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Powder vs. Liquid Laundry Detergent: What is Best?

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Powder vs. Liquid Laundry Detergent: What is Best?

By IFB | August 23, 2021

When it comes to choosing the right kind of detergent for your machine, there are quite a few choices out there in the market. You can choose between a powder detergent or liquid detergent depending on your requirements and washing machine. A few other factors that come into play when choosing a detergent include the kind of stains you’re dealing with along with the kind of water that is available in your house. Here’s a guide for you to decide what type of detergent is better for you and your machine.

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Which detergent is the best for you?

Which detergent is most budget-conscious?

Which detergent is better for your washing machine?

Which detergent is better for measuring?

Which detergent is better for septic systems?

Which detergent is better for hard water?

Why IFB Fluff?

Powder, Liquid, or Pod - Pros and Cons:

All the detergents are specifically designed to fight stains on clothes, but deciding which form of detergent will work for you depends on the type and intensity of the stain on clothes. While powder detergents have long been widely used in all homes, what most people don't realize is that liquid and pod detergents are better and more effective at removing stains for a variety of reasons. 

Let’s discuss the advantages and disadvantages of powder, liquid, and pod:

 Powder Detergent

Advantages

  • Better cleaning then handbars
  • More fragrance
  • Recyclable packaging

Disadvantages

  • Carrying large, hefty boxes might be tough.
  • The powder may not fully dissolve most of the time.
  • Pre-treating stains are more difficult than pre-treating liquid stains.
  • Misconduct is a possibility, and it can leave residue in the detergent drawer.
  • Can leave a residue in the washing machine or on the clothing.

 Liquid Detergent

Advantages

  • It's simple to use
  • Liquid detergents dissolve immediately and are less foaming.
  • Liquid detergents aid in water conservation.
  • Liquid detergent aids in the removal of stains.
  • Delicate fabrics can be laundered using liquid detergent.

Disadvantages

  • Initial cost high but cost per wash is same.
  • Easy to under or overdose.

 Laundry Pods

Advantages

  • There is no need to measure anything, which is quite convenient.
  • Because there is no overdose, the effects are consistent.
  • Lightweight and simple to handle, ideal for the elderly or crippled.
  • Different cleaning technologies can be incorporated.

Disadvantages

  • Hazard for small children or pets
  • Priciest option per load

Powder or Liquid - Which detergent is more budget-conscious?

When it comes down to comparing the cost per a load of a powder detergent to that of a liquid detergent, it’s generally the powder detergent that comes out to be the cheaper option owing to its portability and lighter weight. But if you’re someone living with a family, then you might want to consider a liquid detergent over a powder detergent since oily & greasy stains that are a forte of kids, can be easily tackled by a liquid detergent. 

IFB offers Top and Front Load Liquid Detergents that are specifically designed for both types of washing machines, assuring proper mechanical and chemical action for optimal wash quality.

With features like Enzyme technology for DEEP CLEAN & STAIN LIFT, this Front Load Detergent incredibly provides you:

  • Faster to dissolve in water
  • leaving no detergent residue or deposits on machine parts or fabrics
  • Its well-balanced mix aids in the preservation of clothing's inherent suppleness
  • It's friendly to the environment and appliances, and it works best with IFB washing machines

When comparing the costs of IFB's vs other Liquid and Powder detergents, as well as their doses and per-use costs, the liquid detergent emerges as the more cost-effective option, let’s explore the charts below:

Cost Comparison of Front Load Detergent

 

Product

IFB Fluff

Other Liquid

Matic Powder

MRP

335

225

225

Quantity of one bottle (in ml)

1000

1000

1000

Normal wash - Dosage (in ml)

40

60

60gm

Number of wash in One Bottle

25

16.67

16.67

Single wash cost to Customer (in Rs)

13.4

13.5

13.5

 

 

 

  • For normal wash – dosage recommended by IFB is 40 ml & by other brand is 60 ml
  • One bottle of fluff liquid detergent will run for (1000/40) = 25 wash
  • One bottle of other liquid detergent will run for (1000/60)= 17 wash
  • Cost per wash in fluff liquid detergent is (335/25) = 13.4
  • Cost per wash in other liquid detergent is (225/17) = 13.5
Cost Comparison of Top Load Detergent

