Which detergent to choose to wash your clothes well in the washing machine? In this buying guide, I tell you about capsule detergents, liquids, powders and organic detergents.
How to choose a washing machine detergent?
Choosing laundry detergent can be not easy if you have no experience. On supermarket shelves, there are detergents of all kinds, powder, liquids, capsules, gels. The differences lie in the fragrance and the type of fabric to be washed, and even in the compatibility with certain models of the washing machine.
Often it happens to become attached to a particular brand, unconsciously excluding the possibility of trying a different product, which perhaps can respond better to your needs.
Sometimes, you have to change products because your washing machine does not make the most of it, consuming doses that are not proportionate to the washing load. Washing programs also give better results when used in combination with specific detergents, designed for washing at certain temperatures or in the presence of specific fabrics (wool, acrylic, etc.).
To understand which detergent best meets your needs, the most useful thing to do is to try different types and brands. In this buying guide, we examine characteristics and differences between powdered detergents, liquids, capsules and gels, to understand what types of laundry and washing can best be exploited.
Detergents in capsules or tablets
Liquid tablets and capsules are found quite recent compared to powdered detergents, gels or liquids. The main advantage they offer is the convenience of use.
Being single-dose units, it is practically impossible to go wrong with the amount of detergent to be inserted into the washing machine, and even if their cost proportionally is the highest of all washing machine detergents on the market, on the other hand, they are the best solution to avoid wasting detergent.
The cleaning effectiveness they offer is convincing on both white and coloured garments, but with the limit of not working perfectly at low temperatures. In washes below 30 degrees, in fact, their effectiveness can leave something to be desired, especially if the laundry has stains or is particularly dirty. Capsules containing liquid detergent should also be used for fairly large loads or never below the load medium.
If there are few items in the basket, in fact, it may happen that the capsule does not open properly, preventing the complete spillage of the detergent inside. The capsule in these cases tends to creep into the folds of the garments, holding the soap in part or totally, thus forcing the user to repeat the washing all over again.
Liquid and gel detergents
These detergents are becoming more and more popular for consumers because they dirty much less than powdered detergents and guarantee good results in washing white and coloured garments.
Gel or liquid products are also highly appreciated because they are more respectful of delicate garments than traditional powders or capsules. On the other hand, they are sold at a higher price and do not guarantee the same staining force. In this regard, it is advisable to try different products of the most diverse brands to find the one that best suits your needs.
Powder detergents are among the most popular, both for the convenient purchase cost and for the effectiveness in removing stains. Some products in this category are of biological origin and can boast high effectiveness in removing the most stubborn dirt and in the treatment of white garments. Coloured clothing is also washed with excellent results, but it is important to choose powder detergent variants specific to this type of laundry.
Present in packages of different sizes, powder detergents are a choice that, in the long run, pays off in terms of expense, with excellent results in terms of removing dirt and stubborn stains. On the other hand, it is necessary to know how to dose well the amount used to avoid an insufficient dosage or, worse, an excessive accumulation of detergent in the washing machine’s drawer, which will certainly get dirty. In fact, this process is inevitable if you constantly use powdered detergent. However, to avoid accumulations and fouling, it is sufficient to periodically clean the detergent’s charging tank using water and a sponge.
Differences between biological and non-biological detergents
As you can easily guess from the name, biological detergents are derived from elements of natural origin. This means that there are certain types of enzymes in their composition, especially effective in removing the most stubborn spots.
These soaps work very well even at the lowest temperatures and are ecological, as they are more biodegradable than non-organic products and totally free of enzymes.
On the other hand, the latter is much less effective at washing tissues such as silk and wool than biological detergents, which can also irritate the skin is, particularly in sensitive subjects. Not always “green” is synonymous with the right choice, in these cases.
Therefore, the choice of a detergent must follow the criteria that each consumer considers important for his needs, without being influenced much by advertising messages but, on the contrary, relying on his own experience of use.
Finally, there are many products on the market, and the temptation to rely on the most famous and advertised brands is strong, but many supermarkets offer washing machine detergents of their own brand. The advice in this regard is to try these products because it is not said that their effectiveness is lower than that offered by the detergents of the big brands, and sometimes they are offered at rather advantageous purchase costs.