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Sunlight Deep Clean Liquid Laundry Detergent - About.com Laundry Product Review

The Soil That Lurks in Laundry

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Sunlight Deep Clean Liquid Laundry Detergent - About.com Laundry Product Review

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It is easy to see most stains on laundry - the tomato sauce, the oily drip or chocolate pudding. What is much tougher to see is the body soil and odor that is often invisible. Did you know that the average washload contains 20 times more body oils and sweat than visible stains? Sunlight Deep Clean promises to tackle those hidden odors and soils.

Sunlight Deep Clean Laundry Detergent

Sunlight Deep Clean is formulated to penetrate the fibers of your clothing and lift away embedded body soil and allergens like pet dander and dust mites. As one of the newest products in the Sunlight laundry family, Deep Clean was voted by Canadian Living as the one of the 2011 Best New Products.

Deep Clean is available in both liquid and powdered formulas. Liquid offerings include Sunlight Deep Clean Cold Water and Deep Clean Fresh Rain. All formulas are suitable to use in high-efficiency and regular washers. Cold Water liquid is available in 26, 52 and 78 wash loads sizes and Fresh Rain is available in 26 and 52 wash loads sizes. The liquid detergents are 100 percent phosphate free and safe for septic tanks. The plastic containers are recyclable and contain 25 percent or more post consumer recycled plastic.

The listed ingredients for Deep Clean Cold Water which is formulated to clean clothes using a cold water wash are:

  • Ethoxylated Lauryl Alcohol
  • Sodium Laureth Sulfate
  • Methyl Ester Sulfonate
  • Palm Kernelamide DEA
  • Sodium Citrate
  • Sodium Cocoate
  • Sodium Alkylbenzene Sulfonate
  • Protease
  • Triethanolamine

    The listed ingredients for Deep Clean Fresh Rain are:

  • Ethoxylated Lauryl Alcohol
  • Sodium Laureth Sulfate
  • Sodium Citrate
  • Methyl Ester Sulfonate
  • Sodium Alkylbenzene Sulfonate
  • Sodium Cocoate
  • Triethanolamine
  • Enzymes

    Full ingredient listings can be found on the Sun Products website and both products contain dye and fragrance.

  • The Sunlight and Sun Products Story

    Sun Products Corporation is a North American manufacturer and marketer of fabric care and household products with annual sales of more than $2 billion. It holds the second largest market share in North America. Sun employs 3,500 people and maintains offices and Research & Development facilities in Fairfield County, Connecticut; Salt Lake City, Utah and Toronto, Canada. Manufacturing facilities are under operation in Salt Lake City, Utah; Bowling Green, Kentucky; Dyersburg, Tennessee; Baltimore, Maryland and Houston, Texas.

    Sun Products was formed in September 2008 from the combination of Unilever’s North American fabric care business and Huish Detergents, Inc, a leading manufacturer of private label laundry and dish products. It is headquartered in Wilton, Connecticut.

    Sun Products brands include all®, Wisk®, Surf®, Sun® and Sunlight® laundry detergents and Snuggle® fabric softener. Sun Products is also the manufacturer for many retailer branded fabric care products.

    Sunlight laundry detergent is available in several formulas and scents including Sunlight liquid detergents in regular and HE formulas, Sunlight Green Clean liquid, Sunlight Pacs, Sunlight powders, Sunlight Deep Clean liquid and Sunlight Cold Water formulas.

    To save money, coupons for the product are available on their website.

    Laundry Guide Recommendations

    I gave both formulas a test on our family laundry as well as a test cloth that was stained with ketchup, oil and red mud from the backyard. I tested Deep Clean Cold Water in a cold water wash and Fresh Rain in a warm water wash. Both performed exceptionally well. The clothes came out smelling fresh and the test cloths were stain-free. I did use a bit of the liquid to pretreat the stains by dabbing it on and working it into the fabric. I let the solution work for about fifteen minutes before I tossed it into the wash.

    Canada's Sunlight Deep Clean is very similar to America's Wisk Deep Clean. It is rated as a heavy-duty detergent that contains more enzymes to battle tough stains.

    The one flaw that I found is that the measuring cap lines are impossible to read. The caps are silver and the lines are as well. When I encounter this problem, I hold the cap under a bright light and use a permanent marker to mark the lines for easier reading.

    Overall, I recommend that Sunlight Deep Clean find a spot on your laundry shelf. Your best choice is Deep Clean Cold Water if you are working to save energy costs in the laundry.

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    Disclosure: Review samples were provided by the manufacturer. For more information, please see our Ethics Policy.
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