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List of brands we tested in this review.
PriceExpand to view more details.
This is the price we paid for the pack size tested. The cost per wash is based on this price, so if you can find it cheaper, your cost per wash will be cheaper as well.
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Washing machine type
Whether we tested the detergent in a top loader or front loader washing machine. If the detergent claims to be suitable for both, we test in both. You'll find the scores under the requisite machine type.
Type of detergent
We test a range of liquid, powder and capsule laundry detergents.
Shop Ethical Rating
General detergency is a measure of how well the detergent keeps soils suspended in the wash water and prevents them from being redeposited on your clothes. It's also a measure of how effective enzymes are at removing protein-based stains; and how effectively a detergent removes oil. Differences of eight percent or more in general detergency and soil removal are visible to the human eye.
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A measure of how well a detergent removes perspiration stains from your clothes. Differences of eight percentage points or more are visible to the human eye.
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Grass / Mud
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Differences of eight percentage points or more are visible to the human eye.
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A visible difference to dirt removal from the fluid make-up swatch is hard to pick due to uneven soil removal.
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Chocolate ice cream
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Differences of seven percentage points or more are visible to the human eye.
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A 'Yes' indicates the product claims to be 'sensitive' on the pack.
Enzymes target protein, starch or biological-based stains such as grass or blood. Different enzymes target different stains. Enzymes are known to cause irritation, so should be avoided by people with sensitive skin.
Optical brighteners claim
Optical brighteners coat the fabric with fluorescers that absorb ultraviolet light and re-emit it as blue light, making the clothes look whiter and brighter even though they don't actually remove any dirt. They help minimise greying of whites. Products with brighteners are best avoided by people with sensitive skin.
Low to no phosphorus claim
Phosphates help soften the water and keep extracted dirt in suspension. But high levels of phosphorus can lead to excessive growth of blue-green algae in inland waterways.
Safe for septics claim
A 'Yes' indicates the detergent is claimed to be safe for septic tanks if used as directed. The claim is usually based on the detergent having no chlorine bleach or phosphates. While detergents generally don't have much of an effect on the septic tank's treatment capabilities, a high sodium load can cause problems with the soil over time as it's released into the subsoil trenches.
Included in this review
- Sensitive claim
- Washes per pack
- Cost per wash
- Overall score
- General detergency
- Grass / Mud
- Olive oil
- Chocolate ice cream
- Baby food
- Total suspended solids
- Safe for septics claim
- Excludes optical brighteners and enzymes
- Shop Ethical Rating
- Machine used
- Pack size (g or mL)
- Low to no phosphorus claim
- Enzymes claim
- Optical brighteners claim