Simply put, the orange crush washing up liquid from Persil is rubbish. It does not do what you would expect of it - i.e. clean dishes well. It does not soap up, it does not dissolve grease, etc. All it does is give off an overwhelming smell of oranges. Bought two bottles for £1.50, used half of first bottle and threw 1.5 bottle away. Back to Fairy Liquid. Advice to Persil: stick to your clothes washing line.
I normally buy Fairy washing up liquid because after trying other, cheaper brands, I finally realised that they were a false economy as you use so much more of them. However, when I saw Persil (a known, trusted brand) washing up liquid on offer (2 for £1.50) - I thought I would give it a try.
It seems thinner than Fairy, which means that quite a lot comes out when you give it a squeez. It also doesn't seem to soap up as well and I find myself spending much more time scrubbing at pans than I would normally. It's not that this washing up liquid doesn't do it's job because it does and I suppose if I were not comparing it to my usual brand then maybe I would think of it more favourably. Unfortunately though, I really dislike washing up(!) so anything that makes this particular job take longer can not be good in my eyes!
Persil washing up liquid does smell very nice, and it isn't too drying on hands which is always good. I find that I can spend a good 20-30 minutes washing dishes and my hands don't get dry and flakey like they do with some other brands. The smell of the washing up liquid also stays on your hands which I personally think is good because I like the smell!
Overall, I don't think I would buy this again, even if it was on offer. It does have it's positives, as mentioned above but I have used a full bottle in around 3 weeks and Fairy normally lasts well over a month. I think I would rather spend the extra pennies and spend less time scrubbing!!
Although I would normally consider myself to be brand-loyal to Fairy when it comes to washing up liquid I do from time to time buy cheaper alternatives when there are savings to be made and bargains to be had. Persil washing up liquid is on offer at Morrisons at the moment and for £1.50 I managed to get 2 bottles of the stuff, one of which being the Orange Crush variety and my focus for this review. I bought mine simply because of the Persil name; its a recognisable household brand and whilst more associated with laundry detergents I figured that if they could produce powders and liquids that are designed to clean fabrics then it wouldn't be much of a stretch to produce something to wash and clean tableware and cutlery.
My bottle of Orange Crush contains 500ml of washing up liquid, it's unsurprisingly Orange in colour and has an obvious citrussy/orange smell to the liquid. Orange is used quite a lot in other cleaning products around the home, particularly for wooden items, as citrus fruits contain natural cleaning properties and both lemon and orange-smelling products always smells fresh and clean to me. This particular washing up liquid is anti-bacterial according to the sticker on the front of the bottle and the directions for use advise you to use it sparingly. It's quite obvious how to use washing up liquid so there's no need for me to discuss that here other than to say you really don't need a lot of the stuff to generate a good deal of soapy bubbles which make for a very effective cleaner.
Because Fairy is the brand I usually go for I could compare the two brands like for like, Persil isn't as thick as Fairy, the liquid is a little thinner but I would say you only need to add the same amount to a bowlful of hot water to get a good lather going. It does clean well I have to admit, on general everyday plates and cutlery it effortlessly cuts through food stains and leaves everything looking spotlessly clean. On pans it's equally effective and even baked-on food residue is removed from earthenware. I cooked a lasagne over the weekend and was surprised to see how easily my lasagne dish came up clean after a quick swill in hot water and Persil, similarly kitchen utensils and anything else I've tried this with have all come up perfectly clean.
The Orange aroma the liquid has doesn't transfer to plates or cutlery and I haven't found that things need an extra rinse, it does have a very pleasant citrussy smell which dissipates quite quickly once the liquid has been added to a bowl of water but its initial burst of fragrance is very pleasant and doesn't smell overly artificial or fake.
All in all Persil washing up liquid is a very good alternative to Fairy I think and whilst there are savings to be made I would buy this one again. For the equivalent of 75p as it stands at the moment I think this represents excellent value for money for such an effective cleaner and I would have no hesitation in recommending Persil's Orange Crush washing up liquid to other people.
Thanks for reading my review.
Being one of the few people out there who refuse the convenience of a dish washer and insist on slugging it out with a mountain of dirty pots each day, washing up liquid is a regular on my shopping list.
I like to get value for money and have had a few dalliances with liquids from the cheaper end of the scale. I have learnt a few valuable lessons, cheaper washing up liquids do not dissolve grease but dissolve the skin on my hands, you need so much washing up liquid that cups froth up when you make a cuppa and they just don't smell very nice.
So lesson learnt and hands carefully moisturised I plodded of to the shops to see what I could find, what jumped off the shelf at me this week in Poundland was Persil Orange Crush Washing Up Liquid, with its beautiful luminescent orange glow it captured my heart and was soon thrown into my basket.
As you can possibly guess this 500ml bottle set me back one of my husbands' hard earned pounds. It can be found for 89p in Savers and is currently on offer for 50p in Morrison, but I fell for the pound shop is cheaper marketing ploy.
The bottle is identical to the picture in the Dooyoo catalogue so there is no need for lengthy descriptions. What we all need to know is how it performed.
It performed brilliantly; just one quick squirt into a bowl of hot water brings up a plethora of bubbles and the lovely fresh scent of oranges, the bubbles are big and soft and gentle on my hands and work brilliantly on my families' collection of dirty plates, cups and glasses. Stubborn food does need a bit of elbow grease to shift, but a short soak and an attack with a scrubby sponge soon sends it packing. Glasses come out shiny and smear free, cutlery is sparkling and the sink zone has a gentle orange scent.
All things considered it does a good job for my husbands' pound, granted being a bit savvier could have got me more bottles for my money.
Not only do I get clean pots but a squirt of the liquid on my cloth or sponge at the end of pot washing provides me with anti-bacterial protection till its time to wash again.
In conclusion I think this is as good as Fairy and a lot better than Easy washing up liquid, it smells nice, looks nice, is kind to my hands and makes my pots sparkle.
Thank you for reading.
Washing up is not the most enjoyable task in the world. For those of us unfortunate enough not to be a proud dishwasher owner, anything that makes this menial task slightly more pleasurable is a bonus! Unfortunately, I've found Persil washing up liquid not to be one of these items.
I always use Fairy (sorry, not sure if I can give brand names) but, on one of my recent shopping trips I decided to try shopping 'on a shoestring' to the best of my capabilities. So I took notice of the 30p price difference between Persil and my usual brand and decided to give the Persil a try. Afterall, the brand name has a good reputation so I didn't expect it to be a disappointment - Unfortunately it was.
I found the liquid to be rather watery, requiring quite a lot of it to be added to the water in order to produce the same amount of bubbles that my usual washing up liquid creates from half the amount. On washing the dishes the lather produced was not rich and creamy which gives the impression that it's not thoroughly cleaning the dishes. Often I squirt extra on individual items just to try and get a bit more lather worked up.
Needless to say, i didn't think this was great value for money. Even though it was 30p cheaper than what I usually buy, a lot more of the product is needed to achieve the same results so it doesn't last long at all.
I chose the orange blossom smell as I believed it would be a nice fresh scent, and that there can't be much about an orange fragrance to dislike. I hate to say it but I actually found the smell quite sickly - not pleasant at all. Luckily in this case, the smell isn't long lasting and a sink full of Persil bubbles doesn't smell strong - it's just a kind of subtle sickly smell!
In its defence, it does state that the liquid contains anti-bacterial properties which of course is a bonus - it will clean and disinfect slightly at the same time.
Perhaps Persil liquid would be fine if it wasn't being viewed as a comparison to a different brand, but personally, I have given it a try and I won't be buying it again. The fact that a lot is needed to achieve the desired results gives the benefit that the bottle will be used up sooner, and I can stop using Persil to clean my dishes.
As you may have seen from some of my older reviews I do occasionally try some of the cheaper brands of washing up liquid, but they do tend to be false economy. I have to say that the best idea for me is to wait for Fairy or Persil to be on offer and buy my washing up liquid then - usually stocking up if the offer is good.
This is how I came to buy my current liquid which is Persil Orange Crush and I bought a 625ml bottle for just £1 from Tesco's.
The pretty, orange liquid comes in a clear plastic container so it is easy to see how much is left and, of course, it goes into the recycling bag once it is empty. The information on the front of the bottle tells us that it has anti bacterial action, it's a grease buster and it is 'bursting with zingy fragrance'.
On the back there is the usual full list of ingredients - of which there are many - directions for use and warnings. The warnings are the usual stuff - keep away from sensitive or damaged skin, if you get any in your eyes wash it out immediately with plain water.
To use the washing up liquid you just have to flip open the top of the bottle, invert it and squeeze just a little into the washing up bowl with some hot water. You won't need anywhere near as much of this liquid as you would if you were using cheaper liquid - this stuff is good! I find that just a little is fine for crockery and glassware but I need a bit more if I have greasy pots to wash.
As soon as the water hits it the kitchen is filled with a lovely fragrance of oranges as the bowl fills with bubbles. The washing up is done in a jiffy and the crockery comes out clean and the glassware sparkling.
When I have anything greasy or with baked on food I just fill the bowl with hot water and a good squeeze of Persil and leave the items to soak for a while. When I return to wash up I always find that the Persil has soaked off the offending food and the washing is then easy peasy!
When the bottle is almost empty I unscrew the top and put a drop of tap water into it, replace the top and give the whole thing a good shake. That way I can make sure that I get every last drop out of the bottle before I dispose of it.
So there you have it - a brilliant, gorgeous smelling product that does the job easily (and that's what you want when you're washing up after all!) in a container that is recycleable and at a price that is just right (when it's on offer!)
I love writing cosmetics reviews but I know my writing style can be a bit "wordy" - particular apologies to the males who regularly read my reviews!
Lately I've wanted to write more household product reviews as they are hopefully likely to be of more use to all people who read them and also they might help me keep the words down. Well, that's the intention! So here's my attempt to get my experience of Persil Washing Up Liquid (Orange Crush) into words.
***WHY DID I BUY IT?***
Until the end of the year my other half has to live away during the week, so we only have weekends together. We both love good food and cookery, and with our time together limited we have far better things to do than spend as much time washing up as we do cooking! Particularly as very often I have to work during our weekends together as well.
As a result of those weekend shifts I'll very often have time off in the week - frustrating for us in our relationship, but as it turns out a blessed relief from a housecare perspective! Very often I'll find myself home alone on a Monday morning, XFM on the TV blasting out some indie rock and attacking the mountain of washing up awaiting me in the kitchen - often it will seem that we have used virtually all of the many gadgets and serving items in the kitchen over the previous three evenings!
Believe it or not I am quite houseproud so I decided recently to give Persil's washing up liquid a try when I saw it on offer; normally I'll be on a tight budget so will opt for supermarket's own brand products but I wondered if this product was superior in any way. Normally it is £1 for 625ml (that's according to mysupermarket.co.uk for Asda and Tesco at time of writing (late July) as I can' t recall precisely what I paid, but it was roughly similar to that price.
***WHAT'S IT LIKE?***
Persil Orange Crush is a pleasant light orange colour, the gel in a slightly curved bottle that is not particularly far removed from typical bottles of this product type. The shape tapers below wider shoulders which I have found handy as you can pick it up to reuse the product whilst still wearing wet marigolds.
It has a light, colourful label. This claims the product is "grease busting" and also that it has anti-bacterial properties, although this has a ** next to it which guides you to information on the back - to use this product as an antibacterial agent you actually have to wash up and then afterwards apply this neat to your cloth or sponge to kill the bacteria between uses. Clever, but it doesn't mean it will have an antibacterial effect on your plates (obviously always advisable to rinse thoroughly anyway).
You should keep this out of the way of children and the usual advice about keeping out of eyes etc is present. Always read the instructions!
