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      07.10.2013 14:24
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      Ok if you're going camping but not for everyday use.

      I don't normally shop at Sainsbury as there isn't one near to me, but on a recent self catering holiday I needed to buy some supplies to get me through the week, one of them being washing up liquid. So as I was walking round the store I grabbed myself a bottle of their Basics washing up liquid. I think it cost me around 50p for a 500ml bottle, plenty enough for the week to come.

      Well what can I say about it, well for a start it's green in colour, it isn't too thick or thin like some "saver" ranges. It doesn't particularly smell of anything, there maybe a hint of pine, but that's about it. Even when you add it to water there's still no fragance. The directions say to "Dilute sparingly in warm water", I don't know what kind of water they tested it in, but you really have to add a lot to get a good amount of bubbles, I've since tried it at home where I know the water is different to that on holiday and I still have to add quite a lot to get a decent amount of bubbles. It does clean your pots well, until that is you add any that have got a bit of grease on them and then the bubbles tend to disappear and you end up having to put clean water in the bowl and start all over again.

      I would say that this washing up liquid would be good for lightly soiled pots, but don't go trying to wash your Sunday roast pan out with it. It did the job whilst I was away, but I certainly wont be buying this again. it says on the bottle "cleans, no added promises" well that's what you get, mostly.

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      03.11.2012 14:47

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      Spend a bit more on a decent version

      I usually use either Sainsbury's own or Fairy Liquid washing up liquid depending on the offers on Fairy. I had noticed this Basics brand before but had never purchased it.

      I decided to give this a go as after all 40p for a bottle, it was cheaper than the one I normally get and if it was any good, it would save me money. The bottle is a plastic, white bottle with the usual Basics logo and general information.

      After an evening meal I decided to try it out, I turned on the hot water and squeezed a normal mount into the bowl. The first thing I noticed was the lack of any pleasant aroma coming from the liquid. There was no citrus smell; in fact there was no odour to speak of. Not to be deterred I watched the liquid mixing with the water and after giving it a good squish around, noticed that there were hardly any bubbles appearing. I added a further squeeze to the bowl but still no foam or froth.

      I added a few cups and started to wash them, reasonable results really, onto a few greasy plates, after leaving them in the bowl for a few minutes (got to give it a fighting chance) it removed most of the food (whether it was my scrubbing with a sponge or the washing up liquid I will refrain from making comment on). I took the now clean plate out of the bowl and could still clearly see grease smears over the surface of the plate. I squirted some more washing up liquid directly onto the plate itself and gave it another wiping over, this seemed to bring it up grease free, but there was still a distinct lack of bubbles.

      I found this was the only way to get the rest of my washing up clean and grease free. Thus making it a complete waste of time. The amount you use in one go to actually clean anything, takes away from the fact it is cheap because you have to use so much more every time. You are better off spending that little bit more and actually getting results.

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      12.02.2012 23:18
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      Sainsbury's basics washing up liquid

      For the 2011-2012 academic year I decided to house share with 4 other fellow students as it was much cheaper than university owned accommodation. Living in a house with friends has its ups and its downs. One of the down sides is that we always forget who's turn it is to buy the essentials such as toilet rolls. Despite the promise that we will draw up a rota this has not been forthcoming and therefore we have the weekly debate about just who's turn it is to make the purchase. Last week I drew the short straw and we agreed that

      I would buy the washing up liquid for everybody's use and with 5 people living in the house and thus, 5 lots of washing up it isn't as easy as just picking up the cheapest bottle of washing up liquid as it is finished within the week. However, now it is that easy since I discovered this little gem: Sainsbury's basics washing up liquid.

      Sainsbury's basics range all has the same packaging: primarily white with orange text and this bottle is no different. It comes in a plastic squeezable bottle with a plastic stopper which prevents the liquid from spilling out. It contains all the information that you should need on the back and a basic description on the front. It is not very aesthetically pleasing but, at the end of the day, it is just washing up liquid!

