“ Brand: Asda / Type: Laundry Detergent / Category: Laundry „
Having a small child generally means plenty of washing to do which ultimately leads to spending more on laundry detergent/fabric conditioner etc. Therefore, to save a few pennies I now wash everything in a non-bio detergent as it is far easier and of course costs less than buying numerous varieties. There are of course a wide choice in regard to brands but they all try to offer the same thing with a non-bio product...designed for sensitive skin and are gentle.
Since I have been shopping at Asda I have a found a number of their own brand items good value and work just as well as the leading brands. Therefore, it was only natural to try their own Sensitive Non-Bio Gel which compared to the likes of Fairy and Persil is miles cheaper. For just £3.00 each bottle advises it can give 28 washes - of course this figure is as long as you stick to the required amount recommended but for the size of the bottle the price is still great.
The Asda Sensitive Non-Bio Gel has been specifically designed/formulated to be suitable for sensitive skin (therefore ideal for babies, kids and allergy sufferers) as it is has been dermatologically tested. It's formula has been rigorously tried and tested to ensure it gives great cleaning results as well as removing touch stains. Ideal for use on those lower temperature washes including 15°C.
The Sensitive Non-Bio Gel comes in a tall slightly oval white plastic bottle which features a blue top which is also used for measuring and used in the drum of the washing machine along side the clothes. On the front the label is pretty minimal feature images of clothes together with the product name, Asda logo etc. On the back there is the dosage information, information about the non-bio gel together with the list of ingredients and contact information for Asda.
To use you just need to fill the blue plastic top with the required amount that you need (obviously this can change depending on the load of washing and your water type). I tend to use the recommended amount and although I do in a hard water area the washing items are never overly dirty (I wash the other half's football kits separately and use slightly more) so I don't find the need to over use the detergent. Once the cap is filled you just pop it into the drum, shut the door and start the chosen cycle.
Now I have seen a few people online experience problems with this detergent but I myself since I have
been using it have never had a problem. The main problem seems to be that you end up with blue staining (the liquid itself is a bright, transparent blue hue) but I have never seen this or experienced it. The results that I do have are fresh smelling clothes which are nice and clean. Any food stuffs dropped down my daughter's clothes have vanished and I am left with incredibly clean clothes.
I tend to wash nearly everything at 30°C because not only is it my economy wash cycle (and with a small child and lots of washing you do saving the pennies is a must!) but at that temperature my clothes, towels etc all seem to come up incredibly clean just as they would have done on a higher temperature. The Asda Sensitive Non-Bio Gels works perfectly at this temperature.
Overall, the fact that I am left with lovely clean clothes with a fresh scent lingering around I can't complain or find fault with this laundry detergent and considering it is so reduced in price compared against the likes of Fairy and Persil this is definitely a bargain to be had. Also, I did manage to get my 28 washes per bottle as I very sadly counted, so I definitely got my monies worth. Without a doubt a recommendation for a decent non-bio detergent without breaking the bank.
== Product Information ==
I tend to like branded laundry products so I buy them whilst they are on offers however a couple of months ago I couldn't find a decent offer when I had run out and I ended up buying this liquid to have a go of.
The product is available from Asda stores as it is one of their own products and you can also order it online. Asda have a wide range of their own laundry products but I chose this one as I have found that tablets and powder are just clogging up my washing machine drawer so I find the liquid or gel is better.
When I bought this it costs me £3 for a bottle of product which is to do 28 washes which I thought was a really good buy when you consider the branded ones are about £4.50 - £5 for the same amount of wash loads.
The product comes in a white plastic bottle with a sticker on the front with the name of the products and some clouds floating around and the information that it will do 28 washes. On the back of the bottle there is a further stickers which gives you a list of ingredients, tells you how to use the product and also informs you that Asda is against animal testing and funds research into alternatives. The top of the bottle is also used to dose your machine and has little marks inside the lid to make sure you use the correct amount.
The gel inside the bottle is pretty thick which is great for when you are pouring it as it means you don't overdose your washing machine as you have more control over pouring it. The product is quite a deep blue in colour and it has a fresh scent but not very strong which is a shame as I like my washing to have a freshly launder smell.
You can use the product at temperatures as low as 15 degrees but personally I do the majority of my washing at 30 degrees, I have found that this product gives my clothes a pretty decent clean but some things need a second wash such as paints and felt pens which means it isn't as good as others with tougher marks.
My clothes smelt fresh when they had been washed but by the time they've dried the smell has near enough gone which I didn't like. I would only rate this 3 stars from 5 as I don't like the lack of smell and have found some items have to be washed again where as other brands get the marks out first time.
