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10 Best Tried and True Japanese Laundry Detergents in 2022 (Laundry Expert-Reviewed)

Are you really using the best laundry detergent for your clothes? Are you trying to reduce your water consumption or lower your gas bill? Are you tired of using detergents with too much fragrance? Do you want to extend the life of your garments as much as possible? Japanese laundry detergents are formulated for maximum cleanliness while using less water than their American counterparts and have less intense fragrances while ensuring your clothes are fresh and clean. Additionally, they're formulated for use with cold water in mind, which is less abrasive and better at preserving colors than warm water!


Laundry detergent is an indispensable necessity for daily life. Not only are there a plethora of laundry detergents made by famous manufacturers such as Arielle, Attack, and Top, but various detergent formats, such as powder, liquid, and pods. With so many options available on the market, it can be hard to figure out which one is right for your particular needs.


To figure out the best Japanese laundry detergent, we gathered the 25 best-selling Japanese laundry detergents from popular Japanese e-commerce sites such as Amazon, Rakuten, and Yahoo! Shopping and tested them all.


We tested each of the products for the following:

  • Cleaning power
  • Deodorizing power
  • Ease of use

We then ranked the 10 best Japanese laundry detergents based on our test results and compiled what we learned into our buying guide to help you choose the best Japanese laundry detergent. If you're also interested in finding out if you've been properly using your laundry detergent and tips and tricks for removing stains, keep on reading!

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Eiichi Ishikawa
Kensuke Kanzaki
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  • Last updated: 09-08-2022
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What Makes Japanese Laundry Detergent Unique?

What Makes Japanese Laundry Detergent Unique?

Unlike American washing machines, Japanese washers mostly operate on cold water, except for a few high-end machines and at laundromats. Laundry detergents are thus accordingly formulated to be used primarily with cold water.


Moreover, Japan has mostly soft water, compared to most parts of the US, which have hard water, which is higher in minerals. The difference is that soft water penetrates fibers easier than hard water, which is why when doing laundry with hard water, it needs to be warmed up to help loosen up the fibers to make it easier for the water, and therefore the detergent, to penetrate your laundry.


However, since warm water is more effective at cleaning clothes, Japanese laundry detergents compensate for this by generally being stronger than their American counterparts. Moreover, Japanese laundry detergents place heavy emphasis on antibacterial properties, since Japanese people also tend to hang up their laundry, which means their laundry stays damp for longer, potentially causing bacteria growth and leading to stale laundry. This is even more important since Japan gets a lot of rainfall, meaning people often hang their laundry indoors.


Finally, it's worth noting that while front loaders are also gaining popularity in recent years, most washing machines in Japan are top-loading impeller washing machines, otherwise known as high-efficiency washers. These machines feature a spinning disc at the bottom of the machine rather than an agitator. These machines are more water and energy efficient, as well as being gentler on clothes. Since they use less water than agitator top-loaders, this also means that the detergent must also be formulated for minimal water use.


If you want to be more environmentally friendly by using cold water to do your laundry, then Japanese laundry detergents will help keep your clothes fresh and clean without having to use warm water!

How to Choose a Japanese Laundry Detergent - Buying Guide

Below are three essential points to keep in mind when choosing a Japanese laundry detergent.

Choose a Detergent Type Based on Your Laundry Preferences

Choose a Detergent Type Based on Your Laundry Preferences

For this article, we tested each laundry detergent to see how well they'd remove ten different types of stains, and we found that powder detergents were unparalleled in their cleansing ability.

While light stains (water-soluble stains like soy sauce, coffee, Worcestershire sauce, and ketchup) were easily removed by all types of detergents, powder detergents really shone through with how well they removed heavier oil-soluble stains, like bolognese sauce, and even blood.

Powder detergents are made with weak alkalines that are effective at removing oil-soluble stains, which helped easily remove the bolognese sauce. If you want to effectively clean clothes that have been stained by greasy food, or want to do a deep clean of your workout clothes or workwear, consider using a powder detergent.

The second best in terms of cleansing ability was laundry pods. Compared to liquid detergent, laundry pods have a higher concentration of surfactants, meaning they can remove grease stains easily. However, liquid detergents also work just as fine on all but the heaviest of stains, so it's best to choose the appropriate detergent type based on how dirty your clothes are.

