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I am not a brand loyal person when it comes to wash powder, so after working my way through a 100 wash box of Persil Non-Bio I was more than ready to ring the changes. While in Sainsburys I spotted a box of Ariel wash powder, it seemed the most reasonably priced box on the shelf at £12 for 65 washes and when I picked it up and placed it in my trolley I could smell a nice, clean, fresh scent that I found very pleasing.
My large box opens via pulling a tab on one corner which then unravels around three sides of the box leaving the fourth side to act as a hinge. Once again I found myself with a large box that was lacking in a scoop or measure of some sort so I once again resorted to using a small glass tumbler which holds the amount of wash powder I so desire to use.
My box is placed on the floor at the side of the washing machine but if I so wished to carry it from place to place I can do so via the sturdily attached plastic strap. The front of the box tells me that this is Ariel with Actilift. Actilift is Ariels stain removing formula. One side of my 5.2kg carton contains all the usual health and safety warnings plus the contact information for Proctor & Gamble who are the makers of this wash powder. The other side panel of the box contains dosage and wash temperature information and advice to separate laundry into darks, whites and coloureds etc. I am also happy to spot a web address where I can request a scoop.
The wash powder is mostly bright white and only contains a few blue specks. The scent of the wash powder is everything it promised to be through the sealed cardboard box. It smells fresh and clean and I like the scent so much I find I have no need of a scented conditioner to add a scent I like.
To use the powder I add one tumbler of wash powder to the main wash draw of my washing machine. The dosage instructions are on the side of the pack but I very rarely follow them as I rely on my glass tumbler and I usually get the estimated amount of washes from the box this way. The wash powder dissolves fully from the machine draw and I have never experienced any residue on clothes or in the machine drum even when washing on a cold wash.
When I remove the clothes from the machine I am very impressed the scent is still incredibly strong and I find my self happily sniffing my laundry while I inspect it for any remaining stains. The vast majority of the time all my clothes are stain free with only the occasional item of clothing needing a second wash to remove tomato residue or evidence of a greasy splash.
My laundry dries up well although my towels are a little stiff due to the lack of conditioner but as I like the scent so much I am loath to mask it with conditioner just for the sake of slightly crunchy line dried towels. Clothes iron easily and retain the lovely fresh just washed scent for weeks on end, my Husband even commented on how nice his clothes smell.
I have used this powder for hand washing and am more than happy with the results. I am now half way down my 65 wash box and I would estimate I am on target to make the 65 wash estimate. After battling my way through 100 washes with Persil I am more than happy to repurchase Ariel Actilift.
Thank you for reading.
~*~The Product ~ 'Laundry...a never ending story'~*~
As you can imagine, this powder that the manufacturers claim can extend to 45 washes comes in a huge 3600g box, with dimensions 28 cm x12cm. Bold red lettering announces the name of the product that stands against a green and blue background. There is a sturdy vinyl handle helps transporting the heavy boxed contents easily. Surprisingly so, there isn't much hype on the packaging but the information is very relevant. Noteworthy is that this product is not suitable for silk or woollen garments. Added to this, if garments are noted as flame resistant, they must not be soaked or washed above 50 degrees. For lime scale protection, water softener is already included in the powder. Due to the strength and ingredient components, the warnings are clear; "Keep away from eyes. If product gets into eyes rinse thoroughly with water. Rinse and dry hands after use. People with sensitive or damaged skin should avoid prolonged contact with the product. Do not ingest. If product is ingested then seek medical advice".
For those that are interested in environmentally conscious products, the manufacturers have a logo that shows they are part of www.sustainable-cleaning.com. "The industry has started a new Europe-wide scheme, the Charter for Sustainable Cleaning, to promote sustainability among companies making detergents and other household and professional cleaning products. This will help safeguard people's health and safety and protect the environment for future generations. stain ability and safety and protect the environment for future generations", this product is noted as being part of this scheme.
The contact details of the manufacturers of this product are as follows:
Procter & Gamble UK,
The manufacturers state that using this powder on both whites and colours will produce 'brilliant cleaning' results, even on a cool wash!But the producers of this popular brand also add that this claim is based on 'standard washes-normal soil/medium water hardness'. I was eager to test it on laundry that had been put through their paces by my grand-tots!
*~*My Usage Experience ~ 'Washing My Hands Of The Matter'!~*~
I purchased this product mainly because of the great offer, Ariel Powder with Actilift Biological 3.6kg (45 Washes) a Saving of £7.70, was £14.70 now £7.00 at Sainsbury's! All usage examples are given having used the recommended amount of powder as advised by the manufacturers of this product. Unless otherwise specified, the wash cycles were done on a 30-40 degree heat setting. I have found that even on low temperature washes, the powder dissolves completely without leaving any residue on clothing. There is no scent to the powder other than a very fresh outdoor aroma that I am very happy with.
