At my house, the laundry load is insane. I am married and have two small children who love to play outside, we have two dogs, and I do a lot of cooking and cleaning at home. If I don't do at least one load a day (wash and dry!) things get majorly, horribly out of control fast. And it's not the doing of the laundry that's necessarily the problem, it's the expense. You see? For many years I have been a Tide Girl. Oh you guys, I am such a snob when it comes to laundry detergent. I don't know what happened! But if my sheets and towels (and everything else) weren't washed in Tide and dried with Bounce dryer sheets I didn't like it!! I made an exception for baby clothes (enter Dreft! Also NOT CHEAP!) but otherwise I very happily spent $20 every other week on a Costco-sized container of Tide.
That's $40 a month at least. That's $480 a year, not including dryer sheets, bleach, stain spray ... DUDE. Do you know what I could do with an extra $40 a month? That's a lot of Starbucks! And so last year I set out to find the silver bullet that would cut down my laundry expenses. I tried making my own detergent. And it was definitely way more cost-effective, but making up a batch of laundry detergent in my food processor every other month was kind of a messy pain. I liked that I was using a lot less detergent, but after I paid $8 for three bars of Fels-Naptha on Amazon one day I went crawling back to Tide (and sometimes Gain).
Not long ago my friend and fellow Style Lush writer A'Dell mentioned that she'd bought a 32-pound bucket of Charlie's Laundry Soap on Amazon for a hundred bucks. There was talk of how it has lasted our other friend Lauren almost TWO YEARS. I read the reviews on Amazon and they were all stellar. And so one day, with laundry detergent on my list and it being generally known that I will copy anything A'Dell does, I went for it.
I've had the bucket for about a week and you guys? It's awesome. You use literally one tablespoon of dry laundry detergent for a large load and everything comes out bright and clean! It isn't scented like Evil Tide, but I still have some dryer sheets left over and that helps with the pain. And while math isn't my strong suit, stick with me here: The tub ran me about $103. If it only lasts us a year, that means we will have paid $8.58/month for detergent, which is a savings of more than SEVENTY-FIVE PERCENT (and that's not even accounting for the months when I would need to buy a third bottle of detergent!). I still have $31.42 left over per month! That's $377.04 extra in my yearly budget people! And if it lasts me longer than a year? *I just passed out*
Other benefits include that this is a "green" detergent, hypoallergenic and safe for everyone's clothes - be it Mama's nasty and yet technical workout clothes or Sydney's caked-in-something preschool duds - and you're not tossing a plastic container several times a month.
Have you tried Charlie's yet? What's your best practice when it comes to saving money in the laundry department?
(This is not a sponsored post, by the way. I just love this stuff and I think you will too.)