Well, it's still rainy, cold & gloomy outside so I still can't get decent pics. Don't get me wrong, I love it...cause I get to do this:
The sun seems to be trying to peek out for a bit so I might get some pics this afternoon. Til then I thought I'd share with you a quick thrifty tip that I discovered about 6 mos ago. It's not anything earth shattering but it will make a difference in your shopping budget.
I read an article in Yahoo news several months back about laundry soap and how you really don't need to use the amount of soap the manufacturer tells you to. Cause think about it, if you use more soap you'll be buying more soap. Isn't that what they want??
And really, the soap just helps the cleaning process along. The agitation in your washing machine is doing most of the work.
So I thought I'd try it. I used to use almost a full scoop of detergent for each load. And I went through a lot of detergent. Not sure how a family of 4 can have so many dirty clothes!! So I switched to using only 1/2 a scoop. And do you know what I noticed?? Nothing. Nadda. Zilch. My clothes were still clean. They still smelled fresh. And I was using half the amount of soap, saving my family money.
Now, I will also tell you that I use Tide, which is a bit more pricey than other detergents. But I buy it on sale, with a coupon whenever possible, saving me a little money. I have found that Tide is totally worth the extra money. When I have purchased less expensive detergents I find that I have to rewash something because a stain didn't come out. That wastes money in detergent, electricity and water. So I stick with Tide. Plus, I broke out in hives from one of those cheaper soaps and had to throw it out & rewash everything. Talk about a waste of money.
One final note - I do still use a fuller scoop when I'm washing dirtier clothes like my son's baseball uniform or clothes that my kids were playing outside in. But I can't tell you how much money I've saved in detergent. It takes me much, much longer to get through a box of soap than it used to. And I love that!