“ Brand: Aldi / Type: Washing Up Liquid / Category: Cleaning & Disinfectant „
Recently I had a chance to go to Aldi. Aldi is not my usual supermarket so I was on the look out for good deals and bargains when I spotted a bottle of Magnum washing up liquid. I popped one in my basket as I had read a couple of reviews that told me it was good stuff.
The washing up liquid is similar in design to most other brands in that it is in a clear easy to grip plastic bottle with a resealable flip top lid. The washing up liquid is a vivid dark green and looks similar in colour and viscosity to its name brand rival. On the bottle we are told that it is 'original' 'concentrated' 'kind on hands' 'cuts through grease' and 'leaves dishes sparkling clean'. Let's put it to the test on these claims.
I would say not as it is an obvious copy of Fairy but at less than half the price. My 500ml bottle was £0.59 which is a good price so well worth a try.
In my opinion this is a very concentrated washing up liquid. The liquid is thicker than other shop brands and the bottle needs a good firm squeeze to dispense some. Only a small amount is needed to produce a good amount of suds in hot water. I have been using my bottle for nearly two weeks, washing a regular amount of pots for a family of four twice a day, and I am roughly a quarter of the way in to the bottle.
==Kind on hands==
It is not the most gentle of washing up liquids, if you want something gentle I would recommend Persil's Aloe Vera washing up liquid. Once I have finished the pots my hands are left feeling clean but a little dry. It could be worse though as I do occasionally suffer contact eczema on my hands and so far this washing up liquid has not aggravated it.
==Cuts through grease==
I have to agree with this statement, Magnum does a very good job of cutting through grease. A small amount dripped into a roasting pan filled with hot water will disperse the grease puddles easily. Magnum will also battle through a sink of greasy pots without the need for a sink refresh half way through.
==Leaves dishes sparkling clean==
Again I agree with this statement, my pots look sparkling clean. After washing and drying cutlery, plates, glasses and cups are all perfect with no need of a rewash.
After checking out all Magnums claims I am happy to give the product 5/5 stars. It washes well with good results, does not damage the skin on my hands is long lasting and much cheaper than many name branded rivals.
Well done Aldi.
When shopping in Aldi I remembered that I needed washing up liquid, as I was not going to any other shops, I decided I would have to buy some from Aldi. Having used fairy for the last 4 years, I did think it was not going to be on the same level as fairy and would have to use half the container which you normally have which cheaper washing up liquid brands.
I was quite shocked that it only cost around 60p for a 500ml sized bottle as I normally pay around £1.25 for fairy which is a 433ml sized bottle.
The bottle is a see through normal shaped washing up liquid bottle with a sparkling wine glass on front with green liquid. Aldi do have other ranges in the magnum range. It has a red clip top, which is easy to open and close. I think personally you can't tell a lot of difference from the fairy and magnum bottle apart from the label.
Ingredients: 5-15 5 nonionice surfactants, 15-30% anionic surfactants. Contains methylisothiazolinone, methylchloroisothiazolinone, perfume, limonene, linalool.
The bottle is very easy to squeeze and doesn't pour out too much or not enough, which I find is a problem with some bottles. It has a few bumps over the part where you squeeze which I'm guessing is for extra grip.
The liquid just smells like usual liquid, it smells of nothing special and does actually smell a lot like fairy liquid
Magnum pours very well over the dirty dishes, you only need a little (it goes very far) and when mixed with the water creates a good range of bubbles.
Washing up the dirty dishes was good, it didn't leave things still dirty, and left plates, cups ect glowing. It coped very well with washing up greasy and very burned in food aswell, there was no need for me to stand there scrubbing for ages.
The liquid didn't leave things soapy either which is a problem I've had in the past.
The liquid maintained its bubbles throughout the washing up process and even after a bowl full of washing up, I think I could have done another bow full.
Using this I didn't have to double wash anything, everything came up clean and spotless.
I have found this washing up liquid lasts a lot longer than what fairy did.
It was gentle on hands and has not left them dry or left them reddish and sore.
