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The Best Laundry Detergent: Liquid, Pods, or Powder?

On Average, Americans spend approximately $5.1 billion on laundry detergent every year, most folks stick with the same brand and types they’ve always used. On store shelves all across American, there are dozens of brands of detergent all promising to make your laundry fresh and clean. While a few years ago detergents were once limited to liquid and powdered boxes, now you can find all types of detergent ranging in liquid, powder, and single dose pods.

Let’s take a look at the pros and cons of liquid, Powder, and pods detergents.

01: Liquid Laundry detergent: Pros and Cons

Since the introduction of liquid detergent in the mid-1950, they have become the most popular detergent. They are very easy to use, comes in varieties of scents, and distribute well in both hot and cold water.

Liquid Detergent Pros

  • Perfect to use as a stain pre-treater or spot targeting cleaning
  • “Particularly effective on oil and grease stains because the liquid will penetrate the fibers of the fabric to help release the stain”
  • The liquid laundry detergents completely dissolve in water

Liquid Detergent Cons

  • They usually come on plastic packaging, not very eco-friendly
  • They are more expensive.

02: Powder Laundry Detergent: Pros and Cons

Powdered laundry detergent has been around since the mid-1930 and is considered to be slightly cheaper per load than liquid detergent.

Powder Detergent Pros

  • Cheaper than liquid detergent
  • Eco-friendliness: the packaging (recycled cardboard) is more eco-friendly
  • Added softening agents: some powder detergents contain agents that soften water which can help if you have hard water

Powder Detergent Cons:

  • Not as practical to use to pretreat stains — cannot be applied directly on clothing
  • Powder detergents can be problematic in extremely cold water by not dissolving completely leaving residue on fabrics
  • Powders contain more chemicals compared with liquids, due to the filler

03: Pods Detergent: Pros and Cons

Laundry Pacs-mostly referred to as “Pods,” a term trademarked by Tide-are a convenient replacement of jugs of liquid or boxes of powder detergent. The Pods was first introduced in 2012 as one of the biggest changes to laundry products in more than 50 years.

Pods Laundry Detergent

  • Lightweight to carry or ship and require very small storage space.
  • Convenient and simple to use.
  • Premeasured dose of detergent produces consistent results. Overdosing is eliminated.
  • Less packaging waste for landfills.

Pods Laundry Detergent Cons

  • The average cost for Pods can range anywhere from $7.99 to $24.99, depending on the size
  • Some user finding using Pods in machines like HE very difficult to dissolved


For more information about BetterClean Laundry, give us a call (215) 821-3143 or stop by BetterClean Laundry located at 6391 Oxford Ave., Suite A3, Philadelphia, PA 19111 to learn more about our drop-off service. As your friendly and efficient laundry team in the greater Northeast Philly, we hope to see you soon.


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