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Powder vs Liquid vs Capsule Detergents. Top 10 Best Smelling!

Washing your clothes and laundry can sometimes be a laborious and expensive chore, but something everyone has to do. There is nothing better than beautifully clean and smelling clothes to wear! We wanted to review the best smelling detergents, and to do that we categorised them into powder, liquid and pods! Enjoy!


Powder Detergent


Powder is a very traditional method and arguably the first type of detergent. They tend to be the cheapest method of cleaning, and involve measuring out the required powder, and placing in the washing machine tray (or if you don't have one of these, eg students, then in the tub is fine). Powder is usually really good for non-oil stains, eg grass or mud.


1) Persil Bio Washing Powder (Best on Stains)


Persil, owned by Unilever, is probably the most popular washing brand in the UK. Their superior marketing and amazing product quality has meant they have dominated a big market share and presence. Our top washing powder was, specifically, Persil Bio washing powder. We found this product to be really strong on stains, especially given the fact that this is a bio washing powder (ie they use enzymes to remove stains). Tip, if you have sensitive skin, opt for the non-bio version!


This mega pack boasts a 130 washes, making each wash just 12p. This is extremely cheap and close to supermarket store brands!

Buy Now: £16.13


2) Surf Lavender Fragranced Laundry Powder (Best Smelling)


Surf is another massive brand amongst the UK market, which is funnily enough also owned by Unilever. Despite this, the brand and product are completely different. Firstly, this is a little more expensive than Persil. Secondly, this product smells better than persil, but isn't as good for stains.

This specific product costs just 30p per wash, over double Persil.

Buy Now: £20.31


3) Bold PX69583 Washing Powder (Best Value for Money)


Lastly, the most expensive powder in our top 3, Bold. Owned by P&G, this product is by far the best quality. We found that clothes smelt better for longer, and the powder perfectly dissolved in the machines. This product never clumped together or dried onto clothes, and also smelt amazing, especially on bedding with the lavender.


This GIGA XXL pack makes each wash 19p, which is very good value for money.

Buy Now: £25.48


Liquid Detergent


Liquid detergent is more expensiVe than powder, and for good reason. Simply pour in the liquid into a measuring cup, and place in the tray. Perfect for oil or grease stains, but be careful not to put too much in the machine or risk oversudsing.


1) Surf Five Herbal Extracts Liquid Detergent (Best Softness)


Another product from Surf, and for good reason. This exact product was the best smelling in our testing, which lasted too! This product has lavender, eucalyptus, tea tree, pine and mint, which when fused together, creates an amazing spring fragrance. Not too overpowering either.


This product, when bought from Amazon in bulk will only cost you 12p per wash, which is unreal for a liquid detergent!


Buy Now: £24.00



2) Asevi 23671 Marseille Detergent Liquid (Best Smelling)


This Spanish product is popular in household, and rightly so. Despite being in another language, this liquid detergent smells absolutely insane and lasts literally weeks. We found our clothes coming out so soft and clean too. Probably not the best for stains, but definitely the best for smell.


This product is a little more expensive than other competitors, at 28p per wash. But, we think it's worth it.


Buy Now: £15.86


3) Method Laundry Liquid Detergent (Best Eco-Friendly)


Method is a rapidly growing cleaning company and their latest washing liquid is insane. Firstly, their bottle is so cool! Just feels really ergonomic and compact. This liquid is plant based, made from 100% recycled bottles, and not tested on animals! A great product with great ethics.


Despite not being able to buy big packs, each was is just 15p per wash! That's very cheap for the quality of this one.

Buy Now: £6.00


4) Presto! (Not Released Yet - But Cheapest Option)


Presto is Amazon's own brand which specialises in home cleaning products, and despite not being owned by a big conglomerate like the rest, this liquid detergent shouldn't be overlooked! This product hasn't been released yet, but we've got a strong suspicion its going to be amazing.


Each wash will equate to 11p, so definitely the cheapest on the market.


Buy Now: £20.40


Liquid Capsule Detergents


By far the most expensive technique to washing clothes, but the easiest. This post, however, shows you how to get your pods cheaper and almost the same price as powder though! The best advantage with pods is that you never have to worry about measuring out levels, just simply toss in a pod (or two for bedding) and you're good to go. However, if you're using capsules on an eco or cool mode, sometimes they wont dissolve. This is rare though!


1) Ariel All-in-1 Pods (Best for Cleaning)


Ariel are known for their powerful stain branding, and they are correct. We found these pods to be pretty powerful against stains, even at low temperature levels. We also love the fact that their packaging is recyclable, and also made from renewable energy! Well done Ariel!


With this deal, each wash is 28p.


Buy Now: £26.40


2) Bold 3-in-1 Spring Awakening (Best Smelling)


Bold spring awakening is a famous scent amongst social media, given the massive recommendation from Mrs Hinch. We couldn't agree more! These pods really are amazing, and the clothes do smell amazing. We also found that the clothes came out really fresh and soft, which is probably due to the fact that the pods have an inbuilt softener section! To enhance this, we put this with their spring awakening softener too, now thats a powerful duo!


Each wash from Bold is 21p, so cheaper than you think!

Buy Now: £22.62


3) Fairy Non-Bio Liquid Capsules (Best for Sensitive)


Lastly, Fairy. If you have sensitive skin, or perhaps a newborn baby, then we strongly recommend this brand. Fairy non bio pods are known for being the softest on the market, preventing irritation and rashes on sensitive skin. These pods are dermatologically accredited too, so its not just their marketing promoting this.


Each wash with Fairy's capsules are 18p.

Buy Now: £19.06


Our Verdict


This is probably one of the toughest verdicts to make, given the breadth of this post. Each category has their pros and cons, and within that we have outlined our top 3. Whichever you use, or buy, they are all amazing, and all clean your laundry well. If we had to pick a favourite though, it would be spring awakening, given the smell and softness.


Happy washing!


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