good price for bleach?

laff66

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Apr 18, 2007
110
Plano, TX
#1
I've been buying 4.2G of 6% bleach at Sams for about $7. I'm in the Dallas area and was wondering if thats reasonable. I can't help thinking there must be an industrial supplier that sells to laundromats, dry cleaners, or restaurants where I could buy in bulk. Anyone know of anything like that?
 

The Mermaid Queen

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Mar 28, 2007
2,522
Northern KY
#2
if you look carefully you can find 10% "liquid shock" 4 gal for $10 at grocery stores or stuff-mart
WalMart Great value brand 6% 1.42 gal jug is $2.28... which works out to be a tad cheaper
Others here can sometimes buy liquid chlorine (12%) at the pool store in 5 gal jugs that works out to be a good deal. I think you have to pay a deposit for the jug...

Check around!
 

nocaster

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May 18, 2007
53
Enid, Oklahoma
#3
I get 6% in .75 gallon jugs at a local grocery store for $0.99. It's a house brand and it's always on the bottom shelf. They also sell 20 Mule Team Borax for $2.99/box. They are the only "pool store" I use.

I wonder why nobody sells bleach by the gallon. They are always .75 or the very odd 1.42 gallon.
 

Rangeball

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May 25, 2007
785
#4
nocaster said:
I wonder why nobody sells bleach by the gallon. They are always .75 or the very odd 1.42 gallon.
Because of the scam.

For years, 5.25% "regular strength" bleach was sold in gallon jugs. Then clorox introduced "ultra". 6% bleach, in a smaller .75 gallon container, selling it as a way to save water and shipping costs as .75 gal of ultra had the same total cleaning power of 1 gal of regular strength.

Then everyone started following the formula, less volume, same effective strength for more money. Not a bad deal if you're in the bleach making/selling business.

2 years ago I was buying one gallon of 6% bleach at dollar general for $.99. Last year they had .75 gallon jugs of 6% for $1.50.

What a deal... :(

I now buy my .75 gal jugs of 6% at save-a-lot for $1.18, cheapest I can find in my area.
 

KurtV

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Mar 29, 2007
270
SE Louisiana
#5
nocaster said:
...I wonder why nobody sells bleach by the gallon. They are always .75 or the very odd 1.42 gallon.
I think someone (Clorox?) downsized from the one gallon jugs to the three quart jugs when ultra bleach was introduced and everyone else followed suit.

I can't figure out where the 1.42 gallons comes from. It doesn't come out even when you convert it to liters (5.38), quarts (5.68), pints (11.36), cups (22.72), half-cups (45.44), fluid ounces (181.76), imperial gallons (1.18), bushels (0.152537637), pecks (0.610150546), chaldrons (4.23714428478416E-03), gills (45.44), hogsheads (2.25397021637418E-02), cords (1.48301985070333E-03) or any other measure I can think of.
 

Rangeball

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May 25, 2007
785
#6
1.42 probably came from walmart. They're notorious for telling companies that they want slighty smaller amounts that they can sell cheaper but in packaging that looks the same so the consumer hopefully won't notice. Don't play there game, the don't buy from you and find someone to take your place on their shelves. Insert descriptive explative here.

Most wouldn't do the math like you did :)
 

Wolfmarsh

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Jun 18, 2007
151
Charleston, SC
#9
The way I figure it, the savings from using BBB alone more than justify just going to wal mart and picking up the jugs for 2.28.

Im already saving so much, im not going to sweat a few cents either way.
 

nivek911

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May 13, 2007
21
#10
One local Walmart has the 172 oz 6% Value bleach for $1.25. In the other local stores, it's $2.28. I don't know why the difference, but I'm happy with that price.
 

laff66

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Apr 18, 2007
110
Plano, TX
#11
Thanks for all the great replies. I'm actually not sweating a few cents, though. I was originally curious if anyone sold bleach in bigger quantities or containers. I'll look into the 5G jug; thanks!
 

AnnaK

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Jul 15, 2007
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Eastern Pennsylvania
#12
I get the 5 gallon jug at the pool store (yes, gasp!). 12.25% which probably comes down to 10 or 11% in reality since there's some degradation of the concentration with time and heat. I paid a $5 deposit for the carboy initially and trade it in for a full one for $14. That comes out to $2.80 per gallon or $0.0218/oz.

I did some calculations a while ago using cost/oz for the various concentrations of liquid bleach and how much I need to add to my pool to raise it by 1 ppm, and I found that using pool store chlorine was the least costly, even when I assumed a 10% concentration. I have a pool store nearby, easier to get to than the x-marts, so for me, this is the better deal. YMMV.

AnnaK
 

laff66

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Apr 18, 2007
110
Plano, TX
#13
Perfect, thanks for the info. Convenience is exactly what I'm looking for as well. Its not that the big stores are all that far from me, but it sure can be tough to fit in an extra trip!
 

KurtV

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Mar 29, 2007
270
SE Louisiana
#14
Convenience (along with affordability and lack of side effects) is the big selling point of chlorinating with bleach. You can get it while you're at the grocery or Wal-Mart or K-Mart or the dollar store or just about anywhere else. You don't have to waste time and gas making a special trip.