“ Brand: Glo / Type: Stain Remover / Category: Cleaning & Disinfectant „
No one wants to have to wash clothes on holiday, but this is perfect if you need to! Glo Care Travel Wash is a concentrated washing formula that is suitable for all types of water so you really can use it anywhere. You can buy it for around £1 from drugstores and supermarkets for a 100ml tube.
It recommends adding 2 teaspoons into a basin of water but who is going to have a teaspoon with them on holiday?? So I just squirted a load in. If you have clothes which are particularly stained you can apply the soap directly on to the stain and rub to try and lift the stain. The good thing about this is it does lather up a lot so you don't need a huge amount to clean your clothes.
It smells pretty good - not very strong but just a pleasant, soft, clean smell. The water was dirty after I put my clothes in (I had been camping for 1 week in Africa) so it did do something to remove the dirt from my socks. However overall it didn't clean too well - my socks still had brown patches on them from the muck. Although the smell of the soap is pleasant, it didn't make my clothes smell all that fresh and clean but it was adequate for a holiday.
I would definitely recommend this as it is a good substitute for a washing machine if you're on holiday and it definitely works better then trying to wash clothes with shampoo!
When im on holiday i try to pack enough clothes so that i don't have to do any laundry. I mean, who wants to do chores whilst away in a sunny climate when there is sangria to drink?! But inevitably there are always a couple of items that need a wash. Things like bikinis, underwear or in my case a large number of items ive spilt wine or chocolate on! That is where Glo Care comes to the resue.
What is said on the tube?
Glo care is a non bio travel wash that you can use for up to 20 washes. You can wash your clothes anytime and anyplace. It is recommended for all washable fabrics and colourfast items.
What do i do with it?
The instructions on the tube say to dissolve two teaspoonfuls of travel wash into a basin of hot or cold water. In reality who has a teaspoon ready and waiting, so i just squirted a bit into a filled sink. For heavily stained items (such as my wine splashes) you can apply a little of the gel directly onto the area.
How much do you get and where from?
I bought my tube two holidays ago from Bodycare and if i remember rightly it cost 89p. It is also available in most chemists and supermarkets. You a get 100ml tube. Like i said before i don't wash much on holidays just the essentials but the bottle is still half full and i've already had two holidays use out of it.
What i thought:
The wash smells lovely, not overpowering just clean. I did not notice any colour leakage from the garments i washed. My clothes were soft and smelt lovely after washing. This isn't always the case for me when travel washing. Some of the other washes i have used in the past im sure were shampoo or body wash in a tube, they were useless. The glo care even managed to get out difficult stains and didnt ruin my clothes. You're never going to get the same results as when you've thrown your clothes in the washer but for a substitute on holiday its great.
From past experience please make sure the cap is on properly and you've put it in a bag. There's nothing more infuriating than getting into your hotel only to realise that the rest of your first day has to be spent washing the entire contents of your suitcase as the travel wash has exploded!
Although I had packed what had seemed like Mothercare's entire summer range in Harry's suitcase for our holiday to Mauritius, I knew that for some reason, I would end needing to wash something before we left for England. Obviously I couldn't carry my usual carton of Persil with me so I scoured Sainsburys for a solutions. It came in the form of a yellow tube calling itself Glo-Care Non-Bio Travel Wash.
This particular travel wash liquid is actually a concentrated washing gel, which means that you actually get 20 washes from this small 100 ml tube. I obviously didn't use washing machine-sized loads when I used this travel wash, I did about 7 or 8 items at the most, as I only had a sink to do my washing in, but I can tell you how well it did of course.
The liquid/gel is very easy to use. You just unscew the blue cap and then squeeze the tube until the gel comes out. The gel itself is clear, so it will keep your water colourless. The tube recommends that you use 1-2 teaspoons of the gel in hot or cold water. I used the liquid in both hot and cold water, and it did a great job in both. I actually thought it would work better in hotter water, as I thought this would help it remove the stains, but it fared just as well in freezing cold water as well...I wish I could say the same for my poor hands after 20 minutes in cold water! The gel is also a non-biolgical one, so it is suitable for use on even young babies clothes as it will be gentle to their skin.
Anyway the liquid just disperses itself through the water, and does create a bit of a lather which is quite good. Just rub your clothes through a little bit, scrubbing the fabric together at the places which collect the most dirt and then rinse. The tube does state that if there are heavy stains, squirt a small amount of gel onto the stain and scrub lightly. As with all detergents, I found that this left a soapy residue over the clothes when I washed them and wrung them out, so I rinsed them under water. It took me about 45 seconds per item under running water to rinse out all of the residue from the detergent, but it came out quite easily, and you could see the white liquid-residue running from your clothes, leaving just clear water when it is completely rinsed.
The smell is actually quite nice too, for a detergent! Obviously I didn't expect rice-flower or lavender or any of these fancy fragrances you get with your Bold 2 in 1 or Surf but for a travel wash this was pleasant enough, considering the limited time you will be using it for. I'm a bit rubbish at describing these things but I would call it quite sweet and soft, not too girly but not a brash chemical-like smell which is great.
Now, the wash is suitable for use on all washable fabrics and colourfast items. It claims to keep your colours nice and bright, and bring out the whiteness in your whites too, which is pretty good stuff for a travel wash. I certainly didn't notice any colour fade on our clothes after using this product. The colours stayed bright, but I didn't really notice much brightening on my whites. But I must say that it cleaned very well. I had a pair of white shorts which I wore to the beach which got covered in sand, sea water, Harry's juice, coke and anything Harry happened to be eating near me, yet this wash managed to get out all but small splatters of ketchup, so I was impressed. The clothes smelled nice and fresh, and felt soft too, impressive considering I hadn't used any fabric softener!
So would I recommend this? Yes, I certainly would! It cost me a mere £1.29 for 100 ml tube, of which I have only used half of on a 2 week holiday with an incredibly messy toddler. The wash removes most stains that you would get on your clothes, leaves them feeling soft and smelling fresh. It is easy to use, and a good size to pop into your toiletries bag or suitcase, or even just an overnight bag. The tube is nice and sturdy, and the cap is a screw on, so it wont just pop open, handy to know!
I have seen this product for sale in most supermarkets, so if you are looking for a cheap and convenient travel wash, then Glo Care's non-bio wash is the one for you. For information on other Glo-care products, see their website: http://www.acdoco.co.uk/products/Glo-Care.asp
Thank you for reading!
Glo Care Travel Wash is a concentrated washing gel, specially formulated to use when you're away from home / It brings colours up bright and gives you brilliantly clean whites in any type of water.