I remember reading a while ago that it costs the washing machine powder
manufacturers more to make the carboard box than it does to make the washing
power inside the box. In all events having to pay between £4.50 and £6.50
odd for a box weighing 2.4Kg week after week mounts up to a big expenditure.
There is all this endless chat from manufacturers in their adverts about how
white etc, etc, but do they really know what they are doing? It was not so
long ago that it was found some of these powders actually cause the clothes
fabrics to rot.
Since most peoples clothes are not really that dirty as a general rule, is
there not a simpler less expensive alternative that could be made up to put
in a washing machine? Thanks for any advice.
Good grief! That's 5.5lbs of detergent. Unless you're washing
clothes for a platoon, that shouldn't have to be purchased "week after
week". For a family, it should last months. Don't they have sales
at the supermarket on this stuff? Here in the USA the supermarkets
have various brands on sale all the time. I use whatever happens to
be the best deal, usually one of the lesser known brands, and buy a
couple jugs when it's on sale. I get it for maybe $3 for a 2x
concentrate small to med jug. I then have enough for months.
I haven't ever done a test to see if there is any difference between
say Tide and one of the cheaper brands. All I know is I don't have
really tough cleaning, eg no kids, no dirty work clothes, etc and the
off brands work fine. Unless you have some very high usage
requirements, I can't imagine it's worth it to screw around trying to
figure out how to make detergent.
I buy a large bucket of Sears Ultra HE detergent for around $20. I
generally do two to three loads of laundry a week and one bucket lasts
probably 4 years. I only use about half the prescribed amount since my
water is quite hard. Everything seems to come clean with half the amount
I don't consider $5 a year to be too much to pay for laundry detergent.
Do you own an He washer? I own a Kenmore front loading He and it uses
about one third the detergent that the top loading Kenmore of 1975 it
replaced used. The trade off is the wash cycle is longer. In fact the
longest cycle with pre-wash and extra rinse is almost 2 hours!
Purchased an 8LB (80 loads) box of detergent when I bought the washer
a year ago and it's still half full. I think the He washer does a
better job cleaning and with a 1200rpm spin the clothes take half the
time to dry. Most of the time I hang stuff to dry in the basement or
outside weather permitting saving even more energy.
Yes, I have a front load washer that recommends HE detergent. I think
there are more choices for HE detergent now, but years ago the large
bucket of Sears HE detergent was the least expensive way to go.
As in buying anything, don't go for the advertised stuff, buy teh
house brand. Lately a "Basic" brand showed up. On sale for IIRC
around $8 for 20 lb bucket. That is less than a third the cost of the
Question for the group....
I've always used liquid detergents but find it messy at
Are powders just as good and maybe cheaper?
Also, I use detergents with NO scents, smells, etc!!
Does there exist a powder like that for top loader (or
Not in some situations. I wash in cold water and wear dark blue
T shirts all year round and find that you get a sort of scum with
powders which appears to be due to the soap not dissolving entirely.
You can wipe it away when hanging it on the line, but there can be
too much to bother with and so I use the clear liquid detergents that
dont have that problem.
Dunno, havent compared on prices, essentially because I use
so little that its not a major consideration. I have very large
numbers of the commonly worn stuff like T shirts so I can
do a full load and so the cost isnt a significant consideration.
Yeah, me too. Same with the shower, I use Pears Transparent,
because its one of the few with no smell at all. I use it for the hair too.
Dunno. The liquid detergent I use is has no scents or smells.
You are probably right that the box (plus handling) is far more than
the detergent itself costs. The trick is to buy the biggest box you
can find. Then some of the fixed costs are amortized over more of the
product. We have warehouse stores here that will sell you detergent in
a big tub. That is usually the best way to go. You get about 200 loads
per tub and you can probably use less per load stretching that out to
250 or so. I do not consider this a big expense. The electricity to
wash and dry a load is far more than the soap.
I don't know if there is a COSTCO in the UK, where the OP seems to be
located. But, if they have the equivalent of Walmart or Sams Club in
the UK, check out their prices. Also, in the US we have "Consumers
Reports" that has done a comparison of many different brands of
clothes washing soap. And, as others have said try using half the
amount the manufacturer recommends and see if that isn't just as
good. The mfgr has no incentive to recommend anything less than the
maximum amount they can get you to use and still have most of it come
out in the rinse.
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