I am very happy with the general results of the powder when it comes to drink stains. For instance, my youngest grand-daughter, whom now refuses to wear bibs, often spills portions of her drinks on her clothes. My grand-daughter is presently being weaned off a bottle to a baby cup but prefers to be like her older siblings and drink from a plastic cup with no specialised lid. I often end up with spillages on her clothing from blackcurrant, orange and peach juice. The powder works most efficiently when removing orange and peach squash. Much of the clothing my grand-daughter wears is a mixture of cotton and polyester. Apart from little vest and a few garments, most of her clothing is multi coloured. Darker juices such as black currant are not always fully removed but fade enough not to detract from the patterns on the clothing. As for coffee and tea stains, the powder is pretty hardy on these and works well at removing such marks. In fact, as I recently washed a polyester top of mine that had previously been laundered using another brand of laundry liquid, the coffee stain faded but was still noticeable. But when I used this powder on the same top, it came out completely free of stains; I was so thrilled because this is a cream top so the stains had been very conspicuous!
As with the experience using the powder on drink stained clothing, it works as efficiently on cosmetic marks too. The powder has removed liquid foundation blemishes, lip gloss and eye shadow. I am very pleased to say that these splotches have been removed on the first wash whereas, my experience with some laundry liquids is that I have needed to wash laundry over two or three cycles before such cosmetic stains have been removed! I have knocked a star off though as waterproof mascara poses a problem for the powder on the initial wash. But, as a general rule, the powder works very well.
*Oil & Grease*
Um this is a bit of a conundrum because I can only speak of cooking oils as I do not have much to do with mechanical grease components! But, the powder works pretty good on greasy substances left by such foods as crisp and foods cooked in oils. These smudges are normally left on clothing worn by my little grand-tots that are far to tempted to wipe their little fingers against their clothes rather than go to the bathroom a few feet away! :~) But, I have knocked a star off the effectiveness of the powder when it comes to actual splatters from cooking home-made chips or directly from the bottle. I use vegetable oil, sunflower oil and extra virgin oil in my cooking. The powder has a problem entirely removing stains that are from the more concentrated the oil. The clothing is often left with a greyish patch from oil marks. But, a few cycles dissipate the discolouration in time.
My grand-tots love condiments such as tomato sauce on their meals and it is no surprise that not all of the squirted sauce ends up on the food! But such dressings as tomato based sauces like peseta; mustard and gravy are no challenge against the strength of this powder. I am thrilled to report that even such foods as bolognaise, soups and chocolate are removed with no remnants left after washing the laundry in this powder. I have even used this product on curried stained clothing, I'm awful at dripping food on my clothing, and the smears are removed well.
*Mud & grass*
The powder works fairly well on the grass and mud stained trousers of my grand-sons. I will mention here that, I normally need to pre-treat such ingrained smudges with another product manufactured for this purpose before washing in the machine using the powder. Once I have treated the garments first, the powder generally moves all residues left thereafter. Because the powder sometimes needs this extra assistance initially, I have dropped a mark off the score.
Alike the experience I have found with mud and grass marks, I need to pre-treat blood-stained clothing first before washing laundry in the powder. Although the product works pretty well thereafter, some stubborn blood marks are not always removed. My grand-son suffered a nasty nose bleed and there was a condensed stain on a towel. Even after washing the fabric in the powder on a 60 degree cycle, the stain had faded but was still noticeable. I had to repeat the initial process of pre-treatment and re-laundering before there was a truly noticeable effect.
Now, this is where the bleach powder product has a problem! Although colour fading doesn't happen on the initial few washes, it does occur. Even on the lowest of temperatures, the powder has a detrimental effect on the colours of clothing over time. I always wash coloured fabrics on a low temperature but the ingredients of this product cannot help but fade the material. I am thankful to say that it clothing isn't faded distinctly, but a lacklustre effect is certainly noticeable on clothing that is dyed.
This is where this powder truly comes into its own! The bleaching ingredient in the powder brings whites up so bright and gleaming. My cotton sheets, shirts, socks and towels are left looking pristine after using this laundry product. For more soiled laundry, I'll use a 60% wash but this powder will bring up whites very efficiently even on a 40% wash cycle.
I have to say the overall effectiveness on my laundry when using this product is excellent. I have experienced no true substandard results whilst using this product. However, notably, the product does work better on whites than coloured fabric due to the problem with fading. But, as I launder colours on a very low temperature, fading is minimalized. The powder works wonders on removing many everyday stains but has a little difficulty when up against red wine, blood and alike. I am very pleased that the powder disperses very easily, even within tepid water. Using this biological washing powder with such components as enzymes (naturally occurring proteins), helps to break-down the proteins, fats and starches in such greasy foods as beef burger and hash brown stains.
I am very comforted to know that due to these biodegradable enzymes, they also attack bacteria so the laundry is truly sanitized! I haven't experienced any skin irritations whilst using this product, but I do use the powder with caution. I wash my hands thoroughly if the powder comes into contact with my skin. But, taking out the washed laundry from the machine to hang on the line has presented no sensitivity to my hands from the powder. I have found no adverse reactions on either myself nor my grand-tots or other family members from wearing clothes that have been laundered in this product. It is rather a nuisance separating silks, woolens and other delicates out from the laundry as this powder is too harsh for such fabrics.
