Amway SA-8 Stories, Demonstration, Testimonials and Review

My mom used Amway’s SA-8 laundry detergent for nearly 30 years.

She absolutely loved the stuff.

As a child I remember helping my mom do the laundry and all she told me was to put in “one small cap full of detergent.”

I followed her instructions and never thought much about it.

In fact, I never even realized that she used SA-8 laundry detergent until I joined Amway when I was 24 years old.

When I talked to her about the Amway products and business opportunity, she joined my team as a wholesale buying distributor to be supportive.

Apparently, she had been an Amway customer for nearly 30 years.

During my 2.5 years with Amway I used the SA-8 laundry detergent religiously.

I loved that it was concentrated and did a great job cleaning my clothes.

My laundry always smelled fresh and clean.

Even better, as a Bachelor one bottle lasted me more than a year!

I don’t use the Amway SA-8 detergent anymore (my wife grew up with Tide and she does the laundry), but I enjoyed it while I used it.

If you are looking for a good and affordable laundry detergent, it might just be what you are looking for.

I would definitely recommend it to others.

Here are a few details about Amway’s SA-8 laundry detergent.

  • The suggested retail price is $42.60 for a 9.9 lb pound box (as of April 2013)
  • It comes in liquid or powder format
  • One box does 150 loads
  • That equates to approximately 28 cents per load (excluding shipping and tax)
  • You can get a discount on it if you become a distributor or shop around
  • It is septic friendly
  • The products WERE NOT tested on animals

Prior to using the Amway SA-8 detergent you are encouraged to do an “empty wash” with your washing machine.

You use a couple scoops, put the temperature on high and select full/large load on your washing machine.

This will clean out your washing machine from all the build up, dirt and grind.

Once your washing machine is cleaned, you can do laundry whenever you want to.

Amway SA-8 Ingredients

Here is a summary of the ingredients I got off a box of SA-8.

  • Sodium Carbonate (washing soda)
  • Pareth-25-7 (non-ionic surfactant)
  • Citric Acid (organic water softener)
  • Fumaric Acid (dispersant)
  • Hydrated Silica (absorbent mineral)
  • Cellulose Gum (anti-redeposition agent)
  • Water
  • Amylase (starch stain remover)
  • Fluorescent Brightener (Distyryl Biphenyl Derivative) (fabric brightener)
  • Fragrance
  • Sodium Carbonate
  • Pareth-25-7
  • Citric Acid
  • Fumaric Acid
  • Hydrated Silica
  • Cellulose Gum

***** I’m not sure if this is a comprehensive list of ingredients or not.

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Additionally, I did some comparison shopping on and found that a bottle of Tide (96 loads) sells for $17.97 with free shipping.

That equates to almost 19 cents per load, which is about nine cents per load cheaper than the SA-8 detergent.

So if you are on a budget, Tide might be the best route.

Once again I would like to chime in and tell you that you get a discount on the SA-8 if you become a distributor or do some price shopping.

I’m not sure how much cheaper you can get it for, but I think the price would be very comparable with Tide after the discount (note: I am not a distributor, nor am I affiliated with Amway).

sa8Final Thoughts

Speaking from personal experience, I do believe the Amway SA-8 is a very high quality laundry detergent at an affordable price.

I will be the the first to admit that there are cheaper things in the marketplace, but I think the SA-8 offers a good value.

What are your thoughts?

I would love to hear your testimonials and stories about why you like or dislike the Amway SA-8 laundry detergent.

Please leave a comment to share your thoughts.

Disclaimer: I am in no way affiliated with Amway.  Amway is a registered trademark.  Any views in this post are simply my opinion.

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24 thoughts on “Amway SA-8 Stories, Demonstration, Testimonials and Review

  1. Have used nothing but SA8 for over 30 years. It does a superb job of cleaning and is a great value. It lasts a long time so I don’t have to be running to the store all the time to replace it. We are distributors, so we get it at wholesale and we have several friends who buy products from us, but we are not actively building a business. There are quite a few products that we consistently get from Amway that I would not choose to buy at a store besides detergent such as their Artistry cosmetics, vitamins, toothpaste and other cleaning products. I trust Amway and know I’m getting my money’s worth!

    • It truly is an amazing product. I’d use it if my wife wasn’t so obsessed with Tide.

  2. I have never tried their products. I tend to just stick with drug store brands or chemical free formulas. I know this is a hard thing to crack but it seems like their product is growing even still. I know a few people who rave about Amway’ SA-8. I will have to give it a try for myself when I have the extra money.

