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An all-in-one laundry solution

These 3-in-one laundry sheets provide a load's worth of detergent, fabric softener, and anti-static protection in one small sheet.

So, sometimes I admit things out loud that I'm sure makes other people hate me--such as when my cleaning lady does the laundry, she uses too much soap. It makes me crazy. I know, I know, the heart bleeds, right? But at the end of the day (at least Tuesdays), half a box of laundry detergent is gone with only two or three loads of clean clothes to show for it.

Wash away a lot of packaging. Purex

Purex has developed a new concept in laundry room management: Complete 3-in-1 laundry sheets with a load's worth of detergent, softener, and static protection all in one sheet.

The sheets are ridiculously simple to use. Drop it into the washer to release the detergent during the wash cycle. Then move it over to the dryer along with your clothes. The heat from the dryer activates the fabric softener, which doubles as a static remover. Toss the sheet after the load is dry, and you're done.

The first time you buy the sheets you'll need to get a starter kit--it includes a refillable dispenser you can use to store your sheets and keep them safe. Afterward, pick up the refill packs and just keep refilling the dispenser.

According to Purex, it developed the new product with an eye to sustainability. I'm hearing the argument on less packaging -- it cuts packaging by almost 50 percent. But the company also says that if everyone in the U.S. switched to the laundry sheets, "41 Olympic-sized pools worth of water would be saved each single refill purchase versus purchasing a standard 50oz bottle of liquid detergent!" I'm having trouble following the argument--are they saying liquid detergent is mostly water? Because I can't figure out how using these sheets would use less water in your machine.

Also, according to Purex, using the sheets reduces CO2 emissions from transportation by 67 percent. That may be true, but you're still using your dryer if you're using these sheets, rather than hanging your clothes on the line. Which is perhaps a realistic approach--as much as I love the idea of line-drying, I haven't yet made that leap, and I can't see it happening as long as I still have children of bed-wetting age.

Purex is offering a money-back guarantee on the sheets, so you can try them out risk-free--just keep your original receipt and apply for the rebate by December 31.