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Laundry Bars vs Handwashing Powder

Most people think that laundry bars are better for their clothes than handwashing powder, but this isn't always the case. With every product claiming every kind of benefit, it’s hard to know which is better for your clothes, laundry bars or handwashing powder?


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Laundry Bars vs Handwashing Powder

Sunlight has been a trusted name in laundry and dishwashing products for over 130 years and they’ve developed a range of products that will help you remove stains and clean your clothes, more quicker. They offer both a laundry soap bar and a handwashing powder that are both great options for hand washing stained clothes and removing even the toughest stains.

Let’s take a look at the benefits of both the Sunlight laundry bar and Sunlight Handwash Washing Powder. We’ll also help you decide when to use which product too.

What is a laundry bar?

The little green Sunlight laundry bar has been found in South African homes for over 131 years. It is one of the most trusted brands of laundry soap bars on the market and is used for a variety of purposes around the home including:

  • Hand washing stained and greasy clothing

  • Perfect for removing stains from collars and cuffs of shirts

  • Ideal for hand-washing delicate fabrics

  • Can remove grease from pots and pans

When it comes to laundry bar soap ingredients, the bars contain a mixture of ingredients that are designed to degrease and clean. Sunlight laundry bars are available in 200g and 500g bars. They are a great alternative to handwashing powder. They're gentle on your clothes and remove stains easily, even in cold water.

What is hand washing powder?

Sunlight handwash washing powder is a great product for hand washing that has also been used for years in many South African homes. Sunlight combines a variety of ingredients, formulated into a hand wash powder that dissolves into water and creates a powerful cleaning foam. Hand wash powder from Sunlight works perfectly.

  • Delicate clothing like underwear and fabrics like silk or pure cotton

  • Clothing that can only be hand washed

  • When you don’t have a washing machine

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Using this hand-washing powder is a cinch. You simply sprinkle a cup (approx. 180ml) of powder into a large bucket of water and stir it quickly with your hand to foam. Leave the clothing in the water solution to soak for an hour before washing by hand. Rinse and hang outside to dry.

You can get a range of Sunlight 2in1 Handwash Washing Powders in a variety of scents from your local retail in 250g, 500g, 1kg, 2kg and 3kg packets making it accessible to everyone.

What’s the difference between laundry bars and handwashing powder?

When it comes to the difference between laundry bars vs handwashing powders, there are a few differences that can help you decide which product to use, and when.

  • Laundry bars work well to remove dried-in stains or grease stains off clothing. All these stains don’t stand a chance against Sunlight laundry bars: - sweat marks under the armpits of shirts - dirt on collars and cuffs - grease stains from cooking - formula or food stains on baby clothing,

  • Hand washing powders work just as well to remove stains, but can also be used for mildly soiled clothing that needs to be washed, for example, - Clothing that cannot be machine washed - Delicate fabrics like silk and pure cotton - Delicate items like underwear and bras

How to know when to use which?

We recommend having both products in your store cupboard ready to use when you need it. Both products are excellent for removing stains, but laundry bars offer just that little bit extra when it comes to grease and dirt-fighting properties. Hand washing powder is an excellent, everyday washing powder that is perfect for hand washing and gentle on your skin too.


Is laundry soap better than handwashing powder?

Not necessarily. Laundry bars are generally great for getting rid of tough, dried stains and oil or fat stains too.

What is the difference between a powdered soap and a detergent bar?

A powdered soap can be used to soak soiled items in water with or to give lightly soiled clothing a good clean too. Laundry bars are generally used for spot cleaning stains.

How do you use laundry bars?

Soak the item of clothing in a bucket of warm water first, then rub the laundry bar directly on the stain. Rub it with your hands and fingers vigorously to remove the stain. Rinse and dry.

Can your machine wash with a laundry bar?

No. Do not place a laundry bar into a washing machine, or else you risk damaging it.

Can laundry detergent be used as hand soap?

Ideally, laundry soaps contain ingredients that are designed to clean clothes and remove stains, and some of the cleaning agents can irritate skin if directly in contact.

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