Kensuke Kanzaki
Laundry Expert
Kensuke Kanzaki

Water-soluble stains are generally easily removed by water, so most detergents will be able to remove these stains fairly well. 


However, mild alkaline detergents are better at removing oil-soluble stains than neutral detergents. Additionally, condensed detergents and laundry pods also have a high concentration of surfactants, making them great at removing stains.


Blood can be removed with water if it hasn't settled in yet, but once some time has passed and it dries, it becomes more difficult to remove. When moving blood stains, look for detergents with enzymes that help break down the proteins found in blood.

Most Detergents are Great at Removing Odors, but Powders and Laundry Pods are Excellent

Most Detergents are Great at Removing Odors, but Powders and Laundry Pods are Excellent

When laundry is left damp for too long, it can lead to bacteria growth, which won't go away even if you hang up your laundry under the sun or throw your clothes in the dryer. To prevent your laundry from going stale, it's not only best to quickly dry your laundry, but also to thoroughly clean your clothes to prevent bacteria from growing, which causes stale-smelling laundry.


When testing how well each product removed smells, we found that most products performed just fine. However, we did find that powder detergents and laundry pods had a bit of an edge. These types of detergents are high in cleansing ability, making it more difficult for bacteria to grow, successfully removing and preventing smells.


On the other hand, we found that some liquid detergents were unable to remove strong smells entirely. If you plan on choosing a liquid detergent, consider one with enzymes or bleach which can help remove dirt better.

Kensuke Kanzaki
Laundry Expert
Kensuke Kanzaki

If you still find your laundry doesn't smell clean after using detergents with enzymes or bleach, you might be trying to wash too much laundry than your detergent can handle at a time. If you keep washing your clothes like this, it can actually make it more difficult for dirt to wash out in one laundry cycle.


If you still can't remove smells even after doing your laundry, try soaking your laundry in some warm water with bleach and wash them again.

Check the Ingredients in Each Detergent Based on the Results You Desire

Laundry detergents contain various ingredients in addition to those that remove stains. Check which components play what role and use different laundry detergents depending on your needs.

Optical Brighteners Make the Whiteness of Your Clothes Stand Out

Optical Brighteners Make the Whiteness of Your Clothes Stand Out

If you want to accentuate the whiteness of your clothes, choose a detergent with optical brighteners. Optical brighteners absorb invisible ultraviolet light and turn it into visible bluish-white light, increasing the white appearance of the garments.


Optical brighteners are also found in newly purchased white clothing. The reason why the white color of new clothes gradually becomes dull is that the optical brighteners are slowly removed through repeated washing. Retain the original whiteness of clothes by renewing optical brighteners when washing.

Kensuke Kanzaki
Laundry Expert
Kensuke Kanzaki

However, be careful when using these on light-colored clothes, such as pastel colors or raw, undyed clothes in particular, as it may cause the color to fade.

Look for Detergents With Fabric Softeners Included if You’re Particular About Softness

Look for Detergents With Fabric Softeners Included if You’re Particular About Softness

If you want softer laundry, detergent with fabric softener included is the way to go. In particuar, if you regularly use both laundry detergent and fabric softener separately anyway, you can save time, money, and space by switching to a two-in-one detergent that already includes fabric softener.


However, don't expect the softening properties and added fragrance to be as powerful as an individual fabric softener. Since these two-in-one detergents have two properties to offer, it's good to think about these products as detergents first with fabric softening as a bonus. 

Kensuke Kanzaki
Laundry Expert
Kensuke Kanzaki

If you hang up your clothes, rather than use a dryer, and want your clothes to be fluffy and soft, give them a good shake before hanging them up.


If you want your towels to be nice and fluffy, shake them about 10 to 20 times. That'll help the strands stand up, making your towels fluffy without having to use fabric softener.

10 Best Japanese Laundry Detergents

Now to introduce the 10 best Japanese laundry detergents. We gathered the 25 best-selling Japanese laundry detergents from popular Japanese e-commerce sites such as Amazon, Rakuten, and Yahoo! Shopping and tested them all.


We tested each of the products for the following:

  • Cleaning power
  • Deodorizing power
  • Ease of use

We then ranked the 10 best Japanese laundry detergents based on our test results.


