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Tink-n-MrIncredible
05-27-2010, 02:48 PM
When I look at my grocery bill, laundry detergent and softner are a budget buster. Other than making my own any suggestions on a good quality detergent and softner for a reasonable price.

worm761
05-27-2010, 02:51 PM
I make my own but when I used to buy it, I used Arm and Hammer. It is relatively cheap and it didn't irritate anyone's skin.

minnie1928
05-27-2010, 02:55 PM
use vinegar for the softener. It's a LOT cheaper.

mrsklamc
05-27-2010, 02:55 PM
Try using less per load until you notice a difference. The convenient cap/cup they provide for measuring- happens to be provided by people who profit from you using more laundry detergent than you need to.

ajk912
05-27-2010, 04:52 PM
I use the cheap stuff, or any other that is BOGO. I go through a bottle or so a week..so the cheap stuff is $2.99 or something like that. I do a lot of laundry, and I use the full cap, and I also refuse to make my own. So $3 is fine for me.

mommy2_3
05-27-2010, 05:00 PM
i get the tide with a touch of downey and use vinger. i get the big jug for about $18 (hubby works at walmart so we get a small discount plus i always try and get a coupon.) so we only pay about $15ish. that big thing will last me about a month and a half if not longer. i just wash my and hubbys clothes in it and the kids in dreft. target has a big jug of dreft for $22. we stocked up on that when we got our taxes so we wont need any for awhile.

leebee
05-27-2010, 05:08 PM
I use All or Arm & Hammer as both are "cheap" in my area. I have also used Sunlight with good results. I use about half the 'required' amount and make sure I rinse out the measuring cap well. I buy my fabric softener sheets at the dollar store, and only use half a sheet per dryer load.

Justsyd2
05-27-2010, 05:14 PM
The Purex 3 in 1 sheets are a terrific deal. They have the detergent, softener, and dryer sheets combined into one sheet that you toss into the washer and transfer to the dryer with the clothes. I've been using them for over a year. They work great -- and, they are a bargain!

squirrel
05-27-2010, 05:38 PM
ECOS brand - all natural liquid detergent. It does over 100 loads in a regular machine and over 200 in the new HE machines.

I pay about $14 for it up here. I found it at Costco and Canadian Tire.

Jennifer in MI
05-27-2010, 05:39 PM
I make my own. But, my sister uses Charlie's Soap. You have to order it on line. You use VERY little of it and she really likes it! And, she's awesome with a dollar!

deerhart
05-27-2010, 05:48 PM
I use All free and clear, I don't use a full amount (I use about half), they frequently have $1 or $2 off coupons, and frequently goes on sale at CVS, Wlagreens or Wal-mart. When its on sale I stock up!

Mind you, I don't have much other choices as I have to avoid sulfate (and thus rules out just about all other detergents) but I haven't spent more then $6 on detergent in a long time (and that was for the enormous container of it)

kydisneyfans
05-27-2010, 06:37 PM
Tide with coupons. CVS and Meijer both have it on sale often. Meijer had the larger bottles for 8.99 last week, I used 3-1.00 off coupons to make it $24, then got another $7 off my next purchase of anything. That will last us 6 months.

QVCshopper
05-27-2010, 07:12 PM
If you knew what was in the fabric softener, then you'd probably not buy it. I read a going green book--most is made with animal fat. Haven't used it since. I do use vinegar when I need to; debating making my own detergent but haven't gotten past buying the Borax.

Sadie22
05-27-2010, 07:34 PM
We have a high efficiency washer. We use Wisk HE on sale half off with coupons. I stock up whenever I can and never fill the cap but use just the amount needed.

labdogs42
05-27-2010, 08:06 PM
I use All free and clear, I don't use a full amount (I use about half), they frequently have $1 or $2 off coupons, and frequently goes on sale at CVS, Wlagreens or Wal-mart. When its on sale I stock up!

Mind you, I don't have much other choices as I have to avoid sulfate (and thus rules out just about all other detergents) but I haven't spent more then $6 on detergent in a long time (and that was for the enormous container of it)


I use All Free&Clear or any store brand Free& Clear. CVS, Purex, and Target all make a version of the free& clear stuff. I buy what ever is cheap!

