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It's a long running joke in my house that I ought to wear a bib when I eat. My favourite foods tend to be home made curries with loads of sauce or pasta dishes with rich tomato sauce. When you factor in the fact that I tend to wear a lot of pastel pink or blue tops then that is a recipe for disaster. Curry sauce is especially difficult to get out of fabrics often needing several washes to get it out completely. Given that Ariel is the leading brand of laundry detergent I was expecting good things from their stain remover but I was to be disappointed.
I am used to stain removers where you spot treat the stain before placing into the machine so was curious as to how a powder which you simply add to the detergent drawer would work. You can put between 30 to 60g of these blue and white grains into your wash depending on how bad the staining is. This means you get between 8 to 16 washes from a pack retailing around the £4 mark making it cost between 25 to 50p per load to use. You can also make up a solution of the granules to soak soiled washing in.
My laundry is generally fairly clean (ie lightly soiled) apart from those aforementioned food stains so I have no idea how well it performs on things like mud or grass stains or the general muck that kids tend to bring in. I do know that it performed exceptionally poorly on both curry and tomato sauce stains. Both types of stains looked slightly faded when I used the ariel stain remover but that would have happened with the washing powder anyway. I did run the garments through the wash a couple more times using the stain remover and still the stubborn stains were there. It was only when I resorted to my usual stain remover that the stains were removed.
I don't know if the Ariel stain remover works for other people or other stains but I am not impressed. It seems just adding to the power of the detergent in general is not a good idea and a targeted stain remover like Vanish is a far better idea.
A couple of months back I was doing a product trial on Ariel stain remover powder for a survey company. This particular stain remover powder is not one that I had purchased prior to doing my trial of it, but I am a loyal Ariel biological washing powder user, and I was happy to try it out, and I will also be swapping permanently to it from my usual stain remover of choice, Oxi.
Anyone interested in trying this currently can get a great bargain. At Tesco last weekend it was £2.27 for a 500g pack, or £4.49 for a kilogram tub, which is half the normal retail price. If you are keen to try, then now is probably the time to do it.
My use of stain remover was pretty much non-existent until we had kids. When the weaning process started, I needed to find some way to get rid of orange stains out of all of my sons bibs and tops. I would love to say as the kids have got bigger the need for stain remover has lessened, but I still find they both get dinner down themselves, and then we also now get paint, grass, mud, blood, and goodness only knows what all down their clothes, so I need to work hard usually to get the clothes looking good again.
I sometimes think they would make good poster boys for stain remover products.
Anyway, this tub of stain remover if nothing else was going to save me some pennies the month I trialled it. However, once I started using it, I found it was pretty good, and I actually preferred its stain removal power to my normal brand. I used the powder, which is used either as a pre-soaker or in the wash alongside your normal powder. I mostly use stain removers in presoaking as I find this gives best results, but I did trial this in my machine as well for particularly soiled items.
What amazed me first was that the recommended dose is only 30g. I maybe use too much oxi, but the scoop provided kind of indicates you use a scoop. I was using maybe half the powder and getting better results. To measure 30g, there was a dosing cap attached to the tub, which was pretty simple to use.
Soaking also only needed to be for a maximum of an hour. With some items, I had been soaking them for up to 5 hours for the lighter things, so this is a significant time saving for me too. I get through a lot of washing in my household as my youngest son still wets himself several times a day, so anything that speeds up the process of getting things fresh again is good in my eyes.
The powder does have a bit of a chemical scent to it which I wasn't overly keen on for some reason, but as it was only there when I was near the undiluted powder and didn't linger on my clothes, it wasn't enough to put me off buying it.
The tub was also a lot more practical. I found it easier to store the oval shaped container rather than a cylinder, and it was easier to pour from the tub rather than trying to scoop some out.
The results of using this was also pretty good. I dyed my hair and got black hair dye not only on my towel I used, but also on my bedding, and my pyjamas. This got it out of my pyjamas and towel, but my bedding needed a few washes to make the stain go. It had to deal with some severe mud stains when my sons went out in the garden wearing football kits with white shorts. They decided to dig in the middle of the lawn after wetting it, and both were covered head to toe in mud. I was sure the clothes would need binning, but again the shorts came up like new.
Sometimes I still think I can smell urine on my sons pants and trousers after washing them, but using this in the wash and the clothes didn't have any lingering smell at all, thankfully.
In fact, the only stain that it struggled a bit with was one blood stain on a T-shirt of my husbands. By the time I noticed it, it had dried onto the shirt. I find my husbands blood does stain more readily than my own or the childrens though I am not sure why, perhaps blood group. I soaked this stain, and while it faded it was still visible.
So overall, it is cheaper to use for me as I use less, I get good results from it, it is cheaper to buy currently at least so a bargain, and it is easier to use and store in the undersink cupboard, and it works in a shorter time. It seems a no brainer to me.
I am happy to switch allegiance and use this stain remover now on our clothes, and I grabbed myself some of the shelf when I saw it at a bargain price. I use stain remover in at least 2 or 3 washes a week in a large 8kg washing machine, with maybe a couple more loads being presoaked in a bowl before the wash cycle. I found that I used about half a tub of this in 6 weeks, so one 500g tub should last about 3 months roughly in my household. I don't think you can go wrong with this product from my experiences with it.
