Ajax Detergent Review - Removes Stains But Can Be Rough On Clothes

by Joy
(New York, New York)

Joy has shared her Ajax detergent review.

Joy says:

Ajax cleans clothes with the toughest of stains.


While it is very good at removing unwanted stains on clothing, it can be a bit rough on clothes that are delicate or require extra care.

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Ajax has a very bold scent. It is great on heavy duty laundry and leaves a lingering fragrance.

I initially purchased this detergent simply because it was on sale for a very good price. I was a little skeptical upon using it at first but I was pleasantly surprised.

It makes whites brighter and gets hard to reach stains out very well. I would recommend this product for anyone looking for an affordable intense laundry detergent.

This product is also great on clothes that get a lot of wear and tear such as soccer uniforms or work clothes.

Taylor says:

Joy, thanks for your laundry detergent review of Ajax.

Does anyone else use Ajax to wash their clothes? If so, you can share your Ajax laundry detergent review.

***Update: One SR101 reader sent me in this comment about the scent of this detergent. She says:
I find the Ajax is very strongly scented, and I'm not a big fan of that!
End Update***

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Ajax Laundry Detergent Seems Watery Than Normal

by Peter

Peter has shared with me a big concern he has with Ajax laundry detergent recently.

Peter says:

I have a big problem with the last THREE Ajax detergent bottles I have purchased in the past 2 weeks. When I opened the bottles, and poured the alleged detergent into my washing machine I realized that the liquid was little more than water!!!!

Is this how it SHOULD be? Or are recognizable drug store firms selling me "bootleg" products???

Whenever I have used these alleged products my laundry has been less-than-clean. Do you have any idea what's up?

Taylor says:

Peter, I'm sorry that you've had trouble with Ajax laundry detergent.

Another reviewer (see below) has actually commented that she thought this detergent was "a bit watery." That tends to be the case with many lower priced detergents, although Ajax is advertised to be 2x ultra concentrated, so it shouldn't be all water.

Further, the way detergent looks is not always an indication of how well it works. We have been conditioned, through marketing, to believe thick rich detergents clean better, or give us a better value. Sometimes this can be true -- but not always. Each detergent should be judged on its own merits, but if it doesn't seem to clean well for you that is much more of a problem, in my mind, than whether it looks watery or not.

I would love to hear from other consumers of Ajax detergent -- do you feel the product has gotten waterier than it used to be? If so, have you also noticed a difference in how it cleans your clothes?

You can share your own Ajax laundry detergent review here.

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Doesn't Irritate My Skin & Gets Clothes Nice & Clean

by Paul
(Illinois)

Paul says:

This laundry detergent is great.

It gets my clothes nice and clean and doesn't irritate my skin.

It leaves my clothes smelling great and I also wash my newborn son's baby clothes with it and it doesn't irritate his skin either!

The cost is very reasonable ($2.50 where I bought it from). Not to mention it smells great too!

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I Found Ajax Laundry Detergent Watery Also

by SR101 Reader

An SR101 Reader shared their own experiences with Ajax detergent, which were similar to Peter's experience above.

SR101 Reader says:

I haven't seen Ajax in years. My mom used it years ago, so when I saw it I thought I would try it.

The label said 2x concentrated, so I thought it would be thicker than it was. It was very watery. Which would be understandable if it just said Ajax, not Ajax concentrated. I'm glad I only paid $2.50 for it and not more.

I've also tried the new versions of Fab, Bold, and Oxydol. Also disappointing. They don't clean like they used to.

Taylor says:

Thanks for sharing your experiences with Ajax detergent.

You are right that some of these old laundry detergent brands have been taken over by a new owner. For sure, I am aware that Ajax, Dynamo, Fresh Start and Fab were all taken over by Phoenix Brands, and I am sensing a trend that people aren't all that pleased with them from the reviews I've received.

There are some who like that the detergents are low cost, which is this economy is no small thing. On the other hand, people still want their laundry to get clean, and I've heard some complaints on that front.

I would love to hear from others too, about all these lower cost detergents. How have they worked for you? You can share your laundry detergent review here, telling me your experiences and opinions with these detergents.

My observations, from receipt of all these laundry detergent reviews, is that some low cost detergents have gotten higher marks. Those that come to mind at first include Arm & Hammer detergent (especially the Arm and Hammer Plus Oxiclean detergent and Purex (at least the new one with Zout.) There are also mixed reviews of Xtra Detergent, with some liking it for the cost, and others being disappointed.

I hope all that extra information helps you, in case you are interested in expanding to other detergents besides just Ajax detergent.

