Stephen Steinberg | October 29, 2014
Powder Laundry Detergent vs Liquid Laundry Detergent. Do you have a preference?
You should, especially if you own a lot of workout clothing. There are many clear benefits of using a powder laundry detergent like Vapor Fresh® Laundry Detergent Powder to wash all of your clothing, but especially your workout gear--
Powder Laundry Detergent Is Much Better These Days
The technology in powder laundry detergents has really advanced. No longer is clumping or undissolved detergent an issue, even in all water types and temperatures. Today’s powder laundry detergents, including Vapor Fresh® Laundry Detergent Powder, feature biodegradable surfactants, oxygen-activated chlorine-free bleach alternatives and cold-water activators.
Powders Clean More Effectively Than Liquid Detergents
Because powder detergents have stronger cleaning mechanisms than liquid detergents, they can get your clothes brighter and fresher without the use of additives like fragrances, dyes and brighteners. Since you must avoid these additives when washing your workout clothes, powder laundry detergents are the clear winner for people who live active lifestyles. Using powder detergents to wash sports jerseys is also a great way to get strong cleaning power without those additional additives.
Brands Including Nike Dri-Fit Specifically Recommend Using Powder Laundry Detergents
The choice between liquid and powder detergents may not be a choice at all-- some brands, including Nike Dri-Fit, specifically recommend using powder detergents to wash their sports apparel. Why? Liquid detergents are more prone to leaving a film or residue on the garment, essentially trapping odor-causing bacteria and body oils in the nooks of the fabric. Powder detergents also inherently have a more effective cleaning action without being too harsh.
Powder Detergents Are Less Messy And Easier To Handle Than Liquid
The last thing you want to do after cleaning your clothes is to clean up the mess you made with your liquid detergent dripping everywhere. Liquid detergents seem to always be spilling somewhere or otherwise making some sort of mess-- not exactly a great quality in a CLEANING product. Go with powder detergents, they are cleaner and easier to handle-- just scoop and pour.
Powder Detergents Are Free Of Preservatives
Not all preservatives are detrimental to your health, but if you want to avoid preservatives for whatever reason, you should opt for a powder detergent. Since liquid detergents are mostly water, their shelf-life is very short without the addition of preservatives and therefore almost always contain preservatives of some sort. Since powder detergents by their very nature do not contain any liquids, there is no need to use preservatives.
Powder Laundry Detergents Have Longer Shelf Lives Than Liquid
Liquid detergents, because they can contain up to 70-80% water, tend to go rancid over time even with the use of preservatives. The last thing you want to wash your clothes with is a rancid laundry detergent! This is also a contributing factor to washing machines developing a rancid odor too. Powder detergents, on the other hand, have a much longer shelf-life and therefore don’t risk going rancid.
Purchasing a cleaning product such as a laundry detergent is something you probably do out of habit, but next time you need laundry detergent, finish fresh with a powder laundry detergent such as Vapor Fresh® Laundry Detergent Powder!
Play Hard. Finish Fresh.