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Now I can see why it's a WHICH? Best Buy!
Member Name: BrookieFan99
Advantages: Only need a little bit, Actilift, nice smell which stays on clothes for a while afterwards
Disadvantages: Expensive & over time it will bleach your colours!!
==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!==
Summary: A good powder that is worth every penny!