WARNING: Chick Thread Alert!
Recently I was having a discussion with my future mother-in-law and later with a friend about which laundry detergent works best. The MIL says she will only use Tide, unless she's totally broke and has to buy something cheaper. My friend agreed. My mom, being quite frugal (although not as much as she used to be), buys the Costco brand that provides enough detergent for about 500 loads. I said that some of the other big name brands worked just as well or almost as well, and were considerably cheaper.
I won't buy the ultra-cheap ones like Purex and Sun (used to when I was paying to help my sweetie through school and we were beyond broke, but no more!), because they don't get your clothes as clean, don't make them smell as nice, and don't leave them as soft. Also, do you prefer liquid or powdered detergent? I will no longer use powdered, as it doesn't seem to work as well in the aforementioned areas.
I'm curious as to what others think. What's your favorite brand, and why? If I haven't listed yours, choose "Other" and name it in a post. I really love Tide, but I also like Wisk (Morning Breeze scent smells really good), All, and Gain. Pick as many of them as you like.
Correspondingly, what is your favorite fabric softener? A few months ago I discovered Downy's Simple Pleasures, in the scents of Lavender & Vanilla, Rose & Violet, and Water Lily & Jasmine. I now will not use anything else, despite the cost difference. It makes your clothes smell soooo good and feel sooooo soft that I can't bear to use anything else! And now Tide has come out with a detergent to go along with them, though it's still too expensive for me to justify buying it, except when it's on sale. I'm going to try it, though, because I have a coupon. I love coupons!
I think I may've found a topic that hasn't yet been discussed here, and thought I'd make a fun, useless poll about it.