CCNDU Detergent Index (NZ/AUS)
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Product NameRecommendedLiquid or PowderPlant basedEnzymesScoops/Caps in pre washScoops/Caps in main washWash hotWash warmCommentsAdmin Review
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Abode Front Loader/Top Loader Laundry PowderNPYNAvailable in different scents and a fragrance free version. Only contains one surfactant and no stain busters. Very similar to Planet Ark Aware powder.Stink no matter what I tried, avoid this one -AW
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Abode Laundry Liquids ***NLYNVery sudsy and not the most effective clean.Extremely sudsy in a front loader and not strong enough to clean heavily soiled laundry effectively -AW
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Almat Laundry Powder ConcentrateYPNY½1.5YesYesGood formulation with triple enzymes, comes in a variety of scents.
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Almat LiquidYLNY½1.5YesYesGood formulation with triple enzymes, comes in a variety of scents.Loved it, gave a beautiful clean. A bit sudsy though, beware if you have a front loader & soft water. -AW
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AmolinNLNN.Not suitable for front loaders. 3 caps required per main wash and then multiplied by 1.5-2 due to weak formulation make this cost prohibitive.
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Amway SA8YLYY½1.5YesNoGood plant based choice. Will need a water softener if your water is at all hard. Some users report ammonia issues so may be tricky to get right.
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B Home (Big W) liquidNLNYBig W own-brand productsTerrible clean, do not use on your nappies! -KP
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B Home (Big W) powderNPNYBig W own-brand productsNo amount of this got my nappies clean. Avoid! -AW
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Biozet 3D Clean Liquid + Softener (new)YLN?½1.5YesYesTBA
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Biozet 3D Clean Liquid- 1L bottleYLN?½1.5YesYesEnzyme free liquid. Very sudsy- beware if you have soft water and a front loader. CHECK BOTTLE SIZE FOR DOSAGE NEEDED!Had wee smell until I added Napisan and then it was okay. Washed hot. -AW
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Biozet 3D Clean Liquid- 2L bottleYLN?1/31YesYesEnzyme free liquid. Very sudsy- beware if you have soft water and a front loader. CHECK BOTTLE SIZE FOR DOSAGE NEEDED!Had wee smell until I added Napisan and then it was okay. Washed hot. -AW
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Biozet Front & Top Loader + Softener powderYPNY½1YesNo
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Biozet Front & Top Loader powderYPNY½1YesYesQuite sudsy compared to the front loader formulation. Beware if you have soft water and a front loader! Not an issue for top loaders.More sudsy than the original front loader formulation. Worked well for me at 60 degrees, hit or miss at 40. Needed extra 1/4-1/2 scoop in main wash for 8.5kg machine/moderately hard water combo -AW
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Biozet Rapid LiquidNLNYMost people using this end up with nappies that smell like wee. We suggest that you choose another product.Needed 2 caps plus 1/2c borax or 1 lid of Napisan as a water softener to get good results with this in my moderately hard water. Very strongly fragranced. -AW
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Bosistos Allergen Laundry LiquidNLYNGrey water safe. A very basic detergent with no real stain removal power.Caused fishy smell and ammonia issues after only 3 washes at 2x on 60 degrees. Very weak! -AW
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Bosistos PowderNPYNComprised mostly of water softeners & flocculants, extremely weakAkin to washing in water. Get bubbles but no cleaning power. -AW
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Briars Washing PowderNPNNA mixture of boosters- washing soda and sodium percarbonate. No surfactants, not recommended.
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Bygum Eucalyptus Laundry PowderNPNNContains a mixture of water softeners and sodium metasilicate; does not contain an ingredient to balance pH. Just like Charlie's Soap- do not use.
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Charlie's SoapNPNNKnown to cause chemical burns. Not recommended. See http://www.fluffloveuniversity.com/cloth-diaper-myths/why-dont-we-recommend-charlies-soap/ for more information.
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Clean Conscience Laundry PowderNPYNMade from soap nuts. See soap nuts entry.
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Cold Power + Cuddly Powder Front & TopYPNY½1.5YesYesBentonite (non-residual) fabric softener. As per Cold Power powder.Excellent clean in a warm or hot wash -SU
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Cold Power Liquid Front & TopNLNYToo sudsyToo many suds even in hard water. Barnyard smells- CE
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Cold Power Powder Front & TopYPNY½1.5YesYesWorks as well as previous formulation -KP
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Cold Power Sensitive Liquid Almond Milk Front & TopYLNY½1.5YesYesNew formulation contains enzymesCleans well, can use same amount as regular Cold Power -KJ
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Cold Power Sensitive Powder Almond Milk Front & TopYPNY½1.5YesYesHas become super sudsy since reformulation, not suitable for front loaders.Excellent clean in a warm or hot wash -AD
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Coles Infusions Powder Orange/LavenderYPNY½1.5YesYesA good detergent with enzymes, available in a choice of fragrances.
