I am probably one of those strange people that actually likes washing up. I had the chance to put a dishwasher in to our new kitchen but I decided to use the space for storage which I need more. Even I can't get excited about washing up liquid though - unless it has the chance to save me some money. So I was pleased to notice that Easy Washing Up Liquid cost just £1 for two bottles - and each one contained 30% extra free e.g. 650ml instead of 500ml. The clincher was that the are labelled as not tested on animals. I bought them in Poundworld but I have also seen the twin pack for around the same Price in Savers and other discount shops. I usually use either Fairy, Ecover or Method liquids which obviously cost more but the bottles do last a long time. I thought that even if I had to use a bit more Easy to get a good result, it could still be a good buy though considering how much I got for my money. After all, Easy is made by a brand I recognise - Jeyes.
The only scent in stock at the time was Aloe Vera but other ones are available such as lemon and eucalyptus. It is packaged in basic plastic bottle which is practical as it is easily squeezed. I can't imagine buying a washing up liquid based on pretty packaging, which is just as well as this one is quite plain but it does look a step up from an own brand if such things worry you. The stopper on the top is the kind that is pulled up to let the liquid out and it works well and doesn't clog over time or drip. The label contains the usual warnings advising you to avoid getting any in your eyes and to keep it away from children, and it advises those with sensitive skin to avoid prolonged contact. This warning seems standard really - the liquid is also described as gentle and dermatologically tested. I don't have sensitive skin and I also wear gloves usually when washing up so I have had only minimal contact with the liquid but it hasn't caused me any problems within those limits. I won't list all the ingredients but the main ones for those interested are Anionic and non-ionic surfectants.
I thought the Aloe scent was strong when I first popped the lid but once I had squirted some out it seems to have very little aroma, even when I have used quite a bit of it. I expect the concentrated scent in the bottle to be stronger of course, but I think that considering it is fresh and pleasant, it is a shame that it isn't a bit more obvious when you are actually washing up. I did find myself missing the scent of Fairy a little but I can live without it! The liquid itself is bright green, and a bit thinner than I expected so quite a lot shoots out when you squeeze the bottle. It definitely doesn't produce quite as many bubbles as the Fairy does, but it does still make a fair few. I have to swish the water around to create most of them. I am not sure how much bubbles contribute to the actual cleaning process anyway. I think the main difference is that the foam disappears faster than the one from Fairy does, so if you want them to last through the whole sink full of washing up, you will probably have to use more liquid towards the end. I did like the fact that fewer bubbles means less rinsing of the sink area afterwards though.
The most important thing is how the liquid actually cleans. I think that for basic cleaning, such as coffee cups and sandwich plates, it does just as good a job as any other brand I have tried. I can't say the plates look sparkling but they don't look or feel dirty and that is fine by me. The liquid doesn't leave any kind of residue and it isn't hard to rinse clear. For tougher jobs, such as burnt on bits on baking dishes or the bottom of a saucepan to think of two recent examples, then the liquid doesn't reduce the need to scrub as much as say Fairy does. I think that leaving those sort of things to soak in Easy and hot water works best if you don't want to remove all the tough bits yourself straightaway. Once soaked for a while, cleaning the pans is much easier and faster than soaking in hot water alone so the Easy must help if not quickly. The same goes for dealing with grease - you need to use a bit more Easy than other brands as it doesn't cut through that so well.
Overall, considering the very low price, I think this is better than I thought it would be. I think that whilst I have to use a bit more on some jobs, the low price means it is still reasonable value for money. Of course, it does make some cleaning more of an effort, as I think other washing up liquids seem to do a better job at lifting stains so you have to scrub less. If you don't mind leaving things to soak though, you will notice much less difference in my experience. If you want something that will leave your glassware sparkling then this isn't for you. If however you want a basic every day product, I would say this is worth a try at the price. If you don't like a strong scent as well, you will definitely like Easy! I would buy it again to use for most light washing up if nothing else. I haven't seen it for sale in supermarkets as often as the discount stores, but a search online shows that Iceland do stock it. Otherwise I have seen it in Wilkinsons, Savers and both Poundland and Poundworld. It seems to be sold on offer at two for a pound in most places, even when it isn't in the special taped together twin pack that I bought. One bottle usually sells for around 59p on it's own, although I have seen it for as much as £1 on occasion.
My sister gave me this liquid, she had bought 2 of them and wasn't keen on the way it cleaned and so offered me the one she hadn't used or opened. I jumped at the chance because how a product may not be good enough for one person could be fine for another.
