My Expensive Laundromat Trip

Yesterday, my wife and I did something that we haven’t done in many years –

Laundromat in Toronto, Canada

Laundromat in Toronto, Canada (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

we took a trip to our local laundromat to do our laundry.  It wasn’t by choice I assure you.  Our dear old Maytag washing machine that I paid $200 dollars to have repaired a few weeks ago broke again and left us all “unwashed-up” so to speak.  The reason I am writing about this adventure is because of my work in the green technology field.  As many of you know, I am an independent distributor with Vollara, a green technology company.

Vollara distributes an amazing product called LaundryPure.  This product is a small device that attaches to my washing machine and it allows me to wash my clothes using only cold water. I don’t have to buy laundry detergent, bleach, fabric softener, or use hot water.  We literally wash our clothes using only cold water.  You can imagine how much money I save by doing my laundry this way, and how much better this is for the environment because I am not dumping harmful chemicals into the environment. An extra benefit is I do not have to expose myself to these harsh chemicals either.

I asked my wife, Joyce, before we left for the laundromat yesterday how much it cost to use the machines there and she said, “probably 50 cents or so.”  I couldn’t help but laugh at her.  I knew it had been a long time since we had visited a commercial laundry, but I knew it hadn’t been quite that long!  Well, just so you know, I’m going to break it down for you so you know how much it actually did cost:

1 large washer                   $4.75

1 small washer                  $2.50

2 dryers                                $3.25

1 Tide                                    $8.13

1 bleach                               $2.97

TOTAL                                   $21.60

I was totally blown away by how much this little trip cost us. There are only two of us in our family. Imagine if we had kids…and imagine if we had to wash clothes three or four times each week!  Granted, it is much cheaper to have a washer and dryer at home, but one still has to buy Tide, bleach, and fabric softener.  I did notice by the way, that a large bottle of Tide at my local supermarket was $14.98…how long does that last a family?  Now you see why I use my LaundryPure system!

As mentioned previously, my system uses only cold water! That’s it! I do not buy detergent, bleach, fabric softener, or hot water. Imagine how much money you can save your family by using a system like this.  If you would like more information on the LaundryPure, visit us online at



Without hot water and with no detergent, LaundryPure puts the technology of nature to work in the laundry room at

LaundryPure by Vollara

home. Based on processes used for over a decade in hospitals, hotels, and Laundromats, cold water is infused with oxygen, peroxides, and other gases to bubble and lift dirt and grime from cloth fibers, leaving towels softer and fluffier, and clothes brighter and cleaner. 

Plus, every load helps save energy and money. Reducing or eliminating detergent means less residue and abrasives to weigh down and wear out fabrics, and of course, less detergent to buy. Washing in cold water reduces the weekly demand on the household water heater and the energy bill.

So how does it work?  LaundryPure incorporates the power of our revolutionary, exclusive ActivePure Technology with the cleaning action of activated oxygen to lift dirt and grime away from the fibers of fabric and prevent the growth of odor-causing bacteria.  Available for either front load or top load washers, LaundryPure is an amazingly effective cold water laundry system for residential use.

Benefits of LaundryPure

  • Eliminates the need for detergents and fabric softener
  • Prevents the growth of odors and contaminants without bleach or hot water
  • Helps eliminate allergic reactions due to detergent residue
  • Keeps colors brighter, longer and keep whites whiter
  • Gets towels softer and fluffier and helps cloths last longer
  • Maintenance-free model with fail-safe leak protection
  • Designed and built in the USA for reliability and durability; available for both front load and top load washers
  •   You save money and protect the environment by removing the need for hot water and detergents

There’s no need to get a new washing machine. LaundryPure installs on all brands and models, upgrading their effectiveness.

  • Eliminates the need for detergent* – Oxygen, peroxides, and other gases bubble into clothing to lift dirt and odors. An all-natural pretreater may be used for tough stains.
  • Prevent odor-causing bacteria without bleach – LaundryPure combines the power of our revolutionary, exclusive ActivePure Technology, certified Space Technology, with the cleaning action of activated oxygen to lift dirt and grime away from the fibers of fabric and prevent the growth of odor-causing bacteria. 
  • Help eliminate allergic reactions due to detergent residue – LaundryPure also helps eliminate the itching and redness caused by allergies due to detergents embedded in clothing.
  • Get towels softer and fluffier and help clothes last longer –  Build-up on towels, linens, and your clothes can weigh them down. Over time, LaundryPure lifts old detergents out of fibers, restoring their natural softness.
  • Make whites whiter and colors brighter – LaundryPure keeps clothes looking their best with the cleansing power of oxygen. 
  • Protects your home – A fail-safe leak protection circuit will shut off incoming water to the unit.  A buzzer will sound and the display will turn red to notify you of any problems.
  • Designed with you in mind – The new model is designed smaller for easier installation and requires no cleaning or maintenance to operate at peak performance.  An easy to see display window glows blue when operating normally and glows red when a problems exists.
  • Friendly to people, the planet and your pocketbook – LaundryPure eliminates the need for hot water cycles.  The unit itself is RoHS compliant and uses 50% less energy than previous models.  This means less energy, less pollution, and more money in your pocketbook.



*Note: LaundryPure reduces or eliminates the need for laundry detergent. While many users find that LaundryPure alone effectively cleans their laundry, you may find it necessary to pre-treat or use a reduced amount of detergent to remove certain stains. If you find that detergent is necessary, we recommend using 1/8th the amount you previously used before your LaundryPure purchase.

