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What is Non-Biological Detergent?

So, you’ve heard about biological detergent and the enzymes that make it so effective – but what about non-biological detergent? What’s non-bio washing powder or washing liquid, and is one type of detergent better than the other? When should you choose non-bio over bio, and vice versa? Read on to find out. 

What does ‘non-biological’ mean?

Before we talk about what non-biological detergent is, it’s useful to understand what biological detergent is as well. Biological washing liquids and washing powders contain enzymes that help break down certain types of stains. Much like the enzymes in our bodies, the enzymes in biological washing powder help ‘digest’ fatty or protein-based stains, making them smaller and easier to wash out of your clothes. 

So, what is non-biological washing powder, and what makes it different to a biological detergent? Well, non-bio detergent doesn’t contain enzymes – it relies on other powerful cleaning agents to remove stains from your clothes. That makes it a great choice for anybody worried about the effect of washing powder enzymes on delicate or sensitive skin. 

What is non-biological detergent used for?

  • Hot temperature washes. Biological detergents work best at lower temperatures, as the enzymes in these powders and liquids can become ineffective above 40C. So if you’re doing a load at a higher temperature – like sheets or towels, which many of us wash at 50C or higher – non-bio is the way to go. 
  • Sensitive, delicate skin. The enzymes that make biological detergents so effective can sometimes irritate sensitive skin – especially babies’ skin, which is very delicate. So if you’re concerned with protecting your family’s skin from potential irritation, non-biological detergent may be your washing solution of choice. Pair it with a fabric conditioner, such as Comfort Pure, for clothes that are extra soft and fluffy next to delicate skin.

Does non-biological detergent remove stains?

Yes! Persil non-biological detergents are effective on stains at temperatures as low as 30C, so you can be sure that your family’s clothes will be as beautifully clean as they are kind next to your skin. To pre-treat stains with non-biological detergent, simply rub a little Persil non-bio liquid into the stain using the handy Stain Eraser ball, leave it to work for a few minutes, and then wash according to the instructions on the garment care label. 

There you have it – everything you need to know about what non-biological detergent is and what it does. For more information, why not check out our bio and non-bio comparison guide here

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