W5 is the Lidl own brand of cleaning products of which I have tried several. This washing up liquid, which I purchased as a 1 litre bottle in the apple fragrance does the job really well. We have a dishwasher but we don't put our sharp knives or the pans in there so we do hand washing every day. I bought the bottle I have a couple of months ago, maybe even longer, and it is only half gone. For a small squeeze you get a lot of bubbles and it really is an effective cleaner. I wasn't sure if I would like the apple fragrance but it is not too strong or overpowering. The colour is a nice dark green.
The lid of the bottle is a push down, pull up cap and it has got absolutely covered in washing up liquid and is fairly gunky - in fact just looking at it now I'm thinking I ought to clean it - but none of the liquid has dripped down the bottle making it sticky or the work surface messy. The bottle is also shaped with a narrower part a third of the way down to make it easier to grip and use if you've got wet hands. Another advantage is that the bottle is clear so you can tell at a glance how much you have left.
I've used premium brands of washing up liquid, supermarket own brands and basic ones and this is probably up there with the best.
I haven't been able to find a liquid that tops Aldi's Magnum Concentrate but I was in Lidl not Aldi when I needed washing up liquid so bought theirs. It cost about the same I think I paid about 60p for 500ml containing 250 washes. I chose the blue coloured one.
The label doesn't say much just Ultra concentrated washing up liquid. The back label says an approx 2ml squirt is enough for 5 litres of water- impressive should last ages.......
The liquid smells okay, quite mild and not unlike original fairy. Mild enough not to leave a scent on the dishes once washed so that's good.
Firstly I find I need a bit more than a 2 ml squirt and the water has to be hot to get a good froth going. If I don't use enough I get no bubbles, however a little too much and there's a ridiculous amount. The suds last way after the dishes are done. The washing up liquid is very effective for washing the dishes but I do find it struggles a bit with baked on stuffs and requires an extra squirt and a soak. In fact on the roasting tray I've just resorted to using what's left of my Aldi Magnum out of the back of the cupboard.
It leaves glasses etc clean and streak free, and on everyday dishes I can't complain but like I say it leaves a disappointing result on the oven trays and burnt on pans. I haven't had anything near 250 washes out of it, there's a quarter left after just over three weeks of twice daily washing up- that's only about 42!
I would probably recommend it though as it does have good points- the price, it bubbles up- and stays bubbled up, cleans the dishes without elbow grease, doesn't irritate my hands and smells okay. The bad points are it doesn't last 250 washes and needs elbow grease on tough pans.
4 Stars from me.
Although we have a dishwasher at home, when we go away in the caravan there are many arguments over who has to do the washing up. I have just got back yesterday from a short stay in the caravan, and unfortunately for me while I was there I lost a lot of the arguments and ended up doing a lot of washing up. I thought I would write a review on the washing up liquid I had to use to do it. It is the same washing up liquid we keep at home - even though we have a dishwasher it is always handy to keep some of this by the sink.
This can be bought from most supermarkets and convience stores. It normally costs about £1.50 although as with most things price will vary depending on where you get it from. It comes in a transparent bottle that is shown the picture, the lid is white and red and is the handy type that you can just pop up or down when you want to squeeze some out.
Over my holiday I thought that using this washing up liquid was just fine, it didn't have any particular fragrance, it just smelt a bit soapy and there wasn't anything particularly special about it. It would have been nicer if it did have a scent to it, such as apples. It is basic looking and smelling, but does it do a good job of the dishes?
The simple answer to that question is yes. It cleaned the dishes quickly and easily and a little goes a long way. You squeeze just a small amount over the dishes in the bowl, and get scrubbing with the sponge, and you don't really need to add any more washing up liquid to the bowl, and it foams up well so that there is enough for all the dishes. It cuts through grease and grime, I know this because I had to scrub at a particularly greasy baking tray after we had used it to cook some fatty sausages. It got rid of all the grease on the tray quicker than I expected it to and after just a couple of minutes the tray was looking shiny and brand new.
