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Coupon Abbreviations
  • SC = Store Coupon
  • MC = Manufacturer Coupon
  • SS = Smart Source
  • RMN = Retail Me Not
  • PG = Proctor and Gamble
Coupon Terms
  • WYB = When You Buy
  • B1G1 = Buy One Get One Free
  • .75/1 = 75 cents off one item
  • .75/3 = 75 cents off three items
  • EXP = Expiration Date

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Today we are going to tackle the laundry…well, the laundry detergent at least. I’ll leave the actual laundry up to you.  What is a good price for laundry detergent and what are some of the factors to consider when stocking up?

I used the Item Search feature here on Southern Savers to research all the past sales on detergent for us.  You might be like me and love to have an idea in your head of the lowest price an item goes for and the item search is an awesome tool for that!

Laundry detergent can get a little tricky with the number of loads vs the number of ounces, high efficiency detergents and different concentrations so let’s break it down.

There are three main types out there:

Laundry Gel Pacs

The gel pacs or single use packages have become really popular lately.  They eliminate the need for measuring out liquid and the pacs contain a very concentrated formula so they are pretty small. As you can imagine, you will pay a little more for the convenience factor.

Liquid Laundry Detergent

You can’t judge liquid detergents based on the size of the bottle. You may notice “2x “or “3x” on the labels.  These just mean that their formula is twice or three times as concentrated as the regular stuff.  So if you buy 2x detergent you’ll need half as much per load as you would with plain old detergent.  The bottle will be smaller, but you’ll notice that it is the same price as the larger non-concentrated version.

Powder Laundry Detergent

Powder laundry detergent is pretty straightforward, you just scoop it out and add it to your laundry. Normally keeping an eye on the anticipated number of loads is the most helpful rather than the weight going by box weight.

Luckily, most of the time we will see laundry detergent measured by the number of loads.  So keeping that and the concentrations in mind, the easiest way to compare the prices of detergent is to compare the price per load. To do that, just divide the price after coupons and discounts by the number of expected loads.

In my house we are fans of the liquid and gel pacs and usually stick All or Tide brands, but y’all know I’ll use the other stuff if I can find a great deal on it! To get an idea of the best prices out there, I plugged in “laundry detergent” to the item search feature and all of the results are in the list below. I put a This is a great deal. Stock up! next to the top deals based on the per load price. In general if you can get below 10¢ a load you are doing good.

If you prefer a certain brand, you can even type in Tide Laundry Detergent” or “All Laundry Detergent” in the search so that you’re only looking deals or past sales on your favorite brands.

