Laundry products are something that I tend to stock up on when I find them being sold cheap, they are one of the few products where I prefer to go for a known brand so I like to get a bargain. I do not actually remember buying these 3 in 1 pods, but I am guessing that they came from the shop I work in, and were most probably some kind of clearance deal. I am guessing this as I prefer using powder as I feel it normally is better value for money. These pods come in a nice plastic tub, with a flip lid which clicks back in place. They are 3 in 1 in that they clean (always good in a laundry product), lift stains (isn''t that part of cleaning) and brighten. These go straight into the drum of the machine, and you use one per wash or two if your washing is heavily soiled. There are various picture warnings on the box saying not to eat these or put them in your eye, as I was not planning to do either all is good. Using these I take one out and put it in the machine, then add fabric conditioner in the drawer and put the machine on. I usually wash at 40. So what do I think? Well I am not much of a fan to be honest. To start with I hate the feel of them, they are slightly soapy and I really do no not like touching them. Then there is the smell, it is really strong and soapy, and I am not at all keen on it. As for their ability to wash , well they are ok, stains seem to come out and clothes look clean, although if I am honest I do not feel their cleaning power is any better or worse than any other laundry product I have used. A look online suggests these retail at seven pound, which sounds very expensive, and I would only recommend these if you bought them on offer.
After trying these Ariel 3in1 pods I must say I am very impressed with their performance. These pretty little pods are very squishy to touch, and have a mixture of green, blue and white liquids inside them. On first appearance I would not have imagined that such a small amount of liquid could could clean my clothes so well, leaving them feeling nice and soft and smelling fantastic.
These compact liquitabs have made the boring task of doing the laundry much more bearable. They are so quick and easy to use. There is no need to measure out the product as I have previously had to do when using washing powder or laundry liquid. Because there is no measuring, there is also no need to worry about spillage. One solitary pod is simply placed into the drum of the washing machine with your dirty laundry, and once the machine is turned on you can leave it to work it's magic.
Most of my washing was not heavily soiled, however some of my garments ended up terribly soiled when my baby nephew came to visit. I ended up with stinky baby food and vomit on them which was rather unfortunate! But a spin in the machine with an Ariel pod got rid of the unsightly stains and made my clothes look clean and bright again. I also went for a jog in the park on one particular day when the heavens suddenly opened and turned everything into a muddy soggy mess. My trousers in particular were filthy, with mud flicked all up the back of them. The Ariel pods removed all traces of dirt.
Another thing that I really love about these pods is the fragrance it leaves on my laundry. There is a lovely clean fresh fragrance that escapes from the machine once the washing is removed but this scent lingers for longer than any laundry washing product I have previously used. When I hang my freshly cleaned clothes in my wardrobe, I can pull these garments out a few days later and they still smell lovely. When I washed my bed covers it made my whole room smell gorgeous. The fragrance is not too feminine as some laundry products sometimes seem to be either.
These particular pods contain biological laundry liquid so this is possibly why they are very effective at removing stains, and at low temperatures too. I sometimes find that my skin is quite sensitive to some biological laundry products and I end up with itchy/dry skin, but I had absolutely no problems with my skin after using this product.
Of course, all of these good qualities come at a price. And the Ariel pods are a slightly higher price than I usually pay. However, when I noticed that they were on special offer I stocked up on them. The packaging is quite well thought out as the pods come in a robust plastic box with a lid that clicks shut. The box stores easily and protects the pods from getting damaged, pierced or wet. I think these pods are definitely worth paying that bit extra for, and I have been recommending them to friends and family.
I have recently been trialling the Ariel 3 in 1 pods for Bzz - they were something I looked forward to using as I am more used to using powder in the machine rather than capsules! These pods usually come in a green tub that is discrete and easy to store (I have bought a pack since using as part of the trial).
Using the Pods
The pods have white, blue and green sections to it - each set to tackle a different job. Their aims are to clean, lift stains and brighten. The pods overall are very squishy - I felt at first that I had to be extremely careful handling them as they felt that they may easily burst but having said that, I've never known them to do so as I move them across to the machine so over time I've got more used to their feel.
They are placed at the back of the drum behind the washing, so there's no need to use the drawer - I've found that this has meant a lot less mess than when using powder. Then, the machine is just set to it's desired wash setting and away it goes. I usually use a quick wash of 30 minutes. I was concerned at first that there would be some sort of residue left from the capsules after washing for only 30 minutes (or perhaps some of the coating surrounding them) but I've never once found this to be the case - the whole thing has disappeared every time and no residue whatsoever has been left in either the machine or over the clothes.