      Upon opening the washing up liquid the smell was not very prominent and I noticed that the liquid came out very quickly. The lack of viscosity concerned me as it had the same consistency as water and therefore it meant that I added more than usual to the hot running water. Very quickly lots of soft bubbles formed in the bowl and the smell became apparent the smell is quite hard to describe but it was by no means unpleasant but it did smell slightly chemical but that is to be expected. The washing up liquid was fit for purpose and helped to lift even the toughest stains from plates and cups and left my glasses with a shine however, if some soap is still present on the washing up instead of 'running off' on the draining board it leaves oily resin which is almost greasy and means that I have to re-wash the offending items.

      I paid 40p from Sainsburys for 500ml of washing up liquid which is very reasonable in my opinion.

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        17.01.2012 09:59
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        GOOD WASHING UP LIQUID

        I have recently tried out the Sainsbury's washing up liquid and this is my review.

        I have tried out a lot of the items in the Sainsbury's Basics range and I have thought that some of them are very good items that are great value but other items are a bit basic and I would not buy them again.

        All of the items in the Sainsbury's Basics range have very basic packaging but this does not bother me to much as I am more interested in whether the product is any good or not. The Basics washing up liquid comes in a plain white bottle with orange wording on it. This is a very plain design but it is the same as all the other items in the Sainsbury's Basics range.

        The bottle of Sainsbury's Basics washing up liquid cost me only 40 pence for the 500ml bottle which I think is a very good value price and very good for people who have a strict shopping budget like me. The bottle is made of plastic which can be recycled and this is good for me cos I like to do my bit for the environment.

        The Basics washing up liquid is a green colour liquid and it is very thin. It is so thin that it is quite runny when I pour it from the bottle and it can make a mess in the sink quite easily.

        There are some nice soft bubbles that come from the washing up liquid when I add it to the basin and I can smell the washing up liquid easily. I like the smell and it is not at all unpleasant. I can not really smell the liquid on my hands after I have done the dishes and the smell has not lasted on my skin.

        The Sainsbury's washing up liquid washes all of my dishes very well. It leaves my glasses and plates shining and there are no streaks on them. The pots and pans were washed well with this liquid to.

        The only bad point I found about this liquid is that I needed to use quite a lot of it to wash anything that was quite greasy or oily. The liquid is very thin and I had to use quite a lot of it but with a better quality liquid you only really need a small spot. This is what I thought it would be like though cos it was so cheap to buy so I was not to let down or anything.

        The Sainsbury's Basics washing up liquid did not hurt my skin or make my hands itch and this is something that I have found with cheap washing up liquids that I have used before so I was very pleased about that.

        I would suggest giving the Sainsbury's Basics washing up liquid a try out and I think it is very good for the small price and I will get it again when I am trying to save some money on the weekly shop.

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        31.12.2011 12:56

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        Awful!

        As it was the run up to Christmas I was looking at saving a few pennies and started buying shop basic brands rather than my usuall well known ones.

        The Packaging~

        Comes in a white plastic bottle with the Sainsburys Basics logo clearly shown. The bottle contains 500ml of liquid. Please follow the usual warnings such as: Keep out of close reach of children. Do not use on fabrics, or clothing,not suitable for washing cars. Avoid close contact to bare skin use gloves to avoid allergies to the skin. For more information on this product go to: www.detergentinfo.com.

        Myself using it~

        The liquid has a slight citrus smell to it. It is green in colour. I'm not at all impress with this as you need to use a fair amount to get a good lather and clean dishes. I noticed after using it for half of my washing up that the bubbles disappeared and I had to start again with fresh water and detergant. I will only buy brands such as Fairy in the future as this may be cheap to buy but you use it all in no time and would be better buying dearer brands to begin with.

        Available from sainsburys for around 35 pence. Or Sainsburys.co.uk

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        27.07.2011 00:25
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        Not one I'd recommend.

        Review of Sainsbury's Basics Washing up liquid.

        *~*The Product*~*

        As most people will know, the Basics range is Sainsbury's own label products aimed at the budget end of the market. These goods are simply packaged and presented and are designed to offer no frills, value for money.

        Some of the these products are very good, other are not!
        Had I been writing this review two or three years ago, this washing up liquid would have received a definite 'thumbs up' from me, sadly not so now!

        As mentioned, I have used this product in the past, but returned to a branded washing up liquid when I moved in with my mother as her carer. She preferred to use the well known product beginning with an 'F', so that is what I bought!

