Wimbledon 2016 is well and truly underway and with it comes the tournament’s famous all-white dress code that players must adhere to. So the last thing a tennis pro wants is their whites ruined by a substandard laundry detergent.
Players like Roger Federer, Eugenie Bouchard and Nick Kyrgios have all found themselves on the wrong side of the all-white rule in the past, earning a telling-off from officials.
That’s why we only recommend the very best detergents that will banish stains and keep whites bright. Find out which products were named champions in the Which? test lab by heading to our washing powder and laundry detergent reviews.
Best Buy and Don’t Buy washing powders
When you head to watch Wimbledon, whether you like to match the players’ white wardrobes or opt for more vivid colours, it’s worth checking that you’re picking the best detergent for your clothes, and your wallet.
As well as keeping whites looking immaculate, the best detergents and powders will keep coloured clothes looking crisp and clean too. Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams may have the best odds at Wimbledon, but we can offer a few sure-bets when it comes to picking an effective laundry powder.
We’ve tested more than 40 different washing powders and laundry detergents, including supermarket own-brands and big players, such as Ariel, Persil and Surf. Eight products have aced our tests, but there are also products that quickly crashed out, with three being named Don’t Buy laundry detergents to avoid.
Struggling with stubborn stains?
Of course, it’s not only sports fans who need reliable laundry cleaners. If you’re one of the 200,000 people who have recently returned from Glastonbury, you’re likely to be wading through piles of muddy laundry.
Memories of Adele’s honeyed tones or the flashy fireworks of Muse and Coldplay may last forever, but the same needn’t be true of the mucky stains.
As well as assessing how well washing powders and laundry detergents keep whites bright, we check how effectively they remove stains, including everyday stains such as grass and mud, food, drink and make-up.
Best Buy stain-removers aren’t necessarily the most expensive products either – some of the cheapest powders we’ve tested outrank those from pricey brands.