Tips for Buying the Best Detergent

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There are two types of people in the world: those loyal to one brand of laundry detergent and those who don’t even think about it. But even people who stick to one kind of detergent don’t necessarily have a good reason for doing so. Most consumers don’t think about how detergent impacts their laundry beyond simply making it clean and removing stains.

As the owner of a laundry facility, even the seemingly smallest choices can have a large impact on your business. When it comes to choosing the right detergent, it’s important to get familiar with the various types and their strengths in order to make the most informed decision possible. Settling for a random type of detergent could be costing you money in the long-run.

To help make sure you’re getting the most out of your laundry facility, let’s take a look at some top tips for buying the best detergent.

The Different Kinds of Detergent

You’ve heard of liquid detergent, powdered detergent, and even single-use packets, but how do they differ, and which is the best? Let’s explore each kind of detergent in greater detail to give you a better idea:

Liquid Detergent

Liquid detergent is by far the most commonly used. They’re especially effective for removing oily, greasy, and other tough stains. A common problem with this type of detergent is overuse. Consumers either pour in too much or have a tough time reading bottle caps or understanding the directions. This not only wastes money but can even lead to residue on clothes.

Single-Use Detergent

If you’re using a public laundry facility, single-use detergent packets are the easiest and most convenient to use. All you have to do is throw a packet into the washer with your load of laundry and select your wash settings – no measuring required. However, you’re also losing a lot of cost-effectiveness per load. Clothes that are heavily stained might not respond as well to single-use packets as other forms of detergent.

Is there a correlation between price and quality?

When consumers aren’t sure which detergent to purchase, they sometimes look to price as an indicator. There’s an underlying assumption that the more expensive the detergent, the better it is. On the flip side, cheaper detergents are assumed to be of lower quality. But is there any truth to this idea? Well…not always.

Instead of looking to price to determine quality, you should look at the ingredients. Better detergents will be rich in active ingredients that are designed to remove soil from various types of fabric along with stain-removing enzymes. While these high-quality ingredients can raise the price of detergents, that doesn’t keep some lower quality brands from hiking up the price of their products.

Three Levels of Detergent Quality

Detergent quality can be thrown into three different categories:

Discount – More affordable brands of detergent use surfactants to remove soil by suspending it in water until it’s flushed away. They’re cheaper than other products but not very effective for getting rid of stains from tougher fabrics.

Mid-Range – In between the expensive and cheaper products are the mid-range detergents that strike a good balance between cost-effectiveness and quality. These detergents do fine with lighter soil when used properly. They contain some powerful enzymes for stain removal but not as much as the high-level detergents.

High-Level – These heavy-duty models are carefully made with surfactants, enzymes, and other powerful ingredients designed to remove even the heaviest soil and toughest stains.

If you’re looking for more guidance on running a laundry facility, feel free to head over to the Coin Meter Company site. As a leading provider of laundry room equipment in the area, we share insider-knowledge and expert tips regularly. We also provide unrivaled services to local owners of laundry facilities. Feel free to contact us to learn more.