The only thing I would like to see is a proper lid on the tub, as currently the dosing cup is used as a cap over the opening, but I know how clumsy I am and how curious my youngest can be, and would prefer an extra precaution there for safety. It's not enough to put me off buying it, but it will make me store it at the back of the cupboard where he won't look.
==Ariel Stain Remover Range==
It's October 2010, & the brand new advert for Ariel has just popped up on our TV. I tell myself "Oh what have they come up with now..." until I look at the screen & see it's the brand new advert for Ariel Stain Remover! I look, & think about how nice it would be if I used it & if it did'nt work, i'd get back what I paid for it! So, next day (Saturday) comes & were off to Hooty's where I am immediately in the cleaning ailse (as I always seem to be!) searching out Ariel Stain Remover. It's not there though, It's on the end of the ailse with a big sign, 'Try Ariel Stain Remover for a special price...' So I look at whats available & pick up the 1 litre bottle of Ariel Blue Gel & a 1kg tub of Ariel Blue Stain remover. They Gel was £1.99 & the 1kg powder was £3.50, all in all not bad at all! The prices have gone up since but it still cheaper than the Supermarkets, even ASDA!
Ariel Stain Remover Range
Ariel Original (Blue):
Ariel Stain Remover Gel (1ltr & 2ltr)
Ariel Stain Remover Spray (500ml)
Ariel Stain Remover Powder (500g & 1kg)
Ariel White Gel (1ltr)
Ariel White Powder: (500g & 1kg)
Artiel Hygiene Powder (500g)
==About Ariel Stain Remover==
As the advert proclaims, the Ariel Stain Remover is designed to work in Synergy with your detergent to boost the cleaning & stain removal power of your wash, even at low temperatures. As you can see, Ariel Stain Remover comes in 3 varieties, Original, White & Hygiene.
'''Ariel Stain Remover Powder 1kg'''
I firstly tried this on my white bedding which had blood stains all over it (me scratching during the night) & decided to put it through it's paces. I used Ariel Excel Gel which I put into the the drum so the Ariel Stain Remover Powder would be all alone in the drawer (Boo Hoo!). I then opened the pack by pulling off the wrapping alone the perofrated line, then took the cap off. The tub said to use 1 dose (30ml) in the drawer for normal stains, or 2 doses (60ml) for tough stains. Even though blood is a tough stain to shift, especially if it's been dried in for 1 week, so I only used 1 dose, just to see if it lived up to it's claim. I set the machine to a 40c wash (which is what I use on bedding) & off we go. I did peek in the drawer whilst the powder was dissolving & it went! It just fizzed & bubbled away with no residue in the drawer! Brilliant! Hopefully it should work with the detergent (considering I was using Ariel with Ariel) & get rid of tough dried in blood.
'''And the Results...'''
...Better than I anticapated! The blood stain was gone! & the bedding looked nice & white too! I even held it up to the light, & it was just brilliant! You could see through & through that I have clean sheets! As a plus...I didn't use the 2 doses it recommended for tough stains because I only used 1, which meant it must be really powerful to shift tough, tough stains with 1 dose & at a 40c wash too!
'''Ariel Stain Remover Gel 1ltr:'''
The next load I had was full of stains. With everything from Mud, Tamato Sauce, Paint & Grass, I thought I would try the gel this time around. It comes with a measuring device on the lid, & the back of the bottle states you pour one dose (60ml) into the drum on top of your washing, but you could also pre-treat with it too. I did this on the Paint & Grass stains then put them in the machine. This Gel is thick & blue, which meant it took a long time to pour into the dosing cap & in to the machine, but we got there in the end! This time I used Daz original powder (100ml of it) into the drawer & set the machine to a Quick 30 cycle & waited for the results.
'''And the Results...(once again)'''
Brilliant! I was flabbergasted! I nearly fainted! ALL of the stains had gone! Dissapeared! I hung these outside on the washing line & had to go inside to calm down! I just could not believe how it worked! These stains did not come out with Wizz OXI Ultra Plus but I didn't expect them to! Well, I didn't expect them to come out with this either! But they did!
Well, what can I say, It works! No wonder they did the '1st time' thing, because there would be no need to get your money back! I was absolutely astonished I now use a dose in every wash to boost the cleaning power of the detergent & to make sure I don't need to re-wash! I have since used both the gel & powder up & bought some more powder from Dads Workplace...where they sell a 500g tub for £2.49!
==Thanks for Reading!==
Since having a baby in the house as well as a clumsy husband I have taken to adding a stain remover to every wash, particularly the whites. I tend to buy whatever is on offer at the time as I'm yet to find something that I am loyal to or that works that much better than anything else. Most recently, I picked up the Ariel Stain Remover powder on a two for one offer. I purchased a 500g carton for £4.55, which I would have found expensive had it not been BOGOF. It was also available with whitener but, as I do not use exclusively in the white load, I opted for the plain stain remover.
The powder comes in a small plastic rectangular (ish) tub. It's actually quite an odd shape and not the most convenient to store! To open you have to tear open the plastic wrapping and remove the top part and then remove a rather awkward plastic plug so that you have a pouring hole on the yop of the tub. I'm not overly keen on the design, it seems to me like it's been made rather too complicated!
Inside the tub you can see the powder which is white with small blue 'balls' in. To use the powder, you simply add one scoop (a scoop is the plastic lid you have removed to open) to the powder tray in your machine alongside your regular detergent. For really heavy stains or soiled clothes, use two scoops. So, very easy and convenient to use. The powder also smells nice and really fresh.
