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Amway SA8+Bioquest Laundry Detergent - About.com Laundry Product Review

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As we all know, sometimes the most powerful things come in small packages. Amway's Legacy of Clean SA8+Bioquest laundry detergent powder offers 33 loads of cleaning a little tub.

Amway SA8+Bioquest Laundry Detergent

Amway laundry products have been on the market since 1959 and can be bought from a local distributor or from the Amway website. Their Legacy of Clean SA8+Bioquest Concentrated Laundry Detergent Powder uses mineral and plant-based ingredients.

The detergent is safe to use in both regular and high-efficiency washers and is safe for septic systems. It can be used in hot or cold water. It is not tested on animals and is certified Kosher.

The tub label has directions and safety information printed in three languages - English, French and Spanish. While the package does not include a list of ingredients, you can find them online. They are:

  • Sodium Carbonate (washing soda)
  • Pareth-25-7 (nonionic surfactant)
  • Citric Acid (organic water softener)
  • Fumaric Acid (dispersant)
  • Hydrated Silica (absorbent mineral)
  • Cellulose Gum (anti-redeposition agent)
  • Water
  • Amylase (starch stain remover)
  • Distryryl Biphenyl Derivative (fluorescent brightener)
  • Fragrance

    The product is available in two sizes: A 9.9 pound box - 150 loads and 2.2 pound tub - 33 loads. The box is recyclable and the tub can be reused for storing small items. The tub is #5 plastic and cannot be recycled in some areas.

  • LOC and The Amway Story

    In 1959, Amway introduced their first cleaning product, L.O.C. (Liquid Organic Cleaner). It was promoted as a multi-purpose cleaner that could be used to mop floors, clean windows and remove laundry stains. Many of the cleaning products are still based on that original formula. SA8 laundry detergent was the second product offered by Amway. Since that time, the line of household and laundry cleaners has grown and is now known as Legacy of Clean.

    The Amway company is the world's largest direct selling company. Founded by Jay Van Andel and Rich DeVos, Amway now operates in more than eighty countries with more than 14,000 employees and three million distributors. The company is still controlled by the Van Andel and DeVos families and is based in Ada, Michigan.

    SA8 laundry detergent was the second product offered by Amway. The S stands for "Surface", the A for "Active" and the 8 represents the eight ingredients in the original formula. By the 1970s, Amway had removed environmentally dangerous phosphates from its laundry detergents and in the 1980s the company began to concentrate their laundry formulas to reduce on packaging and the impact of transporting heavy materials. The 1990s brought the formulation of BIOQUEST, a crystals technology offers instant dissolvability so detergents can begin cleaning immediately. By 2002, the entire line of SA8 products had been reformulated for optimal cleaning results.

    Amway's Legacy of Clean Laundry Products have been recognized by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as Design for the Environment products.

    Legacy of Clean Laundry Products Include:

  • SA8+Bioquest Concentrated Detergent
  • SA8 3X Liquid Detergent
  • SA8 Baby
  • Delicate Fine Fabric Detergent
  • All Fabric Bleach
  • Tri-Zyme Concentrated Detergent Booster
  • PreWash Spray Spot Treatment
  • Legacy of Clean Prewash Treatment
  • Fabric Softener Liquid
  • Fabric Softener Dryer Sheets
  • Wrinkle Remover Spray
  • Home Dry Cleaning Kit
  • Lavender Fabric Starch
  • Laundry Guide Recommendations

    I gave SA8+Bioquest a try on our regular family laundry and on test squares of muslin stained with mud, grass, oil and ketchup. I tested the product with in both cold water and hot water on white cottons. The clothes came out with plenty of scent and feeling soft and well-rinsed. However some stains remained.

    For a load with normal soil and fresh stains, the detergent worked well. But on the the stained test squares, traces of the stains remained - especially the oily stain. I feel certain that this is because the product only contains the amylase enzyme and not lipases which breakdown fat-based stains. With a name like "bioquest", I expected a formula that contained more enzymes that break down different types of stains.

    For lightly soiled clothes, this product did a nice job. For heavier stains, I would recommend a more heavy-duty detergent.

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