Tuesday Tip! Money Saver

How much money do you spend on laundry a year? I go through a lot of laundry soap. A bottle of laundry soap is around $12. A typical bottle, which is supposed to be about 32 loads lasts me roughly two weeks. If you do the math this comes out to nearly $300 a year. That’s just the soap. Add to that the cost of fabric softener and dryer sheets and oy!

I never promote a product I haven’t used and I would never endorse a product I don’t believe in. Once again, I am not being paid for this endorsement. Now that I got all of that out of the way let me say I will never again buy a bottle of Tide or Persil or any other name brand laundry soap. I am in love with LA’s Totally Awesome Laundry Detergent. Okay, its a goofy name. But its a serious laundry soap. It’s sold at Dollar Tree and Dollar General, and you guessed it, retails for $1 a bottle. Each bottle has 32 loads and let me tell you, that one capful of soap cleaned the hell out of my clothes.

First you should know that 90% of my clothing is black. I almost always wear black, and black clothes pick up everything. I have three cats so by the end of the day my clothes are covered in cat hair. I’m a messy eater. Basically, by the time my clothes end up in the hamper at the end of the day they look like they’ve been worn by a five foot toddler. I am a laundry soap snob. My mother swore by Tide. In her eyes no other brand was as good and laundry soap was one of those items. you didn’t pinch pennies on. You bought the good stuff so your clothes would last. With that in mind I only bought the bottle of Awesome because I was a week away from payday, broke as a choke, and my daughter used up the last of the laundry soap washing her bedding. I decided to get a bottle of the dollar store stuff with the intention of restocking my popular brand on payday. Was I in for a pleasant surprise!

First, the Awesome soap doesn’t have much of a scent. It’s a thin clear-yellowish liquid that is completely unimpressive. I was doubtful as I loaded up my clothes. But when I pulled those clothes out of the washer to put into the dryer I was shocked at how clean they were. The soap is not harsh. My clothes are no worse for the wear and I’ve been using this soap for a month now. It doesn’t bother my sensitive skin. It works well in any temperature of water. I don’t miss the smell of popular brand soaps. I use liquid fabric softener anyway and honestly, I think the lack of perfume makes my clothes softer and cleaner.

I looked up the company online and learned that all of their products are made in the USA. Bonus! They have manufacturing and distribution centers in Arkansas and California. The company has a whole line of household cleaning products which have earned an A from the Environmental Working Group which rates the toxicity of personal care products. Apparently the company’s All Purpose Concentrated Cleaner/Degreaser Spot Remover has a legion of loyal fans with their own group on facebook. I haven’t tried it myself yet but its on my list for my next dollar store visit.

Cleaning products that are affordable, effective, and made in the USA = WINNING!!

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