I have to say that I was a little disappointed with the results given the claims that the packaging makes - works on dried stains, tackles difficult stains like mud, grass, red wine etc. I expected my load to come out fresh, clean and completely stain free. It didn't. In fact, most of the stains had just been faded rather than removed. It seems only the small spot stains (that you can barely notice anyway!) were removed. I washed at 40 degrees, but the packaging boasts that it works at 30 - my results would, I'm sure, have been even worse at this temperature! Ok, so some of the stains are particularly tough - weaning a baby produces a lot of mess - but they were still visible to the extent that I would need to re-wash if my baby was to wear the clothes in public.
The reason I can't be too harsh is that I have yet to find a stain remover that actually does the job well, therefore I have to compare this to it's competitors. On that scale, it is actually probably middle to top end. Disappointing and I would only buy again if I saw it on offer and I still haven't found something to do the job better.
White is a colour I do not wear a lot of, mainly because I always end up getting it stained or dirty, however I do have one or two white items, after wearing my white jumper the other week I noticed that I had a stain on the front of it which I hadn't noticed before I put it in the wash resulting in the stain still being there after the washing was done. A bit concerned I wasn't going to be able to remove the stain I decided to go to Tesco and have a look at the stain removers and whiteners. They had all the usual makes of this type of product but I also saw a newer version by Ariel, Ariel Stain Remover Whitener Gel, it was on offer at the time and came in a large bottle so I decided to give it a try.
The Ariel Stain Remover comes in a tall round plastic bottle, the bottle is actually clear, however this is covered completely by a non transparent label wrapped around the entire bottle. The label is mainly blue and white, it has a large yellow section at the top which has the word "Try Me" written on it in red writing, beneath this are the words "Ariel Stain Remover" written across the middle in red and blue writing. The words "Whitener Gel" are also on the front of the bottle. Right at the bottom of the bottle it states that this product works even at 30 degrees and if it does not you can get your money back. The back of the bottle is covered in various instructions and warnings about the product, a lot of these are also illustrated with pictures as well as writing. The writing is all in dark blue but easy to read and follow. The top of the bottle has a large dark blue plastic nozzle which the gel pours out of, this is covered with a clear plastic cap which is a sort of dome shape and doubles up as a measuring cup as well.
The Stain remover gel is a very dark blue colour, it isn't really what I would call a gel when I poured it out of the bottle, it did seem a bit runny to be a gel but was more like a thick washing detergent. The fragrance of the stain remover is quite strong, it has quite a floral smell to it, its not a fragrance I can really detect and tell what it is to me it just smells flowery. The dark blue colour did concern me a little especially when I was pouring it on white items of clothing, but then I thought surely a stain remover cannot stain white clothes so decided to trust it.
Ariel Whitening Gel can be used on a variety of stains including
* Oil and Greece
* Make Up
These are just a few of the stains the product works on and are listed on the back of the bottle, they are also illustrated with small logos. The back of the bottle also lists the fabrics that the Whitener Gel can be used on including
Again these are accompanied by small pictures.
As well as listing what the product can be used on, the label also states what not to use the Stain remover Gel on, and also what not to do with it, for example
* Do not leave the dosing cap inside the drum
* Do not mix in the dosing cap with another detergent
* Do not expose pre treated items to sunlight
* Do not use neat product on metallic items or rust stains
* Do not use on leather, suede, flame resistant items, carpets or dry cleaning only fabrics
These are all listed in a small box to one side of the usage instructions, they are very clear to read and labelled with a red cross next to them to make them stand out. As well as these warnings there are also a list of health warnings, these are pretty much the same as on many similar types of products and include
* Do not swallow, seek medical advise should this happen
* Avoid contact with eyes, seek medical advise should this happen
* Keep out of reach of children
* Rinse well after using
The directions of use are very clearly labelled and are written in words and pictures. There are 3 ways of using this product.
* Add to your Detergent
You simply fill the cap up to the 60ml label and pour into the drum with your clothing, whilst putting your regular detergent into the draw. For light stains you only need one capful, however for larger loads of stained items you may need to use 2 capfuls of the stain remover.
To pre-treat badly stained items you can pour a capful of the stain remover on to the stains and leave for 10 minutes, after the 10 minutes has passed you simply them follow the washing instructions for the item as normal.
To soak badly stained items with the Ariel Stain Remover you simply place one capful into 5litres of water at 30 degrees along with the stained item, you can soak for up to 1 hour, after this wash the item as per the normal washing instructions.
As I have mentioned I brought my Ariel Stain Remover from Tesco, when it was offer, however when full price a 1L bottle costs £4.55, personally I felt this was quite reasonable compared to some of the other stain remover products, it also lasts really well, I have used it a few times and I still have 3 quarters of a bottle left, this is not a product you use every day of the week so it will last a long while making it good value for money.
I would definitely recommend the Ariel Stain Remover Whitening Gel, I brought it for a specific reason to remove a stain from my white jumper and it really did work, I had wondered whether it would but I was pleased to see that after washing the jumper with the stain remover in the drum the stain had totally gone, I was extremely pleased with the results. I have used it on other things such as duvet covers and it has brought these up lovely and white. The fragrance of the product is a bit strong inside the bottle but when the clothes come out of the machine the fragrance is detectable but not overpowering, it leaves a lovely delicate floral fragrance. I would recommend this product to anyone as it is handy to have in the cupboard to remove stains from fabrics, it is also excellent value for money and a bottle will last a long while.
