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*This post was written by me on behalf of Purex as a Purex Insider. I received complimentary product samples to facilitate this review. All opinions are 100% mine.   

    When my sister and I were kids, our mother taught us how to do everything around the house including cleaning, cooking, and doing the laundry.  Although she encouraged us to have careers and be independent, she stressed that these domestic skills would also be important for being able to take care of our homes and our families.  The fine art of doing laundry had many rules and one of them was that clothes had to be sorted according to their color.

    I can still recall the time that we tried to help Mom and put a load of our family’s clothes in the washing machine to help her out since we knew she would be tired from her job at the greeting card store.  Unfortunately, although we thought we had carefully sorted the clothes, a red sock somehow crept into our load of whites. Much to our mother’s chagrin, all of the clothes came out pink and we learned a valuable lesson about why our she reminded us repeatedly about sorting the laundry properly.

    These days, I still remember many of the things that our mother taught us about keeping a good home and doing laundry.  However, the rules have changed due to NEW Purex® No Sort™ detergent* for Colors! No Sort™ detergent features a breakthrough Anti-Color-Transfer Technology™ which traps loose dyes in the wash, and prevents them from settling onto other fabrics—leaving your clothes bright and clean without color bleeding accidents.

    Thanks to this innovative new laundry detergent, I don’t have to worry so much about making sure that every single load of dirty clothes is sorted perfectly.  This helps to simplify my daily routine immensely and helps me to avoid having to do many loads of extra laundry.  Believe me, it’s the little things like this that are music to this busy, Working Mom’s ears!

Let’s Discuss:  What are some rules about taking care of your home or doing laundry that you learned from your mother?


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Product Review/Giveaway disclosure: I received one or more of the products mentioned above from Purex as a Purex Insider to test/review/giveaway in exchange for my opinion and for the purpose of writing this post. I only recommend products or services I use personally and I believe will be “family friendly.” I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

* Please follow these words of advice: wash strongly colored fabrics or new pieces of clothing, especially jeans, separately at least 5 times before doing a mixed color load with Purex® No Sort™ detergent.

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  1. Rebecca Williams Parsons says

    That I had to clean everyday. I can’t seem to keep up everyday so I do certain things on certain days.

  2. amanda ripsam says

    I clean every day or my house starts looking like it’s a jungle. lol I have a small two bedroom apartment and trying to deal with our laundry have been an issue. I do it once a week because when you live in a rental apartment washing machines cost money per load 1.50 to wash and 75 to dry twice. So we have had a lot of usages in our washing machines and sorting out laundry some times a full load of whites just isn’t happening but to be able to throw in the little bit of whites compared to a bigger bulky load like jeans would be great

  3. Robin Rue says

    My mom is MUCH better about laundry than I am. She gets all into it. She separates whites, etc and I don’t do any of that. I chalk it up to laziness lol.

  4. Kelly Tupick says

    My mother always taught me to sort my laundry into 3 separate loads. Your whites, darks and towels. That is what I have always done. My mother also taught me to do a little bit of housework each day this way it doesn’t pile up on you and you don’t get overwhelmed with what you need to do.

  5. Barb W. says

    My mother certainly taught me the same “rule of laundry,” which of course has served me well. Still I once made the mistake of turning whites blue from new jeans. Live and learn! Would have loved to have this laundry detergent then!

  6. Carlee C says

    I just saw a commercial for this detergent last night. My mother always said, change your sheets once a week. She always sorted her laundry as well.

  7. I saw the commercial the other night and had mixed emotions – I remember teaching my sons how to sort their clothes before washing. Separating the whites from the “coloreds” and now years later as they do their laundry I always see the two separate piles. Sorting also helped them with the colors when they were in elementary school…they grow up way too fast!

  8. Heather! says

    My mom and dad taught me to be disciplined about house work, and all work. They preached that a bit too much, really, which led to my rebellion, but I’ve come back around! 🙂 One thing they did instill in my brother and me was the idea of having a specific day to have things finished. We always had to have our rooms cleaned by noon every Saturday or we didn’t get an allowance. As messy as I was, I don’t think I ever failed to have my bedroom spotless by midday Saturday!

