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Question about wash/fold detergents and amounts

  • 1.  Question about wash/fold detergents and amounts

    Posted 8 days ago

    We do a lot of commercial laundry and are starting to do a lot of wash and fold as well.  We have a commercial laundry rep that we like and buy detergent, bleach, sour, builder, etc from him and that is all good. 

    For our wash and fold, we have been buying All Free and Clear from Sams Club and we have mainly larger machines that we use for our wash and fold.  Mainly 40 and 60 lb machines.  We are looking at new detergent options.  Here is what we would like:

    1. We would like to find a detergent that is a name brand and recognizable to customers.
    2. A detergent that has more scent than what we use now. We don't want a strong scent, just a slight pleasant scent.
    3. Something more cost effective than buying bottles from Sam's.

    Any ideas?  I don't want to introduce a new soap rep like P&G but would be willing to buy detergent in bulk if it meant saving money but was still recognizable.  Also, how much detergent do you all use for 40 and 60 pound washers with wash and fold accounts.


    Store Owner/ Employee
    St. Louis MO

  • 2.  RE: Question about wash/fold detergents and amounts

    Posted 8 days ago

    Your supplier may be able to get you ORVUS in 50 lb. bags.  Orvus is powdered Tide.  I  have not bought Orvus in decades so I  don't know what it costs or if it's still available.   Good luck.

    Larry Adamski
    Muskegon Laundromat
    Spring Lake MI

  • 3.  RE: Question about wash/fold detergents and amounts

    Posted 7 days ago
    Good Afternoon,

    I will be happy to see if anyone has a good answer to this question.

    We own a hardware store and an attended laundry that does wash and fold.  We are a small operation and our demographics are "different" and even "unique."  We use Tide, Mrs Meyers, and Seventh Generation.

    At a recent hardware trade show my wife found a new company called Charlie's Soap.  Google them.  They were great folks.  My wife tried and tested the products and now swears by them. We do a lot of white towels and sheets and she says nothing gets them as clean or white as Charlie's.  She wants to standardize on this soap.  I am not ready to make the change but see the possibility in my near future!

    As for a possible source - I would suggest talking to your local hardware store owner.  He/she may be willing to give you a great price on larger volume orders that they do not have to handle and store.  And as a bonus you may make a new customer or even get a bunch of free recommendations from another business owner by doing business locally.

    Good luck.


    Vince & Diane Christofora
    Store Owner/ Employee
    Woodstock Laundry
    Woodstock NY

  • 4.  RE: Question about wash/fold detergents and amounts

    Posted 7 days ago
    Have you tried Ariel?  It's a P&G product based on a Tide formula with additional fragrance. It was once sold by P&G in the vended size boxes. Buy the Ariel manufactured in Mexico, not the American version; it has enzymes and produces a great wash and smell. You find it at Mexican grocery stores.  Note: it is a high sudsing formula because of the hard water found in Mexico so you don't need to oversoap.

    Larry Larsen
    Anaheim, CA
    Distributor - Insurance - Consulting

  • 5.  RE: Question about wash/fold detergents and amounts

    Posted 6 days ago
    If you want a little extra scent without using softener, use Arm and Hammer detergents. It leave a nice smell after the wash and it also comes in 5 gallon buckets.  The Ariel like Larry suggest is another good detergent that leaves a scent after the wash.

    Chris Lee
    h2o Laundromat
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania