Laundry detergents can be compared based upon the type of stains they can handle, the size and security of the packaging, and price. The features listed vary depending on the brand purchased. Many newer detergents are designed for use in both high-efficiency and conventional washers, making comparison shopping an involved process.Continue Reading
Some laundry detergents are better at cleaning specific types of stains. Others are better at tackling a wide range of common stains. The addition of sodium percarbonate, commonly known as "oxi," creates a detergent that includes a color-safe bleach. Others contain bleach that is only safe to use on whites.
Single-use packs are becoming more popular due to highly concentrated formulas. Many manufacturers of traditional packages are also concentrating formulas. A smaller package results in less plastic in landfills and also reduces the transportation costs associated with delivery of the detergent to stores. Reduced volume allows retailers to display more on store shelves, increases product availability and decreases overhead costs.
With a change in packaging, safety modifications have also been undertaken by some brands. Many detergents can result in serious injury if ingested or rubbed into the eyes. Some packages have child-resistant lids and warning icons on the package.
Although the total price is often used, the cost per load provides the best comparison. Shoppers should consider the presence of hard water since this requires more detergent. Hard water washing instructions are generally included on the label.Learn more about Cleaning Products
The fundamental difference between soaps and detergents is that soaps are produced from natural ingredients, while detergents are made from synthetic sources. Soap is made from a combination of fats and oils, which are taken from plants and animals and combined with sodium or potassium salts to produce a solid mixture. Detergent, on the other hand, is created using chemical compounds, such as propylene, which is combined with sulfuric acid, then doused in a large pool of sodium hydroxide to reduce the sulfuric acid content.Full Answer >
Dish detergents are surfactants, which basically allow grease and oil to mix with water by lowering its surface tension. Although water alone can't remove grease, lowering the surface tension makes it possible to rinse away grease and oil.Full Answer >
Two highly rated high efficiency, or HE, detergents on Amazon.com are Tide Original Scent HE Turbo Clean liquid laundry detergent and Country Save HE powder laundry detergent. Both products receive a customer rating of over four out of five stars.Full Answer >
Cleaning detergents for use on terrazzo floors include Sure Klean Grout and Tile Cleaner, KlenzAll, Sure Klean 859, Wyandotte Detergent and Revitalizer. Terrazzo floors must be stripped and sealed before applying cleaning detergents.Full Answer >