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Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Product Review: Bounce Dryer Bar

A few weeks ago I became the lucky owner of a brand new washer/dryer set. I was SO excited to get them that the last four days before they arrived I didn’t touch any laundry. LOL

The day after my new machines came another surprise came in the mail. A Bounce Dryer Bar in Outdoor Fresh scent.

I’d never heard of the Bounce Dryer Bar before, so looked carefully at the package to figure out what to do with it. The bounce dryer bar is designed stick inside your dryer to give you fabric softener up to three months without having to do anything. No dryer sheets to remember to put in the machine or throw away. Oh me of little memory, this was right up my alley! Just "stick it and forget it!"

I'm one who always wants to know more, so I went looking for information. Did you know that dryer bar technology has been in use for years? They are used in places like hotel laundries where large volumes of laundry are done on a daily basis. I had no idea!

The only thing that concerned me was sticking this thing inside my brand new dryer. The bar is designed to show a replacement indicator after approximately three months. At that time you replace only the bar, while the holder stays in place. When the holder does finally fall off I wonder what kind of sticky residue will be stuck on my new dryer?

I love the smell of different fabric softeners! Unfortunately I have a bad memory associated with a particular smell so when I do buy softening products I can usually be found in the store sniffing the various boxes  to make sure they’re pleasant for me.  This bar in Outdoor Fresh scent is one I like!

Installing the bar is easy. Just peel off the paper backing and stick bar inside the dryer. Make sure you put it on the drum. (not the back wall, fins or door)

After about three months of use a replacement indicator will appear. Of course if you have a family of 10 you're doing laundry for, your bar will not last as long as mine will doing laundry for four. LOL I have been using mine for about four weeks and still have about 3/4 of the bar left. Replacement bars are easy to find in the store! 
When it's time to replace your bar, simply press the tab at the end of the holder, slide the old bar out and snap the new bar in. Your new bar will come with a holder. Although you may not need to replace the holder at that time, keep in on hand it case you do.

Our clothes smell absolutely wonderful when they come out of the dryer! Axel loves to help me fold laundry (crazy kid loves chores!) and sniffs every piece of clothing he takes out of the dryer. In fact, my entire laundry room, which is like a dark dungeon in our basement,  smells fresher using the Bounce Dryer Bar.

Some things to consider when using the Bounce Dryer Bar:
  • Not all clothing is a good match with fabric softener!
  • Kids clothing that is flame retardant (such as infant sleepwear) should not be treated with fabric softener as it affects the flame resistant capabilities. You must remove the Bounce Dryer Bar from the holder when drying these items.
  • If you have someone in your house with skin sensitivities and their laundry can't have softener, you can remove the bar from the holder when drying their clothing.
  • If you don't like the scent of the bar you've installed, you can change it out for another scent. If you decide you don't like the bar at all, remove it and the holder will fall of on it's own in a few months. 
Overall I am really happy with this product. It is easy to use, and easy to remove if I'm drying clothes I don't want treated. The scent is pleasant without being overpowering. A great product I highly recommend!


Becca said...

Okay, that's really interesting...I'd never heard of them before, either. Gotta take a look. Thanks for the info!

Grace said...

Additionally, cloth diapers should not be dried using fabric softeners as it will affect the amount they absorb and also the waterproofing part of them so they will begin to leak. But...since we can't cloth diaper right now I'm glad you mentioned this because I had been thinking about getting one. I wonder how long it will last with our supersized family :)