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My First Product Review and Giveaway! March 4, 2011

Filed under: Product Reviews — Lizz @ 6:31 am




I cannot tell you how excited I am to finally have a chance to do a product review!  While I wasn’t expecting the direction of this first product, it’s still perfect because it definitely relates to a family centered blog: Laundry.


I’m sure the vast majority of you moms and dads out there just let out a huge groan, and believe me, I hear ya!  Laundry is something we all have to deal with, but kid laundry is a beast all its own.  If you don’t have kids, just wait.  You have it so easy now!


The one part of laundry that I never really quite got a handle on was using liquid softener.  Since you couldn’t put it in at the beginning of the load, I would never remember when to add it.  So I just didn’t.  I stuck with using dryer sheets, but I don’t like that I was throwing it away after each load.  It seemed like unnecessary waste.


When I became a Purex Insider, I had a feeling I was going to get to try out some really interesting and new laundry products, and boy was I right.  A few days ago, I got a package from Purex with a sample of their new Purex Complete Crystals Softener and a coupon for a free bottle.  Yeah!!  Since I’ve been home sick, there’s nothing around here to do but lots of laundry.  Mission Accepted!



Before using it, I did a little research on the Purex Crystals Website.  Here’s a few things I learned about these crystals and traditional fabric softeners:

  • Purex Crystals is a new form of fabric softener that goes in at the beginning of the wash cycle.  No more running to the washer mid-cycle!
  • They are 92% natural crystal
  • The crystals spend more time with the clothing, but will wash away completely by the end of the wash cycle.
  • Traditional fabric softeners can contain up to 20% oil, which is flammable.  This is why it is not to be used on children’s sleepwear.  (What?!?  That one blew me away!)
  • That same oil also coats fabrics, preventing towels and performance sportswear from absorbing moisture.


After getting all that information, I was really interested in giving these crystals a try.  Here’s my experience with them:

  • First of all, the bottle is really esthetically pleasing.  The little round cap on top is also used for measuring, but those lines can be a little hard to see if you are in low light.
  • Even with my stuffy nose, I could smell the crystals.  It was strong, but not overwhelming.
  • Adding the crystals was as easy as adding detergent.  It goes right into the wash at the same time.
  • There were no little pieces left over after the wash.  It had completely dissolved.
  • Even before putting the clothes in the dryer, they smelled amazing.
  • The real test for me was if they would be as soft as when I used dryer sheets.  Consider that test passed!
  • Not only were they soft, and fragrant, my clothes were also almost totally static free.


My overall assessment?  These crystals are amazing!  Since they are priced to compete with all the other fabric softeners, I don’t see why I would choose anything else.  Well done Purex!


It feels unfair for me to go on and on about how great these crystals are without giving you all a chance to try them too.  Thankfully, Purex has provided me with 3 coupons for a FREE bottle of Purex Complete Crystals Softener to give to 3 lucky Little Bit of This and That readers.  And here we have my very first giveaway!!  I am giving you each 5 chances to win, so here’s how to enter:


******You are welcome to still comment on this post, but the giveaway is now CLOSED******

  1. Leave a comment on this post telling me why you love/hate doing laundry. (one entry)
  2. Visit the Purex Complete Crystals Website (click here), and tell me something you learned in a comment on this post. (one entry)
  3. Subscribe to this blog via email, located on the right sidebar. Leave a comment on this post that you have done so. (one entry)
  4. Subscribe to this blog via RSS feed, and leave a comment on this post telling me which one you use. (one entry)
  5. Like us on Facebook. Leave a comment on this post that you have done so. (one entry)


Please include an email address so I can contact the winners.  Winners will be selected randomly from the comments on this post, so please don’t forget to come back here and make separate comments for each one of your entries.  Entries must be received by Wednesday, March 9th at 11:59pm cst.


Want to try these out, even if you don’t win a free coupon?  You can also get a $1 off coupon.  Click here and find the link to the Purex Facebook page.


Thanks for checking out my first product review.  Good luck winning some free stuff!!




Disclaimer:  I was asked to write this review as a Purex Insider.  Purex provided me with a sample of Purex Complete Crystal Softener and coupons for a giveaway, but I was not additionally compensated for a positive review.  The opinions stated in this review are my own.  If you are interested in becoming a Purex Insider, click here.


39 Responses to “My First Product Review and Giveaway!”

  1. HOORAY for product reviews!!
    So, as you know, I HATE doing laundry because before a couple weeks ago, all my clothes were in a mountain. Now, not so bad 🙂

  2. Email subscriber!
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  4. What do I hate? Everything! I have a sensory issue that makes me hate getting anything on my hands, and it’s almost impossible not to get some liquid detergent on my hands! And I hate having to spot-clean every. single. item my daughter wears. And I hate carting the loads up and down the stairs! And I hate having to re-wash when I forgot a load in the washer and it got all moldy while I was at my sister’s for 2 days! Ewww!
    ludicrousmama (at) gmail (dot) com

  5. I got tired of waiting 30 seconds to hear each, lit. tle. bit. of. sound on the videos, so I learned very little. But I wasn’t aware that you shouldn’t use liquid softeners on children’s sleepwear either! I just avoid fabric softener on my daughter’s clothes for general chemical reasons, since eczema runs in the family. But we have cats who like to pee on laundry, so I was often using softener in those loads to help mask the odor! Now I’ll be more careful!
    ludicrousmama (at) gmail (dot) com

  6. Ashley H Says:

    I hate doing laundry because it is never ending 🙂

  7. Ashley H Says:

    I learned that you can use the crystals in a front loader as well as a top loader.

