As detergents have improved, more options have become available. There are biological and non-biological options, powders, liquids and liquitabs, and bleach and bleach free variants. That’s before we get to the different scents too.
Guide to basics: So where to start?
Bleach and enzymes are used to remove stains and whiten garments. So these are best for getting really white whites. Powders contain bleach, so try Ariel Automatic Powder for your white load for whites that shine bright.
While bleach is great on white clothes, you will want something bleach free for your coloured garments. Liquids and liquitabs are bleach free, and have colour variants of powder.
Enzymes meanwhile, are proteins that break down stains and grease. While perfect for most clothes, some people prefer detergents without enzymes, mainly for very delicate clothes. Non-bio detergents contain no enzymes.
How much to use?
With all these detergents, the most important thing is knowing how much to dose. Too much and you’re wasting Ariel detergent, which may result in detergent marks on your garments. Too little, and you may not get clean clothes after the wash.
Always check the dosing instructions before adding detergent into the washing machine - the amount of washing and how dirty it is plays a part.