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The Seven Letter Dirty Word – Laundry


I’m participating in The Switch & Save Challenge, trying a variety of Arm & Hammer products and sharing my experiences with you!

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As we move on to month two of the Switch & Save Challenge, I’m now reviewing my second product sent to me by the awesome people at ARM & HAMMER.


As any mom knows, kids and laundry go hand in hand……..there’s just no avoiding it.  It’s the ONE thing I can count on Every. Single. Day. – well, that and a sink full of dishes. – Seriously, you think all these people do is eat and play!


TidyMom Laundry


Even with our family of four, I have a few loads of laundry a day.  Kids are great for tossing everything that touches their body into the dirty clothes, even if they had it on for an hour.  Then there’s my husband……he has a dirty job, and during the sweaty summer months he will often come home and change in the middle of the day, then again when he get’s home.  I’m faced with the challenge of sweaty, dirty clothes in the laundry basket on a regular basis.


A&H Power Gel Oxi Clean detergentLet’s be honest, laundry is not one of my favorite jobs.   So, I love when I can find more kids products that can make that daunting task a little easier.

Since I’m pretty sure I wont be having any more kids to help with the laundry (or another husband),  as a part of the Switch & Save Challenge, Arm & Hammer has given me another product to use this month, and it’s for the laundry room—Arm & Hammer Plus OxiClean Power Gel Laundry Detergent.


Next week I will share how my laundry team put Arm & Hammer Plus Oxiclean Power Gel detergent to the test and I will have another  $25 Visa gift card to giveaway!!

I’d love for you to share what you look for in a laundry detergent?  Scent? stain-fighting power? color safe bleach? brand? cost? What’s most important to you?

oh, and………DO YOU LIKE to do LAUNDRY?

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post for Church & Dwight Co., Inc, the maker of ARM & HAMMER branded products, who is compensating me to try different products.   Save $1.00 on any 2 ARM & HAMMER Laundry Detergents. then head over to The Switch & Save Challenge where you can enter to win $25,000.


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Cheryl Sousan

A self-proclaimed neat freak, Cheryl chronicles her journey through homemaking on her blog, TidyMom.net, where she shares recipes, tutorials, crafting and her ever-growing love for photography. This St. Louis mom juggles her passion for life, her daughters and her tiger-loving husband, all while her obsession with tidiness cleans up the trail blazed behind her. Google+

74 Responses to “The Seven Letter Dirty Word – Laundry”

  1. June Scott posted on July 1, 2011 at 9:25 am (#)

    No, I can’t say I *like* doing laundry! I usually get busy doing other things and forget I have a load in until about five minutes before bedtime – ugh! Cost and chemical free are most important for me. I have sensitive skin and like my blacks BLACK! I used Dreft for years, but recently switched to Melaleuca products. They work great for me and they are friendly to the environment, too!

    • TidyMom replied on July 1st, 2011 at 10:17 am

      oooh, I hate when I do that and forget a load is in the wash until bed time!

  2. Margie Visnick posted on July 1, 2011 at 9:28 am (#)

    Cost is a big part of it with me- I really dont love laundry, but I gotta do it ;-/

    • TidyMom replied on July 1st, 2011 at 10:19 am

      kind of like taxes haha…..you don’t like it, but HAVE to do it! haha

  3. Sarah posted on July 1, 2011 at 9:31 am (#)

    DOING the laundry is OK…it’s the putting it away that I don’t like (my kids are too young to do it themselves).

    • TidyMom replied on July 1st, 2011 at 10:19 am

      same here!! – I put away my own and that’s it! Even hubby puts his own away

  4. Darla Olson posted on July 1, 2011 at 9:33 am (#)

    I love doing laundry…I find it relaxing! There is nothing better than warm, comforting laundry, fresh out of the dryer! I guess I am not really a good *shopper* when it comes to laundry detergent. I keep thinking about making my own, actually!

    • TidyMom replied on July 1st, 2011 at 10:20 am

      I think it’s more relaxing when I don’t have a ton to do……then it seem like it takes me foever because all I can think about is what else I have to do! lol

    • brenda replied on July 4th, 2011 at 6:14 pm

      yes yes on the relaxing and such satisfaction in seeing all those CLEAN articles lined up in closets and drawers. It is a project that can have completed stamped on it everytime.!!!