It comes housed in a clear plastic bottle with a flip top. It is a very pale green colour, the liquid is easy to squeeze from the bottle. It is a soft liquid, which is also very smooth but it is a fairly runny liquid that does drip down the bottle while pouring it. It is quite a thin consistency and one that I don't particularly like very much.
It has a nice smell to it, one being of just a slight perfume smell. Nothing too strong and not unpleasant, just a nice fragrance. It smells nice in the water while washing the dishes. I did find that I had to squirt just a little more than a branded one for this one to give a good amount of lather in the water. I did find the bubbles did tend to fizzle much quicker too compared to other cheaper liquids.
It does clean well though, it does cut into grease well and clean the plates to a good enough standard. It cleans glasses and cutlery well and my glasses have had a good sparkle. My pans have been soaked in this liquid and I have found it removes the food from the bottom of my pans with no problems at all.
What I found I didn't like about this liquid is the amount I had to use to give a good amount of bubbles. It did mean that the bottle hasn't lasted as long as some other cheaper brands. For the price I think I would much prefer to buy a branded one or another cheaper one that I know I don't have to use so much to give more bubbles. I think it is a waste to use too much liquid. It does clean well though, so for that reason I think it isn't too bad a price or product.
Because it contains Aloe Vera, it is supposed to help keep hands softer, I haven't noticed any difference in the softness of my hands but I don't mind because my hands are quite rough anyway and it would take more than a liquid containing Aloe Vera to soften them.
Considering I had to use more liquid to clean my dishes I think this one isn't such a good value product. It isn't such a good quality as I thought it would be.
The bottle size is 500ml and the bottle can be recycled.
I wouldn't recommend this one if you like a lot of bubbles because I think you would be disappointed. I wouldn't buy it myself but since my sister gave me it, I do agree with her and can see why she gave me it in the first place.
I am going to rate this liquid only 3 stars because of the amount I had to use to get a good lather.
I was running low on washing up liquid and was nowhere near my usual supermarkets so I decided to just go wherever I could. I came across a Poundland store and ran in there to see what I could find. I noticed this bottle of Easy washing up liquid in the Aloe Vera scent which I have never heard of before but being a good price I picked up two bottles as this was the offer. I like Aloe Vera on products and the overall look wasn't too cheap and it seemed fine to me which is why I went ahead with my purchase.
This washing up liquid comes in your usual squeezy clear plastic bottle and inside is a blueish green liquid but you can see how much is left with the bottle being clear. It has a pull up head to squeeze liquid out of the top and the label is bright and has the Easy logo bold on the front. It is a 500ml bottle and it says on the front what scent it is and then it has an image of Aloe Vera but it is all very simple and to the point, no gimmicks which I like. The bottle looks fine and the reverse has all of the detailed information on how to use etc.
ALOE VERA WASHING UP LIQUID
This liquid aims to be kinder to hands and leave dishes sparkling and is of course made from Aloe Vera extract. There is not too much detail on the back other than a list of ingredients and a warning that if you have sensitive or damaged skin to avoid prolonged contact with hands. I do have sensitive skin but I normally wear my rubber gloves to protect my hands and nails from the water anyway. The fact they don't go on too much at the back about promising what the liquid does, I like as they don't force too much on you and leave you to decide but maybe a bit more information would be beneficial.
Now, to use the liquid you can use it with either a brush or a sponge, I prefer a sponge as I like it to absorb more. The liquid is a green colour and very runny so I usually put a size about the same as a 2p coin on the sponge and then run it under the hot water to let it foam up. This is the part I got disappointed as I compared this on a pile of dishes with another brand I have previously reviewed. The Easy liquid I drizzled onto the sponge and it gave off some foam at first but I could hardly smell it which is not good as you want a clean smell on dishes.
I squeezed the sponge after rubbing my dish and then when I went to rub again all of the foam was gone like that and I had to apply again which isn't very good as you shouldn't need to squeeze more out after only doing one plate. Whereas with my other brand I put the same amount on a sponge and it kept going and going and also it had a strong smell which is where Easy fell flat as it didn't really have much of a smell at all when cleaning. I just feel with Easy you have to use a lot of product to ensure you are cleaning your dishes and comparing it with the other brand it just wasn't as good.
