all free clear Laundry Detergent Product Review

All laundry detergent

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.

all® free clear Laundry Detergent 

all® free clear liquid detergent offers the same detergent formula as regular all® with stain lifters or surfactants but is free of perfumes and dyes. The liquid laundry detergent can be used for pretreating stains and for all types of washable fabrics. It is effective on all washable fabrics in all water temperatures and can be used in both high-efficiency (he) washers and in standard washers.

all® free clear does not contain phosphorus. The surfactants are biodegradable and safe for use with all types of laundry bleach and for septic tanks. Each bottle contains 25 percent or more post-consumer recycled plastic.

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.

Another option for those with sensitive skin is Sulfate Free all® fresh clean ESSENTIALS®. Most of the personal care (toothpaste, shampoo, and liquid soap) and laundry products on the market contain sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS). It is a synthetic soap that can be distilled from petroleum, coconut oil, or palm kernel oil. The product acts as a surfactant that helps lift oil and dirt from skin or fabric and creates a foamy lather to help keep soil suspended in water until it can be flushed away.

For some individuals, SLS and other sulfates can irritate skin, especially if a product contains high levels of concentration. When doing laundry, there is almost always a bit of residue left behind after washing any fabric. Sulfate residue left in fabrics after washing can irritate sensitive skin.

If you have young children or sensitive skin, but enjoy a lightly scented detergent, all® fresh clean ESSENTIALS® is a good, moderately-priced laundry detergent for lightly soiled and normal laundry loads. 

all® free clear Product Ingredients:

  • Water - Solvent
  • Sodium Dodecylbenzenesulfonate - Surfactant
  • Ethoxylated Lauryl Alcohol - Surfactant
  • Sodium Silicate - Builder
  • Sodium Hydroxide - pH Adjuster
  • Coconut fatty acid salt - Defoamer
  • Sodium Xylenesulfonate - Surfactant
  • Stilbene disulfonic acid triazine derivative - Brightening Agent

all® free clear liquid laundry detergent is offered in multiple sizes and with additional boosters as in all® free clear OXI. Both formulas are also offered in single dose pacs. 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 are all® free clear fabric softener, laundry booster, and dryer sheets.

all® and Henkel North America

all® laundry detergent has been available to consumers for more than 50 years in powdered, liquid, and single dose pacs. 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, cleaning products and personal care products around the world. Many familiar United States brands including Purex, Persil, Loctite, 20 Mule Team Borax, Sta-Flo Starch, Soft Scrub, Dial Soap, Right Guard, Soft 'n Dri - are products of Henkel.

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 to the United States in 2012.

Product Review and Laundry Recommendations

all® free clear liquid was tested in a home laundry situation on household laundry as well as on pre-stained 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 bit of the liquid detergent was used to pretreat the stains by working in the detergent 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 in the formula to break apart some stains on fabrics.

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