  5. Antoinette Seminario-Skinner posted on July 1, 2011 at 9:44 am (#)

    A friend of our recently bought a front loading washer and dryer so they gave us the container (brand new!!) of Arm & Hammer OxiClean…I have to say, I absolutely love it!! It is all we use now. It smells great, and gets everything nice and clean. Who knew baking soda had so many uses? Growing up my mom always had us put a little baking soda with our toothpaste to brush our teeth, and she put some in laundry as well.
    I try to tell myself laundry is fun to do, but there are 5 of us in my house- 3 boys. If I could have 1 day go by without doing it, once a week, it would make the task a little more pleasant. I hate seeing clothes piled up so no matter what, it gets done.
    Great blog btw, I found it yesterday!!

    • TidyMom replied on July 1st, 2011 at 10:21 am

      I’m like you……..I”d rather do a little each day, I hate to see it pile up too

  6. Amanda M. posted on July 1, 2011 at 9:48 am (#)

    I’ve been making my own launry detergent for a year now, and love it! The savings are amazing, and you can scent it if you’d like. It is dirt cheap to make (yes, a pun!) and works so good. The hubby is a welder, I have a 6 year old son and a 9 month old daughter.
    I love to do laundry! It all started when that 6 year old boy was a little bitty baby… folding all those tiny clothes was therapy for me, and it’s lasted this long! Nobody els gets to fold mommas laundry =)

  7. linda posted on July 1, 2011 at 10:00 am (#)

    i have never tried this! i think i’ll pick some up. my kids have done their own laundry since they were in middle school – if that answers the DO I LIKE LAUNDRY question!!

    • TidyMom replied on July 1st, 2011 at 10:22 am

      I’ve got mine doing it too Linda………so I can proudly say, I don’t do as much laundry as I used too! {wink}

  8. Katie | GoodLife Eats posted on July 1, 2011 at 10:03 am (#)

    I DESPISE laundry. I think I’ve finally found a system to keeping on track and that’s just doing a load every single day and not doing another one until I’ve put the laundry that’s clean and dry away. Otherwise I end up with piles and piles of clean laundry all over the laundry room floor.

    Since I have little kids, I definitely need something with stain fighting power. I try to pretreat, but it’s nice when you don’t have to since that saves time. Price is important too and I try to use detergents that don’t have many potential skin/allergy irritants as my son has asthma and sensitive skin. I’ve never tried this one so I’ll be interested to here how it works. I do add baking soda to my whites loads.

    • TidyMom replied on July 1st, 2011 at 10:33 am

      me too Katie! doing some every day really helps….and I love the idea of not starting another until the last is put away. Sometimes I just have to remind myself it only take a min or so….JUST DO IT! lol

  9. Amanda posted on July 1, 2011 at 10:04 am (#)

    No. NO. No. NO.
    Did I mention that I dont like laundry? But I might if I used these products!! With 4 active kids and a busy household, why have I not checked out Arm & Hammer before???? Imagine only having to wash something ONCE! Thanks for this Cheryl… you always provide the best tips and products!

    • TidyMom replied on July 1st, 2011 at 10:34 am

      Thanks Amanda!!

  10. Paula posted on July 1, 2011 at 10:11 am (#)

    The washing and drying of laundry is the easy part, especially since my kids have grown and gone…the loads have been a lot smaller for several years now LOL. I love hanging my clothes on the line and having that natural fresh outdoor scent on all of the laundry. It’s the ironing of it all that I don’t look forward too. I think ironing is my least favourite household task, although once done I have to say that I love freshly pressed clothes 😉

    • TidyMom replied on July 1st, 2011 at 10:35 am

      ummmm, I rarely iron……but the funny thing is, I iron my clothes before a trip! haha

  11. Myra @ My Blessed Life posted on July 1, 2011 at 10:12 am (#)

    Laundry is my bane. LOL! :) My mom always used Arm & Hammer when I was growing up. I usually buy whatever I can get on sale, but I’ll have to try out Arm & Hammer soon…very soon. Since I’m just about out of detergent! :)

    • TidyMom replied on July 1st, 2011 at 10:40 am

      lol………let me know what you think Myra

  12. jen @ tatertots and jello posted on July 1, 2011 at 10:14 am (#)

    I look for cost, the scent and that it is color safe the most. I’ll let you in on a little secret of mine… My husband actually does the laundry at our house. He is way more particular about his laundry so we decided that him doing it makes everyone happier:)

    I will check out Arm & Hammer’s detergent though – it sounds awesome!!


    • TidyMom replied on July 1st, 2011 at 10:40 am

      GET out Jen!!!………mine does a lot of ours as well!!! too funny!!!

  13. Smockity Frocks posted on July 1, 2011 at 10:14 am (#)

    People LIKE to do laundry??? Whuh???

    I like for my detergent to smell fresh and clean, have stain removing power, and not be a budget buster. Is that so much to ask?

