The global laundry detergent market size reached US$ 48.6 Billion in 2022. Looking forward, IMARC Group expects the market to reach US$ 64.2 Billion by 2028, exhibiting a growth rate (CAGR) of 4.99% during 2023-2028. The growing awareness regarding hygiene and cleanliness, emerging technological advancements, the increasing popularity of washing machines, new product launches, mergers and acquisitions (M&A), and research and development (R&D) activities are some of the major factors propelling the market.
Market Size in 2022
|US$ 48.6 Billion
Market Forecast in 2028
|US$ 64.2 Billion
Market Growth Rate 2023-2028
Laundry detergent is a cleansing agent specifically designed for use in washing machines or handwashing to remove dirt, stains, and odors from clothing and fabrics. It comprises a combination of surfactants, enzymes, builders, and other chemicals that work together to break down and dislodge soil particles from fabrics, leading to effective cleaning results. Surfactants lower the surface tension of water, penetrate the fabric and lift away dirt and stains, and enzymes target specific organic stains, such as food or grass, by breaking down the molecules responsible for the discoloration, while builders help to soften water and prevent mineral deposits that can hinder cleaning performance. It is available in various forms, including powders, liquids, and pods, each customized to suit different washing machine types and user preferences, providing a convenient and efficient solution for maintaining clean and fresh-smelling laundry.
The market is primarily driven by the increasing awareness of hygiene among individuals. In addition, the growing demand for scented laundry care products, as consumers seek a refreshing and pleasant laundry experience is influencing the market growth. Also, the growing popularity of liquid detergents, which dissolve easily in cold water and provide effective cleaning results when used in washing machines, is augmenting the market growth. Moreover, the widespread adoption of natural or organic detergents due to their eco-friendly nature and gentle impact on the environment and users' skin and clothing represents another major growth-inducing factor. Besides this, key players are investing in marketing strategies to improve their sales, and the easy availability of these products through both online and offline distribution channels presents lucrative growth opportunities for industry investors. Along with this, the increasing utilization of laundry detergent pods and gels, catering to the rising demand for convenient and effortless clothes cleaning methods, propelling the market growth.
Laundry Detergent Market Trends/Drivers:
The growing awareness regarding hygiene and cleanliness
The rising demand for laundry detergent due to the growing awareness of environmental and allergen-related issues is contributing to the market growth. Additionally, public health campaigns and initiatives are promoting cleanliness and personal hygiene further influencing the demand. Along with this, governments and healthcare organizations are encouraging the importance of maintaining clean garments to prevent the transmission of infections and diseases, propelling market growth. Consequently, this emphasis on preventive measures has encouraged consumers to prioritize regular laundry routines, supporting the growth of the market. Besides this, companies are increasingly engaging in educational campaigns to inform consumers about proper laundry practices, including the appropriate use of detergents for different fabrics and washing machine types, accelerating market growth. Furthermore, the growing popularity of social media and information-sharing platforms, allows consumers to be more conscious about various detergent options, their ingredients, and their impact on health and the environment, propelling the market growth.
The emerging technological advancements
Several technological advancements are transforming industry and meeting evolving consumer needs. In addition, automation and smart technologies are integrated into washing machines and detergent dispensers, optimizing detergent usage and enhancing laundry experiences, influencing market growth. Also, smart washing machines are equipped with sensors that can now detect the size of the laundry load and adjust the detergent amount, accordingly, minimizing wastage and ensuring efficient cleaning, saving cost, and reducing the environmental impact of excess detergent use, propelling the market growth. Moreover, some detergents now come with smart packaging featuring quick response (QR) codes or near-field communication (NFC) tags, providing consumers with detailed product information, usage instructions, and even personalized recommendations based on their specific washing machine model and fabric types represent another major growth-inducing factor.
The growing popularity of washing machines
Manufacturers are innovating and developing specialized detergent products to cater to the diverse range of machines available in the market. Some commonly known types of washing machines are top-loading, front-loading, and high-efficiency machines, which have varying washing mechanisms and water requirements, to ensure optimal cleaning performance, laundry detergents now are available with specific formulations designed to work effectively with each machine type. Moreover, the increasing penetration of smart washing machines led consumers to seek detergents that can complement the advanced features of these appliances representing another major growth-inducing factor. Also, the increasing popularity of concentrated formulations and single-dose packs, which require less storage space and reduces the risk of detergent spills and waste, is propelling the market growth.
