Sunday, April 22, 2012

Cleanliness is next to ALDIness -- Laundry Detergent and Dishwasher Soap

Before I get to the review I'd like to apologize for the Lady's use of this sacred blog to promote her non-ALDI Arbor Mist agenda AND ALSO buzz market her Coach Paul Johnson buttons. I would however, like to give her a shout out for making a sweet new header for this blog, adding the A.L.D.I. scale and a label cloud for easy reference LOOK------------>
and a disclaimer at the bottom of this page so ALDI doesn't sue me and take all my stuff and build a new ALDI where my house once stood. Now, on with the show....

If you're a dedicated reader of this blog and live in Maine, a state I love but which has no ALDI's, then you might think all that ALDI has to offer is great bargains on food. Well you'd be wrong my dear Pinetree State friends. ALDI has great bargains on EVERYTHING. Everything. Including pet stuffs, health care items and today's blog items - cleaning supplies. Since there's just not a lot I can think of to tell you about cleaning products, I'm going to review a couple here and a couple in my next post. So I give you a twofer ..... Tandil laundry detergent AND Reeva dishwasher soap!!


Do you think ALDI and IKEA use the same company to name their products? Tandil? Reeva? I feel like they're both just a random K and an umlaut away from being sold at IKEA. In fact, I think I own a REËVAK table and some TÄKNDIL chairs. Anyway...

First up, Tandil Essentials Concentrated Liquid Laundry Detergent - man that's a mouthful. I'm a bachelor - whoa ladies, back up - I'm taken. I know a man with discerning tastes in ALDI products is hard to find, but keep shopping, I'm sure you'll find one of your own. As such, I don't really give much thought to what I use to wash my clothes. I usually use whatever is the cheapest thing on the shelf, so take whatever I say here with a grain of Stonemill brand salt (which is an upcoming post!). It long as, according to the label, you don't swallow it or put it in your eyes. The label should just say "CAUTION: Don't be a moron." I put my clothes in the washer with this stuff and when they came out they smelled and felt clean. That's about all I have to say. If you're like me and don't really care wha...side bar - why the hell is Tide so damn expensive? Anyway, if you don't really care what you use then this stuff is for you. It's no worse than Purex and probably better than Sun and at only $2.39 it's a steal.

Now on to Reeva Automatic Dishwashing Gel. As with laundry detergent, I tend to buy whatever is the cheapest. This has been pretty successful over the years. But then I stumbled onto Reeva. I can't say it didn't clean my dishes because the big chunks of Mama Cozzi and Grandessa food were cleaned from my dishes. However, although it claims to have "Amazing Cleaning Power", there was this weird dark streak on the door of my dishwasher that I think was probably coffee that never seemed to go away. Like the inside of the dishwasher wasn't even clean! I mean, I guess technically it's not the detergent's job to do anything but clean the dishes but come on Reeva, don't just mail it in.

So there you have it, Tandil Essentials Laundry Detergent gets an L for would buy again and Reeva Dishwasher Gel gets a D for Disappointing. And, in accordance with the CAUTION: on the front of them, both get an I for Inedible.


  1. have you tried the 2X Tandel HE(High Efficienty) formula yet? I have a HE washer so decided to try it, so far it seems ok. I was wondering what your thoughts are on it.

  2. I've only tried this - I have a regular agitator washer and I'm really crappy about laundry detergent so if the HE cost more I'd probably never try it. I'm glad to hear you had good results. That regular Tandel worked like the other low end brands I have used. I've used it many times since then. How did your experience end? Are you still using it?

  3. Since trying Tandil, we use it all the time! Again, great performance for the price!
    We use the Reeva Dish Soap [for sink washing] and it works very well! We dont have an auto-dishwasher :<(

  4. Reeva automatic dishwashing gel worked terribly for me. It leaves this really stubborn white residue on all my dishes, that i can't seem to get off the bottom of my taller glasses, even with fairly vigorous scrubbing. I switched to a higher end dishwashing detergent and ran the glasses through one cycle and the residue is now 80% gone.. hopefully it will go away if I keep using better detergent. I lost the receipt so I just threw away an almost full bottle of Reeva. Oh well. I guess sometimes you get what you pay for.

  5. I love the dishwasher pods from aldi. Just bought the premium liquid he compatible Gain generic, so I'm curious if that works..