Thursday, May 6, 2010

Product Reviews and The three main points of my normal day


I ran out of my standard Electrasol powerball dishwasher tabs. I've tried using generic powder and making my own mix but nothing gets my dishes as clean as these tabs. I found a bottle of Cascade with Dawn washing gel under the sink and started using it. It does not work. The first time I thought it was my washer. I cleaned it out and made sure the rinse aid cup was filled. I've tried switching back and forth between the powerball tabs and this gel to make sure that it's the Cascade formula that is the problem. I posted a negative review of this product on their website.


About two weeks ago I found these colored washer balls at Aldi. I think I paid $7.99 for a pack of nine of them. You're supposed to add them to your wash and you can use half the amount of detergent. They don't really work. Are you surprised? They do work great with the sample of Tide with Dawn that I used from my laundry room cabinet. I got three uses out of a one load sample. I've been using Sun liquid detergent and I have to say that it really doesn't work. I wish I hadn't liked the Tide though as I really don't want to pay $13 a bottle for laundry detergent.

So, while I was watching Morgan Spurlock's 30 Days on Netflix, I grated up a bar of Ivory soap to make Kara's homemade washing detergent.

*The 30 Days episode I chose was about living on minimum wage in Ohio. I so wanted them to continue on their journey for another few months to get a better idea of how it actually is to live on that little money. I also wanted to whisper frugal tips in their ears.

Grocery Shopping-

Today is $10/$50 coupon day at Shop N Save. I had a list and coupons for once. I am stocked up on stuff for at least the next week. I found the bargain fruit bin and got a bag full of apples, oranges, and a banana for $1.98. The clearance carts also yielded a few dented and label missing cans. I saved 36% off my total.


Rhonda said...

I use name brand detergent for our good clothes and anything that might have stains.
I used the cheap stuff for sheets, towels, and clothes that are just lightly dirty.
You are right about Tide (and its same priced neighbors) working the best.

Kara said...

Oh, let me know how the soap works for you :-)

I need to rent 30 Days I think. I saw the one where they lived on minimum wage and have been curious about other episodes.

I'm with you on the dishwasher. I've tried homemade and it doesnt seem to work for our machine/water ??? I keep trying to find a frugal/eco alternative that I like. I do a lot of handwashing, too.

Hope you're having a good week.