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The Best Laundry Detergents Ranked: Is Yours on the List?

Posted by on Jun. 25, 2013 at 9:20 AM
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The Best Laundry Detergents Ranked: Is Yours on the List?

by Adriana Velez

laundry roomAre you a little overwhelmed by all the different choices of laundry detergent at the store? You stand in that aisle, looking at all those colorful boxes and bottles, all promising you whiter whites, stain-fighting powers, total defeat of your dirt enemies. But which ones are the best? I guess that's why we have Consumer Reports -- they've just come out with their list of best laundry detergents. I checked out the list to see if any of the detergents I use are the top performers.

Consumer reports divided their survey into two lists, conventional detergents and high-efficiency brands:

Top Conventional Brands, for standard top-loading washers:

1. Wisk Deep Clean, liquid

2. Tide Plus Bleach Alternative Vivid White + Bright, liquid

3. Tide for Cold Water, liquid

4. Cheer Stay Colorful for Darks, liquid

5. Tide Ultra Free & Gentle, powder

6. Tide TotalCare, liquid

7. Gain Icy Fresh Fizz Oxi Boost 2-in-1 FreshLock, liquid

Top High-Efficiency Brands, for front-loading or high-efficiency top-loading washers

1. Tide Ultra Plus Bleach Vivid White + Bright, powder

2. Wisk Deep Clean Free & Pure, liquid

3. Kirkland Signature Ultra Clean Pacs (Costco), pods/packs

4. Tide Ultra HE, powder

5. Tide HE Plus Bleach Alternative Vivid White + Bright, liquid

6. Kirkland Signature Ultra (Costco), powder

7. Tide Pods, pods/packs

So a lot of familiar faces here, but it's interesting that a Costco brand made the list. I was happy to see a "greenish" (or at least dye and fragrance-free) detergents here since that's a priority for me. 

Will a list like this change which detergent you buy? A lot of factors go into our choices, don't they? You may be clipping coupons or looking for what's on sale. I shop at this hippie food coop that doesn't carry any of these brands -- and I don't have time to make a special trip to a different store just for laundry detergent. Or you may go by word of mouth, what your friends recommend.

Still, I think this is useful information to have. We all want to know what really works -- and what doesn't.

Do you use any of the detergents on these lists?

by on Jun. 25, 2013 at 9:20 AM
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thefiregoddess
by Optimus Prime on Jun. 25, 2013 at 9:21 AM
Yep. Wisk and tide.
ericahager2005
by on Jun. 25, 2013 at 9:29 AM
Not surprised tide dominated the lists.
michiganmom116
by Rhonda on Jun. 25, 2013 at 9:54 AM

I don't use any of them....I can't afford Tide, we don't live anywhere NEAR a Costco, and Wisk makes my skin break out.

I have an HE machine.

Marz31
by Bronze Member on Jun. 25, 2013 at 11:14 AM
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We currently have Greenworks, which we bought at Costco. but I haven't bought Tide in ages, it's SOOOO expensive compared to what I've used in the last decade. especially after making my own for about 2 cents a load, spending 30 cents a load on Tide is just ridiculous!

Dabberdoo
by on Jun. 25, 2013 at 12:20 PM

I make my own.  

ColieO
by Member on Jun. 25, 2013 at 12:22 PM
Nope none of them. Won't change what I buy either. Tide is too expensive.
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XOXOnBubbles
by Bronze Member on Jun. 25, 2013 at 1:53 PM

Yep.  I buy Wisk Deep Clean at Costco.  I stocked up last time it was on sale.  :-) 

Never had any problems with it.  Of course I use about 1/2 the recommended amount of detergent, and do an extra rinse + use vinegar instead of fabric softener on all my laundry too, so that may help too. 

pixiemg1
by Bronze Member on Jun. 25, 2013 at 3:49 PM

Nope, I use Arm & Hammer and have for years.  I do not like Tide.

kjsaes
by on Jun. 25, 2013 at 3:50 PM
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I use gain original
rmp
by Bronze Member on Jun. 25, 2013 at 4:19 PM

I make my own. I refuse to pay 8.99-19.99 for detergent. 

 I am too frugal. lol 

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