Category: Washing Machine Detergents

Choosing the right form of laundry detergents

By , March 29, 2010 8:12 pm

Independent testing experts have extensively tested the UK’s best-selling laundry detergents and concluded that  Ariel detergents remove a range of common stains better than any of the products tested. In fact, of 435 stains tested, Ariel wins on 244, is equal on 184 and loses on only 7.

Today detergents range from good to outstanding performance. Premium brands contain more advanced, more effective cleaning technologies to give brilliant cleaning even at low temperatures.

Choosing the right form of laundry detergents and making sure you pick the right one for you.

Liquid Tabs

Liquid tabs are easy and convenient to use. They don’t contain oxygen bleach and are great for washing coloured loads. Liquid tabs also contain a particular effective surfactant system great for greasy stain removal. Liquid tabs should be placed on the bottom of the drum with the wash load on top.

Liquids

Liquids dissolve particularly quickly. They are great for pre-treating directly onto stains, especially useful for those most difficult to remove. They do not contain oxygen bleach and are ideal for coloured wash loads. They also contain a very effective surfactant system which is great for greasy stain removal.

Powders

Powders can be dosed flexibly. Ariel powder should be dosed directly into the washing machine dispenser drawer.

Tablets

Easy and convenient to use. Ariel tablets have been developed to get to work from the start of the wash. They can be used in either the drawer or the drum. If you want to put them in the drum, you should place them in the bottom, at the back with the clothes on top.

Non Biological Detergents

Many people concerned about sensitive skin prefer to use Non Biological detergent such as Ariel Sensitive Non Biological as they don’t contain enzymes.

 

The six main ingredients in detergents

By , March 29, 2010 7:45 pm

Laundry ingredients are designed to work deep within the fibres of the clothes even at low temperatures, and generally contain the following ingredients.

Oxygen Bleach

Removes coloured stains as well as whitening stained laundry

Surfactants

These remove greasy stains from fabrics. They surround and lift the greasy stain and prevent it from falling back onto the clothes.

Washing in hard water is a more difficult environment for surfactants and prevent them from cleaning as efficiently. This is why detergents also contain a builder and why you need more detergent in hard water areas.

Builders

These remove water hardness, allowing the surfactants to remove the greasy stains

Enzymes

These are highly efficient and so you only need small amounts. They are great a breaking down and removing tough stains. They work like a lock and key mechanism: one type of enzyme being effective for a particular category of soils and stains. The best detergents use a combination of enzymes to get the best results.

Polymers

Take the stains which have been removed from your laundry and hold them in the water to prevent them getting back onto your clothes.

Perfumes

Ensure your laundry smells fresh and clean.

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