        Now I am solely responsible for purchasing groceries and household items, I decided to save a few pennies by buying this.
        The Sainsbury's company have changed both the pack size and price of their Basics washing up liquid since I last purchased it.

        Instead of a tall, slender 1litre bottle, the product is now presented in a squat 500ml bottle, as shown in Dooyoo's photograph. The bottle is he squeezable type, made of white plastic and bear the Sainsbury's Basic logo and strap line 'Cleans, no added promises'.

        The pricing used to be in the region of 13p, however my last purchase of this set me back 35p, still cheaper than branded washing up liquids, but worth compromising for?

        I think not!

        *~*Performance and Use*~*

        I won't insult anyone's intelligence by describing how to use washing up liquid.
        The liquid is a thin consistency and green in colour. It is easy to squeeze out the liquid and it is fragranced with a fresh, clean scent. No fancy ingredients or aromas here, if you want scented plates, this is not for you!

        Seriously, the washing up liquid is a no frills, budget buy and this is definitely what you get. Neither do you get much in the way of bubbles. I admit I live in a very hard water region of the UK and getting products to lather can be a bit hit and miss. Sainsbury's Basics does bubble up eventually but I need to use a ridiculous amount of liquid in order to achieve a satisfactory bowl of washing up water. In my opinion, this does not make for a cost effective washing up liquid!

        The washing up liquid does clean, but not terribly effectively. I have found that even after repeated rinsing our everyday glassware looks cloudy, as if there is a film on the glass. It is not as though a sticky fruit drink or a glass coating alcoholic liqueur has been served in the glasses, as we only use these glasses for water with our meals.

        Pyrex cookware is also quite hard to clean with this washing up liquid and again, the items look cloudy even after rinsing.
        The bubbles do not last to the end of the washing up and after a fairly short time have all but died away.

        *~*In Conclusion*~*

        I feel that I cannot recommend this product to others.

        In my opinion it may be cheap, but it is not up to the job. I am using far more of this product per washing up session than I do with other brands. Added to which, since using Sainsbury's Basics washing up liquid, I find I am having to scrub away at the washing up for longer, waste water and time with extra rinsing and to add insult to injury, my crockery and glassware doesn't look clean!
        I do all of our washing up by hand as I do not own a dishwasher and usually am able to whip through a mealtimes worth of dishes and cookware in a fairly short time. (I'm lucky enough to have a Mr Brittle who dries and puts everything away, making us a pretty good washing up team!)

        I don't think it is that I am being super fussy or picky, but obviously I expect a washing up liquid to clean my dishes adequately and sad to say, this doesn't.

        It is a pity as most of this supermarket's 'Basics' budget lines have been pretty good.
        After racking my brain for something positive to say as this review is probably the most negative I have ever written, the washing up liquid seems to be gentle on my hands and I have not suffered any dryness or irritation after use.

        I am awarding this 1* as there is no option for a zero rating!

        Thank you for reading.

        ©brittle1906 July 2011
        N.B. My reviews may be found on other sites under the same user name.

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          08.09.2010 12:18
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          Not a liquid that suits me.

          On a recent visit to Sainsbury's I bought this washing up liquid from the cheaper products of the Basics range to try it and see if I liked it, to save some pennies as it was only 34p for 500ml and since I have been buying lower priced items more for the past year or so, I thought this one would be probably suitable also.

          It comes in a white plastic bottle, with a flip lid, it is very basic with the usual colours of the basics range of orange and white, so it can be easily spotted on the shelf, the liquid inside is a light green colour, it easily pours from the bottle, but I found it is much more runny than some other cheaper liquids, I found I also needed to use a little more than usual to make a lather, the liquid is soft and has a nice fragrance to it and once a little more is used, the lather is fine, I just think that the amount needed does not suit me so well.

          It does create bubbles and it does clean perfectly and rinses nicely too, I cleaned glasses and dishes along with saucepans, and cutlery and they all sparkled in the same way as any other branded liquid.

          I found because more had to be used it is not lasting the same length of time other brands do, and when pouring it from the bottle is tends to run a little down the bottle, which I do not like very much, as it seems to be a waste.

