Laundry detergent is the basic cleaning product you add to your washer to remove stains, dirt and odors from your laundry. Most washers come with a laundry detergent dispenser.
Laundry detergent comes in one of two forms: liquid or powder. No matter which form it takes, general-purpose detergent can effectively clean most fabrics. You can also find more specialized formulas, though, such as detergent made to gently clean delicate fabrics, remove stains from whites or preserve bright colors. Also be aware that if you have a high-efficiency washer, you will need to use high-efficiency detergent to protect your appliance.