Best Laundry Detergents

Feeling good about yourself is easier when you feel great about your clothes, and your clothes are only as good as the laundry detergent you use on them. With a variety of washing powders and liquids on the market that all claim to work wonders on your laundry, getting the latest scoop on what to look for in a detergent is a good place to start. Continue Reading...

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Euca Concentrated Laundry Detergents

Euca Concentrated Laundry Detergents 🏆 2024

4.9  (212)
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  • TypeLiquid and Powder
Genni S.
Genni S.NSW3 posts
  Powder
Lucent Globe Eco Laundry Sheets

Lucent Globe Eco Laundry Sheets

4.7  (232)
 Summary
  • Washing Machine Front Loaders and Top Loaders
  • TypeSheets
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Susan
SusanQLD2 posts
 
Xlnt productWorks just as good as the other products, better for the environment and cheaper.
You won’t regret giving it a go Show details
Biozet Attack PLUS Softener

Biozet Attack PLUS Softener

4.6  (267)
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  • TypeLiquid and Powder
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Kirsten
Kirsten
  Fair Incentive Liquid
Our clothes smelt great after usingActive family with lots of sport clothing passing through the wash. Our clothes were clean and smelt nice without an overpowering scent using this product. No issues with sensitive skin. Show details
Biozet Attack Plus Eliminator

Biozet Attack Plus Eliminator

4.5  (483)
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Tennille
TennilleNSW5 posts
  Liquid
Biozet Attack
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Earth Choice Wool & Delicates Wash

Earth Choice Wool & Delicates Wash

4.7  (37)
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  • Washing Machine Front Loaders and Top Loaders
  • TypeLiquid
Mtn Mama
Mtn MamaNSW
 
The best thing for delicates and woollensExcellent product, for handwashing lingerie and 100% wool hand knit garments. Lovely fresh delicate scent, rinses well without residue. Zero irritation. Cheap and cheerful. Show details
Bosisto's Euco Fresh Pre-Wash Stain Remover

Bosisto's Euco Fresh Pre-Wash Stain Remover 🏆 2024

4.9  (31)
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Meliza
MelizaQLD2 posts
 
Dirt Laundry Detergent Original

Dirt Laundry Detergent Original

4.5  (33)
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  • Washing Machine Top Loaders
  • TypeLiquid
Emma f.
Emma f.
 
Great product, Australian and excellent customer serviceGreat product, washes well. Excellent customer service, Aussie made A+ Dropped my dispenser, replaced for free and arrived full. Show details
re·stor Laundry Detergent Sheets

re·stor Laundry Detergent Sheets 🏆 2024

4.0  (48)
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  • Washing Machine Front Loaders and Top Loaders
  • TypeSheets
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Maree M.
Maree M.
 
No odour controlNot good for odour control. Clothes did not come out smelling clean and fresh. Show details
Bosisto's Sensitive Laundry Powder

Bosisto's Sensitive Laundry Powder

3.8  (85)
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  • Washing Machine Front Loaders and Top Loaders
  • TypePowder
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Becc
BeccMelbourne11 posts
 
Aware Sensitive Laundry Powder

Aware Sensitive Laundry Powder

4.0  (42)
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  • Washing Machine Front Loaders and Top Loaders
  • TypePowder
neat freak
neat freakVIC
 
We miss you!RIP aware sensitive. You served my family well for 30+ years! Such a shame this wonderful product is no longer available. There was no need for pre-treaters or softeners with Aware sensitive, it did a brilliant job.
Softly Pure Soap Flakes

Softly Pure Soap Flakes

4.3  (26)
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  • Washing Machine Top Loaders
  • TypeSoap Flakes
Miss Helpful
Miss HelpfulNSW54 posts
 
Why did they change to liquid detergent?Lux flakes are the best for hand washing woollens in a basin or bucket where you could lightly rub the woollens, rinse and gently squeeze. Great for allergy sufferers and asthmatics. Please, please, please bring back this long lasting favourite Australian product. Show details
Coles Smart Buy Laundry Liquid

Coles Smart Buy Laundry Liquid

4.3  (27)
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  • TypeLiquid
Lee
LeeQLD6 posts
 
Earth Choice Laundry Liquid

Earth Choice Laundry Liquid

3.4  (34)
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  • Washing Machine Front Loaders and Top Loaders
  • TypeLiquid
Persistent Painter
Persistent PainterNSW2 posts
 
