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Fairy washing up liquid is something that seems to have been around forever - my mum used to buy it in the 1960s. The packaging has changed over time and there are more varieties (different colours, scents) now. This one is a nice bright yellow colour with a lemony smell. The clear plastic bottle holds 500ml and although price can vary, I tend to buy mine at Iceland for £1.
The main thing I notice is that you get lots of lather which lasts well. I'm so tired of lugging home other brands on special offer which have somehow made their way into my bag and then having to go and buy another bottle in less than a week! No, buying a concentrated, reputable brand saves time, energy and money in the long run.
Although I quite like wearing those pink or yellow rubber gloves for household stuff, I've found that Fairy doesn't seem to cause the rough, red skin that others can. So, gloves or not, my hands are fine.
The plates though, are squeaky clean and smell lovely. What more can you ask for?
I am not too fond of washing dishes as it is a chore that reminds me of being punished as a teen! So having a good quality washing up liquid that will make the job easier and clean my dishes excellently is really important. I have dabbled with other branded washing up liquids in the past, sometimes to save a few pennies and once when I just picked up the wrong washing up liquid by accident! However, at the end of the day in this case quality really does come up trumps and I am a total fairy girl. Whenever I see them on offer I make sure to buy them and stock up and some time ago Tesco were doing 2 530ml bottles for £2 so to mix it up a bit I bought one original bottle and one lemon. I am currently using Lemon at the moment and it's brilliant!
- Packaging -
The washing up liquid comes in a standard transparent washing up liquid bottle that is transparent so as the user I am able to see the product inside and how much of it is left at anytime, making it easy to monitor how much I am using. The bottle has a flip top lid at the top to squeeze the product out in a small amount onto the sponge for nice scrubbing and rubbing. It's a bit annoying as when the product gets to nearing the end it drives me insane trying to squeeze and squeeze every last drop out and sometimes I pop the lid off and pour water in to get the last of the suds out!
- The liquid -
Inside, the liquid is quite a bright yellow and is thick compared to cheaper brands. I find a small blob literally creates a lot of lather and suds which allows me to use very little to wash a large amount of cups and plates. Last time we bought the 870ml bottle of fairy it lasted over 2 months so it really is great value for money!
The Lemon fairy is one of my more preferred versions as I personally find it much better as it combats and cuts through grease really easily and effectively and requires little elbow grease to remove even stubborn stains. In addition, the lemon version also has a really nice subtle lemony scent and I find it leaves my dishes smelling nice and fresh.
- Overall -
To sum up this is a brilliant washing up liquid at a good price (especially when on offer!) and I can't recommend fairy lemon enough. It smells nice, works well, and a little goes a long way making it cost efficient. Gets 5 stars from me!
A couple of years ago Fairy had it's 50th anniversary which came as a shock to me as I then realised that I had been washing dishes for as long as Fairy has been around! I started very young of course, almost in nappies. Having travelled a lot in our own boat and in various others as stewardess or cook I have tried a good few different brands of washing up liquid. From Greece to the Caribbean washing the dishes doesn't really change, just the liquid and in my opinion none of them measure up to Fairy.
I was always a dedicated Fairy Original fan until I started to read Dooyoo and was seduced into trying the Mandarin and Ginger Flower version which is lovely and once I had made that leap of faith it was on to the Lemon!
I have sitting on my desk the Mega Pack Fairy Lemon which claims to have up to 50% more grease cutting power than the next best-selling brand. This is a rather nebulous claim but as it is also by appointment to Her Majesty the Queen I am inclined to believe them. My oval shaped easy to grip bottle holds 870ml and cost me 2.19pounds in Morrisons in Gibraltar who generally add a bit on for transport. It was this special offer that swung it for me as I perused the shelves and knowing that Fairy lasts a long time I thought that this was a good price.
