Monday, September 20, 2010

Nellie's Naturals: Oxy Brightener and Dryer Ball Review & Giveaway

There are a lot of chores I hate, vacuuming, dusting and cleaning in general all make the list.  Laundry, however, I don't particularly mind, especially since we bought high efficiency, front-loading washers.  Our machine can do huge loads and the dryer can keep up, which any Mom will surely tell you is uber important.  Who has time to wait around for an extra cycle, or even an extra ten minutes, when there's another load waiting to dry?

As I told you back in July, when it comes to detergent, I'm all about Nellie's All Natural Washing Soda, it keeps our clothes clean and fresh without any unnecessary fillers, fragrance or other skin irritants.

It was with great confidence that I tried out Nellie's All Natural Oxy Brightener, Dryer Balls & fragrance sticks, which were provided to me, by the fine people at Nellie's, for the purposes of this review.  Nellie's Oxy Brightener is a chlorine-free, colour-safe, septic-safe and environmentally friendly product that releases a boost of oxygen to bleach stains, boost cleaning power and brighten both colours and whites.
I must admit, I didn't perform a side-by-side washing with/without Nellie's Oxy Brightener, but the food, snot and other toddler deliciousness stuck to the boys clothes disappeared easily with the addition of half a scoop of oxy brightner in the machine.  It worked wonderfully as a pre-soak for a stinky dirty wet bag and did an amazing job on cat barf on the carpet when diluted with water in a spray bottle.

As a stain remover, the Oxy Brightener did require a little bit of extra effort, in that I needed to dry up the solution, then dab the area with some water before drying up the carpet a second time.  But, it worked and I knew I wasn't leaving a little wet chemical spot on my floor for the boy to find, so its a winner in my books.

I also had a chance to test out Nellie's Dryer Balls.  I have been using dryer balls for a long time and to date the first set I had has by far lasted the longest.  That first set were Nellie's original dryer balls; Nellie's is now on to their second generation of dryer balls.  The new green dryer ball now allow for the insertion of an optional fragrance stick infused with essential oils to make your laundry smell pretty (something that has never been an option for me before).

The use of Dryer Balls means there is absolutley no need for those stinky, chemical-filled dryer sheets that I see in the drugstore.  I've never been able to use them, they have made my skin crawl since a very young age.  Nellie's Dryer Balls will fluff up your laundry naturally, help reduce static and reduce drying time by 15-25%.  Nellie's is so sure you'll love them that they offer a money back guarantee and a two-year warranty on their Dryer Balls, that's standing behind a product if you ask me.

As for the fragrance stick, I had a chance to try out the Citrus scent; I'm not a huge fan of citrus and wasn't sure how the boy and I would react to the additional fragrance so I started out by only adding a stick to one dryer ball.  I was amazed when I opened my dryer door and was greeted with a mild, enjoyable scent.  I didn't find my clothes 'smelled' when I wore them, but rather just smelled fresh when they came out of the wash (is that what you all love about dryer sheets?).  We had no skin reactions and have now moved up to two fragrance sticks (one per Dryer Ball) in our dryer.

If you want to find out more details about Nellie's products, check out their FAQ page.

I think that I've found some great additions to our laundry routine in Nellie's Oxy Brightener, Dryer Ball and Fragrance Sticks, all great Canadian products that I rate a 5/5!  Want to try Nellie's out for yourself?  We are giving away TWO 50 load bags of Laundry Soda to Momma Stuff Blog Readers.

Enter To Win:
A free load bag of Nellie's Laundry Soda
(two to be awarded)

The First Entry is mandatory; all other entries will be disqualified if it is not included.  Please leave a separate comment for each entry.  

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Giveaway closes Sunday October 10th at 8pm.  Winner will be determined by a random number generator. Winner will be notified via email and the winner will have 48 hours to respond or a new name will be drawn and contacted.

Contest now closed - Congratulations to our winner, comment #21 Lindsey & #3 Sarah


  1. my favorite following you on facebook!!

  2. after checking out the site i would like to try the new dryer balls

  3. I have been using Nellies soap for about a month. London Drugs is the cheapest place around I have found. I had no idea they have dryer balls... I would like to try those too. Where can you buy them?

  4. Sarah - I'm pretty sure you can buy the dryer balls at London Drugs as well (but not the fragrance sticks) - you can also buy them direct off the website, they are based out of North Van so they arrived super quick in the mail!
    amber :)

  5. The fragrance sticks look yummy.

  6. Hi There!

    Sounds like a great product. I do like fabric softener but am trying to be "greener" in my house cleaning so I am going to watch for the dryer balls.

    I'm visiting from FMIC. Have a great day!

  7. I'd like to try your PVC Dryer Balls

  8. I'm following The Momma Stuff Blog via Google Friend Connect!

  9. i would love to try the dryer balls. i've never tried those before!!

  10. I would like to try the nuggets and the dryer ball.

  11. I'm following on gfc.

  12. I'm following you on twitter as @bmom76

  13. I tweeted as @bmom76

  14. I would love to try the Lavender Fragrance Sticks! Thanks for the giveaway!

    ladyufshalott at yahoo dot com

  15. Following you on Twitter! @kindred_spirit

  16. Tweet tweet!!/kindred_spirit/statuses/27001752332

  17. is it just me or does nellie kinda look like the joker (jack nicholson)

  18. Just want to try it
    Any oversea dealer

  19. I have never try this, I am using dryer balls easy to use just dip into the dryer after 5 minutes you will get iron clothes. . .



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