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WHET powdered laundry detergent?

I've long preferred powdered detergent. I think it cleans my clothes better than liquid, and I really hate pods. I throw in some borax with it, and sometimes vinegar, and my clothes stay fresh and smelling great.

In the past few years, it's become harder and harder to find powdered detergent. I used to buy powdered Persil (the German version) via Amazon, but last year I quit Amazon and don't want to pay huge fees to buy it elsewhere. At my local grocery, the ONLY option for powdered detergent is Tide, and only one type. They have dozens of options for liquid.

What gives?

by Anonymousreply 125June 27, 2022 1:36 PM

[quote]I think it cleans my clothes better than liquid

It's the same shit, except the powdered one needs some time to fully dissolve in the water, while the liquid one skips that step and starts working immediately. Powdered laundry detergent is from another era, that's why it's disappearing from the shelves.

Also, some of the powdered ones clean more thoroughly because they are so much harsher chemically, they're slowly destroying the clothes with each wash. They're horrible for vibrant colours and deep blacks as well. That's why conditioners were used so much more back in the day, to soften the overwashed clothes and give you the impression nothing was wrong.

by Anonymousreply 1June 19, 2022 10:29 AM

Liquid detergent is 90% water for the same price as the powdered detergent which is 100% detergent. Dudes that answer your question?

by Anonymousreply 2June 19, 2022 10:36 AM

I read somewhere that powdered detergent is more eco-friendly than liquid, as is the packaging, which tends to use cardboard rather than plastic.

It's readily available in the U.K. I use the Ecover one (see link). Effective and low environmental impact. And no, I don't work for them!

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by Anonymousreply 3June 19, 2022 10:51 AM

One box of powdered Persil on Amazon is selling for over $100. What was that Amazon was saying about not allowing price gouging from 3rd-party sellers?

by Anonymousreply 4June 19, 2022 10:54 AM

OP, between the two of them Walmart and Target carry several kinds of powdered laundry detergent (Gain, All, Arm & Hammer, Cheer, the Mexican brands Foca, Ariel and Roma, some other eco-friendly brands in addition to Tide), some in the brick and mortar stores and some only via their websites. But they're out there. I know I've see a few kinds at Dollar General too, and at Grocery Outlet.

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by Anonymousreply 5June 19, 2022 11:05 AM

Thanks r5

by Anonymousreply 6June 19, 2022 11:07 AM

Arm & Hammer was the last powdered one in my supermarket but that disappeared a few years ago so I’m forced to buy the liquid. Pods are an even bigger waste as most people use too much detergent. (Note the markings on the cap of the liquid are very difficult to see).

by Anonymousreply 7June 19, 2022 11:10 AM

I'm with OP and R2 -- I prefer powdered, and I like that it's 100% detergent. You can almost always use less than what the box indicates per load, and still get everything perfectly clean. I often mix/match powdered detergents to create my own "recipe," as well. I, too, wish there were more options more readily available.

I especially miss Ivory's powdered detergent -- it was a gentle detergent formulated for baby clothes and had a wonderful, very light scent. Target used to sell its own version formulated for baby clothes that was even better, but it disappeared years before Ivory did. The liquid version of Ivory, which remains, has a much harsher, more unpleasant scent.

[quote]they're slowly destroying the clothes with each wash

^^ I suspect that also has to do with the quality of clothing going down a lot over the past couple of decades (or longer).

by Anonymousreply 8June 19, 2022 11:19 AM

When I can find it, I really like Charlie's Soap:

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by Anonymousreply 9June 19, 2022 11:38 AM

Powder is everywhere in the UK, including US outfits like Costco. Even if you prefer liquid, you need to use powder every few washes because one of the downsides of liquids/gels etc are that they tend to accumulate in the rubber seals before they have a chance to fully disperse in the water causing a black, mouldy build up and that tell-tale musty smell that even a machine cleaning cycle cannot shift. Interspersing with a powder based wash gets rid of the smell at least.