My washing up liquid has to cope with quite a lot at home. First thing in the morning my dog gets her breakfast, before me note, and this consists of rice and canned pilchards." Poooh!", I hear you say and you are right. The first job for Fairy is to remove any fishy smell from the feeding bowl and this it does efficiently leaving not a trace of pong. A small squeeze of the lemon coloured fresh smelling liquid deals with any type of dirty dishes,The sunny, yellow liquid is quite thick and dissolves easily in hot or cold water and the squeezability, (this is possibly not a real word), of the bottle makes it easy to control just how much you want unlike other brands which have a runnier consistency. For pans I add a little water to the dirty pan as soon as it comes off the heat and add a squeeze of Fairy then it is easy to clean when the meal is finished. The red flip up top closes well and prevents any spillage.
That really is all I require of a washing up liquid and Fairy lemon with it's clean fresh fragrance does a good job. I do not find that the liquid affects my hands in any way and, as advised on the bottle, rinse my hands after use. Just in case you ever need to know if you are doing a bit of plumbing and find that a pipe is being reluctant to join a fitting, a squeeze of Fairy on the fitting, (and a few swear words), will help to make the joint.
Here's to the next 50 years Fairy!
5 stars from me for my Faithful Fairy.
Please do not get in your eyes and keep it away from children. Made by Proctor and Gamble the plastic bottle is recyclable.
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'Really hot water is half the battle' - so I was reliably informed as a teenager washing dishes for a few extra pennies back in the 1960s. The other half of the solution was ' mild green Fairy Liquid ', for that's how it was advertised. As far as I'm concerned, it still is, though my favourite variety is now less green - in colour at least.
According to the manufacturers, Procter & Gamble (P&G), it has '50% more grease cutting power' and 'lasts up to 50% longer than the next best-selling brand'. (Note the 'up to...'). I can't vouch for the accuracy of these figures, but Fairy certainly lasts longer than other brands I've used. Small quantities do cope quite well with greasy dishes, cutlery and glasses etc. This is an effective product and good value, particularly at discounted prices currently available from supermarkets.
~~The Reluctant Dishwasher~~
Relegated to the role of chief (human) dishwasher in our household, given my strictly limited expertise elsewhere in the kitchen, I can't say the washing-up process is ever much fun. But this product does at least make it slightly less of a chore. Has done for years. I'm a firm believer in the soak-and-rinse method, and a decent detergent does help with this. (For information: P&G's 'Future Friendly' website has some relevant tips on energy saving techniques - see below.)
Fairy's slogan used to be 'For hands that do dishes...' Even so, for some time we used another brand of detergent on the understanding that it was especially kind to sensitive skin. But when, due to extreme winter conditions some time ago, we finally ran out and were forced to trek to a local shop, Fairy was the only brand available there. We've stuck with it ever since. While I can't say I've noticed any real difference in 'mildness', obviously this may vary from one individual to another.
The label on our latest 650ml bottle refers to a relationship with the British Skin Foundation (BSF). For those sufficiently interested, the BSF website address is provided below. In any case, we have had no cause to change back.
Fairy Lemon is yellow, naturally, with an accompanying citrus scent which I find quite pleasant but may be a matter of taste. While there may be little evidence of real lemon juice, and there are other products on the market overtly badged as 'green', Fairy does proudly claim to be 'part of the Future Friendly Programme'. Note, however, that this is Procter & Gamble's own programme - see link below.
This variant of the original Fairy washing-up liquid has stood the test of time and remains good value for money. Other variants are available in this range and may suit different tastes. Seems fair enough to me!
~~Availability and price~~
Widely available, often at substantially discounted prices, Fairy Lemon is currently on offer from as little as £2.50 for two 650ml bottles (Asda price, 10/10/12)
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I usually like lemons (well, I've nothing against them) and I usually like the Fairy brand, but just not together. We normally get the Fairy Original but as this was on offer, my dear other half decided we would try it out. It comes in the standard plastic bottle which is made of plastic and has the normal flip top lid which you can close up again when not In use.
