Over the past few months, it seems that more and more manufacturers are offering laundry detergent in single-load “packs,” similar to what you might put in a dishwasher. Tide, All, Arm & Hammer, and Purex are among the brands offering these. And, when the All Mighty Pacs were on sale recently, I decided to give them a try as they were a good price.
One of my friends told me she was having issues with the packs dissolving completely in her washing machine, as was another of my blog readers. Count me in that camp too, unfortunately. I have a Kenmore HE3T high-efficiency washer, and while the clothes are getting clean, the “pack” part is not always dissolving for me. I have done five loads so far with the All Mighty Pacs. Three times out of five loads, I’ve pulled a piece of laundry out of the washer that looks like this:
Yuck. I’ve tried to peel this pack off the clothes, but it’s always left residue on the fabric, and then they need to be re-washed again:
I’m pretty sure I won’t be buying these again… and the bags I have left are destined for the food pantry. I wonder if my machine just doesn’t use enough water to dissolve these. (And yes, I am using them correctly — putting them in the laundry load, not in the detergent dispenser.) I bet they would be better in a traditional top-loader with lots of water.
Are the laundry packs working for you?