I would definitely recommend this washing up liquid. It really does do the job well. The only thing I would complain about is it being just a bit boring, because of its -some might say- ugly green colour, and also because it doesn't have a nice fragrance to it like many of the washing up liquids out there do have. But I won't knock any stars off for this because I think that is just me being extremely picky. This is a fantastic, reasonably priced washing up liquid that really does do the job well.
As a first time parent, I need to save money where I can. I find myself increasingly shopping in the smaller supermarkets when I have a few minutes to myself. I have tried a few washing up liquids in my time and do not rate some of them at all. I do however like the Lidl brand W5.
It is an easy to use 500ml upright bottle with a sports like top, that just pulls up and down. On the front of the packaging it says 250 washes, and I have to say that I would support this claim, as I seem to have had this bottle for ages! You only need a very small amount in the water to create many bubbles, and used to find myself using far too much, as I had to with previous brands of liquid. I only use it for a small amount of washing up and pans etc, as I have a dishwasher but it cuts through the grease and burnt on food a treat. It costs 59p at the moment and I think it is a brilliant buy, a claim that is supported by "Which" as it won an award for "best buy".
It seems to smell nice and fresh even though the one that I bought didn't actually say it was fragranced. There are however different fragrances to choose from.
All in all I think that this is a wonderful product and will be making a point of shopping in Lidl sometimes, specifically to buy this product.
I'm all for saving pennies especially at the moment with the 'recession' still looming and Christmas lurking around the corner.
I have started shopping at Lidl now and again, and I would go more often but given the fact there isn't one locally near to our home, I don't drive and there is an Iceland and Netto in walking proximity I don't get to go as often as I would like.
On my last visit I bought the usual groceries and at the last minute remembered we were getting low on washing up liquid. As I normally stick to buying Fairy I was a little reluctant to buy a brand I had never tried but popped some in the trolley anyway.
The washing up liquid brand is called W5 and is exclusive to Lidl. Having tried the shops own brand of other products and been impressed I thought for 59p for a 500ml bottle I had nothing to lose.
As mentioned above the price was 59p and I believe they do a larger size of 750ml for 79p, but as I was trying this for the first time I opted for the smaller variety in case of disappointment.
The bottle is upright standing and is wider at the bottom and top. In the sides it curves in as though been squeezed before being topped off with an easy to open and close lid (that pulls up and down).
The bottle is a clear plastic affair which shows off the liquid - in this case the one I picked up was 'Balsam with Aloe Vera'.
The washing up liquid is impressively thick in consistency and is a creamy white colour.
On opening the lid you are greeted with a nice clean scent with notes of mint wafting about..so far so good.
Is it any good though?
Well I have to say a big yes!
I tried it on my sink full of plates etc and found I only needed a small amount as it creates lots of bubbles on impact with the water. The scent is pleasant and worked wonders on grease and burnt on food (that's my cooking skills for you).
I'm really impressed with this product and dare I say it's in the same league as Fairy? It's not often a shops own brand is as good or even superior as named brands but this is very good at it's job, leaves no residue once rinsed, smells lovely and is affordable.
It's won me over!
This is a washing up liquid that is available only at Lidl. The W5 range is effectively Lidl own brand for all washing and cleaning products.
When we go out to Spain on holiday we have a Lidl's near us so we do most our shopping here, however when I return home we don't really have a store near to us so unfortunatelt I'm not sure of the prices here in the UK. However I have looked on the web site and this doesn't give any prices.
This product has also won awards in the Which surveys - so it comes with a good pedigree already. I prefer to have the lemon version of this liquid as I like the fresh smell that the kitchen is left with once you have finished doing the washing up.
As we have a dishwasher I use the liquid to wash up the awkward items that don't fit in very well - such as B-B-Q gtills and the shelves out of the cooker. I find that it is a good liquid - you don't need to much of it to get a good bowlful of bubbles - I have tried some cheap washing up liquids that have needed half the bottle before any bubbles appear.