    • TidyMom replied on July 1st, 2011 at 10:39 am

      lol it’s kind of like cleaning toilets isn’t it? lol……who would ENJOY that? haha

  14. Liz posted on July 1, 2011 at 10:16 am (#)

    I think I would like doing laundry better if I didn’t have to drag it all out to a laundromat! That being said, detergent varies based on cost/coupons. I have used A&H products in the past and like them. Scent is my 2nd reason for picking detergent LOL! But seriously, laundromat dryers run HOT and clothes can take on a hot smell if you don’t have a good scented soap. Weird, right?

    • TidyMom replied on July 1st, 2011 at 10:37 am

      no, I totally get what you are saying……so yes, great smelling detergent would help!!

  15. Kristin Janisch posted on July 1, 2011 at 10:19 am (#)

    I enjoy doing laundry. I live on a farm and depend heavily on stain removers and don’t really count on a detergent for that. What I am really looking for is a laundry product that makes my clothes smell good. I take them out of the dryer and they just have that heated dryer smell. Not the kind of smell I want for my towels.

    • TidyMom replied on July 1st, 2011 at 10:38 am

      I agree!……I’m a smell freak!! lol

  16. Cookbook Queen posted on July 1, 2011 at 10:21 am (#)

    Not a fan of doing laundry. I love folding warm, clean towels…but that’s it.

    I’ve been throwing a load in every morning and that helps me stay caught up. And as far as detergent goes, I go for smell, price, and color safe bleach.

    • TidyMom replied on July 1st, 2011 at 10:39 am

      I love folding warm sheets when I’m cold! lol…..so I’ve noticed I do a lot more laundry in the winter

  17. Kirche posted on July 1, 2011 at 10:22 am (#)

    I use this Arm & Hammer detergent and love it! I can always find it on sale, sometimes at Big Lots, and it does a great job of getting my clothes fresh and clean. I don’t mind washing or folding laundry, just hate putting it away.

    • TidyMom replied on July 1st, 2011 at 10:41 am

      I’m thinking the putting away is what most of us hate! lol

  18. Kim posted on July 1, 2011 at 10:26 am (#)

    I LOVE doing laundry!! I have a husband and 7-year-old daughter, not such a busy household like the others who posted. I favor TIDE, I find it is the Best detergent. It can get pricey, but if I prefer it. If I’m low on cash, I’ll buy a cheaper brand.

    • TidyMom replied on July 1st, 2011 at 10:42 am

      Nothing wrong with loving doing laundry!!!

  19. angie {the arthur clan} posted on July 1, 2011 at 10:31 am (#)

    I can honestly say that I absolutely HATE doing laundry for our family of 6. Thank goodness my two older children (ages 12 and 10) have been taught how to help out or I would never get it all done! My very favorite laundry tip is to add OxiClean to the load…gets out so many stains that I would miss!

    • TidyMom replied on July 1st, 2011 at 10:43 am

      that was the best thing EVER when my girls got old enough to help do laundry!!! I notice they complain a lot less about laundry now too!! hehe

  20. Buccinator posted on July 1, 2011 at 10:34 am (#)

    I actually don’t mind doing laundry, but here at the apartment we only have laundry downstairs, and somehow lugging a heavy basket of laundry up and down stairs doesn’t agree with my lupus.

    I look for laundry detergent that is going to get my clothes clean and smell nice, but the fiance is allergic to everything and can’t handle scented anything, so now my clothes just smell like nothing. And just think, they could be smelling like mango sunset or whatever the latest, coolest scent is!

    • TidyMom replied on July 1st, 2011 at 10:44 am

      I hear ya!….my laundry is in our basement and it’s a pain!

  21. Penny posted on July 1, 2011 at 10:50 am (#)

    Love Arm & Hammer w/Oxy Clean. The smell is wonderful and it really gets cloths clean. The best part is the price, 7 and change. Oxy clean alone is $10.00 plus Tide, another $12.00. It’s a bargain and it works plus it’s about $14.00 less. What’s not to like…….

    • TidyMom replied on July 4th, 2011 at 9:19 am

      great point Penny

  22. Handy Man, Crafty Woman posted on July 1, 2011 at 10:54 am (#)

    You know, I’m one of those weirdos who doesn’t mind laundry. I don’t know, it’s not so bad. then again, I only have 1 child, and a hubby that doesn’t have a dirty job or anything like that. So the amount we have is fairly simple to keep up with. I do 1 load a day, and I’ve also been showing the Boy how to do it. We have a stackable unit, he would also put the laundry in the dryer if he could reach it, but he can’t yet, lol. I’ll be interested to see how the Arm & Hammer works out for you.

