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Surf Liquid Laundry Detergent - About.com Laundry Product Review

Surf's Up and Now It's Wet

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Surf Liquid Laundry Detergent - About.com Laundry Product Review

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Surf laundry detergent began as a powder but now for those who love to Surf wet (and who doesn't) it's available in a liquid form with the same great fragrances.

Surf Liquid

Surf Laundry Detergent has been around since 1959 when it was introduced by Lever Brothers. After several owners and reformulations, it is now produced for the United States and Canada markets by Sun Products Corporation. However, the Surf brandname is still used by Unilever for laundry detergents in Australia, India, Ireland, South Africa and many other countries.

Surf powder has been available for many years, but new for the North American markets is Surf liquid in three great scents:

  • Sparking Ocean in 32 and 64 load sizes
  • Aloha Splash in 32 and 64 load sizes
  • Spring Burst in 40 and 120 and 180 load sizes

    Listed product ingredients are:

  • Cleaning agents (anionic and noniconic surfactants)
  • Buffering Agent
  • Stabilizer
  • Perfume
  • Brightening Agent

    A complete list of product ingredients can be found on the Sun Products website:

  • Water - Solvent
  • Alcohol Ether Sulfate - Surfactant
  • Ethoxylated Lauryl Alcohol - Surfactant
  • Sodium Dodecylbenzenesulfonate - Surfactant
  • Sodium Carbonate - Builder
  • Sodium Hydroxide - ph Adjuster
  • Perfume
  • Coconut fatty acid salt - Defoamer
  • Stilbene disulfonic acid triazine derivative - Brightening Agent
  • Sodium Bicarbonate - Buffering Agent
  • Liquitint Blue HP - Dye

    Surf liquid is designed for use in all high efficiency washer (top load and front load) as well as standard washers. It is safe for septic systems. Use instructions are available on the label in English and Spanish. The bottle is 100 percent recyclable.

    Surf liquid formula was selected as one of the best new products of 2013.

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

    Laundry Guide Recommendations

    I gave Surf Sparkling Ocean a test with a cold water wash on my regular lightly soil laundry and a test square of muslin stained with mud, grass, ketchup and cooking oil. The clothes came out looking clean but the test square still showed remains of the stains. During the next test with a new stained square, I used warm water and pretreated the stains with a bit of the detergent. I let the detergent stay on the stains for about ten minutes before washing. The results were much better. Only a trace of the mud stains remained.

    The bottle promises a fresh, clean scent. The scent of Sparkling Ocean is pleasant but a little too much for my tastes. But if you love scent, it does smell nice and it lasts for several weeks.

    For a medium priced detergent, it works well on lightly soiled clothes and will bring a long-lasting scent to your 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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