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Detergent Savings

Last post Tue, May 3 2011 1:37 AM by Mimi. 11 replies.
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  • Thu, Apr 14 2011 4:53 AM

    • Mimi
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    Detergent Savings

    Dish Detergent 

    For many years I have diluted my dish soap with water since a certain member of my household (me) tends to over-squeeze the bottle.  Well, this year I started adding white vinegar to it as well.  I fill a bottle with 1/3 detergent, 1/3 vinegar and 1/3 water.  (If you have larger loads with more water in sink to dilute it, you might want to cut down on or eliminate the extra water.)  Not only does it save detergent, it works soooo much better than the straight dish soap.  It cuts through grease, removes hardwater film and makes my dishes nice and shiny!  It is harder on hands, so especially in the winter I use rubber gloves. 

    Laundry Detergent

    Speaking of adding water, cheap laundry detergent is usually watered down so you end up needing to use quite a bit more which often negates any savings from buying it.  I bought a cheap detergent because I needed to wash clothes and it was the only kind they had.  I ended up having to wash the load three times and it still didn't get my clothes as clean as my normal detergent.  I wasted detergent, time, and all that change for the washing machine!  (One good thing that came from that is that I put my more expensive detergent in that little bottle when I go to the laundromat.)

    An easy and often overlooked way to save is to be sure you're using only the amount they call for.  While some do say you should fill up the cap, others only need 1/3 of a cap for a regular load.

    Better laundry detergent not only cleans your clothes better but also helps them last longer.  When you add up how much you probably spent for the clothes in a single load, for most of us, that is quite an investment, even if we didn't spend a lot on the individual pieces.  Multiply that by the many loads you'll do with a single bottle and the few extra dollars you spend for good quality detergent doesn't seem like that much in comparison.

    I know many people on here have special recipes for homemade detergent and a lot of people also add vinegar to the wash as a fabric softener and mildew smell remover, which I think is great.

    Primarily due to the following story, I plan to stick with my favorite brand though.  I never thought much about the difference in laundry detergent or its long-term effect on my clothes until I lived in the city with P&G's world headquarters and got to know some of the engineers who worked on Tide.  They regularly told me how much better it was than others, and to be honest, I thought their talk was much the same as "our team is better than their team" until I did laundry with one of their wives.  I had a shirt that had gotten splashed with a little mud.  I dutifully rinsed and pre-treated it right away, and then used the name brand detergent I'd used all my life.  It did not come out, even with multiple washings, so one of my favorite shirts was ruined.  In the meantime, she was washing the clothes that her little boy brought home from camp--caked with mud, grass stained, stuffed in his bag for most of the week, and obviously not pre-treated.  Once through the washer with Tide and they all came out as good as new!  If I hadn't been there I wouldn't have believed it.  I have been a loyal customer ever since!    While that was amazing to me, the husband was not at all surprised considering how hard he and his co-workers worked every day to create the best possible product.  I think I mentioned this once before and someone mentioned that one of the newer, stronger Tide products can be harder on clothes (I wish I remembered which), but in the 18 years I've been using the normal kind at the suggested amount, I have consistently had excellent results.  I'm giving away clothes this week that look as good as new after YEARS of washing simply because they don't fit anymore.

    I use coupons during sales so I get some excellent deals.  Just this past week at CVS the Extra Bucks deal let you get three 100 oz bottles for about $7.50 each before coupons.  I'm also on the P&G e-mail list so I get notified when their inserts are coming out in the paper each month, and I've noticed that the good sales on P&G products tend to be the following week.

    I didn't plan to do a Tide commercial when I should have been sleeping tonight, but hopefully it will help some out there (especially those with cute and very messy little ones) to save time and more of your clothes!

    "...for the happy heart, life is a continual feast. Better to have little, with fear for the Lord, than to have great treasure and inner turmoil." Proverbs 15:15b-16 NLT

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  • Thu, Apr 14 2011 9:21 AM In reply to

    • grame
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    Re: Detergent Savings

     Great idea for those on municipal sewer systems.  Do not do this if you are on a septic tank!!!  you will kill off your 'good' bacteria and be spending lots more to have your system pumped.  Not a cheap proposition.

