We seem to ask ourselves this every time we're in the laundry aisle, and it's definitely one of those adult questions you should know the answer to! But what exactly is the difference between bio and non-bio washing detergent?

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Which is best, bio or non bio washing powder?

Bio (biological) washing powders and liquids contain enzymes that help break down dirt and remove stains from clothes effectively. These enzymes can cause irritation to people with sensitive skin, however.

Non-bio washing powders and liquids don't use enzymes, so they're great for people with sensitive skin. However, you may need an extra stain remover for messier, tricky marks.

Is bio or non bio washing powder better for the environment?

It all depends on what ingredients are used. There are both eco-friendly bio and non-bio laundry detergents as well as non-eco bio and non-bio detergents. Look out for plant-derived ingredients and steer away from products with lots of chemicals like phosphates.

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Check out our guide to the best eco-friendly refillable cleaners for some of our favourite brands!

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Katie is a Staff Writer for HomeStyle magazine and YourHomeStyle.uk. She previously worked on Gardens Illustrated magazine and has written for various other lifestyle magazines and brands. She particularly enjoys writing about indie and eco homeware brands, interior styles through the ages, urban gardening, and decor hacks for small spaces. She is also responsible for HomeStyle's buyer's guides, so you'll often find her testing out the latest homeware gadgets and kitchen appliances.

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