Product Type: Easy Household Cleaning
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Easy Washing Up Liquid
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Easy Washing Up Liquid
Date: 27/01/13, updated on 24/06/13 (75 review reads)
Advantages: lovely delicate aroma, not tested on animals, refreshing appearance, gentle on skin
Disadvantages: Does not ''wash away stubborn grease and food residue, leaving dishes sparkling clean'!
The 650ml product comes in a transparent plastic bottle in which the beautiful parrot green contents can be seen clearly. Rotating the bottle shows the liquid to be a gel but free flowing substance. A bright poppy red pull up lid keeps the contents secure. The label on the front displays the product name and that it contains Aloe Vera. Also noted is that the washing up liquid is 'pure and gentle', being 'dermatologically tested'. A real plus is that the logo indicates that this product has not been tested on animals. The reverse label shows practical advice on skin care, advising the consumer to 'rinse and dry hands thoroughly after use' and 'If you have damaged or sensitive skin, avoid prolonged contact'.
The Ingredients listed on the product are not complete but the company's web site furnishes a comprehensive listing of the components that make up this cleaning agent. I have noted the reasons for the ingredients in brackets:
Sodium laureth-8 sulfate (cleansing/foaming/surfactant)
Sodium chloride (bulking/masking/viscosity controlling)
Cocoamide DEA (viscosity booster, foam booster and stabilizer, skin protectant.
C12-C15 Alcohol Ethoxylate (Nonionic surfactants are more widely used as detergents than ionic surfactants because anionic surfactants are insoluble in many hard water and cationic surfactants are considered to be poor cleaners.
Mixture of Methylchloroisothiazolinone (preservative)
Methylisothiazolinone (preservative 3:1)
'A buffer is an aqueous solution that has a highly stable pH. If you add acid or base to a buffered solution, its pH will not change significantly. Similarly, adding water to a buffer or allowing water to evaporate will not change the pH of a buffer' http://chemistry.about.com/od/acidsbase1​ ;/a/buffers.htm
The company's web site states that the Easy Washing up Liquid is 'specially formulated to wash away stubborn grease and food residue, leaving dishes sparkling clean'. The range includes new, exciting fragrances, plus skin kind formulations that are dermatologically tested and softer on your skin'. And further reiterates that the washing up liquid 'Removes everyday food stains. Gently Skin kind formulation. Fresh contemporary fragrances'. http://www.jeyes.com/en-gb/our-products/​ ;easy
I was very hopeful and glad to put this advertising hype to the test!
~Supplementary information ~
The company's web site states that 'Jeyes is committed to developing and marketing products that make a real difference to people's lives. We want every product we make to offer both quality and value for everyone who buys and uses it. We recruit the most talented scientists, product developers, marketers, salespeople and managers and bring them together in a focused yet friendly team with a positive working culture. Every day, we work hard to improve the products that customers know and love - and develop new ones to clean and freshen their homes in totally new ways'.
Jeyes Group Management Team predominantly consist of:
Nish Kankiwala (Chairman)
Before becoming Chairman of Jeyes in June 2011, Nish was the chief executive officer of Mayborn Group Limited from July 2006 and its chairman from March 2010, leading the public-to-private acquisition of the group supported by 3i plc. Previously, Nish was the president of Burger King International between 2003 and 2005, overseeing operations in key markets outside North America. He also spent ten years at PepsiCo Beverages International, latterly as the president of the Europe and Africa Business Unit, and worked at Unilever for 15 years in roles around the world. Nish holds a degree in chemical engineering from University College, London.
Mark Tyldesley (CEO)
Mark joined Jeyes as CEO on Sept 24th 2012. Mark has extensive general management, commercial and marketing experience in global and UK FMCG and retail organisations. Prior to joining Jeyes, Mark was Director of Grocery Brands at Premier Foods where he led a multifunctional team responsible for delivering a portfolio of iconic British brands including Bisto, Oxo, Loyd Grossman and Ambrosia. He has also worked for Tesco where he was Category Director for the Baby, Beauty and Toiletries categories, and he spent 16 years in marketing/general management with Procter and Gamble in the UK, Africa and in a number of regional and global roles. Mark holds a degree in Law from Nottingham University, and is a supporter of Ipswich Town.
