(Closed) What household products do you refuse to skimp on/buy generic?

posted 6 years ago in Home
Post # 3
2571 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@musician32992:  Same here re: Tide although I have to use Tide HE as our apartment washers demand HE detergent here.

I also only use DAWN as my dishwashing liquid and get pissy when Darling Husband buys anything else (it doesn’t work as well!).

Post # 4
8439 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

@musician32992:  I love the cascade gel paks too.  I actually tried a generic and it didn’t work nearly as well, lesson learned.  Everything else is pretty much Kirkland brand from Costco.

Post # 5
13563 posts
Honey Beekeeper

I’m like you — I don’t buy generic laundry detergent or dishwasher detergent but for the most part, I’m happy to buy store brand for just about everything else!

Post # 6
523 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@musician32992:  Agree with both of yours. Also most condiments-I have to have Hellmans mayo, Heinz ketchup, and Guldens mustard. And dawn soap to wash dishes

Post # 7
843 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Probably nothing for me.  I don’t necessarily buy generic, I just buy whatever is on sale, so I change brands all the time.

Post # 8
1031 posts
Bumble bee

Tide for sure, anything else gives me a rash. Dawn dish soap, but because it donates to wildlifefunds. I have to have Purex toilet paper.

Post # 9
1461 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I always purchase Mr. Clean bathroom products. It cuts the cleaning time in half. 

Post # 12
95 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: March 2015

Heinz tomato soup!

Post # 13
13563 posts
Honey Beekeeper

@musician32992:  Ooh good to know. 🙂

We use powdered dish detergent and are happy with it, but again, we weren’t happy with the generic brand of the powdered kind.

And I guess I was thinking more cleaning supplies, not groceries/food when I first answered. But really, we buy a lot of store-brand when it comes to food, too. There are very few things I insist upon being name brand!


Post # 14
11809 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2009 - Barr Mansion

I will buy the store/generic brand of most prepackaged, processed food (though I try to keep how much of that we buy to a minimum). Other than that, I’m pretty picky about brands. For household cleaners and products I like 7th Generation, Mrs. Meyers, anything that has mostly natural ingredients, fewer harsh chemicals. Same for products that are going to touch my skin, like lotions, body wash, etc.


Post # 15
9134 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

Heinz ketchup for sure.  Good to know I’m not the only one brand loyal to Heinz.

Real Tobasco sauce, even though we do buy other hot sauces this is the one my husband uses almost daily.

Clorox wipes.  We tried the store brand and they just shredded coming out of the container so we figured it’s worth spending the extra 20 cents on the real thing.

Other than that I prefer store brand or whatever is on sale for the cheapest.

Post # 16
970 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Banff, Alberta

Dish soap for sure. What is the point in using 3x the amount and then it still not working as well? 

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