We had an LG washing machine that had the most convoluted door seal ever with thin long folds that were nigh on impossible to get into. You couldn't even remove the seal without dismantling the entire machine. Had to get rid of it because it got tiresome having to spend half an hour dredging the ring between washes.

The problem with powder is that it often doesn't dissolve properly in the wash either. Ended up with far too many garments with white streaks on them after drying. The only solution is to dissolve the powder in warm water right before starting the wash but who has the time or patience to stand there doing that before using a labour-saving device?

by Anonymousreply 10June 19, 2022 11:50 AM

I have a real hard time paying for liquid detergent, a product that I use by **putting it in water!**

Why should pay for the manufacturer's water -- my water works just fine.

R1 is a damn fool.

by Anonymousreply 11June 19, 2022 11:57 AM

"Rinso White, Rinso Blue, Happy Little wash Day Song"

by Anonymousreply 12June 19, 2022 12:06 PM

Tide Original !

by Anonymousreply 13June 19, 2022 12:11 PM

Tide Pods!

They double as a delightful snack when I'm hungry

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by Anonymousreply 14June 19, 2022 12:21 PM

I believe these newer machines don’t do well with powder.

by Anonymousreply 15June 19, 2022 12:27 PM

Did you pick that up from the owner's manual, r15? Or just pull it out of your ass or Facebook?

by Anonymousreply 16June 19, 2022 12:30 PM

I still use Tide powder detergent for hot water washing whites, it does work better than liquid. But liquid is better for warm and cold wash because you don't have to worry about the residue than powder can leave in non-hot washes.

by Anonymousreply 17June 19, 2022 12:32 PM
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by Anonymousreply 18June 19, 2022 12:32 PM

Then stop using so much goddamn powder, you idiot!

by Anonymousreply 19June 19, 2022 12:33 PM

I always add the detergent first while the machine is filling (top loader), powder or liquid.

by Anonymousreply 20June 19, 2022 12:34 PM

health food stores tend to carry the necessary ingredients and alternatives.

And occasionally feed/ranch stores.

by Anonymousreply 21June 19, 2022 12:35 PM

There are DIY recipes for powdered laundry detergent, “washing soda” plus something. It’s very inexpensive. Not sure if it works as well.

by Anonymousreply 22June 19, 2022 12:36 PM

There are certainly some angry powder fans in this thread. Who knew that laundresses could be so bitchy?

by Anonymousreply 23June 19, 2022 12:37 PM

Sorry r18, didn’t see your comment.

by Anonymousreply 24June 19, 2022 12:38 PM

To all you little Martha Stewarts making your own laundry detergent... GET LAID ONCE IN AWHILE 🙄

by Anonymousreply 25June 19, 2022 12:43 PM

Mother always said that people who use liquid detergent were trash, simply ghastly trash and so I always insist on powder

by Anonymousreply 26June 19, 2022 12:43 PM

^ Your mother needed to get laid once in awhile too

by Anonymousreply 27June 19, 2022 12:45 PM

r24 quite alright.. half the people ignore me anyway.

r22 it's variable. . . one has to experiment with their own blends as the biggest problem

r25 it doubles as a lesbian aphrodisiac. Also works well enough with the rugged outdoorsy type of blokes. . .

by Anonymousreply 28June 19, 2022 12:47 PM

Have you visited Walmart? They always carry huge bags of detergent powder, like this cheap one $9.98 for 10lb bag

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by Anonymousreply 29June 19, 2022 12:48 PM

^ as the biggest problem are the variables in machines... and needs. Sometimes the grains of standard recipes don't fully dissolve if your machine doesn't have enough kick or has low water usage. . in those cases, people might go half and half.. might add a bit of soap oil. tree tea oil is popular too.

by Anonymousreply 30June 19, 2022 12:50 PM

Those are some good notes R10. Thank you!

by Anonymousreply 31June 19, 2022 1:10 PM

Is it ok to use one measuring thing instead of two for powder detergent?

by Anonymousreply 32June 19, 2022 4:29 PM

Miss R32, most poop-stained clothing will require two scoops of detergent to wash out.

by Anonymousreply 33June 19, 2022 4:41 PM

I like this ultra concentrated version of Persil. This bottle is good for 110 loads. So it should last longer than any powder and be more eco-friendly even if you let it ship. Persil usually ranks on top of consumer reviews along with Tide Liquid. If you stick to the original scent it's not that strong. It's also available unscented.