Not as good as it once wasNow requires 50 percent more to get suds. Has the formula been changed by dilution of key ingredients?
EcoStore Laundry Powder

EcoStore Laundry Powder

3.9  (19)
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  • Washing Machine Front Loaders and Top Loaders
  • TypePowder
Antoinette
AntoinetteNSW10 posts
 
Euca Laundry Powder Boost

Euca Laundry Powder Boost

5.0  (10)
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  • Washing Machine Front Loaders and Top Loaders
  • TypePowder
Nagel
NagelAU10 posts
 
Omo Ultimate

Omo Ultimate

3.1  (47)
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  • TypeLiquid and Powder
Mish i.
Mish i.VIC2 posts
  Powder
Over the top horrible scentThe smell of this powder is over the top awful - so over-scented with an unpleasant cheap smell that lingers. The only reason I purchased is the sensitive option wasn't in stock and package says its Omo's best powder. In my view it isn't because of the scent so after a few loads and I'm giving it away. Show details
Ecoegg Laundry Egg

Ecoegg Laundry Egg

3.2  (35)
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  • TypeCapsules
Krisztina
KrisztinaVIC4 posts
 
Eco eggAbsolutely brilliant item sadly unheard of in Australian supermarkets. Great trader Show details
Radiant Black Wash

Radiant Black Wash

3.1  (26)
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Kittin M.
Kittin M.
 
Hurricane Laundry Liquid

Hurricane Laundry Liquid

4.2  (11)
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  • Washing Machine Front Loaders and Top Loaders
  • TypeLiquid
Happy asthma customer
Happy asthma customerACT
 
This is a great product, don’t stop making it!Mild scent doesn’t cause asthma as most other perfumed brands do. Excellent for those with sensitive skin. Washes clothes, towels and sheets effectively.
Bosisto's Sensitive Laundry Liquid

Bosisto's Sensitive Laundry Liquid

2.9  (31)
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  • Washing Machine Front Loaders and Top Loaders
  • TypeLiquid
Ruth M.
Ruth M.
 
Bosisto's
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ALDI Trimat Laundry Detergents

ALDI Trimat Laundry Detergents

2.6  (56)
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  • TypeLiquid and Powder
Grace
Grace2 posts
  Regular Laundry Liquid
Laundrite (ALDI) Laundry Detergents

Laundrite (ALDI) Laundry Detergents

2.7  (42)
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  • TypeLiquid and Powder
Tori
ToriNSW2 posts
  Laundry Liquid
Skin rashes and hives over kittensI recently used this product for washing pet blankets down at stables.
My pedigree kittens broke out in hives and rashes all over body.
Cat had serious reaction / hives around ears and eyes.
Lucky I put two and two together and removed/ rewashed blankets and they improved.
Omo Sensitive

Omo Sensitive

2.4  (75)
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  • TypeLiquid, Powder and Capsules
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Michelle M.
Michelle M.New South Wales
  Powder
Gave my daughter HIVESGave my daughter with sensitive skin hives after the first use. Even when clothes rinsed again with water it continued to trigger hives. Gave my partner and myself itchy skin and we don't usually have sensitive skin. So I would say this brand is even worse for skin than any fragranced brand that I have purchased in the past. Show details
Softly Premium Delicates & Woollens

Softly Premium Delicates & Woollens

2.8  (29)
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  • Washing Machine Front Loaders and Top Loaders
  • TypeLiquid
Kate C
Kate CNSW3 posts
 
Omo Active

Omo Active

2.4  (63)
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  • TypeLiquid, Powder and Capsules
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Maryah
MaryahQLD3 posts
  Verified Capsules
ALDI Almat Laundry Concentrate

ALDI Almat Laundry Concentrate

2.3  (132)
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  • TypePowder
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Vicki R
Vicki R
  Verified Laundry Powder Concentrate
Rubbish & now also have a rashNew Almat leaves rock had lump of product in draw Show details
Biozet Attack PLUS Quick Wash

Biozet Attack PLUS Quick Wash

4.4  (8)
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Imoksha jay
Imoksha jayVIC7 posts
  Fair Incentive
Good productAs always I like attack products.. good for all kind of clothes specially great with cotton.. i have sensitive skin never had any issue with it . Great product as always Show details
Natures Organics Purity Sensitive Laundry Liquid

