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Choosing the Correct Detergent

Choose a Laundry Detergent

Which laundry detergent should you choose? These washing tips will help you choose the best OMO laundry detergent for you.

Sometimes doing laundry can be a little tricky. Let us help you by giving you some handy washing tips and tricks. There are so many different fabrics,types of stains and colour dyeing processes that one laundry detergent isn't capable of fulfilling all laundry needs.

As a result, we have expanded our range of products over the last few years over the last few years. This is an easy guide to the various laundry detergents and fabric softeners available, and what they are used for.

Enzymes or No Enzymes

Laundry detergents contain enzymes, a protein material used to help break down tough stains, like grass and blood and thus assist with stain removal.

They are particularly effective when added to warm water (30°C-40°C). Laundry detergents that do not contain enzymes are not as effective at stain removal across all types of stains. But what are enzymated detergents? Enzymated laundry detergents contain special enzymes, which are formulated to remove certain types of stains. Typically, there are four different enzymes found in laundry detergents:

  • Protease enzymes: remove stains such as blood, egg, milk and grass, which are all protein based.
  • Lipase enzymes: remove butter, oil, gravy, cosmetics, lipstick and other greasy stains.
  • Amylase enzymes: these enzymes remove starch stains. Potato, pasta, rice and chocolate can be stains that may not be seen, but that can nevertheless act as a glue for other stains if not removed.
  • Cellulase enzymes: instead of working on the stain, this enzyme works on the fabric. Cellulase is active on cellulosic fibres (cotton) and has with the ability to remove the microfibrils of cotton fibres on the textile. As a result, it provides the benefits of preventing pilling, restoring colours, softening, surface polishing and the removal of particulate soil.

Liquid or Powder Laundry Detergent

It really comes down to personal choice as both give an outstanding cleaning result and both can be used for hand and machine washing. Liquids detergents clean clothes rapidly and are particularly useful for hand-washing and quick wash programmes. Washing powders are generally easier to measure and less messy.

Top Loader or Front Loader and High Efficiency

Top Loader laundry detergents produce high foam levels.

They are supreme for top loading, twin tub machines and handwashing but should not be used in front loading or high-efficiency machines. Front Loading and High-Efficiency machines can be impaired by high levels of foam and require a specially formulated low-suds laundry detergent which produces only a minor amount of foam.

Detergents for Delicate Fabrics

Clothing made from delicate fabrics, such as wool and silk, should not be washed using a laundry detergent that contains bleach or enzymes. Expert laundry detergents are available that have been are designed to give good results with washable silks, woollens and other delicate fabrics, in or out of the machine, and as specified on the garment care label. This type of laundry detergent contains no enzymes, is pH-neutral, and does not contain bleach or brightening agents.