Product Review- Rockin’ Green Platinum Series Active Wear Laundry Detergent

Over the years I must have tried at least four different laundry detergents made specifically for active wear. Not only do I run 5 days a week, I also go to yoga class, do strength training at the gym, and ride my bike when I have the energy, so over the course of a week, I have a lot of sweaty, smelly athletic clothes. Technical fabrics tend to smell even after being washed because the residues coming from sweat aren’t truly washed out and build up over time. Many laundry detergents can’t truly get rid of the funk, so you’re left with supposedly clean active wear that stinks before you even put it on.

When I came across some information for Rockin’ Green laundry detergent, I was intrigued. This detergent is specifically made with enzymes to remove stains and odors from fat, protein and starch. Further, the scent of Tea Tree Oil rinses clean after washing so you’re not left with perfumes meant to mask odors. The icing on the cake is this detergent is environmentally friendly, with biodegradable surfactants, natural cleaning agents, and plant derived enzymes. I asked for a sample to be sent to me and within a couple of days received two single use containers in the mail, along with a water test strip (to test pH), and a coupon for future orders.

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Since I knew some of my athletic clothes have lingering smells straight out of the drawers, I thought I should go the heavy-hitting route and do a pre-soak before washing the clothes. I added the entire one-use container, as directed, and soaked my clothes in my tub (my front-loading washer doesn’t have a pre-soak setting) for one hour. The water was a gross-looking dirty brown color, even though it’s not like these clothes had visible dirt or mud on them. I assume this meant the detergent removed some or all of the funk that was left on my athletic clothes that my previous detergent did not remove.

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After soaking the clothes for an hour, I drained the water and pulled them out of the tub and put them in the washing machine and ran a cycle without adding any additional detergent (per the instructions). Then I put everything into the dryer (no fabric softener like usual for me) and smelled the results.

With previous laundry detergents I’ve tried that were made specifically for athletic clothes, there still seemed to be a slight lingering smell in many of my older clothes after washing and drying a load of laundry. With Rockin’ Green, I only noticed a slight lingering smell in one shirt- just one shirt out of a huge load. I’m going to try doing another soak before I wash the next load and see if that gets all of the funk out of that shirt but my feeling is it will.

Bottom line- this detergent really works! I did a little more research into the products offered by Rockin’ Green and it turns out the detergent for active wear has enzymes specifically to remove odors from sweat that the Classic Rock detergent doesn’t have. Other than the detergent for athletic wear, there are detergents for hard water, cloth diapers, a pre-treatment ammonia remover, and even dishwasher detergent.

You can buy Rockin’ Green products at their site, RockinGreen.com (free shipping on all orders and all orders ship the same day) or at Amazon.

Happy running!

Donna

 

 

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Review of Soundcore Spirit X Sports Earphones by Anker

Disclaimer: I was sent a pair of Soundcore Spirit X Sports Earphones by Anker with the understanding I would share a review of the product. That being said, the following is my honest opinion of the product.

Several months ago, I requested to be a part of a review committee with Anker called Power Users because I have some of their products and have been pleased with their performance, especially for the price. After not being sent any products to review for several months, I contacted them and requested a product to be sent to me, not asking for anything specific. I received the Soundcore Spirit X Sports Earphones within about a week and immediately began testing them out.

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First impression: these earphones reminded me of a pair of sports earphones I had several years ago, with the over-ear hooks and silicone eartips. I don’t even remember the brand but I do know I had them for quite a while before they began to short and have issues. The main thing with the over-ear hooks is they’re fantastic for running; they never fall out, unlike earphones without the hooks.

More recently I had been running with Anker Soundbuds Slim Wireless headphones and while I really liked the sound quality and no longer having to deal with wires, I would have to pop one of the earbuds (usually my right ear) back in every so often during my runs. The Soundbuds Slim headphones are lightweight, sweat-resistant, and come with over a dozen accessories to adjust the size. They also last a long time on a single charge (the reported time is 7 hours but I didn’t personally test that). I also like that they are magnetic, so the short wire that does come with them never gets tangled. In short, I was pretty happy with these headphones. While they aren’t perfect, they are pretty good and at $25.99, I considered them a bargain when I bought them.

Moving on to the Soundcore Spirit X Earphones, as I mentioned before, because of the over-ear hooks, I didn’t need to adjust the eartips or anything else. They felt comfortable in my ears straight out of the box and the over-ear hooks fit comfortably. I’ve tested the sound quality while running outside, running inside on a treadmill, at work, and at home and have been pleased with how they sound during all conditions. I noticed once during a podcast some sound variation (the sound suddenly dropped for a few seconds then went back to previous level a few times) but I’m pretty sure it was actually the podcast I was listening to, not the earbuds because I haven’t had that happen since then.

Another nice feature is that they come in a round case with a carabiner so you can hook it to a gym bag, backpack, or even a belt loop. The case zips closed and is small enough to fit in the palm of your hand. I love that I can easily take these with me to work, the gym, when I travel, or anywhere else without having to worry about them getting lost in a bag or any wires getting tangled.

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My awkward close-up of Anker’s Spirit X earphones

The Spirit X’s small cable allows you to control the volume, microphone, and power easily with a touch of a button. You can skip tracks by pressing and holding down the plus button for a second. The cable is also easily adjustable and fits comfortably behind your neck. The bluetooth connected quickly to my phone and my computer at work without any issues (one is an Android, one is an Apple product).

Finally, a note on the battery life. Anker states the Spirit X Sports Earphones have a 12 hour battery. I tested that and found that mine have gone for 13 hours on a single charge, right out of the box, and are still going. I realize battery life for electronics decreases over time, but so far, it’s looking good.

In summary, for the price, fit, sweat-proof-ability (is that a thing? It is if you live in the South!), sound quality, and battery life, I highly recommend the Soundcore Spirit X Sports Earphones by Anker. Honestly, so far I can’t come up with a single thing I don’t like about them.

If you’d like to try them, you can buy them on Amazon for $39.99 here.

Anker has a bunch of other electronic products as well, like portable chargers and many others. In my experience, they have well-made, high-quality products for very reasonable prices.

Do any of you have a favorite kind of earbuds? Have you ever tried running with ear buds that come with ear hooks?

Happy running!

Donna