Natures Organics Purity Sensitive Laundry Liquid

2.3  (71)
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Farah
Farah3 posts
 
EcoStore Laundry Liquid

EcoStore Laundry Liquid

3.2  (16)
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  • Washing Machine Front Loaders and Top Loaders
  • TypeLiquid
Ali
Ali5 posts
 
Can break down the washing machineThis not only doesn't properly clean the clothes at all but also can break down the machine. It turns into very hard solid pieces which I've found in my washing machine after taking out the clothes. The dish washing liquid, though, does a good job without harming the body. Show details
Hudstone Regular Laundry Powder

Hudstone Regular Laundry Powder

5.0  (6)
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  • Washing Machine Front Loaders and Top Loaders
  • TypePowder
Diana H.
Diana H.NSW
 

Types of detergents

Whether you’re meticulous about separating whites and colours, or you like to throw everything in the machine, there’s a wide range of liquid and powder detergents to choose from.

While we’re by no means going to end the powder vs. liquid debate once and for all, understanding the differences between detergents will help you find something that suits you, your washing machine, and your laundry.

Woman putting laundry detergent in detergent drawer

Powder detergent

Laundry powder is the most commonly used detergent, but there’s a lot to consider about this tried and true product.

Pros
Better at dirt and grass stain removal. Powder is considered more effective than other washing detergent types at getting rid of outdoor stains, making it great for those who play sports and parents with young children.
It’s the cheapest choice. Thanks to its affordability, powder detergent is a popular choice with consumers, giving you more bang for your buck.
Lasts longer. Powders have a long shelf life because they contain more stable surfactants (the compound that cleans your clothes), making it a great choice for bulk buyers.
More eco-friendly packaging. Because they’re packaged in recyclable cardboard boxes, powders are usually the greenest option on the market.
Cons
Can leave residue on clothing. Because it isn’t pre-dissolved, sometimes unmixed powder can leave a white residue on your clothing and linen. If this happens you might need to do a second wash.
Isn’t effective in cold washes. Because powder doesn’t easily dissolve in cold water, it’s only recommended for hotter cycles - meaning you might have higher electricity bills.
Could cause potential damage to your washing machine over time. Undissolved powder can sometimes get stuck in the nooks and crannies of your machine - over time and without proper cleaning this can harden and reduce the efficacy of your machine.

Liquid detergent

While it hasn’t quite overtaken powder as the most popular detergent of choice, laundry liquid is still widely used because it’s easy to use and is great at doing its job.

Pros
Completely dissolves in water and doesn’t leave residue. Laundry liquid is more soluble than powder detergent, meaning it’s a lot less likely to leave soap scum on your clothes or in your machine.
It’s suitable for all water temperatures. Liquid detergents can be used for cold, warm and hot cycles. This is handy if you’re concerned about energy usage and don’t need to do hot washes for every laundry load.
More effective in tackling liquid stains. Because liquid detergent is better than powder at penetrating fabric fibres, it’s great at removing perspiration, oil and grease spots.
Convenient to use. Since you can pour liquid straight into your detergent drawer without needing to measure out a scoop as you would with powder, it’s easier to use. The plastic packaging of washing liquid also makes it more durable than cardboard packaging which can rip or get water damaged.
Cons
Doesn’t last as long. Liquid detergent has a shorter shelf life than washing powder, with a bottle usually expiring within 6 months of opening.
Comes in plastic packaging. The plastic bottles liquid detergent comes in makes it less environmentally friendly.
More expensive. It’s pricier than powder detergent per wash.

Laundry pods

A laundry pod is a pre-measured, concentrated dose of detergent liquid that is encased in water-soluble packaging. These capsules dissolve when they come in contact with water or moisture.

Pros
Convenient and simple to use. All you need to do is pop a pod into the drum of your machine.
Cons
Can be unsafe. Laundry pods pose a significant risk to children who often mistake the brightly coloured capsules for toys or lollies. They can also be unsafe for people with vision impairments.
Expensive. It’s the priciest detergent type per laundry load.
Can’t adjust measurements. Pre-measured doses mean you can’t adjust the dose depending on the size of your wash - you might need to put multiple pods in for particularly dirty laundry.

Factors to consider when buying a detergent

Top and front loader detergents: what's the difference?

The main difference between front and top loading detergents is the lather formula they contain.

