A couple of years ago I got a great deal on dishwashing detergent. I was able to get the packs with 20 individual cubes in them for about $1 each. So it was a really good deal or so I thought. Fast forward to a few months ago (well more like 8 months) and I’m running out of my stock of dish detergent cubes.
I just couldn’t find any really stellar deals on the dishwashing detergent packs, so I purchased some of the gel dish detergent on a buy one get one free sale. After coupons and the sale I paid about $4 for each bottle. Not a super deal but not bad either.
When I opened my first bottle I put the date on it. Just so I could see how long it would take to use the gel dish detergent up. I thought I would be writing this post in three to four months. But it took just 3 days shy of six months to finish that bottle of gel detergent.
I was really shocked, but it made me think
At first I was shocked and then I started thinking. If one of those bottles last me 6 months how much does it cost me each month for the gel dish detergent. So I whipped out my calculator (I am a budget nerd that way, I always want to know the bottom line) and after punching in a few numbers. I had my price per month, which was $.67 a month. At about 20 loads a month that is just $.03 a load.
$.67 a month is based on my purchase of 75 ounces of gel dish detergent, costing $4 and lasting me approximately 6 months. That really beats my buy price of the 20 packs for $1 each. Since I run my dishwasher approximately 4-5 times a week a 20 pack box will last about a month.
Can I consistently get the price of $4 a bottle or not?
Now while the switch to the gel dish detergent only nets me a savings of about $4 a year which isn’t much. I can more easily find the gel detergent on sale for around $4 or sometimes less. (I recently pick up some for $3.50) While the 20 pack dish detergent squares are much harder to come by for $1 or less.
Also storage comes into play. I need to store at least 12 boxes or bags of dish detergent packs for a years worth of dishwasher loads but only two bottles of the gel detergent. So I can stock up on enough of the gel dish detergent for a year, without filling up my stockpile cupboard. Which in turn saves room for other items I need to store.
With the gel you can also adjust the amount of detergent you need for a load of dishes. Not so dirty of dishes I use less, more caked on food I use more. I wasn’t able to do any adjusting with the packs they are one size fits all packaging.
Watch for future posts, when I compare homemade to store-bought costs
Now I have a recipe for make your own dish detergent cubes and powder that I have yet to try to make. Once I do I can do a comparison and see how homemade dish detergent compares to store-bought. No only in price but in performance too.
Do you make your own dish detergent? Or do you purchase the powder, gel or packs? What’s your “buy” price on dish detergent?