What laundry detergent do you use and why?

@abkinsey (173)
United States
May 19, 2009 3:09pm CST
What laundry detergent do you use? Why do you use it? How do you like it? We used to use traditional laundry detergents like Tide and Arm and Hammer, but when we started using cloth diapers on our son, we had to change detergents. We were able to find an all-natural powder detergent called "Charlie's Laundry Soap." It doesn't leave any residue, is fragrance free, and is also very economical. You don't have to use fabric softener with it, which we also like. Originally, I thought we'd switch back to regular detergents once he is out of diapers, but now I think we'll stick with this even after he's potty trained.
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@harryt123 (327)
• United States
19 May 09
The laundry detergent that I have use is Tide and the reason for this is because I love the smell, I love the way it cleans and I use something that is fine with my sensitive skin since I have eczema. I haven't tried any other laundry detergents because I don't want to risk my skin getting a rash or a breakout but I would love to read the other responses to this discussion to see what other detergents are being used. Can anyone recommend a laundry detergent that are alright to be used for sensitive skin? =)
@thyst07 (2079)
• United States
19 May 09
You should look for laundry detergents that do not contain any dyes or perfumes, because those are chemicals that frequently cause skin irritation. You could also try some hypoallergenic natural laundry detergents.
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• United States
19 May 09
Thank you so much on the suggestion Thyst07. This is actually very helpful for me and I am going to actually take a look and see what I can find and even look into some natural laundry detergent that doesn't have any of these chemicals. Thank you once again for being so helpful. =) I will actually report back here on any findings in case it might be something that someone else is interested in also.
@pickoy (733)
• Philippines
20 May 09
I used to be a Tide user but its really expensive nowadays in my country so I switched to Ariel Oxybleach for soaking and Champion detergent for washing... I also use Downy fabric conditioner so the clothes will smell really good for a long time... They're all economical, besides there's just the two of us at home, me and my husband so all stuff are well budgeted by me... lol...
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@Rainegurl (2158)
• Philippines
20 May 09
Hi, abkinsey We use Tide for handwashing clothes. I am the one who chooses detergent soap when grocery shopping because I think it is more economical. It is more expensive but it does not have chalk so you can wash more clothes. For the machine washing, however, I choose Pride because it is supposedly made for washing machines because it has low lather. Have a nice day!
@Jennlk84 (4215)
• United States
19 May 09
My fiancee and I use All laundry detergent. We use the stuff that is concentrated. We have to do laundry at our laundry room at our apartment complex club house. Which basically means we have to take drive our laundry to a place much like a laundromat to do our laundry. I need a laundry detergent bottle that is light weight. It's nice now that the concentrated detergents are so popular because they're smaller bottles and you don't need as much detergent. We're also able to get coupons for all, all of the time. We typically pay 1/2 the price for this detergent because of it. Our grocery store often puts All on sale for 3.99$ - we use a 1$ coupon that is double able so that makes it 1.99$ for us. What an awesome price for detergent!!
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@lelin1123 (15627)
• Puerto Rico
19 May 09
I usually use Purex or what smells good that is on sale. Most detergents are as good as others and we just pay more for the name. So that is why I buy what is on sale. I don't have a problem with my clothes coming out clean so that works for me.
• United States
19 May 09
Arm and Hammer Natural and Die Free. Originally I used it because I had an allergic reaction after giving birth to my daughter. Before we found out it was an allergy to one of the meds used in the cesarean, I changed everything trying to figure out the cause of my reaction. My daughter is now almost 2 and I use it now because it cleans well.
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• United States
19 May 09
I use the All Small and Mighty with Stain lifters detergent. I like that it's all in one and that it doesn't take as much as other detergents to wash a load of laundry. Usually, I end up using a whole bottle of detergent in a few weeks. However, when I use All, it takes me quite awhile before I run out and it helps lift up stains too. I can pretreat it with Shout and then toss everything in to wash and it's like an extra boost to get rid of stains.