Front loading washing machines use less water and spin more than top loader machines, so front loader detergents are designed to stop the development of too many suds. Using a top-loading washing detergent in your front loader can damage your machine’s motor and cause it (and potentially your whole laundry room) to overflow with foam.

If your detergent specifies what kind of machine it’s designed for, you should follow that. You shouldn’t use top and front-loading detergents interchangeably - this could not only damage your machine, but it also just won’t clean your clothes as well.

A side by side of a front loading washing machine and a top loading washing machine
On the left: a front loading washing machine. On the right: a top loading washing machine

Laundry detergents for sensitive skin

Finding a detergent that works with sensitive skin or with a skin condition such as eczema, psoriasis or dry skin can be difficult. There are plenty of detergents that claim to not aggravate your skin, and these either substitute irritant ingredients or omit them altogether. However keep in mind that just because a detergent is labelled as suitable for people for sensitive skin, that doesn’t mean it will work for you.

Below are a few ingredients and things to consider when you’re shopping around.

Enzymes

Used for speeding up dirt removal, enzymes are a common additive in most laundry detergents. While different enzymes are added for different purposes, in that they each target certain kinds of stains, the one thing they have in common is that they can aggravate your skin. Scanning the ingredients of detergents will help you avoid laundry detergents with enzymes.

Optical brighteners

Optical brighteners are irritants that are added to detergents to help make your clothes appear whiter and brighter. They don’t clean your clothes in any way, and are better avoided if you have sensitive skin. Luckily, there are plenty of laundry detergents without optical brighteners available to buy, and almost all ‘green’ detergents don’t have them.

Fragrances

Fragrances in detergents don’t help clean your laundry, and sensitive detergent formulas are generally expected to be fragrance-free. Avoiding perfumes as well as colourings altogether is a safe bet for sensitive skin and sensitive noses.

Changing how you wash

There are also washing practices that you can follow to help curb the risk of irritating your skin. Rigorous rinsing is an effective way to ensure there are no traces of detergent left behind on your clothes or in your machine. If you do notice there’s soap on your clothes or in the corners of your machine, you can program an extra rinse cycle to your wash to help get rid of any residue.

You can also try experimenting with the amount of detergent you use - using less detergent may leave your skin better off and will also reduce the environmental footprint of your washing.

Laundry detergents for babies

Babies, especially newborns, have sensitive skin and often soil their clothes, which makes finding a detergent even more difficult. If you’re worried that regular detergent is too harsh on your baby’s skin, there’s a wide range of baby laundry detergent available for you to try out.

When doing your baby’s laundry, practising the same washing as you would for sensitive skin - that is, using less detergent and thorough rinsing - is a good way to keep your bub comfortable and happy.

Environmental friendliness

When you look on supermarket shelves, you’ll see plenty of packaging that includes words like ‘green’, ‘eco’ and ‘natural’. This means they have no or fewer chemicals which are damaging to the environment. Rather than taking these words at face value, looking out for certain ingredients can help you be sure that you’re mitigating the harm your laundry does to the planet. Here are some to keep an eye out for.

  • Phosphates: Most laundry detergents contain phosphates, which help to soften water and remove dirt, oil and grease. Laundry detergents with phosphates are more polluting for our waterways, so if you’re also shopping with the planet in mind, try looking for laundry detergents which have a ‘P’ on their packaging, meaning low phosphorus (<7.8g/wash) or ‘NP’, meaning that there’s no or less than 0.5% phosphorus content.
  • Sodium: Washing powders often also contain sodium, which can damage the quality of soil that comes into contact with liquid waste. Because it’s used as a bulking agent and to help detergent bubble up rather than for cleaning purposes, looking for a detergent with a lower sodium content can help save the environment with little difference made to the freshness of your laundry.

Price

Per wash, laundry powder is the cheapest detergent type available. You can expect to pay anywhere from $7 to $22 for 2kg of powder, which can last you up to 40 washes depending on the amount used per wash. Liquid detergent will set you back between $6 to upwards of $20 for a 2L bottle, and will usually last you up to 25 washes.

There are almost always deals on different detergents at major supermarkets, so doing your research pays off - literally.

Wrapping up

There’s no laundry detergent that suits everyone. Between different smells, price points, stain removal abilities and varying degrees of eco-friendliness, the right detergent looks different for everyone.

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