Bonnie has shared her Purex Complete Crystals Fabric Softener review, of the Lavender Blossom scent.
Purex Crystals are a new concept, as far as I am concerned. You put them directly in with your clothes when you wash them.
I have to admit that I really did NOT expect much. My sister gave me a bottle of the Lavender Blossom scent and practically ordered me to try it. I put it in the washer with my sheets and pillow cases, and thought, well, it's probably going to wash all the scent away during the rinse cycle, if not during the wash cycle. It didn't.
When I opened the washer at the end of the rinse cycle I could really smell the lovely lavender scent. So I thought, well, okay, but the scent will probably disappear by the time it's gone through the dryer. Nope. It still smelled, if possible, even nicer when I took it out of the dryer.
It's been a week. I just changed my sheets again and they STILL had that lovely scent. I'm going to try the Tropical Splash scent next.
I just read the ingredient label. When they say the ingredients are "natural" they really mean it!! I think I'm hooked on the Purex Crystals.
For full disclosure, please note that I am a Purex Insider, which means I get information about new products directly from Purex, and from time to time get to try out new products even before they come out on the market.
I did not personally get to test these crystals, because Purex does not make them in a scent free formula, which is important for my family because of allergy issues. (***Update - My fears about the scent was apparently correct, because I have now also received several reviews from people who have experienced allergic reactions to these crystals.)
Although I am a Purex Insider, it will not effect my opinions and reviews of the products, nor will it effect the reviews I publish which I receive from readers like you. It just gives me a chance to learn more about these products, to share that information with you here, on this site.
Baby Purex Crystals Review: Good If You Want A Softener For Children's Sleepwear
I recently tried Baby Purex Crystals, a scented fabric softener designed to be used on baby or children's clothing.
I was given my bottle by the company, in my role as a Purex Insider, and was excited to try a product that has not yet even come out in stores yet. (It will be released in early February 2013 into Walmart.)
Normally, I would not try scented products, since my family suffers from laundry product allergies, but the packaging says it is both hypoallergenic and dye free, so I thought I would give it a try.
I used it along with some of the Purex baby laundry detergent which I received previously (click the link for my review, along with others). The scents of the two products complimented each other well, and I would agree that it was a "baby inspired fragrance," although I can't put my finger on exactly what scent that is. Some people have described it as baby powder scent, but I don't quite agree with that assessment.
I expected the crystals to be pink in color since the bottle was, but they were more of a light brown color, I guess because they are dye free, as advertised. I like that since there have been some complaints with some crystal laundry scent boosters that the colored beads stain clothing (such as Downy Unstopables for example).
I only used this product once (and I'll explain my reasons more below) but I had no problems with staining. I did, however, add the crystals to hot water and let them dissolve fully before adding any clothing into the washing machine. They didn't dissolve at first, and I had to swish the water around a bit to make sure everything was dissolved.
One unique complaint I had about the product is that the bottle I received did not have a pink cap on it, but instead just a flip open dispenser. Therefore, there was no way for me to properly measure the product and I had to eyeball it. I tended towards using less, and because of the strong scent produced I'm glad I decided to err on the side of caution.
As soon as this product hit the water it released a very strong scent, and if you like strong scents you would most likely find this quite pleasant. However, I guess I don't really want my clothes to be as heavily scented as this product makes the fabric, which is the main reason I only used it once.
Even though it had a scent neither I nor any of my family experienced any allergic reaction to it, which was good. I have had many complaints, however, about other scents of the Purex Crystals causing allergic reactions so I would love to hear from others who've used it, sharing whether you've been able to use it without problems, or not.
Overall, I really didn't think this product was suited for me and my family because of the heavy scent. I also felt the same way about Purex Crystals, in general, when I was given the chance to try it. That is merely because I don't like such strong scents, but I can see how this would be quite nice for those people who do.
As I mentioned in the title of this review, this is a good product to use as a softener if you are washing children's sleepwear, as I suspect many people who are using baby laundry products are doing. The reason is fully explained in my Purex Crystals article, which explains how this product differs from more traditional oil-based liquid fabric softeners. Read both the linked articles for full details, but the short version is that oil-based softeners coat fabrics with a film which makes them feel softer, but this coating renders the flame-retardant in children's pajamas useless. Whereas this crystal version from Purex (and a couple other companies, such as Dropps mineral based fabric softener) does not work in this way, and therefore doesn't have this negative side effect of more traditional fabric softeners.