Once the washing comes out, I've found it to be bright, clean and ready to wear (with the exception of needing an iron). I feel that the three claims of cleaning, brightening and lifting stains are true. Even one pod on a full machine load of washing does the trick every time - I've not found that I've had to put anything back in to the machine for a second wash. I've not tested on my daughter's clothing as these capsules are biological and I stick to the same non biological brand for her - she does tend to get more stains over her clothes than us obviously but ours still have stains from food the odd time (we're messy obviously!), as well as my husband's football kit that is always incredibly muddy after a game - that comes out much cleaner and brighter after using a pod in the wash and I can't say that about every branded washing powder that I've used in the past.
There are two downsides to these pods - one is something I can put up with but the other is quite a big one. The pods can be used on small loads but I've found that the scent given off to the clothes using these is so strong even on large loads, that on those small loads it can get far too overpowering. That is something I can put up with, although I feel that Ariel should look at reducing the scent slightly so that it doesn't come across so much because I feel others may find it off-putting.
The other though is the price. I mentioned earlier that I'm used to using washing powder and that just works out so much cheaper for us as it can be bought in bulk and I can decide how much to place into the machine based on the amount of washing I'm doing. These capsules are great for large loads but it would be false economy using on small loads as I have done previously with trial ones. They cost around £4.50 for 12, £7 for 19 and £10 for 30 in Tesco. That is expensive to me, considering I can usually pick up a box of branded washing powder for £5 and make it last 30 washes. Despite that though, I have purchased a box of these pods for myself as I've decided to use them for a small number of heavily soiled items, such as continued use on my husband's football kit as I feel that they clean deeply but help to keep the colours in items too.
I feel that 4 stars is an appropriate rating. These pods are fantastic for cleaning and if they were cheaper I would definitely use them everyday on our clothes. I just feel that they are too expensive for us given the number of washes I do daily and the fact that with capsules the amount used can't be amended accordingly for smaller washes. The scent also could be considered overpowering, especially on those smaller loads.
I was sent a pack of this product to try out and have just finished using the last of the pods. When I first opened the pack and saw these colourful, hi-tech looking capsules I wasn't sure I was going to like using them. For one thing, there didn't seem to be much liquid in them - I couldn't see how such a small amount of product was going to fulfil its claims upon my wash - and I initially regarded them as just another new-fangled, over hyped product which was probably going to do no more or less than my regular laundry products.
The three in one pods are supposed to clean, remove stains and brighten your wash. They come in three different variants: Ariel biological, colour and style and with Ariel with added febreze. They are available in packs of 12, 16, 19, 30 and 38 washes - although I have never seen the largest size on my supermarket shelves.
The biological pods I tried out were the pods with a mix of blue, green and white liquid in - as shown above in the dooyoo picture. These liquids are supposed to work together to achieve the improved washing results they promise. According to the handbook which came with my pack of pods: the green liquid cleans your clothes, aided by new 'cleaning active boosters' which are suppose to help the detergent reach the dirt quicker. The white liquid is contains six enzymes designed to combat a variety of everyday stains. The blue liquid is a brightener.
>30% Anionic Surfactants, 5-15% Non-Ionic Surfactants, Soap, <5% Phosphonates, Enzymes, Optical Brighteners, Perfumes, Benzyl Salicylate, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Citronellol, Coumarin, Geraniol, Hexyl cinnamal, Linalool.
The laundry pods have to be put in the drum towards the back before you put your laundry in. They cannot be used in the washing machine drawer.
The dosage recommendation for soft to medium water, light to medium soiled loads, is one pod per wash - regardless of the temperature you choose to wash at. The use of 2 pods is only recommended when the water area is hard and the wash is particularly badly soiled.
The pods need to be stored in a dry place and handled with dry hands - if you get them damp their plastic coating will start to break down before you are ready for them to do so.
The pods are not recommended for hand-washing or for delicate and wool cycles.
The usual warnings also apply:
Keep out of the reach of children. Avoid contact with skin and eyes. In case of contact with eyes, rinse immediately with plenty of water and seek medical advice. If swallowed, seek medical advice immediately. If you have damaged or sensitive skin, avoid prolonged contact with the washing solution.
