What is High Foam Laundry Detergent

High foam, low foam, no foam! When it comes to laundry detergents, these terms often get used by manufacturers and retailers and many of us don’t really know what they mean. Are you curious about what the terms high foam detergent and low foam detergent mean? Read on to find out more.

Updated 30 August 2022


Author By Cleanipedia Team

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We’ve put together a two-part blog on high foam washing powders and low foam washing powders, explaining what each detergent type is, what the benefits of each are, and our recommendations for good quality products to use.

What is high foam laundry detergent?

A laundry detergent that creates a larger amount of foam when it comes into contact with water and air, is considered a high foam detergent. It is manufactured to create a lot of tiny foam bubbles, also known as foaming agents. Within a laundry detergent, there is a variety of cleaning agents like degreasers, surfactants and foaming agents which all work together to break down oil, grease and dirt from the fibres of clothing.

Washing powder foam is meant to sit on the surface of the clothing or fabrics, allowing the cleaning agents time to work into the fabric fibres for deep cleaning. Commonly, hand washing powders produce a high foam environment, in which the foam can be worked into particularly soiled patches of clothing for extra cleaning.

High Foam Washing Powder

Why is it necessary to use a high foaming detergent?

When you use a washing machine, the mechanical movement of the machine works to break down the dirt and grime on clothing. When hand washing, you need the movement of scrubbing the clothes between your hands to get the same amount of breakdown capacity. Using a washing powder with high foam will enable you to wash the clothing with your hands and the foam will add extra friction to the fabric to help break down the dirt.

One of the most effective product ranges on the market is the OMO range of Hand Washing Powders. The range of high foam powders offers powerful cleaning properties that penetrate into your clothes, to reach even the toughest stains with less effort.

How to use a high foam detergent?

When using a high foam detergent, like OMO Hand Washing Powders, getting the best out of the product really is simple. Here’s how:

For dirty loads:

  • Use one scoop of hand wash powder (1 scoop = 1 cup = 250ml) and dissolve in 5L of water in a bucket. It is preferable to use lukewarm or cold water.

  • Place your washing load into the water mixture and allow it to soak for 10 – 15 minutes.

  • Give each item a good hand scrub, using the foam to work into particularly soiled patches.

  • Rinse all the clothing in clean, cold water.

  • Hang outside to dry.

For very dirty loads:

  • If the washing load you are doing is particularly dirty and stained, we recommend using the same method above except use 1 ¼ cups of washing powder instead.

Read part two of our blog about low foam detergents and the benefits of using these kinds of products too. For more cleaning tips and tricks, visit Cleanipedia today.


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