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Persil Washing up Liquid - Orange Crush
Member Name: missrarr
Persil Washing up Liquid - Orange Crush
Advantages: Effective, lasts long, pleasant scent, leaves items clean and shiny
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.
Summary: Very good value as it lasts as well as it performs
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