A few months ago Ariel launched a new range of stain removers and as such they were on offer in all the supermarkets so I decided I would give it a try. I have a 8 month old baby and as my freezer doesn't feed actual fresh food very well I have to feed her mainly on baby jars through the week, now as any one that has used these will know they are normally bright orange and stain badly so I was hoping that this product could be the answer I needed.
In the stain remover range there is a liquid which comes in a 1 litre bottle and costs £4, a powder which comes in 500g at £2 and 1kg at £4, a spray of 500ml at £2 and then they have recently added stain removers with whiteners too. I personally bought the bottle of stain removing liquid to give a try.
The liquid comes in a aqua green coloured large plastic bottle although it looks dark blue due to the liquid inside, the bottle is curved in at the middle to make it easier to pour and there is a dosing cap screwed on the top of the bottle. On the front it states brilliant on tough stains guarenteed, in one wash or your money back well I should have kept my receipt as it really doesn't live up to its claim.
On the back of the bottle the claim goes a little further and states that it works on dried in stains and works on cotton, polyester and synthetics. You are advised that the dosage should be 60ml or 2 x 60ml on tough stains which is a little strange as the dosing cap is marked with 60ml and 100ml yet you are never told to use a 100ml dose. The doseage is put straight into the drum onto of your laundry and it tells you to start the washing immediately which is another reason this isn't the best for me as I often set my washing on a time delay so I don't end uop with wet washing sitting in the washer all day.
When you open the bottle the liquid is really thick and when you pour it into the dosing cap it is quite hard to stop the flow of it and it tends to go all over, I got it on my hands and ended up with white marks all over my hands for a couple of hours that would not wash away. The dosing cap is made in such a way that the liquid does not all pour out brilliantly and then when you screw the cap back on the bottle the liquid runs down the outside of the bottle. Worst of all it didn't remove the type of stains that I was buying it for and I have even tried soaking the clothes in it first so really pretty useless as a sgtain remover. The one good thing I can say about it is the price is better than most stain removers and my whites come out of the wash lovely and bright. As a liquid just to keep your clothes bright it's great but as a stain remover on really tough stains such as baby food it's useless.
Please note this is for the liquid gel version of the product. If and when I try the others I will update.
As my other half is constantly at the gym and not exactly the cleanest of cooks, which is one of the reasons I end up doing most of it, then his clothes tend to end up in a far worse state than mine do. This usually means some extra help is needed to get his things clean. Whether it is his gym socks or his white shirt splattered with tomato sauce (why do most men insist on warring white when they cook and never ware an apron?) most detergents on their own just don't do the job.
We have tried a certain different stain remover in the past with little if any success. I have to say that due to this I was sceptical that this one would be any good either. However, as it was on offer at £3.50 for a 1L bottle at the time it was a case of let's just give it a go and see. I do tend to go for the liquid or gel versions of stain removers as I find them easier to use. Well most of them.
Look and Smell of the liquid:
The liquid is bright blue in colour which I did find a bit off putting it is no more off putting than a certain bright pink one. The gel is fairly thin and it is easy to pour into the 'doser'. Surprisingly for an Ariel product there is little smell to it. There is no overpowering perfume scent it was just what I can only really describe as a clean smell to it.
Measuring out the recommended 60 ml was fairly easy to do (for heavy stains they recommend 120 ml). However, unlike most other products of this type you then do not put the doser into the drum. Instead you pour the gel out into the drum. Alternatively you can wait until the powder has been washed out of the powder draw and then open the draw and pour it in there (why does 'water water everywhere' spring to mind here?). If you do pour it into the drum and are not careful this means it can go all over your hands. If this does happen then you will need to wash it off well with pleanty of water as the product contains Hydrogen Peroxide which can cause temporary bleaching of the skin as it causes oxygen bubbles to form just below the top skin layer. Warring of gloves to use this may be advisable.
As with most stain removers you can use this to pre-treat the stain before it goes into the wash. Here just put a small amount onto the stain and leave for 10 min before washing but make sure it does not dry. Also you are recommended to keep it out of direct sunlight for these 10 min (answers on a postcard for why).
The bottle also states you can use this product in a hand wash with the instructions stating that the item should be left to soak in a solution of 60ml in 10l water for 1 hr. For me I think this is ill advised as I would not want my skin in contact with this product whilst I was lifting the clothes out, no matter how dilute it was.
Being a liquid it is easier for the rinse cycle to remove all of it, even at low temperatures. I do, however, suffer form quite sensitive skin and so on the rare occasions when I have used it for any of my clothes as well as my partner's I have used an extra rinse cycle to make sure it is all out. Doing this I have, so far, suffered no reaction to it. As I tend to use this more when the wash load consists of only my other half's washing then I only use one rinse cycle here and he has suffered no reaction to it either.
The results for me have been generally good so far. My partner's gym socks do turn out far cleaner than with detergent alone and the dark marks which always appear on the heel and ball of the foot areas of the socks are gone. The grime which appears on the collar and cuffs of shirts have also been removed far better than with out this product. As for the cooking stains most of them are gone but some esp. from the sauces which are rather heavy on tomato do sometimes need a second wash to remove all of it. With the mess he makes of his shirts when cooking I might have to get him to do it shirtless in future.
