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Asda Original Antibacterial Handwash

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Brand: Asda / Type: Hand Wash / Suitable for: Hand

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      04.08.2012 08:54
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      A good hand wash

      I bought this handwash from Asda a few weeks ago when there were none of the branded handwashes on offer, generally I do stock up on the likes of Radox handwash when it's on offer so I bought this just to make do with until I saw an offer on. I use handwash in my bathroom as I have a five year old daughter and I am trying to teach her about good hand hygiene however when I let her use a bar of soap she ended up having to chase it around the bathroom when it slipped from her hands. The handwash cost me 55p for a 500ml bottle and of course it is only available from Asda stores, I think the hand wash is great value and even on offers the branded versions are much more expensive. The bottle for the product is made of see through plastic so you can see the product inside the bottle which is a bright blue colour, there is a pump mechanism on the top of the bottle making it easy to administer apart from the first time you use it when the pump has to be turned and pumped a few times to activate it. The hand wash is anti bacterial and moisturising at the same time as far as the claims on the bottle state and it will help to fight germs and bacteria. I find the fact that the hand wash is moisturising very important as I work as a carer and know the damage frequent handwashing can actually do to the skin if you are using harsh soap. The pump is very easy to use and my five year old manages it without any problems, I like that it is easy for her to know how much to use with a pump too. You can close the pump after every use if you want to but to do this you have to press down and turn so you lose a pump worth of product every time you do this so we just leave the pump open. The soap has a lovely fresh smell to it although the smell doesn't really last long on your hands so it wouldn't really matter anyway. The soap lathers up nicely so one pump is enough to wash your hand properly even for an adult although my husband does use more as he has a dirty job and comes home with black hands at times and it does take more soap to get through this. The soap rinses easily from the hands and doesn't leave any residue on your hands. I have found this soap does the job you want it to however although it has never dried out my hands like the soap at work does it doesn't leave them feeling moisturised either. My hands feel clean after use but I will still stick to the branded products as they leave my hands feeling soft and nicely scented too. I will give this soap 4 stars out of 5 since it states it is moisturising it loses a star for not leaving my hands feeling moisturised.

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      31.05.2011 18:28
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      where else can you get 500ml for 55p?

      I much prefer hand washes with pumps over a soap bar. The idea of all those germs collecting on soap bars really doesn't appeal to me. I guess the same could be said for the top of soap pumps but then you wash your hands after touching them anyway. The Product ~~~~~~~ This is 500ml of a fairly bright blue hand wash which can easily be seen through the clear plastic bottle. This allows you to easily see how much is left and therefore ensures you have a chance to buy some more before running out. It is an anti-bacterial hand wash which to me, means that it will help kill bacteria on your hands. Interestingly though, ASDA say that this wash "helps fight germs and bacteria with added moisturisers to leave hands feeling clean and soft." Okay, I'll give them that the moisturiser is a smart idea, if one that most other people have to ensure that your skin doesn't dry out. However, since this an anti-bacterial hand wash I would have expected some kind of claim about killing X% of bacteria, this wash doesn't make any claim like that. It simply states that it "helps fight germs and bacteria" surely the whole point of a hand wash, anti-bacterial or not, is to do just that? The hand wash has a shelf life of 24 months. My Experience ~~~~~~~~~ To use the pump for the first time you simply need to twist the pump 360degrees anti-clockwise. This is printed on the top of the pump but can be very hard to see, should you want to then lock the pump after the first use this can be done by twisting it 360degrees clockwise. Unlike some other pump washes the pump twists easily and shouldn't cause a problem even for those with poor mobility. The pump itself is also very easy to press down and releases a small blob of the hand wash into your hand. The amount released I've found to be just right, one press is enough to do both my hands without feeling that it's released too much and therefore resulting in wastage. As soon as I start rubbing the hand wash between my hands it works itself into a light lather that feels extremely soft and moisturising for my skin. There is only a very light scent which doesn't really smell of anything in particular, it just smells fresh and clean. Despite not being a strong scent the smell does linger for on my hands for a little while. After working the wash between my hands it rinses off quickly and easily and so shouldn't cause any problems. However I'm unsure about the moisturising claims. Whilst it didn't dry my hands like some washes can I can't say it left them any softer either. Other Information ~~~~~~~~~~~ According to the bottle this wash is suitable for vegetarians but unfortunately not vegans. The bottle itself is recyclable but unfortunately neither the label on the bottle or lid are. I have no intention of copying the whole list of ingredients into this review but it does contain SLS and so is one to avoid if you're sensitive. ASDA is against animal testing and so neither the ingredients or the finished product has been tested on animals, they also fund research into alternatives to animal testing. Price, Availability And Recommendation ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Being an ASDA product this is only available from them and costs 55. Despite usually preferring more scented products, I can't fault it for the price and am giving it the full 5 out of 5.

