Liquid vs. Solid Laundry and Warewashing Products

Ever since the dawn of the Commercial Laundry and Warewashing industry, liquids and powders Betco-Warewashinghave been the only options for cleaning and sanitizing in a facility that housed a commercial laundry or warewashing operation. It was not until 1981 that solid technology was introduced to the industry – and it took some time for the concept to catch on.

As more sophisticated dosing systems were being developed for both liquids and solids, powders lagged way behind. Today, liquids and solids are the two main types of products, with liquids still outselling solids. But with the trend in this industry’s markets heading toward a desire for better value, more sustainability, smaller pack sizes, and tighter budgets, among other things, solids may be reversing that trend in short order. There are advantages and disadvantages for both liquids and solids.

A Breakdown of the Pros and Cons of Solids and Liquids

Solids – Pros

  • More concentrated – less frequent purchases
  • Better end-use cost
  • Safer – Dosed through a closed system
  • Complete use of product – gravity dispensed
  • Smaller pack size/smaller inventories
  • Sustainable – less packaging and less waste

Solids – Cons

  • Higher case cost
  • Dosage dependent on consistent water temperature and pressure

Liquids – Pros

  • Lower case cost
  • Good performance

Liquids – Cons

  • Heavier to lift and move
  • Safety risk – splash potential
  • Requires more inventory space
  • Smaller pack size/smaller inventories

It is difficult to argue against the advantages of solid technology. The main downside for solids is that because it is such a concentrated product, the cost is higher, so the price per case is higher. However, because the technology allows for higher concentration in the chemistry, it also means that it lasts much longer than liquids. In fact, the end-use cost, or the cost per load of laundry or rack of dishes, is lower than that of liquid products, which means that overall spending is less for solids!

As end users become more educated in these types of technologies, and because of the above-mentioned constraints of liquids on a Long Term Care facility, solids should be catching up on liquids in no time.

Andy Gail is the Associate Product Manager – Disinfectants, Insecticides, Laundry and Warewashing for the Betco Corporation. He is driven to ensure a cleaner more sustainable future through products, and programs that you inspire and we innovate. When not disinfecting or changing loads of laundry, Andy enjoys spending time with friends and traveling. Click here to contact Andy directly.

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