Detergent refers to the cleaning agent typically used in washing machines. There are different types of detergents available to be used, such as powdered and liquid. The type of machine you have, how many dirty clothes the machine can clean, the size of a load or a family, or even your preference will decide which product you need.

Factors to consider when buying a detergent

1. Detergent qualities

You should first determine what detergent you need. If you have a front-loader washing machine, there are some questions to be asked. One of the key areas you should consider is how many times a week you wash your clothes. For example, if you only wash clothes once or twice a month, powdered detergents will still be sufficient.

2. Detergent effectiveness

Different detergents are effective on different types of clothes. Powder detergents break down dirt and soil better than liquid or gel detergents. If you want to use powder, you may need to also purchase a ‘detergent booster’ as well as the actual product. You can also look into how the detergent interacts with other household cleaning products, such as bleach and vinegar.

3. Detergent safety

The safety of the product is also another important consideration, especially if you have young kids at home. Enzymes and dyes used in the product may not be safe for your family. Manufacturers will usually provide information regarding this on the label of the detergent.

4. Detergent environmental friendliness

Some detergents can be very harsh to both clothes and the environment, whereas others are less harsh and kinder on both sides.

If you are looking for an all-around detergent, look for a detergent that is environmentally friendly and safe. All the information is on the label, so once you have determined which criteria you need to get the product, you know what to look for when buying a detergent.