I have a confession to make.
I haven’t bought laundry detergent in more than 5 years.
In 2007 we bought a front loading washing machine. One of the perks of buying this particular model was that it came with a coupons for three years worth of free Tide HE liquid laundry detergent.
But here’s the thing…. I had only claimed about 1/4 of my free laundry detergent when Tide changed their formula to an improved concentrated one. I was able to use the remaining free product coupons to get the new bottles that promised twice as many loads of laundry as the old formula It was a huge blessing that came just after we had our twins. I did a lot of laundry in those early years.
I stretched my free laundry detergent supply even further by using less than what the directions say to use. I found the clothes got just as clean if I used less.
I also picked up every free sample for laundry detergent I saw online. If I was able to score more free laundry detergent with coupons, I did that, too.
But this week, I used up the last of my free laundry detergent. I spent some time swishing a bit of water around in the bottom of the jug trying to get the last little bit of soap out. It was a sad day.
So now I’m on the hunt for low-cost laundry detergent. I’ll be looking for online deals and coupon savings. I’ll be even more diligent in hunting down laundry detergent freebies. And I’ll be investigating homemade laundry detergent options.
Because it’s been such a long time since I’ve bought laundry detergent, I feel a little like Rip Van Winkle…. I just woke up from a long slumber and so much has changed.
So I thought I would ask you for help.
How do you save money on laundry detergent? What detergents are the best value for the money? Have you ever made your own laundry detergent? Got a recipe to share?