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My washing machine - The Kenmore Elite White-on-white Kenmore Elite HE4t 3.8 Cu. Ft. King Size Capacity Plus Front Load Washer
Above is a picture of my washing machine, or one like it. I like it very much because it works, gets stuff clean, and has the cycles "Whitest Whites" and "Sanitary". Plus the Kenmore Elite Washer also has it's own heater so you don't use up all the hot water when doing laundry. Saves you money in the long run, too because it's very energy efficient!
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OXI CLEAN DETERGENT, RATING: VERY GOOD

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The super scientific tests here at the Retro Housewife lab continue! This time, we will be putting a ball of soap into a sock, putting the soap in a sock into a bigger rubber ball, which is then put into my wonderful Kenmore Elite washing machine. Here it will stay for roughly 25 loads, or until the soap ball inside becomes about the size of a golf ball, upon which I can use it to play a round of golf... making Oxi Clean Detergent the only laundry detergent/golf ball combo on the market today!

OK, so I'm kidding about the golf part.

The Oxi Clean LogoI will really just add a refill ball to the sock and the fun starts all over. You see, the real innovation here is that the whole ball of soap/sock/outer rubber ball ensemble is designed to release the proper amount of cleaning agent for the wash cycle. It is also quite a bit tidier than powder and liquid detergents (don't you just love it when your liquid detergent makes a big, green puddle on the floor after you forget to shut off the tap properly?)

Finally, the self dispensing nature of the detergent will be very useful to those overzealous types who just don't quite believe the statement on the package of their usual brand that the detergent is concentrated, and regularly use twice as much laundry detergent as needed.

I will now start doing laundry and will be recording the results of each test below!

SUMMARY
  • Laundry Load 1 - Dark Colors washed on my Kenmore's "Normal/Casual" setting, which means a 45 minute, warm/cold cycle.
  • Laundry Load 2 - Light Colors washed on my Kenmore's "Normal/Casual" setting, which means a 45 minute, warm/cold cycle.
  • Laundry Load 3 - Dark Colors washed on my Kenmore's "Normal/Casual" setting, which means a 45 minute, warm/cold cycle.
  • Laundry Load 4 - Whites washed on my Kenmore's "Whitest Whites" setting, which means a 110 minute, hot/warm cycle.
  • Laundry Load 5 - Dark Colors washed on my Kenmore's "Normal/Casual" setting, which means a 45 minute, warm/cold cycle.
  • Laundry Load 6 - Lightly soiled whites washed on my Kenmore's "Express Wash" setting, which means a 35 minute, warm/cold cycle.
  • Laundry Load 7 - Darks washed on my Kenmore's "Normal/Casual" setting, which means a 45 minute, warm/cold cycle.
  • Laundry Load 8 - Warm hues /colors (pinks, reds etc.) washed on my Kenmore's "Express Wash" setting, which means a 35 minute, warm/cold cycle.
  • Laundry Load 9 - The last of the Darks! washed on my Kenmore's "Normal/Casual" setting, which means a 45 minute, warm/cold cycle.
  • Laundry Load 10 - Light Colors on "Normal/Casual" warm/cold cycle.
  • Laundry Load 11 - Son sneaks an unidentified load thru..
  • Laundry Load 12 - Pink & Yellow laundry on "Normal/Casual".
  • Laundry Load 13 - Blues on "Normal/Casual"
  • Laundry Load 14 - Bathroom rugs washed on my Kenmore's "Normal/Casual" setting, which means a 45 minute, warm/cold cycle.
  • Laundry Load 15 - Whites! washed on my Kenmore's "Whitest Whites" setting, which means a 110 minute, hot/warm cycle. I always add extra bleach to my white loads. Ooops! I just re-read the package and it says "Do not use with clorine bleach!" Which of course I did! I will have to email the Oxi Clean people now and ask them what terrible, horrible things will now happen to me because I did that!
  • Laundry Load 16 - Cleaning Rags! washed on my Kenmore's "Express Wash" setting, which means a 35 minute, warm/cold cycle.
  • My little Oxy Detergent Ball is getting pretty darn close to golf ball size...not sure If I will make it to 25 loads!.
  • REVIEW

    08/11/2006 Update - The OxiClean® Detergent Ball has recently undergone the following upgrade: The rubber Toss-n-Go Dispenser now includes a white liner that serves as an extra protective barrier between the ball and your clothes, reducing the possibility of overexposure to detergent, a common occurrence in other laundry detergents - known as hot-spotting. Even if the ball were accidentally placed in a dryer, the sleeve protects clothes from detergent residue. The updated product will be on retail shelves beginning in August 2006.

    Musings thus far! - As far as cleaning power goes, the Oxi Clean Toss and Go Ball does just fine. I've used it in pretty much every cycle of my machine, and the clothes have come out clean and smell nice too.

    It is a good thing that it won't hurt if the Toss and Go Ball gets tossed into the dryer, because that is certain to happen. You hear it pretty quickly though because it makes a nice thump.

    I am not so sure of the claim that it lasts 25 washes though, I am near the end of my first ball and I am only on Load 16. To be fair, it is quite possible I forgot to record a load here or there, or that the kids snuck a couple by me when I wasn't looking. No worries! I will re-count once I start my second detergent ball!

    RETRO HOUSEWIFE, 2006-07-24

    OxiClean Detergent Toss-N-Go Ball

    OxiClean Detergent Toss-N-Go Ball

    Above is the Oxi Clean detergent ball and the Toss-N-Go dispenser. It even has its own motto: "Never Pour. Never Measure." Which reminds me of course of "Never Give Up. Never Surrender"...also good advice, and not a bad flick either!

    Readers Say

    Oxy-Clean Detergent Ball (Toss-N-Go Ball)

    I like the Toss-N-Go Ball because it it so easy to use and it just plain looks cool. However, as I live in an apartment building and do all 5-6 loads at once in the community laundry room, it doesn't make a lot of sense, because I would have to buy 6 balls to use it for all of my laundry. However, I always use it for one load and it's worked really well. If I had a washer in my house, I would probably love the convenience of this, as well as the space saving capacity it provides.

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    The OxiClean toss n go ball is a wonderful new product. It replaces having to measure detergent and fabric softener (It seems I always used too much or not enough). This would be a great gift for college students (no big clunky jugs to lug around and store). I like to toss it in and go. It cleans darks and lights in cold water just great! Using warm water uses it up faster. Bonnie, Upstate, NY 12/26/06

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    I was reading your review on the OxiClean Toss-N-Go Ball, and I wanted to ask you a question. I have a LG front loading washing machine (16 months old) using liquid detergent untill 2 weeks ago I switched to the ball. Yesterday I got a motor error and the tub has stopped spinning durring the wash cycle. As I can see from your article, you have a front loading HE washer and have no problems with this product. LG said that using powdered detergent in this form could leave harmful residue on the tub an motor of my washer. Could you please offer any thought or insights you may have on this issue? Jake, Fort Lauderdale, FL

    I emailed the OxiClean people and asked them about this...here's their response:

    OxiClean Detergent works well in High Efficiency and front loading washers. High Efficiency (HE) washers use less water and energy and require a low-suds laundry detergent. The OxiClean Detergent Ball is a low-suds detergent and can be used with HE washers. You can save even more water by using only one rinse cycle with your HE machine.


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