The bubbles also last a good time as well. The water retains the grease well so that you don't end up with having to rinse everything a couple of times.
I would thoroughly recommend this washing up liquid and would us it in the UK if Lidl were more acessible.
Having worked for traders in the past that sprung up thrift shops over night I've met representatives from quite a few cleaning companies who many consumers may not have heard from because only their products appear in pound shops and cheap pharmacies that stock every chemical known for household, bathroom and personal use. Of the pound shop brands that I initially bought as a consumer I was never wide eyed about the "Easy," washing up liquid brand that tends to grace many pound shops for example simply because despite its bigger quantity dependent on the size of the bottle and weight, none of their washing up liquid varieties ever lasted longer than a 3 weeks - much less than brands such as "Fairy" which is my brand of choice as it tends to last two months or more if I buy larger bottles. Even when I've bought 1 litre bottles of Easy washing up liquid, it never lasts for more than a week because of its watery like consistency, a sudden tendency to rush out of the top making sparing quantities of dispersal difficult - not to mention clogging and - dare I say it, Easy washing up liquid has as much power as trying to tackle oily dishes and baked on grease cutlery with a bar of soap! In lieu of "Easy," I used to buy Co-Op's washing up liquid and have done so for a number of years. Priced at 59p (which goes to show how long in the past I've been using it if the price has been hiked up) I was forever hooked into buying one or two depending on offers and was generally impressed with the formula even though it did leave my fingers and the webs of my hands feeling rough.
33p, 48p, 54p, and 59p - what can you buy for that these days? Especially when it comes to washing dishes by hand? The prices of this wonderful product change regularly due to different variations of bottle size but it still remains to be wonderfully cheap - not bad for a basic washing up liquid that has had very little promotion behind it. Therefore the name of it is slightly strange and has nothing to do with West 5, London or perhaps anything to do with washing up liquid other than the simple link that the "W" stands for "Washing," in the washing up liquid name. Certainly from a shoppers' point of view, the W5 range of washing up liquids come exclusively from Lidl and if you don't have a Lidl shop near you, you are automatically discounted from this wonderfully priced washing up liquid. Discounting the different prices of W5 (yes, they are stated right at the start of this review), there are many different scents of the W5 range on offer, from fruity scents such as Tangerine/orange or strawberry to a wonderfully lightly scented "Balsam & Cedar," range that has the most unpleasant white look to it and in use can often cause a wizened smile from my face as the bottle squirts white gloopy liquid into the sink before the water is added... T
That aside you don't buy "W5," for its scents because largely the scents on offer are lightly scented, don't cause much offence and aren't designed to make you faint in a cloud of chemically enhanced scent like some other brands. "W5," is sought because it is cheaply priced, cheaper on quantity in 500ml and 1 litre bottles than even the pound shop favourite, "Easy," washing up liquid. And unbeknownst to me before suggesting to Dooyoo to add W5 to their database, online research reveals this product in particular to be awarded recommendations, not least from "Which?" consumer magazine in 2008.
At first I wasn't sure about the "W5," washing up liquid bottle that a fellow colleague had brought into the school staff base when I first tried it back in 2007. Whenever I went to squeeze the product out of its default clear bottle and pull-lock red top squirter, it would easily drop into the hot water filled sink and the liquid would sink to the bottom in a slow motion effect, thus perhaps emphasizing that it isn't watery thin. However against Fairy and other mass UK leading brands, "W5," has a distinctive different appearance once the water in which it has been added is manually whipped up to create bubbles - it won't create many suds if you just leave the liquid to do its own devices - and from manually whipping it up, I wasn't impressed with the lack of suds - blame it on the heavy advertising by Fairy but for years I assumed that the more suds there were, the stronger the solution.
