Dropps Fresh Scent Laundry Detergent Pacs Review - Like The Concept But Not The Reality

by Melissa
(Lancaster, Ohio)

Melissa has provided her Dropps Fresh Scent laundry detergent pacs review.

Melissa says:

I have purchased Laundry Dropps a few times. They are a liquid filled pouch of detergent, and are lightweight and easy to carry and store.

I bought the Fresh Scent (the blue ones) and they have a lemon scent when they burst in your wash.

I have to say I liked the idea of the pouches; they are much lighter in weight than a heavy jug of detergent.

I bought them to try because if I liked them I was going to send my son, who is in the Marines, several packages of them for his laundry.

They are easy enough to use. You just drop them in the wash after the tub has filled with water and then add your laundry.

They do leave a nice lingering lemon scent after the wash is finished. They recommend 1 pouch for a small load and 2 or more for larger loads. That is where I start having a problem.

I paid around 6 bucks for 20 pouches. I thought it was a bit expensive for 20 loads of laundry but, when you reduce that to 10 or fewer loads ouch!

I have to say, they did do any okay job on most of my laundry. They weren’t very effective for stain removing however.

They don’t recommend popping them open so you would not be able to pretreat your items with this detergent.

I did send them to my son and he didn’t ask for anymore (which tells me volumes) and when I asked him he said they were “just okay”.

I have to say due to the
price, I would be reluctant to purchase them again. If they were cheaper I might consider them for lightly soiled clothes but not at six dollars for the small package.

I would say if you had a strength problem or went to the laundry mat and didn’t want to carry a big jug of detergent these might be the ticket but they would not be cost efficient. Personally, I am going to stick with more traditional detergents at this moment in my life.

I like the concept of the pouches, they are easy to carry and easy to use. But, when every dollar counts the Laundry Dropps aren’t a good choice.

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Taylor says:

Thanks Melissa for your laundry pacs review.

In my research of Dropps I have noticed that they are marketed to people that live in dorms, those that have to visit a laundromat to do your laundry, and busy Moms. I think you hit the nail on the head when you say that in concept these little packets of detergent are very convenient for people in these situations.

Unfortunately, you didn't find the product to live up to its hype.

I also hadn't considered the fact before that you cannot use this laundry detergent as a pretreater, because of the way it is packaged, but you are exactly right. That is definitely a con.

I would love to hear from others, to say whether they have liked or disliked this brand. How has it worked for you for cleaning your clothes and removing stains?

You can share your review here.

In addition, you can share your laundry detergent review here, or any brand, telling me what you like, or don't, about it.

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Dropps Detergent Review - Eco-Friendly Because Ultra-Concentrated

Below is a video review of Dropps detergent.

This video was actually made in January 2009, and so the packaging now for this product looks a bit different than what is shown in the video, but the detergent still comes in individual little packets you just throw in the washing machine.

These packets contain very concentrated liquid detergent (six times concentrated), which means there is a lot less packaging involved for them, which is actually environmentally friendly, although not normally something you think of when you hear individual packaging.

Further, since the time this video was made Dropps detergent has become much more popular and mainstream, and also significantly reduced in cost, so I don't think that criticism he provides is quite as important now than it was before (although some reviewers have disagreed with me about this).

I will readily admit that this brand is still not as cheap as discount or generic detergents.

Here is the video review (he is reviewing the scent and dye free version of this product):

So, has anyone else used this detergent and want to share a review? If so, you can share your own review here.

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Dropps Laundry Pacs Review: Scent & Dye Free Version

by Taylor

As you all may know Dropps just recently released its new fabric softener pacs, and contacted me asking if I wanted to try them.

Sadly I had to decline since the pacs add scent to your clothes, and as you may recall from my previous personal reviews, when it comes to clothing we are a strictly scent free household.

However, the company was gracious enough to send me, free of charge, a 26 load bag of scent and dye free laundry detergent, and also a bag of baby laundry detergent.

I've now used all of the scent and dye free version on my family's clothes, and wanted to report on the pros and cons of this detergent. After I use the baby detergent I will report again on that one.

The first thing I noticed about this detergent is how light and easy to store it is. It comes in a small pouch which easily reseals, and it is much easier to move around than a large jug of detergent.

For that reason alone I could envision myself taking these with me on vacation, for example, when I need to do laundry but don't want to carry around a huge bottle of detergent. (Originally, I thought I could do something similar with the Purex laundry sheets, but with all the negative reviews this would be a better bet for that now!)

I was concerned that these would be hard to dissolve in cold water, and I specifically tested them that way to see what would happen. Although it took longer for them to dissolve than when using warm or hot water they did, true to their word on the package, actually dissolve as promised even in cool water.

Overall, I was pleased with the way these little laundry pacs cleaned my family's clothes. They took care of some dirt and stains that I forgot to pretreat, such as a bad blood stain on one piece of laundry. It didn't completely remove it, and it would have been better if I had pretreated, but I think it did better than other detergent brands would have under the circumstances.

However, I was not as pleased with how it worked (or really didn't work) on a grass stain that was on my son's socks. He didn't bother to tell me he had run out in the yard in his socks making them more green than white, and he just threw them in the laundry bag. When they were already washed and dried and I was folding them I found the little green guys looking, I would imagine, about the same as when I threw them in. Not good.

