Monday, April 19, 2010

laundry fail.

I am not one of those crazies that loves laundry.
{I'm talking to you, Kelly Ripa. Who I would bet money does ZERO of her own laundry.}
Things work best if I start a load every morning.
Sometimes I stay on that schedule, other times, not so much.
Take for instance, not doing a single load for two weeks.
Bad idea.
Laundry Everest if you will.
No likey.
But the one seemingly bright spot was this new Method detergent.
I love it's tiny size.
I love how I don't have to mess with measuring into a plastic cup.
I love how it smells.
I love how it hearts the planet.

But...
It is similar to that nice guy that pursued you in high school.  The guy that your parents thought was so perfect for you.  The guy, who on paper, would be a phenomenal boyfriend.  That guy that you really, really tried to like.  Maybe even tried to date.  Perhaps went to Winter Formal with {or was that just me?} But it just didn't work out.

I do not love Mr. Method.
Guess what percentage of stains Mr. Method removed?
Mabye 5%.
5% of Laundry Everest, means that I am currently RE-WASHING Laundry Everest.

Now, just to be clear these weren't difficult stains.
I am a freakshow with my kids.
Food coloring sends me over the edge.
Smocks are involved in art projects.
Janey always has a bib on.
Halley cries when she gets messy.
(Not too happy about passing my issues down to her.)

These were tiny, insignificant smudges.
Smudges that I have never had a problem with before.

So, sorry, Mr. Nice Method.
I am breaking up with you.
It's not me.
It's you.
You just don't do it for me.

I'm going back to the bad boy that smokes under the bleachers.
His name is Kirkland.
He's cheap.
He's big.
He could care less about the planet.
But he really, really cares about getting my laundry clean.

64 comments:

  1. I love a bad boy too in my laundry room/closet.. his name is Tide and he has a dreamy smell called Downey. True Love Always. I accept him for his faults: messiness.

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  2. i was tempted by that too...but then realized that my machine was NOT high efficiency...was that your problem too? :)

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  3. Ok, I am so glad I am not the only one! I thought it was awful, too. K + Tide with Downey = True Love.

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  4. I have a crush on the nerdy nerd, Kirkland. He's never let me down.

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  5. I mix it up and use Ecover laundry detergent (the best eco friendly stuff I've tried) and my MIL's super evil Amway stain remover. That stuff is a miracle worker if you are crazy about stains.

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  6. I figure if you have to wash it twice its not eco friendly. I had the same problem with dishwashing detergent that said it was eco friendly. Have you tried the tide in wash stain booster, AWESOME, probably awful for the planet, but not a single stain makes it by, and I have messy little boys.

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  7. Funny...I just saw an ad for this in Real Simple and was wondering if it was any good. That stinks. Rewashing a Mt. Everest of laundry is NOT ok.

    ~Keri

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  8. we have Laundry Everest - the bad thing is - it's only the two of us (me and hubby!) so we just let it pile up, then we move it at night from the bed to the baskets, then in the morning, from the baskets to the bed to pick out clothes for the day.
    Then, in the evening, we put it back into the baskets. lol and we go through this process for a few days until i get sick of it, and fold the laundry and put it away lol!

    We use All and I love love love it!!

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  9. I bought method dishwasher soap recently and it was a total let down. Yuck.
    I was eyeing that cute little bottle of laundry soap too, glad to hear that I shouldn't waste my money.
    (if it was a HE detergent, you probably would never get good results in a traditional top loading washer...way too much water for such little amount of detergent)

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  10. Tide With Bleach Alternative is my bad boy. I would love to be friendly to the Earth, but I really, really want clean clothes. I too, have tried the nice guys, but I always go back to those smok'in under the bleacher guys!
    (This so parallels my high school days... Ahem ) :(

    Thanks for the tip,
    Joyce

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  11. Ha ha! My bad boy is named Tide and oh how I LOVE him! Glad to know the Method cleaner is too nicey-nice - I almost bought that today!

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  12. this is too funny! I have/had a laundry everest pile! & just went to the laundry mat & got it all done at once! def worth it since my daughters birthday & party is saturday! Im sorry mr. method is a bad boyfriend! I hope the bad boy will help you conquer your laundry pile! Laundry def. stinks! lol

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  13. None of that "ecofriendly" crap ever works for me. I tried some herbal/natural insect spray for my roses a couple of years ago. The insects grew bigger and badder and were never phased. You have to use toxic, caustic stuff to get out stains, I'm convinced.

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  14. nooooooooooooooooooooo!
    just bought it. love the smell. and so far, so good.

    but, gotta be honest, i really haven't put it to the test.

    but it's so convenient.
    and it smells great.
    darn it--i already said that!

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  15. Oh my god, Julie! :) This is hilarious and not just because he was also seeing me on the side (did you know?) but because I nearly finished off the whole bottle because I , too, wanted to like Mr. Method but had the same issues--and I am NO clean freak! I started using more than I needed just to be done with it and then ended up throwing it away after all.

