Both have their advantages and disadvantages.
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Various forms of laundry soap are available in the market such as liquid, powder, bar, capsule, and beads. However, many go for either powder or liquid. Some may wonder what the difference is between these two types of laundry soap, and which one is the best to use. This post will examine both types of laundry soap.
As many people know, powder is a cheaper choice compared to liquid detergents. The main surfactant is linear alkylbenzene sulfonate which is effective in removing stubborn dirt such as soil, mud and grass. It is also more stable and long-lasting compared to other detergents.
However, there are some which are difficult to dissolve in cold water and are better used with hot water. Washing powders can also be used to wash stains on clothes, but it needs to be made into a paste first. Washing powder should always be kept dry as exposure to water can result in clumping.
According to Mary Gagliardi, a scientist at Clorox, powder detergent is suitable for heavily soiled clothes as it contains a higher pH level.
To summarize, washing powder has the following benefits:
- Less clutter.
- Long Lasting.
- Packaging is more environmentally friendly.
- Suitable for heavily soiled clothing, such as sportswear.
It is also very important to pay attention to proper measurement when using powder detergent because using too much will result in it sticking to the clothes as it won’t be able to dissolve properly in the water.
Most laundry detergents contain ethoxylate alcohol which is effective in removing greasy stains. Unlike washing powder, liquid laundry detergent can be used with cold or hot water.
Some of the benefits of liquid detergent are:
- Does not leave marks on the clothes
- More soluble
- Can be used for local treatment
- Great for removing oil stains
- Can be used for hand washing
According to Gagliardi, liquid laundry detergent is a better option if consumers do not use hot or warm water to wash clothes, either for reasons of saving electricity or washing clothes that can only be washed with cold water. Just like powder detergent, it is essential to know the proper measurement when using liquid detergent as too much of it can lead to buildup in the washing machine and give off an unpleasant smell.
Liquid detergent is better for initial washing or pre-treatment compared to powder. According to Jessica Zinna, a senior scientist at Tide, dirty stains only need to be washed with water before adding detergent and scrubbing to ensure the detergent absorbs into the clothes.
Both Are Good In Their Own Ways
It is clear that both forms of laundry detergent are effective in cleaning clothes and have their own advantages and disadvantages. Therefore, the choice should be made based on the needs and the situation when doing laundry. It would be better if we had a supply of both forms of laundry detergent for our convenience.
In addition, the fragrance and cleaning technology of laundry soap do not go hand in hand. That’s why some laundry detergents will smell great but feel less clean, and the other half will clean clothes perfectly but has a minimal nice smelling effect.