Laundry Detergent Industry Segmentation:
IMARC Group provides an analysis of the key trends in each segment of the global laundry detergent market report, along with forecasts at the global, regional and country levels from 2023-2028. Our report has categorized the market based on product type, distribution channel and application.
Breakup by Product Type:
Powder represents the most popular product type
The report has provided a detailed breakup and analysis of the market based on the product type. This includes powder, liquid, gel, and pods/tablets. According to the report, powder accounted for the largest market share.
Powder detergents are the most popular choice for consumers due to their long-standing presence in the market, widespread availability, and affordability. In addition, they offer effective cleaning power and are suitable for several fabrics and laundry needs, influencing the market growth. Moreover, the widespread adoption of powder detergents due to their affordability and effectiveness in tackling tough stains represents another major growth-inducing factor.
Besides this, liquid detergents are gaining traction are appreciated for their ease of use, quick-dissolving properties, and ability to effectively tackle various laundry loads, including pre-treatment of stains, thus accelerating the market growth. Apart from this, the increasing demand for pods and single-dose packs due to their convenient and mess-free alternative is propelling the market growth. These pre-measured units eliminate the need for manual dosing, making them popular among consumers seeking simplicity and efficiency in their laundry routines.
Breakup by Distribution Channel:
- Supermarkets and Hypermarkets
- Online Stores
- Convenience Stores
Supermarkets and hypermarkets dominate the market
A detailed breakup and analysis of the market based on the distribution channel has also been provided in the report. This includes supermarkets and hypermarkets, online stores, convenience stores, and others. According to the report, supermarkets and hypermarkets accounted for the largest market share.
Supermarkets and hypermarkets are dominating distribution channels in the market. In addition, these retail giants offer a diverse range of laundry detergent brands, catering to the varying preferences and needs of consumers. The convenience of one-stop shopping and the availability of a wide selection of products under a single roof is influencing market growth. Moreover, supermarkets and hypermarkets frequently run promotional campaigns, discounts, and loyalty programs, attracting consumers and incentivizing repeat purchases thus representing another major growth-inducing factor.
Besides this, supermarkets and hypermarkets have extensive distribution networks, covering urban and rural areas, and their widespread presence and accessibility make laundry detergents easily available to a broad customer base, contributing to their market growth. Furthermore, the growing e-commerce and online platforms continue to maintain their strong position in the laundry detergent market, driven by the convenience, variety, and personalized shopping experience they offer to consumers.
Breakup by Application:
Household presently accounts for the largest market share
A detailed breakup and analysis of the market based on the application has also been provided in the report. This includes industrial and household. According to the report, household accounted for the largest market share.
Household laundry detergents are the most widely employed laundry detergent, attributed to the sheer number of households and the essential nature of laundry care in everyday life are influencing the market growth. Moreover, rapid urbanization and changing lifestyles of individuals are further propelling market growth. As more individuals shift to urban areas and lead busier lives, the convenience of automatic washing machines and efficient laundry detergents has become indispensable. Along with this, laundry detergents are essential for maintaining the cleanliness and hygiene of clothes and linens accelerating the market growth.
Besides this, the growing awareness regarding environmental concerns resulted in eco-friendly and biodegradable detergent options within households, thus augmenting the market growth. Furthermore, commercial and industrial applications also contribute to the laundry detergent market, including laundry services for hotels, hospitals, and other institutions.
Breakup by Region:
- North America
- South Korea
- United Kingdom
- Latin America
- Middle East and Africa
Asia Pacific exhibits a clear dominance in the market
The report has also provided a comprehensive analysis of all the major regional markets, which includes North America (the United States and Canada); Europe (Germany, France, the United Kingdom, Italy, Spain, Russia, and Others); Asia Pacific (China, Japan, India, South Korea, Australia, Indonesia, and Others); Latin America (Brazil, Mexico, and Others); and the Middle East and Africa. According to the report, Asia Pacific represented the largest market.
Asia Pacific emerging as the dominant player in recent years. In addition, the Asia Pacific region has a vast population base, particularly in countries such as China and India, where the growing middle class and increasing urbanization led to rising disposable incomes and improved living standards, influencing market growth. Moreover, rapid industrialization and economic growth in the region accelerated access to modern washing machines and laundry facilities, representing another major growth-inducing factor. Also, the widespread adoption of automatic washing machines is propelling the demand for laundry detergents, especially liquid and pod varieties that are better suited for machine use, thus propelling market growth.