The formula of Purex Crystals for Baby doesn't appear to be different than the other scents of the crystals, and they don't hurt children's sleepwear either. Therefore, if you like another scent better you could use it just as effectively on your baby's clothing as this one.
This product is just one of many baby laundry products on the market. You can click the link to see a comprehensive list I've compiled of the ones currently on the market, along with reviews of them, when available, if you'd like to consider one of them for your child's laundry.
I'd also love to hear from even more people who've used this product, sharing what you thought of it, and how it worked for you. You can share your reviews here, or read others that have already been submitted of other scents and varieties of these Purex Crystals.
FTC Disclosure: Purex provided me with a sample of Purex Crystals for Baby in exchange for a product review. However, all opinions expressed here are my own.
How Do You Use Purex Fabric Softener Crystals In An HE Machine?
by SR101 Reader
I received this question from a reader about how to use Purex fabric softener crystals.
Do I still need to select the fabric softener on my HE washer when I use the Purex crystals?
Thanks for your question. I am not quite sure I understand it, but I think I do. Are you asking if you need to add the crystals to the fabric softener dispenser of your HE machine, like you would need to do if you were using a traditional liquid fabric softener?
The answer is no. The fabric softener crystals are HE compatible, so you can use them in your machine, but they work in a different way than oil based softeners, which must be added during the rinse cycle. That is why in all HE machines fabric softeners must be added to the dispenser, do they can be released at the correct time in the cycle.
The Purex crystals, on the other hand, are added at the same time you add the clothes, and should be put directly in the drum of the washing machine, whether you have an HE machine or a top loader.
Purex Crystals Softener Work Great In My HE Washing Machine
Susan, in response to the question from another reader above about how to use the Purex crystals in an HE washing machine, provided this additional information.
I have an HE washer and I add the crystals to the inside of the drum before I put my clothes in. They work just fine that way and my clothes come out smelling wonderful, and they're soft. And that's even when I do an extra rinse.
I only dry towels, sheets, socks, panties and stuff like that in my dryer and hang the rest of my clothes to dry, and it's nice they have that lavender smell to them.
While they're hanging to dry in my laundry room, the lavender smell sometimes drifts out to my kitchen!
All in all a great product! I wish I could put the crystals in little sachet bags and use them to perfume drawers, lol.
Thanks Susan for sharing your experience with how this product works in a high efficiency machine. This is a constant question I get for all types of laundry supplies, since there are some significant differences in the way HE and top loading machines work.
Spotting On Ironed Clothing After Using This Product
by SR101 Reader
An SR101 reader wrote in with a problem she's having with Purex Crystals, asking a question about it.
I love the scent and ease of use, and it did last.
Has anyone had a problem when ironing with the spray water causing tanish colored spots?
I changed the water in my iron, using distilled water, but it still spoting and the old water was clear. Thank you.
Thanks for asking your question, but I need some clarification before I think I can actually answer it.
First, are you saying that you are getting these spots on your clothes after washing with this product, or adding it to your water you're using while ironing?
If you're using this product in the washing machine, and then all clothes washed in it are afterward getting these spots when you iron, that could be a big problem.
However, if you've added some of the crystals to dissolve in your spray bottle of water you use while ironing, and that is when you've experienced the spotting problems, I'd say you're misusing the product, which is what's causing the spots.
This product is meant to be washed with, and then rinsed out of your clothing. Obviously, if you spray it on as a way to scent your clothes while being ironed there is no rinsing involved, and the residue left because of not rinsing is most likely causing the spotting as it gets heated up by the iron.
I'd love for you to clarify which one you're doing so if needed, I could investigate further. In addition, I'd love to hear from others who've used this product, and then ironed clothing washed (and rinsed after use) if you've had any issues.
This Laundry Product Has Been Spotting My Clothes Too
by SR101 Reader
SR101 Reader says:
Purex Crystals also seem to be leaving spots all over my washable silk turtlenecks.