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        03.05.2011 18:25
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        A good basic handwash, does the job just as well as the more expensive ones and better than soap

        I'm not quite sure when the transition happened, but it seems that nobody just keeps a bar of soap by their bathroom sink anymore, these days we all have a bottle of handwash! I'm not much of an individual here, I've followed the pack and also have one, albeit the cheapest I could find in Asda that wasn't the unfortunately unattractive SmartPrice style! This handwash comes in a pretty standard bottle, square shaped with a pump action dispenser on top. When you buy the handwash the pump is sort of depressed into the bottle and you need to twist it so that it pops up and you can use it, on this one it was a bit stiff and it took a few goes and a bit of force to get it open, that could just be the specific bottle I bought though and it wasn't really any great hardship. The handwash gel is itself is a translucent blue in colour which does make it seem very sanitary and hygienic for some reason! It doesn't have much of a smell at all that I've noticed, just a hint of a soapy smell rather than the nasty alcohol/disinfectant smell of some I've tried. The pump generally dispenses about the right amount to clean your hands well, but you can adjust the amount by applying different degrees of pressure to the pump-action top. The handwash creates a decent lather and does leave your hands feeling clean and fresh, if you have any dirt or grime on your hands you can see it coming off and staining the lather/water which is a bit gross but its good to see it working! The only issue I really have with these kind of handwashes is that they can dry out the skin on your hands if you use them frequently as they generally don't have any moisturising ingredients unless you buy specific moisturising brands, which don't seem to clean your hands as well. I recommend using a tiny blob of decent moisturiser or hand cream after washing your hands with this. The bottle is pretty standard really apart from its bright blue colour which will look really great if your bathroom decor theme is blue, and really awful if its not! However, for the low price (I think this was under £1 from memory) and the fact that this lasts months before it needs to be replaced rather than a bar of soap which disintegrates within weeks and makes your sink all slimy, I can live with the blue colour!

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        24.04.2011 21:42
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        A no frills price handwash with brand name quality

        This handwash available in the asda health and beauty section with the soaps is priced 55pence for a 500ml bottle. The item comes in a frosted type clear bottle. The handwash is a bright blue colour. It comes in a plastic bottle with a pump dispenser which you simply twist from the close to open postion. Compared to a brand name handwash such as carex it is around a quarter of the price as for half the amount (250ml) you will pay £1 in asda. Thats not a couple of pence we're talking 25% of the price. I have sensitive dry skin on my hands on and off more so in the cold weather. We always have this handwash as firstly its cheap secondly its a good product. Having always had this handwash i know it has never caused my skin irritation or further discomfort. I feel assured mine and my childrens hands are clean after using this as it had the added bonus of being anti bacterial. The fragrance is ocean type fragrance, very fresh and pleasant and not heavily perfumed. The liquid soap is the same consistency as leading brands so its not in the case of some cheaper items 'false economy'. A keeper in our house

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        22.03.2011 14:04
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        A fab liquid soap for all of the family!

