Best Washing Powder in the UK (2017/2018)

When it comes to everyday life, especially everyday family life, hygiene is vital. Cleanliness is next to godliness after all!

You can purchase the most all-singing, all-dancing washing machine in the world, but if you don’t choose the right washing powder to go in it, you’re wasting your cash. For that reason, you need to know which the best washing powders on the market are, and which suit your budget.

Luckily for you, we are going to review a few of the best and most popular washing powders on the market in the UK in 2017 and 2018. Read on to find out which one is best for you and your needs.

1. Daz P&G Professional Washing Powder

Washing powder type: Biological
Fragrance included? No

Who hasn’t heard of Daz? Daz has been around since 1953, making it one of the oldest washing powder brands on the market today. Their washing powder is still extremely popular due to its effectiveness and value for money (especially if you buy in bulk).

This particular wash powder is ideal for removing tough stains, and that makes it a good choice for families. If you purchase the XXL pack then you are getting great value for money, with around 130 washes in a 7 kg pack.

This is a bio washing powder, so it’s not a good choice if you have sensitive skin. It’s also worth noting that the XXL pack doesn’t come with a measuring scoop.


2. Bold 2-in-1 Washing Powder with Fabric Softener

Washing powder type: Biological
Fragrance included? Yes

If you want something more than just a basic washing powder, Bold 2-in-1 is a good choice. It combines washing powder with fabric softener and has a lavender and camomile scent, so you’ll get clean, soft and nice-smelling clothes. This washing powder is very effective and leaves clothes feeling soft, with a pleasant lavender scent.

Like the Daz washing powder reviewed above, this washing powder can be bought in an XXL pack, offering great value for money. The XXL pack weighs 8.45 kg and offers 130 washes. No measuring scoop is included.

This is a bio washing powder, so it should be avoided if you or someone in your family has sensitive skin. Some people can also have a reaction to the fragrance used.


3. Persil Non Bio Washing Powder

Washing powder type: Non-biological
Fragrance included? No

Persil is probably the best-known brand of non-bio washing powder in the UK. This washing powder offers great value for money and is a reliable choice if you or your family have sensitive skin. It’s dermatologically tested, so you can rely on it to be kind to your skin. It’s also scent free, so it’s a good choice if you react badly to washing powders with fragrance.

You can buy this washing powder in a “Family Pack”, which weighs 8.4 kg and offers 120 washes. Persil Non Bio is designed to remove all kinds of stains, making it a great choice for families with young kids! It also works well on quick wash cycles, so it’s great for freshening up clothes quickly.

Like most large packs of washing powder, this product doesn’t come with a measuring scoop.


4. Ariel Washing Powder Original

Washing powder type: Biological
Fragrance included? No

Ariel is another of the biggest brands on the market, and one which is perfect for removing stains. This washing powder is available in several different sized packs, including a 4.225 kg pack which offers 65 washes.

Ariel is developed to make it harder for stains to set in by removing the grip they would otherwise find on the fabric.  You also don’t need to wash at a high temperature to get rid of any potential stains, as it is effective at just 30 degrees.

This washing powder is great for keeping your whites white as it contains bleach. Overall, peace of mind and performance is high with this choice.


5. Surf Washing Powder Tropical Lily & Ylang Ylang

Washing powder type: Biological
Fragrance included? Yes

This option from Surf has a delicious scent of lily and ylang ylang (an essential oil that comes from the flowers of the ylang ylang tree). This is one of the best-smelling washing powders on this list, though since it’s biological and scented it’s not a good choice for those with sensitive skin. Also, some people find the smell to be a bit too strong and chemical-like.

This powder is ideal for all fabrics, except wool and silk. It’s designed to work well even at temperatures as low as 15 degrees. Surf Washing Powder Tropical Lily & Ylang Ylang can be bought in a large 120-wash box, which offers great value for money.


Best Own-Brand Washing Powders

Sometimes supermarket brand washing powders can be just as good quality, and sometimes even better, than huge brand names. Not everything is about reputation, and it is a good idea to try a few of the leading supermarket brands, to see if you can lower your monthly grocery shopping costs, without lowering washing quality. You might be nervous to try something unknown and cheaper, but it is certainly worth trying.

Let’s check out two of the most popular supermarket brands around.

Aldi Almat

This Aldi supermarket brand has been shown to be very popular, and it is dermatologically tested, to alleviate any sensitive skin worries. Aldi Almat has a fresh scent, without being false, and ‘suds’ up to a good froth with just a small amount in your machine. A regular box (2.6kg) will last for 40 washes and costs a fraction of the price of the bigger named brands on the market.

Lidl Formil

Lidl is also a great value supermarket for those on a budget and this super-low priced washing powder will last for around 25 washes. This is less than other boxes, but the price makes up for it overall. Lidl Formil is dermatologically tested and is particularly fantastic for whitening up any clothes which have become dull with over-washing or staining. Again, the smell is clean and fresh, without being too over the top, or flowery.


How to Choose Washing Powder

Now you know all about the major brand and supermarket brand washing powders on the market, you might have a few questions which have been thrown up by some of the word we have used. For instance, what is the difference between biological and non-biological?

Bio vs. non-bio washing powder

Basically, biological (bio) washing powders contain enzymes which are great for stain removal. Non-biological (non bio) do not contain these enzymes, so whilst they are better for the skin, e.g. sensitivities, they aren’t as effective at removing stains.

This is something you need to weigh up and consider. It depends on your family and yourself, and whether you have any severe skin sensitivities, or if you are particularly prone to irritation. If you are, it’s best to go with a non bio option. See the best washing powders for sensitive skin here.

If however you don’t have any such issues, then a biological wash powder is always going to be a higher performance beast for you, and one which you can use on lower temperatures, which cuts down on the chances of shrinkage or damage.

Specialist washing powders

In addition to the basic bio and non-bio options, there are also specific washing powders for coloured items, e.g. to protect the shade, and specific powders for sensitive fabrics such as wool or silk.

Pack size

A regular washing powder pack is around the 2.4 kg size, which should last for anything from 22 to 40 washes maximum. You can purchase economy packs, which are larger and cost a little more, but if you have a large family, this could save you money in the long-run.

Washing powder vs. liquids and gels

Aside from washing powders, there are liquids and gels, as well as capsules to choose from, but this totally depends on your washing machine, and your personal preference, as to whether you use them.


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