Since reading up on magnum I have read It has topped the Which best buy two years running.
The Aldi bottle topped the table with a test score of 92 per cent just pipping the Fairy Original which scored 91per cent.
Which? said Aldi was able to knock Fairy off its perch by increasing the number of active ingredients in its Magnum Premium Original liquid while changes to Fairy Original's formula made little effect.
This washing up liquid hasn't changed my life, but it is going to save me a wooping £11.70 a year yay!
Item: Magnum Washing Up Liquid
Bought in: Aldi
We first bough this when looking in Aldi and I remembered that we had run out of washing up liquid. I haven't been particularly loyal to any one brand but having tried a few always felt that Fairy had been the best. As this looked like Fairy I picked it up. We really liked it so have been going back for more and have been using it for a good long while now and we totally delighted when Which chose it as their best buy back in 2001. Love it when you are already using something then everyone else realises how good it is!
This comes in a standard fairly liquid style bottle. Tall and nipped in at the middle with a wider top and wide base. It looks a little bit like a little person with no arms. (OK it maybe just looks like that to me haha). The bottle is clear and you can see the bright green liquid through it. The bottle has little bumps all over the top third and the aside from looking a bit novelty they have no purpose such as extra grip as they are above the bit you hold. The section you hold is the middle part that is indented and the plastic is thick but not too thick to squeeze the liquid out. The base is wide too so it stands up on it's own and unless actually bumped over, won't topple. The bottle at it's widest is 9cm wide and 5cm deep and stands 20cm tall. the lid is bright red and can be screwed off but also has a little flip open top with a nib that pops in to the bottle opening when it is closed to prevent drips. It hasn't s far leaked on the journey home. But it does get gunky very quickly when in use, but that is easily remedied if you pop a finger over the opening under running water and it clears very quickly. The label now proudly states that it was the "Which Best Buy Washing Up Liquid In September 2011". It also has details of the name and on the back advises you of ingredients, how to use and precautions to take.
How much to use and what are the results?
I actually measured out how much I need to use to get a sink full of utensils, 3 pots, 6 glasses and an over tray clean (all the stuff that doesn't fit in the dish washer!) and it took 2 tea spoon's full of the liquid. If I am trying to clean a lasagne dish I will lightly make an "S" shape out of the liquid in the dish and then fill it with hot water to soak. If I need to do a couple of glasses or fancy mugs a few drops in running water will do the job. This liquid will get your dishes clean, squeaky clean in fact. There's not been anything that I haven't been able to get clean to the same standard as any other washing up liquids I have used previously. It smells exactly the same as Fairy Liquid. I've no idea what that smells of....can't quite put my finger on it. All I can say is it smells of fairly liquid and bubbles. I like this as I have had other washing up liquids in the past that have smelt of grapefruit or other spices and I have felt them over powering.
We have a dishwasher so do just use this for glasses, fancy mugs, Tupperware, pot and pans and anything else that says it is not dishwasher safe. A bottle will last us at least 2 months (sometimes 3) so at around 30p a month this is a great buy. 5 stars and will buy again unless we run out and Aldi isn't open! haha
I will usually purchase a washing up liquid from a well-known brand such as Persil or Fairy, but have been tempted into trying out a few supermarket-own branded products in the past. I had heard great reports about Aldi's "Magnum" washing up liquid, and was aware that this Aldi product had actually beaten the Fairy brand in the past, in consumer testing by the WHICH? Company, apparently knocking the Fairy product off the 'best washing up liquid product' spot for the first time in decades. Anyway, I happened to be visiting a local branch of Aldi's supermarket with my mum recently, and decided to stock up on a couple of household items; one of these was, of course, a bottle of Magnum Washing Up Liquid.
There were perhaps three or so 'scent' choices available on the occasion I was shopping in store, but I opted for the "Original." The bottle I purchased is a generous 1litre in size, with the large bottle being double the size of that shown at the top of the Dooyoo page here. I believe that this cost me around 80 -90 pence, with the smaller bottle costing around 60 pence. This price is excellent value, with it being extremely competitive even when compared to other supermarket-own branded liquids.
