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View Poll Results: What is your favorite brand of laundry detergent?
Tide 27 39.71%
All 11 16.18%
Gain 8 11.76%
Wisk 0 0%
Cheer 4 5.88%
Surf 0 0%
Other 18 26.47%
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Old 10-02-2006, 07:19 AM   #1
 
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Default What is your favorite brand of laundry detergent?

I use Tide but I'm wondering if there is a better/cheaper alternative. For some reason I feel my clothes don't get as clean as they should. Could be due to the fact that I don't have enough clothing to wash each category of colors separately so I end up having oranges, greens, purples, blacks, whites etc... all together.

What kind do you use?
Tried any particular brand that you would never use again?

Are you supposed to use downy in addition to your detergent?
If so, for what purpose?
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Old 10-02-2006, 07:24 AM   #2
 
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I chose “other.” I use Trader Joe’s brand of detergent since it is vegetable based. Many of those national brands you listed makes me itch and/or get a rash. I never use fabric softener, I find it useless since I never hang stuff to dry. I just stick a dryer sheet in the load as it dries and I have no laundry issues.

I just separate lights and darks. We always have more darks than lights, so I just adjust the load setting to small or medium if we don’t have that many clothes to wash at one time.
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Old 10-02-2006, 07:36 AM   #3
 
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My gynecologist told me to use All Free and Clear (hypoallergenic detergent) and avoid fabric softener. The scents and dyes in other detergents and fabric softeners can irritate your skin.
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Old 10-02-2006, 07:37 AM   #4
 
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fragrance-free seventh generation or some other more environmentally friendly detergent, combined with vinegar and baking soda for darks and mediums, or with peroxide for whites.
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Old 10-02-2006, 07:38 AM   #5
 
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I use the new Tide with Downy.
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Old 10-02-2006, 07:40 AM   #6
 
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My gynecologist told me to use All Free and Clear (hypoallergenic detergent) and avoid fabric softener. The scents and dyes in other detergents and fabric softeners can irritate your skin.
You didn't vote!


I picked All. I've never had a doctor tell me that, just found that I did better with it...I'm allergic to just about everything.
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I make my own.
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My gynecologist told me to use All Free and Clear (hypoallergenic detergent) and avoid fabric softener. The scents and dyes in other detergents and fabric softeners can irritate your skin.

You didn't vote!


I picked All. I've never had a doctor tell me that, just found that I did better with it...I'm allergic to just about everything.
My bad Ok I will vote.
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Old 10-02-2006, 08:01 AM   #9
 
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Other. We use Dreft. So far everything else flares up my son's excema.
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fragrance-free seventh generation or some other more environmentally friendly detergent, combined with vinegar and baking soda for darks and mediums, or with peroxide for whites.
What does the vinegar and baking soda or peroxide do? And how much do you put in?
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Old 10-02-2006, 08:37 AM   #11
 
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I use the Costco version of the Free & Clear stuff, and sometimes I make my own.
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Old 10-02-2006, 08:56 AM   #12
 
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I use the Purex unscented/no color for lights, and Woolite for Darks to keep darks from fading. Cheer makes a detergent for darks but it has a very strong fragrance, ick.
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fragrance-free seventh generation or some other more environmentally friendly detergent, combined with vinegar and baking soda for darks and mediums, or with peroxide for whites.
What does the vinegar and baking soda or peroxide do? And how much do you put in?
the nature of more natural detergents is that they aren't as sudsing, which is fine with me, because in all honesty, our clothes seldom get grimey, and very warm water on high aggitation alone can adequately clean most of our clothing.

but the vinegar and baking soda add to the degreasing and cleansing properties of the detergent. and the peroxide helps to naturally whiten the whites without the use of bleach.

i add a cup of peroxide to whites and let them soak maybe 30 minutes before starting the cycle.

i add a cup each of vinegar and baking soda to the laundry for all other colors. we don't line dry; we use our dryer. and when our clothes come out, they smell so fresh (a close second to line-dried clothes). no perfume, no fabric softeners, no dryer sheets. just clean, fresh, soft clothing that doesn't irritate anyone's skin or nose.
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I buy whatever is cheapest and is free of dyes and perfumes. I add a bit of oxyclean(or whatever equivalent is cheaper) to each load. I think the oxygenated stuff makes the difference for me. I have kids, so tide alone doesn't keep clothes looking good. It looks the same as it would if I used cheap detergent. So I use cheap detergent and add the oxy stuff and voila! My kids clothes still look great.
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Old 10-02-2006, 09:15 AM   #15
 
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I used to like Oxydol (I thnk that's what it was called - it's in the green jug and smelled really good) but I can't find it in KC so now I use Wisk.
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I buy whatever is cheapest and is free of dyes and perfumes. I add a bit of oxyclean(or whatever equivalent is cheaper) to each load. I think the oxygenated stuff makes the difference for me.
ditto!
I wash everything together (lights with darks tho I wear almost no white, jeans with bras), I don't use chlorine bleach, and I don't use fabric softener. I've been washing like this for 30 some years and as yet no one has said my clothes look dirty or dingy.
I do NOT take after my mother who is a laundry-nazi and sticks by the old school rules to a T. I love to get her bent out of shape by talking about how I do laundry. It gives her fits and makes us all laugh. I also don't iron anthing and that drives her nuts too. I'd rather be on here talking to you guys than worrying about my laundry.
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Old 10-02-2006, 09:58 AM   #17
 
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I was using Tide have switched....lately been using Cheer. A few weeks ago I was at the store picking up some new scrubs for work. Well when you purchase new scrubs they usually give you directions to soak them in Vinegar before you wash them (this keeps them from fading as quick) After soaking them in Vinegar for 30 minutes it says to wash as normal avoiding harsh detergents i.e Tide. I questioned the woman behind the counter about this and she says that Tide is very harsh on clothing and clothes will fade faster using this.
Well I've used Tide for years and never really had a problem..but I did switch..I cant see spending so much money on a harsh detergent.
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Old 10-02-2006, 10:02 AM   #18
 
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I use Tide, preferrably the Free, and have not really been happy with the results, so all these other tips are FABULOUS!
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Old 10-02-2006, 11:15 AM   #19
 
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I use Tide Free also, but have been happy with it hehehehe. I don't have to use very much detergent at all (we have a water softner) and I run an extra rinse cycle. It works great for my family.
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Old 10-02-2006, 11:24 AM   #20
 
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My vote was for Cheer. I have been using it for 4+ years. When I started dating my current boyfriend this is what he used. I bought Tide once and his poor sensitive skin got irritated. He's awfully picky about laundry soap for someone who has never done a load of laundry the entire time I've dated him.

We bought a high efficiency washer and dryer so we had to start buying the special Cheer and the bottles are just too small! I guess the idea is that you use less detergent and do larger loads. But still it seems like we go through it fast.
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