Tiana
05-27-2010, 08:40 PM
When I don't make my own I use the 365 Brand from Whole Foods (Citrus Scent Laundry Detergent) and it's only $8.99 for 128 Oz. (64 loads). I use vinegar for softener and these citrus dryer sheets from Whole Foods. I haven't missed the name brand stuff at ALL....

Just out of curiosity....Why don't you want to make your own?

englishteacha
05-27-2010, 08:58 PM
I buy whatever free/clear is cheapest. I bought a 95 load jug of Sun Free and Clear for $7ish at Big Lots. It works just fine. I prefer All or Purex because it's a bit more concentrated, but I toss in some Oxiclean on particulary dirty stuff and I'm good to go (my SIL bought a 10 lb. bucket of Oxiclean ages ago and then didn't like it, so I got it!) I tried making my own a while back, but I think I used the wrong type of soap in the recipe because it left little greasy spots on my clothes. It worked OK, though. If I try again I'll use Ivory (I used another unscented soap but it must have had oil in it).

GaSleepingBeautyFan
05-27-2010, 09:01 PM
I can only use one type of laundry detergent and no fabric softener due to allergies.

I found vinegar works great as a fabric softner and the laundry detergent, I buy in bulk when it's on sale - 5 or 6 bottles at a time.

That seems to have helped me alot.

Tink-n-MrIncredible
05-27-2010, 09:20 PM
When I don't make my own I use the 365 Brand from Whole Foods (Citrus Scent Laundry Detergent) and it's only $8.99 for 128 Oz. (64 loads). I use vinegar for softener and these citrus dryer sheets from Whole Foods. I haven't missed the name brand stuff at ALL....

Just out of curiosity....Why don't you want to make your own?

Its easier to purchase it made already.

Mom2Ben02
05-27-2010, 09:28 PM
Its easier to purchase it made already.

It literally takes me 30 minutes once every 3-4 months to make my own. I would spend more time than that going down the laundry aisle at Walmart every other week:)

Mine costs me around $15 three or four times a year.

Tiana
05-27-2010, 09:28 PM
Its easier to purchase it made already.

Yeah, it's a bit of a pain to make it, but a whole 5 gallon bucket lasts me for about 4 months, so I like not having to worry about buying it for so long. It's kind of a trade off for me.

Mom2Ben02
05-27-2010, 09:31 PM
Here is my recipe - I like the powder for storage ease. I just add it to an inch of hot water in the bottom of the washer, then switch to cold.

http://www.recipezaar.com/recipe/Laundry-Detergent-Powder-76779

dzneelvr
05-27-2010, 09:36 PM
I started buying the Purex 3:1 sheets about 6 months ago and LOVE them:love:they really do a wonderful job of cleaning in all temps and it's good-bye to the $12.99 huge JUGS:eek:PLUS fabric softener. The sheets also force me to be more vigilent in doing only fuller loads. I've never used fabric softener--always seemed like a waste to me;)

deerhart
05-27-2010, 09:46 PM
I use All Free&Clear or any store brand Free& Clear. CVS, Purex, and Target all make a version of the free& clear stuff. I buy what ever is cheap!

I can't use most free and clear products because most of them still have sulfate in them. All is on the list I have of low sulfate or sulfate free detergents.

My MIL made the mistake of buying another brand of Free and Clear detergent and then washing my clothes in them :headache: I had to do all the wash again after rinsing the washer so I would stop itching.

kellia
05-28-2010, 05:36 PM
I use the Sam's Club brand, looks like Tide. It costs about $12 and lasts me 2-3 months. We have a family of 5, but a HE washer, so don't need as much soap.

sherry7
05-28-2010, 09:33 PM
I'm surprised that no one has mentioned Sears brand powdered detergent, since I've read about it several times here on the Budget board. A huge box is $27 for 275 loads, which is just under 10 cents per load. It goes on sale several times a year (usually around holiday weekends). It is also sold in smaller containers, but the large size is the best value per load. If you're looking for it at Sears, it is sold in the paint department. Yeah....I can't figure that out either. :confused3

It comes in a liquid version too, but I prefer the powder since it doesn't leave a slimy buildup in my front loader. (I had that problem with Tide and Cheer.) I usually use a 1/2 scoop instead of a whole, so I end up getting about 500 loads out of the package...making it about 5 cents per load.