          My wife does not like this one at all, she finds she has to use twice as much to do the same washing of the dishes than other brands, she also liked the smell it but nothing much else.

          This one is not really suitable for my household as it is not as good a quality as other cheaper ones, but that is just how we found it for ourselves, but if anyone is on a very low budget, I think it would be fine or if you only like to use a small amount to wash your dishes etc.

          We have stopped using this one now as it is not for us and so my wife is using it to soak the dish cloths at the end of the day in water and so it still has its use but I will not be buying it again in the future.

          I rate it 3 stars for this one I am afraid as it did not meet my expectations but what for 34p it was worth a try for me.

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            26.08.2010 01:08
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            My boyfriend and I are both children of the 80's, and as children one of the highlights of our day was coming home and watching Blue Peter. I remember as a child begging my mum to finish the washing up liquid so I could steal the bottle to make something .

            My boyfriends mother fondly tells the tale of a Tracey Island that my boyfriends made as a child - and kept so long it actually went mouldy and had to be thrown out. In a fit of nostalgia, he and I, along with my daughter decided we would make one - and found the instructions online. The trouble was - we needed one of the old style washing up liquid bottles, something neither of us had seen in years - until we took a closer look down the aisles at Sainsburys.

            There, on the bottom shelf, was a simple white plastic bottle, proudly proclaiming it to be 'Sainsburys Original Washing Up Liquid'. Paying my 51p for my find, I delightedly skipped home .

            And then begun the wait, as we washed dishes and waited for the bottle to be empty. Actually, we didn't think this would take long, as many cheap washing up liquids require using quite a lot in order to be effective . Oh, how wrong we were .

            The liquid, dark clean in colour, goes a long way, with just a small squirt being sufficient co clean dishes easily, with plenty of bubbles, removing all traces of grease . I was actually surprised by how good this was, performing just as well as my usual brand, which costs 50p more.

            Sadly, this means we are still waiting to make our Blue Peter Tracy Island, as 3 weeks on, the bottle still has about a third of its 500ml left . But, I've found a new washing up liquid that is much cheaper than my usual brand, so I can't complain, and happily award this product 5*.

            Incidentally - if I've tempted anyone to have a go at making a Tracey Island, the link is here : http://www.bbc.co.uk/cult/classic/bluepeter/makes/tracyisland.pdf

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              24.08.2010 20:41
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              Nice value washing up liquid.

              I like to use and try lots of different washing up liquids for a change and I usually buy what is on special offer and sometimes ones that I have not tried before and I saw this one from Sainsbury's basics range of lowed branded products, and I thought for the price of just 34p for a 500ml bottle, and thought, if I had not liked it very much I would not be wasting much money, but I am liking a lot of lower brands recently much more than I ever imagined I would.

              It comes in a plastic bottle with a flip back top, in the orange and white colours of the lower range from Sainsbury's and inside it is a green liquid, it is not quite as thick as other lower priced liquids in my opinion but it has a very nice fragrance to it and the texture of the liquid is very smooth and soft and it pours very easily from the bottle too and it lathers quite well for the cheap price, and my dishes cleaned very well too and the food was removed from my pans nicely and my drinking glasses have a nice shine to them and it cuts through grease nicely and leaves the dishes sparklingly clean and fresh.

              It rinses very well too and the smell is not left on the dishes after rinsing and the size of the bottle is a very good size and the amount needed to do the job is very little as the consistency is very good and the quality is good for 34p and the bottle size is 500ml which lasts for at least a couple of weeks in my home, maybe longer, and I use washing up liquid with a little bleach to soak my dish clothes at the end of the day and they are nice and clean the next morning and also smell lovely and fresh.

              This does has not irritated my skin at all and although I do wear rubber gloves, there have been times when I have had to use it without gloves and it has been perfectly fine to my skin.

              I love the smell of this one and most washing up liquids and cleaning products when doing any cleaning as it always makes me feel as if the task is going to be clean before I have even used the product and this one is no different, the moment the lid is opened and the smell of the fragrance is very apparent, I just know that it is going to cut through the grease easily and this one works a treat and takes all the grease from the dishes and saucepans and it does not scratch the surfaces and this one does not create as many bubbles as other cheaper brands, but that is just my opinion but for the price, I guess it is expected.

              For the price of this one I just think it is a brilliant price and the quality of it is excellent too and even for 34p it is an extremely good price and I highly recommend this one for anyone on a budget or just to save money as it is an extremely good washing up liquid and why pay more when a cheaper one can do the job just as well and this one certainly does, it is a give away for the price in my opinion and worth a try if you are on a lower budget as I am at the moment with one of my cats having to have life treatment at the vets.


              I give this 5 stars.

              Thank you for reading my review.

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                01.04.2010 09:18
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                Sainsbury's washing up liquid. Performs well, kind on your hands, kind on your purse.

                I love the Sainsbury's Washing Up Liquid. I usually buy the Sainsbury's Aloe washing up liquid. These days this is my favourite choice of washing up liquid.

                I bought this washing up liquid because at £1.02 it is by far cheaper then fairy (which was the brand I always used to buy) so I thought I would give it a go. In fact, at this very moment, this washing up liquid is on offer, buy two for £1.50. It is quite often on offer. You can't go wrong with that. I have not been dissapointed at all by the washing up liquid, and having used it the once, I use it all the time now.

                Looks wise, the Sainsbury's washing up liquid is just as attractive as the bottles of fairy. It comes in a tall clear bottle with a squeeze cap lid and the colour of the liquid is a lovely pearlescent green. The squeeze cap allows you to easily dispense the right amount of washing up liquid to use.

                You need very little of the liquid to do a whole lot of washing up so the bottle lasts for absolute ages. The liquid performs excellently as well. It removes all traces of grease and grime and if you leave tougher dried on things to soak for half an hour or so, the washing up liquid does it's job and makes it much easier to wash up. On the most important test, how clean does it leave your glasses, it performs perfectly. Glasses come out looking clear and gleaming, which is an excellent result!

                The washing up liquid is kind on your skin, even my sensitive skin, and it leaves your hands feeling really soft and moisturized after you have used it. It smells really nice aswell which is always an added bonus.

                Overall I would give the Sainsbury's Washing up Liquid in the Aloe version a 10/10. It really performs well and leaves your dishes and glasses really clean and shiny, it is kind on your hands and kind on your purse, and it is well worth swapping from your usual brand if it is more expensive because you will not be dissapointed!

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                31.08.2009 21:28
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                A pretty decent washing up liquid for the price paid.

                I am always on the look out for a bargain and will give something a try if it might save me a few pennies in the long run and this product was no exception.

                This is a clear plastic bottle with an orange flip top lid that is very easy to use even with wet hands. Just flip the lid and pour some of this on your dishes or under running water. I usually put some of mine under hot water and then a generous squirt on a sponge to help me produce lots of bubbles to make sure the dishes are scrubbed clean.

                There was a fair amount of bubbles from this washing up liquid but there wasn't too much of a scent but that doesn't really matter as long as it gets my dishes nice and clean. It did cut through the grease relatively well but I found that I had to use more of this than I would say Fairy so overall it probably costs me almost as much to use this and use more than to use less of a more expensive product.

                A 500ml bottle is available from Sainsburys for 34p and I think this is a very fair price for what this product is. If you want it just for standard washing up then it would be perfect for your dishes, however, if you do your own cooking and have greasy dishes then you will find this a little lacking in cutting through thick grease and it may fail where more expensive products succeed (such as Fairy).

                I suffer from sensitive skin and I don't use gloves when I wash up. This product did not give me any reaction and providing I used hand cream afterwards my skin remained lovely and smooth.

                I am rating this product 3/5 as it's not bad. I would like more fragrance and I would also like it to be better at cutting through grease but for 34p I think it's a pretty good product.

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                  22.07.2009 14:36
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                  So much cheaper than leading breads and just as good in my opinion!

                  I hate washing up, I really do! However my Mother does most of the cooking in our home and with that in mind and no dish washer (and me living at home and my Step-Dad being a lazy so and so lol) I do (of late) do more than my fair share of washing up! For 3 people and a dog we don't half make a lot of it, it's shocking and I'm always banging on about it lol.

                  The Packaging....

                  I'm specifically reviewing the 'Lemon Grove' fragrance/flavour here just so we're clear lo!