Of course, if I had pretreated the stains like I should have this wouldn't have been such a big deal, but as we Moms know life happens sometimes, and things slip into the wash that are stained that we don't know about. In those instances I really want a detergent that will help forgive my mistakes and still get the clothes clean, and clearly Dropps laundry pacs can't always be trusted for that.

One other issue I had with the pacs is that I couldn't control the amount of detergent I put into the load. I was limited to one or two pacs, and if you use two pacs you're basically doubling the cost of this product, per load. (The instructions say to use 1 pac for a regular load, and 2 pacs for an extra large load.)

I typically do extra large loads, since I now have an oversized washer (which I love, BTW since it lets me do less loads, total during the week!)

At first, I felt like maybe I should put two packs in, but I felt that would be a waste so I experimented with using just one, and it did seem to work just as well. Therefore, if you're concerned about the cost keeping it to just one pack doesn't seem to make much of a difference. Although, come to think of it, perhaps that is what caused it to not work as well on stained items. I'm not sure, I may need to experiment more.

Even with the issues regarding stains, I would most likely use Dropps detergent again if I got it on a deep sale, or if I had to go to a laundromat to do my laundry since they would be very easy to carry.

I'll be interested to see how the baby detergent packs do. I actually just put one into the wash while writing this review, and noticed it had a slight smell to it, even though it says its scent free, so I'll have to investigate that further. ***Update - read my review of this variety below for more information.***

Finally, I should note that when learning more about this detergent I found out it does not contain optical brighteners. Most detergents do use them (with some notable exceptions) so for those who do not want this ingredient in their detergent, I wanted to share their absence with you, so you'd know about it.

If you've used this, or any other laundry detergent pacs, be sure to send me your review and experiences please!

Pursuant to FTC guidelines, please note that Dropps provided this product to me for free, for use in my home. However, the opinions and experiences I have reported are my own and have not been influenced by the company.

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Dropps Baby Laundry Detergent Review

by Taylor

As I mentioned in my review above, along with the scent and dye free version of this detergent the people at Dropps also sent me a package of their baby detergent.

I will confess that I never used baby laundry detergent in my household, even when I had babies instead of older kids.

Since we already use scent and dye free laundry products, I just never saw the need.

However, there are many people that like to use such a product, otherwise they wouldn't make it, right?

Well, I figured I'd test out the baby detergent from the company in the same way I test all other detergents, on my family's clothes, since it advertises itself as scent and enzyme free also.

I had just tried one or two pacs of the baby version when I wrote my review above, and noted that it had a strange scent when it first dissolved into the water. That scent continued throughout the trial of this product (I used all 20 packets) when I would first put the laundry detergent pac into the water and it dissolved.

Although I was concerned about that odor it did not linger, and I could not smell it at all by the time the clothes came out of the dryer.

It further did not seem to bother anyone in my family. Therefore, I just stopped worrying about the scent after a while, although I thought it was a bit strange since it is advertised as a scent free product.

As for cleaning, I thought the baby version cleaned just as well as the scent and dye free version tested above - no better, and no worse.

I was concerned it wouldn't work as well, since the baby version is advertised as enzyme free. I personally think enzymes can really help clean up certain stains, especially protein based one, and goodness knows babies have a lot of those! (This includes things such as formula and spit up, diaper blow outs, etc.)

If anyone has actually tried this version of detergent on their baby's tough spills and stains, please send me in your experiences with it, telling me if you noticed any problems with it not working as well because of a lack of enzymes, or for any other reason. You can share your review here.

***Please note that I later learned that while the baby version specifically advertises that it is enzyme free all of the Dropps products are enzyme free. So there is no difference between the baby and other versions in this regard. ***End Update

After I complained previously about the fact that Dropps, in general, did not work as well on stains as I hoped, I noted on the package itself that it explicitly stated you should pretreat stains. Specifically, the instructions said, "Pretreat nasty stains."

Well, at least I now notice that they were acknowledging that it doesn't work well on tough stains, although I'm not sure that makes me happier about it or not.

Overall, I continue to have the same opinions about Dropps detergent that I had prior to trying the baby variety, which is that I could see myself using it again in certain instances where convenience is needed since the pacs are quite convenient.

I doubt I would personally purchase the baby version though, since I am not using it for babies. I would most likely purchase the scent and dye free version instead.

An example of the convenience of Dropps in action is that my parents don't use a scent-free detergent, and when my son visited for a week I packed him some of these Dropps packets in his suitcase in a ziplock baggy, in the baby variety since that was what I was using at the time, so his grandparents could wash any clothes he needed while there in a scent-free detergent.

That was a lot easier than having them lug a big jug of detergent to their house just for him, and that was quite nice. So thanks for that Dropps!

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scent and dye free version
by: Anonymous

I have been using the Dropps scent and dye free for all washers for about a year. I love the no nonsense approach and less plastic used in the shipping. I don't use as much as they send me so I have been gifting them out to see how others like it. I can't really say much about the wear and tear and the clothes I need to pre treat, I do, with another product, but I do not have a problem with the cleaning power.

The biggest issue I have is that the plastic pod does not dissolve and ends up as a big gloppy blob. I have tried all temps but same result.

I have poked a hole in them and squeezed the detergent out but I don't like having to do that.

I do love the odor blocking spray.

I want to change my ordering to reflect my needs.

Love Dropps!
by: Colleen

I love this product! I find them to be inexpensive, love the lightweight and eco friendly packaging, and I love having it delivered. Cleans my clothes well.

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