In all this product does do a good job and it does clean and get rid of certain stains well. Whilst it is easer to use I feel a redesign on the 'dosing ball' is needed so this can be put into the wash with the liquid inside so you don't run the risk of pouring it all over yourself. Also the print on the bottle is quite small and some of it is written in yellow which is hard to read (ok picky I know). At full price this product is perhaps a little over priced so in future I will probably stock up on it when it is on offer.
I have deducted the one star due to the odd way you have to use the gel. I would have given this 3.5 if we were alowed to give half stars as it is better than a 3 but not quite good enough for a 4, but as it is closer to a 4.
Please note that this review is only for the gel version of Ariel's new range of stain removing products. On the whole, the product does work ok- have only used it in the wash and not specifically for spot treatment. Didn't really notice any significant difference from using Vanish Oxi-Action, which is what I normally use. The one big downfall of Ariel's gel product though is the way they've designed it. It comes with a dosing cup, as do many liquid detergents. However, unlike these, you are NOT supposed to leave the dosing cup in the machine during the wash. In addition, you are not supposed to pour it into the detergent drawer of the machine. Instead, you pour out the required amount into your dosing cup, then you have to pour it out directly onto your clothes in the drum. Now, with a machine full of clothes, there's not a lot of manoeuvering room and inevitably you get some of the gel on your hands, especially as you are trying to empty out those last drops in the dosing ball.
That done, you are left with messy hands spotted with white patches (this is what happens when the gel comes into contact with your skin...bit worrying if you have sensitive skin) and a messy, sticky dosing ball that needs to be rinsed out.
Just seems to be adding unnecessary hassle- why can't the ball go in the machine like other ones? Or why can't you just pour it into the detergent drawer? If I buy this product again, will definitely go for the powder version as it seems to have some good reviews.
Whilst wandering around Tesco a few months ago during my weekly shop my eyes were immediately drawn to a prominent display, which was jutting out at the end of one of the aisles and showed a newly launched range of washing products. The products guaranteed to be brilliant on tough stains in just one wash or I could apply for my money back. To be honest I felt quite overwhelmed with the array of bottles that stood before me with each promising the same results and due to their rather high price tag I decided against purchasing and walked straight pass, which is a rarity for me!
Washing is a real issue for me due to the fact that I have a diabetic husband who is required to inject insulin into his stomach up to six times per day. Unfortunately, due to the fact that he is also prescribed aspirin for a heart condition, he bleeds quite ferociously at times and on each occasion that he inserts the needle into his skin tiny spots of blood transfer to his white tee shirts. On more occasions than I would care to remember I have requested he wear an alternative colour, but no, he will insist on wearing white and his wardrobe now contains in excess of a dozen identical Next tee shirts! Whilst I will regularly use cheaper branded products for certain tasks, I will not skimp when it comes to washing powders, as I found I was not achieving the same high quality results. However, despite continually washing his clothes on a long hot wash a few of his tee shirts contained the most stubborn tiny bloodstains, which would simply not budge.
As I am a member of a few online survey sites I regularly receive emails inviting me to participate in various studies. It was only a few days after I had carried out my weekly shop at Tesco that I received an email asking if I would like to participate in a new study to trial a number of laundry washing products. Eager to try something new I clicked the yes button, provided a few details and awaited my free products. Imagine my sheer delight some five days later when the postman knocked my door and presented me with a huge box. Inside the box weren't trial size products suitable for just a few washes, but three full sized containers, which would probably last me for months upon months. What amazed me the most was that the products were those that I had been eyeing up in Tesco some week earlier and this review discusses my experience of using Ariel's newly introduced range of stain removing products.
THE PRODUCTS, THEIR APPEARANCE AND HOW TO USE
This review is slightly different to any others that I have written due to the fact that it discusses three products as opposed to just one and this is due to the fact that they have all assisted in my attempt to remove those dreaded stains. The manufacturers, namely Proctor and Gamble have introduced five products within this new range, such as gels, powders and a spray and those received in my box were a Stain Remover spray, Stain Remover Powder and a Stain Remover and Whitener Powder. The concept is that the products work in conjunction with your normal washing powder and will remove those stains in just one wash. Sounds great, but I have to admit that I was initially extremely dubious, as I've had this promise made to me many a time with disappointing results.
Both the stain remover powder and stain remover powder with added whitener are presented to us in 500g stubby rigid plastic tubs and are both identical in appearance other than the white label, which we will find on the whitener product and a dark blue label on the other. Their shape is very unique, as I've not seen another product like this and to use the powder we simply need to remove the large transparent plastic dosing cup, which holds 30g of the miracle powder. For stubborn stains it is recommended that two full cups are used and this is simply dispensed into the drawer of your washing machine, together with your ordinary washing powder. The appearance of the powder is slightly larger than your normal laundry powder where we are provided with tiny white and blue grains. I'm unsure why, but I was not expecting to witness any fragrance with this product due to the fact that it contains bleaching agents, but its' aroma is extremely pleasant and mirrors that of a normal washing product. I was thrilled that I was unable to witness any bleach aroma, which is something I absolutely detest.
The stain remover spray is presented to us in a 500ml rigid plastic bottle with an extremely powerful and easy to use trigger dispenser and this product is intended to pre-treat any stains prior to your wash. Consequently, you should spray on the stain and leave for a period of ten minutes, dependent upon its' severity; after which you place the garment into your washing machine.