                  It comes in a 500ml clear plastic bottle with a light yellow label to the front of it and a white one to the back of it and a red plastic flip top lid concealing a small hole to the top of it. On the front in red and white writing I'm told it's Sainsbury's Lemon Grove Washing Up liquid 'For sparkling grease free dishes'. On the back of the bottle (now in black writing) I'm given directions for use and cautions are listed, contact details for Sainsbury's are given, the composition is there too, the size is stated and finally there is a bar-code on there. Simple looking bottle but it isn't cheap to look at or anything like that.

                  The Liquid Itself....

                  Yellow and a thick and highly fragrant lemon smelling liquid gel it is. You simply squirt some under running water and not use too much at all as a little froths up nicely giving nice white thick bubbles making a little of this go a really long way. The smell is really lovely and fresh. It's slightly sweet and very lemony, it's kind on the hands but most of all it does a great job on the dirty crocks!

                  It lifts off grease and grime with ease leaving everything as promised not only looking and feeling clean but sparkly and squeaky too and at the same time the lovely smell freshens up you kitchen!

                  On harder to remove grease and grime you do well to splash a dash of this on or in the item and soak it for a while then use a pan scrubber or something of course but again it makes the job relativity easy!

                  Overall....

                  A nice, economical washing up liquid...this is. It's gentle and kind to the skin on the hands and makes an easy job of the washing up leaving items cleans and smear free (just be sure to rinse glasses etc after using this).

                  At 70p a bottle this is a great buy and it's available in different fragrances/flavours too!

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                  15.07.2009 15:54
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                  Good quality, nice for a change

                  This is for a specific Sainsbury's Washing Up Liquid, but dooyoo have directed me to write it here......

                  The washing up liquid being reviewed is part of the Sainsburys Active Naturals range. It is an Anti-bacterial liquid based on extracts of Rosemary and Basil.


                  **The Packaging
                  The liquid comes in a tall, clear plastic bottle. It is a nice shape and has a white cap that you pull up to allow product to be dispensed and push down after use to prevent clogging. I've almost finished my bottle and there is no residue around the cap, so nice and clean and no wastage.


                  ** The Appearance
                  The liquid is blue, and I'm sorry to say that this is the reason I bought it. I like my washing up liquid and hand wash at the sink to match in colour - sad I know, I may be turning into my mother. Anyway, it's a nice vibrant turquoise blue.


                  ** The Smell
                  There is not a strong smell, but if you take off the lid and have a good sniff it smells fresh and slightly manly.... a bit like a men's Shower Gel. If it were a shower gel it would probably be called Ocean Breeze, does that help??!!!


                  ** The Performance
                  It does what it needs to do, cleans dishes to a sparkle. I use mainly on pots and glasses which can't go in the dishwasher and it copes well with dirty pans and is gentle to glasses. I especially like the fact it is Anti-bacterial as I feel it is really getting rid of any bugs. An added feature is to leave it on your sponge/cloth overnight and the Anti-Bac action will keep it nice and clean (so many household germs are spread on dirty cloths).


                  **The Price and Availabillity
                  The bottle cost me 96p for 500ml in Sainsburys and was one of a range of different liquids. I shall be trying another from this range when mine is finished (which one depends on what colour hand wash I'm buying!!!)

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                    11.08.2008 17:07
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                    A reasonably priced product

                    We have been using Sainsburys lemon Grove washing up liquid for a couple of years now after switching from Fairy washing up liquid. For a 500ml bottle of Sainsburys washing up liquid the price is 75p, the equivalent Fairy Lemon Twister is slightly more at 91p for a 500ml bottle. The fairy adverts always say that Fairy lasts much longer but I have always found the Sainsburys washing up liquid to last just as long. Perhaps it is due to the fact that we dont usually have really heavy soiled dishes, this might be where the Fairy washing up liquid comes into its own. The Sainsburys lemon Grove liquid has quite a nice but not to strong lemon aroma and always cleans dishes pots and pans etc with no trouble. However there is one thing to be aware of that this product like most other cleaning products contains limonene. Through my own experience (because I suffer from asthma) when run under hot water the vapour given off by the washing up liquid has effected my breathing slightly, there is also a warning on the back of the bottle which states that limonene could cause an alergic reaction. I find that I never have a problem as long as I don't stick my head over the washing up bowel when it is being filled with hot water!
                    Overall I think this is a good product that doesn't need much in the way of liquid to achieve good results..well worth a try.