  23. Penny posted on July 1, 2011 at 11:04 am (#)

    Plus……I started out with a ringer washer and no dryer so doing laundry is not a chore for me……..ironing? That’s another story. We lived in a tiny house when first married. The ringer washer (brought it from parents home) was in the basement (started out with a dirt floor) and we had to walk outside to get to the basement. That’s also where our bathroom was and me pregnant……but again, that’s another story. (~; We have everything we need on the first floor now. That was 46 years ago, life is so much easier.

  24. Shaina posted on July 1, 2011 at 11:24 am (#)

    Do I dare admit that my husband does the laundry probably more often than I do? It was one of those things I taught him how to do early on in an attempt to maintain some sanity working 60 hours a week. No, I will not share him.

  25. Jenny posted on July 1, 2011 at 11:31 am (#)

    I have to use HE detergent and buy whatever is on sale and I have a coupon for. Usually Purex, All or Wisk. I do add Clorox Color Safe Bleach to all of my dark loads. It really helps keep the colors from fading. Now if they only had coupons for the Clorox!

  26. stephanie posted on July 1, 2011 at 12:04 pm (#)

    I can usually get the laundry washed and dried, its the folding and putting away that I tend to fall behind on. I have tried several different laundry detergents over the years. I have even tried making my own at home. Price and how it works are the two most important things for me. We are a one-income family so there is no room for wasteful spending. I have found that store brands do not work as well. They require more to get the job done and you are usually left with stains. I really like Method and Melalueca brands, but the budget does not allow for it. My budget friendly brand is Tide and yes I am loyal. I can use less soap to get the load clean and rarely have stains. Scent isn’t that big of a deal in the soap as I use softener and get my scent in that.

  27. Kathleen posted on July 1, 2011 at 12:12 pm (#)

    I actually like to do laundry ssh…I don’t like it when it piles up but.. I like to fold everything so it looks neat :) I’ve used Arm & Hammer for several years. I like it not only for the price but that fact that it cleans a smells great. I use to use Tide but it has just gotten too expensive and I don’t really find it cleans any better.

  28. margot posted on July 1, 2011 at 12:28 pm (#)

    Having the laundry on the second story has its drawbacks too. Noise is the biggest factor – early in the morning or late in the evening you wonder if you are interferring with anyone’s sleep; during the day it’s far enough away that I often don’t hear when the washer/dryer cycle has ended and forget about it for a while.

  29. Mami2jcn posted on July 1, 2011 at 12:33 pm (#)

    Doing laundry is okay…I hate putting it away. Scent is definitely important.

  30. margot posted on July 1, 2011 at 12:34 pm (#)

    Laundry is never-ending around my house. I used a detergent that had A&H in it when my kids were younger. Both of my kids are in sports and now I use Tide as it gets so everything so much cleaner. I would have loved to have donated my 18yo son’s white baseball pants to the research. I’m not sure a product exists that will get that dirt out. I start out the season really well (but usually pretreat, presoak, short wash, re-treat and scrub, then rewash – at least once) but by 2/3 of the way through the season the pants are just beige. Needless to say laundry – not my fvorite thing.

  31. Margaret posted on July 1, 2011 at 1:41 pm (#)

    I don’t dislike doing the laundry, I dislike putting it away! I’m a long-time Cheer user at my husband’s request. It seemed to handle his dirty work clothes better.

  32. Brigitte posted on July 1, 2011 at 2:20 pm (#)

    I use ALL Free and Clear for my clothes and anything else for everyone else in my family. I used to like doing the laundry when my first baby was born and for two years. All her clothes were so darn cute! With my second child, I got over the cuteness and I don’t love doing laundry and I put it off as long as possible! When the girls are asking me, “Mom, where’s my underpants?” I know it’s time to get started. Bad, I know!

  33. Simple Girl posted on July 1, 2011 at 5:09 pm (#)

    Laundry wouldn’t be such a terrible job if one could actually just do it and be finished! But let’s face it. By the time a load is laundered, dried and put away, the husband and four kids have already filled the hamper! I look for a detergent that forgives me when I forget to pre-spot stains. I also look for one that smells delicious! I mean, that is about the only perk – smelling those fresh, warm clothes when they come out of the dryer! :-)

  34. Amanda Padgett posted on July 1, 2011 at 6:14 pm (#)

    My oldest has eczema so I have to be careful what detergent I use, only non-perfume and non-bleach ones. Also, I have a front loader, and seem to be fighting a musty odor in our clothes. I recently heard adding vinegar to the softner spot will help with the smell.

