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Laundry Detergent Test

I have always been a fan of TIDE laundry detergent but face it, it’s become so ridiculously high priced, who the heck can afford to buy it, especially when you do laundry frequently. I began to test different detergents on my own, I know that there are different things that factor in when doing a “test” like this, so I took two packs of plain white, cotton tee-shirts, each pack had five shirts. Since my test subject wears them everyday, I used those as the “test clothing”, any that might have ended up with a stain that wasn’t of the norm, I would exclude, I tested from just everyday wear (deodorant stains or pit stains, etc.).

I tried what was left of my TIDE on one and as I knew it would, it cleaned well enough, I can’t really say as far as smell because I use fabric softener. I tested ERA, it didn’t clean as well and man, it made us itch really bad, it did clean the shirt up but not as good as the TIDE did, not even close. My next test was using the regular ALL (dark blue bottle), it cleaned better than the ERA but still not as good as the tide did, perhaps it’s because I have sensitive skin, but that made me itch as well. Next up was GAIN, the smell was great, not that it matters when using fabric softener, but still it was a nice bonus, it didn’t make us itch and it cleaned just as well as the TIDE did, better yet, the price was much less than the TIDE. The next time that I was in Sam’s Club I noticed that they had their detergent and fabric softener on sale, for the price I could not resist so I bought both of them to try out. Member’s Mark ( Sam’s Club brand) Ultimate Clean liquid laundry detergent. I was floored after washing the clothes in it and seeing the tee-shirt, I actually washed another one to see if I could have been mistaken, I wasn’t. The Sam’s detergent was not only as good as the TIDE, it cleaned better! It didn’t cause any skin irritations or itching, it didn’t smell as nice as gain but the smell was okay too. The last test I conducted was using ALL Free & Clear with stain lifters, I didn’t expect it to be any different than the regular ALL detergent, I was wrong though. This ALL was the second best of them all, following the Sam’s Club detergent.

The money that you could save on laundry detergent is just hard to believe, it’s also hard to believe that any company could charge as much as they do for things like detergent. Try the Sam’s Club one on your clothes and you’ll be surprised, I got the huge bottle with the pump so it went a long way but when I went back to get more, the price had gone up, still nowhere in the ballpark as the others. It’s worth every penny for clean, decent smelling clothes that don’t make you itch or irritate your skin!

 

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Good Old Lestoil

I’ve tried a thousand cleaners on stuff like grease and oil, and like ink, tar or glue, I’ve had little success in removing any of the stains. Little success that is, until I went back to plain old Lestoil, I’ve put it in the washer with clothes that have been covered in auto oil, too. Now when the clothes are totally drenched with the stuff then you may as well throw them out, but I can tell you that if the stains aren’t in excess, the Lestoil will take the stains out. I have used it on walls, woodwork, walls, doors, aluminum and vinyl siding, car mats, and even an outdoor stone statue! It works excellent! Just test it on surfaces like the fabric on your couch, or certain other fabrics first, to air on the side of caution as far as possibly staining. The smell is kind of strong and while I don’t mind it, some may find it too much.

 

 

The Products That I Have Tested…….

This may be a little bit off the beaten path for me, but I’m tired of wasting money on new products, some of which are guaranteed, only to find out that the products are garbage. If I can save anyone the money that I’ve wasted, then I won’t feel quite as bad. I’m giving my opinions of the things I’ve tried, their own little category, since heaven knows there are enough of them, but not everyone is here to read about the weeks waste of money!