MY EXPERIENCE OF USING AERIEL STAIN REMOVERS
As previously stated, my husband owns approximately a dozen tee shirts, which were once gleaming white. However, the majority had tiny blood spots situated in the tummy area and were looking a little dull, as they had lost that white brightness. Consequently, as the stains were considerably old I decided to carry out a pre-wash treatment, so I laid the tee shirts on my draining board and gave a quick spray on both the back and front of the effected areas. I placed the garments inside my washing machine and waited the required ten minutes to enable the product to works its' magic. I know it sounds daft, but I felt quite excited in trying out these new products, particularly as I had been asked to take part in a product trial and my opinion was obviously going to count. I generally use Bold or Ariel gel for all of my washing needs so I squirted the required amount into the dosing cap and placed it on top of my laundry and added a 30g dose of the Stain Removal and Whitener Powder into the drawer. I set my machine to the required programme and awaited the results. I really was not expecting to see much difference after using this product, as in my experience of using similar sprays and powders old stains are virtually impossible to remove and I had simply given up with using stain removers, as I simply accepted that any stains were there to stay.
As the washing machine reached its' final spin both hubby and I stood in the kitchen waiting and in fact, it seemed there was going to be a fight to see who could get to the washer first! Anyone would think we were actors in an advertisement for Ariel, but we could not wait to discover the results and see if this product had actually removed the stains, as promised. I lifted the tee shirts from the machine (yes, I won and got there first!) and proceeded to examine them and the first thing that was most definitely evident was that they were once again gleaming white! Both hubby and I scrutinised the tee shirts and were absolutely amazed that nearly all of the stains had vanished into thin air. All that was remaining was one or two blood spots, which had been ingrained on the tee shirts for a considerable time and I decided to return the garments to the washing machine, but this time I used the amount of powder as recommended by Proctor and Gamble for stubborn stains, which is two 30g dosing cups. Once again both hubby and I waited anxiously by the washing machine as it reached its' final spin and another close inspection took place. If there were in fact any stains remaining on the tee shirts they were not visible to the naked eye and we were both absolutely thrilled with the results.
A few days later I decided to take the product test one step further and proceeded to spray my horrendously stained lilac gardening trousers, which were covered in grass stains on both of the knees (from kneeling down and weeding I hasten to add!). I genuinely thought that there was no way whatsoever that this product could remove these dark green marks, as the stains had been on the trousers for several years and only received a normal wash each time I wore them. Again I followed the process where I sprayed the affected area and dispensed two 30g dosing cups of the Stain Remover Powder into my washing machine drawer. As soon as the machine finished its' cycle I removed the trousers and was totally amazed and quite flabbergasted at the results. The horrendous grass stains had totally gone, which was very surprising indeed, particularly as I did not believe that any product could remove such ingrained stubborn stains, particularly grass.
HOW DO THESE PRODUCTS WORK?
We are informed that the product boosts the stain removal powers of your normal washing powder, which subsequently breaks and lifts the stain from your laundry item whilst separating the individual particles and leaving the offending area totally stain free. Sounds extremely complicated I know and as I have no qualifications whatsoever in physics I haven't a clue how this actually works, but it does, believe me! I learned from carrying out various research on these revolutionary products that their unique formula starts acting on the stains the moment the product makes contact with the fabric. Not only are these products designed for use on whites, but they are also perfect for your colours. I was also amazed to discover that as well as acting on fresh stains they will also eradicate old stains.
It is very difficult for me to specify exactly which product you need, as obviously it depends on the stain and its' extent. The products are designed to eradicate all stubborn stains, such as blood, red wine and carrot juice and I really feel it's a case of trial and error in the first instance, as I find that on some occasions I need both the powder and spray and on others I need to use both the whitener powder and spray. We are advised that for best results it is best to spray on both sides of the fabric and to treat as soon as possible before the stain actually dries on the fabric. Obviously in the cases I described above this was not possible, so a further treatment was required.
MY OPINION AND RECOMMENDATION
As you are aware I was absolutely thrilled with the superb results from using this fantastic range products, particularly as they allow your laundry to look as good as new. They are extremely easy to use and beautifully fragranced and will leave your washing smelling absolutely delightful. Whilst my skin did not make contact with the powder due to the fact that it was dispensed directly into the drawer of my washing machine it was necessary to touch the fabric whilst using the spray bottle. However, I experienced no adverse effects whatsoever, which is a huge positive for me, particularly as I suffer terribly with my hands during the colder months where they frequently split and subsequently bleed. However, I would recommend that you use gloves due to the fact that this is a bleaching product.
As I was spraying the tee shirts on both my draining board and worktops it was necessary to wash the areas with a good cleaning product containing disinfectant to enable me to remove any traces of the bleach. I have been using my set of three products ever since they were provided to me for the product test and I would say that there is still a large amount of each remaining. Whilst the initial outlay may seem somewhat expensive, in my opinion this cost far outweighs replacing any of your badly stained garments. Ariel Stain Removers come with my full recommendation, as you will be absolutely amazed by the first class results.
As you would expect from this type of product there is a considerable amount of precautionary information on the reverse of the packaging where we are informed that it may cause irritation to the eyes and should contact occur they should be rinsed immediately with water and medical advice sought. As the products contain bleach they should not be mixed with any other bleaching agents and the containers should be kept well out of reach of children. The products can be used for hand washing and various advice is provided on the label on how to do this. Whilst I do not intend copying out all of the ingredients contained within the product I would advise that it contains 30% oxygen-based bleaching agents. The empty containers can be recycled once empty.
