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Wisk Deep Clean - About.com Laundry Product Review

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Wisk Deep Clean - About.com Laundry Product Review

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In early 2012 Sun Products reformulated Wisk to create Wisk Deep Clean. There are now five Wisk Deep Clean options - Original, High Efficiency (he), Oxi Complete he, Fresh Breeze he and Free & Pure (he). Wisk Free & Pure is free of fragrances and dyes and you can learn more about it here. Let's take a look at all of the scented varieties.

About Wisk Deep Clean

In September 2011, Consumer Reports Magazine reported that the Wisk formula is one of the top performing detergents on the United States market. The new formula works even better to remove the body oil and sweat that is embedded in clothes. Did you know that the average washload contains 20 times more body oils and sweat than visible stains? Wisk Deep Clean was also awarded #1 product of the year in the laundry category in a TNS (TNS is the world's largest custom research agency) consumer survey of product innovation by over 50,000 consumers. The brand accepted the award February 29 during a special ceremony in New York City.

Wisk Laundry Detergent has a rich history that began in the 1950s and has long been promoted as a heavy-duty detergent that works well on stains. The new he formulas can also be used in regular washers but their low-sudings formulas can be used safely in any high-efficiency washers.

Each Wisk Deep Clean formula includes a general listing of ingredients on the label in both English and Spanish:

  • Cleaning agents (anionic and nonionic surfactants, enzymes)
  • Water softener (sodium citrate)
  • Stabilizer
  • Buffering agent
  • Perfume
  • Polymer
  • Brightening agent
  • Colorant

    For a full listing of product ingredients, you must visit Sun Products corporate website. The full ingredient lists:

    Wisk Original - Red Cap

  • Water
  • Ethoxylated Lauryl Alcohol
  • C12-15 PARETH-7
  • Sodium Dodecylbenzenesulfonate
  • Palm Kernelamide DEA
  • Sodium Dodecylbenzenesulfonate
  • Sodium Citrate
  • Protease
  • Triethanolamine
  • Sodium Cocoate
  • Fragrance
  • Sodium Methacrylate/Styrene Copolymer
  • Tetrasodium Iminodisuccinate
  • Amylase
  • Disodium Distrylbiphenyl Disulfonate
  • Sodium Chloride
  • CI 61585
  • Methylisothiazolinone

    Wisk HE - Silver Cap and Wisk HE Fresh Breeze - Orange Cap

  • Water
  • C12-15 PARETH-7
  • Ethoxylated Lauryl Alcohol
  • Sodium Cocoate
  • Sodium Dodecylbenzenesulfonate
  • Sodium Citrate
  • Protease
  • Triethanolamine
  • Ethanolamine
  • Fragrance
  • Tetrasodium Iminodisuccinate
  • Amylase
  • Sodium Methacrylate/Styrene Copolymer
  • Disodium Distrylbiphenyl Disulfonate
  • Sodium Chloride
  • CI 61585
  • Methylisothiazolinone

    Wisk HE Deep Clean Oxi Complete - White Cap

  • Water
  • Alcohols, C12-15, Ethoxylated
  • Alcohols, C10-16, Ethoxylated
  • Methyl Ester Sulfonate
  • Palm Kernelamide DEA
  • Sodium Dodecylbenzenesulfonate
  • Sodium Citrate
  • Triethanolamine
  • Protease
  • Sodium Cocoate
  • Tetrasodium Iminodisuccinate
  • Fragrance
  • Sodium Methylacrylate/Styrene Copolymer
  • Disodium Distyrylbiphenyl Disulfonate
  • Mannanase
  • Cellulase
  • Amylase
  • CI 61585
  • Methylchloroisothiazolinone
  • Methylisothiazolinone

    Each formula can be used as a pretreater for stains and the product is safe to use with septic tanks. The bottles contain 25 percent post-consumer recycled plastic and can by recycled in most areas.

    Wisk Deep Clean Original, HE and Fresh Breeze will handle 32 loads from a 50 oz. bottle. Wisk Oxi Complete will wash 26 loads from a 50 oz. bottle.

  • Wisk Original is available in 45, 50, 75, 100 and 150 oz. bottles
  • Wisk HE is available in 45, 50, 75, 150 and 172 oz. bottles
  • Wisk with Oxi Clean is available in 50, 75 and 100 oz. bottles.
  • Wisk Fresh Breeze is available in 50 and 100 oz. bottles.
  • Wisk and Sun Products

    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® products (all small & mighty, all with stainlifters, all Oxi-Active, all Free & Clear, all Baby. all Mighty Pacs are available in regular scent and free & clear), Surf®, Sun® and Sunlight® laundry detergents and Snuggle® fabric softener. Sun Products is also the manufacturer for many retailer branded fabric care products.

    Wisk Deep Clean is also available in single dose formula as Wisk Power Blasts.

    Laundry Guide Recommendation

    I remember Wisk from my childhood. It was my mother's go-to detergent for my father's heavily-soiled work clothes. As I tried each of the "relaunched" Wisk Deep Clean formulas, I found them to perform just as well as I remembered.

    I tested each of the formulas on our regular laundry as well as on stains of grass, ground in dirt and oil. Everything came out stain free and smelling fresh without a heavy perfume. The Wisk Oxi Complete offers the extra boost of brightening colors and whitening whites.

    My biggest disappointment was that I could not easily read the measurement lines in the caps. Each variety uses a series of vertical lines to mark large and medium load levels of detergent that are impossible to see. I would suggest giving the product a try first by using less than the recommended amount and see if you are pleased with the results. Wisk is effective enough that you may not need a full "dose".

    Specific questions? Just ask here.

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