If you’ve walked down the detergent aisle lately, you know there are so many choices available! The big box stores still have all the classic brands like Tide and All – but now you can also go online at Etsy and order an obscure hand-made all-natural eco-friendly detergent too! So how do you choose? Well, it depends upon your lifestyle and the kinds of items you need cleaned. While there’s been a trend towards both pods and liquid detergents over powder (we don’t recommend pods!), there are many more things to consider. Luckily, we’ve got a full rundown of good detergents, so you can pick the best one for you: read more here
Best for Sensitive Skin
Many detergents have certain dyes or perfumes that can irritate the skin. Much of this can be alleviated by using detergents without artificial dyes, fragrances or preservatives. Arm & Hammer’s Sensitive Skin plus OxiClean Free & Clear is a great detergent that also has the OxiClean to help fight stains. Persil Pro-Clean power liquid sensitive skin was ranked at the top by Consumer Reports for a detergent that gets out dirt, grass, and body oil while also being gentle on your skin.
Best for the Environment
Finding a good eco-friendly detergent isn’t as difficult as it used to be. There are many options both on the shelves and online. Also to note that eco-friendly usually means that it’s Biodegradable (or phosphate-free), and doesn’t have chlorine bleach, NPEs (nonylphenol ethoxylates), or any artificial fragrances. Not only is this good for the environment, but it’s really good for your health as well. Seventh Generation is one of the easiest brands to find that meet these requirements, and the company is also a B-corp. BioKleen is also fairly easy to find on the grocery shelves, and it’s made with enzymes that help fight odor – which is great for sports or your workout wear. A bonus for BioKleen is that it has a great light natural citrus smell, and we like how it’s a small family-run company.
Best for Stains
Whether you’re spilling coffee or spaghetti sauce, you’ll want to treat the stain differently. However, Consumer Reports found that Persil Pro-Clean Power Liquid 2in1 gets out most of your tough stains, including body oil, dirt, red wine, and chocolate! Persil’s stain fighting power is also a great if you drink coffee – but if you’re a tea drinker, you should try Gain Botanicals Plant-Based detergent instead. Tide Ultra is still one of the best rated for grass stains, and of course OxiClean is known to be one of the best for protein based stains like blood, sweat, and vomit.
Best for Your Wallet
When comparing prices on detergent, the best rule of practice is to look at the cost per load, rather than the cost per bottle. The key is to pay attention to the recommended amount of detergent to use with each cycle. This not only saves your wallet – it saves your clothes! Using too much detergent is really hard on your fabrics. Purex Ultra Concentrated Liquid Detergent is one of the lowest costs per load, and has a high rating on Amazon for its pleasant smell and cleaning power. Consumer Reports also gave Member’s Mark Ultimate Clean (Walmart’s Sam’s Club brand) the best ranking for value, noting that it was rated well on most tough stains as well. BioKleen is also a great value per load, and as we mentioned earlier, great for the environment too!
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Contact us if you need more help on a good detergent for our equipment, we love to help make sure you get a good laundry experience! Coin Meter is located right here in the Pacific Northwest, so our representatives are close by and able to meet and discuss any equipment or resident concerns.