PRICE AND AVAILIABILITY
These products seem to be widely available and if you log onto Proctor and Gamble's website, which is named Supersavvy Me you will regularly find coupons offering you discounts off this range of products. I have also noticed that many of the supermarkets are frequently discounting this range and Tesco were recently selling each product for £3 each. In order to provide you with some current prices I have checked some of the supermarkets and at the time of writing (27 November 2010) you can buy the following:-
You are able to obtain 2 x 500g containers of the powder for £6, the 500ml spray is £4.49 and the 1 litre gel is £4.49
500g powders are £4.50, the 500ml spray is £4.50 and until 7 December 2010 you can purchase the 1 litre gel for £3.00
1 kilogram of power is currently on offer and has been reduced from £8.49 to £4.00, 500ml spray is £4.49 and the 1 litre gel is £4.49
As this is such a fantastic range of product, which will provide you with first class results Ariel Stain Removers receive 5 stars from me.
I hope you found my review useful and would thank you for reading.
This review will also be posted on Ciao under the same user name.
My usual approach to laundry is bung some detergent in the machine, and for really tough stains, use a vanish bar. I have never bought anything like this before, however I had in my possession a money off voucher for any product in the new Ariel Stain remover range, so thought I would give it a try and the reason is this:
I have a strange fixation with white bedding and refuse to sleep on any other colour, which would be fine if I didn't also have fixation with fake tan which as any user will know, can leave white fabric looking like it's gone ten rounds with an oompaloompa and lost :)
Most of the time it comes out with a hot wash and ordinary detergent, but I had hopes that Ariel Stain remover gel (with whitener) would bring back the bright whiteness which has faded somewhat.
The gel comes in a 1 litre plastic bottle complete with dispensing ball. It usually retails at £4.00 (although I got it for £2 with my voucher).
The idea is that you add a ball full of the gel to your wash along with your usual detergent, and it claims to "remove tough stains (such as wine, coffee and grass) in 1 wash or your money back"
The way it works is by forming a layer over the stain particles, it lifts stains out of the fabric. It also helps to keep stain particles suspended in the water so they don't find their way back into your clothes. Finally, Ariel Stain Remover cleans any remaining stain residue.
You can buy it with or without the whitening gel (my review is for with) and this ingredient is supposed to restore your whites to "brilliant" status.
So those are the claims by Ariel, but does it work?
Armed with my bundle of tangoed whites, I washed them on 60 degrees heat along with my usual detergent as instructed.
I did have a look on the bottle to see if it recommended a temperature for this product but as it didn't, I decided 60 was as good a starting point as any.
I tumble dried the washing and inspected for results.
I could see that the stains hadn't been lifted from the dressing gown I wear after I have applied fake tan, and it although it doesn't tend to stay on my bed linen, the 'brilliant' whiteness I had hoped for didn't appear either.
In fact looking at the results, I would go so far as to say that it had made no difference to a normal wash whatsoever and I was all set to rubbish it in a review.
However I didn't get around to writing it, and a few days ago, my husband spilt red wine onto his brand new white t shirt. As we were away overnight, I couldn't deal with it until the following day. I used my usual vanish bar on the stains, and although they faded, there was still a strong dark mark and it looked as if it was beyond saving.
As a last ditch attempt, I pulled out the bottle of Ariel gel and read that it could be used as an on the spot stain remover too. Nothing to lose I thought, so I poured a generous blob on to the stain and rubbed the fabric together for a minute or two. Lo and behold the stain has completely disappeared - honestly there is no trace at all!
T-shirt rescued, husband pleased and rubbish review shelved!
If there was a half a star option on dooyoo, I would award it 2.5 stars out of 5.
As it is, I will stretch to 3 stars, because it works fabulously as an on the spot stain remover, but ultimately it doesn't perform in the washing machine which is partially at least, what its meant to do.
When it's good, its very very good..and well, you know the rest!
Thanks for reading x
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The term 'A glutton for punishment' could have been made for me and my choice of clothing for my five-year-old daughter. I seem to unwillingly have a penchant for light colours when it comes to choosing her wardrobe, which would be fine if my darling was as delicate as the clothes I insist on buying her. She isn't though, she's a tomboy through and through and for whatever reason muck is attracted to her in a way I've never seen before. 'All kids are like that though!' I hear you shout. And I'd agree if it weren't for the fact that she outdoes my son 10-1 on the muck front.
It was after an incident when we were waiting for a taxi to take us to her dancing school's medal presentation I discovered Ariel Stain Remover. Having dressed her in a beautiful new outfit of floaty top and white linen crops (remember: glutton for punishment) and giving her strict instruction not to move of the path, I turned to find her skidding across the lawn on one knee. Cursing my stupidity at not buying black, I quickly changed her thinking I'd never get that grass stain out.
The next day during my weekly shop in Morrisons my eye was caught by signs advertising new Ariel Stain Remover at an introductory price of £3. I hadn't been looking for a stain remover, but thinking of those lovely linen trousers I thought it was worth a go and popped it in my basket. I've also seen this product on offer in several other retailers over the last few months.
