What are the Advantages of Detergent Powder?

It's important to know the correct usage of detergent powder. Here's a handy guide to help you out.


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Washing clothes is as common as cleaning your floors. It is a task we need to do every day and is a part of our daily routine. Using a good detergent is fundamental to health. When you touch various surfaces, germs and other harmful substances come in contact with your clothes. A detergent washes away those substances in the wash. And of course, it cleans your clothes too! Some detergents add a fresh fragrance to your clothes. From the multiple detergent options available in the market, you can easily choose the one to meet your requirements. There are different types of detergents available. If you are wondering how a detergent powder can benefit your clothes in the wash, you are not alone. Do you also wonder if a soap bar is the better option? Well, detergent powders have strong cleansing abilities as compared to soaps. Also, they are more soluble in water than soap.  You can read more about the difference between soap and detergent in this article. In this article, we have tried to explain detergent powders.

Detergent powders have their uses. You can use them in washing machines and while washing by hand. Soaps have fatty acid salts. In comparison, detergent powders are made using a synthetic surfactant. Along with the surfactant, detergent powders have many other ingredients and chemicals that improve the efficiency of the surfactant. A surfactant, also known as a surface-active agent, is a substance whose spreading and diluting properties increase, when added to water or a liquid, making it the ideal detergent. 

While most detergent powders already have soap in them, they make for better substitute. Here are some advantages of using detergent powder.

1) Detergent Powders are Effective

Detergent powders have ingredients in them that are very effective when it comes to washing your clothes. Ingredients like calcium and magnesium form the builders within the detergent powder. These builders soften water and make the detergent powder more efficient. They also prevent soap scum and insoluble salts from remaining on your clothes. These builders work on the surface of your clothes and break up the oil and grease into small parts. This makes it easier to clean them. Detergent powders are known to help extend the life of your clothes. When you use a detergent powder like Surf Excel Easy Wash, the powder eliminates the insoluble salts which could stay on your clothes. This does not leave behind stains or marks on your clothes after washing. This helps increase life of your clothes.

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2) Detergent Powders are Cost-Effective

Detergent powders may be more cost effective compared to other options. What's more, detergent powders are very easily available in the market. 

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3) Detergent Powders Help Fight Tough Stains

The biggest advantage of detergent powders is their roughness. They help scrub off difficult stains with ease. Does not matter if you are washing your clothes in a washing machine or by hand, the powders act on the stain and help eliminate them with ease. The trick lies in using it the right way. For tough stains, do the spot cleaning first. Dampen the stained area and sprinkle ½ tsp. of detergent on it directly. Dampen the area again and gently rub with your fingers to work it in. Then soak your garment in a solution of ½ bucket water and 1 tsp. detergent for 30-40 minutes. Then wash as usual. This method works well to remove the toughest of stains.

4) Detergent Powders Don't Have Harsh Chemicals

Your clothes come in direct contact with your skin. Thus, it is important to use a detergent that is safe for your skin. Detergent powders are often safe, as they do not contain harsh chemicals that cause skin allergies.

5) Suitable for Different Water Qualities

Some detergent powders contain water softening agents too which makes them suitable for different water qualities. Such detergents are useful and tend to be a better option especially if you have a hard water supply.

6) Easy to Rinse

Detergent powders create less foam. Hence, they are easy to rinse. It helps save water, electricity and your energy too. Another advantage is that they have a gentle formula which makes them safe for garments and your hands too.

7) Using Detergent Powder the Right Way

The amount of detergent powder you use plays an important role. If you have a top-loading washing machine or a semi-automatic washing machine, you can dose the detergent powder directly into the drum before loading your clothes. If you have a front-loading washing machine, you need to add the detergent in the detergent drawer. Detergent dosage depends on the water type – hard water or soft water, and the stubbornness of the dirt on your clothes.

Always check the instructions on the wash care label to know the right amount of detergent to be used.

Always keep detergent packed and sealed, and store it out of reach of your children.

These tips should help you understand the advantages of detergent powder. With a good quality detergent and right washing method, you can easily give your clothes a long lease of life.

Have clean, safe and fresh clothes with detergent powder!

Always check the instructions on the product label to understand the right way of using it. Also, using the correct amount of detergent helps achieve better results. It depends on the size of your laundry load, type of method – hand-wash or machine-wash and also the type of the fabric. If you use detergent powder in excess it might leave behind soapy residue on clothes even after wash. And If you use less detergent, your clothes may not get cleaned well enough.

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