all® free clear laundry detergent is manufactured with no perfumes or dyes making it a good hypoallergenic choice for those with allergies, sensitive skin, and for baby laundry. But how well does it clean and remove stains?
all® free clear liquid detergent offers the same detergent formula as regular all® with stain lifters but is free of added fragrance or dye. The liquid laundry detergent can be used for pretreating stains and for all types of washable fabrics. It is effective when used in all water temperatures and is safe to use in both high-efficiency (he) washers and in standard washers.
Recommended by the National Eczema Association, all® free clear is the number one recommended detergent by dermatologists for those with sensitive skin and by allergists because it is hypoallergenic. According to most studies, it is the artificial dyes in laundry detergents that cause most of the irritation to the skin. Of course, always consult with your physician about your personal health needs.
all® free clear is biodegradable, does not contain phosphorus, and is approved for use with a septic system. Each bottle contains 25 percent or more post-consumer recycled plastic.
- Water: Solvent
- Alcohols, c12-15, ethoxylated: Surfactant
- Sodium laureth sulfate: Surfactant
- Sodium carbonate: pH regulating agent
- Tetrasodium iminodisuccinate: Chelating agent
- Sodium cocoate: Surfactant; soap
- 2-Propenoic acid, telomer with sodiumsulfite (1:1), sodium salt: Anti-redeposition agent
- Benzenesulfonic acid,2,2'-(1,2-ethenediyl)bis[5-[ [4-[(2-hydroxyethyl)methylamino]-6-(phenylamino)-1,3,5-triazin-2-yl]amino]-,disodium salt: Brightener
- Benzisothiazolinone: Preservative
all® free clear liquid laundry detergent is offered in seven bottle sizes from 20 to 225-ounces and with additional boosters as in all® free clear OXI and all® free clear odor relief. Both formulas are also offered in single dose packets. For those who are concerned about the effects of artificial dyes on skin sensitivity but like the addition of fragrance to laundry, the manufacturer offers all® free & sensitive liquid laundry detergent. To complete the line, there is an all® free clear fabric softener, laundry booster, and dryer sheets.
Product Review and Laundry Recommendations
all® free clear liquid was tested in a home laundry situation on household laundry as well as on prestained muslin squares. The squares were stained with ketchup, cooking oil, mud, and grass and allowed to dry. They were added to the regular laundry to assess all® free clear's stain removing ability in hot, warm, and cold water.
The laundry came out feeling clean and smelling fresh. The stained muslin squares did not fair as well, especially in cold water washes. A second attempt to remove the stains was made by using a bit of the liquid detergent to pretreat the lingering stains by working the detergent into the fabric and allowing the squares to sit for 15 minutes before washing. In warm and hot water, the detergent performed well in removing most traces of the ketchup stain and grass. For the cooking oil and ground-in mud, a stronger stain remover was needed.
all® free clear simply does not have the enough of the necessary cleaning enzymes (there are none) in the formula to break apart some stains on fabrics. For light to moderate soil, the product performs well and does not cause skin irritation.
Henkel North America
all® laundry detergent has been available to consumers for more than 50 years in powdered, liquid, and single dose packets. It is offered in numerous scents and formulas.
Originally manufactured by Unilever, all® became a sales leader in the Sun Products company in 2008. In late 2016, Henkel North America acquired Sun Products and its brands. Henkel is an international company that produces adhesives, home cleaning products, and personal care products around the world. Many familiar Henkel brands in the United States include Purex, Persil, Loctite, 20 Mule Team Borax, Sta-Flo Starch, Soft Scrub, Dial Soap, Right Guard, and Soft 'n Dri.
Laundry and home care products are the cornerstone of Henkel’s success. In 1876, Fritz Henkel founded the company Henkel & Cie in Aachen, Germany. The company’s first product was a laundry detergent based on sodium silicate, named "Universal-Waschmittel" (universal detergent). Persil powdered detergent was introduced in Europe in 1907 and a liquid formula came to the United States in 2012.
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