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By Lauren Keith - bio | email

Purex Complete 3-in-1 claims its little sheet can work as a detergent, fabric softener and as a dryer sheet, but Does it Work?  Amber Kuehn is one of many wondering if this new "spin" on laundry detergents lives up to its promises.

We start with a medium-sized load of clothing in cold water. There are a few stains in this load, but we did not pretreat the clothing, just to see what happens.

"I can see some soap bubbles. So far it seems to look like what I normally use," she says.

Except Amber notices the directions say if our load was any bigger, we'd have to use two sheets, and it doesn't specify if we can use other products with it like bleach.

That said, she'll be pleased if this box of 20 sheets works. It would cut down on some of the different laundry products she normally uses, but time will tell.  That time is running out.

"For not pre-treating, I mean it looks like it did a good job," she says peering into the washer.

I pull out the clothing and notice it smells nice, too.  We also see more evidence the washing side of this sheet worked. There isn't any blue detergent left.  There's only a tiny blue strip that's supposed to heat-activate in the dryer, preventing static and softening up the clothes.

While we let the load dry on the regular heat setting, this mom sees a few pros to the Purex 3 in 1.

"It'd be good for college students using a dorm laundry, or if I'm teaching my son, Zach, to do laundry," she says.

If you use a laundromat, you'd haul less items with the Purex sheets rather than with all your normal washing materials.  Still, price can be a factor here.

"It is pricey," says Amber.

It's $6.50 for a box of 20. You can buy Tide for that price, and get more loads out of it. Plus, dryer sheets can be as little as a dollar themselves. So, Purex 3 in 1 saves space, but you pay a little extra for the convenience.

Still, Does it Work?

"The clothes feel and look good. It'd be convenient, so if cost isn't a factor, you might consider," says Amber, "Probably a B or B minus."

Purex Complete 3 in 1 itself works. Whether or not it works in your laundry room is for you to decide. Now though, it comes out squeaky clean with a good grade 'B' on this Does it Work test.  I bought it at Wal-Mart. I also called the company and learned you may use bleach with this product.  Also, do follow the directions for your type of dryer, whether it's top-loading or front-loading.

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