Also: Don't go cheap on laundry detergent. Persil and Tide rank higher than even their own low-cost brands like Purex or Gain because they include more enzymes and tensides. They are just more capable of breaking down more types of dirt and stains. So more is actually more in terms of price. Just don't go overboard when measuring.

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by Anonymousreply 34June 19, 2022 5:32 PM

Despite their best efforts at greenwashing, and other marketing ploys, these companies take two or more steps backward for every step forward toward protecting the environment, or reducing waste, and fuels.

Seems awfully silly they want us to replace bars of soap which were packaged with minimal paper, and washing powders in cardboard boxes for products which weigh MUCH more, are packaged in plastic, and use more fuel to ship. Removing water weight, eliminating plastic containers, and using less fuel seems much smarter than all their concentrated formulas, and other BS "improved formulas".

I use solid shampoo bars, bar soaps, and a solid conditioner bar as well. The use of plastics should be reserved for only very special exceptions, rather than the norm. Excessive plastic packaging is killing the planet, and people. Why can't they put theses liquid formulas in something like a coated-paper milk carton? I prefer powder!

by Anonymousreply 35June 19, 2022 9:41 PM

OP, you can usually find a good selection of laundry detergent powder at Mexican supermercados if you have one near you

by Anonymousreply 36June 19, 2022 9:53 PM

I'm with r35. I prefer bar soap too

by Anonymousreply 37June 19, 2022 11:35 PM

It's time to bring back Folger's Crystals while we're at it. You just added a tablespoon of coffee crystals to a cup and added hot water.

Was it the Mr. Coffee machine that ended powdered coffee? I remember that once Mr. Coffee came out, everybody was using coffee machines from that point on.

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by Anonymousreply 38June 19, 2022 11:46 PM

The other thing which comes to mind when I kvetch about plastic containers, is that they could at least provide "refill" options, I reckon back that did not catch on at The Body Shop ages ago, but it seems to make sense.

Something akin to the Canadian milk bags might be better than nothing, if the chemistry of these liquid detergents actually requires a plastic container. They could make them compostable.

by Anonymousreply 39June 19, 2022 11:56 PM

Powder is the most popular in my country so I find this surprising. A appliances technician told me that you can use a 1/4 scoop instead of a full scoop for the same result, so powder is much more economical. Maybe that's why they got rid of it.

by Anonymousreply 40June 20, 2022 12:01 AM

R40 By far easier to schlep whilst travelling, as well as for those who need launderettes.

by Anonymousreply 41June 20, 2022 12:06 AM

I tried to use powder b/c I know it's better for the environment (comes in a cardboard box, less weight being transported, etc.), but it just wasn't dissolving that well. I was using Tide, Ivory, and Dreft (baby detergent). I even filled the machine (top loader) fully with water and let it agitate (with just water) before I put my clothes in. Still streaks of powder.

by Anonymousreply 42June 20, 2022 12:08 AM

Are top loaders more prevalent than front loaders in the USA? Top loaders operate better with liquid, apparently.

by Anonymousreply 43June 20, 2022 12:12 AM

Powdered laundry detergent is LITERAL VIOLENCE!

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by Anonymousreply 44June 20, 2022 12:14 AM

I buy powder. jJ.R. Watkins laundry detergent and Amway SA 8 laundry detergent

by Anonymousreply 45June 20, 2022 12:14 AM

I've never hand a problem with powder not dissolving when I add borax to it

by Anonymousreply 46June 20, 2022 12:21 AM

I just bought a top load washer because I hated my front load. I went to get some powder detergent because I prefer it too - it seems to soften the water better or something- and all I could find is Tide or Gain.

by Anonymousreply 47June 20, 2022 12:22 AM

Geez, do some of you senior gays only shop at one particular grocery store and never bother big boxes like Walmart or online shops Amazon? Powdered detergents, instant coffee powder... none of these products are discontinued, not only that, there are many different brands to choose from, especially the instant coffee powder, there is a rising demand for for gourmet instant coffee, there are more than10 different brands in the market now, stores like Walmart carry both the old Nescafe or Folgers and the new ones like Death Wish, Frozen Beans...