Laundry Detergent Deals This Week

  • CVS – All Laundry Detergent liquid 28-32 loads, Small & Mighty 32 loads, Mighty Pacs 24 ct., $4
    $10 ECB wyb $30
    Manufacturer Coupon -$1 off all liquid, powder or mighty pacs laundry detergent, excl trial size, RP 12/02
    Manufacturer Coupon -$2/2 all liquid, powder or mighty pacs laundry detergent, excl trial size, RP 1/06
    (makes it $3)
    (9¢ per load)
    (go crazy, buy 8, use (4) $2/2, makes it $1.75 per bottle or 5¢ per load)
  • Rite Aid – Arm & Hammer Laundry Detergent, B1G1
    Arm & Hammer Baking Soda Clumping Litter, 14 lb, $8.99 (online price)
    Manufacturer Coupon -$1 off Arm & Hammer baking soda, 12-13.5 lb printable
    Manufacturer Coupon -$1/3 Arm & Hammer laundry products printable
    Manufacturer Coupon -.50/2 Arm & Hammer baking soda or fridge fresh item, 2-4 lb printable
    Manufacturer Coupon -$2/2 Arm & Hammer cat litter printable
  • Target – Tide Liquid Laundry Detergent or Powder, 150 oz or 80-102 load, $17.99
    $5 Target Gift Card wyb (2)
    Manufacturer Coupon -$1.50 off Tide detergent, excl PODS and trial size, PG 12/30
    (use (2) $1.50 off, makes it $13.99 ea.)
    (13¢ per load)
  • This is a great deal. Stock up! Target – All Laundry Detergent, 110 loads, 172 oz, $11.99
    $5 Target Gift Card wyb (2)
    Manufacturer Coupon -$1 off all liquid, powder or mighty pacs laundry detergent, excl trial size, RP 12/02
    Manufacturer Coupon -$2/2 all liquid, powder or mighty pacs laundry detergent, excl trial size, RP 1/06
    Store Coupon -$1 off all liquid laundry detergent, 172 oz, (Target coupon) printable
    (use $2/2 and store, makes it $7.99 ea.)
    (7¢ per load)
  • Fred’s – Gain Laundry Detergent, 53-80 Loads, $8.95
    (11¢ per load)
  • This is a great deal. Stock up! Ingles – Fab Laundry Detergent, 40 load, at $3.98 ($1.99)
    (4¢ per load)
  • Ingles – Gain Powder or Liquid Laundry Detergent, 32-40 loads, 50 oz, $4.98
    (12¢ per load)
  • This is a great deal. Stock up! Kroger – Tide Laundry Detergent, 50 oz or 32 loads, $4.99
    Manufacturer Coupon -$1.50 off Tide detergent, excl PODS and trial size, PG 12/30
    Manufacturer Coupon -$1.50 off Tide detergent, (excl Pods), Kroger eCoupon
    (makes it $3.49)
    (10¢ per load)
  • This is a great deal. Stock up! Food City – Surf Laundry Detergent, 32 loads, $2.99
    Manufacturer Coupon -$1 off Surf laundry detergent printable (limit reached)
    (makes it $1.99)
    (6¢ per load)
  • Food City – Food Club Supreme Clean Powder Laundry Detergent, 48 load B1G1 (price not listed)
  • This is a great deal. Stock up! Food City – Fab 2x Laundry Detergent, 32-50 loads, $3.49
    (7¢ per load)
  • Dollar General – Free DG home Fabric Softener Sheets 34 ct. WYB Xtra Liquid Laundry Detergent, 125-144 oz, 90 loads, $5
    (5.5¢ per load)
  • Dollar General – Gain HE Liquid Laundry Detergent, 40 oz or 24 loads,  $4
    (16¢ per load)
  • Sweetbay – Home 360 2x Liquid Laundry Detergent, 50 oz, $2.50
  • Publix – Wisk Laundry Detergent, 50 oz or 32 loads, $4.49
    Manufacturer Coupon -$1 off Wisk product (Facebook), 45 oz+ printable
    Manufacturer Coupon -$1 off Wisk laundry detergent, 45 oz +, RP 1/13
    (makes it $3.49)
    (or 11¢ per load)
  • Food Lion – Tide or Gain Laundry Detergent, 75 oz or 91-100 oz or 64 loads, $8.99
    Manufacturer Coupon -$1.50 off Tide detergent, excl PODS and trial size, PG 12/30
    (makes it $7.49)
    (or 12¢ per load)
  • CVS – Wisk Liquid Laundry Detergent, 32 loads, $4.99
    Manufacturer Coupon -$1 off Wisk product (Facebook), 45 oz+ printable
    Manufacturer Coupon -$1 off Wisk laundry detergent, 45 oz +, RP 1/13
    (makes it $3.99)
    (or 12¢ per load)
  • This is a great deal. Stock up! Bi-Lo – Southern Home Liquid Laundry Detergent, 26-32 loads, at $3.99 ($1.99)
    (or 6¢ per load)
  • This is a great deal. Stock up! Bi-Lo – Arm & Hammer Laundry Detergent, 35 loads, at $6.27 ($3.13)
    Manufacturer Coupon -$1/3 Arm & Hammer laundry products printable
    Store Coupon -$1/2 Arm & Hammer or OxiClean laundry care, excl trial size (Target coupon), SS 1/06
    (use $1/2 competitor, makes it $2.63)
    (or 7¢ per load)
  • Bi-Lo – Tide 2X Liquid Laundry Detergent, 24-32 loads, $6.99
    Manufacturer Coupon -$1.50 off Tide detergent, excl PODS and trial size, PG 12/30
    Store Coupon -$2/2 Tide detergent, downy or bounce, excl trial size and pods (Target coupon), Target Lookbook
    (use $1.50 off mfr, makes it $5.49)
    (or 17¢ per load)
  • This is a great deal. Stock up! Winn-Dixie – Surf or Xtra Liquid or Powder Laundry Detergent, 100 oz, 20 Load, or 35-48 Load, at $7.99 ($3.99)
    Manufacturer Coupon -$1 off Surf laundry detergent, RP 1/06
    Manufacturer Coupon -$1 off Surf laundry detergent printable
    (makes it $2.99)
    (or 6¢ per load)
  • Ingles – Method Laundry Detergent, 20 oz or 50 loads, $11.98
    Manufacturer Coupon -$1 off Method laundry item, SS 1/06
    (makes it $10.98)
    (or 21¢ per load)
  • Harris Teeter – Harris Teeter Your Home Laundry Detergent, 50 oz, at $5.99 ($2.99)
  • Harris Teeter – Arm & Hammer Laundry Detergent, 62.5 oz or 35 loads, at $8.99 ($4.49)
    Manufacturer Coupon -$1/3 Arm & Hammer laundry products printable
    (makes it $4.16)
    (or 12¢ per load)
  • Harvey’s – Arm & Hammer Liquid Laundry Detergent, 45-50 oz or 32 loads, $2.99
    Manufacturer Coupon -$1/3 Arm & Hammer laundry products printable
    (makes it $2.66 ea.)
    (or 8¢ per load)
  • Rite Aid – Gain or Cheer Laundry Detergent or Fabric Softener, 24-32 loads or 120 sheets, $4.94
    (or 15¢ per load)
  • This is a great deal. Stock up! H-E-B – Arm & Hammer Liquid Laundry Detergent, Toss ‘N Done, Power Paks, or OxiClean Power Paks, 68-100 Loads, $6.97 w/ in-ad coupon
    (or 7¢ per load)
  • This is a great deal. Stock up! Whole Foods – BioKleen Laundry Liquid Detergent, 128 loads, $9.99
    Manufacturer Coupon -$2/2 Biokleen laundry printable
    Manufacturer Coupon -$1 off Biokleen laundry item printable
    (makes it $8.99)
    (or 7¢ per load)
  • Publix – Dropps Laundry Detergent, 20 ct. , $3.99
    (or 19¢ per load)

Check out our last post in this series to learn how to save on toilet paper, and come back each week as we cover a new product!