Laundry Detergent ?

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Laundry Detergent ?

So, I've been using the Tide Pods. I get a little concerned because they never break open before the spin cycle, but...my clothes are coming out clean so I guess they're doing okay. Anyone else use them? I've always used liquid before this...

AND, are you really *supposed* to use Dreft on all baby clothes? Is it because it has no perfumes/dyes? What's so special about it?

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Not sure about this either. Curious as to what others use. I think I've heard of people using the free and clear, no fragrance, sensitive skin type detergents. That's what we use now. So I'm hoping we can keep using it. Dreft is pricey.

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"eliann" wrote:

Not sure about this either. Curious as to what others use. I think I've heard of people using the free and clear, no fragrance, sensitive skin type detergents. That's what we use now. So I'm hoping we can keep using it. Dreft is pricey.

I used the pods for a couple months (before we moved out of the town house into our home and bought our own W/D set which can't use them).

Love love LOVED them! My clothes smelled good.. came out clean.. I give them an A+! Biggrin

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Ive never used the Tide pods... As for Dreft.. Ive never bought special laundry detergeant. All my babies clothes are washed with our normal detergeant, the Arm and Hammer brand. Personally, the one time I did buy Dreft it didnt clean the clothes very well at all. I could still see spit up spots and they still had a smell to them even when washed the same day.

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We always just washed in whatever cheap detergent we had on hand. I think I used dreft once because I had a sample.

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We use Tide Free, so I will just wash the baby's clothes in that as well. Lots of dyes and perfumes are supposed to be irritating to baby's skin (which is weird, because if you've ever smelled Dreft it is definitely perfumed.) I started out using Dreft when T was a newborn just because you are "supposed to" and I didn't want to risk irritating his skin, but I switched to our detergent (again, free of perfumes and dyes anyway) within the first couple of months and he was fine. I am not planning on using Dreft this time.

I've never used the pods, so I can't comment on those. Smile

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I never used Dreft. I used All Free & Clear, and we never had a problem.

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I've never used the Tide pods so I have no comments on that, sorry.
We did use the Dreft when Tony was first born for maybe 6 months and it was alright. I slowly weaned using the dreft and started washing a few of his clothes with ours in the regular detergent just to see if it would affect him and it never did. My only concern was my step son had/has sensitive skin so I was afraid Tony would too but he didn't. I'm not sure what we will do this time. Money is a whole lot tighter this time around than it was with Tony, so I'm not going to have the luxury of just saying "oh we'll try this and see what happens."

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Oooh the Tide Pods smell SOOOO good! I wish regular Tide smelled like that! I've gotten some samples but I'm too cheap to buy them. Smile
As for baby detergent, I usually use a free and clear detergent at first but my kids don't seem to have sensitive skin so I usually just switched to whatever after awhile. This time around I might not even change detergents.

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Vicki - I coupon and wait for them to be on sale. :rolleyes: With DH working 7 days a week, things are definitely easier, but those paychecks when he doesn't - we notice. I can't get another job, I'm so exhausted when I get home from the one job I just wanna sleep LOL. So, I take a little time and cut coupons. My store doubles every coupon up to $1.00 and usually every six weeks they run a special where they double up to $2.00. Which is awesome, plus I'm an employee so I save a bit there too.

Anyway, point IS LOL that I wouldn't buy them if they were regular price so I totally see where you're coming from. I will say.. ALL makes "pods" too and they bust open easier. Not as good smell wise, but they clean good and are like 3 bucks cheaper than Tide.

Yes, I just made a whole post about coupons LOL

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Vicki - I coupon and wait for them to be on sale. :rolleyes: With DH working 7 days a week, things are definitely easier, but those paychecks when he doesn't - we notice. I can't get another job, I'm so exhausted when I get home from the one job I just wanna sleep LOL. So, I take a little time and cut coupons. My store doubles every coupon up to $1.00 and usually every six weeks they run a special where they double up to $2.00. Which is awesome, plus I'm an employee so I save a bit there too.

I coupon too! It's the least I can do since I stay at home. I have gotten the A&H ones on sale before but it's usually not that big of a deal to use liquid. I usually don't buy detergent over $1/bottle after coupons/sales. And I'm stocked up and really don't go through it that fast.

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*squeal* I love meeting fellow couponers!

...did that make me lose cool points? ROFL

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Not at all, I love it too! Biggrin