Country Save Laundry Detergent: An Affordable Alternative to Big Brands
06/25/2012 | By Daryl Nelson | ConsumerAffairs | Used by permission
Our informal test finds just a little Country Save can handle a big load of laundry
There are tons of laundry detergents on the market. From Tide to All,
from Cheer to Arm & Hammer, it's easy to get all of these products
confused, and to really know which one works best.
consumers use the most prominent TV ad to determine which detergent
they will purchase, or they'll select a brand because their mom used it
regularly, and it was always in their household while growing up.
safe to assume that most people don't conduct detergent tests in their
home to see which one works best, or even mentally document how good a
soap is after a load is completed.
In our effort to examine both new and already established products, ConsumerAffairs informally
tested the laundry detergent named "Country Save," that the company
claims is far superior to bigger and more established brands.
to the Country Save company, the detergent has no chemicals or hidden
ingredients, is biodegradable, and it's dye- and
The company also says not much soap is needed for
an entire load, and the special mixture allows for a small amount of
detergent to go along way. It also says huge loads will be flawlessly
cleaned with no left-over soap residue, which is all we can ask of a
laundry detergent, right?
We didn't find a lot of
jibber-jabber about Country Save in a scan of social media but the 390
postings we found over the last year were largely positive and tended to
support the view the company's claims.
computerized sentiment analysis found no negative emotions expressed by
consumers posting to social media, as shown in this graph:
it was laundry day in my household, and the perfect time to see how
this obscure, but 35-year old brand really performed. Especially
compared to my usual brands of detergent, which tend to shift back and
fourth between Tide and Gain.
On the back of the 2.0
package I used, it said the small amount was enough to do "one
large load in a top load machine, or two loads in a front load
machine". It's always nice when a product says a little can go a long
way. That means consumers can possibly get more bang for their
I have a top load washer, so I used the tiny
packet to do one load. When pouring the powdered detergent into the
machine, I said to myself 'If this small amount of soap
successfully cleans my huge load of laundry, I'll be pretty impressed'.
With both Tide and Gain, I usually have to fill its big plastic
scoopers to get a large load all-the-way-clean.
What were the results?
best way to test a detergent, or any other product for that matter, is
to judge it by its claims. So after I pulled the clothes from the dryer,
I gave it the sniff test to determine if I smelled any annoying
perfumes or fragrances, since the company said there were no added
Did it have a clean and fresh smell? Yes. The clothes
did smell clean, but not in that chemically induced way that products
like Gain or Tide do. The finished clothes had a scentless smell, which
many people prefer, while others like their clothes to have a perfumey aroma. If you prefer the later, Country Save may not be for you.
company claim: Did the small amount of detergent used successfully
clean the big load I washed. Yes, it did. No left-over stains, no
left-over soap residue, and each article of clothing was cleaned in
equal proportion. So far two for two.
I forgot to add a bit of
detergent to the collar of one of my soiled button-up shirts, but the
collar still came out clean. The opposite happens with Tide and Gain.
If soap isn't directly applied to the collar, a small bit of
dirt will still be left over.
Country Save was also pretty gentle with my colors (I didn't wash any whites), and didn't fade any of the brights.
Many detergents are harsh on jeans for example, as it will fade its
blue color a bit upon each wash. No noticeable color changes were seen,
although one would have to use the product several times in a row to see
if this remains true.
The average consumer doesn't really require
that much from a laundry detergent. If it cleans your clothes properly,
doesn't have an annoying scent, and doesn't cost an arm and a leg, most
would say it's a pretty good product.
So, as far as those
requirements go, Country Save passed when it came to clothes
cleanliness, and only needing a small amount of detergent for a large
But its other claims, like being gentle on sensitive skin can only be determined after extended use.
good thing however, is there was nothing that jumped out at me
that said, this product is inferior to others on the market. But, there
was also nothing that seemed to say the product was far superior, except
for its more-bang-for-your-buck-appeal.
But in these
cash-strapped times, when families are trying to maximize their dollars,
more bang for you buck may be enough for you to test out Country Save.
It's only in selected stores but is available at Amazon and other