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Purex Dirt Lift Action 150 Loads at Costco: Product Review

Over the years, I have seen for myself what soap and detergent manufacturers have known for years: people are just as attached to their brand of detergent than smokers are attached to their brand of cigarettes. The concept of brand loyalty is one I know well, and I know that advertisers spend billions making sure we stay with our brand, or try to make us switch to a new one, whatever the product may be. In the case of detergent, there is something else I’ve discovered: they more or less all do the same thing. This is why I always opt for the least expensive option, in the confident knowledge that my clothes will be acceptably clean. This is why I almost always buy the Purex Dirt Lift Action at Costco.

Purex Dirt Lift Action (150 loads)  6.92 liters

Purex Dirt Lift Action (150 loads) 6.92 liters

In this instance, I bought the Purex with the ‘After the Rain’ perfume. I honestly can’t tell the difference between that and another one, but it smells clean and fresh. Good enough for me!

Like most modern laundry detergents, Purex Dirt Lift Action contains no phosphates, which are terrible for the environment, and the container is made from 25% or more of post-consumer recycled plastic.

The first thing to know about Purex is this: it is supremely affordable. I always buy it on special at Costco, and this time was no exception. The regular price for this jug of detergent is $14.99, with a $4 instant rebate. Each container contains 150 loads, more or less, so the price per load is a very affordable 7.36 pennies. Even if you’re more generous than you should with the soap, you could ramp this up to a dime a load and it would still be a good deal.

Each Purex Dirt Lift Action container contains 6.92 liters of detergent, which is quite a bit. This means that the container weighs somewhere between 15 and 20 pounds, so you don’t want to be moving around a lot. It’s enough of a pain just to get it home. Hopefully you can have a setup where you can have the container just over the washer, and just hit the spout button to pour directly into the washer. I know that’s what I have, and it’s great.

When it comes to performance, the Purex Dirt Lift Action really works. Even though I always use cold water, even if the container does not specify it, I feel like I get maximum results at a minimal costs. Stains come out relatively easily, and colors don’t bleed. I generally don’t even have to sort clothes. It helps that we mostly wear dark colors.

The Purex website specifies that all Purex products will work in cold water, even if they do not specifically mention it. Since 90% of the energy consumption of a load of laundry is the energy required to heat the water, cold water laundry is really a no-brainer. In addition, this version of the Purex Laundry Detergent is specifically formulated for High Efficiency machines, which mine is, but will work on all types of machines, even the older, water-hungry ones.

All in all, I am very satisfied with my budget purchase; the Purex Dirt Lift Action (150 loads) I buy at Costco is extremely affordable, and works with all types of dirty clothes and stains, from jeans to shirts and socks and everything else in between. Obviously some stains require pre-treatment prior to the wash, but that’s the case no matter the detergent you’re using. If you’ve not tried Purex Dirt Lift Action yet, do your wallet a favor and give it a shot.

Kirkland Signature Boxer Briefs: Product Review

This review will be shorter than my previous one about my Urban Star Jeans, for the simple reason that there is less to say. I’ve been wearing Kirkland Signature Cotton Stretch Fabric Boxer Briefs for a long time, and they are, by far, the best quality underwear I’ve ever bought, owned or used.

Kirkland Signature Boxer Briefs

Kirkland Signature Boxer Briefs

I thought about writing a review for them as I was recently moved to renew my stock of boxers, something that happens periodically.

I purchased this pack of 4 Kirkland Signature Boxer Briefs at Costco, where else, for the price of $11.99, plus applicable taxes, which means that each pair of boxers costs $2.99.

There are several reasons why these are my favorite underwear. First of all, they are extremely durable. Not only is the fabric itself very though and resistant, the elastic waistband is very durable and will keep its stretching power through countless washes and many weight loss and weight gains.

Secondly, they are incredibly comfortable. This is based on several factors. The fabric itself is 95% cotton and 5% Spandex, meaning that it is quite stretchy, yet soft and warm. The cut is form-fitting and supportive, and the lack of labels and flat seams greatly contribute to a chaffing-free boxer experience.

I often need to walk a lot for my job – sometimes as much as 10 to 15 miles a day as counted by my cellphone – and when I do, I always make sure I am wearing the Kirkland Signature Boxer Briefs, as they are my only underwear that will not ride up, or down, under this constant movement. This means much less possibility of chaffing and a generally much more pleasant experience.

I know that the old ‘boxers or briefs’ question is quite existential. I find loose boxers very uncomfortable, but that’s just me. I find that the Kirkland Signature Cotton Stretch Fabric Cotton Boxer Briefs offer some of the very best value at Costco. You can get years of comfort for $11.99, or 3 bucks a boxer brief. That’s hard to beat.

  • Item name: Kirkland Signature Boxer Briefs
  • Available at: Costco
  • Price: $11.99 for a 4-pack
  • Country of Origin: Cambodia
  • PROS: Extremely durable, very affordable and supremely comfortable
  • CONS: None, unless you prefer loose boxers
  • THE VERDICT: Stock up!

Urban Star Jeans at Costco: Product Review

UPDATE – Some Costcos have stopped selling those jeans. Fortunately for you, mine still does. If you want to buy some, just scroll down to the bottom of this post for more information!

