Saturday, March 5, 2011

Purex Crystals GIVEAWAY - 3 Winners (Additional Coupon)

UPDATE: Purex is giving me the opportunity to giveaway a bottle of Purex Crystals to 3 lucky winners!!! Read the directions at the end of this blog to submit your entries!

 For those of you that know me, you know that I make my own laundry detergent and have used vinegar for my fabric softener for quite some time. For those of you that don't know me, let me explain why I started using vinegar instead of fabric softeners.

Fabric softener actually has some harmful effects to not only your clothes, but your washing machine and dryer as well! Let's start with how many fabric softeners are dangerous for you! Check out the list below of chemicals commonly found in fabric softners and what has to say about their effects.

  • Benzyl acetate: Linked to pancreatic cancer
  • Benzyl Alcohol: Upper respiratory tract irritant
  • Ethanol: On the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Hazardous Waste list and can cause central nervous system disorders
  • A-Terpineol: Can cause respiratory problems, including fatal edema, and central nervous system damage
  • Ethyl Acetate: A narcotic on the EPA's Hazardous Waste list
  • Camphor: Causes central nervous system disorders
  • Chloroform: Neurotoxic, anesthetic and carcinogenic
  • Linalool: A narcotic that causes central nervous system disorders
  • Pentane: A chemical known to be harmful if inhaled
 Pretty shocking huh? Although I quit using fabric softner due to my youngest son's sensory issues, I quickly realized that my oldest two children's allergies, eczema, and asthma greatly improved!

You may wonder, how are they bad for my washing machine and dryer? Well, in washing machines, softener seperates the dirt and creates a sludge that can destroy your washing machine. In dryers, the oily residue of softeners is left on the lint trap and throughout the exhaust system of the dryer. This reduces the effectiveness of your clothes dryer, resulting in it having to work harder which in turn results in it's mechanical parts failing. Due to the oily residue attracting lint, it's also a fire hazard as well!

If you're still not convinced, let's talk about your towels. Isn't it an incredible feeling to step out of the shower, grab a towel and it quickly soak up the water? Isn't it horrible when there is a spill and you grab a towel to clean it up, only to realize the towel isn't absorbing the water but rather pushing it around? Why is that? Well, it's guessed it......fabric softener. You see, those same oils that make your clothes feel softer and fight against static electricity also prevent the clothing articles from properly absorbing liquid.

So, I switched to vinegar. Yet, even though vinegar does it jobs, it does not leave a pleasant scent lingering on the products. We all know how nice it is to crawl into bed, pull the covers up, and drift to sleep in the smell of freshly laundered and scented sheets. Yet, then again, that scent usually disappears pretty quick. So, I stuck with vinegar.


As a Purex Insider, Purex sent me a sample bottle of Purex Crystals to try. My first thought at looking at the small bottle was, "Great! That's enough to do 2 loads." I must say that I was pleasantly surprised to find out I was very wrong! The Purex Crystals takes a very very small amount.

Most fabric softeners have one of a few options to use. You can pour it in a ball and then when you attempt to dry the clothes hope the ball doesn't pour water all over you and your clothes. You can put it in the center dispenser your washing machine may have and hope it doesn't leave spots on your clothes. Or, you can toss a sheet in the dryer. Of course, all of these options result in the before mentioned issues and risks.

With Purex Crystals, you merely add them to the wash at the beginning of the cycle when you put in your other regular detergent. Your clothes come out infused with a heavenly scent.

Purex Crystals has none of the oils that pose the risks mentioned above. Purex Crystals won't coat your towels preventing them from absorbing water. Purex Crystals isn't full of chemicals that pose health issues. Purex Crystals won't cause harm to your clothes dryer and washing machine with oils that create sludge. The ingredients are Sucrose (Sugar), Bentonite (Clay), Peg Disterate (Blending Agent), Fragrance, Sanolin Blue (Colorant).

So, what exactly are you waiting for? Follow the steps below to get your $1 off coupon today! Experience all the things you love about fabric softener, without all the harmful risks and side effects!

To receive your $1 off coupon:

1. Go to this link 
2. Click "Get A Coupon on Facebook"
3. Click "Welcome" on the left hand side of the screen
4. Enter your information and print your coupon!

To enter for your opportunity to get a free bottle of Purex Crystals:

Mandatory Entry- You must do this entry first before being able to do any additional entries.
     * Visit Purex (using the links in this blog) and leave a comment below letting me know what fragrance Purex Crystals you will choose if selected as a winner.

Additional Entries: You can do as many as of the following as you would like. For each one you do, you will need to leave a separate comment below letting me know which you did.

     * Follow Paths From A Thrifty Soul on Google Connect (Look on the left side of this blog)

     * Like Paths From A Thrifty Soul on Facebook (Look on the left side of this blog)

     * Follow Paths From A Thrifty Soul on Twitter

     * Follow Paths From A Thrifty Soul on Networked Blogs (Look on left side of this blog)

Additional Daily Entries:

     * Tweet This Giveaway- include @RedMelD
     * Share on Facebook using the button below

One more way to gain an extra entry daily: You can come back to this blog each day. Visit Purex (using this link) and tell me one thing you have learned about Purex Crystals. Doing this, along with the before mentioned daily entries will give you 3 entries per day (in addition to your original ones)!



This giveaway is open to US residents only until March 19th. Winner will be announced on this blog and individual winners will be emailed. If your comment is not automatically linked to an email address, please provide your email address with your comment. Winner will have 10 days to respond with their mailing address. Winner will be selected randomly via the number associated with your post. As a Purex Insider, I was selected to try Purex Crystals and the product was supplied to me to test. No other compensation was received. The opinions expressed regarding Purex Crystals are my own. The coupons for free bottle of Purex Crystals is being provided by Purex.


Ashley said...

I'd like to try tropical splash.

hewella1 at gmail dot com

coupon chick said...

Hi! I would like to try the lavender blossom!

Thanks chick!

eclairre said...

I'd like to try tropical splash as well.

nancyahillard said...

I woul like to try any fragrance.

Diana said...

I like Lavender Blossom.
dbombach at gmail dot com

Smart Moms Saving Money said...

I love the way it works and the smell is amazing!

Sarah said...

I'd like fresh spring waters.

Sarah said...

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Sarah said...

I follow you on twitter

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Erika said...

I would try the fresh spring waters scent! It sounds wonderful!

2 Kids and a Coupon said...

The lavendar blossom is wonderful! Thanks for stopping by!

katychick said...

i want to try the tropical splash
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Rachel said...

tropical splash

Kim Naumann said...

I'd like to try Tropical Splash

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