        I got a recent online shop from Asda, and one item that we had bought was some liquid hand wash to use in our bathroom. I have been unfortunate this year in terms of catching bugs and lots of colds, so I wanted to try out an antibacterial hand wash in our household to try and help avoid the 'passing around' of germs and bacteria as much as possible. The hand wash that I decided to buy out on this occasion is an Asda-own branded product, and the product's full name is 'Asda Essential Care anti-bacterial original Handwash'. I bought a 500ml sized bottle of the hand soap, and for this I paid the sum of 55 pence. When the bottle of hand wash arrived, I was initially pleased at my purchase. The bottle is a square design, and has a 'pump' mechanism inside the bottle, which is easy to use as all you need to do to dispense the handsoap from the bottle is apply a little pressure to the top of the nozzle. After doing so, a small amount of the liquid is neatly and quickly dispensed into your palm, and you can lather this onto your hands easily. This bottle is not one of those which requires a lot of force to use and you need only apply minimal pressure to the pump in order to use it, which may be worth bearing in mind if you have limited mobility or strength in your hands. The bottle of Asda hand wash is made of plastic which is opaque and so I can see the bright-blue coloured liquid through the bottle. The plastic bottle can of course be recycled which is good news for those of us who are inclined to do our bit to help out the environment. I must be honest and say that the packaging for the Asda hand wash is not particularly attractive or eye-catching, but considering the extremely low cost for the bottle, I would have been surprised if it had been. And for me personally, the bottle's appearance matters not one bit as I always decant liquid hand soaps into a decorative bottle that I keep in my bathroom anyway. The soap has a nice appearance and texture to it and as I mentioned earlier, the liquid is a bright blue colour which just so happens to co-ordinate with the colour scheme of my bathroom, so no complaints from me on this score. The liquid soap is neither too gloopy nor too runny, and it appears to have just the right level of thickness to its consistency, so that it is not too thick to have problems coming up the pump mechanism in the bottle, without being so thin that it runs all over my hands before I have had a chance to make a lather from the soap. I have found the latter is a fairly common problem with alternative liquid hand soaps that I have bought before, particularly those that are the cheaper end of the market, so I was pleased that the Asda antibacterial hand wash did not seem to pose any similar difficulties. In terms of the lather given from the Asda hand wash, I was relatively pleased with this and whilst no abundant amounts of bubbles or soap could be detected, I have found that in comparison to most hand soaps that I buy regularly, the Asda hand wash fared around the same in terms of lather and cleanliness achieved. I thought also that the Asda hand wash left my hands feeling very clean and fresh, and the pleasant smell of the liquid could be detected on my skin for quite a while after use. The smell of the hand wash is not particularly feminine or perfumed, and so my husband had no issue with using this product too, which is worth noting for those of us who have partners living at home, or indeed those of you with a family to consider. I personally could not be bothered buying several different hand wash products to suit different members of the family! The Asda hand wash's smell is rather basic, but pleasant and fresh and, well, soapy. I am pleased to report that I have noticed no ill-effects from using this hand soap in terms of my (extremely) sensitive skin or eczema. I have also noticed that my hands do not feel particularly dry after I have used the soap and this has surprised me somewhat, especially considering the very low price of the product. I have terrible problems with using certain products such as washing up liquid, soaps and the like when it comes to my hands which are prone to dry, itchy skin a lot of the time so this product deserves another gold star for this rather important issue. As for the antibacterial agent that this hand wash claims to contain, I cannot honestly say that I have noticed any major differences between using THIS hand wash and using another product that does not contain such an agent. I may have been unfair to expect any differences, and I am not an expert on such matters, but in the last 24 hours it has become evident to me that I am, once again, in for (yet) another cold-type bug or virus, which will be my sixth since the start of the year. Whether such bugs or germs can even be wiped out or eliminated from the use of anti-bacterial products in the home is anybody's guess, and like I said, I am no expert. For a family-friendly hand wash that is fairly basic but pleasant to use, I would recommend the Asda antibacterial hand wash and I personally will be buying it again as I think it does everything I would expect it to do for the very low price paid. I am also impressed with how it has failed to aggravate the very sensitive skin on my hands and overall I am very pleased with the results achieved.

