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
I'm not impressed
Ariel Stain Remover
Member Name: wigglylittleworm
Ariel Stain Remover
Advantages: easy to use
Disadvantages: doesnt work, expensive
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.
Summary: waste of time and money
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