all laundry detergent has been on America's shelves since the 1950s and has come a long way since then as a liquid, then a concentrated liquid and now as a single dose mighty pac with 4X concentrated laundry detergent.
All Mighty Pacs
Introduced to the United States market in February 2012, All Mighty Pacs are convenient pre-dosed liquid laundry detergent packs.
The pacs are little pillows of super concentrated all laundry detergent that you toss into the washer. The outer skin of the packs is a polyvinyl film that dissolves completely in water to release the detergent.
The pacs are added to the washer before adding clothes. One pack is recommended per average load. Two packs can be added if the load is large or heavily soiled. The packs work in both top-loading and front-loading washers - both standard and high-efficiency (HE). If using with a front loader, the pack must be placed directly in the drum - not in the dispenser drawer.
- Cleaning agents: anionic and nonionic surfactant, enzymes
- Brightening agent
The full list of ingredients are:
- Ethoxylated Lauryl Alcohol
- Sodium Dodecylbenzenesulfonate
- Sodium Silicate
- Sodium Cocoate
- Sodium Xylenesulfonate
- Stilbene disulfonic acid triazine derivative
- CI 61585
All Mighty Pacs contain no phosphates and are safe for septic systems. Since the packs dissolve completely, there is no recycling except the outer package. Check with your local recycling center to see if they accept the plastic used in the outer bag.
All Mighty Pacs come in Original fragrance and Free & Clear for those with fragrance and dye sensitivity.
They can be purchased at grocery stores, mass marketers and online.
All and the Henkel Story
All laundry detergent was first manufactured by Unilever and then the brand was sold to Sun Products in 2008 and in 2016, Sun Products was sold to Henkle.
Henkel is an international company that produces adhesives, cleaning products and personal care products around the world. 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. Persil was the first to phosphate free detergent in Europe in 1986 with a liquid formula following in 1987, a concentrated powder (megaperls) in 1994 and finally single dose capsules around 2012.
Many familiar United States brands - Loctite, Soft Scrub, Dial Soap, Right Guard, Soft 'n Dri - are products of Henkel. Other Henkel laundry products include Purex, Persil, all Oxi-Active, all Free & Clear, Surf, Sunlight, Magic Release, Purex color safe bleach, Zout, 20 Mule Team Borax and Sta-Flo Starch.
Product Review and Laundry Recommendation
I tested All Mighty Pacs on average, everyday soil and on some tougher to remove stains like red mud. For the everyday soil of normal wear, the laundry came out clean and smelling fresh. However, with the more heavily stained clothes, the all mighty pacs did not remove every stain - they stumbled on red mud and some set-in oily stains. However, a rewash that included allowing the clothes to soak in the water/detergent mix for about an hour before completing the cycle did get the clothes clean.
all mighty pacs are very easy to use. Place the pac in an empty washer drum before loading clothes. Never place in an automatic dispenser. They dissolve completely in both cold and hot water. The formula is low-sudsing which is a plus for complete rinsing.
The only "trick" to using the packs is that your hands must be completely dry when handling them or the outer film will begin to dissolve.
You should also keep the outer packaging sealed when not in use - especially if you live in a high humidity area.
The pacs should always be kept away from children and pets. They look a bit like candy and can squirt into eyes or mouths if punctured.
My only complaint is that the pacs cannot be used for pre-treating stains. I frequently use liquid detergent to pre-treat heavily soiled areas or food stains. You will need to have a separate stain remover available for treatment.
Even with the higher cost per use, I can easily see how the pacs will be embraced by anyone who has to use a community laundry room or laundromat. They are also an excellent idea for anyone with limited mobility or dexterity to handle jugs and heavy boxes of laundry detergent powder.
I would recommend All Mighty Pacs for laundry. Only you can weigh the cost vs. convenience and determine which is more important to your laundry routine.
Product Review Update:
Some readers have had a problem with the pacs not dissolving completely and "gluing" clothes together. The good news is that the damage is not permanent and there is an easy fix. Simply rewash the article of clothing without any detergent. The undissolved mighty pac will wash away.
Disclosure: Review samples were provided by the manufacturer. For more information, please see our Ethics Policy.