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Daily Q&A: What's the best laundry detergent?

What's the best laundry detergent?

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For the latest Consumer Reports lab test, here are the top results:

Conventional laundry detergents: Tide 2X Ultra for Cold Water and Tide 2X Ultra with Dawn Stainscrubbers, both 23 cents per load, topped the charts. Tide 2X Ultra for Cold Water cleaned best and because it is formulated for cold water, consumers can save roughly $60 per year in water-heating energy costs Tide 2X Ultra with Dawn Stainscrubbers is also a solid pick, but despite its stain scrubbing name, it did not excel at removing blood and grass stains.

Front-loaders and high-efficiency top-loading washers: Front-loaders and high-efficiency top-loading washing machines require high-efficiency laundry detergents. Consumer Reports tested 23 formulas and eight performed well-enough to recommend including formulas from Tide, All, Gain, Up & Up (Target), Kirkland Signature (Costco), and Seventh Generation.

For more information about the laundry detergent test, visit: www.ConsumerReports.org.

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Daily Q&A: What's the best laundry detergent? 06/04/10 [Last modified: Friday, June 4, 2010 4:29pm]
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