※Prices for some products have been given in JPY; they've simply been converted to USD for reader convenience. Prices were gathered on July 19th, 2022 from respective e-commerce sites.


※※Please note that these products were chosen after extensive research and testing by mybest writers. The choices are not necessarily affiliated with or recommended by our experts.

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P&G Ariel Bioscience Gel 1

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Lion Super Nanox Deodorizing Detergent 1

Lion

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P&G Ariel Science Plus 7 1

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P&G Ariel Bioscience Gelball 1

P&G

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P&G Ariel Bioscience Gelball 4D 1

P&G

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P&G Ariel Tick Repellant Detergent 1

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P&G Sarasa Laundry Detergent 1

P&G

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Lion Super NANOX Detergent 1

Lion

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Lion Top Platinum Clear 1

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P&G Japan Bold Gelball 3D 1

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Ariel Bioscience Gel

Super Nanox Deodorizing Detergent

Ariel Science Plus 7

Ariel Bioscience Gelball

Ariel Bioscience Gelball 4D

Ariel Tick Repellant Detergent

Sarasa Laundry Detergent

Super NANOX Detergent

Top Platinum Clear

Bold Gelball 3D

Features

Best Anti-Mildew and Stain-Preventing Laundry Detergent for Indoor Drying

Best Deodorizing Detergent for Sportswear and Sweaty Clothing

Powder Detergent With Bleach and Optical Brightening Agents

Convenient Detergent Gel Packs With High Cleaning Power

Pre-Measured Detergent Pods With Stain-Preventing Abilities

Best Tick and Dust Mite Repellant Liquid Detergent

Best Additive-Free Gentle Deodorant For Sensitive Skin and Babies

Compact and Well-Balanced Liquid Detergent

Best Powder Detergent With High Cleaning and Stain Prevention Abilities

Pod-Type Gel Ball Detergent With Great Deodorizing Powers

Price$28.45$26.45$39.83$3.28$3.56$3.72$8.80$6.31$2.93$3.40
JapaneseP&G アリエール バイオサイエンスジェルライオン トップ スーパーNANOX ニオイ専用P&G アリエール 粉末 サイエンスプラス7P&G アリエール バイオサイエンス ジェルボールP&G アリエール バイオサイエンス ジェルボール 4DP&G アリエール ダニよけプラス 液体洗剤P&G さらさ 衣料用洗剤ライオン トップ スーパーNANOXライオン トップ プラチナクリアP&Gジャパン ボールド ジェルボール 3D
Amount26.46 oz.14.11 oz.21.16 oz.17 units12 units (8.08 oz. total)32.10 oz.29.98 oz.14.11 oz.31.75 oz.17 units
IngredientsSurfactants (polyoxyethylene alkyl ethers, linear alkyl benzene sulfonates, pure soap (fatty acid salts)), stabilizers, alkaline agents, dispersants, water softeners, optical brighteners, enzymesSurfactants [52% polyoxyethylene fatty acid methyl esters, alkyl ether sulfates, linear alkyl benzene sulfonates, polyoxyethylene alkyl ethers], stabilizers, pH adjusters, enzymesSurfactant [18%: linear alkylbenzenesulfonate], alkaline agent (carbonate), process agent (sulfate), water softener (aluminosilicate), bleaching agent, enzyme, optical brightenerSurfactants [70%: linear alkyl benzene sulfonates, alkyl ether sulfates, polyoxyethylene alkyl ethers, pure soap (fatty acid salts)], stabilizer (propylene glycol), dispersing agent, metal sequestering agent, fragrance, water softener, enzyme, optical brightening agentSurfactants (linear alkyl benzene sulfonates, alkyl ether sulfates, polyoxyethylene alkyl ethers, pure soap (fatty acid salts)), stabilizers (propylene glycol), dispersants, metal sequestering agents, fragrances, water softening agents, enzymes, optical brightening agentsSurfactants [28%: linear alkylbenzenesulfonates, polyoxyethylene alkyl ethers, pure soap (fatty acid salts)], stabilizers, mite repellent ingredients, alkaline agents, water softeners, dispersants, optical brightening agents, enzymesSurfactants [23%: alkyl ether sulfates, polyoxyethylene alkyl ethers, pure soap (fatty acid salts), linear alkyl benzene sulfonates],, stabilizer, pH adjuster, water softener (citric acid), care ingredients (cotton milk), enzymesSurfactants [57% polyoxyethylene fatty acid methyl esters, polyoxyethylene alkyl ethers, linear alkyl benzene sulfonates, alkyl ether sulfates], stabilizers, pH adjusters, recontaminants, enzymesSurfactants (sodium alpha sulfo fatty acid esters, polyoxyethylene alkyl ethers, pure soap components (sodium fatty acids)), alkaline agents (carbonates), process agents (sulfates), water softeners, bleaching agents, optical brightening agents, enzymesSurfactants (alkyl ether sulfates, linear alkyl benzene sulfonates, pure soap (fatty acid salts) polyoxyethylene alkyl ethers), stabilizers (propylene glycol), dispersants, metal sequestering agents, fragrances, softening agents, water softening agents, enzymes, optical brighteners
TypeLiquidLiquidPowderPodsPodsLiquidLiquidLiquidPowderPods
FormulaMild AlkalineModerate Mild AlkalineModerateModerateMild AlkalineModerateModerate Mild AlkalineModerate
Fabric SoftenerNoNoNoNoNoNoYesNoNoNo
Bleaching AgentNoNoYesNoNoNoNoNoYesNo
Optical BrightenerYesNoYesYesYesYesNoNoYesNo
FragranceYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
RefillableYesYesNoYesYesYesYesYesNoYes
Overall Score3.903.863.823.813.783.783.753.753.68
Cleaning Power3.83.40.03.43.83.33.83.43.83.5
Deodorizing Power4.65.00.05.04.05.04.05.04.05.0
Stain Prevention3.84.30.03.43.63.83.43.43.43.4
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P&GAriel Bioscience Gel