The only complaint that I've ever heard about Sears detergent is that it doesn't have a strong fragrance and that it doesn't suds much. Detergent actually doesn't need to suds much to get clothes clean, and low sudsing is especially preferable in a front loading washer.

This is the one that I buy: http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_12605_03209898000P?keyword=ultra+plus&prdNo=2

deerhart
05-28-2010, 10:38 PM
I'm surprised that no one has mentioned Sears brand powdered detergent, since I've read about it several times here on the Budget board. A huge box is $27 for 275 loads, which is just under 10 cents per load. It goes on sale several times a year (usually around holiday weekends). It is also sold in smaller containers, but the large size is the best value per load. If you're looking for it at Sears, it is sold in the paint department. Yeah....I can't figure that out either. :confused3

It comes in a liquid version too, but I prefer the powder since it doesn't leave a slimy buildup in my front loader. (I had that problem with Tide and Cheer.) I usually use a 1/2 scoop instead of a whole, so I end up getting about 500 loads out of the package...making it about 5 cents per load.

The only complaint that I've ever heard about Sears detergent is that it doesn't have a strong fragrance and that it doesn't suds much. Detergent actually doesn't need to suds much to get clothes clean, and low sudsing is especially preferable in a front loading washer.

This is the one that I buy: http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_12605_03209898000P?keyword=ultra+plus&prdNo=2


I wish I could still use Sears detergent. As a child it is what my mother used (she switched from Tide due to my allergies). I have never been able to confirm the sulfate amount in it so I have to avoid it :guilty:

sherry7
05-28-2010, 11:09 PM
I wish I could still use Sears detergent. As a child it is what my mother used (she switched from Tide due to my allergies). I have never been able to confirm the sulfate amount in it so I have to avoid it :guilty:

I'm not sure what sulfates are, but Sears now has a Free & Clear version of their detergent...not sure if that is what you need though. :)

minniefan65
05-28-2010, 11:11 PM
I use Norwex brand. There are no fillers in their detergent so you don't use much. A front loader uses about 1/2 to 1 teaspoon per load. We have a front loader and I do a TON of laundry one bag has lasted me about a year. It costs about 26.00 per bag. If I am doing a load of really dirty clothes or whites that I think nee a boost I throw in some Borax.

Carl Fredricksen
05-28-2010, 11:58 PM
I put up my personal favorite homemade detergent recipe in the Vinegar Thread (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2467547) on page 1, if you are interested. Costs me about $30 a year for the supplies, and takes about 10 minutes to make a batch for 128 loads. Cost is about .03 cents a load not including the 1/8 cup of vinegar I add.

There is also another recipe for a homemade detergent using OxyClean instead of baking soda a little deeper in the thread.

SamSam
05-29-2010, 12:24 AM
I put up my personal favorite homemade detergent recipe in the Vinegar Thread (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2467547) on page 1, if you are interested. Costs me about $30 a year for the supplies, and takes about 10 minutes to make a batch for 128 loads. Cost is about .03 cents a load not including the 1/8 cup of vinegar I add.

There is also another recipe for a homemade detergent using OxyClean instead of baking soda a little deeper in the thread.

I just bought all the ingredients for this recipe and am looking forward to trying it out.

DawnM
05-29-2010, 09:11 AM
I finally made my own this year. I LOVE it! It comes to about 1 penny or so per load! I spent $3 several months ago and we still have more than half of it left, probably 3/4.

I thought it would be difficult, but it was SO EASY! I used the recipe from the Duggar's website.

I also use vinegar in the fabric softener container of the washer.

Dawn

jme829
05-29-2010, 10:07 AM
The Purex 3 in 1 sheets are a terrific deal. They have the detergent, softener, and dryer sheets combined into one sheet that you toss into the washer and transfer to the dryer with the clothes. I've been using them for over a year. They work great -- and, they are a bargain!


I love them!!! Target and Walmart are about the cheapest on them...and I always see coupons for them.

You can go to trypurex.com for a free sample if you want to try them out first!

(I think thats the website...just do a search , it should come up)

Colleen27
05-29-2010, 10:19 AM
It literally takes me 30 minutes once every 3-4 months to make my own. I would spend more time than that going down the laundry aisle at Walmart every other week:)

Mine costs me around $15 three or four times a year.

I was going to say the same. I've made both liquid and powder and have found the powdered is quicker to make and works just as well. I probably spend 15min on making a batch that lasts months, and I do it while I'm watching the kids or TV so it doesn't really feel like I spent any time on it.