The back label claims this product cleaned 40% more dishes in tests. I am always sceptical about this, particularly when the product use advice is to "use sparingly".
When the lid is flipped, the liquid is a little thinner than some I have used but not overly runny - hold the bottle upside down without pressure and a little will run out but it will not flow freely. It is easy to dispense a normal amount with a swift squeeze into the water and I always apply directly to the sponge a little if cleaning glasses, which I tend to do first. This soaks into the sponge quite quickly.
The bottle is recyclable and the label doesn't not cover it all so you can clearly see what you have left.
***DOES IT WORK?***
I was keen to review this product but found myself gradually working through it and still hadn't got around to it - so I bought another product for comparison. This was another citrus-based Asda own-brand offering that cost less. I had been using this for a few weeks and it was ok, but today with a bit of time to kill I tried the remains of my Persil product.
I have to say the difference was obvious straight away. Here's a few things I noticed:
- The scent is light, citrusy, doesn't smell overly unnatural and does smell of oranges. It is not overpowering and is quite pleasant.
- Straight away when I turned the tap on this product caused a good amount of uniform, fluffy (not dry and chalky) white bubbles.
- The steam from the water was lightly scented but again not overpowering for the person stood there getting a faceful of it!
After another long weekend's cooking there was plenty to test this on. I started, as I often do, with some glasses. Here's a few of the things this poor product was up against:
- Glasses which had water in - obviously little challenge here. Then wine glasses - again this was fine. Finally, glasses that I had forgotten to soak yesterday after having had fruit smoothie in them - finally, a test! This can be a nightmare to get off with the remains of the fruit plastered and dried to the side of the glass. I was impressed that this product went straight through the smoothie remains without having to soak the glasses. Not a scrap remained and I didn't have to be overly forceful with the sponge to achieve this.
- Last night we had a honey and soy sauced dressed chicken stir fry. Yep, sticky bowls left the next day! Similar to the smoothies, there were little scraps of vegetable leaf and noodle, and a ot of honey residue which also caused a lot of spices to be stuck to the bowls. Now I do have Denby bowls which are smooth and easy to clean but even so I expected these would have been better soaked. Again, about 30 seconds in the water and a tiny extra effort from me on the elbow grease front and this product dealt with this challenge well. Again, perfectly clean.
- The night before had seen me cook a tomato sauce-based Italian rice dish. Yep, these didn't get soaked either! (I'm not a domestic disgrace, I promise, but after a six-day stint at work I was a bit shattered this week and wasn't really on the ball!). Again, and at this stage after quite a bit of washing up done, this product still had enough oomph required to deal with this quickly - and I hadn't had to add new quantities to the water to achieve this. I was starting to be very impressed at this stage.
- Other challenges - mugs, cutlery, chopping boards, even a wooden spatula from which is removed the soy dressing from the stir fry without any notable stains staying behind on the wood. And finally the wok from last night, in which the remaining soy and honey was cut through quickly and efficiently by this product.
I'm glad that I have been using another product before finishing this bottle. Had I not, I wouldn't have noticed how marked the difference is and how effective this product is.
I find the Asda product perfectly adequate (more on that another day!) but in comparison this is worth the little extra investment. First and foremost, it is hugely effective, and the scent is pleasant and does not linger on the items it is used on once rinsed.
Secondly, I noticed that I didn't have to add any more of this product during the washing up. I got all of the above done in one go an afterwards the bubbles remained as they were when I started and I definitely would have used more of the Asda product if I had attempted to do the same amount of washing up to the standard that I want my items to be cleaned to before putting away.
The glasses are shiny and clear after a rinse with hot water and left to drip dry. The cutlery looks shiny and all of the serving items are clean and grease-free. Even the wok!
I now feel that the Asda product, whilst good, is false economy in terms of investment because this definitely got more washing up done. It lasts very well because you don't need to top up the amount in the washing up bowl and deals with all challenges without my having to spend longer working on the tougher jobs.
I wholeheartedly recommend this and will definitely be using again. If you see this on offer you could do a lot worse and for once I have to happily admit that the leading brand has outperformed the cheaper alternative.
