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Is There A “Best” Laundry Detergent?

Posted by Clean Rite on July 14, 2021

Did you know that the laundry detergent industry is worth about $132 billion? It’s true!

Everyone needs clean clothes. It’s part of what makes the laundromat an essential place — we all have to come here sometime or other!

But with all that money poured into laundry detergents year over year, surely there’s a “best one”, right?

The answer will always be a bit subjective, but there are some reliable ways to tell what the best detergent for you is. We’ll talk about the two main kinds of laundry detergent below, and talk about how you can make the best decision for you. 


Traditional Detergents

Places like Consumer Reports recommend traditional detergents for their stain removal power, and rightfully so. These detergents are specifically created to remove stains on a chemical level. 

The major downside however is that these are also created using petrochemicals, or chemicals derived during the refinement of petroleum. With the world moving toward eco-friendly options, you may consider skipping the usual detergent options. 

That said, if you find yourself in need of some good stain removal, consider brands like Tide, Persil, and even Kirkland.


Eco-Friendly Detergents

Eco-friendly laundry detergents have become much more popular in recent years, but don’t quite (yet) match the stain removal power of manufactured laundry detergents. 

That said, they aren’t without clear benefits. Plant-based alternatives still provide a deep clean to your clothes, and will help preserve the color of the dye used like traditional detergents. For this option, top options include Seventh Generation or, PurClean (from Tide). 

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