This is truly a silly thread!

by Anonymousreply 48June 20, 2022 12:24 AM

^ I'm sorry we keep you in this thread then. We really shouldn't force you to stay.

by Anonymousreply 49June 20, 2022 12:26 AM

R48 - I’m Canadian- our Walmart is less… uh…. luxurious than yours 😜

by Anonymousreply 50June 20, 2022 12:27 AM

Best laundry detergent I've ever used, and NO plastic.

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by Anonymousreply 51June 20, 2022 12:29 AM

I used to buy powdered detergent all the time, but then purchased one with some sort of bleaching power or something along those lines, and had little blue bits of powder along with the standard white normal type powder. Those blue motherfuckers streaked every piece of white/light colored clothing I had washed with it. I even ran them back through the washer with nothing but water, thinking it would rinse it out. It did not. They were all just destroyed. I've never bought powdered detergent since. I realize this is probably an overreaction on my part, and there are likely very fine powdered detergent products out there, but I've stuck with liquid ever since.

by Anonymousreply 52June 20, 2022 12:35 AM

R49 I am glad you use the word "we" here, I already get it this is just another nostalgic thread for certain posters on DL who are into this sort of things , even though what discussed here is not true, but it sure brings "everyone" together to have a collective fond memory for the past.

by Anonymousreply 53June 20, 2022 12:36 AM

I'm pretty sure it's still around, thought not anywhere near as prominently.

by Anonymousreply 54June 20, 2022 12:37 AM

R51 I've tried the Canadian-made Sheets brand, but they really did not get our laundry clean, even adding a couple extra. We do seem get awfully dirty though... my partner is constantly working on his car, and we have barn, and a large garden. How do you find it works on dirt and grease?

Though Charlie's soap works well, the product has damaged a few items. It faded a few brightly coloured knit shirts, and managed to make tiny little holes in some white tees. I'm not happy that it still comes in a plastic container either. My partner bought Charlie's soon after we tried Sheets Laundry Club.

by Anonymousreply 55June 20, 2022 12:45 AM

I miss the free towels...

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by Anonymousreply 56June 20, 2022 12:54 AM

I like to eat gain powder

by Anonymousreply 57June 20, 2022 12:56 AM

I use Gain liquid all the time now. The smell it leaves in my clothes is amazing, and the small remains when you put a shirt on a hanger and leave it ifor one or two months.

by Anonymousreply 58June 20, 2022 12:57 AM

R57 You need to be featured on [italic] My Strange Addiction [/italic] if it's still on air.

by Anonymousreply 59June 20, 2022 12:58 AM

You can't beat GR-R-R-R-R

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by Anonymousreply 60June 20, 2022 1:00 AM

I still use Oxydol.

by Anonymousreply 61June 20, 2022 1:57 AM

Wet powdered laundry detergent smells like cum.

by Anonymousreply 62June 20, 2022 2:11 AM

You made me hungry, OP, even as I pitied your plight.

by Anonymousreply 63June 20, 2022 3:42 AM

r46 I just know some have reported that happening... personally, I think it's because their math was likely wonky on trying to maximize or minimize a recipe for their own use. Though the bulk of people that complained of it of the most, the only commonality seemed to be those washers with restrictive water usage. . . as the off grid butter churn variety never professed a problem with it iether.

by Anonymousreply 64June 20, 2022 7:00 AM

Another Canadian here, and R47/50 is correct: our big-box stores don't have nearly the selection that's available in the U.S. It's almost always just Tide. Maybe Sunlight, too, depending on the retailer.