***Update: An additional SR101 reader has shared their opinion about how watery this detergent was. She says:
I must agree...Ajax has been as thin as water, leading me to want to use more in each load...no savings there.
Based on these several comments, this seems to be a big problem with this particular brand.

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Ajax Detergent Takes Out Tough Stains

by Jayne
(San Diego, CA)

Jayne has shared her short Ajax laundry detergent review.

Jayne says:

I just started using Ajax and I love it.

The smell is great. Ajax also takes out tough stains such as blood and mustard. I really recommend this detergent.

Taylor says:

Thanks for sharing your experiences with this detergent Jayne.

Has anyone got a favorite detergent for removing stains? Some obviously work better than others. You can share your laundry detergent review here, telling me which detergent you like the best, and why.

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Ajax Laundry Detergent Is One Of Few I'm Not Allergic To

by Pat
(Cleveland, OH)

Pat has shared his experience with this detergent.

Pat says:

I'm not allergic to Ajax laundry detergent, so I've been using it for more than 20 Years!

I am allergic to most detergents and Ajax has been non-allergenic for me.

However, I am having a difficult time finding it in my local stores in the Cleveland, Ohio area. I hope someone can help me locate this liquid detergent.

Taylor says:

Thanks for sharing your review Pat, and I'm sorry you're having trouble finding it.

I have found that it is easier to find this brand in discount stores, such as dollar stores, or in big box stores such as Walmart, personally. I'd love to hear from others sharing where you've found it too.

In addition, you can always purchase it online, such as through the links provided on this page, if you're having trouble finding it in a store.

Hope that helps!

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Ajax Detergent Review - Great Value For The Price

by Renaye
(Kent, Ohio)

Renaye says:

I bought this laundry detergent at Menard’s a while back. I remembered my mother using it in the 1970’s, and the slogan "Stronger than Dirt" and the knight on the white horse.

I had not seen it in the stores for years. I figured it was one of those old brands resurrected by a different manufacturer relying on the old name to sell it, much like Oxydol.

I was going to pass it up but it was only $5.99 for the 98 use size, and it came with the dispenser bottle and measuring cup. So, I gave in and purchased it.

The first time I used it I thought it was bit watery, but I wasn’t expecting much at the price. Surprisingly, it ended up being a very good detergent.

It smelled nice, made the laundry clean and worked well as a pretreater.

We had no problem with allergies or skin irritations.

It didn’t take much, only the measuring up full for a load of laundry. It had a nice fresh scent and wasn’t a highly foaming detergent.

I feel it is well worth the money, and that it does a great job cleaning and deodorizing even the dirtiest of laundry. This is definitely a keeper in my book.

Taylor says:

Thanks Renaye for your Ajax detergent review.

You are right that Ajax is no longer manufactured by the same company anymore. It is now owned by Phoenix brands. Now they market the detergent as a great bargain brand. It seems to have fit the bill for you.

I have additionally gotten a comment from Alyssa, echoing your sentiments about it being a bargain price. She states:
Found this product at Walmart. I didn't even know they made laundry soap very cheap at only $2.50. Will differently buy it again.


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I'm sorry I wasted my money
by: Betsy Carpenter

I bought your detergent at Price Right store last week. I followed the directions, only using a cap fill per load. I see no bubbles when I fill the wash level so I put in more detergent. I was washing my bedding yesterday and noticed no clean smell. There is nothing special about your product. I need twice the amount of detergent to wash the clothes to get them clean. I'm a college student on Ramen noodles budget. I wasted a whole $5.00 on your product. I brought the 84 loads bottle. Thanks for nothing.

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response to Betsy
by: Taylor

Sorry to hear you had this experience Betsy, and thanks for taking the time to write in and tell me your thoughts on this brand of detergent. It really helps other consumers when they're trying to decide what products work well, and which don't. But please note that I am not the manufacturer of this brand. This is an independent third party website which allows product reviews. I just wanted to make sure you know that unless the company comes and reads articles on this website you haven't actually communicated your complaints directly to the company at this time, but instead just to me!

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Watery
by: Anonymous

I am glad others have had the same experience with this detergent. Yes, it is very watery and I guess I just prefer a thicker detergent. As far as cleaning, I guess it does an ok job. I just would not buy it again.

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It works great despite being a little thin
by: Toni Sacilotto

Hi. I just want to say, I been trying Ajax laundry soap and it works great. It got my shoes clean way better then the top brand I used on them. My clothes smell and look really nice. Can't beat the price. Yes it's a little thin, but that didn't have any bearing on the wash at all.

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