COM­PAR­A­TIVE TEST

De­ter­gent Bars

Consumer Voice - - Contents -

Are they one and the same thing?

Ear­lier, de­ter­gent bars used to be made from nat­u­ral ma­te­ri­als, they looked al­most the same—a brown­ish cube, and did the same job. To­day, de­ter­gents are more likely to be a mix­ture of syn­thetic chem­i­cals and ad­di­tives cooked up in a huge chem­i­cal plant. More­over, brown cubes have be­come colour­ful bars, their ef­fi­ciency has com­par­a­tively in­creased, and their mar­ket has be­come much big­ger. Al­most ev­ery fast-mov­ing consumer goods (FMCG) com­pany has a de­ter­gent bar brand avail­able on the re­tail shelves. In or­der to find out if man­u­fac­tur­ers of de­ter­gent bars are com­ply­ing with reg­u­la­tory stan­dards and which one per­forms bet­ter on pa­ram­e­ters that a consumer may con­sider be­fore buy­ing, Team tested 11 topselling brands. Talk­ing of per­for­mance, con­sumers should note that higher ef­fi­ciency in clean­ing may be at the cost of the en­vi­ron­ment – in­gre­di­ents like phos­phate and sodium tripolyphos­phate (STPP) are known to have ad­verse ef­fects on the en­vi­ron­ment. Low-cost in­gre­di­ents are also used to re­place the phos­phate in de­ter­gent bars, but even they may be harm­ful for the en­vi­ron­ment.

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