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Is Liquid or Powder Detergent Better for Washing Machines?

Which is better, liquid or powder laundry detergent? Each has its own pros and cons. One just has to decide which is more important to them and what they are looking for in a detergent.

Powder detergents are usually cheaper than its liquid counterparts. For those people who are green-minded, the cardboard packaging of powder detergent is more environmentally friendly than that of the plastic bottles of liquid detergents. On the down side of using powder detergents, they can contain more chemicals than liquids and the sodium sulfate in most detergents can cause problems in septic tanks.

Liquid detergents are already pre-dissolved and start washing as soon as it comes in contact with agitated water. You can also get rid of stains better with liquid detergents. With some detergents you can apply the liquid straight on the stain. Like stated before, they are in plastic bottles which is hard on the environment if not recycled correctly and is more expensive than powder detergents. Liquid detergents are often more concentrated & can cause over suds which can result in leaks or other problems if too much is used.

Both powder & liquids have a high efficiency version with the label “he” on the box. If you have a front load washer or a top load clothes washer that is a low water usage type you must use “he” detergent. Damage to your clothes washer can be the result if you use any other type of detergent in a water conserving type of washer. Also your clothes will not clean well & over sudsing can occur.

Remember, if you use too much detergent it will not completely rinse out of your clothes. You will be simply replacing the dirt in your clothes with detergent which over time will build up & cause your clothes to lose their nice look & wear out sooner. So save your clothes but not adding too much detergent & using the correct type for your clothes washer.

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