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Coles Smart Buy Lemon Laundry PowderNPNNAn extremely basic formulation. No real stain removing agents and only one type of surfactant. Not HE/FL safe.
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Coles SmartBuy Laundry LiquidYLNN60mL100mLYesNoPoor stain removal power but removed smell effectively. 100mL main wash dose was suitable for 8.5kg front loader in moderately hard water, adjust for your situation accordingly.
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Coles Ultra Concentrate 7x Active Power PowderNPNYGreat on food stains, hopeless at washing out wee. Users report needing to use twice what's recommended on the box for a good clean.Constant barn smell that no amount of washing could shift, ended up with ammonia. Hopeless! -AW. Experienced stink and ammonia issues when used at recommended dosages after several weeks -AB
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Coles Ultra Concentrate Sensitive PowderYPNN12.5YesNoGood detergent with added sodium percarbonate (Napisan) so great for your whites, no enzymes.Needs at least 2.5 scoops and hot to work well -AD
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Cushie Tushies LiquidNLYNWeak formulation made from nonionic plant-based surfactants which are not effective at preventing redeposition of soil onto the laundry.
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Dirt Laundry YLYY2-4 pumps6-10 pumpsYesNoRecommendations on quantities for 7.5kg machine:
• Soft water / Front Loader
Pre wash start with 2-3 pumps, booster optional.
Main wash start with 6-8 pumps, with booster (eg. 1/4 lid of Vanish).
• Hard water / Top Loader
Pre wash start with 3-4 pumps, with booster.
Main wash start with 8-10 pumps, with booster.
Initial fragrance is mild and disappears once dry.
Detergent is dispensed via a reusable aluminium pump bottle (awkward if your detergent drawer is in a hard to reach place but you can dose into a scoop and add the entire scoop directly to the wash) makes for clean and accurate dosing.
Refill packs available, and can be returned to be recycled.
Recommended quantities on label are for an 8kg machine. -BW, LL, AM
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Dominant Laundry Powder (Front Loader & Top Loader)YPNYTBATBAYesYesLooks good on paper. Use the amount for heavily soiled/large load in your main wash and half of that in your prewash.
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DoTERRA liquidNLYYContains a huge amount of EO which is potentially not safe for use on children. When admin tested it it left oily staining on white items and set off fire alarms when clothes dryer was used. Nappies had ammonia within a couple of washes.
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DriveYPNY½1.5YesYesMulti surfactants + enzymes
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Drive Professional Front & Top Loader TBAPNYTBATBAYesYesLooks good on paper, but seems sudsy, needs further testing. Use the amount for heavily soiled/large load in your main wash and half of that in your prewash.
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Duo Front and Top Loader PowderYPNY12YesYesBasic powder with single enzyme (proteinase). Recommend adding additional- try 2 scoops in a front loader and 2-3 in a top loader.
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Duo Liquid Front & TopYLNY12YesNoFairly basic ingredients but works well in hot water with a little extra added.Need 2 caps main wash with warm or hot water for good results. -JS Needed hot wash, not the best detergent out there -MG
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Duo Sensitive LiquidYLNY12.25YesYesFragrance free versionUse at 1.5x the amount on package with hot water, works well -MG
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Duo Sensitive PowderYPNY12.25YesNoFragrance free versionUse at 1.5x the amount on package with hot water, works well -MG
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Dynamo Professional Front & Top LiquidYLNN1/21.5YesNoNew formula, contains enzymesWorked well in hot wash, got poo smell with warm -AW Worked well in warm or hot wash -KP
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Dynamo Regular/Eucalytpus Front & TopYLNY1/21.5YesNo
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Dynamo Touch of Sard liquid Front & TopYLNN½1.5YesNoGreat stain removal power even without enzymes. Can be purchased in bulk at Big W.
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Earth Choice Bio Plus Laundry LiquidNLYYLeft testing admin with ammonia after a few washes.Not good. Smell city!- AD
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Earth Choice Liquid (blue)NLYNA very weak formulation. Not HE safe.Terrible, didn't clean a thing -AW
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Earth Choice PowderNPYN
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Earth Choice Sensitive Ultra Concentrate LiquidNLYNExtremely weak formulation. Do not use on nappies.
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Earth Choice Ultra Concentrate LiquidYLYN60ml120mlYesNoProceed with caution. Probably needs hot prewash, and booster added to mainwash for success. Needs further testing. Sucess in soft water and easy to wash conditions, short test only- MM
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Earthon Laundry PowderNPYNNot recommended due to low surfactants
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Earthwise Laundry Liquid (Not Wool & Delicates or Baby wash)YLYN13+YesNoMild formulation. Required triple concentration for good cleaning power, gets expensive.Horrible barn smell that no amount of time in the machine could get rid of using 3 full caps. Avoid! -AW Worked well for me at 60 degrees with 3 caps and daily washing in 6.5kg machine -AL.
