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Old 06-09-2016, 08:51 AM   #21
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I eagerly anticipated the appearance of the Arm & Hammer pods, got one package. They did fine, but the expense was too high, I'm back to the liquid. Pods: convenient - yes, less mess- yes, foolproof - yes...just not worth the money.

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Old 06-09-2016, 09:47 AM   #22
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It's the old "lather, rinse, repeat" scam revisited. My washing machine has a dispenser for prewash, detergent, bleach and fabric softener, so I haven't even considered using pods. I have been using Persil Proclean Power Pearls for whites and Persil Proclean Power Liquid for colours, and I agree with Consumer Reports that they are better than any other detergent, including all versions of Tide.

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Old 06-09-2016, 09:55 AM   #23
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I'm looking forward to Katie's variation on a homemade laundry soap.

There are variations that are just powder and some that are gel. Some add small amounts of blue dishwashing detergent, some with oxy products.

It's just DH and I now, so we buy powdered detergent about once every 2 years and we use gelled homemade laundry soap most of the time.

For whites and sheets, I use powdered detergent, for everyday work clothes and play clothes, gelled laundry soap.

Gelled laundry soap
12 oz of shredded homemade soap (or use Fels Naptha or Ivory)
melt it in 3 quarts of boiling water.
Pour the melted (clear, no solids) soap into a 3 gallon bucket with 1 and 1/2 cups of borax powder and 1 and 1/2 cups of washing soda. Mix well, then add cool water to fill. Mix again about every couple hours until it is cool. It will turn into gel. I use 1/2 cup per load. (optionally add a little essential oil, like lavender or tea tree oil for a scent) Makes 3 gallons. Store with a measuring 1/2 cup and cover between loads with a lid.

Pros: Gelled laundry soap costs less than $5 and it lasts us 7-9 months.
Cons: Doesn't keep whites white, they get a little gray, which can be remedied with some bleach and detergent.

You can test to see if you are using too much detergent or not, by starting your laundry without detergent, if you are you seeing any suds, it's detergent left in your clothes. Then you can cut back on how much is used.

Laundry soap gel, doesn't suds, it's not supposed to.
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Old 06-09-2016, 10:10 AM   #24
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Katie posted her method several years ago: Homemade Laundry Soap
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Old 06-09-2016, 10:26 AM   #25
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I just figured my cost and it is less than 5 cents a load for the detergent.
Pods would be way over priced to save what 3 seconds.
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Old 06-09-2016, 12:01 PM   #26
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We've been using cheap, powdered, generic laundry detergent that come in 40 lb pails for years.
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Old 06-09-2016, 04:24 PM   #27
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I use All clean and clear pods. I've NEVER used more than 1 pod per load and have no regrets. I have one of the newer High efficiency washers so the water use is less than in regular machines. I could deal with the liquid detergent but DH does his own laundry and would not put the detergent in the proper dispenser on the new machine. This way, he can't screw up his clothes! It's mostly just the 2 of now anyway so the extra expense is minimal.

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