  9. Meagan Bailiff says

    she always taught the “easy” sorting method, whites, mediums, and darks. I know a lot of people that wash towels separately and jeans separately, i’ve never done that.

  10. JadeLouise Designs says

    Now that is something I’d love to have! My boys always forget to sort their clothes! This would come in so handy for them! Amber E.

  11. I saw the commercial for this and knew I needed it! Just for those times when you
    just wanna wash a few things”, ya know?

  12. Patricia says

    My mother was the type that did not leave her house until it was clean. It drove me nuts. I admit I am like her now. I can’t leave my house until it is clean as well.

  13. Donna Cheatle says

    We used to call my mom the laundry nazi….everything had to be done the right way, the clothes had to be folded just so….She was the same when it came to the cleaning the kitchen after supper too….All dishes washed, dried, and put away. Everything wiped off, floors swept and damp mopped.

  14. Linda Kinsman says

    Oh boy- my Mom was one tough lady when it came to keeping a clean home. I used to tease her and ask if she was bringing her white glove with her when she’d come to visit me in my first apartment. The one thing my Mom was a stickler about was laundry. You never let it pile up to do on weekends and you always did delicate’s by hand. I think my Mom would love this new Purex product!

  15. Kelsi M says

    My mom had baskets labeled ‘whites’ ‘lights’ ‘darks’ ‘towels’ etc. We also had detailed chore charts for each day of the week.

  16. Touristmeetstraveler says

    Looks like a great product, might try it.

  17. Amanda @ Erickson and Co says

    Thanks for the review. glad it works for you.

  18. I hate sorting laundry, so I am all for anything that keeps me from having to!

  19. Stephanie Grant says

    Wow, where to start lol. My mom taught me (and drilled into my head as a teen) that I had to separate my dark cloths from my light cloths and then wash all my white cloths separate from all of those and to use bleach to keep the whites white.

  20. steve weber says

    my mom told me to do a good job the first time so you don’t have to go over what you just cleaned.. also do one room at a time.

  21. My mother taught me to keep cleaning supplies in all the bathrooms so that you could at least wipe everything down fairly quickly – handy with sick kids.

  22. skynkatesmom says

    My mother taught me to do a little bit every time you get up for something else lke a drink.

  23. My mother taught us all about sorting and washing in cold water vs warm water. Also what fabrics not to wash or not to dry. We also hung up a lot of our clothes on the line outside and there was an art to that too.

  24. Amy Desrosiers says

    For some reason I am a professional at destroying my laundry. I could use some of this Purex!

  25. Curby Aardvark says

    Last time I did the laundry all my clothes turned red; I suck.

  26. GrandmaBonnie A says

    That would be a great product to send off with kids going to college. Its a pain to sort laundry when you only have one small load to wash.

  27. I am using this detergent now and love it! We haven’t had any color bleeding accidents at all! And it smells great too!

  28. Jennifer Williams says

    I love all the things that come out to help save time. I am already a big fan of Purex, now I can not wait to try this.

  29. Even with “no sort” I’d still probably sort. I can’t help it!!

  30. I like not sorting & just throwing all the laundry in at once! That’d be heaven 😀

  31. Lawna Young says

    This is definitely what I need for our household. I will be picking some up on my next trip to the store.

  32. melina r says

    My mom taught me how to cook and clean. She told me to sort clothes.

  33. Mommy2jam says

    My mother is a such a clean freak. She does laundry and she irons her towels and undergarments. She says always do a load everyday.

  34. Thrill of the Chases says

    My mother was a busy working mom too. She taught us to always wash things on cold because then we would have a better chance of not ruining the clothes when we “helped” with the laundry. Once we turned our dad’s t shirts and boxers bright pink. Too bad she didn’t have purex back then.

  35. I haven’t really had any rules since I don’t personally do the laundy but it must be some tough stuff.

  36. Megan @ C'mon Get Crafty says

    The only thing better than this would be a little Elf that snuck into the house to do all the laundry for me….still waiting…

  37. Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell says

    This is brilliant for college kids who don’t sort anyhow. I’m going to get some for sure!

