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Which Laundry Detergent is right for me?

It’s only natural to want the best for your loved ones, and that applies to the small things in life as well as the big ones. Whether you’re welcoming a new member of the family or just reviewing your own health, you want to make sure that your cleaning and laundry products are safe … but how?  


Understanding laundry detergents

The first thing you need to do is understand the type of laundry detergent you are using. Some options are kinder to sensitive skin than others, and that means your choice of detergent may change over time. The power of Persil’s laundry detergents is well known but those with sensitive skin might be worried about experiencing an allergic reaction to Persil laundry detergent. Persil’s non-bio detergents, such as Persil small & mighty Non-Bio, answer this concern by offering the familiar Persil power to remove stains but in a milder formula.

A big difference between bio and non-bio detergents is the presence of enzymes. These are found in biological detergents and help to break down some of the molecules commonly found in stains, such as proteins. In some cases, bio detergents can cause skin irritation in people with sensitive skin and they are also unsuitable for delicate fabrics like wool and silk. Always use Persil Silk & Wool on items made from these fabrics, whether you’re handwashing them or using the hand wash programme on your machine.  


Is Persil safe for my skin?

If your skin is particularly sensitive then it’s a good idea to opt for one of our non-bio detergents. If you’re expecting, or have just welcomed, a little one to the family then you may also want to switch to non-bios to protect this delicate newborn skin.

Remember: non-bio detergent has all the stain-busting Persil power you want while being hypoallergenic. That means clean clothes, and happy skin. If you do suffer an allergic reaction to Persil laundry detergent, then it’s important that you seek advice from a medical professional as soon as possible and let us know what happened. You can also find out more about our hypoallergenic detergents here.  


Is Persil’s power too powerful? Will it damage my clothes?

Now that you’ve looked into whether Persil’s power is safe for you and your family, it’s time to think about how it might affect your clothes. If you’re worried that Persil will be too powerful – then don’t be! Persil laundry detergents are perfectly safe for clothes when used as directed.

Check the label on any of our liquid detergents, washing powders, capsules and tablets to find the correct usage and dosage instructions. Using too much detergent can be just as damaging (and wasteful) as using it incorrectly. That’s why our liquid detergents come with a handy dosing ball to help you measure the right amount each and every time.

So set your mind at rest – Persil’s power is safe for you and your clothes. We also care about the world around you – check out our sustainability section to find out how. And of course, if you have any other questions, we’d love to hear from you. 

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