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Being clumsy doesn't have to cost the earth!
Asda Smartprice Washproof Plasters
Member Name: Jenny_Summers
Asda Smartprice Washproof Plasters
Advantages: very good price, do a decent job
Disadvantages: not really washproof
I am one of those people who likes to be prepared have a well stocked fist aid box. Well I have to be, really, I'm unimaginably clumsy and you can guarantee the day we run out of plasters is the day I decide to do something daft and end up needing one!
It was following a particularly bad bought of clumsiness that I decided to look for cheaper plasters, between my kitchen mishaps and my husbands woodworking hobby we were going through plasters at an alarming rate. When you factor in the cost of those plasters, at nearly 3 a box for our usual brand, it was looking like buying pre-chopped veg and pre-cut wood would actually work out cheaper in the long run!
I had popped into my local(ish) Asda on the way home from town one day and decided to have a mooch at the medicines isle, it was there I discovered the Smart Price Washproof Plasters, at around 40p (I believe it was slightly over) for 40 plasters they seemed like a bargain, with these I could use a mandolin or split frozen burgers with a knife to my hearts content and not worry about how much money I was wasting on plasters!
It wasn't long before I got to try these out, my mother put down a mirror a bit too hard on my hardwood floor and unbeknownst to me the corner had chipped off, leaving a razor sharp edge. It was only as the blood started soaking through the rip in my jeans that I realized I had sliced my leg open, while picking up the mirror. It wasn't a particularly long gash but the plasters really didn't look particularly heavy duty and my sister in law (who nearly feinted at the sight of all the blood) said if it was her she would have gone to A+E because it looked so deep! So I decided to stem the flow of blood as best as I could with a damp cloth and, once it had stopped bleeding so much, apply one of the plasters.
The box is my first little grumble, it was one of those that had an opening flap that was so tight fitting, I gave up trying to manipulate it out of the way and ripped it clean off... Fine if like me you decant your plasters into a first aid box, but not so great if you want to take them out and about in your bag and not have to rummage through screwed up bits of tissue and old receipts to find one because they've all fallen out!
Once I had finally got the little bugger out of the box it looked just as you would expect a cheap plaster to look. They're a little smaller than the brand name ones and look...cheaper. But hey if they do the job who cares? I must admit the first one didn't stay on all that long, but it was still bleeding. It didn't take long for the blood to begin seeping through the plaster ( but as I said before they are quite thin) and then gradually the end most bloodied began to peel a bit, after around 5 mins it came off completely. It would have been a big ask for even a tough expensive plaster to have stayed on if I'm honest, and the process merely happened quicker.
In contrast I have since had many little cuts, the kind that don't really bleed, and these plasters have stayed on all day. They aren't however washproof in my opinion as the plasters tend to come off when washing your hands, although they do fair ok if you splash a little water on them by accident.
Would I buy them again? Yes, they stick ok and do for small cuts, but I'd always have a better brand in my first aid box as well just incase of larger cuts.
Summary: Decent cheap plasters, good for small cuts, but not really suited for larger wounds!