ETA: I use the same recipe Carl_Fredricksen posted here: http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=36662793&postcount=9. I grate the soap by hand with a cheese grater, which takes about 10min and is the most time consuming part of the process. I've used Fels but actually prefer Ivory for the light scent and the fact that it is so much more readily available.

DawnM
05-29-2010, 12:16 PM
We were told not to use any kind of powdered detergent because of our septic/well system.

Dawn

I'm surprised that no one has mentioned Sears brand powdered detergent, since I've read about it several times here on the Budget board. A huge box is $27 for 275 loads, which is just under 10 cents per load. It goes on sale several times a year (usually around holiday weekends). It is also sold in smaller containers, but the large size is the best value per load. If you're looking for it at Sears, it is sold in the paint department. Yeah....I can't figure that out either. :confused3

It comes in a liquid version too, but I prefer the powder since it doesn't leave a slimy buildup in my front loader. (I had that problem with Tide and Cheer.) I usually use a 1/2 scoop instead of a whole, so I end up getting about 500 loads out of the package...making it about 5 cents per load.

The only complaint that I've ever heard about Sears detergent is that it doesn't have a strong fragrance and that it doesn't suds much. Detergent actually doesn't need to suds much to get clothes clean, and low sudsing is especially preferable in a front loading washer.

This is the one that I buy: http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_12605_03209898000P?keyword=ultra+plus&prdNo=2

MSSANDRA
05-29-2010, 12:55 PM
We buy the biggest box of powered tide that we can get at Sam's. We just can not be happy with any other brand. I use 1/2-3/4 of the called for amount and we stopped using the frabic softner. We only buy 2-3 times per year for our family of 4.

SandrA9810
05-29-2010, 02:28 PM
i personally like arm and hammer's natural mountain rain version. It's fairly cheap, concentrated, and good results with only a half cap. There's a free and clear version of the natural too.
there is no softner version, but vinager works well. And ther's dryer sheets that go with it. Usually with a rebate for them for free on the bottle.

Juliet25
05-29-2010, 03:41 PM
I find that I get the best bang for my buck buying detergent from Target. They let you put a manufacturer's coupon with a Target coupon for extra savings (e.g., I have a coupon for ALL for $2.00 off, plus a Traget coupon for $1.00 off. That represents a 50% or more savings.)

Purex had a BOGO coupon a few weeks ago, so I'm still making my way through those bottles. I also use manufacturer's coupons for trial size bottles making them mostly free. Tide coupons usually do not say "trial size excluded" and Target has a one load size for $0.99, making it free. I stock up on those when the coupons come out.

I use the least amount of detergent possible and haven't noticed any difference in the cleanliness of my clothes, particularly on my kids' clothes. They tend to have a lot of stains, and the clothes still get clean as long as I pre-treat them. FTMP, we overuse detergent.

sskem96
05-29-2010, 05:42 PM
I use All Free and Clear which is on sale frequently for around $2.49 and I add just a tablespoon or so of Tide Sport because it does a great job of getting the odors out and that small amount doesn't bother anyone's skin. I use store brand "free and clear" type dryer sheets for softener.

nortney
05-29-2010, 05:55 PM
I use All Free and Clear which is on sale frequently for around $2.49 and I add just a tablespoon or so of Tide Sport because it does a great job of getting the odors out and that small amount doesn't bother anyone's skin. I use store brand "free and clear" type dryer sheets for softener.

I alternate between ALL, Surf and Purex. The reason is that they ALWAYS have great coupons when they put them out. There's currently a $2.00 coupon out on both All and Purex. They're on sale for between $2.49 and $2.99. I'll buy 50+ bottle. You can get the coupons off ebay or a coupon clipping site for pennies and this allows me to stock up when it's cheap. I have 100+ bottles in my stockpile. (If you have a Krogers close it's on sale there for $2.99 until sometime in June).

I also use the homemade laundry detergent. I don't have time to make it but ironically my daughter who lives in California makes it and attempts to convert me every time she's home. It smells good and works well but I'm old fashioned and it has to come out of a bottle. However, my friends swear by hers (because I give it to them...lol).

sameyeyam
05-29-2010, 07:43 PM
I am loyal to absolutely no brand at all and I stack coupons.

