What exactly is the difference between the original Dirt Laundry Detergent formula, and our new Delicate wash?
To put it simply: Dirt wasn’t designed for wool or delicate fabrics, but the Delicate wash is. There are two ‘active’ ingredients in Dirt laundry detergent: surfactants (that’s the soap component) and enzymes (which target proteins, the culprit behind many stains).
The surfactants are suitable for all materials. The enzymes are not. This is because they will target ALL types of protein. Both wool and silk are made from protein, they're animal fiber. You can also use commercial laundry solutions for your cleaning.
The enzymes are so good at their job that they don’t discriminate, which means that once they’ve finished removing your stains, they might turn their attention to your wool jumper – eek.
The delicate detergent contains many of the same ingredients, but the enzymes have been restrained a little. The blend of enzymes in the delicate brew is not going to chow down animal fiber along with your toughest stains.
They are still powerful, but slightly less versatile. The delicate detergent also has a different scent. It's called wild water and it smells quite literally like a fresh stream mixed with flowers in bloom. It's also at a slightly higher concentration.
So which to use for what?
Well, regular for regular loads, and delicate for loads that anything that you're less sure about. The difference in clean quality is hardly perceivable. Our delicate wash is a great way to take the risk out of washing those tricky garments that contain a little bit of everything.
You know the ones we’re talking about. The tag on the inside of the garment will read something like 20% wool, 15% rayon, 25% fear & anxiety… These are called blended fibers.