In Consumer Reports' latest laundry detergent Ratings, Wisk Deep Clean Free & Pure HE delivered superb results, rivaling the top-rated Tide Ultra Plus Bleach Vivid White + Bright. It actually earned the highest score of all detergents in our tough ring-around-the-collar test, making good on its promise to tackle trapped body oils and sweat. Unfortunately, a lot of consumers are having trouble finding Wisk's winning formula in stores.
"Works if you can find it!" writes one reviewer on the Wisk website. "This is the best for removing yellowing around the collar and other body oil stains. I use it on white towels and they look new again. But lately I haven't been able to find the Free and Pure version. Why are the unscented always the first go?" grouses another. We checked in with Sun Products, maker of Wisk, to see how they're handling the apparent shortage. "Wisk Deep Clean products typically have a broad distribution at retailers, including online at Walmart.com," Kathryn Corbally, director of corporate affairs, wrote in an e-mail. "However, Wisk Deep Clean Free & Pure has a narrower distribution currently, which we are seeking to expand in 2014."
Wisk Deep Clean Free & Pure HE, which can be used in high-efficiency and conventional washers, is difficult to find online, though Corbally provided a list of brick-and-mortar retailers where you should be able to find it. Most are regional stores, with names like Piggly Wiggly in the Southeast, Giant Y in the Midwest, and Price Chopper in the Northeast. So it's worth checking your local supermarket. If you can live with dyes and fragrances, you could also try Wisk Deep Clean HE, which performed very well in our Ratings and has broader distribution, including online.
Alternatively, you may have less trouble finding the five Tide products that make our list of recommended laundry detergents. And if you're a Costco member, we think you'll be impressed by the performance of the Kirkland Signature Ultra Clean Pacs and the Kirkland Signature Ultra 33% more cleaning power. Both are suitable for use in high-efficiency and conventional washers, and they're among the least expensive detergents in our Ratings.