragrance

I've had a few friends contact me with results of their own laundry detergent experiment using other detergents. ECOS, All Free and Clear, Dreft, and the Costco brand detergents all leave behind cloudy water. The pods are no different - they also leave colored, cloudy water. It may not show anything significant, but it is enough for me to make the change to UPP for my own family's laundry. If you're interested in trying out the UPP, or being included in my newsletter to receive exclusive offers for my customers, please let me know!

*UPP is recommended for washing all of the microfiber products from Norwex

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