  38. My mother always had us sort and resort our clothes. Stray socks always seemed to get where they shouldn’t be!

  39. I need to try this stuff, I hate sorting! My mom taught me to sort it all and get all the stains out, but I seem to want to find a cheaters way

  40. my mother taught me to get the clothes out of the dryer as soon as they are done- less wrinkling
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  41. This is great for busy moms like me. I love not having to sort.

  42. Natalie yeoman says

    she taught me to wash all my color laundry together but put it on cold water

  43. TheNewClassy says

    Not having to sort would be awesome! Personally, I like sorting laundry, but It is very time consuming.

  44. Amanda Her says

    I would love to not have to sort all my laundry. It really piles up for a family of 5!

  45. ashj3nt says

    I was taught to throw everything in together. I went through so many clothes growing up. Clearly my mom needed this soap!

  46. My boys need this. They hate sorting their laundry and I don’t have the time to do it for them at times. This will surely be perfect for my household.

  47. Lean Lacaba says

    We’re all sometimes too lazy to sort the laundry, so this would be great during those days!

  48. I don’t know that my mom taught me any laundry rules – I’m too busy to sort and just throw it all in together – well except towels/sheets get their own loads and of course whites for bleach…. I’m a terrible housekeeper though so maybe that’s why!

  49. Leigh Anne Borders says

    My mother taught me alot about doing the laundry. She taught me how to sort colors and to wash clothes. She taught me how to get rid of stains that I thought were impossible to get rid of 😉

  50. Trey Borders says

    My mother taught me to do the laundry when it is dirty and not let it pile up! Nothing worse than looking at an enormous pile of laundry to be done!

  51. curtis miller says

    Laundry has to be done daily in order to get it all done. It also takes time so you have to sort and pretreat stains as needed. Learned this from the best mother out there! I even help my wife with this chore!

  52. lazybones344 says

    I don’t remember any specific rules. My parents were slave drivers and I had to do hours of chores in the summer to earn one can of soda per day.

  53. Kathy Luman says

    My mom always told me to keep my whites go in one pile and colors go in another.

  54. Les Johnson says

    My mom taught me to go ahead and sort the laundry when it is put in the bin. It cuts down on laundry time.

  55. Virginia Rowell says

    My mom taught me to do at least a load a day so that you don’t get behind in the laundry. Also, fold them as soon as you take them off the line or out of the dryer.

  56. Virginia Rowell says

    Entered the softsoap limited edition body washes.

  57. Danielle G. says

    My mom taught me to check all pockets, no matter what. We had a few mishaps with lip balm that my sister had in pockets that got all over laundry. My mom also taught me to have separate bins for the different laundry colors, so I have 4 different bins in my laundry room closet…one for whites, one for lights, one for darks and one for reds.

  58. xty cruz says

    I was taught to always put back the things were I took it

  59. Erica Carnes says

    I remember a rule about cleaning the bathroom…make sure you clean the soap dish (even though it just has soap on it) and don’t forget the inside of the toothbrush holder.

  60. I was taught to always stick to a schedule. Don’t try to do too much on one day, but don’t put it off until the last minute, because then I’ll be overwhelmed. Speaking from personal experience, I can tell you she was right!

  61. rtrexel64 says

    I was always taught to pick a few days in the week to do the laundry. You don’t want to try to do all the laundry in one day.

  62. Brittney House says

    My mother taught me to never let the laundry pile up too much and make sure to sort the colors and whites.

  63. Andrea v says

    Always sort and she says use cold water and hang everything. Now with a husband and kids I rarely hang anything, just a select few things but I still sort my loads. Oh and always check the pockets.

  64. Karrie Millheim says

    She taught me to use cold water all the time and taught me how to sort laundry

  65. Amanda Whitley says

    my mom taught me never to put red clothes in with whites. she also taught me to conserve electricity by hanging clothes on the line on nice days.

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