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Cutting the Cost of Laundry Detergent

April 7th, 2010 at 01:35 am

A web site recently asked readers what they pay for laundry detergent. Some make their own. Some buy on sale. I don't make it but I keep the recipes in case I ever have to.

Me, I combine 2 strategies.

Rarely do I pay more than tax for laundry detergent. I prefer Tide or Wisk but I am flexible. I combine sales, coupons, and rebates. This week K-Mart has coupon doubles to $2 and I got (5) 32oz bottles of All for the cost of tax. Sale price $4 - 2MQ doubled or $4 - $4 = $0+tax. Since I am stocked up on Tide and Wisk right now, the All Detergent was donated to the food pantry.

Even thought I pay little to nothing out of pocket, I buy the regular type of detergent for my HE front loader. Ten years ago, when I got my front loader it was hard to find HE detergent. I called Proctor and Gamble and told them that I had a front loader and still wanted to use Tide but there wasn't any HE Tide available at that time. They told me to just use half the recommended amount of regular Tide and it should be fine. So that is what I did and they were right. So my 32 load bottle is a 64 load bottle and I get the same cleaning action and results.

So my 2 main strategies are to:

1. Combine sales, coupons and rebates (goal is
$0+Tax or even less)
2. Use regular detergent for my front loader and
just cut the amount in half. (If the clothes are
especially dirty, add a little more, but not
much.)

3 Responses to “Cutting the Cost of Laundry Detergent”

  1. whitestripe Says:

    I use eco friendly laundry liquids, and vinegar & bicarb as softeners/brighteners. The laundry liquid i buy is ~$4 a 2L bottle and lasts us over a month. We don't have coupons or rebates here, and I don't buy the powder variety, or ones that can't be used as grey-water. I also use half the recommended amount, which probably makes it last longer, too.

  2. dmontngrey Says:

    I have so much ALL that I got for free last fall. I don't think I'll ever run out! Smile

  3. elisabeth Says:

    10 years ago when I got my front loader I wanted to be eco-friendly; save water, electricity and clothes would last longer. Eco-friendly opportunity has moved to whole new levels. I wished we could use a grey water system but they were against the law then. I definitely want one in my next home.

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