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I finally have my own washer and dryer

June 6, 2017

Growing up in New York City I was used to pushing my laundry bag into those large wheeled shopping carts. Thankfully my childhood building had a laundry room downstairs and so did the location I moved to when I first moved out on my own which made things just a little bit easier.

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It wasn’t until I moved into a co-op that I could say I also became owner of my very own washer and dryer. It has changed things for the best: no additional monetary spending on washing clothes and no more lugging that huge cart around.

But with convenience also comes great responsibility. You see – I’m used to keeping my laundry detergent on the floor beside my washing machine. But we have lots of visitors including our friends’ kids, my cousins’ kids, and my niece and nephew. So, like any other household cleaning products, I’ve learned to handle laundry packets with great care to prevent unintended exposure. You too can keep children safe around laundry packets by following this simple rule: Keep Them Up, Keep Them Closed and Keep Them Safe. 

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And speaking about convenience, let me show how easy and safe the laundry packets are. 

Unlike other detergents which you have to place in the soap dispenser, the Tide® PODS™ + Downy® packets are to be placed inside the drum before your clothes. It’s one of the benefits I love about the packets because they make the laundry experience so much easier and faster. The packets can be used in any machine and will dissolve in any temperature.

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I usually only add one packet, but if you have large or dirty loads, add a second packet for extra cleaning and freshness. 

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The second thing I love about using this particular detergent, is the scent it gives my clothes. At first I was worried the packet wouldn’t have enough soap to wash my clothes properly or leave that cozy after-smell, but I worried over nothing. The Tide® PODS™ + Downy® includes fabric softener so that warm, homey aroma I was looking for was certainly present on my garments. I didn’t even have to use a dryer sheet. 

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And I have to make a confession. You would think that having a washer and dryer at home would mean that my hamper is always empty and never full of dirty clothes, right? Wrong. Laundry day should still be planned ahead so you won’t be stuck like me washing clothes while on deadline or binging on your new favorite show. But whatever you do, remember to keep all laundry detergent up, closed and safe to prevent unintended exposure. 

This is a sponsored post, but as always, all opinions are my own. 

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Mercedes Sanchez

Mercedes Sanchez is an on-air style and beauty expert, spokesperson, and the founder of BeChicMag.com — a lifestyle blog covering fashion, beauty, and travel. She's offered style and beauty tips on NBC, CBS, BET, HuffPo, Telemundo and Univision. Contact: mercedes[at]bechicmag[dot]com.

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