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                      12.07.2004 20:48
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                      My brand of choice for washing up liquid is actually Persil Aloe Vera. However, for some strange reason my local Sainsbury seem to have stopped stocking it and as a result, choices are limited. It appears to be Fairy or a Sainsbury own brand version. I refuse to pay over £1 for a 500ml bottle of Persil from the nearest corner shop, so opted for Sainsbury’s Perform + Protect Rosemary & Basil Washing Up Liquid. In Sainsbury, premium brands like Persil or Fairy washing up liquid, retail at 88p for 500ml. The Rosemary & Basil own brand version sells at 79p so there’s not a huge difference in price. Given that I was paying a near to premium price for this, I did have high expectations. The washing up liquid comes in a clear container, so you can see the liquid through the bottle. It’s an intense turquoise sea blue colour (quite attractive really), and looks relatively thick and soapy. The labelling is fairly plain and just contains the name of the product and it informs you that it has “grease cutting power” plus “antibacterial action”. The reverse of the pack contains instructions for use, information on ingredients and customer care information. You’re also informed that the bottle is recyclable. The company is against animal testing and the product is suitable for use by vegans and vegetarians. The flip top lid is easy to undo. When first using this, I was tempted to use slightly more than I would of a premium brand. I guess I was making the assumption that because it was a supermarket own brand that it wouldn’t be as good as something like Persil or Fairy. As a result, I ended up sometimes wasting the washing up liquid and with a bowl of water that was way too soapy. I soon realised that you don’t act
                      ually need to use any more of this, and that it’s just as effective at creating a good lather as any of the premium brands. On opening the bottle there is no obvious fragrance, but that is probably true for most washing up liquids, so I wasn’t expecting one and wasn’t disappointed. However, when you start adding hot water to this product, a gorgeous aroma is released. Personally, I wouldn’t be able to pinpoint it as being either rosemary or basil, but I do know that I like it. It smells fresh and clean and doesn’t have a harsh chemical smell at all. Better still, the fragrance does seem to permeate the air and really does linger for a good while after use. I’ve known people to come into my kitchen quite a while after washing up and ask what the smell is (in a good way). For want of a better description, it smells refreshing and light and reminds me of clean laundry and fabric softener. Performance is excellent too and again is comparable to big brands. It lathers up nicely, especially considering this is hard water London. This washing up liquid also does well at cutting through the greasiest of plates, and the dirtiest of pots and pans. It also gives glasses a nice sparkly finish. Of course, you need to ensure the water used is hot enough to start with, but this is true for any washing up liquid, not just this one. The main negative for me of using this product is that my hands feel slightly “drier” after using this than they do when using Persil, but I think it’s a small price to pay and I probably really should wear rubber gloves, since I’m prone to dry skin anyway. To obtain maximum benefit from the antibacterial action of the washing up liquid, you should use the product “neat” on your washing up cloth or sponge. I like this idea, as washing up sponges and clot
                      hs and skins generally are prime breeding grounds for bacteria. The concept of the Sainsbury’s Perform + Protect range is to “combine high levels of performance with added protection for you, your family and your home”. I think they’ve succeeded. CONCLUSION Whilst my Sainsbury do not stock my preferred Persil, this is a good alternative. I’ve used other products in the Perform + Protect range including shampoo and hand washes and have never failed to be impressed. This is worth buying solely for the wonderful aroma alone, as it really does leave a great smell behind and the kitchen smells great too. It’s a good replacement for a premium brand and although I would still buy my Persil if I could, I think this performs just as well with the exception of drying my hands out slightly more. I also think that it’s a superior product to Fairy, which I’ve never really been that keen on anyway. Ingredients 15-30 % Anionic Surfactant Less than 5% Non-ionic Surfactant, Antibacterial Agent and perfume Preservative I would recommend this wholeheartedly to anyone and it gets 4 stars from me, losing only one due to the closeness in price to a premium brand, and the fact that I find it slightly drying. Thanks for reading. Cheers. © Christina ;-) x

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