Costco exist in the UK, and I buy my washing detergent powder
in the giant boxes from there. Takes me 1-2 years to get through
one. It's much cheaper than buying the regular size boxes in shops
(keep an eye out for Costco special offers as you start running out),
but main reason is I don't have to buy and carry it home so often.
Adjust dose to match the amount of dirt you expect it to need to
remove from the clothes.
Bare in mind US washing soap and European washing detergent are
completely different things, because the washing machines have
completely different methods of washing.
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This may have been true in the past, but the US market is
transitioning rapidly to Euro-style front loaders. Top loaders
are hardly even advertised anymore.
Until recently, many of the US-brand front loaders were built by
Of course, ours are bigger than yours!
I use the detergent depending on how soiled the clothes are. On my
regular office clothes about 1/4 of the suggested amount. When Ive
been working in the yard about 1/2. Wifes undies...double strength.
Seriously though I use about 1/4 the amount unless something is really
dirty or greasy. Rubbing a little Octagon soap into the dirty spots on
my work clothes really helps. I didnt realize how much we were paying
for laundry powders until I had to go off for training for 6wks.
Wow! Between 4 and 7 UK pounds for slightly over five pounds of
laundry detergent; that's something of the order, in North America,
of seven to ten dollars!!!! Or $2.50 per pound.
Just how much is used each wash load and in what kind of washer;
because UK and European style washers I have encountered in Britain
and the Middle East, in recent years are smallish front loaders? Less
than half a small cup??????
Here a couple of kilos of the cheaper 'house brand' powder laundry
detergent in my 20+ year old North American style washer with a couple
to three loads per week, which include the odd heavy item like a very
large towel, bed blankets etc. etc. lasts for at least several weeks
to a couple of months plus. Only think have bought laundry detergent
once, since Christmas and there is at least a third to half a box
Sometimes wash in warm water, if anything greasy and at other times in
cold water. Washed a load tonight which included four or more towels,
several shirts and socks and a pile of male underwear; wasn't a
particularly heavy load btw, and used one small measure, about a
cupful, of detergent.
There is Naptha Laundry soap, washing soda and Mule Team Borax. There
is a home recipe where you can make a laundry gel at a fraction of the
cost of laundry soap powders. The home made stuff does not have some
of the additives, fabric conditioners, etc.
I find that with softened water, I can use 1/4 to 1/3 of the recommended
dose of detergent, and it still gets the clothes clean. In fact, in my
previous apartment, until I cut down on the amount of detergent, I had
trouble getting the clothes to rinse clean of all the soap. Had to run
the washer a second time with no soap added to get the rinse water to
come up clear.
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