Updated 22 Jun 2017

Surf

with 5 Herbal Extracts

Snapshot: Surf 2 in 1 with 5 Herbal Extracts laundry detergent is a liquid detergent for top- and front-loading washing machines. But how well does it remove stains in a FRONT LOADER?

with 5 Herbal Extracts
Consumer score
SCORE
Avg price

$7.19

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Test results

Overall score
56
Everyday grime
?/10
Collar & cuff grime
?/10
Grass
?/10
Olive oil
?/10
Chocolate ice cream
?/10

Good points

  • OK at removing grass stains.
  • OK at removing olive oil stains.
  • OK at removing tomato stains.
  • Very good at removing make-up stains.
  • OK at removing chocolate ice cream stains.
  • Very good at removing baby food stains.
  • Contains optical brighteners.

But

  • Just OK at removing everyday grime.
  • Just OK at removing collar and cuff stains.
  • Poor at removing motor oil stains.
  • Poor at removing blood stains.
  • Doesn't contain enzymes.

How we test

Overall score includes:

Everyday grime (35%)
Collar & cuff stains (20%)
Grass (15%)
Olive oil (6%)
Tomato (4%)
Make-up (4%)
Chocolate ice cream (4%)
Baby food (4%)
Motor oil (4%)
Blood (4%)

All individual stain tests are performed on swatches with the applicable stain. We measured the recommended amount of detergent for a normally soiled load and used this to wash the test loads at a temperature of 20⁰C.

For this test, both the front- and top-loader were set on “normal” wash cycles — the type of wash cycle an average consumer is likely to choose to wash an everyday load.

After washing, we measured how much dirt was removed from each swatch. We did this with a spectrophotometer (which measures how much light reflects off the swatches). It’s more accurate than the human eye.

Each load contains two swatches of each stain and each detergent was tested twice.

Key data

More test results (/10)

Tomato
6.3
Make-up
8.7
Baby food
8.3
Motor oil
4.3
Blood
4.2

Product

Avg price
$7.19
Cost per wash
$0.36
Front- or top-loader
Front-loader
Powder or liquid
Liquid
Pack size (g/ml)
1000
Washes per pack
20
Likelihood of white marks
Low

Claims

Has enzymes
No
Has optical brighteners
Yes
Low to no phosphate
Yes
Safe for septic tanks
No