The bottle contains 433ml and it's usually on sale for over a pound, but these were knocked down to only 75p - we bought two! Much like the original Fairy Liquid, this is rich in consistency and a small amount will wash a fairly large amount of dishes. It's great on heavy-duty pots such as pots and pans and little scrubbing is required. It's smashing at shifting grease and dried on dirt and you find that you don't have to let the pots soak for too long before the food debris will just wipe away with a cloth. The liquid rinses off nicely and leaves no smears or marks even on glass wear.
So far so good. On the negative side, this stuff dries my hands out like nobody's business. I also hate the smell of the lemons. No matter how short a period of time I immerse my hands in this stuff, they come out looking like shriveled old prunes. I cannot for the life of me fathom out why this version should be so much more different to the original Fairy. I think I must be allergic to the lemon it because not only does it dry out my hands but it leaves them incredibly itchy and flaky at the same time. I have to rinse them well afterwards or wear rubber gloves if I use this washing up liquid. It doesn't affect my wife in this way, only me.
On the plus side, as I say, it's super stuff, just like the Original version. It washes dishes a treat - brings them up shiny and clean and it is very cost effective because a tiny amount will go a long way and a whole 433ml bottle will last us a good few months. It's just such a shame it's so drying and I cannot help but hate the horrible smell of the unnatural lemon pong.
Only two stars from me, I'm afraid.
When looking for a washing up liquid a while ago, I came across this for about £1.10p, I thought this was pretty good value and, though I am not too keen on a lemon smelling wahsing up liquid, decieded to give it a go! So here are my experiences:
Like most people, I have seen their iconic adverts and again, like most people, this wasn't my first time using a fairy product. I like to think that Fairy are a trusted brand and still use them regurally for cleaning my dishes. And although they can be expensive, if you shop around you can usaully find one of their vairety of smells on offer from a supermarket.
Most will recognize it as a Fairy product as they all look the same! The bottle has good grip on it, so even if you have wet hands from running in water, you can still distibute the gelly liquid without worrying about dropping it!
Fairy Washing Up Liquid Lemon is avalible from Tesco, Asda, Sainsburys and Morrisions for just a pound and can occaisonly be found in places such as local chemists, or local shops. However, the original is easier to find normally.
Does it work?
Yes it does! Once you have emptied a bit of the yellow liquid onto your hot water, immediately, many frothy bubbles start appearing - great fun for my kids! I then usually leave the hardcore, dirty things such as trays or bowls with dried breakfast in (Thanks Izzy!) to soak for around 20 to 30 minutes. By the time I get back them I normally find most of the dried or burnt food has softened and is pretty much slides off the trays, making my life much easier, I can tell you! With things such as tea and coffee cups, the dirt also tends to slide off and really does make the dreaded job of washing up a bit easier! In my opinion, a little of this magic liquid does really get the dirt off your dishes! Although I will say, this isn't really this product impaticular, most Fairy products are the exact same.
This is the only big let down for me really. Not only does the smell kind of stick to the plates, it feels your kitchen with a sickly lemon smell as well.This is also part of the reason I leave them to soak - just to get away from the smell! Although my other half likes it, me and the kids hate the lemony smell as it is just to strong; I guess it is a marmite thing! But one thing he does agree on is that fact that after one of the family has washed up, the smell lingers on the plates. When your eating and a roast dinner smells of lemon, I can tell you it's not good! So I normally end up drying the plates and then rinsing them with water to shed them of the "cleaning smell". Not the best thing I could be doing with my time.
Is it irritable?
I find that no it isn't and I don't feel my hands being dry, it is quite nice compared to some washing up liquids that I have used really as some can pretty much kill my hands! . However, my hands do stink of lemon as well and just a rinse under the water doesn't cure it like it cures the plates! And when I don't particaully like lemon (if you could not all ready guess!), lemon isn't the best thing for my hands to reak of for me!
I give it 3 stars overall, as it does clean the dishes, though it nearly kills me in the process. I still love Fairy, but this product has fallen below the line, I feel. It clings to the dishes and cuttlery too much and leaves them stinking! I've even had to throw away burgers before because they reaked of lemon! Not good! So I'm sticking to Fairy Original or who knows ... I might give Fairy Strawberry a go! :)
So I wouldn't recommend this unless you want to spend double the time rinsing through all your dishes.