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        28.02.2011 17:07
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        A great handwash

        In our cottage we have a downstairs toilet complete with a small washbasin. Due to its size I find it easier to use a liquid handwash in a dispenser as conventional soap doesn't stay put and keeps sliding into the basin. The handwash that I am using at the moment, and have almost finished, is Asda Antibacterial Handwash Original. It currently costs just 55p for 500ml of handwash which you have to admit is quite a bargain! The liquid inside is a pretty blue colour and comes in a clear plastic, square, flattish container with a pump action dispenser on the top. The wording on the front tells us that this product will 'help fight germs'. This is ideal for me as I tend to use the downstairs facilities when I am working in the garden and my hands get very dirty so the idea that the handwash will help to kill any germs that I may have picked up is very reassuring. To use the handwash I put one hand underneath the dispenser and push the top down a couple of times with the other hand thus getting a decent amount of the handwash ready to wash my hands. The liquid lathers up well and has a fresh clean smell. The information on the Asda website tells us that this product is 'suitable for all the family', 'helps fight germs and bacteria' and contains 'added moisturisers to help leave hands feeling clean and soft'. I always finds that this handwash leaves my hands lovely and clean, smelling nice and, although I may not go as far as to say they are moisturised they certainly don't feel excessively dry after washing. I have also noticed that the fresh, clean smell hangs in the air for a while after use too. On the Asda website there is also a note to say that they are against animal testing and fund research into alternatives which is nice to know. Of course since the container is plastic it can go in the recycling bag when it is empty too. In conclusion I would definitely recommend this handwash - after all for 55p you can't go wrong can you?

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          23.10.2009 07:41
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          If you are familiar with any of my previous reviews, you will be aware that my two young children have both suffered at one time or another with threadworms. One of the vital, and probably the most important pieces of advice that was given to me by the chemist was the simple rule of hand washing, easy to remember you may think, not for a four year old! I started off by buying the slightly more expensive hand washes, usually geared towards the child themselves, this neither discouraged or encouraged better hand washing practises, so I decided to buy the bog standard type that I would personally use. The hand wash I will now review is -"Asda original hand wash - anti bacterial" This particular hand wash comes in an opaque square bottle with a pump action applicator. Through the bottle the bright blue hand wash is visible and it is filled right to the brim, not like some of the more expensive brands that only give you half a bottle to start off with! This is one of the cheaper branded items available from Asda, so the bottle is bog standard with no frills added! To use simply moisten hands first (with warm water preferably, not cold like my son thinks!), pump the applicator once for the desired amount, rub your hands together to remove any visible debris from your hands and also those nasty unseen germs, then once satisfied that your hands are clean, rinse well with water (again warm!). As someone who has worked within a sterile unit at my local hospital I have always been aware that the most important part of hand washing is not technique but the actually drying. More germs are removed with this part than anything else, as if the hands are left at all moist germs will start breeding again automatically, the little buggars like the moist conditions! The hand wash itself is thick and doesn't slide straight off wet hands when applied, though it won't stay there indefinitely. The product lathers really well and quickly once you start rubbing your hands together. Once the lather has been rinsed off and your hands dried your hands feel cleansed, clean and quite soft, not bad for a cheapy product! The smell again is one of the clinchers, the smell is very distinct and fresh smelling, very like the so called "ocean" scented shower gels on the market, very unisex and screams clean to you once used, the scent lingers on the skin for a little while after use, perfect when trying to determine whether or not your child has actually washed their hands in the first place! The price again was high on the list when buying, the more child orientated products I have previously purchased have cost me around the £2.00 mark, not bad if it encourages them to wash their hands....which it didn't, so for such a good hand wash I was more than surprised to be only paying around the 60p mark, very good value when you consider that this contains 500ml of liquid and can last a good couple of weeks. For more information on this and other products in the range visit - www.asda.co.uk Thanks for reading x

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