My grand-daughter recently had a tummy bug and was sick; therefore I laundered her laundry in a 60% wash cycle to destroy bacteria. I find that I use this temperature cycle every couple of weeks now, which helps to keep the plumbing in the machine's components bacteria free and helps to remove moldy odours too. Most of my washing is done on a 30-40 degree cycle as this seems to be sufficient when using this product and results in a huge annual saving on my energy bills. Added to this, it is a wise course of action considering the beneficial results experienced from the power stations when many folk use lower temperatures.
Pros: Great results on whites/ Removes a wide variety of stains even on low temperatures/Bleaching agents kill bacteria and dust mites on 60 degree cycles/Complete dispersal of powder in machine leaving no residue on clothing/Refreshing cotton like scent that remains on laundry a long while after washing/ The manufacturers are part of www.sustainable-cleaning.com.
Cons: Not suitable for delicate fabrics such as woolens and silk/ Fading does occur, but can be lessened with very low temperatures/Unable to remove some stubborn ingrained stains/
~*~Would I recommend? ~ ''Normal is nothing more than a cycle on a washing machine'~*~
Yes, I certainly do recommend this very effective laundry powder. The powder works efficiently on a wide range of everyday stains. The overall results are very positive. The negative that can be a problem is that a separate laundry product is needed to clean delicate materials such as silk and woolens.
Ariel Powder with Actilift Biological is widely available, though I purchased mine on line at:
Thank you for taking the time to read me 'airing my dirty laundry in public'! :~)
I usually use Daz but recently the whites have not been getting whiter with Daz and I heard from the reviews on here that Ariel is a good powder it removes stains and mud. Being more expensive than Daz and with all the good reviews I went for it and used it today for the first time but I am not pleased with it at all. It must be only some very light or wet mud it removes because I tried it today and although most of the mud has gone the stains are still very much visible and it didn't clean my clothes properly. It was quite a bit of mud so I even put it on a hot wash of 60 degrees and still nothing.
So, overall Ariel is no better than Daz
I still have a box full of it and if cant get anymore of my clothes clean, then this will be the first and last time I will be using Ariel and I will be speaking to Ariel about a refund.
Washing clothes is a must but buying the right washing up powder is also vital, I've tried so many over the years but I always go back to the washing up powder my mum always used when I was growing up, Ariel. It smells great and washes clothes like no other. There is something so satisfying about washing clothes with Ariel I don't get that satisfaction when I use other washing up powders.
I only buy Ariel when it is on offer and I tend to stack up on it. I always find that every few months Ariel does go on offer in Tesco and I end up buying four of the 2 kg boxes. It lasts me a good three or four months and by that time another offer usually comes up. If it doesn't, my second option is Daz. I think it is worth buying in bulk because otherwise I have to think twice about washing the clothes and I hate them piling up. I just cannot buy a box of Ariel for 7 pounds! It really is expensive. Therefore, when the 7 pound box reduces to 4 pounds, I buy them without thinking twice.
Ariel Actilift is a powder with biological action which means it contains enzymes that break down dirt and stains. It is however not suitable for woolen or silk garments so I always get those fabrics dry cleaned. Other fabrics work wonders with Ariel. They come out smelling great, perfectly clean and it really gets rid of stains as if they were never there in the first place. Also I have never had problems with colors fading after a wash which is great.
Ariel is a white powder, with a sandy texture with specs of blue throughout the powder. It has a strong smell but a lovely clean smell. I have to make sure I don't pour too much into the washing machine however because then the clothes end up with white powder specs. I end up rinsing the clothes again. On the other hand, using less powder results in the clothes not smelling that great and they don't come out very clean either.
Overall I am very pleased with Ariel and will continue using it, no doubt about it. I don't think I'll ever like anything else as much as Ariel and have just gotten used to it so much I am now biased.
~ Ariel Powder ~
I am a massive fan of Ariel washing powder and I very rarely buy anything different. I like how Ariel always gets the white clothes white and keeps colours bright.
I always sort my washing according to colours, so I have a pile of whites, lights, colours and darks and I do think this is very important for keeping clothes looking their best. My step-mother has the nasty habit of just throwing everything in together and then wondering why her whites are grey??!!
I tend to always wash clothes on a 40° wash, unless my little one has made a right mess and then I will wash his whites on a 90° to ensure that all stains come out. I have tried doing this in the past with other branded detergents and have never had the same great results that Ariel offers. I put a scoop into the washing machine drawer and then let the machine do it's job. Clothes always come out really clean and free from stains and also smelling fresh and just nice.
