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I usually buy powder detergent in bulk on Amazon to save money. But we ran out last week and I ended up buying detergent pacs from the grocery store. (Aka pods or sacs.) They are pre-wrapped sacs of powder detergent so you never have to spill detergent again – but I suspect they are much more expensive that loose powder detergent and liquid detergent.
How much of a ripoff are detergent pacs?
I used Peapod to compare prices. Note, I’ve never actually used Peapod to get groceries delivered to my house! (The last time I compared prices, Peapod was about 10% more than going to the store myself, plus the delivery charge. You can often get a Peapod coupon if you are a first time user.) But Peapod is a very easy way to compare prices without running to the store and hanging out in the detergent aisle for a half hour, looking like an oddball.
One thing I really like about searching for groceries on Peapod is all the ways to sort items you’re looking for – by alphabetical, size, price, aisle/department, and unit price. WOW, A SITE THAT LETS YOU COMPARE BY UNIT PRICE?! MY DREAM COME TRUE!
Okay, I’m getting a little excited about groceries. But hey, that’s me.
So are detergent pacs as pricey as I suspected?
My Peapod search for “dishwasher detergent” returned 47 results.
The cheapest option was FINISH Advanced Dishwasher Detergent Gel Lemon Fresh Scent for $.05 / OZ.
The most expensive option was sold, surprisingly, also by Finish: FINISH Power Up All in 1 Detergent Booster Lemon Sparkle for $.47 / OZ. Weird that the cheapest and most expensive option was sold by the same brand.
Third from the top was the eco-friendly pacs I purchased, Seventh Generation Dishwasher Detergent Concentrated Pacs Free & Clear, for $.35 / OZ. I’m committed to buying organic and eco-friendly products, and this was the only option at my tiny Stop & Shop. But now I see just how much money I tossed out the window!
The cheapest detergent pacs, FINISH All in 1 Dishwasher Detergent Powerball Tabs Orange Scent, sold for $.17 / EA. That is more than THREE TIMES AS MUCH AS THE CHEAPEST non-pac dishwasher detergent option!
Another way to look at it: 19 of the highest priced 24 dishwasher detergents were powder sacs.
That pretty much confirms my suspicious that detergent pods or pacs – whatever they look like to you – are a total rip off. Stick to regular liquid or powder dishwasher detergent, people!