With 5 in our house (two adults and three children) I do on average 8-10 loads of washing a week. I was using a leading brand of washing powder but over the last 2-3 years the price just keeps on increasing. (To the point that at todays date (summer 2011) every wash with Fairy will cost you around 28p in washing liquid alone!) This is when I decided to try a shops own brand.
The washing gel (630ml/ 18 washes) comes in a white plastic (widely recyclable) bottle with a blue dosing cap. Underneath the dosing cap there is a clip on lid) There is a label on the front and the back of the bottle with instructions/ directions for use, product safety instructions, care instructions, warnings and disposal advice.
The liquid is bright blue in colour.
The approximate price of the product is £2.49 but are usually on offer two for £4.00. If you buy on offer this makes each wash just 11p (therefore saving 17p per wash on a leading brand).
HOW TO USE IT
You use the dosing cap inside the top of the washing (therefore keeping your dosing drawer clean!). Fill according to the instructions on the pack depending on washing load and laundry soiling. Close the door and turn on. This gel liquid is suitable for 15 degrees or higher. I tend to use it mainly on 30 degree washes but sometimes on 40 or 60 degrees and occasionally 90 degrees.
I only use non bio liquid because it is dermatologically tested for sensitivity and have no problems at all with my childrens skin. The fragrance is a fresh but mild fragrance so it isn't overpowering like some washing gels.
I have to say I have noticed no difference in the performance of this product to a leading brand one. I do tend to use slightly more liquid if I have a full load or the washing is heavily soiled. As it is a gel rather than powder it seems to disperse and foam far quicker in the wash. The performance is very good getting the clothes clean and smelling fresh.
Highly recommended. A cheaper alternative that really doesn't mean cutting performance! Well done Asda.
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Always on the lookout to save a few pennies I decided that I would try the newest type of washing detergent available in Asda's "own branded" range, with this being the review on said product!
The product in question is - "Asda - non bio gel".
My preferred type of detergent is (at the minute anyway!) where you pour the gel into a dosing cap and place it in with the actual washing, this not only seems to distribute the detergent more effectively but also keeps my dosing draw cleaner for longer, meaning less work for me in the long run!
This particular detergent was purchased initially as none of the other better branded detergent were on offer that particular shopping trip, so this worked out around £2.00 cheaper at the time, not a saving to be sniffed at, especially if it actually worked!
The bottle contains all the relevant information needed, quantities, which is an 840ml bottle, equating 28 standard washes (which can be eeked out slightly if needs be), but does mean that this particular bottle contains a fair amount less quantity wise compared to the other brands out there, though this would not be decipherable just by looking at the bottle as this particular bottle is head and shoulders taller than the others, giving the impression of more contents!
There are dosing instructions on the back of the bottle, with the dosing cap being found on the top of the bottle, though this again is slightly different in design, with it being a more solid affair, meaning it makes more noise when it catches the inside of the washing machine door, though this is not what I would deem a real problem.
One thing I did notice when dosing my first wash though was how much thicker this particular gel seemed to be, with the dosing instructions even recommending that less detergent be used per load than I am normally used to, which could be why less is sold per bottle.
There is no stated scent of this detergent, with it just having a really nice fresh laundry type scent, I think other brands would describe it as "cotton fresh", but due to this being a skin sensitive product, the scent is incredibly subtle, so I was under no illusions that this would be noticeable once washed.
To use I squeezed the recommended amount out into the dosing cap (measuring marks are inside the cap for ease of use), which was a feat in itself due to the bottle being quite rigid feeling, though this soon became a little more supple once used a couple of times.
The detergent was really thick and almost indigo in colour, with it having a really eye catching pearlescent effect to it, the upside to the incredibly thick detergent being it would struggle runny out if the drum turns once in the machine before becoming stationary to warm the water before washing, meaning again much more even distribution.
This stated as working at temperatures as low as 15 degrees, but is written so small on the bottle it is almost apologetic in it's meaning, I am afraid that I don't wash at those temperatures myself anyway, I always feel a good wash at a slightly higher temperature ensures my children's grubby clothes and my husbands work clothes a better chance at cleanliness!
Once my clothes are washed I find that they indeed hold very little of the previous scent, though do come out nice and clean, with the only stains it really struggles with being grease and chocolate ice cream, though most detergents struggle with these, so an extra stain remover is required.
Skin wise non of us have had any problems with contact sensitivity, so I would recommend this for people with sensitive skin, though for babies would still only ever recommend Fairy.
Price wise this is available for £4.50 from Asda (obviously!), and would happily buy this again if one of the better branded detergents were not on offer, with it's only flaw for me being the lack of discernable scent.
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