Over the last few years, there has been a significant increase in the number of different detergents, as new innovations offer a range of options. This easy guide explains whether to purchase powder or liquid detergent, as well the difference between products with or without enzymes. So you can choose the right products for brilliantly clean, fresh, and soft clothes.
Liquid detergent or washing powder?
So, is liquid detergent better than powder? No. Contrary to popular belief, either liquid or powder detergent can be used for hand and machine washing, although powder is actually easily and neater to measure out. If you’re wondering which product is more environmentally friendly in the liquid detergent vs. powder detergent debate, in general a powder – which is easy to dose correctly, and does not contain water – will be better, conserving packaging and water.
Powders generally have a longer shelf life than liquids.
Enzymes or no enzymes?
Once you’ve decided where you stand on the liquid laundry detergent vs. powder question, it’s time to choose whether to opt for an enzymated detergent like Breeze, which uses advanced four enzyme technology to remove stains. Enzymes are a protein material used in detergents like Breeze to help break down even difficult stains, like grass and blood. They are especially effective when used in warm, rather than boiling hot, water temperatures (e.g. 30° – 40°C) – allowing you to save money with a cooler wash.
This makes detergents containing enzymes a great option if you have clothes that need to be washed at cooler temperatures. Products with enzymes are also more effective at dealing with certain types of stains – they target specific aspects of the stains to give your clothes a deep clean. Unlike some other enzyme detergents, Breeze combines this stain removal power with great whitening: you’ll see brighter whites after only the first wash.
So what are enzymatic detergents?
Whether you choose a powder or liquid detergent, an enzymated detergent will contain specific enzymes that are designed to remove specific stains. Typically there are four types of enzymes found in detergents:
Protease enzymes are used to remove protein-based stains such as blood, egg, milk and grass.
Lipase enzymes are effective on oily or greasy stains such as butter, oil, gravy, cosmetics and lipstick.
Amylase enzymes remove starch-based stains such as gravy, potato, pasta, rice and chocolate. In most instances these stains cannot be easily seen; however, if starch stains are not removed they can act as glue for other soils causing localised discolouration or staining to the fabric.
Cellulase enzymes differ from the other three enzymes in that they don’t work on the stain but rather work on the fabric. Cellulase is active on cellulosic fibres (cotton) and has the ability to eliminate the microfibrils of cotton fibres on the fabric. As a consequence, cellulase provides benefits in preventing pilling, restoring colours, softening, surface polishing and the removal of particulate soil.