something of a novelty:
recent study of laundry detergents by Consumer Reports
found that some of the best stain fighters were also
among the least expensive, including wallet-friendly
warehouse-store brands Memberís Mark and Kirkland.
an article in its August issue, Consumer Reports said
that while Tide Ultra Stain Release earned the highest
score, Memberís Mark Ultimate Clean, a Samís Club
exclusive, and Costcoís Kirkland Signature Ultra Clean
performed very well overall.
costs about half the price of the top-rated Tide per
some cheaper detergents performed better overall,
"we found duds in every price category," said
Dan DiClerico, senior editor at Consumer Reports.
"Even top-performing brand Tide missed the mark
with its budget detergent failing to remove blood, grass
and ring around the collar in our tough tests."
Reports also tested pods and packs, single-load
detergents that eliminate the need for measuring.
made the recommended list, but All Mighty Pacs Oxi, 17
cents per load, handled most stains, while Tide Pods, 22
cents per load, also performed very well overall.
magazine reports that since pods went mainstream in
2012, poison-control centers have received more than
20,000 calls about incidents involving children age 5 or
younger, so you need to keep them out of little onesí
you can choose the right detergent:
the detergent to the washer. Dual-use-detergents tend to
perform better in high-efficiency (HE) washing machines,
which donít use as much water to dilute the detergent.
Never use standard detergent in a HE machine, as it will
cause excessive suds.
powder, or packet. Liquids dissolve easily, so they
leave no residue. Powders are more compatible with
bleaching agents, which can improve cleaning power.
Single-load packets are convenient and prevent
the cap: Look at the measuring marks, especially with