Below I've gathered quite a few Woolite for Darks detergent reviews, experiences from real people who've used it, and opinions.
This laundry detergent, which comes in liquid form, and also recently has become available in pacs, is designed for use on dark clothes and jeans.
While it is not exactly a delicates wash detergent, and is designed to be used on many types of clothing, it is advertised as being good for these dark types of clothing because of its promise of no fading, stretching of shrinking.
Woolite, in general, is a brand known for its promise to clean clothes gently, and without damage.
Along with the specialty nature of this detergent, it also has a pretty hefty price tag, at least compared to many others, when comparing the cost per load.
One of the things the reviews below addresses is whether that additional price is worth it, for these readers, compared to the way the detergent works to wash their clothes, and hopefully to preserve the colors and fit.
In addition, there is only a scented version of this detergent, and no unscented is available. Some people are totally fine with that, but that does have some consequences for allergic reactions experienced by some, which is also a topic discussed below in some of the reviews.
Woolite For Dark Clothing Saves Me Money From Dry Cleaning Bills
New Bottle Design For Woolite Darks Version
I wear a lot of dark slacks and tops to work.
Some of them contain washing instructions requiring cold water and use of the gentle cycle, or as an alternative they may be dry cleaned.
Dry cleaning is very expensive and I have never had good luck with any of the "home dry cleaning" products that are available in the grocery store.
Since my work clothes are only lightly soiled I will wash them all (warm and cold water garments) in cold water with the Woolite.
For the tops I will pour some of the Woolite directly on the collars before putting them in the wash.
When it comes to pretreating occasional stains, usually on my tops, I reach for the Shout Gel, however I add one step to the process that I normally do not do for pretreating stains in a normal wash cycle. For my gentle cycle wash I will apply a small amount of Shout to hidden area such as an inseam, to determine whether the garment is colorfast.
This is an important step when it comes to washing garments that are hand washable or gentle cycle cold water washables.
In addition I never leave the Shout on for more than 5 minutes before washing.
Once again this is different from pretreating most of the stains on the kids clothes where I will apply the Shout and throw it in the hamper until wash day.
Note that while the Shout gel does caution you to not leave the product on bright or khaki garments for more than a few minutes it does not address the dark, gentle care garments.
This product is well worth the extra money spent as it drastically reduced my dry cleaning bills.
I've gotten quite a few comments and reviews about this product from readers, who've complained about allergic reactions to the Woolite Darks.
Since there is not an unscented version of this product, it's not surprising that some people are allergic (though of course not all). (To learn more about why fragrance is a common laundry allergen check out this article about laundry detergent allergies.)
Here are some of these reader reviews, and there are more in the comments:
Because Cheer discontinued their Cheer for Darks I started using Woolite for Darks instead.
I wear a lot of dark clothing, especially shirts. I have noticed itching under my arms. The only thing that was different or new was the Woolite dark. I never had a problem with Cheer for Darks. When I wear light colored shirts I do not have the itching problem.
I would love to know what is in the Woolite for Darks that causes my problems.
SR101 reader says:
I would have liked this product, if only they could have toned down or completely eliminated the fragrance. It is overpowering and can be breathtaking, so I avoid using it on any clothing that's above the waist.
I cannot even do laundry when my family is home, as it permeates the house.
So, where is the fragrance-free version?
The SR101 reader makes a good point, because Woolite is not, at this time, attempting to make a hypoallergenic version of this product for allergy sufferers.
Therefore, if you're experiencing allergies when using this product I suggest you instead try to find a hypoallergenic detergent that might do the job for you.
Dark Wash Woolite Review - Extra Dark Care Laundry Detergent
Taylor's note: Amanda has shared her Dark Wash Woolite review, of the Extra Dark Care variety. This seems to still be available in some stores, but is getting harder to find. It's also less than clear how the "extra dark" variety differs from the more commonly found Woolite Darks variety mentioned throughout these reviews.
I had quite a few winter clothes that I did not want to keep taking to the cleaners to have them cleaned. I didn't like the way they smelled after they were cleaned--the chemical smell was obvious to me.
I decided to try washing them in Woolite, made for dark clothing, instead. I saw some commercials about it, and knew it had been around for a LONG time, so I felt pretty comfortable using it.
Since I had not used it before, I filled my washer with water first, added the Woolite and then mixed it together before I added my dark clothes. It worked beautifully. My clothes were very clean and there seemed to be no smell at all.
I put them in the dryer and that was when I ran into a little problem. As I took them out of the dryer, I noticed what seemed like a chemical smell--not really strong, but a faint chemical-like smell. I didn't think much of it, but when I wore any of the clothing I'd washed in the Woolite it was just a little itchy wherever it touched my skin. Not enough to create a rash, but not very comfortable.
When I looked at the bottle I realized that the instructions should have warned me off...statements like--do not let it touch your skin, and keep away from eyes. I think this is the last time I'll be using Woolite for laundry.
Thanks Amanda for your review. It sounds like you have a mild laundry detergent allergy, similar to what some reviewers above also experienced.
I have been a loyal user of Woolite for Darks detergent for over a year now, it's worth the higher price.
I am very choosy as to what types of products I use in the laundry room. My biggest concern is that my clothing looks "like new" for a longer period of time.
None of Woolite's family of detergents contain optical brighteners or enzymes, just gentle surfactants, and fragrance.
The detergent is a blue liquid, with a nice fresh scent. The measurement marks are very easy to see.
All of my blacks and navies are still dark and vivid. I need to mention that I have shirts and slacks over a year old! It's a remarkable laundry detergent.
However, they recommend using a separate pre-treater for stains. I just add a little in-wash stain fighter as necessary!
Give it a try! You'll love the results you get with Woolite for Darks Detergent, wash after wash, after wash, after wash..... :)
Thanks Beau for sharing your review of this laundry detergent.
I would love to hear from even more people that use Woolite Extra Dark Care sharing your opinions about it, good or bad, and hear your experiences with it. You can share you Woolite detergent review here, or read other reviews that have already been submitted for this brand.
In addition, you can check out lots of washing machine detergent reviews here, from a large variety of brands, to find out which detergent you might like to use for yourself (or share your own review!)
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