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- Why I bought -
I usually go for the supermarkets' own brand of washing up liquid as I find brands such as Fairy to be a little over priced, having said that I do think you get good results with Fairy so perhaps it is worth paying a little extra. A few months ago I saw that Fairy 433ml bottles were on offer in Asda for £1, similar to the price I would usually pay so I decided to stock up on a few different ones. I bought the lemon flavour because I usually prefer fresh citrus smells to the floral ones. I noticed the label also said the liquid had 'up to 50% more grease cutting power'. I thought for the purpose of writing this review I would put Fairy Lemon Washing Up Liquid to the test by using it to wash up a sink full of pans and dishes.
- The Packaging -
The bottle for this liquid is functional and pretty standard for washing up liquid. It is transparent so you can see how much is left in the bottle. It has a red plastic top which allows you to squirt out the amount of liquid you need and there cap to close the bottle when it's not in use.
- Using Lemon Fairy -
As the sink filled up with hot water I added a small squirt of the washing up liquid. By the time the water was covering the dishes the liquid had made the water nice and bubbly and I could clearly smell the refreshing lemon flavour. I added another small squirt to my cloth and got scrubbing. I found that the dishes were easy to clean and any debris left on them came off easily. I was particularly impressed with the liquid when I washed up a greasy baking tray that had some burnt bits from dinner. The tray came clean very quickly and with little effort even though I hadn't left the tray to soak prior to washing up. There was no greasy feel to the tray once I had finished washing it so I think the liquid performed as the label claimed it would. I cleaned a whole sink full of dishes with a total of three small squirts so I think this liquid goes a long way. I noticed that the liquid was thick which to me indicates a quality product. After the washing up was complete I noticed that my hands were indeed "fairy soft" and smelt lemony. After using this product for the last few months I haven't noticed that my hands are dry so I believe this product is kind to the skin, although the bottle does suggest not letting the liquid come into contact with sensitive skin. The bottle for this liquid is functional and pretty standard for washing up liquid.
- Price and Availability -
Lemon Fairy is available in most supermarkets and currently sells for around £1.80. Personally I think this is a bit steep but it is worth looking out for when it is on offer.
- Would I Recommend? -
I would recommend this as it does perform slightly better than the supermarkets' own brands which I have used before. It did a good job on my dishes, smells nice and is kind to my skin. I think it was good value for £1 and will look out for it when it's on offer but I may still buy others rather than paying full price for Fairy.
Fairy is a well known brand and does lots of things which would appeal to most adults who do daily chores around the home.
Its basically a brand which revolves around cleaning!
I have used a lot of Fairy's products, the product which I have used the most though would be washing up liquid, its very easy to get hold of, available in most stores, usually priced between £1.00-2.00 for a big bottle, containing over 400ml.
I find this very cheap, especially since for a good clean you only need a few squirts!
For some reason I always seem to have pots and pans in the sink, its never empty..if I clean everything up 1 minute later it will be full to the brim again. I like Fairy liquid as I just would hate washing everything with no cleansing liquid, all my stuff would go greasy and not to mention there would still be lots of bacteria and nasties left on them.
There are a lot of Fairy liquids, all different types, different scents..moisturising ones for you! and ones which work the most on bacteria.
I have tried most of their products but my personal favourite is the lemon version, probably because I like lemons a lot!
The liquid comes in a clear odd shaped bottle which stands on its bottom, it is made out of plastic but is quite thick and sturdy.
It has the usual red cap on which is a flip top and extremely easy to open up.
Over the front is a sticker with the Fairy logo on, some useful information on the product, on the back is some more useful information on the product.
The liquid is bright yellow in colour, very glossy and has a really thick texture which comes out very nicely and evenly, it also has a strong scent to it, mostly lemons but I can also detect some other fruits in there too! but lemon would be strongest coming across.
