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Last updated: 30 June 2022


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The best laundry detergents will remove spills like oils, makeup and starches from your clothes. Detergent also amounts to at least half the running cost of your washing machine so it pays to pick the right one.

We've tested popular laundry detergents in a lab setting to tell you which one:

  • works best in your machine type
  • works well on 10 difficult-to-remove stains
  • is good value for money
  • is best for specific stains.

Why is each detergent listed twice?

Almost all laundry detergents claim to be suitable for use in both front and top loader washing machines, and also perform differently in both types. So we've tested them in each type of washing machine and listed the scores for the detergent when used in a top loader, and when used in a front loader. Selecting the type of washing machine you have at home using the filters on the left of this page will show you the results that are most relevant to you.

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Our interactive comparison tool helps you find out which detergents claim to contain enzymes, which ones claim to be phosphate-free, and even how they compare to washing in plain water. Just like our washing machine reviews, our Recommended list will help you quickly see which products come out on top.

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    There are some laundry detergents that offer great value for money, but don't quite meet the criteria to be recommended. These products become our Best Buys. For front loaders, a laundry detergent must score at least 70% overall and cost under 30 cents per wash. For top loaders, a laundry detergent must score at least 60% overall and cost under 30 cents per wash.

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      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

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        We test a range of liquid, powder and capsule laundry detergents.

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            • Safe for greywater systems claim
            • Sensitive claim
            • Overall score
            • General detergency score
            • Perspiration stains
            • Grass/mud stains
            • Olive oil stains
            • Tomato stains
            • Makeup stains
            • Chocolate ice cream stains
            • Baby food stains
            • Mineral oil stains
            • Blood stains
            • Total suspended solids
            • Safe for septics claim
            • Excludes optical brighteners and enzymes
            • Recommended
            • Dermatologically tested
            • Shop Ethical rating
            • Washes per pack
            • Price
            • Cost per wash
            • Machine used
            • Pack size (g or mL)
            • Low to no phosphorus claim
            • Enzymes claim
            • Optical brighteners claim
            • Country of origin

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