“ Brand: Asda / Type: Washing Up Liquid / Category: Cleaning & Disinfectant „
On the way home from visiting friends, I popped into their local Asda store and came home with a fair bit of shopping. One of the household items was the Asda Smart Price washing up liquid. How could I walk by when it was only forty pence for a 600ml bottle?
I had heard rumour of this product being a big brand name in disguise. I like the thought of mild hands but even more so if I can get the same product for significantly less. So this possible big name product comes in the disguise of a white, recyclable, plastic bottle with a red top.
Being well accustomed to the big brand product I noticed immediately that the rumours of this being a well-known brand, in a different bottle, was a false rumour. The product is terribly thin in consistency. It did not lather up with my usual small quantity which demonstrates that the more expensive brands will go further. I had to add more before there were bubbles despite being directed by Asda to use this sparingly, and wash hands after use, which makes me think this would not be kind to my hands.
After a roast chicken dinner the grease did not come off the roasting dish. I had to make three changes of water, and liquid, just to wash up the crockery for four people.
Asda, this is a poor washing up liquid. It may be cheap in price but it is next to useless and therefore, one star is being generous, as I have nothing good to record about Asda Smart Price washing up liquid. This is not a smart price when it doesn't do the job properly and forces a person to use more than usual.
For those on a budget buy Tesco Daisy washing up liquid instead. (See previous review).
I generally buy my washing up liquid from a local branch of Aldi, particularly as I have found their own-branded liquids perform excellently whilst offering excellent value for money. During a recent clear out, however, I came across a couple of budget-branded liquids from other brands stashed away in a cupboard and wanted to use them up as I really hate waste. This review outlines my experiences of using the Asda Smartprice Washing Up Liquid.
The Smartprice brand is exclusive to Asda, being their bottom range, or budget brand as it were. I don't recall how much I paid for the bottle, but looking online I can see that the current price is only 40 pence for the bottle. I do feel that this price offers excellent value for money, particularly as the bottle is rather generously sized at 600ml. (Info correct as @ October 2013).
The packaging, as with most products in the Asda Smartprice brand, is extremely basic and relatively uninspiring. In this case, the Washing Up Liquid is packaged in a plain looking bottle that is made of white plastic. There is a flip up cap on top of the bottle that is made of red plastic and this appears to be sturdy and robust, without being overly hard so it is difficult to open or close. Similarly, the bottle's plastic is not overly hard and so I haven't encountered any difficulties with dispensing the liquid from within, even though the strength in my hands is rather poor at times as a result of my physical difficulties.
The liquid itself is a sort of bluish green colour and is fairly 'generic' in its appearance. I do find, however, that the Smartprice Liquid's consistency is slightly runnier than I am used to, when considering alternative products from other brands and ranges, although I can't say that I have found the liquid makes a big mess or spills all over the place when I am squeezing it from the bottle. I do find it is thinner and runnier than most other brands, but this is not a huge issue for me and I am able to use the product quite easily, without it feeling any less convenient than other Washing Up Liquids.
When the liquid is poured under a running tap, I find a light foam is created in the basin or sink, and this takes only a few moments to develop; I don't find that the lather produced is particularly thick or luxurious, but I wouldn't necessarily expect it to be considering the low price of the product. I do feel that the lather produced is reasonable in both its quantity and it's density.
There is a fairly noticeable aroma present as the dishes are washed although I do tend to find this is slightly stronger in the initial stages, as the basin is filling with water. After this time, I find the aroma has faded so much that I can hardly detect it unless I specifically hunt it out. The aroma is not the most pleasant, and it is considerably more 'chemical' in its fragrance than most other washing up liquid products that I buy on a regular basis. I can't say that I find the scent to be particularly off-putting to be fair, and it certainly wouldn't deter me from repurchasing the product again in the future, but if the scent of household cleaning products such as washing up liquid is something that matters to you as a consumer, it's fair to assume that the Smartprice Washing Up Liquid isn't a product that is probably going to appeal to you on this basis. For me, however, it's something I can live with, as long as the other aspects of the liquid perform well enough.
I do feel that the Smartprice Washing Up Liquid performs rather well, as crockery and teacups are left free from grime and dirt after washing. I also find that the crockery is left without any residue, either sticky or tacky, and I feel too that they are squeaky clean and spotless. Other items such as cutlery is easily cleaned in the hot water and Smartprice Liquid solution, with any food debris being removed easily and without any real effort on my part. When dealing with 'everyday' items such as those listed here, I have found little to grumble about.
For those items that are grubbier, such as those that are greasy or have been used in the oven, I find I need to use more of the Smartprice Liquid to achieve perfect results; giving the dirty dishes a quick wash in the hot water and liquid solution is generally not enough to cope with such items. So, for these items it is generally the case that they require a second going-over with a new dose of the Smartprice Liquid and some clean, hot water, after which time they are clean enough for my liking. This 'second clean required' method is not the end of the world as far as I am concerned, and is certainly something I can live with, but it is fair to say that this requirement is not always necessary where other Washing Up Liquid products are concerned, and I AM including those that I have tried from other budget brands in this statement.
