Why is liquid detergent better than powder

There are many different opinions about the better laundry detergent. Some swear by liquid detergent and others only use the small washing pearls. But what are the differences between the two types of detergents and what are their advantages and disadvantages? We clarify these questions in this article.

Liquid detergent


Liquid detergents have the advantage that they are easy to dose and do not crumbly the entire bathroom. Another advantage is that they do not leave any residue on the garments. This is particularly evident in dark clothing and denim fabrics. This is because there is no bleach in liquid laundry detergents. This means that the color strength is retained for a long time, especially with colored laundry and dark textiles.


What is an advantage on the one hand can also be seen as a disadvantage on the other: Since liquid detergents do not contain bleach, stains caused by tea, coffee, red wine, vegetables or fruit, for example, cannot be washed out as well become. In addition, white laundry will turn gray after some time without added bleach. Liquid detergents contain optical brighteners, but these do not provide a comparable level of cleanliness.

Another disadvantage concerns the environment, because it is more polluted by liquid detergents. The reason for this is the large number of surfactants it contains, which are intended to replace bleaching agents and serve as liquid softeners. Since 2005, EU legislation has stipulated that surfactants contained in detergents and cleaning agents must be completely biodegradable. However, this law only stipulates that the surfactants must disintegrate within 28 days. In the meantime, however, these substances pollute the environment.

The final drawback of liquid laundry detergents is that they contain preservatives to make them last longer. However, these can, firstly, pollute the environment and, secondly, trigger allergies in sensitive people. That is why preservatives must always be labeled on the detergents.

washing powder


In contrast to liquid detergents, washing powder does not need any preservatives to last longer. Since bleach is contained in the powder, the laundry will and will remain white and all other bleachable stains are easily removed. At high washing temperatures of 60 degrees or more, these also act against bacteria and kill them.
For allergy sufferers, washing powder is also much more tolerable because it does not contain preservatives. It also protects the environment.


If you overdose or if the washing machine is a bit old, washing powder can leave white residue on clothing. This is particularly annoying with dark laundry. Regular cleaning of the detergent drawer and the use of a dosage aid can help prevent this.
Our tip: If you find white stains on your clothes, run the washing machine through another rinse at a higher temperature to loosen the residue.

Laundry detergents: summary

The use of washing powder clearly has more advantages over a liquid detergent. The most important point is that the powder does not harm our environment and is better tolerated by our skin. Since the subject of washing is concerned, the quality of the cleaning performance is of course just as important. Here, too, the powder is ahead, because tests have shown that the laundry is clearly cleaner if it is not washed with liquid detergent.
If you still want to use liquid detergent, always dose it carefully and according to the description on the packaging. In this way you can prevent allergic reactions and it is also important for our environment to pay attention to a low dosage. Otherwise too many of the non-immediately degradable ingredients (surfactants) end up in the wastewater, which ultimately also has consequences for us humans.

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