That said, I *love* the No Name brand powdered detergent (available at No Frills, Loblaws, Real Canadian Superstore, etc.). It seems to be periodically available, then not, then back on shelves for a while, then gone again... so I always stock up when I see it. It has a really nice, mild scent and is really affordable.

by Anonymousreply 65June 20, 2022 11:18 AM

Glad I'm not the only one who delights in doing laundry

by Anonymousreply 66June 20, 2022 10:22 PM

^ You're welcome to come over to my house the next time you need to feel "delighted"

by Anonymousreply 67June 20, 2022 10:25 PM

In the past powdered detergent could clump in the wash. I hope it’s improved. I’m looking for boxed detergent because I don’t want to buy plastic.

by Anonymousreply 68June 20, 2022 10:26 PM

Make my own powdered detergent. Have for years. Use one coffee scoop per load. Recipe found on-line.

Works great.

by Anonymousreply 69June 20, 2022 10:41 PM

Powdered detergent seems to strip colors and fade darks, and leave a white film on clothes. We switched years ago and never looked back.

by Anonymousreply 70June 20, 2022 10:51 PM

Op should have posted a thread about washing soda. It stirs gay men to post in droves.

by Anonymousreply 71June 20, 2022 10:52 PM

R70 says you.

by Anonymousreply 72June 20, 2022 10:53 PM

@r71, Why would you need to wash soda 🤔

by Anonymousreply 73June 20, 2022 10:55 PM

i used to use Persil liquid only but it got really expensive.

Saw a detergent video on Youtube and then tried ALL. It's just about the same.

I pretreat nasty stuff with DAWN liquid and hydrogen peroxide for blood.

Really simple and affordable.

by Anonymousreply 74June 20, 2022 11:39 PM

[quote]I pretreat nasty stuff with DAWN liquid and hydrogen peroxide for blood.

r74 = the ghost of Andrew Cunanan

by Anonymousreply 75June 20, 2022 11:42 PM

I boost my laundry with Oxi Clean, the whites anyway. Woolite liquid for darks. There's really no reason to use powder anymore.

by Anonymousreply 76June 21, 2022 1:04 AM

I love powder detergent. I wear cologne daily and powder makes my clothes feels clean but I can still smell like only my cologne

by Anonymousreply 77June 21, 2022 1:08 AM

I was at the supermarket this morning. Not a single powdered detergent, just liquid and those stupid pods. I bought a bar of Fels Naptha soap.

by Anonymousreply 78June 21, 2022 1:35 AM

How do you use a bar in your washer?

by Anonymousreply 79June 21, 2022 1:51 AM

R79 = way past stupid

by Anonymousreply 80June 21, 2022 1:59 AM

@r74, "I pretreat nasty stuff with DAWN liquid and hydrogen peroxide for blood"

Are you an ax murderer? 🤔

Some of you guys must be real pigs to need such elaborate washing concoctions

by Anonymousreply 81June 21, 2022 3:51 AM

I think it's exactly the same.

by Anonymousreply 82June 21, 2022 3:53 AM

Take it from me and SashaMonique, after MexiCoke, the best thing from south of the border is Roma.

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by Anonymousreply 83June 21, 2022 4:30 AM

9 out of 10 Mexican housekeepers agree Roma is the best

by Anonymousreply 84June 21, 2022 4:34 AM

Powdered is cheaper.

R79, you can shave or grate bar soap to use in the washer.

by Anonymousreply 85June 21, 2022 4:38 AM

Most washing machines now are "HE"- High Efficiency. Wash cycles are not as long and the amount of water used is less which is why they work better with liquid detergent than they do with powdered ones. The powder doesn't get the chance to dissolve properly and it can leave streaks on laundry.

Powdered detergents do offer more value to the consumer than liquids, so companies have gradually forced more people into using liquid detergent which means higher profits.

by Anonymousreply 86June 21, 2022 4:48 AM

Cultural Appropriation Alert: Have you seen the product photo and its packaging? Roma is meant to use in a tub with clothes washed by your own hands, a washing machine is an insult to our amigos and amigas in Mexico!