3 pack

$28.45

JapaneseP&G アリエール バイオサイエンスジェル
Amount26.46 oz.
IngredientsSurfactants (polyoxyethylene alkyl ethers, linear alkyl benzene sulfonates, pure soap (fatty acid salts)), stabilizers, alkaline agents, dispersants, water softeners, optical brighteners, enzymes
TypeLiquid
FormulaMild Alkaline
Fabric SoftenerNo
Bleaching AgentNo
Optical BrightenerYes
FragranceYes
RefillableYes
Overall Score3.90
Cleaning Power3.8
Deodorizing Power4.6
Stain Prevention3.8
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LionSuper Nanox Deodorizing Detergent

5 pack

$26.45

Japaneseライオン トップ スーパーNANOX ニオイ専用
Amount14.11 oz.
IngredientsSurfactants [52% polyoxyethylene fatty acid methyl esters, alkyl ether sulfates, linear alkyl benzene sulfonates, polyoxyethylene alkyl ethers], stabilizers, pH adjusters, enzymes
TypeLiquid
FormulaModerate
Fabric SoftenerNo
Bleaching AgentNo
Optical BrightenerNo
FragranceYes
RefillableYes
Overall Score3.86
Cleaning Power3.4
Deodorizing Power5.0
Stain Prevention4.3
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P&GAriel Science Plus 7

9 pack

$39.83

JapaneseP&G アリエール 粉末 サイエンスプラス7
Amount21.16 oz.
IngredientsSurfactant [18%: linear alkylbenzenesulfonate], alkaline agent (carbonate), process agent (sulfate), water softener (aluminosilicate), bleaching agent, enzyme, optical brightener
TypePowder
FormulaMild Alkaline
Fabric SoftenerNo
Bleaching AgentYes
Optical BrightenerYes
FragranceYes
RefillableNo
Overall Score
Cleaning Power0.0
Deodorizing Power0.0
Stain Prevention0.0
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P&GAriel Bioscience Gelball

$3.28

JapaneseP&G アリエール バイオサイエンス ジェルボール
Amount17 units
IngredientsSurfactants [70%: linear alkyl benzene sulfonates, alkyl ether sulfates, polyoxyethylene alkyl ethers, pure soap (fatty acid salts)], stabilizer (propylene glycol), dispersing agent, metal sequestering agent, fragrance, water softener, enzyme, optical brightening agent
TypePods
FormulaModerate
Fabric SoftenerNo
Bleaching AgentNo
Optical BrightenerYes
FragranceYes
RefillableYes
Overall Score3.82
Cleaning Power3.4
Deodorizing Power5.0
Stain Prevention3.4
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P&GAriel Bioscience Gelball 4D