I usually either squirt this all over the plates if I am doing a quick wash, which does a great job, the liquid really takes away the feeling of grease and helps to remove things from the plates easier.
If there is a big wash up I will usually just squirt it all into the sink with the water filled up, leave them to soak for a while. The fairy liquid creates lots of bubbles in the water, makes the water smell like lemons and really sinks into my dirty washing and helps give them a better clean.
I love fairy for washing my hands too if there is no hand wash, it makes my hands feel beautifully soft and I dont even use the moisturising one!
Fairy, your a legend.
Fairy washing up liquid is one of my favourites, I usually always buy it on special offer to save money because it is a brand that I like to buy on a regular basis. I really do trust this brand because it has been around for many years and is well worth the money.
The liquid comes in a transparent plastic bottle with a flip back top. The top also closes really well on the bottle unlike some brands. This one just snaps back into place firmly and if the bottle tips over for some reason, the liquid stays inside the bottle, unlike with some other brands I have bought were the top doesn't snap back into place and opens and the liquid then pours onto the surface. The liquid is a bright yellow colour and looks really refreshing inside the bottle and clean looking. It has a kind of shiny glow to it. For a 433ml bottle it usually costs around £1.20 but often can be bought on special offer for a £1 or even less at times.
The liquid is a really thick and rich consistency and pours from the bottle really nicely from the tiny hole at the top of the bottle.. It has a soft texture and is really soft. It has a really nice Lemon fragrance and one that is quite strong. It is a nice pleasant one and one that has a lasting lemon smell while washing the dishes. Only a small amount is needed to create the bubbles and lather in the water and a little goes a very long way and so the bottle does last that little bit longer. The bubbles do not fizzle from the water as some tend to do, with this one the bubbles last for a very long time and I can leave my dishes to soak in the water and return a while later and the bubbles are still in the water, just how I like them to be so that I can then continue to wash my dishes in the usual way after soaking those stubborn food on my dishes and saucepans. It is easy to rinse from the dishes to leave them nice and clean. It cleans my glasses really well too and leaves them sparklingly clean. It does not leave streak marks on the glasses after rinsing them, it just leaves them with a clear shine.
It cuts into grease just perfectly, it removes dried on food from saucepans and plates. It dissolves the food to release it from the dishes in a way that it is not necessary to keep on scrubbing with a scourer etc. The liquid does all the hard work and cleans the dishes well. It is also a nice gentle liquid and gentle on the skin. I do mostly use rubber gloves to wash my dishes but I have many times just washed them without wearing my gloves if I have been in a rush to wash the dishes or am just wanting to wash a few cups etc and do not want to put on my gloves. This liquid has not irritated my skin at all and has not dried the skin.
It cleans my glass jugs and removes the gravy or custard from the jugs because those items tend to stick in the bottom of my jugs and a quick soak in the liquid solution and the gravy etc is removed just perfectly to leave the jugs sparkling again.
I like the shape of this bottle because I find it so easy to hold and to pour the liquid from the bottle. I can easily grip it because it is pear shaped and slimline. It is not a bulky bottle like some other brands. This one takes little space in a cupboard and sits well on a work surface. It does not tip over because the base of it is nice and flat and very sturdy.
This one is a liquid that I highly do recommend to others, I think it is a very good quality liquid, very good value for the money and one that lasts and works a treat to clean dishes and it is also good for soaking dish clothes water at the end of the day, then the next morning the clothes are nice and clean and refreshed to last a little longer. This one gives me all the results that I expect from a washing up liquid and it is one that I will continue to buy in the future because I just love it so much.
I give it 5 stars.
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~The Best Washing Up Liquid~
Fairy washing up liquid has to be the best out there at the moment, it's thick, strong smelling, you only need a small amount to get a large amount of washing up done, what else do you need from a washing up liquid?
