Sunday, September 23, 2012

I’d Settle For A Single Action That Worked . . .Triple Action Purex Mountain Breeze Ultra Packs Leave Me Unimpressed!

The Good: Decent scent, Ridiculously easy to use
The Bad: Diminished cleaning power, Scent does not endure past the drying cycle, Cost/Benefit
The Basics: While Triple Action Purex Mountain Breeze UltraPacks smells wonderfully like it is supposed to, but does not actually clean laundry, making it seem pricey and high concept for a simple task.

Quite some time ago, I wrote about Cascade 2-in-1 dish detergent ActionPacs (reviewed here!) and when my wife got us in Purex Triple Action UltraPacks, I was instantly amused that the principle from the one is being used now on the other. I like Purex laundry detergent and have positively reviewed the 3-in-1 (here!) sheets from the company. So, despite being generally unimpressed by the principle of the UltraPacks, I was still excited to try the Triple Action Purex UltraPacks my wife got in.

Having now done that, I am sad to say that I am utterly unimpressed. In fact, I have never had a Purex product work so poorly than with these UltraPacks!

The Triple Action Purex Laundry Detergent UltraPacks are small, concentrated plastic bags that contain a gel of premeasured Purex laundry detergent in them. The liquid filled pack is approximately 1 1/4" by 1 ½” and about an inch thick, looking about ready to burst from the pressure of the fluid within! The dark blue laundry detergent is held inside a thin, but durable, plastic bubble that surrounds them. There are eighteen of these pillow packs in a bag. The bags seem to be popping up at about $5.00 in retail outlets. That means for $5.00, one is getting 18 loads of clothes washed, as compared to $2.99 for 30+ loads from a standard jug of Purex laundry detergent.

The scent is actually pretty wonderful. As soon as I ran the washer, I could smell the light, airy scent that is Mountain Breeze. It is a generic, somewhat outdoorsy scent that is vaguely floral, hint of pine and more clinically like clean ozone. The scent is one of the defining, non-detergent scents one associates with clean. Opening the washer after use, the clothes smelled very lightly of this airy, clean scent. When they came out of the dryer, though, they smelled like normal clothes.

The UltraPacks are ridiculously easy to use. Remove the UltraPack from the bag of UltraPacks and place in the clothes washer under the water flow area. Put one UltraPacks in there and close it in and run your washer. It does not get much easier than that!

It is worthwhile and important to note that the detergent is not removed from the UltraPacks when it is put into the washer. No, the plastic bags are not supposed to be cut open before the UltraPack’s contents are put in the washer; the UltraPack is designed to go in intact. Put it in and run your clothes washer as you normally would.

Or, so I would say if they worked. For the first run with this product, I opted for a hot load with whites ranging from light to medium soil levels. At the last minute, I threw in the bath towel for the floor for when my wife and I get out of the shower. The Purex UltraPack melted like it was supposed to, but it did not clean. Things like the bath towel were still stained, dirty and the whites did not come out bright or clean.

This product is simple to use, but it does not work. That makes it an expensive service for no real benefit.

For other laundry-related reviews, please be sure to visit my reviews of:
Shout Wipe & Go Instant Stain Remover Wipes
Woolite Extra Dark Detergent
Purex Complete 3-in-1 Spring Oasis


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