Tackling Laundry with Seventh Generation and Bounce Dryer Bars

by Cate on November 11, 2011

Laundry Stuffs
Welcome to the newest publishing day on the Sweetnicks schedule – Friday! I’ve added Friday as a new regular posting day to corral product reviews, giveaways, and more like-minded topics … in an effort to catch up on some of my backlog, have a day to highlight such things, and keep it somewhat scheduled. They might occasionally appear during the week too, if there is a particular deadline attached to something, but now you’ll have an extra day of … me! And other stuffs.

And today, it’s laundry stuffs.

When it comes to laundry detergent, I don’t give it that much extra thought. I like the “free and clear” varieties, so it’s free from all the dyes and perfumes and things, but beyond that, give me a sale and a coupon and I’m a happy girl. The folks at Seventh Generation sent me this detergent an embarrassingly long time ago and because I was knee-deep in a bottle of Tide I wanted to finish, it took me awhile to get to. I love that it comes in a super-recyclable container (it uses 66% less in the way of materials than its counterparts, and because it’s a little more concentrated, you need less and it lasts longer. Which means it really does stretch your dollar. There is no smell associated with it at all, and to be quite honest, I didn’t notice any difference between using my normal free and clear Tide versus this version from Seventh Generation. I will say, however, and this might be just me, that when it comes to laundry and things being “concentrated,” I have a hard time wrapping my mind around the fact that only half the smaller-than-normal cup will do my whole entire load of laundry. Especially when it contains clothing from a three-year-old monkey and a 9-year-old boy.  So that means I fill it a bit more than I should. Which totally defeats the whole needs-less philosophy behind the concetrated liquid. When I did follow the guidelines, the laundry, all of it, whites, darks, and colors, all came out clean, so do give it a try. It removed every stain I sent through without problem.  You can find Seventh Generation at your local Target stores, and many other retailers and grocery stores.

Now the Bounce dryer bar. When the package arrived, I saw the directions said “clean the panel” and apply. At which point, I promptly set it aside and decided I would deal with it another time. While “clean the panel” doesn’t take more than two minutes, sometimes it’s just that two minutes at the end of the day that will send you over the edge. You know what I’m talking about. And then I also knew that if Mystic was over and saw it on the counter, he would likely take care of it for me, as he did with my Post-It thingy, which is still happily stuck to the fridge. While damsel-in-distress is totally not my coat of colors, sometimes it’s a-ok to get a little extra help. Well, one day in the massive throes of an I-need-to-be-reminded-of-what-my-counters-look-like, I grabbed the bull by the horns and stuck the bar to the inside of the dryer. After cleaning it. Um, no. But it still stuck, thank goodness. Now for the performance. It absolutely, totally, positvely works. Like life changing. One bar lasts for about three months and will provide you with static-free clothes, a little bit of extra softness, save you the step of adding the dryer sheet, and save you the cost of the dryer sheet. Like, how many ways can I tell you to use this little bit ‘o magic? Because it contains fabric softener, the clothes actually DO come out softer, and I’m a total stickler for that. To the point where I would sometimes put two dryer sheets in ’cause I wanted something extra soft. No lie. This works. You can find it at many mass retailers and grocery stores. Get it.

This is the part where I tell you the fine print per the FCC guidelines. This is NOT a compensated post. Not one slim shiny dime.  The companies did, in fact, provide me with the detergent and the Bounce bar, but I made no promises to review the items nor deliver heaps of glowing praise. That ain’t how we roll. Which is good because then you know I’m speaking the truth. Anything less wouldn’t be cool.

Have an awesome, awesome weekend… ours started with a transformer blowing outside tonight, rendering our neighborhood without power again, fifteen minutes before company was arriving for dinner. While we hung out by candlelight for a few hours in the hopes that power would have been restored sooner, we eventually caved and headed out for food. I’m trying to forget that JCP&L said that power may be intermittent over the next few weeks, and that we shouldn’t fill our refrigerators just yet, especially since I’m still recovering from Snowmageddon. Can’t WAIT to see what the rest of the weekend brings. See you Sunday.


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Joanne November 12, 2011 at 7:23 am

I think you need to move in with me for the next few weeks while your power goes haywire. My roommate, Sophie, is in India for two weeks so you guys could even have your own room!! And home-cooked meals every night a la moi. Just saying. :P

Yay for another day of Cate!


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