Fairy liquid comes in many lovely fragrances and colors. As I will only buy yellow or green colored Fairy, I buy this Lemon Fairy quite often, of course it's yellow in color and it smells really citrusy, with a very strong smell of lemons. A nice thick consistency of liquid and I only need to put a small amount of it into my washing up bowl as I prepare to wash my dishes. The small amount of liquid gives me lots of nice bubbles which are soft to touch and smell delightfully lemony.
Unless I have heaps of washing up to do, I don't usually have to refill my bowl as the fairy lasts and the bubbles remain right up until I've finished washing up. The bubbles are light and frothy and very worthwhile, they don't disappear until I want them too, and by this I mean when I rinse them away when I've finished.
The big bottle of fairy has the usual red top which is easily flipped open so I can squirt the amount I require for washing my dishes. A bottle of fairy will last me a long time, I do however, always like to keep a bottle of Fairy in reserve, should I unexpectedly run out. But before I throw an old bottle of fairy away, I will stand it on it's head so I can get every last drop out of the bottle first "Waste Not Want Not" as they say.
This Lemon fairy is extremely soft and mild and I have not once experienced any adverse effects from using it, in fact quite the opposite, after using this lemon fairy my hands smell great and feel really soft and moisturized. I got my Lemon Fairy Liquid from Tesco, in fact I got two 650 ml bottles as it's on offer at the moment 2 bottles for £2.50, I couldn't resist it, when one bottle would have cost me £1.50 I decided to go for the offer.
You can visit the Fairy website at www.fairydish.com to find out more about lemon fairy and other products, you can also check out the ingredients for each individual product.
This product should be kept out of the reach of children, for obvious reasons.
Lemon fairy washing up liquid gets the full 5 stars from me, it's great all round.
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I have always liked Fairy washing up liquid, I have bought this brand for many years and I like all the different varieties of the liquids that can be bought in the shops because the different smells are a change from the original one.
This Lemon one comes in a clear plastic bottle with a flip lid, the bottle is easy to hold and is quite slim and not bulky. The liquid inside is a yellow colour and it has a really nice Lemon smell to it, it is quite a strong smell too. The liquid is very rich in consistency and it does not drip from the bottle. It has a tiny hole for the liquid to flow from the bottle with no problems at all.
It lathers really well and there are lots of bubbles created from just a small amount of the liquid poured into hot water. I find the bubbles last for a very long time because this brand is a really good quality and excellent value for the money. It cuts into grease very well too and helps dissolve the grease to leave the dishes nice and clean. It helps make my drinking glasses sparkle and shine. It is also very easy to rinse from dishes to leave them clean and fresh. The smell of this one is very pleasant indeed too and it helps make washing the dishes a pleasant job because I do not have to keep on scrubbing the plates to remove the food etc. I find that if any stubborn food will not come from the dishes, I just soak them for a couple of minutes in the solution and the food is removed with no problems at all. It takes the hard work out of washing the dishes. The bubbles also do not fizzle and that is the way I like a washing up liquid to work.
A little goes a long way and the bottle lasts for quite some time too. It is a good one for soaking dish cloths in hot water at the end of the day to clean them ready for the next time they need to be used in the kitchen etc.
I cannot fault this liquid and for a 433ml bottle it usually costs around £1.10 but it can be often bought on offer at well known supermarkets. I do not wear gloves but I do find it does not irritate them at all. It is a nice mild, gentle liquid. It cleans all cutlery and cups well too and any of my cooking dishes and jugs very well indeed, it particularly cleans glass jugs well and leaves them sparkling in the same way as drinking glasses.
I will buy this again as I like it a lot and it works well too for the price and worth every penny. I recommend it for others to try too.
I rate it 5 stars.
I do a lot of washing up, and my washing up liquid of choice is usually Fairy. Today I'm using the lemon variety as not only is it my all time favourite, but the large bottles were being sold in B&M for just £1 a couple of weeks ago which is a bit of a bargain.
The thing that sets this apart from other Fairy variations is the gorgeous lemon scent, which smells fresh and clean as I wash up. The lemon lingers in the air beautifully and actually scents my kitchen for a few minutes after I've done the dishes, more so if I've left something soaking in hot soapy water for a while.
