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.


Miele W3038 Washing Machine Review: Is It Worth the High Cost?

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Miele: Forever Better

I can’t believe I have only now gotten around to writing this review of my Miele W3038 washing machine.

Just to give you some background, laundry has always been my favorite chore, but when I moved in with my now husband our condo did not have a washer. It didn’t even have space for a washer, since the hookups were in a tiny closet in the bathroom where we kept all our household stuff! So we spent several years using a wash and fold service (you can read more about that here) till I finally got my Miele W3038 washer and T8023C dryer as a wedding gift.

That was a year and a half ago, and in that time I’ve really gotten a chance to test out the Miele W3038. I run on average 7-10 loads of laundry a week, and at this point have tested out every single setting the washer offers. I’ve also determined its strengths and weaknesses and have figured out the optimal settings for my daily needs. Read the rest of my Miele washing machine review to get the full details.

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Cheer Powder Laundry Detergent now HE Compatible!

Cheer Powder Laundry Detergent for HE Machines

Cheer powder laundry detergent has always been known as a highly effective powder detergent for colors – it lacks the OBAs that are present in most detergents sold in the US which can make saturated colors fade. And now it’s finally HE compatible!!

This has been a very exciting laundry week – yesterday I received a package with Caldrea laundry detergent in the Basil Blue Sage scent (if you’ve read my previous post

you know that I was choosing between several great Caldrea scents, and in the end I chose to go with the BBS), and today I was finally able to locate the new and improved, HE-compatible powdered Cheer!

I had heard rumors of Cheer switching to the “dark side” and releasing an updated, HE friendly version about a month ago, but didn’t want to write about it till I could confirm. I’ve heard nothing but great things about Cheer, and its main distinguishing feature is that it does not contain OBAs! Just like the expensive German Persil and Miele Color powders I normally use for my colored loads, but at a fraction of the cost. I had been visiting all of the local stores that sell Cheer several times a week, and finally today I was rewarded for my patience: they had just put out a bunch of new boxes, and all of them were the new HE version.

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Announcement: Upcoming Laundry Detergent Review (by a Laundry Nerd) Coming Soon!

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I have to admit, I am a HUGE laundry nerd. But believe it or not, the last 3.5 years of my life were spent without access to a washer/dryer! Our condo did not have them set up, so we took the easy way out and used a wash and fold service for 3.5 years. While the people at the laundromat were incredibly nice and did a lovely job of folding clothes neatly, I absolutely hated the whole experience. Here’s why:

  • No control over which laundry products and wash cycles are being used
  • No control over sorting (I always sorted our stuff into three bags: whites, colors, darks, but who knows if they actually kept them separated)
  • Having to “ration” sheets and towels according to the monthly laundry drop off schedule
  • At least once a month we would find a lonely strange sock in our load…
  • No way to easily do delicates, other than hand washing in the sink
  • Constant “laundry crises”, where we would suddenly realize we are completely out of work shirts or pants, and the inevitable 3-day delay from that moment to when we would finally get our load back
  • And of course the horror of having to drag 40+ pounds of dirty clothes to the closest laundromat

So when the topic of wedding gifts came up, I told my then husband-to-be that I wanted only one thing: a washer and dryer. And to reward me for all the years of not being able to do my own laundry, we decided to go with a Miele set: the Miele W3038 Washer and T8023C Dryer.

We completely redid the laundry closet in the bathroom, which used to house all the household stuff, put in Elfa shelving, including the BRILLIANT Elfa Door Rack System, and finally had the stacked set installed.

Miele W3038 and T8023C StackedAnd then the fun began! It’s probably a little strange that I get as excited about laundry as I do, but I’ve pretty much been washing non-stop the last two months. I’ve tried out a bunch of different laundry detergents (I almost need an intervention based on the amount of boxes and bottles I now have…), additives and cleaning cycles, and now feel like I can share my experience! So I’ve started working on a fairly large blog post comparing all sorts of detergents – from regular Tide to pricey The Laundress and Persil Megaperls to “green” options like Vaska, Method and Caldrea. Stay tuned!

Update: you can now read the first part of my laundry detergent review here (Tide vs German Persil), and also check out my quick initial review of US Persil ProClean here.

In the meantime, a picture showing the miracles a good washer and detergent can do: these are two pillowcases from a set that we had been using for years. I was about to throw them out, but decided to see what a soak in some sodium percarbonate and hot water wash with Persil Megaperls Universal can do…

Persil vs laundromat

These are two pillowcases from the same set: the one on the left after three years of being washed at the laundromat, the one on the right after a soak and wash in the Miele