Liquid, Powder or Pod?
June 04, 2020
When it comes to the detergent you use to wash your clothes, you should have three options: Liquid, Powder or Pods. Let's chat about the basics of each which should not only help you weed thru the overflowing options on the detergent aisle, but save you some money in the process.
The Most Flexible & Most Popular: Liquid Laundry Detergent
Liquid Detergent is absolutely the most popular type of detergent in the United States. One of the reasons I ador Liquid Laundry Detergent. You can use it as a Pre-Treat and simply pour it directly onto a stain. Another great thing about Liquid Detergent is that no matter what temperature yo are washing in, you can always be sure that the detergent dissolved into the water. Have you ever pulled your clothes out of the washing machine that has powder left on your clothes.
By Far the Most ECO & Budget Friendly: Powder Laundry Detergent
Did you know that Powder Laundry Detergent has the longest shelf life? Some Powdered Laundry Detergents can last for up to a year after opening. This means that you can feel safe buying that big bulk box and know that unlike Liquid Detergent, water is not a main ingredient so it is not there to evaporate. It's also that lack of water that makes Powder Detergents more Eco-Friendly. Powder detergents don't require heavy plastic bottles and thick plastic lids.
Laundry pods have one fantastic advantage. They are perfect if you are traveling or camping; just pack in and toss in washer. Convenience is a huge factor these days, however Pods can be really expensive. They also are portioned so it is important to remember that a normal size load of laundry (12 pounds) will use one Pod. You do not want to waste money by using more Pods than needed. I am going to take this moment to stress that if you are using a Front Loading Washing Machine, please place the Pod in with the clothes before you start your cycle.
(Please remember that you are to never ever puncture a Pod to use as a Pre-Treat, this can be extremely dangerous!)
Bottom line, all three types have their advantages and disadvantages. Just make sure that you are choosing a detergent that works well with your laundry needs and your budget.
Hoping it all comes out in the wash.