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Earthwise powder (all varieties)NPNNVery weak formulation, similar to Rockin Green. Too much required for effective results.
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Eco Planet Gardenia & Aloe Vera Laundry LiquidYLYY????YesNoA plant-based liquid that contains enzymes to clean stains. Recommend multiplying quantity following plant based directions** and use hot water to wash. Add a water softener if your water is even mildly hard.
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Eco Planet Laundry PowderYPYY13YesNoA plant-based powder that contains enzymes to clean stains. Recommend multiplying quantity following plant based directions** and use hot water to wash. May not contain antifoam so be careful in your front loader. Comes in a fragrance free variety.
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Ecologic Laundry Liquid LavenderNLYNWeak formulation- like Earth Choice blue.
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Ecostore Extra Clean powderYPYY12-3+ boosterYesNoEcostore powder plus enzymesWorks well with a hot wash, better than regular Ecostore powder + Napisan. Smells quickly set in when tried warm washing rather than hot -CE
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Ecostore Front Loader LemonYPYN12-3+ boosterYesNoA good choice for a plant-based eco-type detergent but very sudsy in a front loader. Use as much as you can without getting suds overload.Very sudsy but reasonable stain removal power. Laundry appears duller than usual after several washes. Low fragrance. -AB. Found it very hit or miss. Had success using 3 scoops and 1 scoop of Napisan in 8.5kg front loader. -AW
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Ecostore LiquidNLYNVery gentle surfactants used, similar to Earth Choice liquids.Terrible, super amount of suds but didn't clean a thing -AW
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Ecostore Ultra Sensitive Powder YPYN12-3+ BoosterYesSame formulation on paper as Regular Ecostore powder, excpet doesnt contain fragrance. This deteregnt has not been tested by admin yet.
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EucaNPNNContains a mixture of water softeners and sodium metasilicate; does not contain an ingredient to balance pH. Just like Charlie's Soap- do not use.
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Fab LiquidNLNNNo enzymes.Caused smell issues when using at 1.5-2 caps warm or hot main wash. More testing required. -KW Working well with 2 caps in a warm or hot main wash -JS
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Fab PowderYPNY½1.5YesYesSame formulation for each fragrance. Good detergents plus enzymes.Love all the different scents. We have moderately hard water, I have found it needs a decent prewash and water of 40 degrees in main wash to work well for us. 1/2 scoop prewash, 1+ 1/2 scoop main wash. Lovely white clean nappies. -SU Fab Vanilla and Coconut: I bought it thinking it would be strongly fragranced, it wasn't as strong as I thought it would be but still noticeable when dry. Washes well, use 0.5 scoops pre wash cycle, 1.5 scoops main wash. -AM
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Green Action (Aldi) laundry liquidNLYNToo weak. Choose Trimat or Almat instead!Tried it with Napisan added as booster, Nappies smelled like wet dog while drying. -AW
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Herbon powderNPYNMinimal surfactant.
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Hurricane LiquidYLNN12YesNoVery basic formulation with no enzymes.
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Kin Kin Naturals laundry liquidYLYY35-45ml45-90mlYesPre wash warmSoft water: For pre wash start with 35ml (0.5 OMO scoops), booster optional. For main wash start with 45ml (0.75 OMO scoops), with booster (eg. 1/4 lid of Vanish). Hard water: For pre wash start with 45ml (0.75 OMO scoops), with booster. For main wash start with 90ml (1.5 OMO scoops), with booster. 60 degree wash for both cycles for best results.Initial fragrance is strong but disappears once dry. Detergent is quite viscose, add the measuring scoop into the machine. No issue regarding essential oil included in the detergent. 40 degree pre wash and 60 degree main wash worked for admin.
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Kindy Ecobaby powderNPNNDoesn't contain any surfactant.
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Kirkland range (Costco)YP/LNY????YesYesView individual products via Fluff Love index- http://www.fluffloveuniversity.com/how-to-wash-cloth-diapers/detergent-index/
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Laundrite Laundry PowderNPNNAn extremely basic formulation. No real stain removing agents. Requires less for front loaders, thus not recommended.
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Laundrite liquidNLNNAn extremely basic formulation. No real stain removing agents. Not HE/FL safe.
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Little Innoscents Eco Laundry LiquidNLYN
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Lovables for ColoursYLN1/21.5YesYesStrong Floral Scent. Best with hot wash- MG
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Lovables liquidYLNY1/21YesYesRed bottle worked well in Melbourne. White bottle failed to work in Brisbane.
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Lux FlakesNPNNSoap is not suitable for use in a washing machine. Not recommended.
