Bio versus non-bio laundry detergent – what’s the difference?

The difference between bio versus non-bio laundry detergentWondering whether you need a non-bio or a bio? Looking for a hypoallergenic laundry detergent? Want washing powder that’s kinder to your skin and the planet? You’re in the right place…




The difference between bio and non-bio

Biological washing powder and liquids contain enzymes. These help to break down fat, grease and proteins to get clothes clean. While enzymes are great for getting rid of stains, they can damage wool, silk and other materials. Many people also find that they aggravate eczema and other sensitive skin conditions. Non-bio doesn’t contain enzymes so is generally gentler, making it a better choice for sensitive skin. And, in our opinion, natural brands are even gentler as they don’t use harsh chemicals.

So, if anyone in your family suffers from eczema, psoriasis or other sensitive skin complaints, you may want to switch to a natural, non-bio detergent.



Does non-bio work as well as biological washing powder?

These days, non-bio detergents are very effective and will get most marks out. That being said, you might sometimes need an extra stain remover to treat really stubborn marks.



Is non-bio better for the environment?

Not necessarily, as many non-bios still contain non-biodegradable surfactants, phosphates and other chemicals that aren’t exactly eco-friendly. The ones that we sell, however, have been specially formulated to be kinder to the planet. They’re usually made from plants or other sustainable ingredients, aren’t tested on animals and aren’t as harmful to marine life.



The best hypoallergenic non-bio detergents

We sell all the leading UK brands of eco-friendly washing detergent, including Ecover Non-Bio Washing Powder and Laundry Liquid. Ecover is one of the best known eco-brands, and for good reason. A recent reviewer said of the laundry liquid,

“Best detergent I’ve ever used. It’s much better than the chemical detergents. Because it’s concentrated you only need a small amount to wash clothes and it lasts forever because of this. Clothes come out really clean and smelling fresh.”

If you have sensitive skin, look for a perfume-free laundry detergent. Bio-D’s Non-Bio Concentrated Washing Powder is a great choice. It’s fragrance-free, hypoallergenic and approved by Allergy UK. One reviewer said, “Fantastic product, I am very chemically sensitive ... I cannot use any mainstream products and Bio-D is a life saver. I do not react to this washing powder at all ... hallelujah!!!”

Prefer laundry tabs? Try Ecozone Non Bio Laundry Capsules. They’re suitable for both white and coloured clothes, gentle on skin and easy to use.



Eco-friendly biological detergents

Looking for a greener bio washing powder or liquid? Ecover and Ecozone also make bestselling bio detergents. Or try Method’s Concentrated Laundry Liquid, which is superb at fighting stains and works brilliantly at low temperatures.



Reusable laundry devices

Reusable laundry cleaners are naturally hypoallergenic. The EcoEgg, for example, is backed by Allergy UK and the National Eczema Society, lasts for up to 720 washes and (most importantly) really works. As one customer said, “The Egg seems to work exceptionally well on both white and coloured clothing and both high and low temperatures. Very pleased, highly recommended.”



Natural stain removers

Now, the products we’ve mentioned are good, but sometimes you might need a little extra help to tackle stubborn stains. (Particularly if you have kids, a Marmite addiction or are a bit of a clutz.) We sell several natural stain removers, including Ecozone Pure Oxygen Whitener Stain Removal Tabs for Whites, which are free from chlorine and optical brighteners but work wonders at removing stains and brightening whites.


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