Ariel Stain remover comes in either a blue packet or a white one (which has added whitener) although at the time I'm sure only the blue was on the shelf as that was the one I bought. It also comes in two sizes, either 500g or 1kg and seems always to be on some kind of special offer. Most recently I bought a 1kg packet half price at just £4. It contains a bluish white powder, which is coarser than normal washing powder with tiny blue balls. The lid duplicates as a measuring tool and the instructions on the back advise adding 1-2 doses in the same drawer as your detergent. You are advised not to pre treat stains but can soak heavily soiled items in 30g of product with warm water.
As I prefer washing capsules rather than powder, I added these to the drum as usual and added the required amount of stain remover to the detergent draw of my washing machine. The first time I used this product was on a fully white wash including the grass stained linen pants, grubby white socks and my white work uniform. I didn't soak any of the clothes before hand and put them on a regular 40-minute wash. To my amazement when the cycle had ended and I eagerly pulled the linen crops out, the grass stain had completely gone. I had been prepared for it to fade, but from past experience wasn't really expecting it to vanish completely and had been banking on a battle with bleach to see it off. The rest of the clothes were equally as impressive, with most of the white socks coming up clean and bright and my uniform looking whiter and fresher than it had for a while.
Since then I have used this powder religiously with white and light washes and continue to be impressed with the results. With the minimum of fuss, stains such as chocolate milk, tomato soup and makeup have all been taken care of. The only stains that the powder hasn't completely banished is on some particularly muddy white school sock's (which to be fair really where only fit for the bin) but even then the marks were faded way beyond usual and lesser marked socks have been altogether saved. It also won't remove things like hair dye and ink, although it doesn't claim to. I feel my washing has a brightness and cleaner, fresher look to it than it did previously when using this product and for this reason I stick a small dose in every wash. I use quite heavily scented capsule detergent in my wash, so haven't noticed a particular smell lingering from this product, but I do notice that clothes feel a little crisper. Not horribly starchy, just nicely crisp and fresh.
I'd recommend Ariel Stain Remover as part of your washing routine. It won't do the impossible, but it will make everyday annoying stains easy to deal with. It requires very little effort, there's no scrubbing or pre treating and has worked time again for me on just a regular 30 degree cycle. I like using it even if clothing isn't particularly stained and just your usual detergent would suffice, because of the brightness and freshness it gives my clothing. As I've always managed to buy this product at round about half price I don't feel I have to limit using it, as 500g gives you approximately 20 washes, although I don't use it on darks or blacks and so it lasts me around a month. This is definitely a product I will continue to buy and stock up on when I see it on offer.
Having two children I have probably bought every new stain remover on the market and so far have found that none of them work - my favourite trick has been using washing up liquid which has worked on pretty much everything apart from rust and chocolate.
This week I got a free sample of the new Ariel stain remover. I received the powder sample but you can choose to purchase powder or gel.
You are supposed to add it to your washing machine along with your usual detergent or you can soak the stained item in a bowl with the powder and your detergent.
This weekend my girls were playing in the garden (in white leggings - not sensible). By the end of the day the white leggings had mud all over the seat and knees. I was pretty much ready to throw them out when I remembered the free sample of ariel. As I only had the one item I decided to soak it in my sink with the powder and a biological detergent. I put them in the sink and left for about 45 minutes.
One mistake I made was not wearing rubber gloves - be careful this stuff is harsh and my hands stung afterwards. It does state to wear gloves on the packet but I managed to overlook that!!
After 45 minutes I lifted the leggings out expecting to see the muddy stains, and was amazed - they were completely gone.
The next day (out in the garden again) my daughter came in with grass stains on a pair of pink leggings. Rather than try and get it out there and then I put them on the side for 2 days until I could get to a supermarket and buy some more of the powder. I did this today and yet again the stains have come out.
On the negative side I also tried a favourite white top with rust stains that has had every stain remover/detergent used on it over the last few months to no avail. Unfortuantely the ariel made no difference. However this is a pretty old stain and I wasn't really expecting it to come out.
So far I completely recommend this product - buy it now while it is new and on offer!
Due to having very messy children there is always a need for a stain remover in our house. I think I have officially been through every stain remover in the stores.
I recently visited Morrisons and spotted a new stain remover on the side. There was a choice of 5 different types. Two powders one which was a whitener, two liquids which one had a whitener in and a pre treat spray. These were on a special deal at the time which made me decide to buy one.
The one that I purchased was a powder in a blue plastic tub. This stated that it would remove stains in one wash. It was priced at £2 at the time so because I couldn't grumble at the price I decided to give it a try.
This is a blue and white powder that you pour into the cap to measure it, then pour it the washing machine tray with your powder. Depending on how bad the stains are depend on whether you use one or two scoops in the wash. I always tend to use two scoops because my children get grass stains and tomato sauce stains in their clothes on a regular basis.
This was easy to use and the instructions are very easy to understand. When I added this to my wash it didn't remove the stains completely it seemed to just fade them. I even tried soaking the clothes in this stain remover including white socks that my daughter thought was really good to go outside and run around the garden in them so they were really black and this stain remover still didn't work.
It states on the box that it will remove stains in one wash but this is not true and ended up using washing up liquid and face soap to eventually remove the stains in the clothes.
I am not impressed with this product for the facts that it did not do what it stated. It is expensive when it is not on sale and it doesn't make the clothes smell very nice. I don't feel that I have wasted money because it did fade the stains and I didn't pay full price for it. I have found the old tricks of the trade are better.