I have to be really careful with the washing powder I use as I have sensitive skin, allergies and the wrong powder can cause not only itching but my eczema patches to flare up.
This is what I use for big washes in the laundry room in the basement of my building. It does not have a fancy aroma or special oils to scent my clothes, towels, duvet, blankets and so on. It just gets them clean. They smell clean. They look clean. They don't irritate my skin. That's all I really want, which is good as it is the best I can hope for.
It is not a product which will always get some tough stains out like some of the biological powders. But Bio is not an option for some of us. I would rather use a stain remover which I know will not hurt my skin but will do the job and pop it in the washing machine with this powder and get clean stain removed clothes that soothe rather than irritate my skin than use a Bio powder and suffer the consequences.
This powder does work at all temperatures though it is an automatic washing machine powder. Even though you coan use it for hand washing I find I that get better results with specialist hand wash powders for those delicate items which need the personal touch.
It has stain booster technology which will shift grease and oily stains without going the biological route.
To use, pour into the draw or place in the ball as per normal. The amount to use is clearly stated on the packet and will vary according to the hardness or not of the water, degree of soiledness of the load to be washed and whether or not you are doing a pre-wash.
The company website will send you a measuring device for the powder for free. I got mine a month ago, after getting the heads-up about this from a Freebie site. It has proved a real bonus as the big washing machines are a lift ride away from my flat and juggling bags of laundry and a big packet of washing powder and using the lift can be tricky. The measure is also much smaller and much easier to pour into the tray than a large and unwieldy packet.
My packet is quite so unwieldy because it was on offer at Sainsbury's for £5.00 for the massive 4.25kg family pack, down from its usual £12.00 and was such a good deal that I could not resist. This pack does 50 washes but the normal sized pack does 10 for £3.09 and is easier to handle.
For this, you get a powder which is dermatologically tested, works fine for this sensitive skin sufferer, will clean even at 15 degrees C and will shift stains without hurting you or your children.
I came across these Ariel tablets in safeways while they were on offer, the usual price is around four pounds for a box of 48 tablets. As these were on offer at 1.99p I jumped at the chance to get them, infact I bought two boxes of Non-Bio just because they were so cheap. I hadn't used Ariel before as I usually just buy whats on offer but I think after seeing the results of my wash that I might stick to these. As I said I bought two boxes of 48 tablets, but you can get smaller boxes with 24 at around three pounds and boxes of 12 for just under two pounds. The boxes are a bright blue and white with the Ariel logo in red on the front. There are Bio which is forwhites and coloureds. Non-Bio which is dematologically tested and is for people who have sensative skin. Colour tablets are for just the coloured clothing and are for keeping the colours staying bright and unfaded. Ariel is made by is made by Procter and Gamble. there is a web adress www.ariel.info which answers questions on stain removal, what types of powers, liquids, tablets they sell and other information if your interested. When you open the box there are little packets of blue foiled wrapped tablets, two to each pack. These fit nicely into the drawers of your washing machine and dissolve quite quickly, leaving no mess. Each tablet is white with little blue specks and they smell like washing powder, I'm not really sure what scent it is, but they do freshen your clothes and make them smell nice. You have to use two tablets each wash and if your clothes are really muddy it's best to use three tablets. They work well at all temperatures of the wash, I usually put mine onto quick wash, this not only saves electricity and water, but gets the job done in half the time and on a hot day who wants to be hanging around waiting for the washer to finish. I'm quite impressed with these little tablets, they do the job of cleaning well, just l
ike it says on the packet. I find them easy to use and the instructions are clearly written and pictured on the boxes. Price wise, they are a bit expensive if your on a tight budget, but I think it's worth paying a little extra for the cleaner wash, sometimes the cheaper brands don't remove the stains first time and you have to wash clothes twice, this sort of beats the objective of buying cheaper powder, as it costs twice as much to put the washing machine on again. Ariel tablets are not recommended for handwashes, they make their own brand of handwash liquid for that job. Keep the tablets out of reach of children and if they get in contact with your eyes, rinse with plenty of water and see a doctor. Each box also has it's own numbered washing tip on it. Mine has number 21. To help remove muddy stains, rub off all the dried mud and soak the garment in cold water, wash as normal and the garment should come out clean. So there you have it, right I'm off to hang mine out on the line, as today is a good drying day.
I have very sensitive skin, even to hypoallergenic products. My whole family has always used Ariel for as long as I can remember. Ariel really does clean better than the other leading competitor, ie persil. Persil has better packaging/marketing but it's what's inside that counts! I've tried a few versions of Ariel and have never had any reaction. ************THE PRODUCT CLAIMS**************** * dermatologically tested-suitable for sensitive skin * keeps whites championship white! ************THE TRUTH AND THE TESTS***************** I prefer the liquid because its less mess than tablets and powders. Plus the added advantage of the rollerball means you can pretreat stains which you can't with liquid tabs. All ariel liquids don't contain bleach. This version is a more watery version than others ariel liquids and is pale blue. It has a light scent that I think is very similar to bubble gum! It's the nicest fragrance out of all the ariel liquids, but it's not as nice as persil aloe vera (see my other reviews). When I say nice, I mean ariel non- bio has a nice fragrance compared to say, no fragrance at all. It still smells detergent like. This cleans well and is probably a good all rounder. The only problem is it's very soapy and clothes sometimes come out not thoroughly rinsed. Therefore may need an extra rinse. Something I've never had to do with any other detergent.