Ariel is available in a few different varieties and these include Ariel with Actilift Biological, Ariel with Actilift Colour and Ariel with Actilift with Febreeze Effect. I only ever buy the Biological powder as I feel that this does everything I need it to do, however there have been times where the Bio wasn't available and I have bought the Febreeze Effect one instead and I just don't feel that this offers the same results as the plain old Bio one. So now I do shop around and buy the Bio one only.
When one of my son's were smaller he had quite bad eczema so I used Fairy washing powder to be on the safe side, however I accidently washed his clothes in Ariel and he showed no adverse reaction to it, so it has been Ariel all the way ever since. I do however know that some people do react to Ariel in a bad way and I think this is due to the enzymes and bleaching agents in the powder. It is a Biological powder and is more effective that a non-bio.
A 25 wash box of Ariel will set you back in the region of £4 - £5, but I don't see that as expensive these days as other products are not much cheaper.
Another great thing about Ariel is that I have never found it to clog or block up my machine and it has helped keep it running smoothly for over 8 years.
Overall I think Ariel is an amazing washing powder and I will continue to use for as long as I need to wash clothes.
Thanks for reading :o).
I'm sure I used Ariel when I first moved into my own house as it was a name that I recognaised and it was brand which was best in my eyes at the time. Through the years I have fluctuated between Ariel, Persil and Surf and it is usually Surf what I use and this is probably due to the pricing and different scents that it is available in. I have been using Ariel for the last month so far and I bought this because it was on a good offer in my local shop.
You can buy this in a few different sizes and the larger box you buy the cheaper it works out. I picked up the 2.5kg and it was on offer for £4.50 instead of the usual price which I think was around £5.80. I bought the Non Bio one but you can buy this brand in Bio as well.
This seems to be quite a course Powder. I know that Washing powders aren't exactly fine Powder but this just seems a bit rougher than others that I have used. Not that I have really felt this powder but just by the look of it. There is a few coloured grains mixed through the white powder.
The scent of this is nice. It is just a clean scent. There doesn't seem to be any Fruity or Floral scent to this it is just a nice clean airy scent.
So how do I find this to work? Well it does what it should do and I don't have any complaints about it. Our Clothes just generally need washed and we don't tend to have any heavy stains on them - but I do have a tendancy to spill pasta sauce onto my white dressing gown more often than I should! Any stains it gets rid of just fine and also my clothes are left nice smelling.
A good powder that I would be happy to keep using. The only reason I don't use this more often is because Surf works out cheaper.
==Ariel with Actilift Biological Washing Powder==
Many of us might know what Ariel is, it's a laundry detergent. It's a laundry detergent that is known worldwide & used by millions of people every year. For the past 5-6 years it has won awards from Which? & is a best buy laundry detergent. Whilst being very popular, it does come at a price, which does mean that even Bold 2in1 costs less than a packet of Ariel, as many would choose, but for the price you pay Ariel still is worth the money & it costs less because with other detergents you might have to re-wash which is then a pain & it uses electricity & money with the water, so better to get the stain out 1st time rather than having 3 attemps done with a cheaper powder which will guzzle up water & energy.
Here is an Ariel timeline (don't worry, it's not as long like the Persil Colour tablets one is)
1969: Ariel was introduced to the world in 1969 & was said to be the first TRUE Biological laundry powder because Proctor & Gamble (the makers of Ariel) had founded Enzymes. These are little stain busting ingredients in an either Biological or Colour Laundry Detergent (except ALL laundry liquid as these don't contain bleach) & fizz away stains at low temperatures. There is no point washing with Bio or Colour detergents at 95c because the heat of the water destroys the Enzymes, making them unaffective.
1979: Ariel has started being made for automatic washing machines aswell as high foaming for twin-tub washers.
1987: Ariel launch the first ever laundry liquid & start to make their powders super concentrated, it then known (until 1993) as Ariel Ultra.
1991: Ariel colour (or color) is launched in a powder aswell as a liquid.
1993: Ariel Ultra is know known as 'Ariel Futur'. Apparently this was changed to give a more futuristic name.
1998: Ariel Alpine is launched. This gives your clothes the fresh smell of the mountains. Ariel Futur is discontinued & made back into regular powder again (yay! :))
1999: Ariel Tablets are launched in the July.
2003: Ariel Alpine is discontinued.
2006: Ariel wins it's first Which? best buy.
2008: Ariel gel starts moving onto our supermarket shelves in the October.
2010: Ariel is relaunched with Actilift formula to shift mud, rust & clay from cottons & helps to smoothen fibres. Ariel stain remover s launched.
