When you’re shopping for laundry detergents, what do you look for? Are you brand loyal to one kind or another? Do you buy whatever is on sale? Do you use what you always used growing up — out of habit? Maybe you look for gentler, safer alternatives to traditional detergents. These are all valid reasons for choosing one over another, but here’s what you should know: all laundry detergents are not created equal. In fact, some brands are only a little bit better than plain water! Here’s a list of the worst culprits.
1. Only 50% of Dirt Removed
When used a top-loading washing machine, these laundry detergents only removed half of the dirt in the load: Ecostore Eucalyptus Liquid, Earthwise Orange Eucalyptus Powder, Woolworth’s Select Clean Sensitive, and Homebrand Laundry Liquid. Slightly worse than these was Planet Ark Aware Sensitive, which came in at 49% dirt removal.
Just for your reference, water — without detergent — was tested at 48% dirt removal. Only a tiny bit lower than these detergents, and quite a bit less expensive!