The packaging is fairly basic, although it is more than fit for purpose, I have found. The bottle is quite tall as you would expect, and is made of clear plastic that can be recycled after use. I have found too that the bottle's plastic is not so 'hard' that I have difficulty in squeezing it to dispense the liquid contents within; such issues often present themselves with items like this one, so I was pleased to note the ease of use experienced with the Magnum Washing Up Liquid. The other helpful addition in the bottle's design is the slight 'curve' towards the bottle's 'shoulders' which I find allows for a steady grip to be maintained during the dispensing of the product. This little curve makes the large bottle feel less 'cumbersome' to use, and I find its addition is very helpful.
The Magnum Liquid itself is a bright green colour, as is usually the case with Washing Up Liquid products that are of the 'Original' scent. I find that when the liquid is being poured into the basin it does so easily and without difficulty, even though I find the liquid is surprisingly thick. I have found in the past that some supermarket own branded Liquids, or those that are at the 'budget' end of the spectrum can be quite thin and runny in their consistency, but the Magnum Liquid does not fall under this description at all. In actual fact, I find the whole appearance of the Magnum product is identical to that of the Original Fairy Washing Up Liquid, and there are no significant differences that would allow me to tell the two apart if they were free from their packaging.
The liquid's aroma is evident as the product is poured from the bottle, and I can't say that I find it to be particularly inviting or refreshing, but this could be said of most washing up liquid products that I buy nowadays, and I confess that I do find the scents of most household products to be particularly irrelevant and unimportant to me personally.... I'm one of those people who is relatively unconcerned with the aromas of household cleaners and laundry detergents - such things just don't matter in my life! Anyway, the Magnum's aroma really just reminds me of washing up liquid, with it resembling the scent of the well-known Fairy Liquid, but with a more 'refreshing' edge to it, that I find slightly 'acidic', but without any real harshness or over-powering quality to it. To be perfectly honest, I find that the scent diminishes quite significantly once the product is dispersed into the water in my basin or sink, and I am only aware of the occasional 'whiff' of aroma during the time I am washing the dishes. This is an observation rather than a criticism on my part, but I do feel that some consumers may find the Magnum Liquid's aroma to be disappointing or too 'faint' for their own tastes.
In terms of the Magnum Liquid's performance, I have no complaints whatsoever. I find that when coping with dirty crockery such as tea plates, mugs and cups, the items are left free from dirt, residue and grease, being left squeaky clean and sparkling after washing. Cutlery such as silverware and teaspoons come up shining and gleaming, with any food residue being removed from the items' surfaces with ease. I find too that the liquid's formula is not overly 'soapy' when washing items such as these ones, so I don't need to undertake any excessive 'rinsing' ritual in order to remove large amounts of foamy lather from the crockery. There is a lather produced, certainly, but it is not overly 'dense' in its make up, with it being light and 'airy' and easy to rinse off, without clinging to the dishware items.
For cookware items such as oven trays and pots and pans, I find that the Magnum Liquid really stands up to the test, removing grease and food debris with ease. I find too that the Liquid is particularly effective in coping with greasy items such as frying pans or baking tins, with these items usually being the real 'test' for other supermarket own branded washing up liquids. There have been many times when other cheaper-than-average washing up liquids have not quite met the standard of others, resulting in a second - and occasionally, even a third - washing of some cookware items being required before I felt they were adequately scrubbed and cleaned.
This 'repeat washing' practice has NEVER been required when I have been using the Magnum Liquid however, finding the results to be faultless and impeccable. Each and every time I have washed something that is particularly greasy or dirty, such as a dirty frying pan for example, I have found that the thick Magnum Liquid really seems to 'cut through' the grease on the item's surface with ease. This has allowed for a much more 'fuss free' approach to be experienced with this particular washing up liquid than when using some of the others I have purchased from other stores. It is true to say that whilst some of these other 'own-branded' liquids have felt slightly 'under-par' in their grease-busting abilities, the Magnum Liquid completely lived up to my expectations and hopes in this regard, providing flawless, spotless results with each and every use.
