Monday, March 14, 2011

Great Pillows, Made in the USA at a Great Price? Yes!

Okay, a few weeks ago when I was changing the bedding in my kids' rooms, It became painfully apparent that I just had to get some new pillows for my kids. They, the pillows, resembled stale toast more than they did actual pillows. They aren't that old, and are clean... but you know how pillows get all frumpy and chunky? That's how they were. So why have I been putting off buying new pillows for my dear children? Well, pillows are expensive and I never seem to be satisfied with my purchase... I've bought name brand pillows like Serta and cheapie pillows from Walmart, all with the same results. It's really irritating.

At any rate, I decided to bit the bullet and just shell out the dough to buy 4 pillows, knowing that they probably wouldn't hold up for more than 4 months at a time. I checked Amazon and Overstock for reviews and wasn't feeling sold on any of the pillows there because of prices and the mixed reviews. (I wanted down alternative pillows.)

Then, I thought of hotels and how they can have such nice pillows (not all, but some do!) and I was sure that they don't pay high prices for their pillows since they probably change them out quite often. So, I started searching google for hotel pillows and found Royal Pillow. (I'm not getting paid for this plug.)

Royal Pillow is based in Florida, sells pillows made in the USA to hotels, hospitals and even regular people. And their prices are amazing! I bought 4 pillows from their current promotion: Micro Denier Fiber Pillows (down-like) for only $6.99 a piece. Now, I must say that shipping was steep. I think I paid about $12.00 for it, but for 4 pillows at that price, it was still a lot lower than what I could have spent.

My pillows arrived in a timely manner, within a week of ordering them. I really, really wanted to like these pillows, but because I paid so little for them I was skeptical. Upon taking them out of the box, I noticed right away that they were a LOT softer than any other down-alternative pillow I had bought. They actually feel like down! I ended up taking a pillow and sleeping on it for a week to see how it compared to my down/feather pillow. It may be too early to tell, but so far, I prefer it to my old pillow because it offers just a tad bit more support.

So, now that I know I like these pillows and want some for my bed, I'll be ordering at least a couple more! So glad to finally have some pillows I'm actually happy with!

If you are looking for pillows, check out Royal Pillow. They also sell down and feather pillows too at great prices.

Monday, March 7, 2011

RIT White Wash: My Experience

About a year ago I picked up some RIT White-Wash in the laundry isle at Walmart. I didn't have a use for it right away, but I'm always interested in trying out whiteners. Well, this last month I had a pretty good opportunity to try it out.

I bet you don't know what happens when you wash a pad of neon Post-it page markers in a load of white laundry. I think I'm probably the only one in the world with first hand experience in this area. Well, you get neon marks all over your whites. I had a minor fit as I surveyed the damage. (It might be worth noting that I didn't notice the neon marks on the clothes until after I had taken them out of the dryer to fold.) I had no idea at first that Post-its had caused the mess. When I figured it out using my "detective skills," I knew a child of mine might have information on how it all happened... but that's another story.

My Experience
I figured now was a good time to try out that White-Wash. RIT White-Wash claims: "RIT White-Wash reliably whitens solid white fabrics." On the box it says only to wash clothing that is all white, no colors. I had a very light colored cotton shirt in the load that had neon marks on it, so I figured I'd throw it in with the White-Wash just to see what happened. I also treated the marks on this shirt with my reliable DIY stain remover just for an experiment.

RIT White-Wash can be used on a small amount of clothing in pot over the stove or in the washing machine. I chose the washing machine since I had a med/large load. I followed the directions exactly. Start to fill the washer with hot water, and slowly add RIT White-Wash just above water level. There is a warning on the package about the dust (not inhaling it or getting it in your eyes) as well as the fumes (keep the place ventilated). First, it really stinks. So, take the warnings seriously. You are also supposed to add your regular amount of laundry detergent and wash as normal. I did this.

The Out Come:
I have mixed opinions about RIT White-Wash. It did NOT whiten the whites. I washed mostly cotton fabric and some synthetic fabric like nylon and polyester. I didn't notice any difference on any of the fabrics. If they were dingy when they went in, they were dingy when they came out. If they were bright white when they went in, that's how they looked when they came out. Now to the neon spots. The neon pink and green spots on the clothes were removed. The neon yellow ones, they were hit and miss. Must have been a weird pigment issue. Anyway, the light colored shirt I put in, it was slightly lightened, but still had color so it looked fine. The neon spots on the shirt were yellow, but remember I had treated those with my stain remover and they came out completely. Yippee for the stain remover!

I don't think RIT White-Wash is a total waste. If you need to do first aid on a load of whites that got washed with a red sock, this would probably take the pink out of your whites. But, just as a whitener, I don't think RIT White-Wash cuts it.