Updated 22 Jun 2017

Water

No detergent

Snapshot: We ran a detergent-free wash cycle in a TOP LOADER. But how well does it remove stains?

No detergent
Consumer score
SCORE
Avg price

$0.00

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Test results

Overall score
44
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 tomato stains.
  • OK at removing chocolate ice cream stains.
  • OK at removing baby food stains.

But

  • Poor at removing everyday grime.
  • Poor at removing collar and cuff stains.
  • Poor at removing olive oil stains.
  • Just OK at removing make-up stains.
  • Poor at removing motor oil stains.
  • Poor at removing blood stains.

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
5.5
Make-up
5.2
Baby food
6.6
Motor oil
3.7
Blood
3.1

Product

Avg price
$0.00
Cost per wash
$n/a
Front- or top-loader
Top-loader
Powder or liquid
Liquid
Pack size (g/ml)
n/a
Washes per pack
n/a
Likelihood of white marks
n/a

Claims

Has enzymes
n/a
Has optical brighteners
n/a
Low to no phosphate
n/a
Safe for septic tanks
n/a