Mainstream Detergents

Use the amount of detergent advised on the package for a heavily soiled load (sometimes described as large load/hard water) in main wash, and around half of that in prewash. Most mainstream detergents can be used with any temperature water, but warm-hot water will outperform cold see Hot vs Cold Water for more information on water temp.

For detergent quantities and recommended wash temperatures refer to the Detergent Index.

For more information on what is in detergents and the function of the raw materials see Fragrance in Detergent, Enzymes, Optical Brighteners, Plant based, Sensitive & ‘Eco’ Detergents pages and The Wash Wise Detergent Ingredients Info Sheet.