I bought my Ariel from the Coop where it was £3.46 for a 10 wash box. I only brought mine because I needed it for a competition (now closed) where you have the chance of winning one of 200 Hotpoint WMPF742P washing machines! At the time all my local coop had was the Ariel Biological. It comes in a rectangular green box with the Ariel & Actilift logos in a drop of water. A circle with 2 arrows, 1 pointing up & 1 pointing down. The arrow pointing down says that you can turn to 30c & still get lovely clean clothes whilst the arrow pointing up states you can save up to 25p with this pack! The sides & back give a great deal of information such as what Actilift does, cautions, care & safety in the home & dosing instructions. The back also advertises Ariel Excel Gel. Mine comes with a metal but I an known to believe they don't do the flaps anymore & now make the powder boxes with a little push-in hole, similar to that of a 'Poppets' box. As soon as you open the box you get a lovely flowery smell of this Ariel. After washing with the powder the smell stays on the clothes for long afterwards! As i'm sniffing the box while I write this, all I can detect is a soap powder smell mixed with the lovely fresh scent if soap & flowers mixed together!
Hard Water, Medium Water, Soft Water
Normal Soil: 165ml '''130ml''' 95ml
Heavy Soil: 230ml 195ml 160ml
For your toughest stains add an extra 70ml to the recommended dosage
For pre-washing add 75ml into the pre-wash compartment of your washing machine drawer
For machine that are 7kg+ add an extra 40ml of powder to the recommended dosage
Handwashing: Per 5ltrs of water, add 20ml (be sure to dissolve completely & rinse clothes thoroughly.
==My Experiences with Ariel with Actilift Bio==
The first wash I did with Ariel I decided to NOT use stain remover just to see if it did get rid of stains. This load consisted of cottons/synthetics with mud & tomato ketchup stains with the odd blob of Tipp-ex! The back of the box stated the stains were washed at 30c & come out on a cool temperature like that but I thought I would do my own test followed by a review on Ciao! to tell people what my experiences were like. So here goes...After I loaded the machine & put in a Colour Catcher sheet (I don't have enough darks to wash or either enough colours so they ge washed together!) I got my scoop & measured 100ml of powder (my recommended amount) & put it in the drawer. I then put in a capful of Lenor with Febreze & started the machine with the temperature dial turned to 30c (but a normal wash not a quick wash this time around) and watched as the wash begun. As the clothes were being soaked by the water & detergent & being pounded against the drum, I could smell the Ariel around the laundry room, which was really nice actually & made a change from the usual Daz Liquid!
When the wash had finsihed I opened the machine to be greeted with the Lenor with Febreze smell, but also the Ariel too! They really complemented each other & even the small items smelt more of Ariel than Lenor! When I managed to trudge up to the washing line, I had a look at the stained items to see they were in fact clean & bright! All of the mud, tomato ketchup & Tipp-ex stains were gone & should hopefully be prevented from staying on the clothes again! Ariel says that with the Actilift formula as fibres are smoothened out stains grip less the next time those washed clothes are stained & should also be left feeling soft & gentle next to skin. I can say this is true, because today i'm wearing a jumper that was washed in Ariel & can say that a stain I had on there has come off with a damp cloth where as before it would had to have gone in the laundry basket ready for washing but no need! Even though I have sensitive skin this Ariel has not irritarted my skin at all which is good!
So to me Ariel is worth the price you pay for it. Even though there are cheaper brands out there with them you might have to wash them again or even turn the temperature up which will not be good for your electricity bill! However I do not mind using this but as it's Biological over time it will start fading my colours which is not good for me! I think if I was to buy Ariel next time I might the Colour & Style version which won't contain bleaching agents & will have the Actilift action at the same time!
==Thanks for reading!==
Recently there have been some amazing offers on various well known washing powders. I have my favourite laundry products but I am always willing to give different ones a trial run. The large supermarket chains seem to be trying to outdo each other by offering laundry detergents at cut price. In recent weeks I have seen large boxes of Daz mandarin and lime powder, Surf washing powder and Ariel with Actilift all on offer at knock down prices.
I am a huge fan of the Ariel excel gel. The gel smells really appealing, it is an economical laundry product to use, it cleans well and it leaves the clothes smelling good. I noticed Morrison's supermarket had large (25 washes) boxes of Ariel with actilift washing powder on offer and decided that it was well worth investing in. I chose a box of Ariel with actilift for colours. I try to use good quality laundry products, it may be fallacy but I do think they are kinder to the washing machine. The newly washed laundry smells good and when it is dried the clothing and linen smells great.
Procter and Gamble have packed the 2kg of washing powder into a sturdy cardboard box. The large purple coloured cardboard box opens easily with the aid of a tearing strip. I was slightly surprised to see that the box of Ariel actilift washing powder came with no powder scoop. Then I noticed there was some information appertaining to the scoop, you could contact Proctor and Gamble via website or use a free phone help line to send for a scoop. In hindsight I suppose that the missing scoop helps to keep the cost of the washing powder down. I expect many of us have more that one plastic scoop hiding under our sink unit.
The entire box is awash with information. On the side of the box it tells you that this laundry product contains a stain removing powder which is an irritant. You can not wash silk or woollens in the Ariel with actilift either. The powder has an inbuilt water softener which helps prevent limescale from building up in the washing machine. Plus there are the usual warnings which include keeping the product stored out of the reach of children, washing your hands after you have used the powder, taking extra care if you have sensitive skin and making sure that you don't get the powder in your eyes.