$3.56

JapaneseP&G アリエール バイオサイエンス ジェルボール 4D
Amount12 units (8.08 oz. total)
IngredientsSurfactants (linear alkyl benzene sulfonates, alkyl ether sulfates, polyoxyethylene alkyl ethers, pure soap (fatty acid salts)), stabilizers (propylene glycol), dispersants, metal sequestering agents, fragrances, water softening agents, enzymes, optical brightening agents
TypePods
FormulaModerate
Fabric SoftenerNo
Bleaching AgentNo
Optical BrightenerYes
FragranceYes
RefillableYes
Overall Score3.81
Cleaning Power3.8
Deodorizing Power4.0
Stain Prevention3.6
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P&GAriel Tick Repellant Detergent

$3.72

JapaneseP&G アリエール ダニよけプラス 液体洗剤
Amount32.10 oz.
IngredientsSurfactants [28%: linear alkylbenzenesulfonates, polyoxyethylene alkyl ethers, pure soap (fatty acid salts)], stabilizers, mite repellent ingredients, alkaline agents, water softeners, dispersants, optical brightening agents, enzymes
TypeLiquid
FormulaMild Alkaline
Fabric SoftenerNo
Bleaching AgentNo
Optical BrightenerYes
FragranceYes
RefillableYes
Overall Score3.78
Cleaning Power3.3
Deodorizing Power5.0
Stain Prevention3.8
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P&GSarasa Laundry Detergent

$8.80

JapaneseP&G さらさ 衣料用洗剤
Amount29.98 oz.
IngredientsSurfactants [23%: alkyl ether sulfates, polyoxyethylene alkyl ethers, pure soap (fatty acid salts), linear alkyl benzene sulfonates],, stabilizer, pH adjuster, water softener (citric acid), care ingredients (cotton milk), enzymes
TypeLiquid
FormulaModerate
Fabric SoftenerYes
Bleaching AgentNo
Optical BrightenerNo
FragranceYes
RefillableYes
Overall Score3.78
Cleaning Power3.8
Deodorizing Power4.0
Stain Prevention3.4
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LionSuper NANOX Detergent

$6.31

Japaneseライオン トップ スーパーNANOX
Amount14.11 oz.
IngredientsSurfactants [57% polyoxyethylene fatty acid methyl esters, polyoxyethylene alkyl ethers, linear alkyl benzene sulfonates, alkyl ether sulfates], stabilizers, pH adjusters, recontaminants, enzymes
TypeLiquid
FormulaModerate
Fabric SoftenerNo
Bleaching AgentNo
Optical BrightenerNo
FragranceYes
RefillableYes
Overall Score3.75
Cleaning Power3.4
Deodorizing Power5.0
Stain Prevention3.4
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LionTop Platinum Clear

$2.93

Japaneseライオン トップ プラチナクリア
Amount31.75 oz.
IngredientsSurfactants (sodium alpha sulfo fatty acid esters, polyoxyethylene alkyl ethers, pure soap components (sodium fatty acids)), alkaline agents (carbonates), process agents (sulfates), water softeners, bleaching agents, optical brightening agents, enzymes
TypePowder
FormulaMild Alkaline
Fabric SoftenerNo
Bleaching AgentYes
Optical BrightenerYes
FragranceYes
RefillableNo
Overall Score3.75
Cleaning Power3.8
Deodorizing Power4.0
Stain Prevention3.4
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P&G JapanBold Gelball 3D

$3.40

JapaneseP&Gジャパン ボールド ジェルボール 3D
Amount17 units
IngredientsSurfactants (alkyl ether sulfates, linear alkyl benzene sulfonates, pure soap (fatty acid salts) polyoxyethylene alkyl ethers), stabilizers (propylene glycol), dispersants, metal sequestering agents, fragrances, softening agents, water softening agents, enzymes, optical brighteners
TypePods
FormulaModerate
Fabric SoftenerNo
Bleaching AgentNo
Optical BrightenerNo
FragranceYes
RefillableYes
Overall Score3.68
Cleaning Power3.5
Deodorizing Power5.0
Stain Prevention3.4

How We Tested the Japanese Laundry Detergents

How We Tested the Japanese Laundry Detergents

We gathered and tested the 10 best-selling Japanese laundry detergents from e-commerce sites popular in Japan, such as Amazon, Rakuten, and Yahoo! Shopping.