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  16. LOL!!! That is the best post I've ever read. Soo sorry about all the laundry though. =)

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  17. holy craptastic! i almost bought that the other day. good thing i didn't. but, more importantly, i wish to know of these crazies that love laundry. who are they? where do they hail from? where can i see one in person? these are the things i really wish to know.

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  18. I try to be good to Mother Earth any chance I get, but, when it comes to laundry I bend the rules.

    Loving the Tide detergent too. I also use Downy Fab Softener and if there is stains I love Spray 'N Wash. You leave it sit for 5 minutes and it gets everything out.

    Also, I add one sheet of Bounce to remove the static cling and it helps keep mosquitoes away.

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  19. This is the best product review Ive ever read, and what great timng I wont waste my money and valuable time I shall stick with my bad boy tide as well.

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  20. Awesome - I can totally relate! My laundry Everest resides in my guest room, where the bed has been taken over by clean, unfolded laundry. Maybe I'll tackle it tomorrow...

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  21. i heart kirkland, too. he's old school be he get's me and my kids ridiculously messy messes. i must confess though that i've been tempted by that sweet little bottle mr. method runs around in so now i'm glad to know it's just for show.

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  22. I'm at the point with my laundry that I'm considering just throwing all the clothes away and buying new. Te me....that would just be much easier!

    I HATE LAUNDRY!!!!

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  23. I was tempted to try it too, but now I shall not.

    I'm infamous for starting a load and forgetting to put it in the dryer. Then I have to rewash it because the wet laundry started to smell. So good for the environment, right?

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  24. I've been making my own laundry detergent for about a year now, and I will NEVER EVER USE anything else! It works better than anything I've ever used, and the money I saved. wow! Google it. It's simple, and very effective.

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  25. This was EXACTLY what I needed to read right now. EX.ACT.LY. Thank you for making me smile. And laugh out loud. A little too loudly.

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  26. I'm thoroughly convinced that you are the only person on the planet who could blog about laundry detergent...and not only make it funny...but actually make it interesting too.

    Crack me up.

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  27. Thanks for the tip! I had considered him, but the price...I guess I'll be down with thrifty Mr. Kirkland until the next new guy comes to town...btw, did you mean to make that pun? "Bleach"ers? I had a good lil' chuckle.

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  28. hilarious post!
    tip: i toss the lid into the wash after i measure the detergent. it keeps the lid clean and you don't have that excess from the lid gunking up your bottle.

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  29. Isnt it sad? I have tried so many laundry detergent but nothing is as good and as reliable as my tide

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  30. You may be happy to know that the Method fabric softener works well and smells yummy :)
    I used to use Kirkland but my daughter had a reaction to the "surfactant" or something in it and we started using melaleuca's detergent. It's inexpensive, plant based, smells great AND removes stains. :)

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  31. haha. Spray & Wash is my bff. That and All (he). I don't go for the froofy save the planet detergents. I go for the tough guys that can handle the stains my kids throw at me.

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  32. I've tried eco-friendly dishwasher gel before and it sucked!

    I've got a post for homemade laundry detergent on my blog (it's the only post under cleaning). It's cheap and easy (ha ha) and it gets all of our stains out.

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  33. I've been trying to conquer my laundry Mt. Everest for weeks. I am failing. Especially when I forget about a load and find it a few days later and it STINKS of stinky wetness. Arghhh! I will prevail!

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  34. I'm telling you, Purex 3-in-1 is a godsend in this house with 4 messy kiddos. Seriously, throw a thing in the wash (NO measuring!), then it goes into the dryer and finishes the job! It's always the pretty, white-with-colored-accents shirts that get stuff spilled on them, so I can't bleach them, but this stuff seems to work. Planet-schmanet, I need clean clothes.

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  35. Yep. I'm with ya. I tried the cute little Mr. Method (because, seriously - the packaging is so darn cute)...but, I guess it takes a big, burly dude (a.k.a. Purex) to do the job right.

    p.s. you know, I think Kelly Ripa does do her own laundry (maybe)...she regularly declares her love for laundry on her show (regis & kelly) - and how she can get any stain out...and how she washes her sheets every other day (I think that is craziness! Once a week is how I roll).
    ...so, maybe??

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  36. Sometimes saving the planet isn't all it's cracked up to be. When the Earth friendly product doesn't do its job then that is a problem. I figure as long as we recycle the big bad boy bottles that is going to have to be good enough.

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  37. Too funny! I saw this in the grocery store this morning - thank goodness I didn't buy it.

    My current boyfriend is Tide HE, but have a side thing going with Purex Pure Rain HE.

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  38. LOL! You are a riot. I never in a million years thought I Would be here drinking my morning cup of Joe reading about Laundry Detergent and LOL! Love it.