There is another section of information that advises you how much powder to use and what water temperature to use. I am sure many of us are willing to accept any good washing tips. But the most interesting bit of information is on the back of the box. This information tells you exactly how the Ariel with actilift washing powder works. This laundry product helps to smooth and untangle the fabric fibres as they wash. Once the fibres are loosened then the stains find it hard to retain their grip, hence the stains can be washed away far easier.
The coarse white washing powder has coloured speckles running through it and it smells good. I washed some curtains, the linings were marked because they had been hanging for too long! I added a little more of the Ariel with actilift powder than I would normally have done but I wanted the curtain linings to wash clean. When the washing machine got into full swing the drum was filled with lather. This really pleased me, I love a lathery powder. The curtains went on a gentle wash and when they were removed from the washing machine drum they smelt beautiful. Ariel with actilift has a great fragrance.
Even though the curtains had only been put through a short washing programme they had rinsed well. The washing machine tub had filled with a soapy lather but that lather had rinsed away and left no powdery residue. There was an hour or two of reasonable drying weather so I hung the pair of curtains on the washing line for a while. The curtains came in to air off and the fabric smelt lovely. The fibres were soft and the linings were clean. I am pleased as punch with the Ariel with actilift.
Will NEVER recommend this product. Made our eyes sting, irritated our chests, coughed and caused runny noses. We are not usually affected by these sorts of things and this is the first product that has ever cause us problems. The perfume smell is so strong I can't bear to be in the same room (or even house!) as the washing - imaging the perfume counter in Boots then magnify that by 10 - you get my drift - only wish the smell would drift away! Unless you enjoy STRONG perfume smell and have a good quality space suit to wear around the house when washing then do not use this product!
This review is for Ariel Washing Powder with added Actilift. This was recommended to me so I thought it was worth trying. Had a quick sniff and look at the details on the box when I spotted it in the supermarket. It seemed to have a nice freshly washed kind of fragrance and was on offer too.
The wash powder comes in various sized boxes including a big 48 wash box for £10 ish, a 28 wash box for around £7 and a 10 wash box. It also comes in liquid gel wash tablets or Liquitabs, which have enough tabs for either 35 or 12 washes, or as Ariel Excel Gel in a squeezy bottle for between £4 and £7 each.
The 800g box which I tried, sells for £2.76. The box says you get 10 washes from it, but you can get more than that as you do not need very much of the washing powder at all. The blurb on the box tells you to add various amounts of the powder depending on the water hardness in the area in which you live.
It also says you need to add an extra 70ml of powder if the wash load needs tougher stains removed.
Generally when using this I have found that you can get away with using much less of the product then the manufacturer says you should. Not only is it better for the environment as this is a biological powder, but also better for your washing machine. By using less powder your washing machine and wash dispenser draw, is less likely to become clogged up. Results from the powder remain really good even when using a smaller amount.
The addition of Actilift is mean't to untangle cotton fibres, giving any dirt less space for stains to set in. This way, so Ariel say, more stains will be lifted off than ever before. The wash powder works on both white and coloured wash loads and can even be used on a cool wash cycle with good results.
If you choose the Gel formula its possible to set the temp of your washing load down to as low as 15c and still get good results. Which then saves energy used in heating the water used. The fragrance left on clean clothes seems long lasting and subtle which is very nice and so I would be inclined to buy this again if I saw it on offer again.
Ariel have brought out a new washing powder product....Ariel with Actilift.
Now, I'll say a few words on this product...but it has an added advantage which may help anyone out there with a whiffy washing machine.
You know what it's like, the machine starts to smell quite unpleasant, then the washing comes out smelling horrible (which is odd when they went in smelling quite ok)
This happened with my old washing machine, and the engineer could find nothing wrong with the water supply.
So I looked on the internet and found out something quite interesting about washing powders versus liquids and gels.
The reason I've chosen this brand of washing powder, is that in tests done by washing machine manufacturers, this powder is the most effective at combatting smelly washing machine syndrome......(have you noticed, there's a syndrome for everything now.....)
Ariel with Actilift comes in powder, liquid and gel.....but I'll be reviewing the powder only (bear with me, all will become apparent).
Ariel explains that the active ingredients in Actilift smooth and untangle fibres (100's of test carried out by their researchers) which makes it easier for stains to be dissolved.
Their website has two under the microscope diagrams showing when clothes are dirty, the fibres can get tangled and worn.....so dirt can stay trapped in these fibres, whereas when Actilift smoothes the fibres, stains lift off, leaving clothes cleaner and stain-free.
They claim Ariel with Actilift gets excellent results even at 15 degs - which, for energy saving consumers, is a great boon.
This powder certainly leaves my clothes clean and with a fresh fragrance.
Special offer now on at Sainsburys - until 25/5/10:
2 kg powder - 25 washes - normally £6.79 now £4.52
Now onto the technical bit I was telling you about earlier regarding whiffy washing machines.
