The summer is almost upon us and that means kids getting out and getting all dirty. From grass to grease stains you will most likely find all kinds of dirt on your little ones clothes. The question becomes what detergent to use and is one really any better than the other? There are people that walk down the aisle of a store and simply buy the cheapest brand they can find. If that brand doesn't really take out the stains, is that really money well spent? I will attempt to take out some of the guess work in choosing great detergent at great prices. Hopefully I can assist you in being more knowledgeable in the ways of the world of detergents. As you may have heard, Tide is always considered the top rated detergent by Consumer Reports and many people will agree that statement. The reason for it's top rated status is that tide has special added agents that break up the dirt. As if Tide weren't good enough it's even trying to outdo itself with a new version, "Tide with Dawn Stainscrubbers". I wonder if the "Dawn" additive makes any difference and perhaps it's all a marketing ploy. Certainly Tide is one of the most expensive brands and the market so the question then becomes: What other brands work well?In 2005, consumer reports rated Ultra Mountain Fresh from Wal-Mart a best buy for "top loaders"( the ones most of us have) and is probably about half the price of Tide. Another brand that's less than half the price and highly rated:Costco's Kirkland Signature Ultra, whose cost is about 12 cents per load v.s. Tides 35 cents . Another money saving tip : Use less detergent. Many experts will agree that you don't need quite as much detergent to effectively clean you clothes as the companies would have you believe. Certainly you can experiment on this method and figure out what works and what doesn't. What has your experience been?