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Powder v. liquid detergent

jyang949 | Posted in General Discussion on

The washing instructions for some jackets say to use powder detergent. Any idea why powder is better than liquid?



  1. mygaley | | #1

    My helpful Hancock's friend, Diane, told me that liquid detergents would ruin the texture of some fabrics, and she especially warned me against using it on fleece.  Galey

    1. jyang949 | | #2

      And the jackets were lined with synthetic fleece. Thanks!Janet

  2. offerocker | | #3

    I disagree with that information; maybe the salesperson could provide you a reason. for her statement.  I switched to liquid years ago, as the powder didn't always dissolve completely.  Before I had a front-load washer, I always added the liquid detergent as the water came in, let it aggitate a minute, then added the clothes.

    Do you think she may have meant liquid fabric softener vs dryer sheets?  I could understand that being a problem.  I'm curious to know her reply!  All seems equal, as long as the detergents are completely dissolved - in my opinion.

    1. jyang949 | | #4

      I accept that powder is better for fleece but it's not as convenient (had to predissolve it). The "why" is still a mystery to me.Janet

      1. jyang949 | | #5

        What happens when liquid detergent is used on fleece, anyway? I can't imagine any effect that would outlast the washing.Janet

        1. woodruff | | #6

          I make a lot of stuff with Malden fleece, and for years, I ignored the powdered detergent recommendation, thinking it was a lot of hooey. But, after reading the same advice at the Malden site itself, I gave it a try on fleece things I had formerly washed in liquid deterg--and, by gosh, it did make a difference! The fleece was definitely much softer to the touch with the powder. Who knew?

        2. Teaf5 | | #8

          A fascinating discussion from which I am learning a lot; I already knew that powdered and liquid forms of the same detergent brand are not at all the same: my hypo-allergenic type in the liquid form gave me hives, even when I double rinsed it. Perhaps this difference in rinsability is what causes problems on the fleece as well?

  3. joy | | #7

    Powdered detergent and double-rinsing are suggested for waterproof, coated fabrics (GoreTex, Ultrex, etc.)to prevent soap from clogging the pores - which makes these outerwear fabrics breathable.

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