Due to economic circumstances beyond our control, me and the missus have been doing a lot more bargain hunting when shopping day rolls around.  And the 99 cent store has been our friend.  We’re discovering that you can pick up a lot of the exact same stuff that’s at Ralph’s and Von’s–even some of the same brands of produce.  Believe it or not, they’re still bound by the same health codes!  Other non-food items, like cleaning supplies and kitchen doodads, have just as much plastic and soap in them as normal items from normal stores.

Anyway, today when I was washing dishes, I looked at my bottle of cheap-assed soap, which works pretty good but has the no-name brand of “Rinso.”  I realized that on the label, it says “Since 1910,” and I’m thinking, what the fuck, is that true?

Turns out that Rinso has been popular for years, just in other countries.  God, it’s weird to see Australians freak out about soap!


Oklahoman by birth. Angeleno by fate. I've been in half a dozen bands and own 25 cubic feet of old records. Thank God for Ikea shelves.

4 thoughts on “Rinso

  1. I do enjoy the 99 Cent Only store. My only gripe is that I often find myself paying an amount equivalent to what I would have paid because of the decreased amount/quantity of an item in the 99 Cent store.

  2. Yeah, sometimes you get on an excited shopping spree but then realize the product and the proportions are not actually a bargain (e.g. for a single roll of paper towels that shouldn’t be a whole dollar by itself). But on the other hand, often the one near my house gets over-stocked stuff like blackberries and mangoes that are the same brand and quality sold more expensively at Ralphs.

  3. Rinso must’ve been popular in the US at one time, because Gore Vidal mentions Rinso commercials in “Myra Breckenridge”.

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