This week I’ve actually been in New York and haven’t had a chance to make it to Costco. Which of course makes me sad and I’m not even going to get a chance to visit before we have to leave on Sunday either. Oh well, we did get to witness the big snow storm that didn’t seem that to be that big a deal. Dave didn’t even get a snow day and had to go to work. In case you missed it, I was able to post the upcoming Costco UK coupon book that runs from January 17 – February 6th. And don’t forget that the Costco US coupon book runs through the end of the month, so you still have a couple of weeks left to save.
Persil Non-Bio Tablets – I do a lot of laundry in the UK because the washer/dryer combo unit is so small. Which means every day just about I’m doing a load or two or three of laundry. So, it’s nice to have something that takes even a smidge of effort out of the process and these tablets do just that. For one thing, they are far less messy than a bottle of liquid detergent that always seems to have big rivulets of soap running down the sides of the bottle, no matter how careful you are or how clean. Right off the bat that means there are no sticky messes in the cabinet anymore to clean up. But it’s also nice to not have to worry about measuring because you can just pop one (or two if you’ve got a bigger washer or really dirty clothes) of these tablets into the soap dispenser drawer of your washer and you are good to go. On the big box it says you can do 72 washes with the 144 tablets, but of course that is probably meant for people with a full sized washer. The tablets come in individual two packs (two tablets per pack) and then all of the little packages are in three separate boxes. I just really like that it’s so easy to use and my clothes come out clean and smelling fresh. Since this is the non-bio formulation, it’s good for those of us with persnickety skin too; no rashes and itching. I’ve used this in cold water or hot and it performs equally well, no matter the temperature. 144 tablets for £14.25 (US: $22.49). Item #: 0094551.
Vanish Oxi Action Crystals – This is comparable to OxiClean in the US, I think, although it certainly comes in a much smaller container at Costco. I like to use this in my laundry when I’m washing whites, things like t-shirts, socks, towels and sheets. It could be my imagination but it really does seem to keep things whiter and free of stains. You can just dump a scoopful into the soap dispenser of your washer and it does all the work of tracking down the hidden stains on your clothes and takes care of them so you don’t have to be annoyed when you pull things out of the dryer to see it had a big stain on it. And if you have a really tough stain you can make a little paste out of the Oxi Action and a little water, smear it on the stain, let it sit for a few minutes and then wash as normal and voila no more stain. It always works on our clothes for regular types of stains but I’ve never had anything really horrible and hard to get out like motor oil or grease type things. Though, I think it should work on those too. Now with OxiClean you can use that on other things aside from laundry, which I assume you could also do with the Vanish, but they don’t specifically say anything about cleaning other surfaces. And if you missed my post about the UK coupon book, there’s a coupon for 40% off this same package through February 6, which would make it £4.13 (before VAT). 1.5 kilograms for £4.89 (£6.89 – £2.00 coupon) (US: $7.72). Item #: 0087910.
Scotch-Brite Non-Scratch Scrub Sponges – I use sponges all the time for cleaning dishes but also other cleaning tasks around the house. They work really well on things like bathroom fixtures or floors. You can use the little scrubby part on the back to get anything that is kind of gunky or tough to get off like hard water deposits on your shower doors. Just that little extra bit of friction can work wonders. However, don’t make the mistake of using the heavy duty ones (been there, done that) because they will scratch pretty much anything and everything. Your silverware will look like it is brushed stainless steel after you get done with it, and that’s not good. So, this time I made sure to get the more gentle sponges that are even safe for your non-stick pans. I like buying my sponges at Costco because they come in the big package of twelve individually wrapped sponges. This way, I’ve always got a new sponge at the ready and don’t feel like I can’t pitch the sponges as frequently as you should; they can get a little germy if used too long. 12 sponges for £4.99 (US: $7.88). Item #: 0044091.
Comfort Pure Concentrated Fabric Conditioner – This was one of the first things I bought at Costco because you have to do laundry. And since I have a washer/dryer combo unit now, the Bounce sheets that I used to use in Austin, don’t really work so well here. I really like the liquid fabric conditioner now that I am used to it though. The Pure is nice because it is dermatologically tested and totally hypoallergenic. I tried it out and I really like it now. It does a great job at softening all of the laundry, including the towels and stuff like my cashmere socks. But even better, the Pure variety doesn’t have perfumes or anything else that would irritate my skin. The clothes come out smelling really nice and fresh but not perfumey, which is great. This is also recommended for babies because it’s so gentle on the skin. Previously when I bought this it was really, really thick, too thick really, and it would kind of clog up the dispenser and be all gunky. But it always did a good job on the clothes so I kept buying it. However, this latest bottle is much thinner consistency-wise, but still with the same great softening powers. And that means that I don’t have to try to scrape out my dispenser every week just so that I can have soft clothes without irritated skin. And of course, this is another thing that now has a coupon in the new UK coupon book. The coupon is for 50% off too! So, that would make it just £3.99 (before VAT). I will definitely be buying another container of this when we go to Costco next weekend. 5 liters for £7.99 (US: $12.61). Item #: 0073539.
Women’s Kersh Frill Top – I almost always take at least a quick stroll through the clothes at Costco, just to see if there’s anything interesting. Sometimes there’s nothing that catches my eye but every once in a while I find something cute. I thought this was a really cute little t-shirt because it’s more interesting than just a plain shirt with the little ruffles. And the fabric is really soft and feels so nice to the touch. It has 3/4 sleeves, which honestly aren’t my favorite but I can deal with those. The hem and sleeves have that lettuce edge kind of finish which makes for a cute little detail as well. So, it is really cute and for the price it’s a nice buy. The only negative is how thin the shirt is; very, very thin. It’s so thin you absolutely need to wear something under it, at least a camisole because you can see right through it. Since it’s so thin though you can wear it with a thin shirt underneath it and it is still comfortable and cute. I’ve had very good luck buying clothes at Costco because they’re usually decent quality and the prices are super reasonable. I do think that the men’s clothing is usually better though, but that could just be because they have great things like the dress shirts at such reasonable prices and nothing like that for women. £7.99 (US: $12.61). Item #: 0108618.