This is a post by staff writer Yazmin Cruz.
There are so many detergents in the market that it can be quite confusing to pick one. The October issue of ShopSmart magazine offers help. The mag lists the best detergents, as well, as the not so hot ones. Which do you prefer – powder, liquid, or pods? There are so many options!
Up & Up Ultra Concentrated – It costs 10 cents per load and the powder detergent is tough on dirt, blood, and ring around the collar. I’m currently using the liquid version of this detergent and it works just as well. The powder detergent is formulated for only top-loading washers.
Ultra Tide HE – It costs 16 cents per load and it’s designed for both front-loading washing machines and high-efficiency top-loaders.
Best Overall Stain Fighter
Ultra Tide plus Bleach – It costs 23 cents per load and it beat the competition by washing away grass, blood, and ring around the collar.
Best Single – Use detergent Pod
Tide Pods – It costs 22 cents per load and can be used in regular and high-efficiency washers.
Best Green Detergent
Seventh Generation Natural Super-Concentrated – It costs 26 cents per load and it worked well at removing grass and blood. I’ve tried this detergent and particularly like the lavender scent. It’s pricey, though. Bummer.
Best for Regular Washers
Wisk Deep Clean – It costs 17 cents per load and it’s easy to use to pre-treat stains, but it had a tough time with blood stains.
Skip these detergents
ShopSmart magazine found that the following detergents did not do well at removing stains. They also claim to be eco-friendly formulations.
365 Organic Everyday Value 3X Concentrated Organic
Greenshield Organic Elite Care 3X Concentrated
Martha Stewart Clean 2X
I like doing laundry. It beats washing dishes. Check out my other tips to save money in the laundry room. Who does the laundry in your home and what’s your favorite laundry detergent?
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