North America is driven by a high standard of living and consumer preferences for premium and eco-friendly products. Additionally, the growing focus on sustainable and green cleaning solutions has led to an escalating demand for eco-friendly laundry detergents, influencing the market growth.
Europe has seen a rise in single-person households and compact living spaces, influencing consumer preferences for space-saving and concentrated laundry detergent formulations. Additionally, the presence of stringent regulations and sustainability initiatives in Europe is encouraging the adoption of environmentally friendly laundry products.
Nowadays, companies in the market are continuously engaged in various strategies and initiatives to stay competitive and meet consumer demands. They are investing heavily in research and development (R&D) to create new and improved formulations to improve stain removal, fabric care, and eco-friendliness while incorporating innovative ingredients and technologies including developing enzyme-based detergents, plant-based ingredients, and low-temperature washing solutions to appeal to environmentally conscious consumers. Moreover, many companies are adopting sustainable practices throughout their supply chains, and using eco-friendly packaging materials, reducing water consumption in production, and exploring renewable energy sources to minimize their environmental impact. Manufacturers are also launching detergent refilling stations and concentrated formulas to reduce plastic waste. Furthermore, brands are offering personalized solutions to meet the diverse needs of consumers such as detergent formulations customized for specific washing machine types and fabric care requirements.
The report has provided a comprehensive analysis of the competitive landscape in the market. Detailed profiles of all major companies have also been provided. Some of the key players in the market include:
- Amway Corporation
- BASF SE
- Church & Dwight Co. Inc.
- Dow Inc.
- DuPont de Nemours Inc.
- Henkel AG & Co. KGaA
- Kao Corporation
- Lion Corporation
- Procter & Gamble Company
- Reckitt Benckiser Group PLC,
- The Clorox Company and Unilever plc.
- Amway Corporation launched SA8 liquid concentrated laundry detergent to remove the toughest stains and contains a low-foaming bioquest formula for easy rinsing. It keeps colors from fading and has a naturally derived water softener.
- In December 2022, BASF SE collaborated with Zara and introduced low-shedding laundry detergent to minimize microfiber shedding from fabrics to help clothes last longer, and reduce energy use, thus minimizing environmental pollution.
- In July 2023, Kao Corporation announced the rebranding of the Attack detergent line, highlighting its innovative and convenient detergents for everyday life. Attack has been a leading laundry detergent brand in Japan since 1995, along with Kao Bleach.
Laundry Detergent Market Report Scope:
|Base Year of the Analysis
|Scope of the Report
||Exploration of Historical and Forecast Trends, Industry Catalysts and Challenges, Segment-Wise Historical and Predictive Market Assessment:
- Product Type
- Distribution Channel
|Product Types Covered
||Powder, Liquid, Gel, Pods/Tablets
|Distribution Channels Covered
||Supermarkets and Hypermarkets, Online Stores, Convenience Stores, Others
| Applications Covered
||Asia Pacific, Europe, North America, Latin America, Middle East and Africa
||United States, Canada, Germany, France, United Kingdom, Italy, Spain, Russia, China, Japan, India, South Korea, Australia, Indonesia, Brazil, Mexico
||Amway Corporation, BASF SE, Church & Dwight Co. Inc., Dow Inc., DuPont de Nemours Inc., Henkel AG & Co. KGaA, Kao Corporation, Lion Corporation, Procter & Gamble Company, Reckitt Benckiser Group PLC, The Clorox Company, Unilever plc. etc.
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Key Benefits for Stakeholders:
- IMARC’s report offers a comprehensive quantitative analysis of various market segments, historical and current market trends, market forecasts, and dynamics of the laundry detergent market from 2017-2028.
- The research study provides the latest information on the market drivers, challenges, and opportunities in the global laundry detergent market.
- The study maps the leading, as well as the fastest-growing, regional markets. It further enables stakeholders to identify the key country-level markets within each region.
- Porter's five forces analysis assist stakeholders in assessing the impact of new entrants, competitive rivalry, supplier power, buyer power, and the threat of substitution. It helps stakeholders to analyze the level of competition within the laundry detergent industry and its attractiveness.
- Competitive landscape allows stakeholders to understand their competitive environment and provides an insight into the current positions of key players in the market.