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English translation: washing powder ; liquid detergent

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00:53 Aug 15, 2001
English to English translations [Non-PRO]
Marketing
English term or phrase: detergent or soap powder
I am doing a translation concerning a well-known brand of laundry detergent/washing powder. In American English, we say laundry detergent. I would like to know if this term is used in the UK or if I should use the term washing powder. The target clientele is British. Can I get away with using 'detergent'?
Alexandra Hague
Local time: 07:34
English translation:washing powder ; liquid detergent
Explanation:
In answer to your question, Brits talk about "washing poder" but "liquid detergent" when it comes to products for cleaning clothes. The sopay solutions we use for washing up we call "washing-up liquid".

http://www.browneyedsheep.com/householdproducts.htm

Procter & Gamble
Procter & Gamble of the US's brands include the washing powder Ariel, the washing powder Bold, the fabric conditioner Bounce, the soap Camay, the washing powder Daz, the washing powder Dreft, the washing-up liquid Fairy Liquid, the surface cleaner Flash, the dishwasher detergent Glazeguard, the fabric conditioner Lenor, the detergent Tide, the bleach Vortex, and the soap Zest.
The company has a detergents plant at West Thurrock.

http://www.cleaning101.com/laundry/

A fun US site – the Soap & Detergent Association

http://www.sdia.org.uk/

The UK counterpart – the UK Cleaning Products Industry Association
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Nikki Scott-Despaigne
Local time: 07:34
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Summary of answers provided
na +1washing powder
Thomas Bollmann
nawashing powder ; liquid detergent
Nikki Scott-Despaigne


  

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33 mins peer agreement (net): +1
washing powder


Explanation:
according to the Concise Oxford Dictionary, in BE mainly the term washing powder is used


    Concise Oxford Dictionary
Thomas Bollmann
Germany
Local time: 07:34
Native speaker of: Native in GermanGerman
PRO pts in pair: 4

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agree  Sarah Downing: Washing powder is widely used in England, but we wouldn't use laundry detergent.
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washing powder ; liquid detergent


Explanation:
In answer to your question, Brits talk about "washing poder" but "liquid detergent" when it comes to products for cleaning clothes. The sopay solutions we use for washing up we call "washing-up liquid".

http://www.browneyedsheep.com/householdproducts.htm

Procter & Gamble
Procter & Gamble of the US's brands include the washing powder Ariel, the washing powder Bold, the fabric conditioner Bounce, the soap Camay, the washing powder Daz, the washing powder Dreft, the washing-up liquid Fairy Liquid, the surface cleaner Flash, the dishwasher detergent Glazeguard, the fabric conditioner Lenor, the detergent Tide, the bleach Vortex, and the soap Zest.
The company has a detergents plant at West Thurrock.

http://www.cleaning101.com/laundry/

A fun US site – the Soap & Detergent Association

http://www.sdia.org.uk/

The UK counterpart – the UK Cleaning Products Industry Association



    Reference: http://www.sdia.org.uk
Nikki Scott-Despaigne
Local time: 07:34
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in pair: 26
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