I must work on my post titles.
When I first got married I bought the cheapest laundry detergent possible. When one only has about NZ$40 a week to spend at the supermarket, this is what one does. But as the years passed I realised that this cheap stuff didn’t actually work all that well and it left a very cloying, perfumey smell on my clothes and I suspected quite a lot of soap residue as well.
When our first daughter was about to be born and I was preparing all of her clothes, I decided to upgrade our detergent to the kind recommended by all the baby people. It’s called Persil and it is definitely more expensive, but it works. I generally buy the sensitive kind, which comes with no extra smells or dyes, and I buy the concentrate, which makes it a wee bit cheaper and less packaging to recycle.
A few months ago I branched out and tried a new kind of laundry detergent, sold by Ecostore . I had received a free sample in the mail and then had gone to a Parent and Child Show where I was able to buy a 1kg box for $3? I think that’s how much it was. So I bought it to try it out. At first I was quite happy because you use a lot less of it. They say it’s because other detergents use a lot of fillers. But then I realised that my clothes weren’t getting clean enough. And this was at a time that my youngest daughter discovered her older sister’s markers and was happily marking up herself and her clothes before I could stop her. At least two of her shirts were complete write-offs, even after soaking them. So I decided to go back to my dependable Persil.
This morning I ran out of Persil. Considering that we use cloth nappies most of the time and just have a lot of laundry in general, this is not a good thing. And also considering that I did not have a trip to the grocery store planned nor any money to actually spend there, I realised that I was going to have to come up with an innovative, no-money-spending plan that would allow me to actually come home with some detergent.
My husband (have I mentioned he’s a smart cookie?) reminded me that our credit card allows us to earn points at a New Zealand wide retail store, similar to Walmart (although not as good in my opinion) and we had enough points accumulated so we could get $80 in store credit. So I got the kids in the car and we went off to the Warehouse. I got the gift card loaded with $80 of credit and went over to the detergent section. They don’t specialise in this kind of thing like you’d see at Walmart, but they do have a smaller section and the prices aren’t bad. What I’d pay at the supermarket if it wasn’t on special.
I found a 5 kg box of Persil Concentrate for NZ$25.99, which is about what I expected and I heaved it into my trolley. Heavily pregnant woman hefting heavy box not a pretty site.
Now, the whole point of this post (I’m sure you were wondering if there was one) is - I wonder how long it will last? I believe that the 1kg box that I normally buy lasts me four weeks. So based on that this box should last me at least four months. Of course we’ll be adding another person to our household in a few weeks so laundry will increase. I’ll keep you updated because I’m sure this is very important information for you.
I have a question: for those of you living in the States, what kind of laundry detergent do you use? Where do you buy it? How much does it cost? I’ve heard about making your own, has anyone ever done that? I’m really curious because when we move I’ll have to switch my loyalties and I like to gather information in advance.