    I declare to you that woman must not depend upon the protection of man, but must be taught to protect herself, and there I take my stand. ~Susan B. Anthony
  • Thu, Apr 14 2011 9:41 AM In reply to

    • Mimi
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    Re: Detergent Savings

    Thank you for the warning Grame!  What part of my post would kill off the good bacteria?  The vinegar in my dish soap?  I do have a septic tank.  I have been doing this since early last fall, and so far so good.  Maybe I've just been lucky that it's only me so I don't have to do a lot of dishes!  How much vinegar is needed to kill it all off? 

    "...for the happy heart, life is a continual feast. Better to have little, with fear for the Lord, than to have great treasure and inner turmoil." Proverbs 15:15b-16 NLT

    The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.--Winston Churchill
  • Thu, Apr 14 2011 10:04 AM In reply to

    • grame
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    Re: Detergent Savings

    Mimi:
    Maybe I've just been lucky that it's only me so I don't have to do a lot of dishes!
       If it is a one person household you might be ok.  Vinigear kills off all bacteria.  It just can't tell which is good & which is bad.  I do use vinigear sometimes in my whites with no problem, just not something I would do very often.

    Some other things to keep in mind for those with septic tanks.  Use only liquid landry soaps.  Most of what comes in powdered types is filler & all it fills up is your tank over time.  You do not want to use fabric softeners in your wash either as the reason they work is again, killing off bacteria , both good & bad so it kills off the good in your tank.

    luckily we had a friend with a septic business in another part of the state that explained which type of customers they loved becuase there was so much repeat business!  Like I said, that gets expensive.

    I declare to you that woman must not depend upon the protection of man, but must be taught to protect herself, and there I take my stand. ~Susan B. Anthony
  • Thu, Apr 14 2011 4:00 PM In reply to

    • Brandy
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    Re: Detergent Savings

     

    Mimi:
    I didn't plan to do a Tide commerci

    I used cheaper detergent until we moved. I could not get my husband's clothes clean smelling  and began trying different detergents. I ended up with Tide and I use less of it than the cheap stuff so it's my brand now and I adjust measurement based on how soiled the clothes is.

     

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  • Fri, Apr 15 2011 10:09 PM In reply to

    • Mimi
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    Re: Detergent Savings

    That's really good to know!  Thank you Grame!

    I'm glad you like it too Brandy!

    "...for the happy heart, life is a continual feast. Better to have little, with fear for the Lord, than to have great treasure and inner turmoil." Proverbs 15:15b-16 NLT

    The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.--Winston Churchill
  • Fri, Apr 15 2011 11:07 PM In reply to

    Re: Detergent Savings

    wow never heard of vineager with the dish soap ok something I learned I use it for laundry as a clothes softenerby but dish all you do is need a teaspoon.

    chrissanne
  • Sat, Apr 16 2011 7:14 AM In reply to

    Re: Detergent Savings

    You know, I have about 1/2 bottle of dish soap at my sink right now.  I think I will add vinegar to it and see how it works.  It certainly won't hurt anything.  And we are connected to the city water, so I don't have to worry about a septic system.  I'm going to try it and report back later today or tomorrow!
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  • Tue, Apr 19 2011 9:52 AM In reply to

    • gayla50
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    Re: Detergent Savings

    seems like every time I think I might have enough vinegar for canning I have to get more ...

    I add to my clothes , clean windows and mirrors and now to hand dishes  amazing ... Simple works so welll .

    Gayla

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  • Fri, Apr 22 2011 9:12 AM In reply to

    Re: Detergent Savings

    Well, obviously it took me longer than a day or 2 to report back.  I did try adding vinegar to the dish soap and it works really well.  In fact, I don't feel like I'm missing anything at all.  I'm definitely going to keep doing this.  I've got 1 full bottle of soap right now, but I'll just keep using that bottle and refilling it with soap & vinegar (50/50 ratio) from now on.
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