Types of Laundry Detergent:

Liquid detergent

  • This is the most common type of detergent.
  • It is often considered a good all-rounder.
  • It is the most suitable option for cold and quick washes.
  • Typically, cheaper than capsule detergent, but pricier than powder detergent.

Powdered detergent

  • Most traditional form of detergent.
  • It is the most budget-friendly detergent option
  • However, it can be a bit hard to dissolve in cooler water temperatures, so it is not necessarily recommended for cold washes.


  • Essentially all of the benefits of liquid detergent, just in a small package.
  • More convenient because the amount of detergent is premeasured so there is no measuring necessary.
  • However, be sure to keep these away from children.

Front-loading detergent

  • A type of detergent specifically designed to minimize soap suds.
  • This type of detergent cleans well despite not foaming like other detergents.

Top-loading detergent

  • Designed for top-loading machines
  • Can also be called ‘high efficiency’ detergent.
  • Great for getting a really deep and thorough clean.

Stain removal detergent

  • A type of detergent that offers built-in stain-removal properties
  • They remove the need to do a pre-treatment for stubborn stain removal.
  • Some contain bleaching agents and others use citrus oils.

How do you use Detergent?

Where does it go?

Usually, washing machines have a detergent compartment. This tends to be the biggest drawer with other sections for the pre-wash detergent, bleach/stain remover, and softener. However, when it comes to powder or capsule detergents, these usually go straight into the washer. This is so that they can dissolve with the water dispensed into the washer and offer their maximum cleaning power. However, it is always wise to read the instructions on the back of your detergent to get the best clean possible.