When you use powders (any Ariel green packs came on top in trials), they contain bleaching agents.
These bleaching agents prevent the build up of deposits on the outer casing of the washing machine drum, and also the pipework.
Liquids and gels do not contain these bleaching agents and on every wash, add a fine layer of gel-like film to the insides of your machine. This layer eventually builds up (especially if you are washing on lower temperatures) until you have thick deposit (don't read this if you're about to have lunch :S ) coating your washing machine innards which eventually starts to go mouldy and full of bacteria. Hence the ghastly smell.
So you are washing your clothings in water that has been churning around in this slimy deposit......(told you it would put you off your meal....)
If you're noticing just a slight smell, just changing to Ariel (or any good quality powder) will start to remove this layer.....and after a few washes you will notice the smell has gone.
If a thick film has built up.....you will need to buy a good washing machine cleaner and run it through a hot, no clothes wash.....maybe even repeated if the smell remains.
From then on only use washing powders and your smelly washing machine problem will be solved.
I've since bought a new washing machine, always used Ariel powder and things were hunky dory.....however, there was a special offer on a tablet/gel combo from another manufacturer which I used, and after about a dozen washes, I could smell that feint odour yet again.....so switched straight back.
I think if you live in a soft water area, you wouldn't get this problem, as deposits rarely build up.....but I live in a hard water area and quite a few of my friends have encountered this problem.
I hope this helps.........thanks ever so much for looking in :D
Several years ago the company that made the laundry powder that we preferred made a change in their formula and suddenly my clothes weren't getting as clean as I liked them to be. My husband found that Ariel powder was on special and decided to give it a go.
The powder we get here is called "Ariel Ultra Clean Plus". According to our package, it is good for both white washes and coloured washes and can be used for hand washing as well. However, from the UK Ariel web-page (see below) I see that you have available to you a few different types of Ariel laundry powders. There is the regular Ariel, biological, colour & style, sensitive and handwash.
I'd be willing to bet that if Ariel makes all of these products, then the quality can't really be all that different. What I have certainly noticed over the years is that even when they have changed their formulas, the quality hasn't been sacrificed in the process. It is because of the different types that you get I'm not going to describe the packaging. Leave it to suffice that we once bought a special bucket for this (green plastic thing - kind of dumb looking, actually) and that we now buy the refills for this bucket in heavy plastic bags. Pretty convenient and you don't have a cardboard box to get damp and ruin the product.
The first powder we bought was made up of plain white granules. But the newer versions have blue and green coloured granules mixed in with the white ones. As the formula and colour of this product changed, I've also noticed that the scent of the powder has improved. At first it was just a strongly soapy scent - not bad, but certainly nothing to write home about. The newer versions seem to have improved the perfume that they add to the product since now there's a much fresher scent to this powder - more akin to a pleasant softener than to a laundry powder. This doesn't mean that you can forego using a softener altogether, but I have noticed that the softener we use seems to leave the scent on the clothes longer since the scent of the laundry powder has improved. By the way, Ariel also sells a sensitive' version which has no perfume in it, for those people who have very sensitive skin and find that the perfume in the powder can irritate it.
I have also used this product to wash delicate items by hand, and I've noticed that not only does it get these items clean, but the powder doesn't seem to leave my hands feeling dry or chapped, and the items do smell very nice when they're dry. Mind you, I don't do lots of items by hand, but that's mostly because I've had bad experiences with hand laundry soaps that left my hands feeling itchy and my clothes smelling only fair. With this powder I've come to think of doing an item by hand as only taking up my precious time and I no longer dread how my hands will feel or how my clothes will smell afterwards.
Now it could be that our washing machine is a good one, but it seems to me that with time a washing machine won't suddenly start making your clothes cleaner after a couple of years of use. So I can only believe that the new formula of Ariel laundry powder has assisted in getting certain old stains out of some of my clothes. Mind you, it hasn't succeeded with all the really old and stubborn ones, but it certainly does a good job on most of them.
But we all know that whites are the real test, don't we? Oh, how we dread finding a stain on something white, and if that stain is still there after its been through the wash, well, you might as well toss the thing. Well, I must say that if anyone has a person in their house who can test a laundry powder, its me - and that person is my adorable daughter. Being the youngest after two boys, she's a bit of a tough nut, and she's hardly the ladylike, quiet and soft-spoken darling that most mothers would hope for after two boys. But that's what I adore about her - she's no pushover. However, she's also the one who comes home with the dirtiest clothes, and cannot go one meal without spilling or dripping something on herself - God love her! She's my real laundry powder tester, and here's an example of that.
I recall when my daughter proudly put on one of her white shirts that she had previously gotten ketchup on. I hear you say "oh, dear. Ketchup is one of the worst things to get out of clothes". And mind you, we are not the type of people to rush to the sink with stain remover or throw items right into a bucket with soap every time my daughter soils her clothes. We've given up on that, since otherwise we'd be scrubbing her clothes 24 hours a day! So you can understand that this shirt sat in the laundry basket for a few days before it ended up in the machine. But even so, that shirt had no stains on it when my daughter put it on, and I had absolutely no feeling of embarrassment that she would look like a street urchin when she got to school. (Of course, by the end of the day she had adopted that look into her outfit once again!) There's no question in my mind that the Ariel was the only thing that removed that stain.