  35. Jessie C. posted on July 1, 2011 at 7:20 pm (#)

    Stain-fighting power is the most important.

    • Jessie C. replied on July 1st, 2011 at 7:21 pm

      Doing laundry is fine, but not folding clothes after laundry though.

  36. Pat R posted on July 1, 2011 at 7:37 pm (#)

    I LOVE laundry day,,,,,nothing better than fesh smelling clothes just out of the washer.

  37. melissa @ the inspired room posted on July 1, 2011 at 8:34 pm (#)

    I haven’t tried Arm & Hammer but I always look for unscented. Which is weird because I LOVE scents, but my family seems to have sensitive skin so I just try to keep things pure and without scent!!!

    Can’t say that I love doing laundry, but I’m ok with it. Maybe that is because my husband does most of our laundry lol :-)

  38. Jamie | My Baking Addiction posted on July 1, 2011 at 9:18 pm (#)

    I wouldn’t say that hate doing laundry, but I don’t love it either. I’m cool with the washing, drying, and folding…it’s the putting away that I hate. I’ll have to check out this laundry soap once I’m through this giant Gain that I bought from Costco.

  39. Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen posted on July 2, 2011 at 2:33 am (#)

    Ugh, I HATE laundry. Well the washing and drying part isn’t so bad it’s the lugging it around and folding it afterwards that I despise. I look for laundry detergents that are environmentally friendly, and scent-free.

  40. Shauna posted on July 2, 2011 at 12:10 pm (#)

    I don’t hate laundry – it is not my favorite chore, but it is by far not my least favorite chore! I have 6 kiddos (12 – 2)and a hubby that has a dirty job. I am always washing and drying and then when I have 10 or more loads done, I sit and fold while I watch tv at night (the only way I can justify in my head that it is okay to sit – LOL!). My biggest gripe about soaps – my whites!! I HATE grey whites! I have not found what works yet. I might have to try this out!

  41. Deanna G. posted on July 2, 2011 at 2:02 pm (#)

    Cost is definitely most important. I like it to smell nice, too. And no, I don’t like doing laundry. Who does?

  42. Ashley posted on July 3, 2011 at 2:21 pm (#)

    I just love your website! I actually love doing laundry.. i have a 19 mo old and go through clothes! We have a clothesline so i hang alot of stuff outside. Love the smell of clean clothes! i obsess over it. sadly, that’s probably why i spend so much on laundry… I have never used Arm and hammer before. I actually just received a coupon in the mail for it so i guess i might as well give it a try!

  43. Ellen J posted on July 3, 2011 at 3:08 pm (#)

    Laundry is my nemesis. It seems to multiply and just when I think it is complete it comes back. I, honestly, do not know where it comes from, because most of it is not mine. 😉 Anyway, I look for a laundry detergent that is “free of dyes and fragrance” as well as economical. Ideally, it helps with stain-fighting and not just cleaning.

  44. bridget {bake at 350} posted on July 4, 2011 at 7:10 am (#)

    I actually LIKE doing laundry. It is the one, ONE, household chore I enjoy. What do I look for in detergent? Cost is a definite factor, scent (sometimes we get the fragrance-free…don’t want to compete too much with my perfume ;)), and of course, I want it to work.

  45. Robyn | Add a Pinch posted on July 4, 2011 at 11:12 am (#)

    I don’t mind the washing and drying part as much as I do the ironing and putting away. That’s bad, isn’t it?

    I always want my detergent to work – first and foremost. Being the only girl on “the farm” you can just imagine what I have to deal with around here. :)

  46. Aimee @ Simple Bites posted on July 4, 2011 at 10:30 pm (#)

    I WISH I could hand all my laundry duties over to someone else. Honestly. I’ll do all the dishes!

  47. Kristen posted on July 5, 2011 at 7:55 am (#)

    The fresh clean scent of laundry detergent is my favorite thing, and I want that smell to last well after the clothes are out of the dryer!

  48. Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction posted on July 5, 2011 at 5:50 pm (#)

    I have to admit that the thing I look for most in laundry detergent is the scent! I like for my clothes to smell super fresh, so I always buy a scented detergent that has a similarly matched scent of fabric softener for double-scent action! Throw in dryer sheets in a matching scent and I am a happy girl.

    Strangely enough, though… I really hate doing the laundry. Mostly just the folding part.

  49. Keisha@Marshal Firth posted on July 6, 2011 at 8:48 pm (#)

    Yes I love doing laundry, one of my favorite household chores. The fresh clean scent of my laundry is what I am looking for in my detergent, but I also don’t want the super strong scent. And of course, my laundry detergent should serve it purpose to remove and clean to stain.


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