  8. tess Says:

    i love doing laundry- it doesnt take me long- i do it on my lunch break
    tcogbill at live dot com

  9. tess Says:

    i learned it is 92% natual crystal- no oil and they have 3 different kinds
    tcogbill at live dot com

  10. tess Says:

    i get your emails
    tcogbill at live dot com

  11. Mom Says:


    I see that things haven’t changed….You hated doing laundry as a teenager (especially when I stopped doing it for you). You hated doing it in college as evidenced when you brought it home with you when you came to visit. And you hate now as an adult. Just wait….Skylar will get old enough that you can “assign” this chore to her!! Maybe she’ll like it!!

    To Ludicrous Mama – As far as those stairs go…… do what I did…. Sell your current house and have one built where the laundry room is on the same level as the bedrooms!!! You’ll never complain about lugging laundry up and down the stairs again.

  12. Tawnda Says:

    I hate doing laundry because it’s NEVER done! It’s worse than the Energizer bunny… it never stops! 😉
    tawndam at hotmail.com

  13. Shawn Says:

    I learned that the scent lasts for weeks, not days, and that there are three scent choices.


  14. Taleah Says:

    I don’t mind folding/putting away laundry, but I hate the process of washing it. I always get distracted!

  15. Kristy H Says:

    I LOVE doing laundry, it’s always helped me relax! And thankfully, my daughter enjoys helping me with the folding, so we get some Mother/Daughter time AND get it all done!

  16. Kristy H Says:

    Email subscriber

  17. Kristy H Says:

    I like your page on Facebook
    Kristy Hostetler

  18. Kristy H Says:

    I went to the website, and found the Stain Guide really useful! With my 2 kiddies, I’m always finding new stains on their clothes!

  19. […] hosting her first giveaway for a very cool laundry product, and needs entries! Please head over to her giveaway post and enter! Please and thank […]

  20. Pip Says:

    I had no idea about the oil causing fabrics to not absorb water. Wow. Learn something new every day. Congrats on your new blog and thanks for the info.

    yankeerose at ohiohills dot com

  21. Jessica Says:

    I love doing laundry because I have a bit of a fabric softener “problem”. What can I say? I like soft clothes that smell good. 🙂

  22. Carol Belles Says:

    I like to do laundry because I love the way it smells when you get it out of the dryer! Love the blog…

  23. Carol Belles Says:

    I subscribed to the blog by email.

  24. Malia Says:

    I like doing laundry to have clean clothes. I hate folding and putting away

  25. Malia Says:

    I subscribe on google reader

  26. KJ Says:

    I love doing laundry because I can always see & enjoy the end result of my work.

  27. KJ Says:

    I’m a new subscriber to this blog – I came from What’s For Dinner? 🙂

  28. KJ Says:

    I visited the website & I, too, am surpirsed that fabric softeners aren’t to be used on kids’ sleepwear! I also liked that this product is 92% natural!

  29. KJ Says:

    I get your blog updates through Google Reader. Thanks for the giveaway!

  30. Ali Says:

    I hate doing laundry! It always seems to take forever – that’s what husbands are for 🙂

  31. loulou Says:

    I can never get around to folding before wrinkles set in 😦

  32. Stella Says:

    I don’t mind doing my own laundry, but I HATE doing my daughter’s laundry because I have to pre-treat almost every single item.


  33. Stella Says:

    I visited the website and was actually VERY surprised to learn that you aren’t supposed to use liquid fabric softeners on childrens’ clothes. I’m actually kind of shocked!
    I’m also a big purex fan and am looking forward to trying out this product (hopefully for free) 🙂

  34. Nikki Davis Says:

    The only thing that I like about doing laundry, is the feeling of climbing into bed with clean sheets!

    Thank you for the entry,

  35. Nikki Davis Says:

    I learned that it has 92% natural Ingredients. I also love that it goes into your wash machine, after hearing that the dryer sheets are not good for your dryer, I have not used softeners much.

  36. Nikki Davis Says:

    Email subscriber.

    Thank you for the entry and congrats on your first giveaway!

  37. tiffany Says:

    I actually don’t mind doing laundry, it’s the folding afterwards that I hate. I can never find room to put stuff away either.

  38. tiffany Says:

    Oops, guess I was a bit late for the contest. Anyway, congrats on your new blog.

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