When you shop for laundry detergent, you might wonder if there’s a big difference between different detergent types. Actually, depending on how you do laundry and what kind of stains and dirt you have, there is somewhat of a difference. If you’re using a high-efficiency washer, make sure you’re using a HE detergent. Beyond that, let’s look at your options:
Single pack, liquid or powder?
Liquid detergents tend to be more effective on greasy or oily stains. However, it’s easy to use too much per load in your washing machine. Powdered detergents are typically the least expensive and very effective on mud stains or ground-in dirt. If you use cold water to wash clothes, powder may not dissolve completely. The single-dose packs are convenient, but more expensive.
What about your own needs?
If you have sensitive skin, or are sensitive to certain scents, you may need to choose your laundry detergent accordingly. Fragrances are common allergens. Choose a detergent that is free of those products. You may even need to rinse twice, to make all residue from the detergent is rinsed out of the clothing before placing them in the dryer.
Which detergents are most effective?
Check out a reputable website, such as Consumer Reports or Good Housekeeping, to get comparisons on how different detergents work. Or independently test different detergents to see which one cleans your clothes the best. Price isn’t a factor in detergent quality. Look at the ingredient list for:
- Alkalies – borax, washing soda or baking soda
- Surfactants – alkyl sulphates, ethers of fatty alcohol, alkyl ethoxylate sulphates
- Water conditioners
- Suds control
- Optical brighteners or a bleach alternative
Laundry success doesn’t only rely on the right detergent, but also the right water temperatures, pre-treating stains and loading washers correctly. When you bring all those elements together, your clothes will last longer, look their best and keep their shape and feel.
Are you using accent furniture the proper way in your home? Too many accents can crowd your space, while too few may become lost in the configuration of your room.
Some ways to use accent furniture properly include these tips:
Give Attention to Overlooked Spaces
Try paying attention to your overlooked spaces, like implementing accent furniture in the foyer. Plus, this clever configuration will be the first thing to greet guests that come to your home. Consider placing a unique cabinet, fun artwork, or vintage style chair in the entry.
Go with Something Dramatic
Jump feet-first with something dramatic, but tread lightly: too many of these pieces can make a room seem cluttered and lose aesthetic-appeal. Some dramatic ideas include a showpiece of a dining room table, a funky retro-style sectional seating arrangement for the den, or a magnificent mirror to hang on an interior wall of your home-office.
Opt for Small Groupings
Another way to use accent furniture is in small groupings, like tiny tables. Nests of tables, benches, and other small furnishings can often have an intriguing look. Plus, it is a great way to use various styles and looks in one cohesive design idea.
Choose the Right Accent Chair
You can transform a room with an accent chair, but make sure to buy the right one. Consider where you will put it, how big it should be, and your personal style before investing. Also, make sure to think about how it will be used, and whether the chair you are looking at is practical for the space.
Keep Utility in Mind
Always keep utility in-mind, especially if you have limited space. Don’t compromise comfort and convenience over sheer aesthetics, as there is likely a more practical piece or accent that will not only look great, but that will also have some usefulness in your life.
Use these tips to ensure you are using accent furniture in a flattering way throughout your home. Visit retailers and furniture consignment venues for inspiration and pieces to bring home.