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
Newly formulated, and this busy mum is happy to recommend it.
Ariel Stain Remover
Member Name: cha97mw
Ariel Stain Remover
Advantages: good stain removal properties, easy to use, very cheap at the moment
Disadvantages: slight funny chemical smell from the powder before use, worry about the lid on the tub
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.
Summary: An effective stain remover from a brand I am very happy with
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