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'It All Comes Out in the Wash'
Member Name: deesum
Date: 16/04/13, updated on 24/06/13 (329 review reads)
Advantages: Great results on whites/Removes a wide variety of stains even on low temperatures/Eco friendly!
Disadvantages: Not suitable for delicate fabrics such as woolens and silk/ Fading does occur over time!
~*~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'! :~)
Summary: An effective laundry powder with a refreshing lasting scent