The other main selling point for me personally is that the Magnum Washing Up Liquid is actually concentrated, so I find that a very small amount is required with each use. This has allowed the bottle to last for a very long time, and I cannot fault the economical feel of the product, particularly when the low purchase price is considered. I have been using the Magnum Liquid for the best part of two months now, and my bottle is still not finished, even though I tend to do my washing up at least twice a day. I cannot remember ever experiencing such an impressive result from any other brand of Washing Up Liquid and have been extremely impressed at the Magnum Liquid's ability to wash a whole basin of cups and saucers from what feels like a mere 'spot' of the green liquid in the sink's dish water.
It is always a concern for me when buying new or different household cleaners and similar products as I suffer with very sensitive skin on my hands that will often 'flare' aggressively if harsh products are used. I can honestly say that my hands have not suffered in any way from the use of the Magnum Liquid, so I can only assume that its formulation is fairly mild and gentle. Based on these results, I do recommend the product for use by those consumers who, like me, have sensitive skin issues.
Taking everything into account, I have only high praise for this particular washing up liquid and it will now be something of a staple item in my own household. Based on its excellent value for money price, combined with its dirt and grease-busting properties, I feel that top marks in the Dooyoo rating score are more than deserving, and the product comes with my full recommendation.
Having switched supermarket to Aldi last year, our washing up liquid was one of the last things we changed. Although we were happy with supermarket own brand products generally, I'd had bad experiences with washing up liquids, even branded ones, causing irritation to my hands, so I would only use Fai*y. Finally, it was the "Which best buy" logo that sold me on it, giving it credibility. Also, it looked so much like Fai*y that I decided to give it a go.
The packaging is very good quality, and there are several fragrances available. The basic liquid comes in original, lemon or apple, and I chose the original. The price was 59p, for a 500ml bottle (same size as standard Fair*y).
When I added some of this liquid to my washing up bowl, it seemed very thick and bubbled up well. If it had been in a branded bottle, I honestly wouldn't have know the difference. It felt fine on my hands, and left them feeling fine - no redness or dryness as I have had with other brands. A bottle goes a long way, so it is not only cheap but excellent quality and value.
Using a small amount in my washing up bowl left my dishes very clean. I could feel the power of the bubbles cutting through the grease and removing it effectively. On really heavily soiled dishes e.g. roasting tins with greasy residue, I just added a bit directly and rubbed it in, and it worked extremely well.
This washing up liquid is an absolute gem. It cleans as well - if not better than - the leading brand, and seems very high quality indeed. It is far superior to other brands and supermarket own products. I have never tried the slightly more expensive / flashy "premium" version, which costs 10p more and promises fragrances and antibacterial action. To be honest, I don't feel the need to - this basic one is amazing, and if it ain't broke... (but I am sure curiosity will get the better of me at some point) - who knows, it might even be better than this one?!
Highly recommended - you will not be disappointed!
===Worth An Experiment?===
I'm a bit of an impulse buyer and like to try different products out. With washing up liquid this has been particularly true: with one eye out for a bargain, I've enjoyed trying out quite a range over the years and, like many of you, would not describe myself as especially brand loyal.
A few things contributed to me trying out this Aldi product. I can't deny it: a lot was down to Aldi's own advertising which stated that consumer reviews rated it highly. Another was the opening of a new Aldi store very close to where I live; it's almost become my corner shop. Then our household size diminished, as did the family income and the amount of washing up! So, in the spirit of 'nothing ventured, nothing gained' I decided to give it a go. At 59p there wasn't much to lose!