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@thyst07 (2079)
• United States
19 May 09
We've used a variety of laundry detergents over the past few years, but we try to stick to natural detergents. We do this partially because we want to be environmentally responsible, and partially because my husband has very sensitive skin and chemical additives in normal laundry detergents tend to irritate him. Our favorite brand so far is one called Ecos, but it's pretty expensive. We usually go with Arm and Hammer Essentials, which is made from plant-based ingredients and also has baking soda in it. I may have to try to find Charlie's Laundry Soap and give it a try, though!
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• United States
20 May 09
Tide. Honestly it is because Mom did. I guess I have never really thought about anything else. It would have to be recommended before I would try something that is not traditional, and I guess noone has ever recommended anything else. thanks.
• United States
20 May 09
I do like Tide too and my mom loves it! Only thing is I think it costs a lot when it is not on sale and I cannot afford to pay like 15$ for just the soap, but when it is on sale I do buy it once in a blue moon. Take care and happy mylotting
@carolscash (9495)
• United States
20 May 09
I have used many kinds of detergents,but now that I am trying to live a more "green" lifestyle, I find that I am using all natural products and I recently found a website called laundrytree.com and I like their soapnuts. You might check them out. They have a sample size for $1.99 and I found that it is perfect to try. Seventh Generation makes a nice detergent too,but I find that it is a little expensive.
@abkinsey (173)
• United States
20 May 09
I have heard great things about the soap nuts and always wanted to try them. I wonder how they work on cloth diapers? I know that Charlie's is a green detergent, too, but I just think those soap nuts look so cool. lol!
@moneyandgc (3428)
• United States
20 May 09
I use any detergent that is free of scent and color. My daughter is very sensitive to both. I also use fabric softener that is free and clear. We were visiting my parent's house once and some of her clothes were accidentally washed with a scented detergent and she broke out in a rash all over her body. I felt so bad.
• United States
20 May 09
Hi there abkinsey; I use All the most. the reasons I use All is I like the smells from the soap. I think their prices are reasonable and it is great to get stains out without bleach. I cannot use bleach because I break out really bad. I wish I could but I cannot. I will use off brands as well but usually I use all. There is a brand out from Amway as well which I am not sure of the name but I love that stuff as well and it works forever! Well worth the investment. Take care and happy mylotting to you as well.
• United States
20 May 09
I use Xtra cause its inexpensive and I'm cheap... Actually, it some of the fragrances smell really good, and the scent stays for a while, even if something has been in the drawer for a long time...
@Jenniferp (210)
• United States
20 May 09
What an excellent decision you have made to be green (and save a ton of money!!) congrats! We are potty training and we use the think cotton pants, I wash these with Gain and vinegar and they are always clean. I have started using Gain because I cannot get enough of that great smell! It makes the entire house smell great. I am thinking about a green recipe that I have for laundry detergent that includes vinegar and borax. So hard to let go of the scent :) I am going to also buy some lavendar essential oil, this smells nice too.
@a27an07 (17)
• Malaysia
20 May 09
when my children were little i used ERA it worked great for anything my children got on their clothes. all i did was pre some on the stains and let set till i washed them and they all came out and fresh smelling
@minnie15 (145)
• United States
20 May 09
Purex Free and Clear as well as their free and clear fabric softner. My family has sensitive skin and it is free from dye and parfumes. It can save you money too.
@smileonstar (4011)
• United States
20 May 09
I love to use Tide cuz it washes clothes really good, and smell fresh. I still use softener for easy to iron and feel good when and every time you wear it.
@Yori88 (1465)
• Philippines
20 May 09
I never stick to one brand because they are not as economical as others. I tend to buy different detergent every month. Tide, Ariel or Surf only. I only use those brands because they are good. I do not use bar but only powder detergents because of the washing machine. My son has a different detergent because Perla is mild and that is what his pediatrician recommended for his clothes. He is turning eight months next month.
• Philippines
20 May 09
I used Tide detergent because it really removes the dirt and it really whiten your cloths. And it is more cheaper compare to other detergent.
• United States
20 May 09
I personally like Tide with Febreeze. Just because it smells good and does the job. I don't think the smell is heavily perfumed. When my child was younger I always used Dreft. It was unscented and was formulated for babies sensitive skin. There's so many laundry detergents out there now that don't have perfumes or dyes. But I do agree with you, not having to use fabric softeners is a plus!