“ Brand: Asda / Type: Washing Up Liquid / Category: Cleaning & Disinfectant „
I'm always out to save a few pennies here and there and I like to buy the supermarkets' own brands of most things and washing up liquid is one of those things! The lavender and tea tree liquid is now just lavender and the bottle is a different shape - similar to that in the picture but with squared shoulders rather than rounded and a red bottle top and the labelling now has a large purple bubble with the words ASDA and Lavender in the middle of it and bubbles all around it. There is also a smaller bubble with the words 'Grease busting' on it! Having scoured the Asda website, I'm fairly sure that this has now replaced the lavender and tea tree product shown above.
I'm a big fan of scented washing up liquid, it helps to make the otherwise mundane experience altogether more pleasurable. When I bought this product I had a sniff in the shop and the scent of lavender is very delicate but still very noticeable. In other similar products I've tried, the scent hasn't been that noticeable once in the water so I was looking forward to trying this one as lavender is a scent I love!
My dad always used to go on at me and my mum for using far too much washing up liquid (but the bubbles are nice!!) so I'm always consciouss of how big a squirt I put in my washing up bowl! This washing up liquid doesn't disappoint when it comes to the bubble factor. A small amount of liquid creates lots of lovely bubbles which are delicately scented with lavender as I had hoped! Hooray! I tend to squirt the liquid under the tap as its running to get the best out of the bubbles. On the occasion when I have used too much, a slippery film can be felt on the dishes as they have been washed and I feel as though they need to be rinsed off again.
So, as far as cleaning quality goes, I have no complaints about this washing up liquid. It seems to clean as well as Fairy which is the only brand name washing up liquid I've used. As I mentioned before, use too much of the liquid and the plates feel like they need to be washed again but this washing up liquid has been able to bust the greasiest of grease off various pans and, after a bit of soaking first, blitz the remnants of lasagnes and casseroles from my dishes! A bottle lasts for ages, pretty much the same as a bottle of Fairy and I rarely need to buy more although I do tend to buy a couple of bottles at a time so it's ready in the cupboard.
A 500ml bottle costs 70p and it is on offer at the moment 2 bottles for £1 so value for money is excellent. I love the scent of this washing up liquid and its cleaning power, I just have to be careful not to use too much!
When it comes to dish cleaning, my dish washer wins hands down but there are still occasions when it is necessary to use a conventional scourer pad, pair of rubber gloves and reach for the washing up liquid. I must say, yes it is a rare occasion such as now when my kitchen is being renovated hence my sink is out of use so I decided that after rekindling my relationship with washing up liquid, this could be the perfect time to write this review.
I really took quite a risk the first time that I purchased this product. Usually, I would automatically purchase some sweet smelling fairy liquid as my hands are very sensitive and other brands have been quite harsh on them in the past to the point of cracked skin.
However on this occasion I decided to try a slightly cheaper liquid and to try the Asda own brand. With such a selection of fragrances and promises on the bottles it is hard to know where to start. This purchase was like a pot luck pick.
Obviously, the lavender and tea tree washing up liquid won. Why? I chose it simply for the fact that I like the colour, purple is in fact my favourite colour and I was intrigued to what the mix of lavender and tea tree would smell like.
According to the advertising, the liquid is infused with lavender and sprinkled with tea tree. The liquid comes in a 500ml bottle and as of February is priced at 72p per bottle.
I got my product home and decided to wash some dishes. The liquid itself is quite thick which is always a good attribute as less liquid should be required. I was very impressed to find that just a small squirt into my sink left the water filled with sweet smelling lathered bubbles. The liquid easily removed food and grease from my crockery and utensils. I also found that pans were easy to clean and even after a small soaking grill pans were also easy to clean.
Unlike some other brands, the washing up liquid does not damage my sin nor cause any discomfort. I find the liquid to be just as effective as Fairy and at a cheaper price tag.
I do really like this product. I have regularly re purchased this product and imagine that I will continue to do so. It is more expensive than the regular Asda brand but the premium label lives up to its name and does an equally good job as Fairy would t a cheaper price. I love the fragrance of the product, it is very pleasant and emits any chemical smells, a very natural scent. Highly recommended.
Well, we have a dishwasher so (thankfully) I don't need to spend too much time doing dishes! But... there are a few things that I prefer to handwash - children's lunchboxes, baby bottles and that casserole dish with the bits of chicken burnt on that needs a really good scrub (grrr....) so I always have a bottle of washing up liquid under the sink anyway!
I tend to shop in Asda and I'm no own brand snob so it's usually Asda's own washing up liquid that I buy and use. There are quite a few different varieties of Asda's own washing up liquid starting at 72p for 500ml but this is from their 'Premium' range which also includes other varieties such as 'avocado and mint' and 'eucalyptus and wild sage' and costs 84p for 500ml. I don't go through it all that quickly with only washing a couple of things each day so thought I'd splash out the extra 12p and go for the posher stuff!
Each of the varieties sounded quite nice to me but I went for the lavender and tea tree partly because I quite like purple and partly because I quite like lavender! The bottle itself is quite attractive to look at - clear bottle with silver and purple and a little picture of some lavender. I'm sure they're trying to make it seem a little more sophisticated and upmarket than your average washing up liquid but we all know it's just for cleaning dishes so it doesn't really matter...it is quite pretty though...
