How to Choose the Right Laundry Detergent

11 Jun
  • We receive numerous questions from customers about the laundry detergent they are using or should be using.  They want to know if it really does matter what kind they purchase.
  • The simple answer- yes, it does matter which laundry detergent you buy. Finding the right laundry detergent requires a combination of choosing what works best on your clothes, with what your personal preferences are. If you have a high efficiency washer, then using a traditional detergent can cause excess suds.

Liquid Detergent

  • Liquid detergent is especially effective on food, grease, or oil soils. Since its fluid, it can double as a stain pretreat as well.  Choose liquid detergent if you do a lot of spot-treating or have a family that specializes in food spills. Depending on the setting of your water temperature, if you use cold wash settings most often liquid detergent is your best bet as powders do not always dissolve properly at lower temperatures.

Powder Detergent

  • For everyday loads, powder is a great choice. Powder detergent is ideal for general wash day loads and is effective in lifting out every day stains as well as ground-in dirt. If a majority of your family’s wash load consists of stains of the outdoor and every day variety, a powder detergent is an excellent choice.

Detergent Scents

  • Detergents come with all sorts of scents, so pick one you like—unless you have sensitive skin. If you have sensitive skin, avoid laundry detergents with fragrance because fragrances are common skin allergens. Fabric softeners and dryer sheets are loaded with fragrance and should be avoided as well. To remove all detergent residue from washed clothing- rinse your clothes twice and avoid packing the washer too full.

High-Efficiency Detergent for High-Efficiency Washers

  • It should go without saying, but if you have a high-efficiency washer you should use a high-efficiency (HE) detergent. HE options produce fewer suds and make it easier for HE machines to rinse out the soap. You can always buy HE detergent for any washer but do not buy standard detergent for an HE washer.
  • You can use a liquid detergent on oily or greasy stains. On the other hand, a powder detergent will help in removing ground-in dirt and mud stains.
  • Powdered detergents are less expensive than liquid ones, and should not be used with cold water. This is because the powder particles do not dissolve in the water that effectively.
  • Whenever you do the laundry, make sure that you add powder detergent before you add water and clothes to the washer drum. Plus, use only the required amount of detergent per load.
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