Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Put The Magazine Down and No One Will Get Hurt

Yesterday afternoon, while in the throes of ironing, I call my friend Tiffani only to discover that she is in the throes of folding laundry. A nice conversation ensues and we talk about a million different things like usual, and then we may our way back to our mutual task of housework, or more specifically, laundry and get into a nice debate about laundry soap.

"I'm so in love with Tide with Febreeze! It smells so good I want to drink it!" says Tiffani.

"I know. My whole goal in life is to be able to afford Tide on a regular basis and not feel guilty about buying the 80 load box when I could really buy the 140 load box of Arm & Hammer for the same price," I reply.

"At least Arm & Hammer isn't as bad as Sun detergent," she tells me. "Whenever I see someone with that in their cart I want to stop and set them straight."

"Really?" I say. "I didn't know that Sun was that bad."

"Well, Lindsay looked it up on Consumer Reports and found that it's the second worst detergent to buy."

I'm sorry, WHAT?

I was always taught that it was wise to consult Consumer Reports when making a bigger purchase, say a refrigerator or washing machine. Little did I know that I needed to consult it when determing what detergent to put into the washing machine. You learn something new everyday.

After I made fun of Lindsay for another four or five minutes we got off the phone and went back to our laundry duties. Sorry, Lins, but if you don't want people to know about stuff like this then you have to slowly back away from Consumer Reports. But before you do, can you tell me what was the WORST detergent to buy? I want to make a mental note so I can set everyone straight at WinCo.

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

Actually, Tide is the worst detergent, from a medical standpoint. It smells so great because there is so much crap in it. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news. mg

Anonymous said...

Actually, Tide is the worst detergent to buy, from a medical standpoint, because it has so much crap in it. Sorry to be the bearer of such bad news.

Puerto Rican Princess said...

Who cares about medicine as long as you smell good????

Heather said...

Who is MG? Is he/she a reputable source?

Puerto Rican Princess said...

MG is Michele Goode, one of my closest friends and whom I would say is terribly reliable, although her "anonymous" posting makes me wonder...

Nicole said...

Seriously, from a medical standpoint??? Does that mean that more people tend to be allergic to it? I LOVE Tide!!! I guess I am a sucker for smelling good! Is it a bad sign that I "splurge" to buy the "good stuff"? BTW Heather what detergent do you use? Your kiddos clothes spelled awfully yummy.

Puerto Rican Princess said...

Did they SPELL awfully yummy or SMELL awfully yummy Nicole????

:)

Anonymous said...

I'd buy it if my entire family wasn't allergic to it....guilty Michele C Goode (mg)

Nicole said...

yeah, thanks Karen!

Lindsay said...

Hey, don't hate on consumer reports! The only reason I know about Sun is that we used to get that brand and it's str8 ghetto. Sometimes our clothes smelled like they hadn't even been washed - just "soaked" in water for a few minutes. Now that we've switched to Tide everything's April fresh.

Also, you can use consumer reports for anything. For example, I had to get school supplies for Carson, and I read that Mead pencils had a sharper graphite tip than your standard yellow #2 Dixon Ticonderogas. Sure, maybe the eraser life on the Meads was only 75% that of the Dixons, but at 13 cents a pencil it was a deal I couldn't pass up.

And don't even get me started on what Consumer Reports did for me when it came time to choosing new hangers for our closet, or when I needed to get some more chapstick.

So, hopefully I've proved my point. Just let me know when you want to order a subscription and I'll give you a pass along card.

checkmate.

p.s. yes, Jared did help me write this. you guys know I couldn't possibly be this witty.

Heather said...

Classic Lins! How about we all just "borrow" your subscription rather than cluttering the world with pass along cards. BTW nicole it was good old tide- i'm surprised they didn't smell just like your kids.

Anonymous said...

Pretty much the "str8 ghetto" was a dead give away that J-BATES was da house!

PEACE OUT.