Dissolved Oxygen Concentration 0.18 mg/L or 0.18 ppm (180 ppb)
Technology ActivePure (RCI)
Activated Oxygen
Power Consumption 7.5W (standby mode)

25W operating

AC/DC Adaptor AC in: 100-240V ~50/60 Hz 0.8A

DC out: 12V 2.5A

Water Pressure Minimum 10 psi to 75 psi maximum
Water Temperature Use cold water only (do not use hot water)
Applications Residential laundry
Coverage N/A
Size 18.25 in. wide x 9.375 in. tall  x 4.0 in. deep


Weight 7.55 lbs
Warranty 1 year limited warranty



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It is a beautiful Sunday morning here in South Carolina. Unfortunately, I am tucked away inside my home recuperating from a couple of nasty falls I had this week. Yes, I did say a couple.

I don’t know what happened. I have often told funny stories of some of the falls I have taken over my forty-eight years. I have always laughed about how graceful I “went to the ground.” It seems I am not so graceful anymore. I guess age does have something to do with the matter.

I remember the Sunday in 1982 when I was a freshman at what was then called Southeastern College. I had a new pair of cowboy boots (yes, this was during the Urban Cowboy period). Back then, lots of guys were wearing their boots with their suits and such. I had gotten this new pair of burgundy wonders when I was a senior in high school back in Dillon, South Carolina.  Anyway, I had attended Lakeland, Florida‘s First Assembly of God, and I had gotten back to campus and headed over to the cafeteria. Here I am in my best suit, my burgundy cowboy boots, looking pretty good (as I remember), standing in line at the cafeteria holding a tray of food. You guessed it!  I stumbled on something….or was it a slip? Anyway, my feet went out from under me, the tray went back over my head, and I fell flat on my back! Embarrassed? Uh….yes!  What is one to do in that situation? You get up, and get back in the chow line.

I also remember the time in 1984 when I had started my professional music career. I had started playing piano for the Joe Russell Band based out of Dublin, Virginia. Yes, I still had the boots…and I had them on. We were playing gospel music in those days, and I remember very well being in a Sunday morning service at a pretty-good sized church in Dalton, Georgia. The church was packed. Everyone was in their place, and I enter the sanctuary through a small door in the front of the church just near the piano. To enter the sanctuary, you had to come through this door, and walk down a small ramp. I did not realize the ramp had a rug on it! I mean, who puts a rug on a ramp for a 300 pound guy in cowboy boots to walk down? So here I come. Several hundred people watching me come through the door, then start down the ramp, then the rug slips, and… guessed it…..then those darn boots get tangled-up in that rug, and here I go again. Pow! I tried to ride the wave; however, there was no doing it! I went head-first right under the pew on the front row. Embarrassed? Uh…yes! What is one to do in that situation?

Now, any sane person would have thrown those durn boots away. Remember, I did say “sane.” Later that same year, we are in Nashville, Tennessee getting ready to make our first appearance on the Grand Ole Opry show. We were doing the gospel music portion, and was I ever excited!  As were were leaving the hotel to get on the tour bus, I decided to take a short-cut down a small bank.  Did I say, small “damp” bank? And yes, I had on the boots!!  Here I go down this small bank. Clean-pressed clothes ready for the biggest engagement of my musical career and I end up sliding down that bank on my rear! Wet, muddy, and now planning to be late for the Grand Ole Opry! I get on the bus, clean-up as best as I can, and put on whatever clothes I can find. We get to the Opry, do our song, (and no I did not fall walking on stage)! Boy, wouldn’t that have been a story?

I cannot tell you how many times I have fallen since 1979 when I first bought that pair of boots. Oh, as I changed careers and got into the financial world, I traded in my cowboy boots for the leather-bottomed wing tips in the industry. I had my share of falls in those shoes as well. Never really got hurt. You know, just a slip here, a trip there, and nothing too serious.

So…here I am this past Wednesday night. It has been raining pretty much all week. My wife, Joyce, and I are on our way to prayer meeting and she needs some gas. We had a bit of extra time, so I tell her to pull into the gas station, and I will get the gas before service. I pay the attendant and head back towards the car. Maybe it was the gas prices that knocked me off my feet. Maybe it was the wet concrete mingled with some oil and gas. I don’t know….maybe it was the boots I was wearing!  Now before you say anything, it was NOT the same boots from 1979 (I still have those hidden away in my closet)! This time I had on a pair I bought in Texas a few years back. They actually aren’t boots…they’re called “Cow-Dogs.” They are boots that are made like a shoe. When you stand, it looks as if you have on boots; however, they really are shoes. Very, very comfortable, and I always wear them in bad weather and when I wear jeans.  I took a pretty nasty fall. Face first this time. The concrete was pretty tough on me. No cuts, only bruises, sprains, and a pulled leg muscle.  I have not hired a lawyer, and do not intend to. I take full responsibility for my actions. Besides, I’m sure there are video clips of that fall somewhere at the gas station. I probablyneed to try to get my hands on that tape!

Now you know why my wife is at church and I am sitting here telling you this little story of mine about how I have fallen through life.  Yes, I have literally fallen more than my share. But, I have also had some good falls as well. I fell in love with my wife. That was a great fall! I fell in love with my two precious granddaughters, that was a sweet fall. Most importantly, I fell in love with Jesus, and that was an awesome fall! I keep falling in love with Him more and more each and every day! I thank God by the Precious Blood of Jesus that I am rooted and grounded in the Mighty Love of God!

And, did I forget to tell you that I also fell in the bedroom again this past Friday night?  Oh well, that is another story for another time! I think I am beginning to fall asleep.

Brian Raines