Then, we tested each product for the following:

  • Cleaning power
  • Deodorizing power
  • Ease of use

Finally, we ranked the 10 best Japanese laundry detergents accordingly.

Test ① Cleaning Power

Test ① Cleaning Power

First, we tested how well each laundry detergent was able to do its main job of cleaning. To test this, we applied the following stains to white T-shirts and left them for a day:

  • Water-soluble stains (soy sauce, coffee, Worcestershire sauce, ketchup)
  • Oil-soluble stains (sebum, lipstick, foundation, bolognese)
  • Insoluble stains (mud)
  • Other stains (blood)

Then, we washed the stained T-shirts in our top-load washing machine on standard mode (two rinses). We then used a color meter, a device that can measure the difference in color, to test how much of our stains were removed.

Test ② Deodorizing Power

Test ② Deodorizing Power

Next, we tested how well the laundry detergents were able to deodorize dirty T-shirts. To do this, we left T-shirts soak in dirty bath water for a day and added one drop of a liquid containing a pseudo-sweaty smell created by experts. 


The stinky T-shirts were then washed in a vertical washing machine using each detergent and hung out to dry for a day in a well-ventilated environment. Finally, our testers sniffed each of the T-shirts to test each detergent's deodorizing abilities.

Eiichi Ishikawa
Olfactory Measurement Operator
Eiichi Ishikawa

For this test, we enlisted the help of odor expert Eiichi Ishikawa, who's a first-generation olfactory measurement operator and licensed odor control advisor.

Test ③ Stain Prevention

Test ③ Stain Prevention

Finally, we tested to see how easy it was to use each detergent. Since laundry detergent is something we use on a daily basis, it's best to use one that isn't too complicated. We evaluated each laundry detergent based on its type and container, giving high scores to products that were easy to use.


We graded each product on a seven-point scale:

7 points: No measurement required
6 points: You only need to push the pump to measure out an exact amount
4 points: The cap or measuring spoon has a scale of three or more lines
3 points: The cap or measuring spoon has a scale of two or fewer lines
2 points: The cap doesn't have a scale, just a line
1 point: The cap has a colored scale and is easy to read
1 point: The cap or measuring spoon has no scale


※Note that there's intentionally no 5 point, as we found the difference between point 6 and point 4 were pretty vast, and the products were evaluated on multiple points. For example, if a product has a cap or measuring spoon with a scale of two or fewer lines, it earns 3 points. If a cap also lacks a scale, and only has a line, it gets three more points (points 2 and 1) for a total of 5 points.

How Should You Actually Use Laundry Detergent?

If you're thinking, "I bought the right laundry detergent but it doesn't seem to remove stains for some reason," it may be that you're not using the laundry detergent correctly.


We spoke with a professional and asked exactly how to use laundry detergent correctly. We were also able to learn some tried and true techniques for removing stains that we hope can make your laundry routine easier. 

Ideal Laundry Load Size: 70% Capacity for Vertical Machines, 30 to 40% for Horizontal Drum Type Washing Machines

Ideal Laundry Load Size: 70% Capacity for Vertical Machines, 30 to 40% for Horizontal Drum Type Washing Machines

One of the major causes of poor stain removal is overloading the washing machine. A good rule of thumb is to only fill a vertical washing machine up to 70% capacity, and a horizontal washing machine up to 30 to 40% capacity.


The trick is not to pack your laundry in too tightly, but rather, to fill the machine lightly and gently


Additionally, it's worth noting that it's better to use less detergent rather than more for the amount of water you're using, since using more detergent than recommended means there's a greater likelihood that you'll end up with residue on your clothes, which can not only reduce the lifespan of your garments but also potentially trigger skin problems.

Kensuke Kanzaki
Laundry Expert
Kensuke Kanzaki

Many people overfill their laundry machines. If you put in more laundry than the detergent can handle, you will not be able to clean your clothes effectively.


