Top 10 Best Laundry Detergents In South Africa

In this post, we shall be discussing about the top 10 best laundry detergents in South Africa this 2022 with a view to enlightening you our esteemed readers on which washing powder is best for your laundry and dry cleaning. These leading detergent brands in the country are a combination of already established brands as well as relatively new entrants in the detergent industry in South Africa that have been able to make such an impression on South Africans that it is almost impossible to leave them out of the mix when ranking the leading washing powders in our country today.

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In the country today, people tend to favour the use of detergents in washing clothes than the use of bar soaps, this is because of the way detergents are produced to allow for fast and easy wash. In the detergent industry in South Africa, as is the case all over the world, there are two major categories where washing powders fall, and they are: the hand wash and the machine wash detergents.

In this article, we shall be taking a look at the best and leading detergents in South Africa, whether for hand wash or machine wash, and we will discuss in detail the popular brands of powder detergents that are more favoured and widely patronized by many families all over the federation today.

TOP 10 BEST DETERGENTS IN South Africa 2022 

The following are the 10 best and most popular detergent brands in South Africa this 2022:


Ariel is the best and most popular detergent in South Africa currently. This detergent is very powerful and is highly favoured by many families across the country presently. This detergent brand is a product of the multinational consumer goods company, Procter and Gamble (P&G), and its formulation uses an upgraded technology with increased enzymes and polymers that remove tough stains very effectively in just one wash to give brilliant cleaning results and leave a very pleasant fragrance on your clothes.

Ariel detergent is so potent that it removes tough stains from food, chocolate, coffee, wine, fruits, make up, ink, to mention but a few. The Ariel brand was first introduced in South Africa in 1998, with local production of the detergent commencing in the year 2006. Since then, through various innovations and improvements, the brand has steadily risen to become the most widely patronized detergent brand in South Africa today.


Sunlight Powder Detergent is another leading brand of detergents in South Africa today. One thing I love about this detergent is its ability to remove stains easily and leave a very pleasant fragrance on your clothes after washing. Su detergent is produced by Unilever South Africa Plc, and it comes in three variants currently which are: Sunlight Spring Sensation, Sunlight Tropical Sensation, and Sunlight Paradise Sensation for auto-wash.

The detergent is very gentle on the skin and it can last for a period of two years from production after which it expires. This is very rare for detergents which generally have a short lifespan. The detergent is also very affordable and is readily available in almost every consumer goods stores and shopping malls all over the federation.


So Klin Detergent is yet another top detergent brand in South Africa that comes with stain magnet and colour guard technology that leaves your clothes spotlessly clean while retaining their original colour without ever having to bleach it. This detergent brand was first introduced in South Africa in the middle to late 90s, and as far as I can recall, it is the first detergent ever introduced in the country with a distinctive white colour as opposed to the blue coloured detergents of the day which were the norm.

You can call So Klin somewhat of a trailblazer in the detergents industry for introducing white coloured washing powder to the South African populace which other detergent brands soon followed, and despite the huge competition in the market, they remain ever relevant and are still very good at what they are doing. So Klin is affordable and readily available in many stores and shops in the country today.


Growing up in the 90s, Omo was considered as the King of Detergents. It reigned supreme over every other brand including Elephant detergent, as both were considered rival brands which dominated the others several years ago. Currently, even though Omo no longer reigns supreme as it used to in the past, it is still considered one of the best and most popular brands of detergents in South Africa.

Omo is a product of Unilever South Africa Plc and at the height of its powers, it was known for its signature blue colour but these days, it is made as a white detergent that still removes stains excellently well. The brand is still the choice detergent for people who are more old school and it is doing pretty well in the market today.


Canoe laundry detergent was born out of the need to diversify the Canoe brand which only had the bar soap for washing, and because the use of bar soaps in doing laundry, while still relevant today, is fast fading into memory with the emergence of impressive detergents in the market that help in washing clothes easily and in lesser time, PZ Cussons South Africa Plc, decided to venture into the detergent market by launching the Canoe detergent brand in the country in 2014. The beauty about the Canoe Detergent is that it combines the benefit of offering the same colour care solution associated with the older Canoe bar soaps with the convenience of washing with a detergent, thereby preserving your fabrics in their original colours.


Good Mama washing detergent is a brand of washing powder in South Africa that washes clothes really well, ensuring that the clothes are very clean and it leaves a distinct pleasant fragrance on your clothes after washing. This detergent is very tough on stains and it comes with a formula that removes dirt very easily. Good Mama is very gentle on the skin.


So Easy detergent is a multi-purpose washing powder that is a product of Extreme Manufacturing South Africa Limited. This detergent is very suitable for both white and colored clothes, it forms lather well enough in water, it is very affordable for any income class, and it is readily available in many parts of the country.


WAW multi-use detergent is made by Expand Global Industries Ltd, located at Plot 9, Block F, Oluyole Industrial Estate, Extension, Ibadan, Oyo state, South Africa. This detergent is specially formulated to serve more than one purpose such as washing of clothes, dishes, cleaning surfaces like floors, tiles, toilets, bathtubs, sinks, to mention but a few. Currently, it is one of the best detergents in South Africa today.


Magik Multi-Purpose Detergent Powder is produced by Nourdm Global, it gives your clothes a sparkling brightness and a beautiful fragrance. This detergent is a state-of-the-art product which serves all the needs of its consumers in many ways. Magik Multi-Purpose Detergent Powder is effective at all temperatures, making the laundry clean and soft with a pleasant fragrance while keeping the whites looking really white. It is available in various sizes according to the measure of the different needs of the South African populace.


Zip detergent, a product of PZ Cussons South Africa Plc, is a washing powder that is made with improved enzyme activity and advanced optic brightening agent targeted at delivering brilliant whites. It has been in the market for several years running and is still one of the best in the country. Zip detergent contains enzymes which helps permeate in between fibers to remove tough stains, ensuring that there is no need to scrub and scrub your whites before you get your desired result. It works really well for coloured fabrics, retaining their original colours after wash.

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