Persil is a very well know brand. One that I trust and have been buying for years. So when I saw this washing up liquid I thought I'd buy it because it caught my eye on the shelf.
The liquid is housed in a clear plastic bottle and it has a flip top. The liquid is orange in colour, it is easy to squeeze the bottle and the liquid flows well because it is a smooth consistency. One that isn't runny and quite rich. The quality is really good.
Only a small amount squeezed into the water is well enough to give a good lather to wash the dishes. I find it cleans all my dishes well, it removes the grease from the plates and leaves them clean. My drinking glasses clean well, as do my pans and anything I wash with this liquid.
What I like about this liquid is the smell, it has a really nice smell of Oranges and is quite a fruity fragrance, a really nice smell while washing the dishes. It is a smell that remains in the water for quite a while, so it also gives a nice fragrance for longer.
To rinse from the dishes takes no time at all, with just a quick rinse and the bubbles are gone. Once the dishes have dried, they look clean as a whistle with no residue on the dishes. Just clean ones with my glasses left shining. Some stubborn food left on the pans can sometimes be hard to remove, I just pour a little of the liquid into the ones that have food that I can't remove with a general wash and then I just add hot water, then just leave it for half a hour or so and the food just floats away to leave it nice and clean. It works well for soaking and dissolves food and softens it. It means my pans keep in a good condition and the bottom of them isn't scratched. This liquid just helps my cleaning time of washing them much quicker because it does work much quicker to dissolve food.
There is no waste with this brand, just a good smell, good amount of bubbles and a good clean.
I don't wear gloves to wash dishes, this washing up liquid hasn't irritated my skin at all. It is a gentle liquid.
I cannot fault this liquid. It is good value for the price of £1 for a 625ml bottle. I did buy it on offer.
I recommend it if you are thinking of changing your brand or wanting to try a different one. I will buy this one again because I really like the smell and the way it cleans dishes.
The bottle is recyclable too.
I rate it 5 stars.
To my knowledge this one hasn't been out all that long in the Persil range but since I don't have to buy Washing Up Liquid all that much due to having a Dishwasher and only needing to use this kind of product sometimes then for all I know this could have been out for ages.
The bottle I picked up of this was larger than the usual size in this range. This bottle is a 625ml bottle and it caught my eye as it was on the end of an aisle on offer for £1. I think the right price of this is £2 due to the brand and size of this, but I couldn't argue with £1.
The bottle looks like the picture on here so you can see the light orange Gel through the clear plastic bottle. There is a slight shape to the bottle and it is easy enough to hold and flip open the little lid on the top. As soon as you open this you will smell the Orange scent and it is a nice fruity citrus scent. It is strong enough to be able to smell this but not overly strong and fake smelling. Just a nice scent.
The Gel is a medium thickness and a small amount of this under Hot running Water will produce a fair amount of fine bubbles. This cleans dishes fine and the dishes are clean and shiny after use. The scent of this lingers in my Kitchen for a few hours later and is just a nice scent.
There is lots of scents in the Persil range which are nice and this is one of the top scents that I like. I don't like the boring Original scent so always look for something Fruity and this was just fine.
I know this bottle will last a long time and I would have bought another while this is on offer but no doubt it will be on offer at another time. Worth a try as it does the job, smells nice and is a good price just now.
When it comes to washing up liquid I make no secret of my love for the brand which is Persil. However I only ever really purchase this when its on offer, otherwise I'll try whatever else is on offer in a store or cheap but I always have my eyes peeled for this one as I feel it is just flipping brilliant for me and my dirty pots and pans!
The washing up liquid comes in a see through, tall bottle with a flip top lid to the top of of concealing a small hole and on the front of it we are told that it is Persil Orange 'Anti-bacterial action waiting to be released' and then on the back of the bottle other information listed includes being told how to use it, the ingredients are listed as are warnings and cautions and the size is given (as I have stated already) and contact details for Unilever (the manufacturer) are clearly stated. Nice enough packaging this is which is informative enough too!
