Choosing the right laundry detergent

March 1, 2015

The right laundry detergent will keep your clothes clean and looking great. Here are some tips for buying the right laundry detergent.

Choosing the right laundry detergent

Types of laundry detergent

Laundry detergent is available in three common forms.

Liquid laundry detergent: Liquid laundry detergent is easy to measure, easy to use and is great for pre-treating stains.

Powdered laundry detergent: Powdered laundry detergent is effective in cleaning ground-in stains and soils, and it is typically less expensive than liquid detergent. Look for brands that dissolve easily to avoid detergent residue.

Laundry detergent pods or packets: These come in pre-packaged, single-use packets, making them convenient and less messy than other types of detergent. Keep in mind they tend to be more expensive than other forms of laundry soap.

Factors to consider when buying laundry detergent

Type of laundry machine: Check to see if the laundry detergent is compatible with the type of laundry machine you have. If you use a high-efficiency washing machine, be sure to use high-efficiency detergent to prevent over-foaming that might damage your machine. For a regular washing machine, use regular laundry detergent to ensure your clothes are properly cleaned.

Water temperature: Certain detergents are better suited for different water-temperature cycles. For example, cold water laundry detergent is formulated to work best in cold water cycles. Remember to check clothing labels to determine which washing cycle is recommended.

Sensitivity: Dye-free detergent, fragrance-free detergent and hypoallergenic laundry detergent formulas are alternative choices for those who have sensitivities. Choose baby detergent made specifically for washing infant clothing so that it doesn't irritate your baby's skin.

Eco-friendly: Eco-friendly detergents are free from synthetic chemicals found in most laundry detergents.

Size: Laundry detergent is packaged in a variety of different sizes. Consider how often you do laundry, and select the detergent size that provides you with the most value for your money.

Scent: Many laundry detergents come in a variety of fragrances designed to leave your clothes smelling pleasant and fresh. Choose detergent scent based upon your personal preference.

Laundry tips

  • When using a top loading laundry machine, add the detergent before adding clothing to allow it to properly dissolve.
  • Follow the manufacturer's instructions to measure out the proper amount of detergent. This avoids over-foaming and helps in the maintenance of your machine.
  • Always use the correct type of laundry detergent that corresponds with the type of laundry machine you use.
  • It's recommended that you clean your washing machine once or twice a year.

Whether it’s your favourite t-shirt or your child’s precious blanket, the right laundry detergent will keeps your garments clean, fresh and looking great. Remember to consider your clothing type, washing machine requirements and how frequently you do laundry to help you choose the laundry detergent that works best and provides the most value for your money.

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