I've tried to use spot removers like Zout and Oxiclean Spray to get the spots out, but once the spots appear, they are there for life!!!
It's after the dryer that you can really see the spots; but I can see them straight out of the washer if I look closely.
The spots are so bad that I can't wear the turtlenecks unless they're covered by a pullover sweater.
Sorry to hear about this spotting problem.
I know some people are having trouble with the product dissolving properly, but it sounds like the spotting is perhaps from the type of fabric you're using the crystals on, since it is silk.
I would love to hear from others to share if you've had this same problem with spotting, and also if you've found any way to remove the spots. Obviously, treating before they go through the dryer is the best for any type of stain though. If you've got tips, or your own problems to share, you can share your story here.
***Update: Another reader, Sue, wrote in to say she too has experienced this problem with a pair of white pants. She says:
So I buy Purex crystals, lavender blossom, and my best white pants are ruined. They came out of the wash with purple spots all over one leg. I have re washed them, now they are soaking. The pants were $65.00. Now they are ruined.
So it sounds like this problem may be more prevalent than I thought, which stinks. If you've experienced it too, tell me in the comments or send me a picture of what the spots look like! ***End update
An SR101 reader asked this question about the ingredient list of this product.
SR101 Reader asks:
I want to know the exact ingredients of Purex Crystal Fabric Softener.
I called the company and they gave me a web site for the saftey data but it wouldn't go through. Why don't they use pure, natural essential oils for the scent? I do not want to use chemicals any longer.
Thanks for your question.
I understand it can be frustrating when a company advertises a product as 92% natural, as Purex Crystals does for this product, not to be able to see the full ingredient list to evaluate for yourself how green and natural the product really is.
I found a source to look at the MSDS for this product, which is manufactured by Dial. You can view Dial MSDS sheets here. Once you get to the screen just type in "Purex Crystals" and all the scents will come up, and you choose the one you want to view.
It did not list the fragrance ingredients either though, but said only "mixture" so I'm not sure from that what the ingredients of the fragrance are in this product.
You may be interested in making your own fabric softener, if you want to control the ingredients more. Here are some homemade fabric softener recipes you could try, using natural ingredients.
Bryan shared a problem he experienced with this product.
I had a severe problem with this product not fully dissolving and clogging my washing machine drain.
When I opened machine and pulled the trap out it was totally clogged with undissolved crystals.
Sorry to hear about that Bryan, that is never a good thing to experience.
I am curious though, how you added the product to your machine, and also whether you have a front or top loader.
Unlike many liquid fabric softeners that you add to the fabric softener dispenser you do not do this with Purex crystals. Instead, the product instructs it should be added directly to the wash water at the same time you add detergent, at the beginning of the load. You add them directly to the washer drum, for contact with the water, so they can dissolve prior to putting your clothes in there.
If you did those steps, and they still didn't dissolve, that would be a big problem!
I Couldn't Figure Out What This Product Actually Does
by SR101 Reader
An SR101 reader sent me in her critique of this product's packaging.
SR101 Reader says:
I like that Purex crystals add a nice scent to my laundry, but I could not find any information on the bottle as to what exactly it is supposed to do.
The bottle only states that it is a laundry enhancer. I had to search online to find what sort of "enhancement" is intended.
I have some Norwex products that are not supposed to be washed with softener. The container should say clearly that it is also a softener.
Sorry you had such trouble finding out what this product does. If you haven't already, make sure you read my article about Purex softener crystals here, which provides lots of information provided to me directly from Purex (since I'm a Purex Insider).
Of course, right on the front of the bottle (at least with the old packaging -- perhaps they changed it?) it says "softener" right under the words "Purex Crystals."
Now, I have no idea the reason certain of your articles of clothing should not be washed with fabric softener, as there could be many. However, if these are fabrics that are supposed to breathe and wick moisture, such as athletic garments, be sure to understand the difference in the way the crystals do this versus traditional oil-based softeners, since it may make a difference in whether you can use the product for them or not.
If you're interested, you can Read my article, about how traditional fabric softeners work and then contrast this with my article about the crystals which shares how they work differently.
Hope this helps, and glad you figured out what the product does in the end, even though it wasn't as obvious as it should have been from the packaging.
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