Crystal Wash Product Review

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It's occasionally been both questionable and debatable as to whether I'm an adult.  I can be crass and juvenile and all sorts of things that are "unbecoming of an adult".  I jokingly used "explosive diarrhea" in conversation at work yesterday without batting an eye.  I wouldn't have thought anything of it had my boss not been a bit taken aback by it.  The same boss that I hid behind a wall to jump-scare earlier this week.  I have the body of an adult, but it's not often that I actually feel (or act, I'm told) like an adult.

But alas, I have arrived.

I am officially a full-fledged adult.

I have a 7-seat SUV that is littered with my children's crushed animal crackers, Pokemon cards, empty water bottles, and—for some unexplainable reason—dirty socks.  But this does not make me an adult.

I pay bill after bill after bill and am actually reasonably caught up on current events and torments, but this does not make me an adult.

What brought me into the realm of actually being an adult?  I realized it when I got excited about a laundry product.  And then I got to test that product, and now I'm sharing my thoughts and experiences about that product with you.

And let me get this out there to begin with, I sought this company out.  I found their product on a blog and was intrigued by it (to be honest, they hooked me with the promise of "save hundreds per year".)

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Cause seriously, I'm all about saving money.

So I went to the company's webpage, and I found that there was more to these than the promise of saved money.  These pods have been proven to be as effective as laundry detergent and sanitize as well as laundry detergent.  Plus they don't use chemicals, dyes, perfumes or any of that stuff, they use SCIENCE.  (Insert inner-geek squeak here).  They used minerals that have anti-biotic and antibacterial properties (borrowing their wording) to develop bioceramics that both disinfect and deep clean your laundry.

I continued to research this product and googled reviews from customers who had tried the product, but having two kids (one in diapers), a husband, and two pets (one requiring over-priced prescription food) I just wasn't sure about forking over $60 on the promise of saving so much more.  Perhaps I've been reviewing products too long, I've gotten used to trying things out and then telling others how much I love (or don't love) them.

So I decided that I wanted to product test these, too.  I shot the company a proposal via email and was pleased to get a positive response back from them.  The following week, I had the product in my hand and soon-after in my washer.

After a week and a half of testing and some pretty smelly loads of sweaty laundry, I couldn't be happier with the Crystal Wash Laundry Pods.  Honestly.  They're not a miracle product that suddenly eliminates any need for pre-treaters and there will be some items (as there typically are with traditional detergent) that you have to re-treat and wash again.  But these clean my laundry just as well as those expensive little Tide pods I've been using for the past two years.

Wanna see some proof?

Here you go!

Ehxibit One

Beckett's cute little Fire Truck romper got tossed to the side after a hasty and unexpected change of clothes as we were walking out the door.  The curdled milk that he had thrown up on it sat on the outfit for days.  It smelled delightful when I discovered it.  (read with extreme sarcasm)  Typically I would hit it with some Dreft pre-treater before tossing it in the wash, but this was in my very first load of laundry with the Crystal Wash pods and I wanted to see if it would come out both looking and smelling clean.

It's not easy to tell based on the pictures, but there is dried milk between the top two snaps, this came out without problem and the smell was 100% gone.

Before (left) and after (right)

Exhibit Two

Exhibit two is one of Jason's t-shirts.  He is forever getting grease spots, food stains, and sweat all over his clothes.  I'm told that all three are just a part of being a man.  But it makes doing laundry less fun (particularly when you pick up a shirt and can both feel and smell the sweat, but that's neither here nor there.)

This particular shirt had some food splatter on it that I suspected was barbecue sauce.  Again, I did not pre-treat the stain at all because I wanted to see how effective the devices were.  And again, I was pleased.  The stain almost completely came out (I really had to look to find it) and the smell of all that The Husband accomplished in this shirt was gone as well.

Before (left) and after (right)

Exhibit Three

I never realized how hard it is to take a picture of a grease stain before.  In the left picture you can see a dark line across the lower left side of the pocket and if you look carefully, you can see a large grease stain over the mid-to-right lower side of the pocket.  In the after picture on the right, the dark line is still there (I have no luck with these car-related rub stains with regular detergent and pre-treater, either), but the large stain of olive oil is gone.  