Now, because I found this product failed a lot when it came to general rinsing I decided to see how it came down to the test when washing it up on big pans and dirty baking trays etc again with the other brand. Now, I had baking trays with burnt sauce stuck to them, sauce pans with sauces also in them, plates, mugs, cutlery etc to give a full range of how this can clean. I do think with the baking trays it did take off some of the dirt but again it didn't really fully remove the dirt and I had to use a wire cloth to fully remove the grime which is unpleasant with a tray that you want remnants of dinners prior still on your tray for the next days cooking.
I think on easier dishes like pans and knives and forks Easy cleans like that as it will rinse but for really hardcore scrubbing where you need foam to soak the dishes and really help to remove dirt by making it slip off, unless you use A LOT Easy will not clean harder stains. It isn't good on frying pans either unless you soak it forever. I do think that being a budget brand Easy may be getting a hard time here but washing up liquid is meant to clean dishes thoroughly and if I feel it has not given good results then I cannot lie and say that it has cleaned well, when it hasn't.
I think with Easy it is ok if you hardly use a lot of dishes and just clean the odd plate and bowl here and there. However, if like me you enjoy cooking meals from scratch and use a lot of pans and a lot of dirty dishes then you need a washing up liquid that will meet your expectations and ensure it removes grease and grime to get dishes sparkling again. This says it leaves dishes sparkling but I can safely say I saw no sparkle in sight and the smell is one of my favourite parts but it just wasn't that apparent.
I don't think I will be buying Easy washing up liquid again as for me it just wasn't good enough. It did not cause my skin any irritation but that is about the only plus I have for the brand.
INGREDIENTS: 5-15% Anionic Surfactants, <5% Non-ionic surfactants. Perfume: Limonene, Hexyl Cinnamal, Benzisothiazolinone, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone.
If you want to buy Easy washing up liquid you can get it in places like Poundland, I am sure I paid £1 for a bottle or two in there so it really won't set you back moneywise.
This is a Jeyes Ltd product and the website is http://www.jeyes.co.uk
Whilst in the local quality save store I spotted this washing up liquid and being only 39p for a 650ml bottle I decided to give it a try and bought one. I have been using this liquid ever since as it has worked really well and so now I always buy a couple when I'm in there to keep my kitchen cupboard stocked up!
The washing up liquid is named 'Easy' - I had never heard or seen it before to be honest until I spotted in Quality save but, there seems to be quite a lot of other products by made the company who make it who are named PLP Ltd which stands for 'Powder and Liquid products'. The brand has been around for some time since1987 and the company is based in County Durham.
The bottle is actually quite simple in design with a clear plastic bottle that has a red lid and a couple of simple labels - one on the back and one on the front. The lid has one of those that you push up and down rather than a flip lid which I prefer although I'm not really sure why as it doesn't make too much of a difference! The bottle I bought was actually a larger size than normal for the price as it was one with a '30% extra free' inside so the price would normally be for 500ml not 650ml.
The bottle cost me 39p which I think is good value when you consider what the other leading brands out there cost. I did used to buy Tesco value which was cheaper still but found it didn't get soapy enough to clean the pots well enough. Even though this is a little bit more then the Tesco value product it is still an awful lot cheaper than others that claim to be amazing and yet this does just as good as job!
As mentioned it is really good and the thing I like about it most is that a little really does go a long way!! The first time I used it I squirted quite a bit in the sink like I used to with the Value product but, it created so many bubbles I couldn't fill the sink up with enough water to get all my pots in as they started flowing over the edge! So next time I just used a small bit and it still gave me enough bubbles and cleans my pots nicely. Also I really like the smell of it too as it's quite strong and as you squirt it in the sink you can really smell it! Quite a normal washing up liquid smell I suppose but strong enough so that you know you're using it if that makes sense! I'm not sure if the stronger smell is because of the Aloe Vera but, I like it!
I am really pleased I found this washing up liquid as it's such a good product for the price that you just can't fault it! I have no sensitive skin so it doesn't affect me and so I cannot comment on whether somebody who does have sensitive skin would have an irritation with this product or not but, it does say on the back that if you have damaged or sensitive skin to avoid prolonged contact. Best of all, the product is not tested on animals which makes it even better!
I paid 39p for this bottle in Quality save but, that would normally be for the 500ml size - the 650ml size bottle normally retails at 49p in quality save. If you need any information on the company's other products the website is:
Aloe Vera washing up liquid contains real extract of Aloe Vera, a plant which has for centuries been associated with natural skin care / Its has been specially formulated to be kinder to your skin, whilst still removing stubborn grease and residues leaving dishes squeaky clean.