Powerful laundry detergent: how and when to use them

Sometimes you just need a powerful laundry detergent to lift a particularly difficult stain. But how and when is it best to use them? Find out here!

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Key steps

  1.  When pre-treating a stain, use a soft toothbrush to gently work the detergent into the fabric. 
  2. Follow any special instructions on the detergent packet, remembering that capsules go into the drum of the washing machine before your clothes.
  3. Wash at 30° C - it's better for your clothes and the environment.

We’ve all been there – you’ve tried all the usual tricks (salt on the red wine, instant soaking of the tomato sauce stain), but some marks just don’t shift that easily. Sometimes it takes a strong, high-performance laundry detergent – like the power of Persil – to do the trick.

If you’re worried about Persil’s power damaging clothes, you can relax – high-quality detergents are perfectly safe to use as long as you make sure you’re using them correctly.

This article will show you what to look out for, so you can make the most of Persil stain removal and care for your clothes at the same time.

Use a high quality detergent, like Persil, and always test on a small, inconspicuous piece of fabric if using it as a pre-treatment and use only as directed on the packaging.

Step 1: Pre-treating stains

If you’re pre-treating with detergent, it’s often tempting to rub the detergent in as firmly as possible to really penetrate the fibres. This isn’t always the best option though, and you may end up doing more damage than good.

If everything but Persil’s power has failed to shift the stain then it’s time to try pre-treating with this stain-busting detergent:

  • Pre-treat with either liquid or powder detergent – liquid detergent can be applied directly to the stain whereas you’ll need to make a paste with the washing powder by mixing a few spoons with some cold water (never hot – that can set some stains into the fabric and make things worse).
  • Gently rub the liquid detergent or washing powder paste into the stain. You can use a soft toothbrush to help the detergent work into the fabric.
  • Leave for 1-2 minutes before rinsing the item in cold water.

Step 2: Removing stains in the washing machine

Once you’ve pre-treated your stains it’s time to use your powerful detergent in the washing machine to remove stains completely. Here’s how:

  • Load your chosen laundry detergent and clothes into the washing machine – follow the instructions on the detergent packaging to load it in the correct place (capsules go in the drum before clothes) and make sure you don’t overload the machine.
  • Turn the machine to an appropriate wash setting – you should check the care label on your clothes for the maximum temperature and wash cycle to use but your detergent will also give instructions. Using biological detergents at 40°C will actually reduce their effectiveness as it can cause the enzymes contained in the detergent to denature and stop working properly. Switching to 30° C is a better option – for your clothes and for the environment.
  • Once the cycle is finished, empty your washing machine straightaway to prevent your clothes from developing musty smells or mould. You should always hang your clothes to dry naturally in the sun for the best results but you can also use a clothes airer indoors if the weather won’t allow it. You can also dry some clothes in the dryer but always check the care label first to make sure it is safe to do so.

There you have it – our guide to using the power of Persil and stain-busting detergents safely and effectively to wash even the toughest stains! For more information, check out these articles on how to treat stains safely.

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