General purpose detergents are available in liquid or powdered form. Both clean clothes well. However, liquid detergents are very effecting on greasy, oily stains and can be easily used as a pretreater. Powdered detergents are usually less expensive to use per load. They are effective on clay and ground-in dirt. Take a look at your family’s needs and that will help you make a decision.
Liquids and powders can both be used in cold water; however, some powdered detergents do not dissolve well in lower temperatures. If this is a problem, use a higher wash temperature or dissolve the powder in a cup of hot water before adding it to the wash. Both types are available in concentrated or ultra forms. Be sure to read the labels to ensure that you are using the correct amount.
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