Let's reflect on its main use however. One of the worst things I hate doing is cleaning up dinner plates if I have made home made mince and tatties - a great Scottish dish - but usually if inspired by home recipes passed down, a hearty plate of this much loved traditional Scottish recipe will involve the thickest gravy possible that clings to the plate rather than taking the beef mince juices away with it when it comes to maybe throwing left over's away; traditional Scottish meat recipes made for the masses tended to have a side serving of bread in which its sole purpose was to mop up the gravy with the bread, and glue like mashed potato thus cleaning your dish and filling your belly even more. My favourite mass brand of choice "Fairy," takes a few seconds for oily, greasy Mince laden with thick gravy to wash away, a couple of minutes for oven ware to come up clean and with W5 I've found comparable similarities - even though it doesn't soap up or sud up as thickly or as lightly into bubbles you can automatically start throwing around the room, for example! (Yes, we teachers do have fun sometimes when someone brings a Fairy in!)
The surprising aspect of "W5," I have found with this Lidl product is that it gives an impeccable shine to glassware, silver, general cutlery and can clear oily pans and baked on grease with the same lifting power as Fairy and even "Mountain Fresh," washing up liquid or Co-Op's own (which I've always thought was the "Fairy," brand as the bottles are identical right down to the lock top squirter!). Not only can I use the same existing water when all my dishes have been rinsed (lucky me has a two sink designed sink) for other items to be washed, W5 does a marvellous job in terms of what it offers and for the price paid remains to be a fantastic bargain over other brands I've had in the past; not many however will be convinced by its cleaning power given that brands like Fairy retain bubbles soon after washing and rinsing has ended - and that can be a fairly unwise assumption to make. Of the bottles I prefer, the 1 litre bottles of this wonder washing up liquid have lasted me a month on occasion, remembering that all it takes is one splash only for a sink brimming with dishes, pots and pans after a heavy evening of good food.
The beauty of "W5," isn't just its strong cleaning power; the lack of harshness on my hands after I use it is very welcomed; and the original version as seen here on Dooyoo is the version I usually pick up, not perhaps because I'm completely bowled over by its light fragranced scents but because the green original version is perhaps the only version left on the shelf! That in itself is not a downside; the original version smells like normal "unscented" green washing up liquid; a bit like the flowery clean smell you'd associate with other green coloured liquids on the shelf or even the same kind of liquid you can find in bubble blow kits. The original version has little info on its bottle or label to suggest that it has any extra additives in it to make it appear or feel softer on hands, but there's something certainly there that gives my hands a less rough feeling than other mass named brands. Even when applying straight to hands (whenever I've been repairing vacuum cleaners and end up in grease, oil or dust) the feeling of "W5" between my fingers isn't overly slippery and almost slides off my fingers as soon as a tap is run over my hands.
Of the info on the back of the bottle, W5 is produced in Germany before it comes over to Lidl and it does give hints of direction even if you haven't used washing up liquid before. The top dispersal hat doesn't clog or gung up either, so this is very welcome from an overall use point of view.
One other surprising factor despite the possible fact that washing up liquid is a dab hand product at cleaning any kind of dirt is that this product has been great as a cleaning solution for my hard wooden floors in the place I'm renting. Normally depending on the part water part solution quantities added, there is nothing worse than a slippy wooden floor once it has been done with washing up liquid. And since Kim & Aggie from "How Clean Is Your House?" have recommended, washing up liquid is a great all rounder including a surprising but most effective cleaner for hard wooden floors, particularly if they have been varnished or wax sealed, and "W5" is a great floor cleaner as it provides the least slippy aspect unlike normal washing up liquids. So well done to Lidl for producing a washing up liquid that doesn't shout out how good it is judging by its basic labelling other than the fact that it states it can be used up to 250 washes. And at the prices for different quantities below a pound, it is well worth considering against thin and watery alternatives. Thanks for reading. ©Nar2 2009
Cuts through grease and grime for a sparkling shine / /