You need only a very small amount to produce mounds of soft fluffy bubbles and get your crocks sparkling clean; honestly, with such an excellent brand as Fairy available I don't know why people want dishwashers! Food stains just slide off plates and dishes, even the horrendous task of washing a bowl that has become encrusted with dried Weetabix is made quick and easy with a very quick soak in Fairy - which is saying something, I really don't think Weetabix can be as good for you as they say as if it sets so hard on dishes just think what it's doing to your insides! Some of the tougher stains I regularly have to wash up is dried curry (might as well be lemonade as far as Fairy is concerned), bolognese (again, rinses off like it's not the red staining footstuff it is) and it even shifted an unidentified 'chocolatey' stain from a work surface last week which even Flash hadn't been able to cope with.
It works well to cut through grease, maybe I'm being a wee bit Pavlovian here but to me the Lemon Fairy works better than the other varieties at shifting grease particularly from cookware. I know lemon juice is used by people who like to be more natural with their cleaning products and I also know Fairy isn't made with real lemons, but to me this works fabulously on (for example) a fatty roasting tin - whereas the other Fairy's just work excellently.
Today I cooked me and Mark a proper roast with all the trimmings; as I'm recovering from some dental work we ended up having different meals so there was a lot of washing up. The roasting tin was very greasy as I'd cooked a joint of lamb and ran out of tin foil, which I'd usually line and protect the tin with. There was also a Pyrex dish which had been used for baked mashed potato, two baking trays (one greasy, one very sticky), three saucepans and a measuring jug that had been forgotten about so was a quarter filled with congealing gravy before washing. The only item I really had to put any effort into washing was the sticky baking tray, this was sticky from the honey basted parsnips I cooked and after the first thorough washing it still felt a bit tacky once the tray had dried. It took another soak and wash for the tray to become unsticky, and to be honest I still don't think it's completely clean and will no doubt give it another wash. Everything else was dealt with with a quick twenty minute soak; even the roasting tin was a doddle to wash, although I did have to soak for a bit longer and changed the water a couple of times. I could have cleaned it quicker but knew from experience that giving it extra soaking time vastly reduces the amount of actual work I have to put into cleaning it!
Lemon Fairy rinses easily and quickly off your crocks, I've noticed the smell clings to baking trays and cake tins so you do need to run those things in particular under the rinsing water until you're certain all traces have been removed. This is irritating as I'm really the only person who bothers rinsing anything in this house, everyone else (when they can be bothered to wash up) just leaves it all covered in suds on the draining board. Now, I'll usually go round after them rinsing but now and again something will slip under my radar - yesterday it was a baking tray which (after half cooking fish fingers and waffles for Hollie) decided to start stinking of Lemon Fairy while still in the oven, causing me to bin the food amid lots of sweary behaviour.
As you'd expect from Fairy, this washing up liquid is very kind to my hands. I don't particularly suffer from sensitive skin, but my hands do dry out quickly if I use harsh cleaning/washing up products. Morning Fresh I find extremely drying, but with this Fairy (and all the others) my hands are fine afterwards and I rarely have to apply handcream after finishing the washing up.
Fairy is a washing up liquid and laundry detergent brand from Procter and Gamble. Fairy Washing Up Liquid celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2010.
The original Fairy Liquid is green but other variations have been released. Now you can purchase this washing up liquid in various scents including apple, lemon, pink petals etc and also anti bacterial and kind to hand versions. This review discusses the use of the lemon variety which is part of the scent-sations collection from Fairy.
The Lemon variety is said to offer a zesty lemon aroma which will zing up your kitchen. It is to be used with hot water to clean your dishes and claims to have up to 50% more grease cutting power than the next best selling washing up liquid brand.
