Sunday, November 20, 2011

Break Down in Aisle 5

It is commonly accepted advice to not go to the grocery store when you are hungry. Well a few days ago, I realized that one should also not go to the grocery store when you are tired either. What products found their way into my cart in my sleepy induced hazed?

  • Laundry detergent
  • Laundry detergent booster (I didn't even know that this type of product existed, but somehow I ended up buying it.)
  • Dryer sheets
  • Dish washer detergent (I even went so crazy as to buy the ones in those little packs so you don't have to measure the solution.)
  • Kitchen cleaner

Jeff didn't seem to know what to think when he saw what was in our cart, but I think he had enough sense to realize if I was buying this stuff it was probably not in his best interests to question it.

I was shocked when I got to check out and my bill was about $30 more than usual! Yikes, all this convenience is expensive!

So was it worth it? I will admit my clothes did smell nicer, and I do think they are cleaner. Using dryer sheets instead of dryer balls, I didn't see much of a difference. The dish washer detergent is nice to not have to spend the time measuring the solution but no quality difference. And the kitchen cleaner is no different that my vinegar lemon mixture. In conclusion, I think I may stick with the laundry detergent but the rest of the stuff is just overpriced versions of what I can make at home. It really only takes me a few minutes to make my homemade versions so I don't think the cost of the convenience is worth it. 

1 comment:

  1. Before the last baby came, I had been making my own laundry detergent...just using a bar of soap and baking soda. As soon as she's a little older, I'm going back to that. I make 3-4 gallons at a time (reuse an empty chlorine tab bucket from the community pool) and with the 7 of us it would last a few months. The only thing I found is that for stains, I have to pre-scrub the spots before putting them in the wash. How do you make dish soap and dishwasher soap?? I use Ecover for the dishwasher and Joy for dish soap. We don't use dryer sheets. Also, I bought a fantastic indoor Household Essentials 3-Arm Portable Umbrella Clothing Dryer (found on amazon). It says it's good for outdoors, but the wind can blow it over. I can actually fit 2 loads, carefully placed. I used it for one winter (hung at night in front of the fireplace, and then folded and put away the next morning). I saved 1/3 of our utility bill that winter by not using the dryer! In the spring and summer, I use the pulley-system clothes line. Of course, when pregnant and with a baby, I use the dryer LOL.