For me, it is a case of "you get what you pay for" and whilst the Smartprice Liquid copes well enough with more 'everyday' items such as teacups and cutlery, I have found it does not always perform to the necessary standard for other items that require a bit more 'oomph' when it comes to cleaning them, such as when removing grease, for example. I do feel it necessary to deduct one star in the product rating score to reflect this discovery, but I admit that I do feel the Smartprice Liquid performs surprisingly well otherwise, especially when the product's low purchase price is considered.
I have found that there is nothing irritant or harsh about the Smartprice Washing Up Liquid, in terms of its suitability for my dry and sensitive skin type. Indeed, I have noticed nothing in the way of sensitivity to my hands during or after use, and so I do recommend the product as being suitable for those consumers who, like me, suffer with dry or sensitive skin.
* Asda is against animal testing and none of their own-branded products are tested on animals. *
Taking everything into account, I do recommend the Asda Smartprice Washing Up Liquid and feel it is a fairly worthwhile purchase, especially when the low purchase price is considered. True, the product's aroma is not the best, and I do feel that other liquids from other brands perform a bit better when coping with really dirty dishes or those that are excessively greasy or dirty. Based on my experiences of using the Smartprice Liquid, I feel a four star rating in the Dooyoo product rating score is appropriate, on this occasion.
One household task that I seem to find myself almost constantly doing is washing the pots, even though there is only two of us in our home there seems to be a never ending pile that stacks up in the kitchen. Although I would not say that I am brand loyal to a particular washing up liquid I do have my favourites but I am also money conscious and will look out for liquids which are on special offer. When I last ran out of washing up liquid I popped along to my local Asda store and as there was non that I would normally purchase on offer and as my purse strings were pretty tight due to it being just before pay day I opted to try the Asda smart price washing up liquid as I thought for the bargain price it was worth a try.
The smart price washing up liquid comes in 600ml bottle and is currently priced at just 40p which is less than half the price of some of the leading brands.
The washing up liquid comes packaged in white plastic bottle which has a red flip top cap and has a stick on label on the front of the bottle which details all the essential information you need to know about the liquid including directions for use, ingredients listings and warnings. It also states to rinse hands after use and that the bottle is recyclable.
To use the washing up liquid you just simply squeeze it into a bowl of hot running water. The liquid is thinner than what you normally get from the more expensive brands and I did find that I needed to use a fair amount to be able to get a decent lather, in fact about double what I would normally use with other products which contradicts the directions for use on the bottle of 'use sparingly'. Also once I had washed a few items that were not even very dirty or greasy the lather seemed to completely disappear and I found myself changing the water after washing just a few items as it didn't feel like it was actually cleaning them. I also found that with more baked on food then I was having to leave pans and baking trays in soak for quite some time and having to use a lot more elbow grease than I normally would in order to remove it. For greasy items I was having to wash them twice for the liquid to actually work to cut through the grease and leave the pots clean. The only positive is that this liquid was gentle on my skin which can be quite sensitive.
Although my pots did eventually appear clean it did take me much longer to wash my pots with this liquid with the longer soaking times and lack of lather causing me to have to frequently change the water which prolonged the pain of a job I already do not enjoy even with the best washing up liquid. This washing up liquid may appear to be a bargain but with the amount you need to use it defeats the point of the lower price tag. I will not be purchasing this product again and unfortunately would not recommend it.
Just before Christmas I popped into my local Asda for a couple of things and picked up a bottle of their Smart Price Washing Up Liquid, I usually use Tesco Everyday Value and being the same price, 40p, I decided to give the Asda brand a try.
Asda Smart Price Washing Up Liquid is sold in A curvy white plastic bottle making it quite hard to see the liquid inside although if you hold it up and get it in the right light you can just see how much is left.
The bottle has a label on the front which informs the customer that this is Asda Smart Price Washing Up Liquid, the label is mainly white with green on it the same as all of Asda smart price items. The label also gives the directions for use, a few warnings which are standard for this type of product and the ingredients, the label also states that Asda are against animal testing and will give a full 100% refund if you are not entirely satisfied with the product. The lid is a flip top lid and clicks open and shut securely so if you are like me and like to drain the bottle upside down to get every last drop out it wont leak all over the window sill.
The actual liquid itself is a dark green colour and for a basic product is surprisingly thick, to use the liquid you simply need to give the bottle a small squeeze which should be easy to do for most people.
As I mentioned I bought this just before Christmas and have now finished the bottle. For a smart price item its really good, it creates a good amount of lather which lasts a good while. I find it cleans everything thoroughly and gets rid of grease with relative ease.
I do a lot of baking and the washing up liquid cleaned all my tins very well. I do mostly try to wear rubber gloves but not always and I didn't find the smart price washing up liquid irritated my hands or made them sore.
This is mainly a good product, it cleans well and lasts well too, at 40p for 600ml's its cheaper than the Tesco equivalent which is 40p for 500ml's, however, for me personally there is one major problem with this and that's the smell, its awful! It actually reminds me of bathroom/toilet cleaner. Its quite a harsh smell with a slight pine odour to it and I don't really like pine scented things. Luckily the smell doesn't linger on the pots and pans etc or my skin otherwise there's no way I would have finished the bottle.
All in all this is great value for money and for cleaning performance I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it but as it has an awful smell I wont be buying it again.