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Home Care

This Secret Cleaning Product Only Costs P12

Who knew that a product this affordable could be so versatile?

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Photography: Michael Angelo Chua

If you’ve been to the supermarket recently, you’ll know how dizzying the options in the cleaning aisle could be. There are now dedicated products for almost everything: glass, kitchen counters, toilets and sinks, you name it. The choices are overwhelming, and we often end up buying too many products that take up valuable storage space. But what if we told you that there’s a gentle, affordable, all-purpose cleanser that only costs P12… and it’s in the laundry aisle?


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Yes, we’re talking about Perla—the laundry bar famed for its gentleness on the hands. As it turns out, this surprisingly versatile soap has been the cleaning secret of wais moms for decades! The soap can be grated into small flakes, making Perla powder, which can then be used in a variety of ways like we’ve listed below:

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As a powder detergent.

Use Perla in your washing machine by using a box grater to turn it into Perla powder—a gentler alternative to commercial detergents. The coconut oil in the soap also makes clothes softer, allowing you to skip fabric softener.

As a surface disinfectant.

 Mix some Perla powder with water in a spray bottle to make an all-purpose surface cleaner for counters and sinks. Alternatively, sprinkle the powder on grimy areas and use a scrub brush for a deeper clean.


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As a cockroach repellent.

Spray your mix of Perla powder and water on cockroaches to effectively kill them without using toxic chemicals.  

As dishwashing liquid.

Put water in a pump bottle and add enough Perla powder to make gentle suds. As an added bonus, this solution won’t dry your hands out!

As bubble solution for your kids. Your kids’ playtime doesn’t have to stop when the bubble solution runs out. Refill the bottles with Perla powder and water then shake vigorously to make a DIY bubble mix.

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