===What's In The Bottle?===
This washing up liquid looks much like any other. There's nothing remarkable about the 500 ml clear plastic container with its red cap. The current pack has 'Which Best Buy Washing Up Liquid September 2011' emblazoned across the top of its front label. Lower down there's an image of a full champagne glass, intended to reflect the name 'Magnum' I guess. The back label interestingly describes the liquid as 'concentrated'. I am directed to pour a small amount under running water and always replace the cap firmly. The label has some clear graphics about safety issues with a link to www.cleanright.eu. It also lists the ingredients, which to me read pretty much the same as any other washing up liquid, with lovely words like anionic surfectants. It appears that you can take the product back to the store where it was purchased should you have any problems. It's also possible to get hold of a Medical Data Sheet should you need one by making a telephone call, but I think that's only for medical personnel.
===Trying It Out===
The liquid is a rich green in colour. I thought it might be a thin liquid and was therefore agreeably surprised to discover that it's actually quite thick. I like this because it means I don't accidentally pour out more than I intend to. I've noticed this can happen with some products and for me it's off-putting.
I find I need to give the bottle a bit of a squeeze to get it out - not to the extent that it's hard to get out, which would not be ideal if you had problems with your hands such as arthritis. I can control exactly how much I'm going to use. Now I'm not sure that I equate a washing up liquid's performance with how many bubbles it produces; in fact, I've stopped using some liquids because I've found them so foamy it's actually been a nuisance. I think this is down to personal preference. I do feel that I can judge how much I need to use somewhat intuitively - it's something to do with how the water itself feels, but I can't explain it more than that.
What this doesn't have is any scent-appeal. I know to some people that would be important. To me it doesn't matter in the slightest. Usually I just want to get the washing up finished as quickly as I can! I find that this is kind to my hands, too. That's important to me because I do suffer from dry hands that tend to crack at the finger tips.
===Cheap, But Not Nasty!===
Even from my first use of the Aldi liquid I could tell that I was going to like it. It performed better than I'd hoped and seemed to deal with greasy marks or congealed food easily. So I was happy that I'd bought it, even more so when I checked out how long it had lasted as it was coming to an end and realised it had been at least three months! Most of the time it's just the pots and pans that the two of us use, occasionally our adult children eat with us. I'd say we wash up three times a day most days, and we don't have a dishwasher. In my view that has to be great value - so much so that, uncharacteristically, I've continued to buy this. I can't see any good reason to change at the moment. I recommend it, particularly if you're looking to cut costs. I can't fault it and give it a 5 star rating.
I should say that there is now a slightly more expensive version: Aldi Magnum Premium Eucalyptus Antibacterial, 69p (500ml), which might better suit some customers. I can't comment on this as I haven't yet tried it.
Thank you for reading my review, which may be posted on other sites.
©Verbena, February 2013
I do not shop in Aldi very often as there is not one that is close to my home, but the other day I wanted to stock up on a few baking ingredients and find Aldi the cheapest place to do this. While in the store I spotted bottles of the Aldi own brand Magnum washing up liquid. I had seen many adverts about this washing up liquid and also only read the day before that it had been voted the Which best buy washing up liquid for the second year running.
The washing up liquid can only be purchased from Aldi with a 500ml bottle currently costing just £0.59. I thought for this low price it was certainly worth a try as it is more than half the price of what I normally pay for Fairy liquid.
The Magnum washing up liquid comes packaged in a clear plastic bottle with red flip top cap. The bottle is curved towards the top allowing you to easily grip it even with wet hands. There is a stick on label on the front and back of the bottle, on the front it simply states that it is a 'premium washing up liquid' and displays the which best buy winner 2011 logo with a picture of a sparkling wine glass. On the back label you can find more detailed information about the washing up liquid including directions for use, ingredients listings, and cautions.
This washing up liquid looks like most other original washing up liquids with it being dark green in colour. The smell is quite chemically but not totally unpleasant and does not seem to linger on the dishes after use. To use the washing up liquid you simply need to squeeze a small amount under running water. It is really easy to dispense out of the bottle and the liquid is quite thick so does not drip or leave any residue around the cap.
I have found this washing up liquid to be extremely good, firstly it gives a great amount of bubbles and lather from only using a small amount. It washes all items perfectly leaving glasses sparkling and even lifts off baked food from pans and trays with very short soaking time. One squeeze of this liquid in a bowl of water is enough to wash a good amount of dishes and even at the end there are still visible bubbles. Also I have had no adverse reaction to my skin from using this washing up liquid even though I have used it on a couple of occasions without gloves my skin has not been affected in any way.