    • SA-8 is definitely a great product that once you start using it you will fall in love with it.

  3. My Mom used the Amway laundry detergent when we were young. She wouldn’t use anything else. Personally, I am a cheapskate. I buy the cheapest detergent on the market in many cases, but Maggie has been training me differently. We hand-wash many items and use a bar laundry soap to take out stains. I believe I may try the Amway detergent again. I know Maggie will like it.

    • You should check it out Greg. I’m sure you will enjoy it.

  4. My grandmother used the SA-8, and then my mom, and now me. This stuff is the best.

  5. My daughter joined Amway last year and signed us up as customers. She quit the business within a few months, but we were hooked on the products. The SA-8 is definitely our favorite product, followed closely by the XS Energy Drink. I love that it’s so concentrated and you only have to use a little bit to get your laundry really, really clean.

    • I’m glad you like the SA-8, Alice. I grew up with the stuff too and really like it.

  6. My mom has used the SA-8 for almost 40 years now. I grew up with it as a kid. Now, as an adult, I still use SA-8 in my home. I am not affiliated with Amway as a distributor. I just buy my SA-8 on Amazon or eBay whenever I need it.

    • That’s awesome, Ted. I know there is always a lot of SA-8 for sale on eBay and Amazon. I know distributors aren’t supposed to do it, but they do it anyway.

  7. Amway SA-8 is great. It’s priced right, good for the environment, concentrated and leaves my clothes smelling very clean.

  8. We’ve been using SA-8 since the 1960s. I joined Amway in 1966 and have been a happy distributor ever since. I’ve never tried to build much of a business. I had a couple people sponsored through the years and I have five to ten customers that order every month. I make enough to get my SA-8 and a few other products for free. I never got involved with the Motivational Organizations or Systems. I just wanted to have a small, little retail business. I’ve tried other detergents in the past, but nothing compares with the SA-8! I just love it.

  9. Francine,

    Good for you for being a bargain shopper and shopping around to get the best price you can on your SA-8.


  10. I’ve been using the Amway SA-8 detergent for a little over 10 years now. I’ve never been a distributor with Amway, just a customer. I purchase the detergent on Amazon or eBay, wherever I can find it cheaper. I normally use the powder. I’ve tried both the powder and liquid in the past. We have a family of six. My husband, myself and four kids. I probably do 12 loads of laundry a week. What I love about the SA-8 is that it is concentrated one container lasts a long time. And it leaves my clothes so clean and fresh. Sure, there are cheaper laundry detergents at Wal-mart and the Dollar Store, but I will never stop using the Amway SA-8 detergent.


  11. I just started using the Amway SA-8 detergent. I have to tell you I love it. My neighbor had an Amway business opportunity meeting at her house and I attended. She joined the business a few months ago and had been bugging me to attend one of her meetings. I finally did. While I wasn’t impressed that much by the business opportunity (I did some research online) I was more than willing to buy some products to support my neighbor. So I signed up as a customer. I like their shampoo, hate the Glister toothpaste, and absolutely love the SA-8. I’m hooked. I simply order the products through her website and have them shipped directly to my house. It saves me time and money on gas. I can even get free shipping when my order is big enough.


    • Caroline,

      Good for you for becoming a customer. Like you, I love the SA-8 too. It’s such a great product.


  12. My baby has very sensitive skin and I now use Dreft baby detergent for his clothes while using a separate detergent for myself and another detergent for my boyfriend who has sensitive skin as well. I find that my boyfriend’s detergent isn’t that strong because of its delicate nature so I have to end up running his clothes through the washer twice. It is pretty pricey to buy 3 different types of detergent, especially since the specialty detergents come in small bottles. I am going to try this detergent with the hopes of at least being able to only have to buy two detergents (one for my baby and one for my boyfriend and I).

    • I grew up with my mom using the SA-8 laundry detergent and I can tell you that it works wonders. One small cap full, about the size of a tablespoon, will clean a full load of laundry like never before.


  13. My mom always used Tide. She’s still using it too, but I think I’ll tell her about SA-8. I’ve never seen a laundry detergent that caused effervessence like that before. I imagine the SA-8 soap really gets into all the crevices of clothes while they’re tumbling in a washer so it might be worth the extra cost even if she’s not a distributor.

    • I think the SA-8 is a good product. Lots of other folks feel the same way. This is one of Amway’s top selling products and for good reason. When it comes to comparing it to Tide, everyone is going to have their own opinion. I tell everyone, pick what’s best for you. And I also remind people that cheaper isn’t always better.

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