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What detergents do you use?

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Windsorian Sun 25-Dec-16 20:24:50

Hello Mums,

I always get confused with how many clothes detergents to buy and because there's such a big choice I always end up grabbing the one that is nearer with no clue whatsoever.

Do you buy a specific detergents for each category, like whites, colours, dark , towels etc or do you use the same one? and do you go for liquid, pods or powder?


PinkSwimGoggles Sun 25-Dec-16 20:31:19

any bio powder for lights.
a colour powder for darks and a colour liquid black jeans and school jumpers (navy, so prone to fading)

rabbit123 Sun 25-Dec-16 20:41:56

Bio powder (whichever is on offer) for everything except woolens and jeans which get washed with Woolite or similar liquid

ChickenVindaloo2 Sun 25-Dec-16 21:02:59

Own brand powder.
Standard bio for whites.
Colour powder for coloured/darks.

e1y1 Mon 26-Dec-16 00:08:27

I have a bit of a thing for detergents blush.

Will usually have a powder (either bio or non bio) for whites, as these contain bleach.

A liquid (again bio or non) as they are good for pretreating and liquids work better on food/grease type stains (powder is better for mud/clay type stains).

A colour detergent (this is usually a liquid, as I believe they're phasing out colour powders).

Sometimes a wool detergent (although a non bio liquid can do this too - only thing a non bio liquid has that a wool detergent doesn't is optical brighteners, which depending on the colour of the wool is no big deal).

Seems a lot (but only 1 box of powder and 2 or 3 liquids). Only advice I would give is to NEVER just use a liquid detergent exclusively as, due to the lack of bleaching agents - it will lead to a slimy/mouldy build up in your machine and whites/lights will go dingy.

e1y1 Mon 26-Dec-16 00:10:33

Oh do use the pods too - but only if the load is a full one - advantage of liquid and powder is the dose can be adjusted, a pod of course, cannot.

WankersHacksandThieves Mon 26-Dec-16 00:12:53

Oh to have a choice! DH has allergies so we can only use Surcare powder. I miss smells and choice in general.

loogino Mon 26-Dec-16 21:54:11

I use this bio liquid for my clothes.

hairymuffet Wed 28-Dec-16 00:50:24

Aldi bio powder

MoreThanUs Wed 28-Dec-16 00:52:49

Fairy non-bio powder every time. Not used a different one for 11 years.

dangermouseisace Sat 31-Dec-16 18:17:48

I use Ecover Non Bio powder. I wouldn't change if you paid me!

I add their laundry bleach to white washing.
If I have stained clothes I soak them in the laundry bleach (managed to get black tyre marks off a tyre swing off white linen shirts!) and I've got their stain remover…but I hardly ever need to use it. I think I've used it once in the past 6 months. NBI have 3 kids, boys who play muddy sports and I do trail running.

I personally find the smells of nearly all normal washing stuff overwhelming. I can be stood next to someone and smell their washing powder. There is a popular one and I don't know what it is, but I hate it smells fusty to me. This is a recent thing…washing powder wasn't so overpowering in the past.

dangermouseisace Sat 31-Dec-16 18:18:17

But I have used Aldi in the past and actually the smell of that is fine!

lbanks Mon 02-Jan-17 14:59:11

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