February 1, 2013

Purex Sweepstakes! and catching up with an old favorite

Purex is running a couple of sweepstakes and you can enter to win fabulous prizes! Just click these links to get your entry in!

Enter the Welcome to the World Sweepstakes

One lucky grand prize winner will receive $1,000 and 250 2nd place winners will receive a coupon for a free bottle of Purex Crystals for Baby!

Enter the Borax - Fresh Year, Fresher Laundry Facebook Sweepstakes!

Enter to win the $1,500 Grand Prize, or one of 171 coupons for FREE BORAX! Why 171 coupons you ask? The TOTAL prize value is $2013! which is very appropriate for the new year. ;-) Sign up once a day until February 22nd, 2013.

So there you have two great new sweepstakes from Purex to enter! Good luck!

And now, catching up with an old favorite...

I'm a baby boomer, so I can (vaguely, I admit) remember watching "Death Valley Days" on TV (remember black and white TV?) and seeing that commercial from the sponsor, 20 Mule Team Borax. That graphic of ten teams of mules pulling heavily loaded wagons was seared into my memory banks for good. It didn't hurt that I (and my whole family, especially my dad) was a fan of Western shows on TV, plus I have a romantic streak a mile wide and love history, so that image was special to me in so many ways.
But time moves on...and I forgot about "borax" as an all-natural laundry booster. I mean, come on, we're daily bombarded with ads for laundry detergent, every newfangled idea under the sun, right? But recently nostalgia for "the good old days" kicked in again when Purex Insiders sent me a box of Borax to try at home.

I feel like an idiot now. WHY haven't I been using this product all along?! Why purchase fancy laundry products with harmful chemicals and additives when you can still purchase 20 Mule Team Borax to do the job of boosting your laundry naturally!

That's right. Naturally. 20 Mule Team Borax is 100% natural mineral from the earth. Once removed from the ground, it is washed, dried, and boxed for consumers. "Borax" is the common name for sodium tetraborate: a naturally occurring substance produced by the perpetual evaporation of seasonal lakes. Absolutely nothing is added. No phosphates, no chlorine, no additive chemicals.
20 Mule Team Borax naturally softens hard water. Why is this important? Because when you add detergent to hard water, some of the compounds attach to calcium and magnesium granules that settle on the bottom of your washing machine, eventually retreating down the drain without actually cleaning your clothes. What a waste! That's one reason why even though you've just washed something, stains may linger, or even be redeposited. Yikes! I've been doing it all wrong all these years...

But no more. After trying 20 Mule Team Borax for myself, I'm convinced that this is the only laundry booster I'll ever need. It naturally softens hard water, which allows detergent to maximize its cleaning power. And since over 85% of homes have what most people call "hard water", doesn't it make sense to do everything you can to maximize your laundry chores, save money, and save the environment at the same time?

Just a half cup of Borax in your washload boosts your detergent's cleaning power, and without harmful chemicals. That's an economic and enviromentally friendly win-win situation.

And let's face it...who really enjoys doing laundry?? It's just another household chore that simply must be done. But we don't have to use harmful stuff to do it when there are natural products like Borax easily available.

So next time you're perusing the shelves in the laundry section of your favorite store, pick up a box of 20 Mule Team Borax. It's very affordable since it's all-natural, with no expensive chemicals added.

Maybe laundry day won't be such a "chore" in your house anymore. It certainly isn't in mine now! Yay for Borax!

{Disclosure: Borax provided a free sample of their product to facilitate this review. No monetary consideration was involved and my opinions are my own.}

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