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Melaleuca Melapower (powder and liquid)NP/LY?Members using it reported ammonia issues quite quickly.
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MethodYLYNPlant based, heavily fragrancedUsed recommended amount and hot water and developed horrible smell and ammonia in night nappies. Do not think this is a good choice. -KW Ended up with stinky nappies within a couple of washes, ended up having to bleach my inserts to get rid of it. -AW
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Modere PowderYPNY1/21.5YesYesOkay for babies but struggles with toddler level soiling, add Napisan in main wash to boost -CE
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Naturally OliverNPNNA mixture of boosters- washing soda and sodium percarbonate. No surfactants, not recommended.
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Nelum Sandalwood Super Fresh LiquidNLYNVery basic formulation with no enzymes. Very expensive. Need at least 2x for good cleaning power.
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Nelum Sandalwood Super Fresh PowderYPYY12-3YesNoA single surfactant powder with enzymes. Try at least 2x quantities and wash in hot water. Becomes expensive.
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Norwex Ultra Power PlusYPNY1 scoop2 scoopsYesYesNeed more than 1 tbsp to clean a load of nappies. Start with 1/4c (2 scoops) and go from there. Extremely expensive!
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Nutrimetics CLCYLNN60mL90-120mLYesYesA basic non-enzyme detergent with good proportion of surfactants. Users report it is very bubbly in front loaders.
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Omo Eco LiquidyLY (70%)Y12-3YesNoA good choice for a plant-based eco-type detergent but very sudsy in a front loader with soft water. Use as much as you can without getting suds overload.Slight ammonia if my loading was slightly off, soft water and so the suds balance was tricky to get right!- SU Worked really well with Vanish as booster, in hard water and a front loader -AM
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Omo Liquid Front & TopYLNY½1YesYesGood detergent with enzymes.Soft water, 7.5kg front loader. Not too sudsy with a full lid and good loading but the powder is lower sudsing. Excellent clean at 40C/60C. -KJ
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Omo Matic (NZ)YPNY12YesYesVietnamese Omo Import. A great substitute for Persil.Imported product, same brand as Persil. Available only from The Warehouse New Zealand. Good detergent with enzymes, reasonably strong fruity scent, but I liked it. Has a large scoop and you really do need 1 scoop prewash and 2 scoops mainwash (As per packet). taking into account the large scoop it works out cheaper than Persil at regular price, about the same as when Persil is on special -SU
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Omo PodsNLNYUse Omo liquids instead
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Omo Powder Front & TopYPNY½1.5YesYesGood detergent with enzymes.New formulation low sudsing in rainwater, doesn't clean as well as Omo Ultimate though -CE
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Omo Sensitive Liquid Front & TopYLNN1/21.25YesNoWeaker formulation than Regular & Ultimate OMO so add a little extra and wash hot.Great clean with hot wash and Napisan added to soften hard water -MM
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Omo Sensitive Powder Front & TopYPNN1/22.25YesNoWill be too sudsy in soft water in a front loader
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Omo Ultimate Liquid Front & TopYLNY½1YesYesGood detergents & enzymes. Virtually identical make up to regular omo, therefore dose as per regular rather than package.Very soft water, 7.5kg front loader. Creates suds that don't entirely rinse clean at the full quantity (end up double-rinsing). Does an amazing job of cleaning at 40C, haven't tried 30C. -KJ
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Omo Ultimate Powder Front & TopYPNY1/21.5YesYesGood detergents & enzymes. Virtually identical make up to regular omo, therefore dose as per regular rather than package.Low sudsing in soft water! -KJ
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Pams Ultra ConcentrateNPNYLow surfactant concentration.
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Pams Ultra Concentrate SensitiveNPNNLow surfactant concentration.
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Persil (Henkel, German version)YPNY??YesYesGood detergent with enzymes, German made version, not the same as Unilever Persil with the splat logo.
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Persil Eco LiquidyLY (70%)Y12-3YesNoA good choice for a plant-based eco-type detergent but very sudsy in a front loader with soft water. Use as much as you can without getting suds overload.Slight ammonia if my loading was slightly off, soft water and so the suds balance was tricky to get right!- SU
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Persil Liquid Front & TopYLNY½1YesYesGood detergent with enzymes.
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Persil Powder Front & TopYPNY½1.5YesYesGood detergent with enzymes.A good reliable clean- (SU)
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Persil Sensitive Liquid Front & TopYLNN1/21.25YesNoWeaker formulation than Regular & Ultimate OMO so add a little extra and wash hot.
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Persil Sensitive Powder Front & TopYPNN1/21.5YesNo
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Persil Ultimate Liquid Front & TopYLNY½1YesYesGood detergents & enzymes. Virtually identical make up to regular omo, therefore dose as per regular rather than package.
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