When you open the bottle you immediately get a lovely whiff of lavender which certainly puts me in a slightly happier mood before I tackle that casserole dish... You can't really smell a lot of the tee tree as lavender in itself is quite a strong fragrance but I know that tee tree is supposed to be quite healing so I'm hoping it's in there as my hands are a bit dry and could do with some TLC! Like with all washing up liquids, a little goes a long way and it does make a nice lot of bubbles in the sink. You still get the lovely aroma as the bubbles build up and it really seemed to clean the dishes well. The liquid is also antibacterial which is nice to know and can be used to keep your cloths/sponges clean after your finished. It also apparently has patented 'odour neutralising technology' which I suppose would be useful if you had particularly strong smelling food...
Over all, I liked this product. At the end of the day, it is only washing up liquid but the packaging, smell, performance and quality of the product was really worth the few pennies extra than the average Asda stuff and I'd say it's definitely as good as the main brands like Fairy, etc.
Deciding it todays society and with the way things are going to save as much money as possible so out went the brand products and in came supermarkets own. I wasn't expected this product to be as fantastic as the 'brands' but washing up liquid is just to wash up with right?? Wrong - this product is fantastic, the smell is fresh and different and lingers on your hands afterwards, I also found you didn't need to use as much to get the lathered effect like you do with other supermarket washing up liquid. This by far is one of the better 'cheaper' options to wash your pots.
Its available in Asda for around 85p for 500ml but is often on 3 for £2 which in the long run makes the product cheaper. A bottle lasts around 3 weeks washing up 3 times a day for a family of 3. The smell isn't a strong lavender smell, it has more of a hint of it but the smell is more pleasant than overpowering.
It's nice to see a variety of different colours around now, my partner laughs when I buy things to match my rooms, the purple of this is lovely, the bottle doesn't look cheap and the nozzle to squirt out of it doesn't clog.
Now as to whether the product does what it is supposed to - it cleans thoroughly and leaves glasses gleaming, cutelry shiny and most of all, them stubborn burnt on bits of food it removes without overnight soaking.
With so many weird and wonderful products out there on the market for us consumers it is all too easy to dismiss something as simple as a washing up liquid, after all you only need it to clean the dishes not much important about that is there? Yet all our supermarkets have shelves and shelves full of different brands making wonderful promises about how lovely our dishes will be after using them, how clean, how fresh, how pleasant smelling.............you may not think there's a lot of difference between one brand and the next and imply grab whatever catches your eye first, I used to play about with different brands, choosing whichever looked nicest or smelled most pleasant to me that week, until now, having recently chosen Asda Lavender & Tea tree washing up liquid and being won over by such a simple, everyday product.
Asda Lavender & Tea Tree is part of Asdas premium washing up range, naturally only available from Asda it costs 84p for a 500ml bottle. The liquid is a pale purple colour and is of a medium consistency, showing some quality to the liquid that many other cheaper versions lack. Strangely the lavender is not the dominant smell rather the tea tree stands out above the lavender, a pleasant clean smell with the floral lavender hints lingering in the background. Other than the obvious promise of cleaning your dishes the range make 3 promises, that it is antibacterial, odour eliminating and provides a long lasting bubble.
Starting a bowl of water for my dishes I usually like to squirt the liquid into the stream of hot water causing the bubbles to start developing straight away, there are quite a lot of bubbles produced by even a tiny squirt of the liquid and they are white and shiny, multiplying atop your water until the bowl is full. The water and liquid cuts through the dirt on your dishes quickly, leaving them clean looking and fresh smelling, glasses look shining and crystal clear with no residue left behind. I like to leave dishes or pans with more stubborn stains to soak in the water for a while after I've done the other dishes but in no time the liquid cuts through the dirt making the dishes easy to clean, requiring less scrubbing and elbow grease, the only occasion when I've found the need for a more powerful product is when I've let the potatoes boil dry in the pan leaving that impossible back layer, such events as dried on pasta sauces and stuck on batter are no problem after a few minutes soaking in this washing up liquid .
While it's difficult to tell whether the product is truly antibacterial it is a reassuring feature in today's hygiene obsessed society and I do like the idea, as a parent of young children, that the dishes will be left as clean and hygienic as possible, I'm even one of those people who leaves the dishes to dry naturally for fear of germs on the tea towels. My dishes always look and smell clean after using the liquid and it is a pleasure to use. The liquid really does seem to cut out odours, my children are quite fond of fish pie and hubby likes spicy sausage casserole and tomato pasta dishes, such foods can often leave a lingering smell and can make the water seem dirty and stagnant but the liquid somehow destroys these smells and even on the odd occasion I've left the dishes in the water and forgot about them, distracted by another job, I've not returned to any unpleasant dirty dish smells.
The odour eliminating properties demonstrate themselves to you and while it's pretty hard to test the antibacterial promise I did decide to see if the long lasting bubbles promise was accurate, I've never noticed that the bubbles had dispersed while doing the dishes, but then that's not something you really pay that much attention to once the dishes are done and you throw the water away, however we decided one evening to leave the water until the next morning, you can imagine my surprise to see the bubbles till sat happily atop the water shining in the morning sun. I know the bubbles are usually more for visual effect then any actual cleaning purpose but they still look nice and seem to make washing the dishes more fun.
How long a bottle will last will depend on how often you use it and in what quantity, we usually use a bottle a month, with several daily uses on the dishes of a family of 4, for 84p I'd say that's pretty good value, the liquid achieves all the same things a more expensive brand does as well as leaving your hands feeling pleasant after use, which is quite nice as there's nothing worse than pungent dish pan hands. If you're an Asda shopper and not tried this variety I'd highly recommend giving it a go.