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Laundry Detergent

August 26th, 2007 at 07:44 pm

When doing laundry today I started thinking about how I have never in my entire life followed the detergent manufacturer's recommendations for how much to use. Depending on the condition of the load, I use between 1/2 and 2/3 of the recommended amount, and everything always comes out perfectly clean. The only time I use close the recommended amount is when I am washing my cleaning cloths, because they are so dirty. I think it was my grandmother who taught me this trick ... She was a child of the Great Depression and learned frugality out of necessity.

I wonder how much money I have saved over the years by adjusting the amount of detergent to what I think is necessary rather than what the company with the profit motive tells me to use?

I do the same thing with dog food. I've never given my dog the full recommended amount. Even tho he gets LOTS of exercise, if I gave him the full amount recommended on the back of the bag he'd be ... well, he'd be fat and the dog food company would be richer. I monitor his weight and adjust his food volume when necessary.

Come to think of it, tho' I very rarely take over the counter meds, when I do I will usually start with a half-dose and see if that works. That is probably more about not wanting to overmedicate than with wanting to save money and resources, but it's another example of where less can be just enough.

7 Responses to “Laundry Detergent”

  1. baselle Says:

    I do the same thing with my laundry detergent, and if I need aspirin, yes, only 1 tablet, not 2.

    With the aspirin, it also best to take only what's needed because you are not supposed to take more than a certain amount in 24 hours.

  2. veronak Says:

    I think I need to start using the manufactor's recommended amount, I know I go over board. Great post thanks for the tip

  3. boomeyers Says:

    Same with shampoo, what frugal person lathers, rinses and repeats?? Nobody!

  4. Ima saver Says:

    I only use abut 1/2 of the reccommended amount too, for both the dishwasher and washing machine. However, I do feed my dog all she wants. She is so tiny and such a picky eater.

  5. mbkonef Says:

    I try to follow the same idea for most things. Rather than using the manufacturers recommended amount, I fiddle with the amounts to find the least I need to use to still get the acceptable result. So, if the clothes and dishes still get as clean on 1/2 the amount, 1/2 it is. If it takes 3/4, then 3/4 it is till I find the "magic amount" for whatever it is. I always figure that it is in the manufacturers interest to use it up faster and buy more so they overinflate the amount that is truly needed.

  6. scfr Says:

    Amber - If you started cutting back on the amount of product you use, maybe you could add the money you save to your $20 challenge. Smile Just start cutting back a little bit more each time until you figure out the right amount for you.

    boomeyers - LOL. Didn't even think to mention shampoo, but you're right ... the whole "repeat" business is so silly.

    Ima - If I had a little dog who was a picky eater, I'd do the same. My boy, however, would probably eat a full 40-lb bag at one sitting if I let him.

    Oh ... I just thought of another one ... Our car's manufacturer recommends changing the oil every 5,000 miles so that is what we do. The guys at the oil change place of course always put a sticker on the inside of our windshield reminding us to change our oil again in 3,000 miles. I always just mentally add 2,000 miles to whatever the sticker says!

  7. LuckyRobin Says:

    I lather, rinse and repeat, but I only wash my hair every 3 to 4 days because it gets so dry if I wash it more often, so I reckon I use the same amount as someone who washes their hair every other day. I probably use way more conditioner than a regular person though because my hair is incredibly thick, curly and halfway down my back.

    I use one tbsp of bi-o-klean organic laundry liquid on my laundry, except my kitchen cloths and undergarments, which get a full dose of Chlorox for color to kill germs. My clothes always smell clean and fresh even though the recommended amount of bi-o-klean is 2 tbsp.

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