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2011-03-20 8:01 PM

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Subject: Generic Brand Laundry Detergent vs Name Brand

I think the prices of Name Brand Laundry detergent are rediculous. So I compared name brand vs generic. The cost of the generic is over 50% cheaper!

Both the name brand and generic brand have the same ingredients list, which is super generic: "Includes biodegradable surfuctants (anionic and nonionic) and enzymes." Uuuhhhh?

Using the generic still yields good smelling and clean clothes. Is there really any difference between the two other than a slight difference in smell and color?

Are we getting taken for a ride by buying the name brand?

Any thoughts?

P.S. Has anyone ever made their own?



2011-03-20 8:22 PM
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Subject: RE: Generic Brand Laundry Detergent vs Name Brand

Check out the ingredients and the chemical formula.   There should be no difference at all.  Most of the addition cost of a name brand is the cost of national advertising.  

That said, I buy the discount stuff without reservation.

 

I'm frugal that way, not cheap at all.   Cool

2011-03-20 8:36 PM
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Subject: RE: Generic Brand Laundry Detergent vs Name Brand
MadMathemagician - 2011-03-20 8:22 PM

Check out the ingredients and the chemical formula.   There should be no difference at all.  Most of the addition cost of a name brand is the cost of national advertising.  

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Pretty much sums it up right there.

2011-03-20 8:46 PM
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My hubby brought home some generic stuff and I washed my sons sheets. He woke up from his nap with huge hives all over his legs and stomach. Weird. Maybe it was a fragrance thing as the detergent was scented. I don't know. I switched to cheer free and now he has been fine. We've used all different brands of detergent before and never had that problem.

I don't typically notice a difference in how clean the clothes are from brand to brand.

2011-03-21 9:35 AM
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Subject: RE: Generic Brand Laundry Detergent vs Name Brand

For anything generic, the ACTIVE INGREDIENTS must be the same as the name brand.  But the inactive ingredients are not. 

Inactive ingredients may be the color, fragrance (hypo-allergenic particles vs cheapo), texture, residual components that is left over from the processing (e.g. higher quality processing techniques vs a general drying step). 

So yeah, there is a reason for being more expensive, besides the research and advertising. 

The same applies to generic drugs. 

2011-03-21 9:48 AM
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Subject: RE: Generic Brand Laundry Detergent vs Name Brand

We buy general Target - I think it's called Up. But had to switch to liquid because sometimes there was a powder residue on the clothes. We still use Tide Sport for all things spandex.

 



2011-03-21 11:38 AM
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Subject: RE: Generic Brand Laundry Detergent vs Name Brand
We buy ours at Costco, not sure the brand but it is not name brand - think it might be the Costco brand Kirkland. It works just fine for us with no trouble.
2011-03-21 12:19 PM
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bel83 - 2011-03-21 11:38 AM We buy ours at Costco, not sure the brand but it is not name brand - think it might be the Costco brand Kirkland. It works just fine for us with no trouble.


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4 kids and me with my workout stuff so the laundry is pretty much constant. Kirkland Signature detergent, fabric softener and dryer sheets.
2011-03-21 12:35 PM
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wstchstrTriathlete - 2011-03-20 8:01 PM

P.S. Has anyone ever made their own?


My sister makes her own - says it is unbelievable cheap and effective. Quick Google search will tell you how.
 

2011-03-21 12:54 PM
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I buy my laudry detergent at the dollar store. The stuff works great.
2011-03-21 1:03 PM
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Subject: RE: Generic Brand Laundry Detergent vs Name Brand

It might all be the same, but i personally notice a difference between using the generic stuff to detergents like Gain or Tide, specially when it comes to delicates which most of the work out stuff is.

What i do is just stuck up when i find it on sale.  That way i never pay retail price and in most cases it comes out being the same price as the generic stuff or just slightly more.



2011-03-21 1:05 PM
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Subject: RE: Generic Brand Laundry Detergent vs Name Brand
lisac957 - 2011-03-21 10:35 AM
wstchstrTriathlete - 2011-03-20 8:01 PM

P.S. Has anyone ever made their own?


My sister makes her own - says it is unbelievable cheap and effective. Quick Google search will tell you how.
 

^^^ this.

I've collected all the necessary ingredients and plan to make my first batch when our current stuff runs out.  I normally buy 'eco friendly' name brand stuff because I'm particuar about what goes into our septic system and eventually, leaching field.  Making our own will save us some serious cash!

2011-03-21 6:08 PM
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I get my liquid detergent from Costco. Snuggle fabric softener and All detergent. Love the smell of my clothes after and it really doesn't cost much compared to the Tide's of the world.
2011-03-21 8:47 PM
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Subject: RE: Generic Brand Laundry Detergent vs Name Brand

This is what I love my Trader Joe's for. I don't buy their produce or packaged foods very often, but I rely on their laundry detergent, toilet paper, dish detergent, shampoo, soap, and toothpaste. The prices can't be beat, and the quality is always excellent.

If I didn't have TJs, I'd probably buy the stuff at Costco.

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