Liquid, capsules, or powder: which detergent is best for my clothes?

Powder, detergent or capsules - there are so many detergent choices out there, it can be really confusing! Check out this handy guide for information.

Updated 24 June 2019

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With the pace of innovation growing ever faster, it can be hard to figure out which products are the right ones for you – and that goes for everything, from choosing a mobile phone contract to a laundry detergent.

Which detergent should you choose? What’s the best laundry detergent for sensitive skin? How can you really make the most of the power of Persil and other detergents? And which format of laundry detergent is the most convenient or environmentally friendly? Read on to find the answers and get advice on which detergent is best for your clothes.

Always follow the instructions and dosage guidance on the packaging of your chosen detergent to make sure you use it safely and correctly. Check your clothes’ care label to make sure you are washing on an appropriate setting too.

Types of Detergent

Before you can choose the best detergent for your clothes you need to know what options you have. Broadly speaking, there are four main types of laundry detergent:

  • Washing powder: sold loose and measured out using a scoop
  • Liquid detergent: sold in bottles and measured using a dosing ball or bottle cap
  • Capsules: sold in boxes as pre-measured pouches of liquid detergent
  • Tablets: sold in boxes as pre-measured blocks of compressed washing powder

Each format has its own benefits, and different people will prefer different options. You will also find that all of these detergent formats are available in different types or formulas. The main options you will get here are:

  • Biological: contain enzymes to offer better performance on protein-based stains
  • Non-biological: enzyme-free and a milder choice for delicate fabrics (wool, silk) and sensitive skin. If you are worried about the risk of having an allergic reaction to Persil laundry detergent then switching to non-bio is recommended
  • Concentrated: only available on liquid detergents, they have a more potent formula that allows you to use less of the product to achieve the same results

Choosing a Detergent: The Benefits

Now that you know a little more about the different formats and types of detergent, it’s time to look at the benefits of each one.

  • Easy pre-treatments: if using washing powder or liquid detergent you can easily pre-treat those stubborn stains that might not come out in a regular wash. For powder, make a paste by combining a few spoons with some cold water and applying to the stain. Liquid is even easier to use – apply direct to the stain and massage into the fabric with the stain eraser ball. Leave both options for a few minutes before rinsing clean with cold water and washing as normal.
  • Convenient washing: as tablets and capsules are pre-measured you don’t have to worry about pouring out your own dose of detergent. Instead, just pop your tablet or capsule into the machine and load your washing. If you want to use powder or liquid then measuring scoops and dosing balls are often provided to help you measure the right amount quickly, easily, and without mess.
  • Cost: detergents are designed to be cost-effective and offer good value to households. For example, concentrated liquid detergents pack the same stain fighting Persil power into a smaller bottle while refill packs for liquids and capsules use less packaging (good for your wallet and the environment).
  • A choice for everyone: whether you want something that gets rid of tough stains or a gentle non-bio detergent that is kind on skin, there is a detergent option out there for you. If you’re worried about an allergic reaction to Persil laundry detergent then try a non-bio formula. Always test your detergent on an inconspicuous piece of clothing first and use it only as directed on the packing. If you do suffer a skin irritation then discontinue use immediately and speak to a medical professional.

So there you have it, choosing the right detergent needn’t be daunting and while some people might have concerns about Persil power – warning that it could be harsh on your clothes or skin – there’s no need to worry.

Originally published 19 July 2018