If the washing machine is overstuffed, dirt and grime will not be removed from clothes, which leads to stale-smelling clothes. Most people will overcompensate by choosing detergents or fabric softeners with strong fragrances to mask smells, which might be unpleasant for some.

Maintaining the proper ratio of all the elements necessary for laundry washing (laundry, detergent, and water) is the key to achieving the best stain removal.

Not only the power of the detergent but also the power of the water affects how well the laundry removes stains. If you are using a water-saving washing machine and are worried about poor stain removal, try increasing the amount of water instead of increasing the amount of detergent.

For Baby Clothes or People With Sensitive Skin, Rinse Twice

For Baby Clothes or People With Sensitive Skin, Rinse Twice

When washing clothes for babies or for people with sensitive skin, increase rinsing from once to twice to thoroughly rinse out the laundry detergent. Detergent ingredients not being thoroughly rinsed out is one cause of skin irritation.


If you're particularly concerned about washing your baby's clothes with regular laundry detergent, you can also choose one specially made for babies. Check your baby's skin type and condition frequently to find the appropriate laundry detergent for them. 

Kensuke Kanzaki
Laundry Expert
Kensuke Kanzaki

I have children, and I didn't look to buy a special detergent for washing baby clothes. Instead, I used regular detergent and rinsed twice to ensure no detergent remained on washed clothes.


I spoke with a university professor, and unsurprisingly, he concluded that letting babies wear dirty clothes, as in clothes that haven't had all the grime and detergent residue removed from them, is potentially harmful to infants and small children. If you use baby detergent and find that it does not remove stains well, use sodium sesquicarbonate or sodium percarbonate to clean the stains out correctly.

More Techniques For Washing Clothes Effectively

Even with the right kind of detergent, there are still some pesky stains that are hard to clean out. If you ever find yourself in that situation, try the following tips. 

For Oily Stains Caused By Food Scraps, Try Spot-Cleaning With Dish Soap

For Oily Stains Caused By Food Scraps, Try Spot-Cleaning With Dish Soap

For spills and other food-related grease stains, we recommend spot-cleaning with dish detergent. Apply the dish soap to the stained area and gently rub it in before putting it in the washing machine.


Dishwashing detergent is very effective at removing pesky stains because it contains surfactants that are resistant to grease stains. Dish soap also tends to be gentler on the hands so you don't have to worry about any skin irritation you may encounter if you try spot-cleaning with laundry detergent. 


Using this method could also help save time and money, as it'll save you from buying additional laundry detergent.

For Partial Stains on Sleeves or Collars, Try Using a Bar Detergent

For Partial Stains on Sleeves or Collars, Try Using a Bar Detergent

While none made it onto our top 10, for partial stains on collars and sleeves of shirts, we also recommend spot-cleaning with bar detergents. Gently rub the bar directly into the stain and scrub it gently before rinsing it off. Alternatively, you can leave the bar detergent on for a while before lightly wringing it out and chucking it in the washing machine.

Add Sodium Sesquicarbonate to Boost Cleansing Power

Add Sodium Sesquicarbonate to Boost Cleansing Power

Adding alkaline sodium sesquicarbonate when washing will dramatically increase cleaning power. We recommend it for messy stains caused by blood, grime, spills, and other stains you want to remove thoroughly.


Unlike bleach, it has no bleaching component, so you don't have to worry about it altering the color of your clothes. Just add it into the washing machine at the same time you add laundry detergent.

Kensuke Kanzaki
Laundry Expert
Kensuke Kanzaki

I put one tablespoon of sodium sesquicarbonate of soda per 15 lbs of laundry. Be aware that increasing the amount of sodium sesquicarbonate does not necessarily mean cleaner clothes.

For Better Whitening, Add Sodium Percarbonate

For Better Whitening, Add Sodium Percarbonate

If you want added bleaching benefits, consider adding sodium percarbonate (soda carbonate) into your washing machine with detergent. We recommend applying it directly to the stains before washing to remove partial stains.


As a rule of thumb, the standard amount to add to your load would be about 2.7 tablespoons per 16 gallons (60 liters) of water. Simply add it into the washing machine at the same time that you pour in your laundry detergent.

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Now that you've gotten the best laundry detergent, time to look for other products to help you clean your clothes.

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