Before (left) and after (right)

Exhibit Four

And finally, to make sure that each individual in the household is represented, below is one of Ty's smelly, filthy play shirts.  For those of you who have boys, you know that on active days they have this smell that mixes sweat and wet-dog and is sprinkled with an even less pleasing unidentified odor.

This shirt REEKED.  It was also covered in stains of food, dirt, grass, and who knows what else.  In it went into the laundry, and out it came.  Noticeably cleaner, but still needing some pre-treater and a second wash.  I should have taken a third picture to show it all clean and back on a hanger now but I forgot.  
Before (left) and after (right)

The Results

Again, I'll say that this isn't some miracle product that will magically eliminate every laundry headache that you've grown accustomed to battling for the last X number of years of your life.  Those will still be there, but Crystal Wash is every bit as good as regular laundry detergent and it truly is going to save me money.  

I was paying 31.7 cents per pod for the Tide+Febreeze Pods that I was previously using.  For 1,000 loads (the life-span of Crystal Wash), I would spend more than $300.  Compare that to the regular price of $59.99 (stay tuned, I have a discount for you!), and I'm saving more than $250.

Here's the math.

Added Perks

Not only has Crystal Wash eliminated the expense and the mess of laundry detergent for me, but it's also pleasantly reduced the smells in the washer for me.  You know the smells.  Maybe you leave that load of laundry in the washer a little longer than you intended...three days longer to be exact, or maybe it's just been a while since you've run the clean cycle on your machine and you forgot to leave the lid open when you moved the clothes to the dryer, your washer (and the clothes washed in it) start to get that smell.  The oily smell of a washer that needs to be cleaned or the stink of clothes that sat, wet, in your closed up machine for days.

I opened my washer last night expecting to be hit in the face with that smell from the clothes that I washed on Sunday.  (Don't pretend like you don't do this, too).  Instead, no smell smacked me in the face, it wasn't until I picked the clothes up and sniffed them that I could tell they definitely needed to be rewashed, but even then the odor was not nearly as strong as what it was.

And I believe this goes back to a theory that my dad shared with us a few years ago.  There are a lot of petroleum based products used in liquid detergent and liquid fabric softener, over time the oil in these products builds up in your machine and this build up develops that smell.  What if those same oils are building up in our clothes over time?  That is, after-all, why it's recommended that you use little to no detergent with fleece materials (fun fact for the day).  Using dry detergent cuts back on those smells (which is why I alternate to dry detergent periodically), but the bio-ceramics in Crystal Wash will help eliminate those smells, too.

Long story short, I like them.

They clean my clothes well and without chemicals, they save me money, they make my clothes smell clean (note:  clean is the absence of smell, not the presence of a "clean" fragrance), and I had nothing to lose in trying them.  And that's not just because I had the privilege of product testing them, it's because they have a 60-day money back guarantee.  

If you're even considering these a little bit, I recommend that you try them.  These not only make laundry easier on me, but they make it almost fool proof for The Husband and The Oldest Boy.  There's no worry about too much or too little detergent, there's no mess to clean up or empty box or bottle to throw away.  It's just two softball sized plastic pods that I put in the washer and leave there.  When I run a load I log into the handy little app (does your detergent have an app?) and I press the washing machine and it tracks for me how many more washes I have left until I need to "recharge" the bioceramics (by simply leaving them in the sun for a day) or replace them (after 1,000 washes).

It gets better

If you're interested in trying Crystal Wash, now is the perfect time!  The company has shared a link with me that will earn you 20% OFF your purchase, plus you still have the 60-day money back guarantee.  

But if you try them, please do me a favor and let me know so I can follow up with you and make sure that you like them.  I hope you're as pleased with them as I am.

If you have questions about this product, please feel free to ask me, I'd be happy to share my thoughts and experiences.

I received this product in exchange for a fair and honest review.  I was not given monetary compensation for this post or any other posts made in relation to the Crystal Wash company or product.  The results, opinions, and experiences are my own and are not influenced by the company or any other entity or individual.  
Ashley Harris Wife & Mom

Ashley is a thirty-something wife and mother of two boys. She enjoys spending time with her family, as well as reading and decorating their home. Her blogging adventures began in 2006 as a single mother and have carried on through marriage and a new life with a husband, a ten-year-old, and an infant.