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How to choose the right laundry detergent

Different kinds of garments require different kinds of laundry detergents. We have developed six specialized detergents to cover all your needs. In this article, we will try to explain which bottle goes with which garment.

The short version

There is no laundry detergent that goes with everything since all fabrics are made of different textile fibers. As an absolute minimum, you should always have three kinds of laundry detergent at hand: one for colored garments, one for your whites, and one for wool and silk. Regular laundry detergents with harsh enzymes will destroy delicate fabrics. White clothes must be washed with a detergent specially made for white fabrics, otherwise they will turn grey. And colored garments will lose color if they are washed with a detergent for white clothes. Our laundry detergents are free from colorants, zeolites, phosphates, and preservatives.

Why you need different laundry detergents

There is no such thing as a universal laundry detergent. Fabrics are manufactured with different textile fibers and have been prepared differently in the manufacturing process.

Fabrics made of animal protein, like wool and silk, will degrade quickly by a regular, enzyme-based detergent. Colored clothes should never be washed with a detergent for white since it will make them lose their colors. Functional wear and workout clothes will last longer if you wash them with a detergent that targets bad smells. Sound tricky? It doesn’t have to be. You will get far with three laundry piles:

  • One for white clothes and sheets
  • One for colored textiles
  • One for garments made of wool and silk

Are all our laundry detergents environmentally friendly?

We work hard to make sure that our laundry detergent has a low environmental impact. Here are some factors that make them an eco-friendly choice:

  • They are free of bleach, zeolites, phosphates, and preservatives
  • All detergents are produced in a factory in Denmark
  • The plastic bottles are made from 100% recycled PET
  • They are all effective from 20–30ºC, allowing you to wash at lower temperatures

Dark & Denim Laundry Detergent

A regular detergent will, over time, make your black and navy blue clothes look dull. Many detergents contain a rather aggressive combination of enzymes that can and will dissolve the color pigments. Our Dark & Denim Laundry Detergent is an “anti-washed-out treatment” for dark-colored clothes. The mix of enzymes separates dirt and soil from color pigments and removes the dirt, but not the color. It is highly concentrated with a sophisticated scent of oud wood. Clean and fresh garments already at 20ºC.

Use Dark & Denim Laundry Detergent for:
  • Black and dark blue denim
  • Black, navy blue or dark brown garments
  • Not to be used on wool and silk

Steamery's Dark & Denim Laundry Detergent

White Laundry Detergent

White clothes frequently washed with a detergent made for colored clothes will eventually turn grey. Sometimes you might be advised to wash your whites using a detergent for colored textiles because they are dyed white, but that’s a myth. The only way of making white clothes is to bleach the fabric in the manufacturing process. Our White Laundry Detergent is bleach free. Instead, it contains a combination of enzymes that prohibit white fabrics from turning grey. The detergent also creates a protective coating around the fibers, making it harder for dirt to stick. Clean and fresh garments already at 20ºC, with a pleasant scent of vanilla and jasmine.

Use White Laundry Detergent for:
  • White sheets, bed linen, towels and tablecloths
  • White jeans, blouses and t-shirts
  • Not meant for dark fabrics, wool or silk

Steamery's White Laundry Detergent

Active Laundry Detergent

Gym clothes and functional wear are most often made of synthetic fabrics that don't breathe. Over time they will start to smell sweaty, even if you wash them frequently. Our Active Laundry Detergent removes sweaty smells, even the most deeply rooted smells. It’s efficient for cleaning all kinds of synthetic garments, like polyester or acrylic, who easily attract funky smells. If you can use it on cotton? Definitely. Quite the remedy for sour-smelling gym towels or sheets. Clean and fresh garments already at 30ºC, with a fresh scent of citrus and cedar.

Use Active Laundry Detergent for:
  • Workout clothes and functional wear
  • Synthetics (that easily attract bad smells)
  • Sheets, towels or sour smelling bed linen

Steamery's Odor Control Laundry Detergent

All Colors Laundry Detergent

All Colors contain a combination of enzymes that are tough on stains but gentle on color pigments. It preserves a full range of colors, from light to dark colored clothes. Effective at 20ºC. All Colors Laundry Detergent is delightfully scented with myrrh and ylang-ylang and will transform your boring laundry routine to a luxurious every day ritual.

Use All Colors Laundry Detergent for:
  • All colored items; from light to dark
  • All kinds of fabrics except wool and silk
  • Not meant for white fabrics

Steamery's All Colors Laundry Detergent

Delicate Laundry Detergent

Your everyday laundry detergent contains harsh enzymes that will dissolve and remove protein-based stains, like food spills, sweat, and makeup residue. Wool and silk fabrics are made of animal protein; hence a regular detergent will degrade those fabrics quickly. Wool that has been mistreated will be full of small holes and silk items become brittle.

Our Delicate Laundry Detergent contains a mix of surfactants who gently clean and care for your garments made of wool and silk. Added lanolin moisturizes the fibers, like a conditioner. The detergent is effective at 20ºC and is scented with rose and musk and offers a delightful treatment for your most delicate garments. Ideal for both machine washing and hand washing.

Use Delicate Laundry Detergent for:
  • All clothes made of wool or wool blends (cashmere, alpaca, merino and lambswool)
  • Garments made of silk or silk mixes
  • Other delicate clothes that deserve some extra love

Steamery's Delicate Laundry Detergent

Hypoallergenic Laundry Detergent

Our Hypoallergenic Laundry Detergent contains no colorants, zeolites, phosphates or preservatives and is perfume free. This is a perfect all-around laundry detergent adapted for babies and children, but equally suitable for adults with sensitive skin or those who prefer an unscented detergent. The combination of enzymes is tough on stains and dirt makes it the go-to laundry detergent for families with toddlers. Clean and fresh garments already at 20ºC.

Use Hypoallergenic Laundry Detergent for:
  • Baby clothes and dirty kids’ wear
  • People sensitive to fragrances or scented products
  • Not meant for wool and silk

Steamery's Hypoallergenic Laundry Detergent

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