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Liquid or Powder Detergent?

When it comes to the products you use to wash your clothes, you have options. And two of the most popular options when it comes to detergent are liquid and powder. Curious as to which type of detergent is better? We’ll break down some of the pros and cons of each:

Liquid Detergent

  • It’s more convenient, as it’s less messy. You just pour what you need to use into the cup and then distribute it into the washer. It’s also packaged more conveniently, so it’s easy to carry, use and reseal in between uses. 
  • It dissolves without hassle because it’s already in liquid form.
  • It can serve as a stain treater when applied directly to stains prior to wash cycles, something that powder detergent often cannot do. 

Powder Detergent

  • It’s effective. While liquid detergent may have many convenience benefits, know that powder detergent is still very effective if you’re buying the right type.
  • It’s cheaper. Liquid detergent typically comes in more convenient packaging, which can be nice — at least up until it comes to price. Powder detergent is typically sold in a box, which makes it a cheaper overall purchase. 
  • Though it’s designed to dissolve, some of it might chunk up in the wash.

The bottom line is that both powder and liquid detergent are great solutions under a few conditions. One, make sure you’re buying the detergent with the ingredients necessary to get your clothes clean. And two, stick to your personal preference. Some cost-conscious consumers might feel that powder is worth the cost savings in the grand scheme of things. Others might prefer the convenience and ease of use of liquid detergent to justify the price increase. It’s all about your personal preference, but know you really can’t go wrong with either.