Washing powder is a powdered form of soap designed specifically for the purpose of cleaning fabric.
The term washing powder is universally applied to powdered detergent. Like a liquid detergent, powdered detergent is added to water for the purpose of cleaning the fabrics. These days thankfully most washing takes place in a washing machine though in some parts of the world it is still common for families to have to complete laundering tasks by hand.
The purpose of all detergent is to produce a solvent capable of tackling soils and deposits on fabrics. All surfactants/detergents are both water loving and water repelling. Having both a hydrophobic and hydrophilic head.
Over the years laundry powder has been perfected so that it will grab the dirt from the fabric during the wash cycle and hold onto it in the water solution until it is ready to be rinsed away. Thus completing the Laws of Transferrance – displacing dirt from one place to another.
The use of washing powder has a long history – probably far longer than you imagine.
“Over four thousand years ago, mankind’s most advanced race of its time the “Ancient Egyptians” were using detergents made from plants and alkaline salts to launder their clothes. Obsessed with wearing clean clothing and often very white linens, this work was usually completed by men.” Experience Ancient Eygipt
Millenniums later, we’ve got our formulas a lot better, but we still add powered soap or liquid detergent in with our water to clean our clothes. Just as our ancestors did, but fortunately, with the invention of washing machines, the process is now much easier.
So why choose washing powder, versus a liquid detergent? Or vice a versa?
Some people might consider washing powder old fashioned. A
Well, powder has a few things on its’ side.
Washing powder safety record
Liquid detergents alarmingly get squirted by accident into young and old people’s faces or eyes. In more recent years we have heard a lot about young people
Laundry detergent pods have a terrible safety record. Something about those little packets is irresistible to children, it seems. Not just to eat, either. To a toddler, a capsule resembles a squishy toy, but if they pop the fun can end in tears. And cases are on the rise, with researchers last year finding an increase of over twenty percent in the reported cases of children ingesting laundry detergent – and of those cases, the ones that contained liquid instead of granules had the worst outcomes.
We are a family of three and our youngest child managed to pop a liquid tab when she was quite small resulting in screams and a hospital visit when it went all over her face and in her eyes. So being entirely unjudgemental please if you are reading,
And accidents are not confined to youngsters. Age Concern has serious fears for the elderly using liquid tabs in unsteady hands. Spills of detergent on thinning skin that isn’t immediately washed, (due to lack of sensation) can cause third-degree burns after being in contact with the skin for only 30 minutes or so. Having seen an elderly gent in
There is an advantage in the way powder is dispersed in a washing machine. Being collected from the dispenser drawer it is still grainy whilst water is first added taking approximatley 20 minutes o dissolve and therefore is only fully dissolved by the time the machine has filled with water and mad dozens of rotations. If the machine isnt overfilled resulting in nice and even wash.
Beware if the machne was overstuffed with clothes, overdosed with powder and barely fills with water then you are going to find patches of powder residue left on clothing. This is not the powders fault but the user that needs further laundry lessons.
The disadvantage of liquid is similar;
Soap is collected from the detergent drawer as soon as the machine starts working and has a tendency to go straight onto dry fabric and soak deeply into the dry material. This can have pretty dire consequences if you overload on liquid detergent, or are running a wash cycle that uses very little water. Resulting in a rather patchy effect. Have you ever seen a laundry liquid stain at the end of a short wash?
To be fair to liquid detergents this is why some machine manufacturers have introduced dosing systems that dispense liquid directly at the back of the drum as the water flows in so that
Situation where powder can have complications
As mentioned above Washing powder takes a little while to dissolve, which means if you overpack your washing machine too tightly with clothing you can be at risk of white powder marks on fabric. This is what happens when pockets of fabric remain too tightly packed and don’t come into contact with water equally. Avoided by not overdosing and not overpacking your machine. Did you know a full machine should ha
Cleaner washing machine drawer
Liquid tends to gunk up the machine more. If the door seal is looking black and
And little did you know before reading this, that the
Washing Powder can be transported in paper packaging.
Distinctive benefits from a plastic liner that also doubles up as a 30litre bin bag afterward. We tested delivering with a liner and without and our customers concluded that a liner was best, in order to keep the fragrances and essential oils fresher for a longer period of time.
Dry powder holds designer fragrances perfectly without needing preservative content but
Some of our customers only buy twice a year and decant into the airtight glass Kilner jars at home to make the most of our fragrances. If you are a business using a lot of laundry powder and scent
All liquids need bottles and all liquids need chemical preservative content to keep them from going
Other Washing powder disadvantages
Some powders can have problems dissolving if the water temperature is too cool or wash cycle too short.
If you’re using washing powder, here are some good, general tips:
- A little goes a long way. overload and you’ll just end up with a white residue, not cleaner clothes.
- You don’t have to have a machine to use washing powder!
- Judge the amount you’re dosing with by how dirty the load is and your water hardness. (Side eyeing my brother here), Half a scoop of Distinctive is enough if you are in a soft water area just freshening clothes after normal wear.
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