My experience of the product:
The environmental credentials of this product are noteworthy. The plastic film is 100% soluble and biodegradable. The product is not tested on animals. It is designed to work at low temperatures, saving you electricity. The concentrated 28ml detergent pods use 40% less packaging than Ariel liquid detergents.
But did it fulfil its claims?
On the whole, yes. The pods were quick and convenient to use and did a good job. Despite my initial reservations my wash came out clean and smelling fresh every time. The scent from this washing solution is quite noticeable. I did not use a conditioner when I was testing them out initially so I could see what the product itself smelled like. It was a strong fragrance but I quite liked its freshness. I used the pods on coloureds at 30 degrees which worked well. Whites at 30 degrees came out clean and noticeably brightened but I found I got the best results on some of my husbands whites with these pods by upping the temperature to 40 degrees. (His work shirts were a particularly greying sample of vestments.) The results were not as impressive as they would have been had I used a bleaching agent - but for a biological washing solution, I was impressed. The shirts had not looked so good in a long time.
And the stains?
Mixed results on stains. For the most part I had good results with the pods. They got rid of everyday light staining every time. They also tackled my husbands filthy mud covered walking trousers which is no mean achievement. What they seemed to have trouble with was the heavy smear of mascara on my daughters pillow (and yes, I do nag her to remove it better but my pleas go unheeded.) This staining was faded but it needed a second wash to get rid of completely.
Overall I was pleased with these pods. They did a much better job on my laundry than I expected. It was just a shame that I could not use them for my whole wash. I had to find another laundry product for my woollens and delicates. Currently Ariel 3in1 Laundry Pods Bio x12 are on offer at Sainsburys with 2 packs for £6 which I feel represents good value. I do, however, find the normal selling price of £4.75 for 12 pods a bit on the high side.
Ariel 3 in 1 pods
I was lucky to be chosen to take part in a trial for these washing pods and I got a full sized box of these to use in my washes. I have been trying to use lower temperatures to do my wash so was interested to try whether these did in fact wash as well in lower temperatures as efficiently as in higher ones.
I like the fact that these are gel in a ort of 3 in one pod that you just pop on the back of the machine, there is no unwrapping to do. It does mean that you need to be careful NOT to get them wet in the box as they will kind of dissolve and end up sticking together. If this happens it is hard to get the stuck ones apart without one ending up broken I have found.
What are the three things in this washing product? Well the green liquid in one of the top parts in for cleaning with new active cleaning boosters so that the detergent gets to the dirt to do its work. The white section lifts stain from the wash and has a mix of six enzymes deigned to tackle most common stains. The blue section is designed to brighten your clothes.
P&G claim these work in 30 degree washes but the saving to the planet of using less energy to wash is balanced by the questionable chemical being sent into the sewage system and therefore the planet after that.
Each pod can clean 5kg of laundry which is an average wash. My clothes are not that dirty as we don't do dirty jobs or sweat too much so I find one pod works fine for me. If I am washing my step son's whites I add an extra powder laundry booster and up the temperature of the wash too.
This does not have a fabric softener included but I prefer that as I can add the one I chose or not if I don't want any in that wash.
We are not the first to try these as they have been tested 5,000 consumers in 15 countries and 8 tonnes of clothes have been tested. P&G have taken 8 years to develop this product which probably counts for its high price tag of around £7 for a box of 19. At that price Iwon't be buying too many but at Tesco they do have a deal of three packs for £10 so I might grab a few of those before the deal runs out on the 15th Oct.
So what else is good? The plastic covering on the pods is 100% soluble and biodegradable and these use 40% less packaging than liquid detergents though how they work that out I am not certain. The best thing is that this is NOT tested on animals.
These pods come in three variants; Ariel 3 in 1 Biological, Ariel 3 in 1 pods for colour and style and finally Ariel 3 in 1 pods with Febreeze. They also come in five sizes 12,16, 19 and 38 washes. My box had 19 in it and was the Biological version.
I was pleased with the result but no so amazingly so that I would pay a lot more for these than others but my step daughter said she was thrilled as it has been the only detergent to get rid of the farming aroma on her partner's farm overalls so obviously if you have really yukky stuff to wash these do the job.
Even without a fabric softener the wash I did came out smelling fresh and clean. I always prefer hnging washing outside as it smells so much better and this wash I did on a nice dry day so it came in smelling lovely and 'clean linen' like so I was happy with that result too.
Taken a star off for the price and not sure about the chemicals and environmental impact.
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