Product Type: Ariel Household Cleaning
Newest Review: ... 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... more
Ariel stain remover and whitener gel
Ariel Stain Remover
Member Name: clara29
Ariel Stain Remover
Advantages: Very impressive as an on the spot stain remover
Disadvantages: No difference to my whites when used in the washing machine
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
Also published on ciao (as ciaomiaow)
Summary: Has it's uses but overall not the product I was hoping for
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