Baking and Laundry–Two Things I Don’t Think Go Together

This post is brought to you by our friends at Purex. The opinions are 100% my own.

When I was asked to take a trial of the newest Purex scent, as usual, I jumped at the chance. And then, I found out it was “Cookie Scented”, and I questioned whether or not it was a good idea. I mean, I’ve had plenty of temptations while trying to eat healthier, the last thing I needed was for our clothes to smell like cookies.

Instead of using this detergent on our sheets or my clothes, I decided to have Mr. Burgher use it on the kids’. Sure, it smelled sweet and yummy, just like home baked goodness of chocolate chip cookies (you know, really good ones? Yeah.). It was exactly what I thought it would be, a huge temptation. The kids just kept begging for some cookies, and I don’t blame them. And, A begged me to keep washing her clothes in this scent (do you blame her)? Thank goodness we got enough to last them 66 washes! As for me, I am still not convinced that these things go together, but to each their own.

If you are interested in finding out more, you can head over to the Purex site and hear more about it. The factuals–it is safe in all washing machines, including High Efficiency, and it has stain fighting microbeads that smell like chocolate chips. Give it a try today!

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New Sheets Plus Purex Laundry Detergent…

…equals one happy Mama Burgher! We put new sheets on the bed last night, fresh out of the dryer and I have to tell you, it was incredible. Thank goodness that Purex gave us a chance to try out their new Ultra Packs laundry detergent before it hits stores.

This is the newest innovation from Purex, an experience that is truly “laundry simplified”. The pack pops into the wash with your clothes (or sheets in our case) and just dissolves with the water. Nothing spills, there’s no lifting of heavy bottles, no measuring. Keeping our skin sensitivities in mind, Purex was willing to send us the “Free and Clear”, but there is also a “Mountain Breeze” version available, too.

Mr. Burgher was most excited of all. He opened the package of Ultra Packs and went to work at the washer. Next thing I knew, he was showing me the pre-measured pack of ultra concentrated laundry detergent and asking me to give it a squeeze. It was evident that he was liking the ease of use. He just threw it in with the water, tossed the sheets in, and walked away. Easy!

The sheets came out smelling fresh and feeling clean. I think we’ll take it. This product made our lives easier, and these days, that’s a win! Doing our sheets, the kids’ clothes, and our clothes did take up 5 packs (almost a third of the package of 18), so I’m not sure that we’ll be able to pay the price of convenience. (And can I say, I am not sure how long a bottle of detergent lasts us, so I have to leave this one up to Mr. Burgher–we get bottles that have enough detergent for 32 loads, so they last us about 6 weeks. One pack of Ultra Packs will go in about three weeks.) Either way, we still loved them and are glad we got the chance to test these out.

If you are interested in trying out this new product, look for it on shelves in February!

Thank you, Purex, for giving us a chance to test out your newest product! We were given a pack of Ultra Packs to test for this post; however, the opinions here are my own.

Purex and Jockey: A #Review and #Giveaway!

Even though Mama Burgher is on a nice getaway where she can literally open a door and smell the ocean, she is also quite excited to share her thoughts about two products with you! Jockey and Purex teamed up to bring us busy mamas a nice refreshing moment in our busy days. I was sent a Jockey Tech Terry sports bra and a bottle of Purex Crystals Tropical Splash and was asked to see how they paired together. Even better, they are giving you a chance to try them out, too!

After a workout, wouldn’t it be great to still smell fresh? This is the premise of the pairing of Jockey and Purex. Usually, sports clothing soaks up the moisture and smells of working out, leaving you feeling a bit “out” after your workout. Thanks to Purex’s technology, the Crystals fabric softener don’t use oils to soften fabrics, so it is safe to use on products (like Jockey’s Tech Terry sports bra) that use wicking technology to stay dry.


At first, I was skeptical of how the Crystals would outlast a good walk. When I got my box, I was incredibly excited about the opportunity to test out the new (at least to me) scent. I pried open the bottle of the Tropical Splash Crystals and took a huge whiff. Amazing! It was a “take me away” kind of moment. Next, I took a look at the Jockey sports bra, and I was so excited. There was a holder for a key (smart!) and the material just felt like it would be supportive and keep me dry. Unfortunately, I was not able to give the bra a shot–I ordered an XL, but it looked (and felt) a bit more like a Medium. Fair warning, I think this bra runs small!

Just before heading to the beach, Mr. Burgher made sure the Crystals were used for my clothes. My suitcase smelled awesome when I unpacked it! My friend S and I took a nice walk on the beach, and I still smelled fresh when we got back. I’d say they work!

Time to give you a shot at these products! Purex and Jockey would like to give you a chance to try the same products I received–a Jockey Tech Terry Sports Bra and Purex Complete Crystals Softener (a perfect match)–for free! All you have to do is enter my giveaway below (which ends on January 26 at 11:59 PM) for a chance! Say you don’t win and still would like to try this out? Head over to Jockey for a 20% coupon for a Jockey sports bra.