Having struggled for many years using 2 brands of non-bio washing products that shall remain nameless and suffering the (extremely grey) consequences, I am happy to say I would appear to have found an answer to my washing problems! I've always suffered from sensitive skin and biological products always bring me out in an itchy rash, hence the conundrum. Thought I'd give Ariel non bio a chance as a new product, and I'm pleased to say the results are excellent. The whites are clean, even my ten-month old daughter is respendent in her gleaming white vests! The smell is fresher than anything I've tried for ages and best of all no itching! Just one small criticism - in the box of tablets I've got (the first I've tried) one tablet in every pack is broken resulting in messy crumbs all over the kitchen floor. Perhaps better packaging needed?
Ariel non bio is the latest in a long line of Ariel products, coming in a variety of formulas eg powder, Liquid, tablets and I think those rather silly plastic coated space invader type things. Ariel and I go back along way, about 30 years to be precise when I along with several other close family members developed a rather nasty itchy rash from head to foot. Yes I can honestly say I've had a grudge against Ariel for 30 years and have never used Ariel let alone a Biological powder since them! My Mum swore ( probably at them as well!) by Persil Non Bio and I've always used a non bio powder as well. Well if you'd been part of the itchy and scratchy family for nearly a week you would too! So how come I'm now writing a review on the equivelant of Son of Satan in the washing powder stakes? Well Ariel decided they hadn't quite cornered the market had they? Some of us notably parents of small soft skinned children and bad experiences in the itchy and scratchy stakes use a non bio powder. So obvious marketing ploy isn't it to go do a dermalogically tested non bio product. Add to this an opening offer of a third off and you'll be amazed at who's trolley the stuff ends up in...Son of satan in my trolley!! Having only experimented with the liquid version of Ariel Non Bio I can only comment on this version. The first thing you notice about the bottle well apart from the third off label is the rather chunky dosing ball which I believe is a feature of all their liquid laundry products. One nice feature of this was the little roller ball at the end which enables you to apply detergent direct to any nasty stains. LT being one of those children that attracts dirt like there is no tomorrow always has a stain or two that needs a good soak so the roller ball soon go to work on a variety of stains namely chocolate - well what are sleeves for apart from wiping your chocolate coated mouth on and who cares if it was you
r posh new top? Dried mud - well I kind of tripped in the garden at nursery didn't I mummy? and Beans - well I got most of it into my mouth just missed a few! With such delights I got to work - you thought I had better things to worry about! After a quick rub down with the roller ball they were put into the wash. Ariel reckons you can get up to 30 washes if you use the half dose measure. This being for lightly soiled items, since this is a rarity in our house I dosed it up with a 1 dose or 75mls and bunged all the stuff on a hot wash. Ariel non bio is a blue rather watery liquid with a pleasant fresh smell to it - ok but nothing special. Remeber the old ads about doing the window test after the wash? You know the one were the woman holds her whites up to the window and sughs with amazement at how fresh and clean looking they are? Well I didn't go as far as that but I definetly had a good look at the stained clothing. On the beans and mud stakes they'd have pasted the window test but on the chocolate front a repeat wash was needed to finally rid the sleeve of the choccie stain. To be honest I doubt if any other non bio powder would have shifted them first time! Ariel Non bio on the whole gave a similar performance to other non bio detergents - washing was clean smelt nice and some stubborn stains remained Given the bad experience with Ariel biological - yes I know the formula has been changed a zillion times in the last 30 years but I can still remeber the itchy and scratchy sensation I was waiting for the return act! But fingers crossed LT and I haven't had any problems Now would I buy this stuff again? I'm a special offer butterfly when it comes to washing detergents. The only criteria being is its a non bio powder/liquid/tablet and its on special offer. So if Ariel was on offer again then yes it would end up in my trolley.
I learned to wash clothes by hand at an early age (14) because there were no washing machines for us peasants (too expensive and the Launderettes hadn’t been invented) and because my mother took sick for a lengthy while. My elder brother being bigger and older than me commanded the house as our father had recently died so being the only one left I got the chore of doing the weekly wash. I used a block of soap such as Fairy or Sunlight or Lux soap flakes and a washboard with no mangle to wring the wet clothes out after rinsing. Now there is no need for sympathetic aaaahs! because the experience held me in good stead when I joined the Navy some eighteen months later. Then came the detergent, which changed everything. With at least a couple of dozen different brands on the shelf to choose from, both powder and liquid, I no longer do the washing by hand but chuck it all in a washing machine, add the detergent, set the controls and go away for an hour or two and come back to a sparkling bright, fresh smelling set of clean clothes. Volunteers required to learn how to iron clothes and they can practice on mine. Over the years I’ve used many of the dozens of detergents on offer and generally stuck with one particular brand until the manufacturer decided to discontinue making that particular brand and replaced it with something different. By a strange coincidence the “new” brand was virtually the same as the discontinued brand, in a different bottle with a different name and a different price. No prizes for guessing which way different the price was. To further confuse the ever-suffering customer, where before the product was sold in 2 Ltr bottles, it now came to be sold in one and a half litre bottles thus at first glance it appeared to be cheaper than before. So I have ended up using Ariel Hydractiv Essential made by Proctor and Gamble at £2.88 a bottle. But there are no refills in plastic bags at a cheaper price.
The smell of the translucent, aquamarine liquid does what it is supposed to do without fuss and is quite pleasant and doesn’t linger too long on the clean clothes. The white bottle with a comfortable handle is capped with a cap that at first glance would appear to be a measuring cap, but it isn’t. Even someone with healthy young eyes will need a powerful magnifying glass to read the label for washing instructions that are in thirteen different languages. To my ancient brain it isn’t too clear how much I should use so I take a wild guess and so far there have been no mishaps like a kitchen full of suds or clothes coming out in the same condition that they went in, except that they are wet. Would I recommend Ariel Hydractiv Essential to someone else? I guess so but it really it is each to their own taste as in spite what the adverts claim all brands are more or less the same. At least that is what I think.