Sunday, April 5, 2009


I splurged. I bought Tide at Walmart for $18.47/powder/95 loads. It almost killed me. I usually buy Era and they were out. 2 weeks ago I bought Surf. It was $10 for 120 loads. There is a reason for that. It doesn't dissolve in HOT or COLD water, leaves white granules all over your clothes and the clothes are no cleaner than when you threw them in the laundry basket. Bitter.

I will be taking that one back with a verbal note to Walmart of my displeasure. Not wanting to go through that again, I decided to splurge and solve for myself, the age old question, why does Tide cost so much more than other detergents?

Well, after 2 loads, my clothes are clean and there are no white granules. I would love to tell you how they smell but this dang cold prevents such reports. Any referrals out there on a cost effective laundry detergent that can handle 3 messy kids under 5? Thanks!


  1. I use an all natural brand that is $12.99 for 210 loads if purchased from Costco. Ecos. It isn't Tide, but it is the next best thing in my book...and I don't have to feed the kids ramen noodles everday for a week if I buy it.

  2. I've been a Tide snob for years. I won't use anything else, b/c nothing else gets the kids clothes clean. I only use the liquid b/c I think it treats my own clothes better.

    FYI - right now the smaller (25 load) bottles are on sale at Family Dollar for $5. There's a Family Dollar newspaper coupon for $5 off a $25 purchase. So, I just bought 125 loads worth of detergent, for $20. That's a deal in my book!

  3. Viv, good idea. I LOVE LOVE LOVE costco. Anne, I don't know if we have a fam dollar...or their circulars around here. I'll have to check.