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Old 11-10-2007, 08:25 AM   #1
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Your opinions on laundry detergent

Do you guys feel there is much of a difference between the expensive brands and the generics?

What is your favorite brand? Do you only use one kind or do you buy what is on special?


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Old 11-10-2007, 08:59 AM   #2
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I've used name brands before, but I've used the cheapest generic kind for years now and see no difference. I do pretreat spots with Shout spray. Another tip, I hang dry cotton and nylon clothes on plastic hangers or folding racks instead of the drier, too. They seem to look like new so much longer.

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Old 11-10-2007, 10:05 AM   #3
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we don't use a clothes dryer. since i finished our basement and have heating/dehumidification installed (my parrots live down there, so it's like another living room), we hang all of our clothes on lines. you'd be surprised at how much better it is for your clothes.
and it saves a load of energy.

as far as detergent goes, my wife swears by tide or all. no generics or low cost stuff for a clothes horse.
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Old 11-10-2007, 10:12 AM   #4
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We use alot of "on sale" liquids....I see very little difference...We have an electric-holic dryer, but there is nothing like sheets hung on an outside line all day in the fresh breezes and sunshine...Wow!!!
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Old 11-10-2007, 10:34 AM   #5
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I've used liquid Tide for over 40 years and wouldn't use anything else. I've tried other detergents, generics and others and feel Tide does the best job.

I don't use powdered detergent because of the additives that are in them to prevent them from caking in the package. I'd rather not have that in my washer "gunking" up the works.

I don't use any of the "added" versions, just plain old Tide. The only thing I add to my wash water is 1/2 cup of Arm & Hammer baking soda. I believe it helps the detergent do a better job.

I, too, rarely use the dryer. In addition to saving money/energy, our clothes smell better and last longer when I line dry them. Think about it. All that fuzzy stuff in the lint trap is really tiny bits of what was dried in the dryer.
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Old 11-11-2007, 12:19 AM   #6
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I use a brand put out by Costco. It's a powder and it doesn't have fragrance or additives in it. I've been happy with it.
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Old 11-11-2007, 01:47 AM   #7
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I use liquid Era and it does a very good job.
I add Borax powder especially to whites, bed linens and towels. Can't hang laundry where we live..deed restrictions.
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Old 11-11-2007, 04:10 AM   #8
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I was taught when I went to appliance repair school back in the 90`s that tide was the
worst thing you could put in your washer, I dont know if they have changed the formula
or know I don`t use it. I use mainly a generic, and a sears solar dryer.
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Old 11-11-2007, 04:59 AM   #9
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I use surf. At first it was because I just liked the name(ans I surf a lot), but I like it above other brands. Does a great job of getting stains out of mu coats, and smells great.

Tide makes my arms itch for some reason...just my arms.
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Old 11-11-2007, 06:25 AM   #10
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I have used Arm and Hammer for years. Some prefer the perfumed soaps, but I just can't justify the difference in price. A bottle of good perfume would probably go a long way, in the rinse water. I have on occasion tried the more expensive ones but they didn't make any difference in the way they cleaned.

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