Product Type: Asda Household Cleaning
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Member Name: Wee_Jackie_163
Asda Sensitive Fabric Softener 57 Washes Concentrated
Advantages: Works well - Kind to sensitive skin - Reasonable value..
Disadvantages: None for me!
It was a good few months ago now that I first tried out the Asda own branded "Sensitive Fabric Softener" whilst shopping online for groceries at www.asda.com. The reason for my purchase was simply to try and cut back a little on my shopping bill, and I decided to try out several own-branded products from the Asda range, in place of some more 'premium' brands, in a bid to save a little money.
The Asda Sensitive Fabric Softener currently costs £2 for a large bottle that is 1.995 litres in size. I am informed on the bottle's label that this bottle will provide enough liquid for "57 Washes" as the liquid is concentrated. I believe the product is also available to purchase in a smaller-sized bottle that costs £1, but I have only ever purchased the larger bottle as pictured at the top of the Dooyoo page here. (Info correct @ January 2013).
The packaging for the product is fairly simplistic, I must admit, comprising of a slightly 'oblong' shaped bottle that is made of clear plastic. There is a black and white label going around the bottle which has the image of a female wearing a snuggly-looking dressing gown on the front. The words "Dermatologically Tested" and "Sensitive Fabric Softener" are not difficult to miss on the bottle's label, as they are presented in contrasting colours, and I do find these words to be especially relevant to me personally as I suffer terribly with sensitive skin and I admit that I do find these statements are quite reassuring.
The lid on the bottle doubles as the 'measuring cap' for the liquid, and I find this is easy to remove by unscrewing it from the bottle's spout. There is specific measuring advice given on the bottle's label and I have found no difficulties in either understanding or carrying out this advice. Diagrams are provided too, and really I have found the fabric softener is very straight-forward to use in my washing machine.
All I need to do is basically load my dirty laundry into my washing machine and add my usual powdered detergent to the drawer at the front of the machine. I then need to dispense a little of the Asda Sensitive Fabric Softener into the plastic white cap on top of the bottle, following the instructions as indicated on the packaging. The liquid can then be poured from the cap into the drawer on the washing machine, in the relevant section - the location of which will, of course, vary from machine to machine. I then turn the machine on and programme it for the relevant washing cycle. So, in essence, using the Asda Sensitive Fabric Softener is as simple as with any other brand that I have used before.
The end result is fairly impressive... by my standards at least! There are certain items that I will simply not wash without the use of a Fabric Softener product, such as bed linen and towels. Whilst there are some clothing items that I do not feel particularly benefit from the use of a product like this one, I do find I prefer to use a softenening agent with bath towels in particular, as they take on a soft and fluffy quality that I find very agreeable on my sensitive skin.
The Asda Sensitive Fabric Softener has not let me down. I have found that my towels and bed linen are wonderfully softened and my towels in particular have benefited from using the Asda Softener, becoming fluffier and softer after washing with the softener. That is not to say that I find the Asda product performs any better than any other brand that I purchase regularly, but certainly it has performed just as well as these other brands, which is quite impressive as far as I am concerned, particularly when you consider the saving made by purchasing the Asda alternative.
I find the scent of the Asda Softener to be extremely subtle, and perhaps it would be too subtle for some tastes, but for my own preference it is completely spot on. I find the softener's gentle scent allows just a gentle 'whiff' of the powder-like aroma to be detected whilst the wet laundry is being hung up and this continues whilst the laundry dries, with the gentle scent being detectable within the same room. Once the laundry has dried however, I find it quite difficult to detect the scent of the liquid softener but to be quite honest this is a definite plus point for me, as I can't really say I am a big fan of wearing clothing that is strongly-scented from sweet or floral-scented laundry products! I find that such scents can feel quite heady, and I have even found in the past that they can interfere with my perfumes and body sprays which is rather off-putting for me personally. The quieter, more subtle, aroma of the Asda product - which has a faint whiff of baby lotion about it, I think - therefore suits me down to the ground, as it doesn't linger in a 'heady' fashion after use, nor does it 'swamp' me whilst I am wearing clothing or using linen that has been washed with the solution.
In terms of the bottle's claim about it lasting for "57 Washes" I'm afraid I cannot confirm whether this is definitely the case, as I don't generally count the amount of washes obtained from products like this one! What I can tell you is that the bottle lasts for around a month in my household (bearing in mind I do not use it for EVERY wash, but most of them) which I think is very reasonable, especially when the £2 price tag is considered. I don't have any complaints in terms of value for money or the product proving to be economical.
The other bold claim made by the product is of course its suitability for use by those consumers who - like myself - suffer with sensitive skin. Now, I will admit to being slightly cautious for the first few times that I tried this product out, mainly because certain laundry detergents that I have used in the past have caused my sensitive skin to 'flare up' resulting in my arms and legs feeling rather itchy and aggravated. In addition, I have found that liquid detergents can often cause the eczema I suffer with become very aggravated, which can cause pain and discomfort, so perhaps you can understand my concerns with using ANY new laundry product, irrespective of which brand it is from.
I can honestly say I have suffered nothing in the way of aggravation, irritation or sensitivity to my hyper-sensitive skin which was a very welcome discovery, of course. I would therefore recommend the product for use by those consumers who suffer with sensitive skin, as I have experienced nothing in the way of negative reactions in this regard.
Overall, I am happy with the performance of the Asda Sensitive Fabric Softener and will continue to purchase it for use in my household. I think it copes very well with my household laundry, without having any adverse affects on my sensitive skin. I also think the purchase price represents reasonable value for money considering that the bottle lasts quite well in my household. I don't think I have any complaints about the product at all, and therefore feel it deserves full marks in the Dooyoo product rating score.
Summary: Asda's "Sensitive" Fabric Softener is recommended by me.