I'm not much of a good judge when it comes to coloured washes, however. I've not noticed that anything has faded or started to look dull and lifeless since we started using this product, so I can only assume that this does a good job on coloured clothes. And with both coloured and white washes, I've never felt the need to use more powder than recommended, so I'd say that its about average in the economical area.
So, as you can see: I like the way this smells; its good for delicate clothes; it doesn't irritate my skin if when I use it for a hand wash; it seems to be good for coloured clothes as well as whites, and; it gets stains out. What else could you ask for in a laundry powder? Well, I can't think of anything except that the price isn't always the cheapest on the market. Still, I think we've decided to stick with this one anyway (especially since my husband is great at finding it on special and stocking up). Bottom line: Recommended!
Thanks for cleanin um reading!
Davida Chazan © October 2002, updated April 2006
Their UK Web page can be found at http://www.ariel-info.co.uk/ and they have an on-line contact form. Alternately you can contact Ariel by phone, between 9am and 5pm, Monday to Friday:
Ariel Format United Kingdom Republic of Ireland
Liquitabs 0800 0283393 1800 409281
Powder 0800 0852592 1800 509083
Tablets 0800 3285218 1800 535662
Liquid 0800 0157412 1800 509083
From the ASDA web page I found the following prices:
Powder - non bio 950G = £2.46
Powder - colour 950G = £2.47
Powder - bio 950G = £2.46
Powder - non bio 2.85KG = £5.44
Powder - bio 2.85KG = £5.44
Powder - bio 4.75KG = £8.31
Powder - non bio 4.75KG = £8.31
Of course, other stores will have other prices. These are just examples.
Regarding Animal testing, while Proctor & Gamble still do some animal testing, they are trying to stop it. Please read here for more information http://www.pg.com/science/aa_care_treatment.jhtml and check out the other links on that page regarding this issue.
I really like Ariel as my usual washing powder because its smells nice and cleans really well, I've also tried the tablets as well as the liquid and the liquitabs and they are as good as the powder. Ariel is recommended by lots of washing machine manufacturers such as Zanussi, Tricity Bendix, AEG, Bosch, Siemens etc The only think I don't like about Ariel Powder which is common with all washing powders is the clumps of powder in the box. I have to shake the box to get the solid bits of powder to break up. The powder can be used at all temperatures 30,40,60 and 95 degrees. Whites stay championship white for longer and colours stay bright for longer. Ariel Powder comes in 3 box sizes 1.1kg, 3kg and 5kg. Ariel Powder I think is better for white clothes because it contains oxygen based bleaching agents but you can use it on coloured clothing also although it does recommend Ariel Color. The Powder smells nice like a floral fragrance which lingers on your clothes for ages (I use lenor also) but have used the powder without lenor. I've used ariel liquid also (read my review) and in some ways powder has its advantages to liquid, such as it cleans whites a little bit better but regular ariel powder does contain bleaching agents which can fade your coloured clothes where as the liquid dissolves better, doesn't contain a bleaching agent and doesn't mess up the detergent draw. I think that Ariel is quite expensive (powder is the cheapest) but it is worth it since it removes stains and does a good job. I have tried all of the different forms of ariel and i think it depends on which form you prefer, though i do recommend powder for faultless cleaning and good value and the liquid (read my review) for the rollerball you can use to pretreat stains
I was doing my usual weekly shop in my local Safeway store the other day, and I noticed a bargain special offer. A 20 wash bag of Ariel Essential Alpine, for under £3. I get through mountains of washing powder each week with 2 kids, so I bought a bag to try. When I opened the bag I thought it had quite a strong smell, pretty similar to pine scented toilet cleaner, but I thought that maybe it would clam down in the wash, and the clothes wouldn't smell quite that strong. The few loads of washing that I did with the powder came out nice and clean but smelling VERY strongly of toilet cleaner. The smell is awful, I won't be using the powder again and I can't mask it by using lots of nice smelling fabric softener, as the smell of the powder seems to overpower even that. I definately wouldn't recommend it to anyone!
Ariel powder and liquid live up to their reputation. Both of these products give a good clean wash at low temperatures. I had always used the powder until recently. I developed a rash that looked like little tiny blisters. Shingles was the doctors first guess but he was wrong. I had developed an allergy. Four months and loads of tests later if was confirmed that I am allergic to Ariel powder. This is an odd reaction because I have used this product for many years. I wonder if perhaps the manufacturers have added a new ingredient, or altered the proportions of existing ones, to 'improve' the powder. Ariel liquid doesn't cause this reaction! So, if you do develop an unidentified rash and you use Ariel powder it may be the culprit.