The Ultimate Laundry Detergent Quiz
by Staff
There is nothing like putting on a freshly laundered garment after a refreshing shower. What exactly goes on when your clothes are swirling about in the washing machine? The answer lies in the powers of laundry detergent. Take this quiz to learn why.

How many loads of laundry does the average American household do a year?

  • 100
  • 200
  • 300

When did the first laundry detergent hit the market?

  • in the 1930s
  • in the 1950s
  • in the 1960s

What did people use to clean their clothes before laundry detergent was first produced?

  • dishwashing liquid
  • soap flakes
  • baking powder

What does surfactant stand for?

  • a surface active agent
  • a super active substance
  • a superior fact agent

How many types of surfactants are there?

  • four
  • six
  • nine

What is more effective for removing mites and mite allergens from clothing?

  • Laundry detergent is more effective.
  • Water is more effective.
  • They are equally effective.

What is a disadvantage of using soap?

  • It does not break down dirt as effectively.
  • It leaves a residue.
  • It is more costly than laundry detergent.

What type of surfactant is best used in hard water?

  • nonionic
  • cationic
  • anionic

What is an example of a builder?

  • bleach
  • soap
  • sodium tripolyphosphate

What makes clothing appear whiter and brighter?

  • the temperature of the water
  • enzymes
  • peroxide

What is the function of proteases?

  • They break down proteins.
  • They break down fat.
  • They break down starch.

What filler is used in powder detergents?

  • baking soda
  • sodium sulphate
  • water

What is more effective, a powder or liquid?

  • Powder is more effective.
  • Liquid is more effective.
  • They are equally effective.

Why do clothes get worn out from being washed?

  • The chemicals in the detergents deteriorate the fabric.
  • The water deteriorates the fabric.
  • The rubbing of the clothes against one and other during the agitation cycle deteriorates the fabric.

What is an advantage of laundry powder over laundry liquid?

  • Laundry powder does not dissolve as well as laundry liquid.
  • Laundry powder is cheaper.
  • Laundry powder is more effective.

What is an advantage of laundry liquid over laundry powder?

  • It contains less chemicals than powder.
  • It is cheaper than powder.
  • It dissolves better than powder.

What is the carbon footprint of laundry detergent per year?

  • 120 pounds per family (54.5 kilograms)
  • 240 pounds per family (109 kilograms)
  • 480 pounds per family (218 kilograms)

How much energy is used to heat up the water in your washing machine?

  • 20 to 25 percent
  • 60 to 65 percent
  • 80 to 85 percent

Why are concentrated formulas better for the environment?

  • They put less chemicals into the environment.
  • They require less packaging and less gas for transporting them.
  • They contain less chemicals.

What chemical do green laundry detergents usually not contain?

  • phosphates
  • bleach
  • surfactants