Laundry Detergent Comparison

Washing your clothes is a weekly chore, or much more often than that if you have small children or a large family, and the kind of laundry detergent you use makes a big difference. Bargain detergent may be tempting, but it may end up costing you more money in the long run due to having to use more or having to throw away stained clothing. Let’s take a look at some different kinds of laundry detergent and the benefits of each.

Free from Dyes and Perfumes

If you or a family member have sensitive skin, you’re probably using a “free” detergent. Soaps that are free from colored dyes and fragrances work just as well as other kinds, but they have fewer synthetic ingredients. Many major laundry brands like Tide and All make “free” versions of their best-selling soaps, so experiment with different brands until you find one that works for you.


People are becoming more aware of products that are better for the environment, so natural soaps and detergents have become very popular in the last decade. Natural brands can be very expensive, so it may not be within your family’s budget to use them. More common brands are coming out with natural versions of detergents that focus more on sustainable ingredients instead of chemicals that are more cost-efficient than strictly natural brands.


Detergent pods are a convenient way to do laundry. They also are very cost effective since they are pre-portioned, meaning there’s no risk of measuring out too much soap for a load. Be sure to keep your laundry pods (and any detergents) in a child-proof area since they are colorful and appealing to small kids.

Your choice in laundry detergent is mainly about personal preference. We recommend experimenting with different types until you find one that works for your family. If you have any questions about which laundry detergent to use with your washer, call Express Appliance Service.