It’s quite striking. It happens quite often that I’m about to step out the door, and realize every single stitch of clothing I wear, including my glasses, comes from Costco. I guess I like a good deal. One of the primary ingredients here are my jeans, which are the Urban Star jeans, available at Costco, and who will be the topic of today’s review. I admit to having a love-hate relationship with those jeans.

First off, let’s start with price. While Urban Star is not a Costco brand, it might as well be, as it is by far the best deal in clothes at Costco. Each pair costs a ridiculously low $15.99, up a dollar from a few months ago. I remember going out 20 years ago and buying jeans for 6 or 7 times that price, and they weren’t nearly as comfortable.

Urban Star Jeans at Costco

Urban Star Jeans at Costco

I’ve been wearing this brand of jeans for years, and would not have done so just for the sake of them being affordable, if that was their only redeeming quality. It helps, but it’s not everything.

What's in Urban Star Jeans?

What’s in Urban Star Jeans?

I wear jeans a lot. They are more or less required wear at my job, so always having a pair clean and ready is essential. The first thing that needs to be said about these jeans is that they are extremely comfortable. I didn’t realize until I did a bit of research for this article, but my jeans contain 98% cotton – great! – and a mere 2% Spandex, which makes all the difference in the world.

Glorious, glorious Spandex! Had an extra large dinner and feel like you should loosen your pants?

No need! Urban Star jeans don’t care!

Gained 20 pounds but want to still fit in size 34 jeans, for ego reasons ? With Urban Star jeans and its magical Spandex component, you can!

I personally went from weighing 185 pounds, all the way to 215 and back down (some), all the time wearing the exact same size jeans – 34 – and not once feeling uncomfortable or tight in any way. I sometimes try on size 34 of other jeans, which I own but do not include Spandex, such as the Kirkland Signature jeans, and I can’t even come close to fitting in them, let alone closing the button!

Besides the comfort level, which is excellent, and the cost, which is incredible, what the Urban Star jeans have got is acceptable styling. I’m no fashion guru, but I think I look pretty darn good in them, and my wife agrees.

Now, to the one single unpleasant point about Urban Star jeans: even if you shop at Costco, incredible deals have a cost, somewhere, and in this case, the cost is reduced durability and longevity.

Components of these jeans are a little cheaper, and don’t last as long as others. The bottom of the pant legs, near the ground, will get frayed just a little faster. The pockets will develop holes quicker than with other brands. Not overnight, mind you, just a little faster, especially if you keep your keys in them.

Urban Star Jeans are fragile

Urban Star Jeans are fragile!

If you always put the same things in your pockets – keys, cellphone, wallet – the fabric will rub in a way as to make it visible. For example, the edge of my cell phone has left a line on the outside fabric of the my pocket, and on the other side, my wallet, which has a clasp, has actually rubbed a *hole* into the denim.

Now, it comes down to what you are looking for. The relative lack of durability of these jeans is their only drawback, as could be the styling, but that’s entirely subjective.

As far as I’m concerned, I’m happy to trade the shorter lifespan of these jeans, for their incredible comfort and rock-bottom price. That’s a call you have to make yourself, however. At $16.99 a pair at Costco, it’s really not that expensive to try them out, however!

In conclusion, I would be happy to recommend these jeans to anyone. The only time I would not is if you were doing a very, very physical job that would be hard on pants. Like being a cowboy, maybe. Besides that, if you keep them clean and more importantly, do a rotation, you’ll be very happy with Urban Star jeans.

  • Item name: Urban Star Jeans
  • Available at: Costco
  • Origin: Pakistan
  • Cost: $16.99 (requires Costco membership)
  • Composition: 98% Cotton, 2% glorious Spandex
  • PROS: Extremely comfortable, very inexpensive
  • CONS: Not as durable as they could be

UPDATE: I’ve heard from some readers that some Costco stores have stopped selling Urban Star Jeans. Mine still does, so I’ll be happy to pick some up and ship them to you directly. I’ve added a Paypal button right below. I’m selling the jeans for $45 USD, shipping included, to the US and Canada. This covers the cost of my Costco membership – obviously – as well as my time and gas to go get the jeans, packaging materials, etc. I’m not making much on this. Here is the procedure:

  • Click the ‘Buy Now’ button after choosing your size
  • Specify the quantity
  • Make sure you tell me the size you want! ONLY BLUE JEANS ARE AVAILABLE UNTIL THE END OF SUMMER! If my Costco doesn’t have the size you want, I’ll refund your money, no harm done.
  • When it comes to length (the second measurement) I’ll consider acceptable sending you a size longer, as you can get them adjusted. If this is not acceptable, write in the comments that you want the exact length only.
  • My Costco only has even-numbered waist sizes and odd-numbered lengths. Please order accordingly!
  • If everything is cool, I’ll ship your jeans by Airmail within 2 days or receiving payment.

Sizes


I’m offering this as a favor to my readers, so these are my terms. For those with doubts, I’m an eBay seller with over 15 years experience and about 5,000 positive feedback. You won’t find the jeans there, but check out my store to get an idea of my trustworthiness. My eBay store. Remember that I’m working with my local Costco here. I have to deal with whatever inventory they have, so no promises.

Thanks!