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by Anonymousreply 87June 21, 2022 4:56 AM

I prefer powdered detergent but I can't seem to find it anymore. At least not in the stores. I don't shop at Walmart on principal but if they have it perhaps I should start.

by Anonymousreply 88June 21, 2022 5:00 AM

[quote] I don't shop at Walmart on principal

^ please tell us where you shop

by Anonymousreply 89June 21, 2022 5:02 AM

I Love Walmart snobs 😂

by Anonymousreply 90June 21, 2022 5:03 AM

Costco mostly.

by Anonymousreply 91June 21, 2022 5:30 AM

[quote]I boost my laundry with Oxi Clean

Tip: the tubs of "oxygen cleaner" powder you can get at Dollar Tree (and other dollar stores) are the exact same thing, work just as well and cost MUCH less.

by Anonymousreply 92June 21, 2022 1:28 PM

I mean, you can dissolve the powder in water before putting it in the machine.

by Anonymousreply 93June 21, 2022 1:35 PM

I condole you, Mrs. OP.

by Anonymousreply 94June 21, 2022 1:36 PM

I use that in a spray bottle to pre-treat, and it works well- I've used it to clean fragile fabrics by hand

by Anonymousreply 95June 21, 2022 1:38 PM

Kroger's version of Oxi works just as well and it's half the price. If you can find it, I recommend it.

by Anonymousreply 96June 21, 2022 1:38 PM

Kroger's is not a nationwide chain.

by Anonymousreply 97June 21, 2022 1:42 PM

Actually, they are....they own chains in every region except New England, Florida and parts of the mid-Atlantic. Most private label detergents are made by the same company, so there probably is a similar store brand product regardless of where you live.

by Anonymousreply 98June 21, 2022 1:46 PM

Most of the stores owned by Kroger will carry Kroger products. They own a ton of stores, and are the 3rd largest retailer in the U.S. after Walmart and Amazon. Still, r97, I did say "if you can find it," so I clearly was not indicating that everyone had access.

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by Anonymousreply 99June 21, 2022 1:49 PM

Once I started making my own laundry detergent I would never go back. I make three batches a year and can add whatever essential oil I want. Currently I'm on lime. Can't beat the cost and no more plastic bottles being lugged around. I just make a liquid version.

by Anonymousreply 100June 21, 2022 2:32 PM

OP try Walmart and Target online and try Iherb for hippy detergents.

by Anonymousreply 101June 21, 2022 2:34 PM

I use Earth Breeze. Easy, cleans clothes fine, and eco-friendly.

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by Anonymousreply 102June 21, 2022 2:49 PM

^ I use Earth Breeze as well.

by Anonymousreply 103June 21, 2022 2:59 PM

R100 -- I set aside an hour or two about every 18 months to make my homemade powdered detergent.

Made a batch last month. I'm set till 2024.

I use a Mouli to shred my laundry bars and then an old food processor to pulverize the shreds. I dump the pulverized soap into a big plastic, re-purposed Utz Halloween pretzel container and add the washing soda, borax, Biz stain remover, and some oxygen bleach powder. Shake to blend. Done!

by Anonymousreply 104June 21, 2022 5:15 PM

[quote] Most private label detergents are made by the same company,

That is true. But they are not always made with the same quality. Often, yes, it's the same like-to-like product. But it's not uncommon that those companies change the formula for the store brand product. It depends on the contract they have with the retailer. Consider this: Even if Procter & Gamble makes the detergent, you don't know if they model it after Tide or the inferior Gain (lower concentration of enzymes).

by Anonymousreply 105June 21, 2022 6:13 PM

I just saw a breaking news item on CNN.