This liquid is fairly runny and orange and transparent in colour. As soon as you pop some under water the fruity smell of oranges is released which is really nice, sweet and very natural and that fragrance lingers on well after I've used it in my kitchen too which is wonderful!
You don't need very much of this product at all to turn the water soft, the fragrance to be apparent and to get some white foam to the your water and all that is left is to do your washing up with it of course!
I find this to be brilliant as I had expected it to be! It cleans my stuff excellently and with little soaking required unless we're looking at really dirty pots and pans that are caked with dried on foods and the likes in which case I can dribble a bit of this into the thing and leave it to soak with hot water and then apply a little elbow grease and it gets rid of that too with relative ease too thankfully.
This cuts through grease and grime really, really well, doesn't agitate my sensitive skin at all and even with glassware doesn't leave unsightly smears which is something that I really do appreciate.
Whats more this fragrance doesn't leave a nasty taste or residue on my washing up and it really is great stuff!
I paid just a pound (on offer) for a 625ml bottle of this which I thought was an absolute bargain in my local Asda store though usually this can be found in all good supermarkets at closer to about £2.00 a bottle which I'd happily pay if this wasn't on offer!
This review is also posted on Ciao under this same username.
In 2009 my favourite washing up liquid disappeared from the shelves. Unilever, who manufacture Persil products decided to axe their washing up liquid as part of the plans they had announced to reduce their range.
There was a bit of an outcry about this decision as many consumers stated Persil was their favourite washing up liquid and couldn't understand why it was being withdrawn. I was also puzzled by this decision as it always seemed to sell well enough and Persil is such a trusted name.
I have bought a number of washing up liquids over the years and this was in my opinion, the best I had ever used. It washed the dishes, cut through grease, was fragrant and didn't dry my hands. Plus it was reasonably priced.
Fast forward to 2012 and Unilever decided to relaunch their washing up liquid once again with a 'new and improved' anti-bacterial formulation. Whilst I don't personally take much notice at all of 'new and improved' claims for various cleaning products, I was happy to see my favourite washing up liquid making a welcome return to the shelves.
Indeed as long as a product does what it is meant to do, I am not seduced at all by claims of improvement as there are just too many of these, particularly with laundry products.
Therefore I didn't purchase my bottle of Persil washing up liquid because it has been improved upon, I simply bought it because I had missed it and was glad to see it returning.
The new range is said to uphold the premium cleaning performance that consumers have come to expect from the Persil brand, by offering a new and improved formulation with anti-bacterial action that is tough on grease and dirt, thus giving improved plate-wash.
Persil washing up liquid is also being marketed in four fresh fragrances - Apple Fizz, Orange Crush, Pink Blush and Lemon Burst.
I do like orange fragranced products and so I didn't spend anytime pondering which fragrance to buy and picked up a bottle of Orange Crush the first time I spotted the product back on the shelves following the relaunch.
The smell is really nice, strongly smelling of oranges as you would expect, but it is a fragrance which lasts and doesn't disappear after a few seconds in the washing up bowl.
Just one squirt of this washing up liquid into the bowl is enough to create a foamy and fragrant solution for your dish washing. Like many people, I hate washing dishes but the fragrant orange scent here makes it slightly less of a chore for me.
Just as the scent lingers, so do the bubbles, which is another impressive feature of Persil washing up liquid. Even when placing greasy plates into the bowl, the bubbles linger along with the orange fragrance.
The toughest of grease is removed easily and leaves my dishes squeaky clean, you really can't ask for more from a washing up liquid in my opinion. Persil Orange Crush washing up liquid gives fantastic results without stripping every bit of natural moisture out of your hands in the process.
Because you don't have to squirt a lot into the bowl this washing up liquid lasts well and I paid just 89p for my bottle. I quite fancy trying the other fragrances but I love the orange fragrance so much I doubt I will actually get around to it.
I highly recommend Persil washing up liquid, its a high performance liquid which isn't harsh on your hands and wonderfully fragrant. I am glad it's back!