Laundry detergents

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Essentials

Laundry Powder

score

46

Avg price

$6.50

Member Reviews

    Test results

    • 44
      Everyday grime
    • 36
      Collar & cuff grime
    • 61
      Grass
    • 36
      Olive oil
    • 62
      Tomato
    • 51
      Make-up
    • 50
      Chocolate ice cream
    • 42
      Baby food
    • 31
      Motor oil
    • 72
      Blood

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    Good points

    • OK at removing grass stains.
    • OK at removing tomato stains.
    • Good at removing blood stains.

    Bad points

    • 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.
    • Just OK at removing chocolate ice cream stains.
    • Poor at removing baby food stains.
    • Poor at removing motor oil 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%)

    Most products have two sets of test results – front-loader and top-loader. 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.

    All individual stain tests are performed on white fabric impregnated 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.

    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 is tested twice.

    The cost per wash is as measured during testing using the manufacturer’s recommended dose for a regular wash (but may vary from the manufacturer’s stated number of washes per pack).

    The likelihood of white marks is an indication of the amount of insolubles in the detergent. Choosing one marked "low" may leave fewer residues on your clothes when using a very water-efficient machine. Detergents marked "high" have a large amount of insolubles, and are best avoided if you are experiencing residue problems.

    Product

    • Avg price

      $6.50

    • Cost per wash

      $0.19

    • Price surveyed

      June 2019

    • Test machine

      Top

    • Powder or liquid

      Powder

    • Pack size (g/ml)

      4000

    • Washes per pack

      35

    Label claims

    • Has enzymes

      No

    • Has optical brighteners

      No

    • Low to no phosphate

      No

    • Safe for septic tanks

      No

    More info

    • Availability

      Available at Countdown stores.