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The Problem

I have often wondered how things work in other people’s homes.

For example, how many clothes does one child go through per day at YOUR house?

Here, today alone, we’ve had 4, uh… mishaps:

  • Amy didn’t make it to the toilet in time this morning, so she needed to change her pants and her underwear.
  • Kate tipped over her milk at breakfast.  She wasn’t dressed yet, so just her nightgown needs laundering.
  • I was rummaging around in the fridge – where there never EVER seems to be enough room – and somehow I bumped the ketchup, which then fell on to the floor, popping its cap open and squirting the red stuff on my pants and my floor like some rogue mini-geyser.  (And yes, I DO realize this only happens to me.  The more bizarre the accident, the more likely it is to have been caused by me.  Don’t be jealous; it’s just my special gift.)  I needed to change my jeans.  Which probably needed to be changed anyway, but that’s beside the point.
  • Claire just tipped HER milk over at the table while the girls were having their after-school snack.  The milk largely hit the floor and Kate – who’s sitting in Amy’s chair, for some unexplainable (and irrelevant?) reason.  Kate is now in the process of changing her pants.

And who knows what the supper hour will bring.

In all honesty, I hate laundry.  Despise it, even.  It never was my favorite thing, but since becoming a step-mom and washing umpteen uniforms and practice jerseys per week, which has now morphed into doing laundry for three little girls who spill a lot AND like to change their outfits several times each day, well, my weekly laundry load total is well into the double digits before I ever even think about washing towels or sheets.

So when the smart ladies over at 5 Minutes for Mom offered up the opportunity to try out the new ARM & HAMMER® Power Gel Laundry Detergent, I think I may have even been the first one to sign up.  FINALLY – someone’s speaking to my issues!

The Test

Now, I must say, I was somewhat skeptic going in to this.  As excited as I was, by the time I made my way down the stairs and over the laundry piles in front of the washer, I was questioning whether I really should be deviating from the same tried-and-true detergent I’ve been using since I got my first professional job.

But as I poured the ARM & HAMMER® Power Gel Laundry Detergent into my washer’s soap dispenser, I was intrigued.  It’s not simply liquid, it’s gel, which means NO SPLASHES.  As evidenced above, clearly anything I can use that reduces the risk for spills is a welcome addition to this household.

One of my toughest problems has been, well, dare I say it?  The nasty BO smells in the arm pits of shirts.  I wish I could blame it on hubby alone, but I cannot:  the older I get, the more things seem to be changing for me (why does no one ever tell you that your body will produce more sweat and possibly smell different with age???).  Sigh.  And recently, though she’s merely 9 years old, Claire has started with the stinkies, too.  And, surprise!  She rarely remembers to apply deodorant.  Even when I remind her.  Repeatedly.  (Do you think that when the stench starts affecting her friendships, she’ll get a clue??  Or are the olfactory senses of tweens undeveloped enough that it won’t make a difference?)

So I’ve been adding copious amounts of vinegar to my washer for the better part of 10 years now.  As such, I decided if this was to be a true test of ARM & HAMMER® Power Gel Laundry Detergent’s effectiveness, I would forego BOTH my fabric softener AND the vinegar.

The Results

Arm & Hammer Power Gel Laundry Detergent’s cleaning power was comparable to my trusty stand-by favorite.  At quite a bit cheaper price, in my little neck of the woods, anyway.  But even THAT alone wouldn’t get me to switch brands.

The real miracle here was that – without fabric softener OR vinegar – the laundry smelled GREAT coming out of the WASHER!  Let me reiterate that:  not out of the dryer after tumbling the load with a dryer sheet (or two) – no, it smelled great out of the WASHER!!

And coming out of the dryer?  Yep, still smelled great, sans dryer sheets.  Uncontaminated.  Fresh.  Clean.

It’s a miracle!

Disclaimer:  I received a free product in exchange for this review.  The opinions expressed herein are mine alone and have not been influenced by any one, any thing, or any company.


As Promised: Mental Health Monday, Take 2

September 27, 2010

Welcome to the Second Edition of Mental Health Monday here at A Broken Compass.  (In case you missed it, here is the inaugural edition.) I started this weekly series in an attempt to build mental health awareness and to take a bite out of the stigma that has cloaked sufferers and their families in shame […]

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My Multi-lingual Daughters

September 24, 2010

Recently, Kate, my first grader, was telling us all at the dinner table how excited she was to have Spanish class this year.  Hubby and I were being encouraging and telling her how great it was going to be, that she’d be learning another language already. Our resident know-it-all (aka Claire), was interrupting everyone, trying […]

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Tackle It Tuesday: A New Experiment

September 21, 2010

In the interest of domestic harmony and in pursuit of a little feng shui, I have decided to adopt the blogging practice of Tackle It Tuesday. One of my biggest personal challenges is PAPER.  Combine my love of the written word with my fear of not having something when I need it, and any sane […]

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My Dirty Little Secret

September 18, 2010

Today’s post is a little different than the typical account of my crazy little life.  OK, well, it is, and it isn’t.  Whew, this is kind of tough to write about, knowing it’ll be “out there” forevermore.  Deep breath in, exhale slowly.  Here goes. So… I have a dirty little secret: Clinical depression and anxiety […]

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