The Differences Between Detergent and Laundry Additives

by Patti Suchko

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Do all the options of laundry detergent and additives have you a bit confused? Most washers that are sold today are HE (abbreviation for High Efficiency).These washers use much less water than older models. HE detergents were made to work with the HE washer. HE detergents are formulated to produce the right amount of suds for the best performance and are also formulated to hold soils in suspension in the wash water- this keeps the soil from being re-deposited into the clothes. Too much detergent is not good for your laundry or for your new washer. A build up of detergent can leave your newly washed and dried clothes looking as though there is lint build up all over them. Also too much detergent can cause a build up in your washer causing mold to grow and give off a bad odor. So using HE detergent with an HE washer is a must!

In addition to the detergent there are several products that can be used as additives to enhance your laundry. Liquid bleach is a strong disinfectant and can be used to whiten your whites. However, it can be harmful to delicate fabrics. Borax softens water which helps the detergent to work better. It also is a disinfectant. OxiClean is another disinfectant but it is safe to use on whites and colors to help brighten them. Fabric softener is formulated to soften and freshen fabrics. If it is scented- it will leave your clothes smelling fresh and clean. Vinegar can be used as a fabric softener also. It will soften clothes, and help to reduce lint build. It will not leave any odors for those who do not like that freshly laundered smell!

If you are searching for a detergent that cleans well and does not need additives- look no further! At Don's Appliances, we sell Excelsior HE laundry detergent. It has the cleaning power of whiteners, brighteners and softeners all in one. It is also environmentally friendly and phosphate free. You can purchase it with a fresh scent or fragrance free. There are a few other benefits that no one else offers. If you purchase it with your new washer- it will come with a "No Stinky Washer" warranty. That basically guarantees you will not get the stinky smell from mold build up in your new washer. It also comes with a Love It/Adore It guarantee. This is a 30 day guarantee that states if you are not 100% satisfied with the performance of the detergent you will get a full refund. Both the "No Stinky Washer" and "Love It/Adore It" guarantees require you to register with Excelsior. There is a mobile app or you can call an 800 number. The mobile app comes with the "Stain Guru". He will advise you on how to get out stubborn stains. You can purchase a 5-liter box at Don's Appliances for $83.00. This my sound expensive but it will last for 333 loads. Also, it comes with a bottle of stain remover for those stubborn stains. Or you could purchase a 3-liter jug for $49.00, this will last for 196 loads. With either of these you will not have to purchase any other products to help clean your laundry. One box or jug of Excelsior goes a long way!