As it turns out plastic is recyclable!

by Anonymousreply 106June 22, 2022 9:56 AM

But is it then recycled? In other news, CNN reports that only 24% of our recyclable trash actually gets recycled. About 50% was landfilled, 12% incinerated and 9% composted. For plastic, less than 9% was recycled. I agree, some slim refill bags for laundry detergent would be nice.

by Anonymousreply 107June 22, 2022 12:09 PM

Paper is the trickiest. Office paper can be recycled but pizza boxes can not. Any paper that has food on it is useless for recycling.

by Anonymousreply 108June 22, 2022 12:23 PM

Procter and Gamble doesn't make any of these. Other than Kirkland (which is probably made by Henkel) none of the store brands ever do well in product testing and are a waste of money, esp. given the heavy promotional activity on major brands like Tide. You don't gave to wait long to see it "on sale".

by Anonymousreply 109June 22, 2022 12:24 PM

I tried making my own powdered once, and it didn’t seem to work well unless you used more than recommended. I found in the long run, it didn’t really cost less.

by Anonymousreply 110June 22, 2022 12:27 PM

^ That's like bread, I can get a nice crusty loaf of bread for about $4 or I can spend $25 on ingredients plus hours of time to make my own... The bakery won out

by Anonymousreply 111June 22, 2022 12:32 PM

OP washes his clothes in a stream behind his house, smashing his wet garments on the rocks.

by Anonymousreply 112June 22, 2022 12:48 PM

Seems much safer and cheaper to buy a trailer and also the regulations for where to park a vacation trailer are much more lenient.

by Anonymousreply 113June 22, 2022 12:56 PM

^ Sir, I think you want the "Twink builds his own tiny home." this way >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

by Anonymousreply 114June 22, 2022 1:08 PM

yeah oops

by Anonymousreply 115June 22, 2022 1:10 PM

R104 I've always wondered why some makers microwave the soap bars prior to grating, or placing in processor... perhaps you know the reason or benefit.

by Anonymousreply 116June 23, 2022 9:20 PM

So we’ve discussed making your own? Because it’s not hard. It’s absolutely cheaper to grate it from a bar of Zote or fels naphtha and maybe add a little washing soda. Stupidly easy and dirt cheap.

by Anonymousreply 117June 23, 2022 9:25 PM

I did the homemade laundry soap thing for awhile and it seemed to work fine. However, I read that the soap gradually builds up in the washer and hoses and eventually causes it to break down.

by Anonymousreply 118June 24, 2022 3:47 PM

How do I get the awful smell out of my LG frontloader? I baby the thing to death and they still smell. So far I’ve: used affresh tabs regularly, cleaned the rubber gasket with bleach, bought special detergent for workout clothes, always leave the door open when it’s not in use, immediately empty it when its finished. Nothing helps.

by Anonymousreply 119June 26, 2022 12:42 AM

R119 Have you tried cleaning out the detergent drawer? Sometimes the detergent residue can clog the lines over time. Or running it through a cleaning cycle?

by Anonymousreply 120June 26, 2022 12:58 AM

I’ve run it through a cleaning cycle with the affresh tabs, but haven’t cleaned the detergent drawer. I’ll do that next. If anyone else has any ideas, please let me know!

by Anonymousreply 121June 26, 2022 1:16 AM

I’ve only ever used front loaders at a laundromat and I never noticed a smell then. What makes the home ones different?

by Anonymousreply 122June 26, 2022 12:13 PM

R116 -- This is my Mouli that I found when helping to clean out a dead relative's kitchen years ago. It's perfect for shredding laundry soap bars. Mouli was an proto food processor back in the day.

I have never heard of microwaving them first. Maybe those who intend to make liquid detergent have found this step helpful? Faster dissolving perhaps?

I use ZOTE and Fels Naphtha, but I also stop by Asian and Hispanic markets occasionally to buy laundry bars there. Lirio is another Mexican laundry bar brand and there is a great smelling Chinese bar made in Shanghai. (Cannot translate the Chinese characters on the label.)

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by Anonymousreply 123June 26, 2022 12:25 PM

For R8

Amazon.com still sells Ivory powder, but they only have 5 boxes left from another seller.

by Anonymousreply 124June 26, 2022 11:46 PM

During my COVID prepper days, I bought up some Fels-Naptha soap bars as an emergency stockpile of general purpose soap.

by Anonymousreply 125June 27, 2022 1:36 PM
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