Let's talk laundry detergent

posted 3 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 3
333 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

I make my own and it is WAY cheaper to do so! I use: one cup of Borax, 1 cup of Super Washing soda, and 1 bar of ivory soap. I grate the soap and mix it all together and use a tablespoon or 2 for each load since it’s very concentrated. I think I spend about 15 a year to make my own soap. Hope this helps!

Post # 5
10219 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

I use Tide… truly believe it is the best Laundry Detergent in the marketplace… BUT it isn’t cheap.  To me it is that old saying… you get what you pay for.


Post # 6
454 posts
Helper bee

will never leave Gain Apple Mango Tango behind. it’s the best!!


Post # 7
15016 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

What do you mean when you say your cloths aren’t getting clean? It could be your water source, lack or addition of softened water, or older water pipes. I would first try adding oxyclean to your wish and see if that helps. 

Post # 8
468 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2015

@tksjewelry:  I second this. Also try running a cup or two of white vinegar on hot, with no clothes. 


I use Mrs Myers detergent. A little more cost wise, but it works like a champ and lasts forever. 

Post # 9
2831 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

i’m allergic to most detergents. the only commercial one i can use is purex. anything else, and my skin breaks out in massive red hives and it’s just not pretty.

i thought about making my own, but i haven’t gotten around to it. my mom’s a longtime purex user, and we live with my parents right now. so making my own really would be counterproductive, since it’s all of us using one washer & dryer. and she already buys purex detergent in bulk.

Post # 10
451 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

I use Tide Cold Water and Woolite Darks for dark clothes. Neither are cheap but neither are clothes

Post # 11
342 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

I use Cheer, love the smell.

Post # 12
2630 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I had this issue a few months ago, and a few lovely ladies here suggested I use borax as an additive. For me, the biggest problem is hard water. It works like a charm! Using vinegar as opposed to softener also helps. 

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