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