When it comes to laundry detergents, some of us have our tried and true favorites. Others go for the big box deals, and still others are lured by scents or labels that promise stain-fighting magic.
Consumer Reports’ latest tests reveal the top-performing detergents, whether you’ve got stains, sensitive skin or just want the best deal so you don’t waste your money.
Judon Foster enjoys doing the laundry for his family. But between a toddler, a newborn, and his wife Eunice – a grad student – laundry life can get overwhelming.
“It feels like it’s never ending and I feel like, where did all these clothes come from?” said Judon Foster.
Consumer Reports just tested dozens of laundry detergents to find which ones clean the best.
“We use fabric swatches soaked with tough stains like blood, dirt, grass, coffee, and then we use each detergent to see how well that detergent gets the stain out,” said Haniya Rae, Consumer Reports editor.
The lighter the stain after washing, the better the detergent scores on cleaning performance. Testers also check how well each detergent acts as a pre-treater for stains. That way you only need to buy one laundry product.
“In our tests the detergents that earn excellent ratings will tackle pretty normal stains like body oil and dirt. They’re also going to tackle things that are a bit tougher like grass and blood,” said Haniya Rae.
The top scoring detergents in Consumer