House­hold De­ter­gent Pow­ders How many make the grade and how much is too much?

Consumer Voice - - Comparative Test -

Does buy­ing a high-priced de­ter­gent guar­an­tee cleaner clothes or Grade 1 qual­ity? What re­ally is Grade 1? The de­ter­gent mar­ket is a highly com­pet­i­tive one where sev­eral brands vie with each other to get the cus­tomers’ at­ten­tion. Each brand claims to clean whiter and bet­ter, boast­ing of power pearls and of abil­ity to fight gran­ules, and so on. In all this, what con­sumers may end up over­look­ing are the chem­i­cal com­po­si­tion and qual­ity of the de­ter­gent pow­der they use, though their im­pli­ca­tions for per­sonal health and the en­vi­ron­ment are crit­i­cal enough to merit closer at­ten­tion and ac­tion. Does any­one also boast about be­ing eco-friendly? And if they are not do­ing that and are all syn­thetic, do they ex­tend you the cour­tesy of at least warn­ing that some pre­cau­tions are in or­der? Here, the team checks out var­i­ous brands of de­ter­gent pow­ders to as­sess which fea­tures are most im­por­tant to con­sider.


To be­gin with, let us register the fact that nei­ther did any of the tested brands of house­hold laun­dry de­ter­gent pow­ders qual­ify to be Grade 1 if seen against the yard­stick laid out by the Bureau of In­dian Stan­dards (BIS), nor did any of the brands de­clare their grade as spec­i­fied by the stan­dard, it be­ing a vol­un­tary pro­vi­sion. There are three grades – 1, 2 and 3 – pre­scribed in this stan­dard.

In fact, if we con­sider the very im­por­tant pa­ram­e­ter of how well de­ter­gents wash dirt or clean stains, then the test find­ings re­veal that the

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