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  39. I am a kirkland fan too. Sad that Mr. Eco Friendly did not work... thanks for letting us know. Laundry is just so painful. Why? But, it really really is. I a bit of a neat/clean freak. My boys are trying to break me of it. Tanner likes to be dirty ALL THE TIME. My friends laugh at me. He gets dirty every time we go anywhere. Sigh. But, #2 does not want dirty hands or face or anything ever. he has to change if he gets water on himself. Funny. I think I am training a crazy one too. But, at least he tries to stay clean :)

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  40. Thanks for this post, I almost bought this detergent over the weekend at BRU. Instead I got some bottles of the "old" method free and clear on clearance for $5 a bottle.
    I just did a post about babyganics dishwasher detergent with the same kind of scenario...it may be good for the planet but it doesn't work! I continue on my quest for a green dishwasher detergent or I'll be back to cascade.

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  41. I am SO with you on this one! I got sucked in to all the method things as well- the dish soap is awful too!! Too bad since it looks so cute sitting on my counter! Back to the ugly standards that actually clean my dishes haha!!
    xoxox Holly

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  42. yes.
    i like the price of my detergent.
    i wish the store brand came in a pump. it's genius. but i saw $15 for only 50 loads. that is like a week in my house.

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  43. Here is some irony for you... I read this post of yours a while back (http://www.joyshope.com/2008/04/i-heart-my-mailman.html) and decided to look for a green laundry detergent. This is what I ended up with: http://babyvalone.blogspot.com/2010/04/endless-shoes-and-organic-laundry-soap.html

    And it turns out you buy Kirkland?! Hahaha!

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  44. I was going to buy this just the other day.
    thank you for the review :)

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  45. OMG. I tried the pink one! And, it didn't do it for me either. I've resorted to using it to only clean our towels, because those don't have stains on them. Until it's gone, no one better get any stains on them either. I really love Gain, and use the standard Target brand too.

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  46. Darn, I was so going to buy it for its cuteness too! Glad to be saved on this one! :)

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  47. BIG, sad fail!! I pink puffy heart all things Method, except their laundry detergent. I'll stick to my amazing combo of Gain + tide laundry pac = no stains leftover EVER!

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  48. i can see why you gave in, and he almost got me too, but let's be honest, a girl's needs have got to be met. thanks for the scoop, i'll be stayin' with my tried and true.

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  49. I love it!! Seriously, I go for whatever is on sale, and have a list of my favorites that I try to stock up on when there's a really good sale :)

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  50. This is a super funny post - I love the analogy and I think me and Mr. Armhammer are spending too much time together as well! :) He's big, cheap and gets the job done! :)

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  51. I do not know Kirkland...but I do know Zout and he's my main man. And the Target brand with the purple lid is my guy on the side.

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  52. You crack me up.
    So true.
    Kirkland is a two timer tho...cause he and I are like "this!"
    XO

    (and love how you are a freakshow when it comes to messes. I am SO not. Send the girls to my house when it's time to finger paint!)

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  53. I had to scroll through your comments to see if my friend Jen had already told you about her secret stain remover... Easy Off oven cleaner! I just did a post about laundry and she left this tip as a comment... It does not {heart} the earth, but it works... http://bunchofscrap.blogspot.com/2010/04/laundy-day-is-everyday.html

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  54. We use Charlie's Soap--Earth Fare has it for cheap here. It only takes a tablespoon to do a load, so it's small, it doesn't smell (of a strong artificial fragrance), and it doesn't coat our cloth diapers. I like Method products a lot, but as a general thing I am too cheap to buy them. I use baking soda and vinegar whenever possible :-)

    We have Laundry Everest here at least once every month or two. It's terrible.

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  55. You crack me up! That was a hilarious post. Thanks for the heads up. I was going to give Mr. Method a whirl, but now I don't need to.

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  56. SO glad you wrote this post. I've always been a Tide girl, but I love the price of Kirkland!! I too an so nutty about stains! My two year old SON doesn't even like to get dirty! Sounds like if it's good enough for you, it'll be good enough for me! :) THANKS!!!

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  57. Good to know!! =) You crack me up! I love the smoker under the bleachers comment!! ha ha ha!

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  58. My favorite is Planet. Cleans so well, no fabric softeners! I actually wasn't much of a fan of Kirkland brand laundry soap.
    Andrea @ TheTrainToCrazy.com

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  59. thanks for the heads up about method. i was about to try it but i'd rather not now!

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  60. So,I fell victim to the Method too, but I liked it. I swear by Oxi Clean for my stain removal. Here is the deal, unless I have fabulous sales matched with fabulous coupons, I can't buy the Method. So...I saved my pump bottle and refilled it with some 7th Generation that I got super cheap and next I plan to use the Green Works I got super cheap. If you saved your bottle you could fill it with evil Kirkland. LOL! The measurement seems to work out well, you might want to give it a try...and I love NO MESS. :)

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  61. omg, this is a funny post....I just bought this stuff at target a few days ago the firsst load is washing...love that the size is smaller and there is not a mess, but I think I may have to stick to my big boy too....oh I wonder if anyone will like this little boy...but maybe our bigger boys will follow suit and package in smaller less messy ways....

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  62. I saw at Costco that Kirkland actually does make an "environmentally friendly" laundry det. Whatever that means.
    PS. Does your hubby ever get sick of teal?

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