Repelify is a superhydrophobic clothes wash that’s claimed to fortify fabrics and form a stain-repelling barrier that causes wine, soda, ketchup, grease, mud, and more to bead right off. In addition, compared to similar aerosol products, Repelify is claimed to include a fabric softener, so your clothes will remain soft and breathable instead of becoming stiff and uncomfortable.
According to the manufacturer, all you have to do is add a capful of Repelify to your wash, dry, and then you’re done. Afterward, Repelify will last up to 20 washes. On top of this, Repelify is claimed to help you use 50% less detergent while remaining safe for the whole family.
Is this really the case though? In other words, can you realistically expect Repelify to work as well as the manufacturer claims and to provide a solid value for your money? Consider the following:
What Does Superhydrophobic Mean?
According to Wikipedia, “The word hydrophobic literally means "water-fearing," and it describes the segregation and apparent repulsion between water and nonpolar substances.” This is the opposite of hydrophilic, which is defined as “having a strong affinity for water.”
In other words, as you probably noticed in Repelify’s commercial, something that is hydrophobic will repel water instead of absorbing it, making it an ideal property for staving off stains.
What Ingredients Does Repelify Contain? Are They Safe?
While there wasn’t a product label or ingredients list provided on the Repelify website, Repelify is among a class of products known as durable water repellents, most of which are fluoropolymer based (similar to Teflon).
According to Wikipedia, “Older methods for factory application of DWR treatments involve applying a solution of a chemical onto the surface of the fabric by spraying or dipping. More recently the chemistry is applied in the vapor phase using Chemical Vapor Deposition (CVD) machinery. The advantages of CVD include: (1) It eliminates the use of hazardous and environmentally harmful solvents in the application process; (2) The process requires less chemical; (3) the waterproof layer is extremely thin and has less effect on the natural look and feel of the fabric.”
As such, Repelify is likely safe, assuming it’s manufactured using these same state-of-the-art practices, which isn’t necessarily something that “As Seen on TV” products are known for.
Similar Options to Repelify
Keep in mind that a mainstay for “As Seen on TV” companies is to make their products seem revolutionary, when they’re often just slightly different versions of products already widely available, and Repelify appears to be no different.
You can see this for yourself by typing the phrase “hydrophobic detergent” or “waterproof detergent” into your favorite search engine. In fact, these types of products are so popular that you may be able to find one at a local retailer, often for less than Repelify, considering its non-refundable S&H charges (more about this in the Pricing section).
What Kinds of Garments Can Repelify Be Used On?
Finally, according to the Repelify commercial, you simply need to add a capful to your wash, dry, and then you’re done. However, all of the examples show clothes being removed from a dryer (versus those that are hang dried), which means that Repelify may not be ideal for non-dryer safe garments.
Customer Feedback for Repelify
Repelify was a very new product at the time of our research (trademark filed June 2015) and didn’t have any online customer reviews available.
However, the product is made by Telebrands, one of the biggest players in the industry, who manufactures dozens of popular ASOTV products, including Grass Shot, Hurricane 360 Spin Mop, Mighty Blaster, and many more. And among nearly 180 HighYa reader reviews for these products, they had an average rating of 2 stars, with common complaints revolving around failure to work as advertised, poor quality, and difficult customer service experiences.
Granted, you may not experience the same with Repelify, although it may be something you’ll want to keep in the back of your mind.
From a company perspective, Telebrands had a C rating with the Better Business Bureau based on 1,243 closed complaints (as of 6/23/15), most of which appeared to reference the same concerns above. In fact, Telebrands’s BBB accreditation was revoked due to their complaint volume, and the company was investigated by the NJ Attorney General’s office in 2014 for violating the Consumer Fraud Act.
Repelify Pricing & Refund Policy
Repelify is priced at $19.99 plus $6.99 S&H, and includes a free Sticky Buddy lint brush.
According to Repelify’s website, you can double the offer for an additional $9.99 S&H, although this option wasn’t presented when we attempted to check out.
Repelify comes with a 30-day refund policy, less S&H charges. This means that if you choose the BOGO offer, you could end up losing more in S&H charges than you’ll receive as a refund by the time everything’s said and done.
With this in mind, in order to request a refund, you’ll need to contact customer service at 855-668-1655.
Should You Spend Your Money On Repelify?
Chopping to the point: Considering that you have dozens (or maybe even hundreds) of options for water-repellent washes and sprays, we might recommend exploring local options before placing your Repelify order.
This way, if you end up dissatisfied, you can save yourself a decent amount of money in lost S&H charges, not to mention a potentially frustrating customer service experience.