Biological detergents have enzymes added to them that break down common stains and dirt to give a more effective clean than those without.
Because these enzymes do most of the cleaning and you’re not relying on heat to break down stains, you can wash your clothes at lower temperatures. This is great for delicate items or clothes you wear regularly, as the colours won't fade as much as they would in a hotter wash.
While bio detergents are great for getting the cleanest clothes possible on a cooler wash, some people can have reactions to the enzymes and can suffer mild skin irritation. If you’re washing young children’s clothing or someone in your family has sensitive skin, it’s a good idea to use a non-bio detergent instead.
✓ Better cleaning at lower temperatures
✗ Can cause skin irritation
✓ Kinder to sensitive skin
✗ Needs a higher temperature to clean effectively
If you don’t already have a preference between liquid and powder, there a few differences that could swing one in your favour.
Liquid detergent is generally less abrasive than powder, so there’s less chance of clothes fading or getting damaged in the wash. However, liquid doesn’t have the overall cleaning ability of powder.
Because liquid detergent is watered down in the drum, it doesn’t create a build-up of grime around the door filter (this’ll be familiar if you frequently use powder for low temperature washes). To stop it, switch to liquid for your daily washes.
Powder is great for big messes or things that requires less regular washing, like towels and bed covers. Most powder has some bleach in it, so you need to be careful washing delicate items with it.
✓ Safer for everyday use and more effective at 30°C
✗ Doesn’t clean as effectively as powder
✓ Most effective for removing stains and dirt
✗ Can cause fading to delicate clothes
As there isn’t a single type of detergent that works perfectly for everything, it’s a good idea to have both powder and liquid and just use them each when necessary.
If you have children or family members with sensitive skin, try non-bio to see if helps reduce skin irritation.
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