Last week Safeway had the new Arm & Hammer gel detergent for $2.99, back by their pharmacy they had a book of mfg. coupons and in it was $1 off. So that was $1.99 for a nice size jug of detergent. I got 8 coupon books and bought 8 jugs of it.

Then this week Fred Meyer (Kroger) had Sun Detergent for $2.99 and there was a $2 off coupon in the Sunday paper, so my net cost for a box of detergent was 99 cents. They also had a store coupon for All detergent for $2.99 and I had $1 off coupons for that from the Sunday paper that I stacked.

This week I bought 11 containers of laundry detergent and paid from 99 cents to $1.99 for each. Enough to stock up for several months for less then the cost of one large bottle of detergent.:thumbsup2

dtr_angel
05-29-2010, 10:40 PM
I use whatever I can get the cheapest, and stock up. I have a few months worth of laundry detergent!

What the best deal for me is usually Arm & Hammer. Our Martins grocery store (Giant) runs a deal about once a month for BOGO and they are 4.99 each so I can get 4 bottles for $10. Even better when there are coupons in the paper for Arm & Hammer, sometimes I've gotten 4 bottles for $8 or less.

And depending on CVS/Rite Aid deals with rebates or ECB, I get whatever I can for cheap.

Leleluvsdis
05-31-2010, 03:34 PM
We were told not to use any kind of powdered detergent because of our septic/well system.

Dawn

Do you know why you were told this? We have a pump up septic, so I'm wondering if this would be the case for us as well?:confused3

I think I'm going to try making my own detergent. We have front loaders and the place we got them from said they don't typically like powdered detergent, so my question is what do ya'll make your detergent in and store it in?

crisi
05-31-2010, 03:45 PM
I use a VERY SMALL amount of the Ecos detergent, plus borax.

I don't use fabric softener.

I cut my dryer sheets in half.

I agree with the statement up above, instructions are written by someone who has a profit motive to get you to use more (they guy responsible for getting people to wash their hair twice - rinse, repeat - is taught in business school.) Use as little as you need to feel like your clothes are getting clean. There is a ton of stuff you can probably just run through with water alone and its clean enough (I wouldn't do it with my undies, but my bath towels)......

eliza61
05-31-2010, 04:20 PM
When I look at my grocery bill, laundry detergent and softner are a budget buster. Other than making my own any suggestions on a good quality detergent and softner for a reasonable price.

It's funny because I actually think Tide saves me money. I find the bargain brands do not clean my clothes as well, so I end up using lots more or rewashing.

I buy tide with coupons, stock up when it goes on sale and don't need nearly as much as when I'm using store brands or the cheap stuff.

maleficentmom
06-02-2010, 12:20 AM
We buy the biggest box of powered tide that we can get at Sam's. We just can not be happy with any other brand. I use 1/2-3/4 of the called for amount and we stopped using the frabic softner. We only buy 2-3 times per year for our family of 4.

I love the Tide HE Powder, but our Walmart has it cheaper per load than our Sams Club.It is the best ,imho, for stains/smells.......I use Purex or something I can get cheap in the HE variety, for anything that isn't really dirty.:goodvibes I too just use 1/2 the amount.

maleficentmom
06-02-2010, 12:24 AM
I love them!!! Target and Walmart are about the cheapest on them...and I always see coupons for them.

You can go to trypurex.com for a free sample if you want to try them out first!

(I think thats the website...just do a search , it should come up)

I saw on TV, that the actual cloth-like sheets are made right here in my home state of TN...my mom loves these,they are great for travel...and we feel like we are supporting our state's economy.

MEM
06-02-2010, 08:00 AM
I was going to say the same. I've made both liquid and powder and have found the powdered is quicker to make and works just as well. I probably spend 15min on making a batch that lasts months, and I do it while I'm watching the kids or TV so it doesn't really feel like I spent any time on it.

ETA: I use the same recipe Carl_Fredricksen posted here: http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=36662793&postcount=9. I grate the soap by hand with a cheese grater, which takes about 10min and is the most time consuming part of the process. I've used Fels but actually prefer Ivory for the light scent and the fact that it is so much more readily available.

I agree with all of the above except that I use Kirk's castile soap and DH grates it on a 25 cent yard sale cheese grater while he's watching TV. We store it in a stainless steel container I picked up at a yard sale.