I don't think most people have reason to call it anything, most of the time.I have just conducted a comprehensive survey and I can report that MrsP never calls the stuff detergent.
She calls the squishy lumps by their proprietary name or, to generalise, washing powder.
Forced into a corner she reluctantly suggested that she might call them cubes.
Like Loob, she is aware that the squishy things call themselves tablets but she would never dream of calling them that.
Manon, you are quite clearly younger than I am (despite the fact that I am, of course, extremely youthful).I So the only time most people would need to refer to the stuff is when asking for it in a shop (but most people get it from self-service supermarkets), or if they are bored enough to be having a conversation about it.
When you do, then start to worry...!Manon, you are quite clearly younger than I am (despite the fact that I am, of course, extremely youthful).
I have to write shopping lists, otherwise I would never remember what I have to buy. And as I walk round the supermarket, I talk to myself, saying things like "What's next? Oh yes, the washing powder".
At least I don't have conversations with other people about it.
Not so far.
That has just reminded me. In the UK people also refer to 'soap powder' as well as 'washing powder'.Regarding the term "laundry soap", I use that to refer to actual bars of soap that I use when hand-washing. I wouldn't use it to describe laundry detergent/washing powder.