Alright, ready for the giveaway? It’s easy to enter. The only mandatory entry is to leave a comment below telling me what is your favorite workout. You can also get up to 2 bonus entries per day if you share this link on Facebook or Tweet about it (and leave me a comment with the link below). Winner will be selected at random after January 26 at 11:59 PM. Good luck!

Purex Complete Crystals Giveaway

A few weeks ago, I was accepted to be a Purex Insider (a nice name for people who get to test out Purex products and provide reviews). Lucky me, this means I will occasionally be sent products to test and review here on the blog. Lucky you, this means I will be hosting some giveaways from Purex! Just to be clear, the opinions below are mine (and Greg’s). We were not paid to be part of this program and the only “reimbursement” received was in the form of product to test. Purex has also graciously provided for a giveaway for you, our readers! Enjoy.

I am sure you have been in my shoes before. There you are standing over the washing machine, waiting for the rinse cycle so you can toss in just the right amount of fabric softener. Your time is wasted in waiting, so you decide to buy a “fabric softener ball” that automatically dispenses the liquid for you. There’s the one time you forgot to add the ball and the time release won’t work. Or the time the ball failed and didn’t release at all. Or, all the sudden, you have overfilled the ball. There is fabric softener all over your hands, your clothes that haven’t been washed (or just came out of the dryer), and creating little rust spots on your washer lid.

Not wanting to waste any more time, I gave up on fabric softener a few years ago when I was pregnant with Ari. Since she was born, I haven’t been able to use fabric softener on her clothes because she has sensitive skin (and frankly, I am still lazy). When Greg became a full-time SAHD, he took over doing the laundry and never asked about fabric softener. Now that we are a few years removed from using the liquid, I was excited when I was selected by Purex to review their new product, Purex Complete Crystals Softener.

This new softener comes in three great scents–Fresh Spring Waters, Lavender Blossom, and Tropical Splash that are sure to complement your favorite laundry detergent. I love the Fresh Spring Waters we tested because it reminds me of the smell of springtime in the mountains.

It is a 92% natural product that comes in a crystal form–not liquid. That means it is not oily (I hated the way other softeners would leave a “film” on my washing machine and clothes) and is better for you and your family. While I haven’t tried it on Arianna’s clothes, yet, I am fairly certain her sensitive skin won’t even notice a difference–mine doesn’t. Ok, I lie a little. My skin notices that my clothes are softer, and for days longer. As I wrote this, I was wearing a PJ shirt for the third night in a row and not only was it still soft, it still smelled like it was fresh out of the laundry! That’s because, according to Purex, the Crystals are “infusing fabric with freshness” and help clothing maintain a “naturally soft feel”.

As a mom, I love that it is safe for all clothing–even babies. It doesn’t harm the flame retardant materials that Evan’s clothes are made of and keeps even our toughest denims feeling fresh. Even our “running gear” and my PumpEase don’t loose their wicking ability because there isn’t that oily leftover. I also love that is reasonably priced (from $3.99-$5.99 depending on your stores), and available where I shop.

So, how does it work? Remember I mentioned waiting for just the right time to throw the liquid in the washer? Well, with Purex Complete Crystals Softener, you don’t have to! You just put the crystals in the washer with the clothes, start the cycle, and forget about it! When you are done, you are left with clothes that smell fresh and feel soft for days longer than the competition.

Ok, I admit, I didn’t benefit from the time saving or get to smell the laundry FRESH out of the washer, but Greg (my SAHD/Husband) did, and here’s his take on the new Purex Complete Cystals Softener:

“It gives your clothes a light, airy fragrance that sticks with your clothes. It was very self explanatory, just pour the Crystals to the allotted line on the bottle and added my clothes and I was done. An instant soft freshness. I may be wrong, but the clothes did feel softer when I took them out, even from the washer.”

Well, babe, you are right. Our clothes are softer and fresher, indeed. We are hooked and will definitely be buying more Purex Crystals Complete Softener!

Want to scoop up some Purex Crystals Complete for yourself? Enter my giveaway today! Follow the rules below and I will hook 2 readers up with a gift from Purex and me!

Purex Crystals Complete Softener Giveaway Rules:

1. There will be 2 winners of the contest. Winners will be selected at random using the number generator from http://www.random.org. Contest runs through Monday, March 28, 2011 at 11:59:59 PM EST. I will notify winners via e-mail of the prize won and will send it to you. No purchase or obligation necessary by you to participate.

2. Mandatory EntryYou must comment below. Please include your name and e-mail address (the e-mail stays hidden) so that I will be able to let you know you won.

3. Optional entry: Follow me on Twitter (@mrsgregwillis) and comment below. If you already follow me, comment!

4. Optional entry: Share this post on your Facebook or Twitter (one entry per service per day) and let me know you did so by commenting below. Use the buttons or this text: “I want to win the Purex Crystals Giveaway by @mrsgregwillis on 3/28! http://wp.me/pZH8r-7n”

Good luck!