My Story: Laundry Discs
contributed by Benny
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I've been using the T-Wave laundry discs for about 12+ years, nearly exclusively. Here's what I've experienced:
- It takes at least five washes for your old laundry detergent to finally be all gone. When that happens, sheets feel velvety soft. I do notice the feel of sheets washed in detergents when elsewhere, and I don't like it. This princess can feel the difference between the first night's use of sheets and the second.
- When the laundry detergent is truly gone, you'll finally know what the actual item really smells like. For example, cotton has a distinct scent. Since most have never been without perfumed laundry detergents, this can be a surprise! Frankly, I appreciate not having the perfumes for my health. But then, I grew up outside a city and know what fresh air smells like. A large number of people confuse perfumes (that cloak bad smells) with natural air.
- Laundry detergents have special additives that add a reflective coating to cloth surfaces, fooling the eye. This is usually noticed only with whites. If you want that quality (and who doesn't avoid dingy whites?), you can occasionally put a very modest amount of detergent into your wash. Remember, it lasts on the cloth for at least four washes afterwards.
- It is very apparent that there is a great deal of confusion regarding laundry discs. The T-Wave discs consist of a plastic "cage" with ceramic pellets inside. There is no magnet. There is no liquid inside. I suspect that knock-offs are designed just close enough in appearance to cause sales that have very little to do with the original discs, the ones that work. I heard of the discs from a friend who had lived in Japan. Apparently, the true style of discs are very popular in Japan and have been available there for at least 15 years.
- They work. I tend to do gardening on the up close and grubby level. I'm an artist. I do treadmill exercise. I have a dog (say hello to Spot the mostly Rhodesian Ridgeback). My past housemate was a stagehand, and you wouldn't want to know what they get into with their clothes. Yes, you do have to pre-treat stains. Yes, the cost in money and the environmental savings are as claimed. If you travel, they're great to have in your suitcase for that dash to the laundry.
- Stick with the T-Wave version. If you buy junk "versions," you'll get junk.
I notice that the price hasn't gone up. When I purchased my first batch, I paid about the same. After trying them out, I decided that they were great, so I purchased a slew of them (better known as pre-emptive purchasing) just in case they stopped being available in this country. I'm only looking now because a pal asked how to get the brand I have. She's developing allergies and is ready to try them. But, I am not a good enough friend to give her my last set.
I'm a big fan of these laundry discs. No, I don't know the maker nor own any stock, etc. I'd like to thank the inventor, however!
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