What Is Laundry Detergent? | Bio vs Non Bio Explained

Understanding the difference between bio vs non-bio laundry detergents is key to achieving optimal results with every wash. Each type has unique properties and uses, making them suitable for different laundry needs.

In this article, we will delve into what constitutes a laundry detergent, with a focus on the bio vs non-bio debate, and the significant role enzymes play in enhancing the effectiveness and environmental friendliness of these products.

What is a Laundry Detergent?

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Laundry detergent is a cleaning agent specifically formulated to clean clothes in washing machines. It contains ingredients like surfactants, which are crucial for removing dirt and stains from fabrics.

Surfactants, such as our organic dodecyl salt, palm-free decyl glucoside and coconut oil derivative, cocoamidopropyl betaine, work by breaking down and lifting away grease and dirt from the fabric, which are then rinsed away with water.

Laundry detergents come in various formats, including powders, liquids, and more recently, eco-friendly sheets.

Each format has its unique benefits and usage methods, catering to different washing needs and preferences.

Enzymes have revolutionised the detergent industry by improving the cleaning efficiency of both household and industrial detergents. They enhance the removal of tough stains and offer significant environmental benefits.

Enzymes have reduced the chemical load in detergents and have led to lower energy consumption by enabling effective cleaning at lower temperatures and shorter washing cycles.

For more detailed information on how enzymes transform the detergent industry, read this insightful ResearchGate study.

Our ingredients

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We break down our ingredients below. We explain what each natural ingredient is and what it does.

    • Organic Dodecyl Salt: This is a surfactant derived from natural sources. Surfactants are compounds that lower the surface tension between two substances, such as a liquid and a solid, making it easier to remove dirt and stains from fabrics.

    • Palm-Free Decyl Glucoside: This is a mild and biodegradable non-ionic surfactant made from glucose and decanol, a fatty alcohol derived from coconut. It's known for its gentleness on skin and effective cleaning properties.

    • Coconut Oil Derivative (Cocoamidopropyl Betaine): This is another surfactant in your product, derived from coconut oil. It's commonly used in personal care products due to its gentle nature and ability to create foam and lather.

    • Water: Used as a solvent in the sheets.

    • Glycerol: Also known as glycerine, this ingredient acts as a humectant, helping to retain moisture in the product.

    • Polyvinyl Alcohol: This is a water-soluble synthetic polymer used to create the film that encases the detergent. It dissolves in water and releases the detergent.

    • Trisodium Citrate: Used primarily as a water softener and to adjust the pH of the product.

    • Parfums: These are fragrances added to give the sheets a pleasant smell. Our options include fresh linen and lavender.

What is Bio Laundry Detergent?

Bio laundry detergent contains specific types of enzymes that are effective at breaking down protein, starches, and fat stains – common culprits in everyday laundry.

These enzymes work particularly well at lower temperatures, making bio detergents a great choice for energy-saving cold washes. Bio detergents are ideal for heavily soiled items like sports gear and children’s clothes.

However, they might not be the best choice for washing delicate fabrics or for those with sensitive skin, as the enzymes can potentially cause irritation.

What is Non-Bio Laundry Detergent?

Non-bio laundry detergents, on the other hand, do not contain these biological enzymes. As a result, they are gentler on sensitive skin and less likely to cause irritation. Non-bio detergents are preferred for washing delicate fabrics and baby clothes.

While they may be less effective at removing tough, enzyme-soluble stains, they still provide an excellent overall cleaning performance, especially when used at higher temperatures.

Bio vs Non-Bio Laundry Detergent

In a nutshell, the primary difference between bio and non-bio detergents lies in the presence or absence of specific enzymes.

The choice between the two depends on individual laundry needs. Bio detergents are more effective for heavily soiled items and low-temperature washes, while non-bio detergents are gentler and better suited for sensitive skin and delicate fabrics.

Whether one is better than the other depends on your specific laundry requirements.

Bio detergents are a go-to for tough stain removal and energy efficiency, while non-bio detergents are the best choice for those with sensitive skin or for washing delicate items.

Understanding the difference between bio and non-bio laundry detergents, and the role of enzymes, is essential for making informed decisions about your laundry care.

Both types have their unique benefits and uses, making them suitable for different washing needs and preferences.

Explore our range of eco-friendly and efficient laundry solutions here.