I decided to put homemade laundry detergent to the test against my usual store bought brand.
I’ve used homemade for years, but I always have people tell me it’s worth the extra cost to go with Tide. I mean, they’ve done years and years of research, they constantly are rated number one, and they outsell any other brand; therefore it must work better right?
So I decided it was time to put the two in the ring.
My homemade laundry detergent made from these products.
For this experiment, I took an old pink sheet and cut it in half. I decided I would take 3 stain promoting things from my fridge (I used worscestershire sauce, ketchup, and Naked Green Machine), pour it on one half of the sheet, set a timer for 1 hour, then wash with a few old towels using Tide.
I repeated this process for the second half of the sheet with the homemade laundry detergent. I made sure the stain promoting liquids stayed on for exactly the same amount of time, and I used exactly 1/4 cup of each liquid both times.
RESULT: Both sides came out squeaky clean.
I figured stains may take longer than 1 hour to set. So I decided to repeat the entire thing for 24 hours.
I put the stain promoting liquids on one sheet, set a 24 hour timer, and 2 hours later I stained the other sheet and set a 24 hour timer. Again, I got the sheets in the washer with the old towels at exactly the 24 hour mark.
After waiting… and waiting…
THE 24 HOUR TEST CONCLUSION
RESULT: At first glance both look spotless once more.
Whereas the sheet with the homemade laundry detergent had not a spot. My husband and I scoured. Not braggin’… okay, maybe a little bit.
The sheet with the Tide, however, left the bout with some bruises. It was mostly clean granted, but we found a few stains.
Yeah, check it out:
So the winner is:
Homemade Laundry Detergent!
This is more than just me vs. Tide (who’s not all bad), it was also about saving money and still getting the results… in this case, better AND cheaper (my favorite).