I would certainly purchase this washing up liquid again and on my next visit to Aldi I will be making sure I stock up. To me this certainly shows that non branded items can be just as good as the leading brands so are always worth a try.
With the current financial climate I am having to cut back on almost every item I buy and I have to say what a brilliant product. It is as good as if not better than the leading brand.
I bought the bottle I've got now several weeks ago and it's still half full, and that's after washing up after four kids. It is so thick I only need a tiny amount to do a whole wash. It lathes up fantastically well in fact better than the other liquids on the market. If anything it produces too many suds so I need to add less liquid to my wash. It cleans the dirtiest dishes effectively and lifts even the burnt on grease and fat from a Sunday roast for example.
It doesn't have a strong smell either so it doesn't linger on the dishes. It's dark green in colour and comes in a good quality bottle with a well fitting lid which is easy to open, I haven't got sticky spillage down the sides.
At only 59p for 500ml from Aldi you can't beat the price- although value brands do only cost around 35p they're a false economy, you end up using loads. It is just great and I won't go back to other brands, I'll stick with this one from now on. Don't confuse it with their larger more economical washing up liquid though as this isn't very good.
It definitely deserves it's 'Which best buy' 2011 sticker!
When it comes to washing up liquid I have always been loyal to Fairy. Yes, there are times I have tried other brands, when tempted by special offers but always find that none of them quite live up to Fairy liquid and so I find myself returning to this brand again. Last summer I purchased my own flat and as you can imagine finances are a bit tight. Not soon after moving in I discovered my local Aldi store which is a great place to pick up some bargains, particularly on fruit or non branded items like milk and eggs. Browsing the aisles on one such trip I spotted Aldi's own Magnum range of washing up liquid. Normally I would walk straight past and not bat an eyelid, however I could not ignore the bold advertising claims being made. This washing up liquid had recently been part of a range of liquids tested by independent product testers Which? and rather impressively had beaten Fairy in all their tests. This was the first time in 20 years that Fairy had been knocked off the top spot. I was intrigued and given the very reasonable price of just 59p for a 500ml bottle I felt I didn't have much to lose by trying it.
Like Fairy, Magnum comes in a range of different scents but given that I was trying this for the first time I opted for the original variety, which like Fairy is also dark green in colour. The liquid comes in a clear squeezy plastic bottle with a red flip top lid. Once I got this home I was keen to put this through its paces. Squeezing the liquid out of the bottle, the first thing I noticed was how thick this was - most of the other liquids I've tried fall down on this point as they are usually quite watery, but this was on a par with Fairy liquid. Once the liquid comes in contact with water it foams up nicely, producing a decent amount of bubbles. In terms of scent this I can only describe as 'soapy' and in my opinion smells identical to Fairy.
I have been using this bottle for around 4 months now and have put it through some tough tests. I have found that it cuts through even the greasiest of pans effortlessly and leaves my plates and glasses gleaming. This even does well on hard burnt on food - think lasagne or pasta bake. All it requires is a small squirt of liquid and a bit of a soak before a brief scrub with a scourer. To be honest I couldn't tell the difference between this and my usual Fairy. Even my mum, who is extremely loyal to Fairy, was suitably impressed.
I must admit I don't always wear gloves when washing dishes (it's not good for my hands - I know!) however I have found that this is kind and gentle on my hands. I wouldn't go as far as to say it softens them but it certainly doesn't dry them out or irritate my skin. As I mentioned earlier I have been using this bottle for around 4 months now and I have got through almost half a bottle. I think this is exceptional value for money and as you've probably gathered I am super impressed with Magnum washing up liquid. It performs just as well as the more expensive Fairy liquid and at just 59p a bottle I don't think the cost savings are to be sniffed at. I'll certainly be sticking to the Magnum range in the future and am now tempted to try the other 'scents' in the range.