 

Product

IFB Fluff

Other Liquid

Matic Powder

MRP

290

200

178

Quantity of one bottle (in ml)

1000

1000

1000

Normal wash - Dosage (in ml)

40

60

60gm

Number of wash in One Bottle

25

16.67

16.67

Single wash cost to Customer (in Rs)

11.6

12

10.68

 

 

  • For normal wash – dosage recommended by IFB is 40 ml & by other brand is 60 ml
  • One bottle of fluff liquid detergent will run for (1000/40) = 25 wash
  • One bottle of other liquid detergent will run for (1000/60)= 17 wash
  • Cost per wash in fluff liquid detergent is (290/25) = 11.6
  • Cost per wash in other liquid detergent is (200/17) = 12

Powder or Liquid - Which detergent is better for your washing machine?

With the introduction of so many technological advancements in today’s day and age, most washing machines are built with features that could work well with both powder and liquid detergents. However, liquid detergents are more practical and simple to use daily as they work well at a given water temperature and reduce the chances of building residue on the washer or your clothes.

Powder detergents on the other hand can cause a residue issue, if not dissolved properly. This could lead to white stains and buildup on your clothes in the washing machine. 

Powder or Liquid - Which detergent is better for measuring?

Powder detergents are generally easy to measure out for your machine but it could be slightly troublesome to deposit them in the small compartment of your washing machine. In the case of a liquid detergent, an overzealous pour might result in the product being wasted. So, either of the options can be budget-friendly if one is careful and precise while measuring out the detergent. 

Ordinary powder detergent also contributes to excessive foaming, which affects the quality of the wash and damages the washing machine, which isn’t a budget-friendly feature. Powders can spoof over and get wet whereas liquid has a measuring cap and easy-to-pour nozzle.

IFB’s Fluff is a low-foam, liquid laundry detergent that’s specially developed to provide a superior wash performance without affecting any of the washing machine’s parts. It also comes in user-friendly packaging with a pre-measured cup that fits right on top of the bottle cap, making it more convenient to measure out every dose for the washes.

Powder or Liquid - Which detergent is better for your septic system?

As mentioned above, powder detergents do not dissolve well in water, leading and that often leads to blockages or clogs in the septic system. These clogs interfere with the washer’s ability to fully drain out the water as well. That is why it is always advised to use a ‘septic safe’ detergent like Fluff

Powder or Liquid - What detergent is better for hard water?

Liquid detergents are way better than powder detergents for a wash in untreated hard water. The ingredients of a liquid detergent aren’t as reactive as the minerals present in the hard water, making it more resistant to its adverse effects.

You can still use a powder detergent in hard water, but a larger quantity of the powder would be needed to get the same result you can achieve with a liquid laundry detergent. To get a proper wash, always ensure that you follow the manufacturer’s instructions given at the back of a detergent package. 

Why IFB Fluff?

Here are a few important points that depict the effectiveness of IFB Fluff.

  • IFB Fluff delivers a superior wash experience: 

Ordinary detergents cause excessive foaming and might affect the overall quality of the wash. This excessive foaming can also cause damage to the washing machine, as mentioned earlier, too. Fluff is developed while keeping all these requirements in mind; it’s a low-foaming, liquid laundry detergent that is adept at delivering superior wash experience in front-loader machines.

  • IFB Fluff is ideal for retaining fabric’s natural softness:

IFB Fluffs fragrant formula does not leave any unnecessary residue particles on the washing machines or clothes. Since it has a balanced pH formula, it does not deplete the natural softness of your clothes, even after several washes. So, it is ideal for washing delicate fabrics as well as clothes for babies. It is also environmentally friendly and is suitable for white and colored clothes. 

  •  IFB Fluff is economical and effective:

1 liter of Fluff is equal to 1.5kg powder detergent also it gives 50% extra washes compared to Matic powders making it an effective and economical detergent option for your machine as well as clothes.

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