Miele UltraWhite Detergent Review

Miele UltraWhite Detergent

If you’ve been following my blog, you probably know how dedicated I’ve always been to Persil Megaperls. It’s a fantastic powerhouse detergent with just one major drawback – it is has a very strong smell. Even using 1-1.5 Tbsp of Persil results in highly scented laundry. I became extremely sensitive to scents during pregnancy and even the Persil Sensitive Megaperls version was too strong for me to be able to tolerate. I embarked on a long journey of trying various unscented detergents and trying to find a good balance of stain fighting power and mild formula, but that is the topic of another lengthy blog post. These days I can handle a little bit of scent in my laundry, but not as much as Persil leaves behind, so it was back to the drawing board yet again.

Today I’d like to tell you about Miele UltraWhite. I had been meaning to try it out for a really long time (literally years!), but would always repurchase my trusty Persil instead. Then a couple of months ago I was feeling adventurous and decided to give Miele a try. And I’m so glad I did, because it has quickly become my new favorite!

Since having Mila I have definitely streamlined my laundry practices and where previously I loved sorting everything into a million different loads, each with its own detergent, these days time is of the essence and I found myself searching for ONE detergent that could cover 90% of my needs. Persil was unfortunately not it – as wonderfully as it cleans, it is just too scented to be used on kitchen towels and baby clothes.

Miele UltraWhite Review

Miele UltraWhite is a true powder detergent with blue specks, unlike Persil, which is more like little blue and white granules. I love how little dust Persil gives off, and I know a lot of folks with allergies appreciate the granules over traditional powder.

Persil Megaperls on the left and Miele UltraWhite on the right

Both detergents have a very “Euro clean” scent, which I enjoy, however even at very low dosages and with multiple rinses the scent of Persil does not rinse out enough for me. Miele UltraWhite, on the other hand, has a much lighter scent, and while it’s not completely gone out of the dryer, it is light enough that I can hardly smell it. I do give kitchen towels, napkins and baby clothes 1-2 extra rinses to make sure that all of that is gone, and it rinses out beautifully.

Cleaning-wise, these two detergents come incredibly close, with one major difference: the Persil is a lot more concentrated, so where I could get away with 1 Tbsp of Persil I need 1.5-2 Tbsp of Miele.
They both get the vast majority of household stains out with no pretreating (even before Mila I refused to pretreat! Ain’t nobody got time for that.), and both struggle with one specific type of stain: Sriracha/Sambal chili sauce, especially if it’s been left to dry out for a few days. Also dried out carrot-based baby purees can be tricky, but I tend to wash baby clothes at 40C/104F and I don’t think that would be an issue at higher temperatures.

Here’s an example from today: our dog’s throw was in the wash, so I put down a white “human” throw and… forgot about it for at least a week. It had all sorts of dirt and gunk, but one wash at 50C/122F on the Wrinkle Free cycle in my washer (no prewash) and it came out spotless.


So these days I’m using Miele UltraWhite on pretty much everything except for darks and delicate fabrics. It can handle pretty much any kind of stain, leaves behind a light and pleasant fragrance, and is a fantastic universal powder detergent. The biggest con? The price. While both Persil and Miele are pricey, I’m using almost double the amount of Miele per load, so I’m going through it much quicker than I was with Persil. Overall though I can say nothing but great things about Miele UltraWhite!

You can purchase both detergents on Amazon (Persil, Miele), and also find Miele at your local Miele retailer.


Perwoll Black Laundry Detergent Review

Perwoll Delicates vs Perwoll Black laundry detergent

Perwoll Wool&Delicates vs Perwoll Black laundry detergent

Have you ever heard of Perwoll Black laundry detergent? I think there’s a little bit of confusion when it comes to the Perwoll brand. What you normally think of when you hear the name is Perwoll for Wool and Delicates, pictured below in the pink bottle. That detergent does not contain enzymes and is meant for delicates such as wool and silk: enzymes “eat away” at the proteins of wool and silk fabrics, so you should never wash those with a regular enzyme laundry detergent! So the pink Perwoll is pretty much the German sibling of the American Woolite detergent for delicates.

However that is not the only Perwoll laundry product available, their lineup also includes enzyme containing detergents for colors, whites and darks. The latter was very much recommended to me by the owner of our local Miele dealership, so I decided to give it a try.

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Persil ProClean Put to the Test – First Impressions and Review

Persil ProClean Review

Persil ProClean is now available at Walmart

A high value $3 off coupon is currently available here, however make sure to print it out asap, since it most likely won’t last long.
More coupons available as of May 24th! Check out Persil coupons.

As you probably already know, I am a huge fan of German Persil and got very excited last week when the launch of Persil ProClean was announced in the US. Unfortunately, none of my local Walmarts were carrying the Persil ProClean line yet, so I reached out the the folks at ProClean and they were kind enough to send me some samples. I received them yesterday and of course had to put the US version of Persil to the test straight away! Here are my first impressions, and I will be doing a full comprehensive review after I’ve used the detergents for a while.

Edit June 5, 2015: Consumer Reports has named Persil ProClean 2-in-1 liquid their #1 top rated detergent! Read more here.

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Tide and Persil – In Search of the Perfect Laundry Detergent pt.1

persil vs tide

Is there such a thing as a perfect laundry detergent? That was the first question I asked myself when, after almost 4 years of using a wash and fold service, we finally purchased a washer and dryer. I must have spent at least two months reading various reviews, trying to figure out where to start, and finally singled out the top two recommended brands: Tide (huge in North America) and Persil (one of the biggest names in Europe). Read on to find out how they stack up!

And yes, I definitely understand both ladies in the picture above – laundry is hands down my favorite chore! While you might not see me hugging a box of detergent too often, I most certainly get excited about trying out new products, choosing new favorite scents and trying to find the absolute best laundry detergent out there.

All of the reviewed detergents are HE or HE compatible and contain enzymes unless otherwise noted (detergents with enzymes are not recommended for wool, silk and other delicate fabrics).

Update March 12, 2015: This review is about German-made Henkel Persil. If you are looking to read about the US version of Persil, Persil ProClean sold at Walmart, I posted about it here in detail and with before/after pictures.

Tide vs Persil

Left to right, top to bottom: Tide Plus Bleach Alternative (powder), Persil Universal Megaperls, Persil Color Megaperls, Tide Plus Bleach Alternative (liquid), Tide Plus Colorguard

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