The original Fairy Liquid was released in a white, round plastic bottle but times have changed. The Lemon variety still comes in a plastic bottle but is chunky and curved with gripping indents for easy handling. The plastic is clear allowing the yellow liquid to be seen within and a chunky red flip lid sits on top concealing the dispensing hole. A large label confirming the scent, brand etc is at the front and an image of a walking toddler offers a familiar approch. A small lable at the back confirms the ingredients, warnings etc. Once used up, the bottle can be recycled.
***Availability and Price***
Fairy Liquid Lemon is available in supermarkets. A 650ml bottle is regularly priced at £1.43 in Asda but there is currently a reduction to only £1.00. Tesco offer a 433ml bottle at £1.00 or the bigger size at £1.55 on a 2 for £1.00 offer.
Doing dishes is a daily task in my house and not one I particularly enjoy. To make things easier, I depend on a good quality washing up liquid.to help me out. I have tried store brands and other major brands such as Morning Fresh but always go back to Fairy. In my opinion, Fairy Liquid is the best washing up liquid and it may be a tad more expensive than other brands but it is well worth it.
The choice of scents available is growing and I think I have tried most of them. I am not keen on the original Fairy scent but adore apple. I picked up the Lemon in an offer a few weeks ago and this must be the second or third time I've bought this particular scent. I believe I paid £1.00 for my big bottle which is great value. The bottle is sufficient and well designed..it looks pretty sitting on my window sill in the kitchen away from my toddlers grubby mitts! The liquid inside is bright yellow and appears runny with noticeable gloopiness about it and little bubbles throughout.
***Fill Up The Sink and Get Washing!***
My dishes are usually washed fairly quickly after using them but sometimes I leave them sitting in the basin til I have time to wash them. Pots and pans usually need soaking and this is wear my Fairy Liquid comes into action. In the bottle, the scent is very concentrated and fresh with a hint of sweetness. Once my dishes are in the basin, I can run the hot water and squeeze a tiny, and I mean tiny drop of Fairy Liquid into the basin.
The liquid mixes with the water without me needing to swirl it in. The bubbles that start to produce are fluffy and white clinging to the dishes and filling my kitchen with a favourable, clean lemony aroma. If I leave the dishes to soak in the bubble, hot water for even 10mins, I return to a fairly easy task. I use cheap Smart Price scourers and these work well in conjunction with the Fairy Liquid and hot water.
My Fairy Liquid has to cope with various food stains from spaghetti to soup and dried on pasta to burnt marks on my baking trays. I use it on all my cuttlery, cups and plates as well as my pans and trays. The small drop of Fairy Liquid is more than sufficient to cling to my dishes and dissolve the food stains as it soaks. When it comes to rinsing the dirt off the dishes, it gives way very easily and only need a quick rub over with a wet scoury for the stubborn stains.
If I need a plate washed in a hurry, I can wet it and put a small amount of this liquid onto my scoury. Running under the water, the surface marks on the plates sweep off rather quickly so soaking isn't always needed to perform at a high standard. In any cases, I can rinse the dishes under reasonably hot water and the plates come up clean and rather shiny which is always a good result. The scent doesn't stick to them meaning I am safe to use the dishes without fear of tasting lemons! It does seep to stick to the glasses and they need extra rinses to be full rid of the suds. The bubbles in the basin last the duration of my washing time which is brilliant.
Another use for this washing up liquid is on spills in my livingroom carpet. If I spill juice or any food, a quick dose of this on a scoury allows it to foam up to the surface and brings it up out my carpet to avoid it staining. It also leaves my carpet smelling fresh and lemony which I like!
Having used this particular bottle for the past month or so, I can confirm that there is still around 400ml still present in the bottle. This high quality washing up liquid cleans my dishes to perfection by dissolving the mess left by food on them, The tiny amount needed makes this very economical and one bottle of Fairy Liquid lasts me a few months. Based on recent experience, a cheaper brand in the same size only lasted me a month and didn't have that same quality and generous smell as Fairy Liquid Lemon!
My hands also appreciate the bubbles that Fairy Liquid produces. Washing the dishes is a chore so to experience, soft, delicately scented hands is a bonus for me!
As I am sure you can tell, I recommend this washing up liquid.