Gregor Miller (Chief Operating Officer (North America))
Gregor began his career with Jeyes in the UK, before managing our operations in Asia-Pacific and developing our partnerships with European multinational brand owners. In the past decade he has developed our business in North America, co-ordinating its relocation from Europe and the establishment of a new factory in Monterrey and an office in Michigan. Gregor became COO of our North American business in 2010, with additional responsibility for the North American Technology group based in Neuburg, Germany.
The Jeyes business was originally founded by John Jeyes who first patented a disinfectant fluid in 1877 which is still marketed today as Jeyes Fluid. Jeyes was granted the Royal Warrant in 1896 and is still a proud supplier to the Royal Household. Since those early years, many products have been developed which have met with huge approval from consumers and users for their effectiveness in solving many household and industrial cleaning and germ-killing problems'.
~My Usage Experience ~ 'All Washed Up'!~
I purchased this from our local store as a top up over the weekend before my online grocery shop was to be delivered on the Monday. As this washing up liquid is on a two for £1 offer, I was very happy; a full 1,300ml combined should see me through!
The pull up lid to release the product's contents was quite difficult so I tend to use a dish cloth to afford me some grip to the nozzle thereafter. The initial scent is very delicate, I couldn't detect Aloe Vera but instead a lovely crisp and fruity apple aroma. The gel isn't thick, more like the consistency of runny honey! I filled up the washing up bowl half way with hot water, squirted in an ample amount of the liquid, around a table spoon, turned on the cold tap and pressed my finger half way over the faucet to get a good jet spray directed at the bowl of water to enable me to furnish a bubbly lather. The perfume becomes more noticeable when the water is frothed up but not overwhelmingly so.
Disappointment soon sets in! The foam dispersed almost as quickly as it had occurred. I do not have particularly hard water so there was no reason for this. I hadn't even introduced dishes to the bowl, and the ingredient of Cocoamide should have prevented this rather brief lathering action from dispersing so soon. I continued to wash the cutlery first, despite the lack of suds. The liquid did not help in removing more stubborn debris on the utensils as promised that it 'is specially formulated to wash away...food residue'. I had to use the reverse side of the sponge cleaner to scrub at the grime and debris, continually using hot water to rinse and loosen the dirt.
I decided to empty the bowl and fill up again with fresh clean hot water, but this time using three times the amount I originally popped in. Again, the foam lasted less than a few minutes, leaving a very inadequate lather, only pockets of suds remained in the bowl once the plates were introduced to the water. Agitating the water didn't help, and in fact, dispersed the suds even more quickly. The promise that using this liquid would 'wash away stubborn grease and food residue, leaving dishes sparkling clean', simply didn't happen.
For example, I used the washing liquid on plates that had had residues of egg and bacon on them. General washing was not enough, I had to pour copious amounts of the liquid onto the reverse side of the sponge and scour the plates. I had to use much effort and force to remove grease and particles. I even needed to keep adding boiling hot water onto the plates so that the residues could be lifted more easily.
When I got to the pans, I had now used a quarter of the bottle, scoured and applied foam wire pads to scour away the dirt and ground in grime. I soaked a couple of the pots overnight, yet still the same effort was needed the next morning as if I had just begun to clean the pans. Sometimes I use washing up liquid to clean the tiles in the kitchen, wipe down sides and clean grease marks off the stove, but this washing up liquid has difficulty in even the smallest of task.
So, does this product have any redeeming qualities? Yes. There are a few, both as confirmed by the company, 'Gently Skin kind formulation' and 'Fresh contemporary fragrances'. I have noticed no reaction on my skin despite concentrated use, which I applied in endeavoring to get the liquid to perform a better job! The appearance of the liquid is appealing. The fragrance is gorgeous, refreshing and summery. I am very happy that the company has good ethics regarding animal testing. But, alas, I need an effective washing up liquid that will 'wash away stubborn grease and food residue, leaving dishes sparkling clean'! I do know that Jeyes produce some very good effective products, but this is not one of them! I used the liquid over the weekend, half a bottle remains! No, not due to copious amounts of dishes, but the ineffectiveness of the cleaning agent :~(
~Would I Recommend? ~ 'That'll Never Wash'!~
No, apart from a few advantages, this product cannot ''wash away stubborn grease and food residue, leaving dishes sparkling clean'. Note to self, 'fork out or wait till shopping is delivered! :~(
This product is available at many outlets including Poundland, currently on a two for £1 offer.
Thank you for taking the time to read my review :~)
Summary: Lovely appearance and aroma, good company ethics, ineffective cleaning agent!