What Are Laundry Detergents Made Out Of?


Laundry detergent is what keeps our clothes and linens looking their best. Detergent comes in various formulas to whiten whites, brighten brights, smell fresh or have no smell at all, even be completely hypoallergenic. Do you know what the basic ingredients are in your detergent?


  • Possibly the most important ingredient in your laundry detergent, surfectants improve water absorbtion, break down dirt particles and suspend particles to be washed away in the rinse.


  • A builder softens water, helps surfectants work better and prevents dirt from redepositing on fabrics in the wash.


  • Enzymes break up tougher stains (blood, grass, mud) so that the other ingredients in the detergent can wash them away.


  • Bleach or bleach alternative is often added to detergent to help improve the looks of whites and/or colors in the wash.

Fragrance and Dyes

  • Chemical fragrance and dyes lend individual properties to detergents, making them different from other detergents on the market or even in the same line.

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