CHOICE has analysed over 60 laundry detergents in its latest round of testing, seeing how they hold up against all different kinds of stains, including chocolate ice-cream, baby food, and makeup.
"This year our testing has revealed that Omo Laundry Detergent Triple Capsules are the most effective laundry detergent for front loaders, with an overall score of 85%," says CHOICE expert Ashley Iredale.
"When it comes to top loaders, Aldi Trimat Advanced Concentrate Laundry Powder came in first, scoring 66%," says Iredale.
"We test all laundry detergents in both top and front loader machines, as the two machines perform quite differently. Front loading machines generally wash clothes better, which is why we see higher scores for the detergents in the front loaders," says Iredale.
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To test laundry detergents, CHOICE experts use a variety of pre-stained fabric swatches, with stains that people are likely to get on their clothes. These include perspiration, mud, cooking oil, chocolate ice-cream, makeup and blood.
We attach the swatches to set loads of cotton materials, and put them through the wash using the recommended dose of detergent. After the wash, we use a device called a spectrophotometer to see how clean the swatches are compared to how dirty they were pre-wash.
Best and worst detergents for front loaders:
Omo Laundry Detergent Triple Capsules
CHOICE Expert Rating: 85%
Price per wash: $0.73
Woolworths Essentials Laundry Powder
CHOICE Expert Rating: 53%
Price per wash: $0.07
Best and worst detergents for top loaders:
Aldi Trimat Advanced Concentrate Laundry Powder
CHOICE Expert Rating: 66%
Price per wash: $0.16
Tru Earth Eco-Strips Laundry Detergent Fresh Linen
CHOICE Expert Rating: 43%
Price per wash: $0.62
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