Tuesday, October 5, 2010
Laundry Detergents: Tide vs. Purex
I usually use powdered washing detergent, mainly because a friend of mine's husband, who was an appliance repair man said that is what is best for your machine. Well, I don't really know if that is true or not and he is now her ex and a deadbeat dad to top it all. In other words, a major loser. But, I still mainly use powder based upon his recommendation, with the exception of when I happen to see a really good deal on liquid that I just can't pass up--you know, manufacturer coupon plus store coupon plus sale. Anyway, I just happened to notice as I finished up a bottle of 2x concentrate Tide that the 50oz. bottle does 24 loads, but the Purex, not concentrated, in the 72 oz. does 46 loads. I am no math wizard, but even I can see that this doesn't make sense. The Tide, note 2x concentrated, uses 2.08 ounces per load. The Purex, note NOT concentrated, only uses 1.56 ounces per load. In other words, you use much less Purex than you do x concentrated Tide. Basically, this means that if both bottles were the same size, let's say 50 ounces, you would get 32 loads out of the Purex (not concentrated) compared to 24 loads of the Tide (2x concentrated). Not to mention that Purex is much less expensive and, in my opinion, does just as good of a job. No wonder Purex is sneaking up on Tide!