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Old 07-13-2008, 11:01 AM
 
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I am curious to know what everyone feels is the best laundry detergent out on the market. I usually buy Tide but would like to know what is the best to clean clothes and not make them dingy. Thanks for your opinions.


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Old 07-13-2008, 11:08 AM
 
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I use Sun - Free & Clear. It's liquid and it's cheap. It seems to work just as well as any other good detergent I've used. I have issues with anything that is not fragrance free.... rashes.
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Old 07-13-2008, 11:12 AM
 
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I buy Gain because I like the way it makes the clothes smell.

Honestly, I've never tried any that I don't like. I don't know if we just don't have major dirt issues or what.
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Old 07-13-2008, 11:16 AM
 
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I've used a lot of brands, but I have found that none clean better than Tide. The most pre-treating I do is put Tide directly on a stain, and it's almost always gone when the clothes are washed. And I love the way it smells.
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Old 07-13-2008, 11:32 AM
 
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I buy whatever is on sale.


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Old 07-13-2008, 11:37 AM
 
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I prefer All. My son did an experiment for the science fair one year when he was in fourth grade. His results showed no big difference in store brand and the top name brands. I have used both. I have noticed that my towels get dull after using store brands over a period of time.
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Old 07-13-2008, 11:47 AM
 
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I used to buy tide before I married DH. (DH is actually allergic to tide.) Now, we buy Gain. I really like the smell.
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Old 07-13-2008, 11:56 AM
 
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My DH took a Business class and his professor told the class that every detergent is the same. He said the only difference is from the dyes and perfumes added to them. Every detergent starts out as the same washing ability. But...I still have my favorites. DD now seems to be allergic to Gain and Tide, so I bought All Free and Clear. The All Free and Clear doesn't have any scent so therefore I feel like the clothes aren't as fresh as before.
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Old 07-13-2008, 11:57 AM
 
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I buy the All Free and clear. It does not have dyes or perfumes and it is also the super concentrated so I have to use less and the container is smaller. My DD is allergic to the perfumes and dyes in other detergents.
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Old 07-13-2008, 12:20 PM
 
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I have always bought Gain because I like the smell. After reading some of these post about them all being the same, I may try a cheaper one!



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Old 07-13-2008, 12:25 PM
 
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Tide and Wisk have always seemed like they had a little extra cleaning power. For most loads I use Yes or Purex with fabric softener since I hang most of our clothes on the clothesline. I use the Tide or Wisk for socks and other hot water wash loads that I will not be hanging outside.
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Old 07-13-2008, 12:35 PM
 
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one of my sons has sensitive skin so I use "Cheer Free"--seems to work just fine and has no color or scent.
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I used to use Wisk or Tide but I noticed that I was always itchy. So I switched to All because it doesn't have any perfumes or dyes. I like it because the clothes just smell clean. I've also switched from Downey April Fresh to Bounce perfume free dryer sheets. So far so good.
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Old 07-13-2008, 12:51 PM
 
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I find that Tide works about the best, and I like it. I love the way Gain smells. But, I basically buy what's on sale. The cheaper stuff cleans my clothes just fine, and DH doesn't get too dirty on the job. Hot water for his works, and I use bleach in my whites.
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Old 07-13-2008, 01:12 PM
 
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I'm Tide girl.
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Old 07-13-2008, 01:22 PM
 
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I have a high efficiency washer but always used Tide before. I am currently using Seventh Generation and like it a lot. I can't use Gain. My FIL swears that the detergent doesn't matter and LOVES Oxiclean. He is a pretty quiet person, so anything that he raves about is probably worth it.
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Old 07-13-2008, 01:29 PM
 
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I purchased a book written by the Queen of Clean and this is what she recommended. It's cheap and smells great!
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Old 07-13-2008, 01:42 PM
 
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I've always used the cheap Sun brand. However, after doing laundry on vacation with the small packs of Tide, I was ready to switch. Once I got to the store & saw the price difference, I decided that the Sun was just fine.
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Old 07-13-2008, 01:59 PM
 
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I cannot handle fragrances (hives) or spending a ton of money, so I buy the Signature brand dye-free fragrance-free from Costco. I boost it with generic bleach (chlorine-based for whites, all-color for colors).

No problems with fading, dullness, etc. I rejoiced when Kroger finally started doing their own store brand of fragrance-free dryer sheets.
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Old 07-13-2008, 03:20 PM
 
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I use either All Free and Clear or Purex Free and Clear. I also use Oxi Clean powder, Oxi Clean Spray, and the Shout stain scrubber. I am a freak about stains!
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Old 07-13-2008, 03:45 PM
 
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I like Tide with Downy - April Fresh!
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Old 07-13-2008, 04:17 PM
 
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between using Purex and Arm and Hammer with Oxyclean. Which ever one is on sale, that is the one that I buy. I grew up on Tide but started using Purex when I was in college because it was cheaper and I was able to stretch my budget. Just recently i started to buy Arm and Hammer; I like it because it gets the hard stains out.
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I buy cheap, my family seems to pour and not measure, but I do buy gain fabric softner for the smell!
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Old 07-13-2008, 05:00 PM
 
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I prefer liquid Tide with Febreze or liquid All.
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Old 07-14-2008, 07:15 AM
 
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used it and I still use it. When the clothes get really dingy I throw in some powdered Oxyclean.
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Thank you for posting this.
Old 07-14-2008, 07:20 AM
 
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I have religiously bought Tide forever. My DH has been doing the shopping and, to pinch a penny, he buys Purex. I have been debating stommping my foot for Tide. Now it seems that Purex will do.
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Old 07-15-2008, 05:23 PM
 
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Liquid Tide. I used to use the cheaper brands, but we live in the country and have very hard water. With the cheaper detergants, our clothes smelled terrible; like they weren't even clean. I use Tide and Snuggle fabric softner and dryer sheets and the clothes smell great.
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I have used Tide, the powder for years and love it but it is getting difficult for me to find in powder form. I don't like the liquid because I forget to put it in. Since you have to wait until the water has filled. Any suggestions for the senioritis?
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