Walter Shillington writes about products he knows firsthand. His articles focus on healthcare, electronics, watches, and household items.
I was scanning the AliExpress website, looking for a set of ANC headphones to review. While most of us couldn't care less about Active Noise Cancellation, there is a subset of audiophiles who desperately crave information concerning the new hybrid version. And I'm an expert on this subject.
I somehow managed to click the wrong button and found myself viewing a page stuffed with photographs and links to laundry products. As I was about to leave, I noticed an advertisement for laundry detergent sheets.
Laundry detergent sheets? Well, according to the vendor, laundry sheets are the next step in the evolution of detergent. I contemplated the concept. If there was a subset of laundry detergent enthusiasts—and that is by no means certain—they might consider laundry sheets to be cutting-edge technology. In that case, they would probably appreciate a review of this product.
The Beacuir Laundry Sheets arrived packed in a colorful cellophane wrapped cardboard box. It weighs in at 4.44 ounces. This box is 5 inches wide, 7.3 inches tall, and 1.3 inches thick.
Housed within is a plastic container. 30 light green laundry sheets occupy each of its three compartments. These sheets are 2 inches wide and 4.3 inches long.
This product emits a pleasant laundry soap odor.
Beacuir is trademarked by Rabinkov Holding LLC. They specialize in cosmetics and cleaning products.
Directions for Use
Add the laundry first, and then throw the required number of laundry sheets into the washer. One sheet is used for tiny loads, two for medium loads, and three for large loads.
According to information obtained from the box—most of it, unfortunately, in Chinese—laundry sheets are environmentally friendly.
The vendor notes that the manufacturer utilizes concentration technology to upgrade liquid detergent to a solid. The main ingredient is plant enzyme. This soap does not contain phosphorus, fluorescence, or a whitening agent.
I've heard a few stories about children eating laundry pods, thinking they were candy. I bravely conducted a taste test to ensure their safety, chewing on a corner of a laundry detergent sheet. While these things do not taste great, they should be kept out of reach of toddlers who tend to eat paper.
The product, itself, appears to be ecologically sound, and its cardboard box will decompose quickly. The cellophane wrapper and plastic container, however, are not environmentally friendly.
The French Press Test
As I am an electronics technician by trade, I decided to design a pseudo-scientific procedure to examine this detergent's cleaning properties.
I poured boiling water into a French Press container and then added my Roborock robotic vacuum's disgustingly filthy mop pad. Next, I clipped one Beacuir laundry sheet to the inside of the container using a clothes peg.
The hot water dissolved most of the sheet within 30 seconds. All that remained was the section held above the water level.
I waited five minutes to see if any of the detergent's ingredients would immediately start to work on the mop pad. That did not appear to be the case.
The next step was to stir the container for two minutes with a heavy plastic spoon. That worked well. A few soap bubbles formed, and the water clouded with dirt.
I then pulled out the mop pad and rinsed it under warm water. It was cleaner than before, but a mere two minutes of agitation will not get the job done.
In a secondary test, I filled the container with cold water and clipped another laundry sheet to the inside. The sheet softened immediately but did not disintegrate for a full hour. I do not recommend the use of these laundry sheets in cold water.
The Laundry Test
Some people carefully divide their laundry according to color and fabric. While that is undoubtedly the best option, I can't be bothered. Last Saturday morning, I stuffed the washing machine with whatever was dirty and added three laundry sheets.
For this test, I set the washing machine for a large load using warm water.
Once the cleaning cycle was complete, I threw everything into the dryer and set it at a moderate temperature. Ninety minutes later, my clothing was dry.
Results were about the same as when using my regular Sunlight brand detergent pods. Every item was clean, and there remained no lingering scent that might annoy those suffering from allergies. Even the dirty Roborock mop pad cleaned up well.
My mother swears by Tide Liquid. She won't use anything else. And since she has far more experience than myself in this sort of thing, I'm not going to disagree with her.
Some of us, however, don't necessarily want the best. We're looking for a detergent that gets the job done efficiently at minimum cost and without much fuss and bother. If that's your outlook, you might want to navigate to the AliExpress website and order a couple of boxes of Beacuir Laundry Sheets.
I should point out that although shipping is free, this item will take about a month to arrive from China. Amazon can get a box of laundry sheets or their close cousin, laundry strips, to you much sooner. Unfortunately, these products are significantly more expensive.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
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