Product Type: Bold household products
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Bold 2 in 1 Gel Pomegranate and Orange Blossom
Member Name: angelboouk
Bold 2 in 1 Gel Pomegranate and Orange Blossom
Date: 05/10/12, updated on 05/10/12 (136 review reads)
Advantages: cleans clothing, refreshes and has a pleasant scent, offer price
Disadvantages: expensive at full price, scent is quite weak when washed, I like to use additional softener
Bold is a range of laundry products including gel, liquitabs and powder detergents. Today, I will be discussing my use of the 2 in 1 gel. The 2 in 1 gel detergent is available in a few different scents including 'Crystal Rain and White Lily' and 'Lavender and Camomile'. I will be reviewed the 'Sparkling Pomegranate and Orange Blossom' scent.
Bold market this product as being a 'concentrated gel detergent for great cleaning, softness and freshness'. It can be used in temperatures as low as 15c up to 90c and is a biological detergent. Another product claim is that your clothing will be left with a 'fresh feeling' even after 3 weeks of being stored.
This gel has to be squeezed into the provided container and put straight into the drum of your washing machine. It should be placed on top of the dirty clothing. The container is marked 15ml, 25ml and 35ml to ensure you are using the correct dosage of gel per wash. It is recommended that you use 37ml for lighter loads and if you have a larger load or soiled laundry, the container should be filled to the brim with gel.
Bold 2 in 1 gel is conveniently presented in a tall, squeezy plastic bottle which is mainly white in colour. There is a narrow strip of clear plastic which runs down the side of the bottle allowing the user to see how much product they have left in the bottle. The Pomegranate and Orange Blossom gel features an orange base and flip lid and the large sticker adorning the front is bright orange with flowers on it - quite eyecatching. The dosage container is attatched to the top of the bottle and is made from white plastic with a hole in the middle where the gel is squeezed into.
The bottle can be recycled.
~Price and Availability~
This gel is available in two sizes - 592ml (16 washes) and 888ml (24 washes). It can be bought in supermarkets. Asda currently offer the larger bottle priced at £4.00 and the smaller is currently more expensive at £4.59.
Despite there only being three people in our home, I do some amount of washings! I usually buy whichever branded detergent is on offer and vary my purchases between the gels and the powders. My last two purchases have been from the Bold 2 in 1 gel. I recently finished my bottle of the Crystal Rain scent and whilst I liked it, I decided the Pomegranate and Orange Blossom would be a good choice for my next laundry purchase. I paid £4.00 for my 888ml bottle from Asda - I believe this is a new size that Bold offer.
I find Bold gels to be of a really good quality and meet my expectations. I have recently bought a new washing machine which holds 3kg more of laundry compared to my old machine. This means less washes but I do need to add a little more detergent and fabric softener to cope with the extra load. This gel suits my families needs perfectly.
The gel itself is orange and when dispensed, it is quite thick and carries a fresh and slightly soap floral scent which is quite pleasant indeed. I use a whole cap normally for each load as I like to make sure there is enough gel to fully clean every piece of laundry I put in my machine. A downside to the design of this detergent is that the plastic container makes quite a bit of noise as my washing machine is on. Our new washing machine is a super silent machine but it doesn't reduce the noise of the container one little bit!
During each wash, the gel gets right into the laundry in my machine and I can see it bubbling up through the machine door. One cap does produce a satisfying amount of bubbles in each wash. I use various settings on my machine so this gel has had a good trial with different temperatures from 20c up to 90c and has performed well with each wash. I can't say I notice any strong fragrance coming from my machine during the washing time.
Once my washing machine has finished and has spun the excess liquid out, my clothing comes out smelling fresh and clean with a delicate sweet, floral smell from the detergent. I have noticed that without fabric softener my laundry is still quite soft but I prefer to use an additional softener. This detergent performs very well when it comes to actually cleaning clothes. Whilst it doesn't eliminate deep stains, it does leave my clothing very clean and fresh. It works excellently on bedding and towels as well as my families clothing. We aren't an overly dirty family (even my toddler is a clean boy) but this gel copes with every day muck and light food stains. It also keeps white clothing white and bright clothing bright - no fading or discolouration here!
I normally use fabric softener alongside my detergent and find that any softener I use overtakes the scent of this detergent and increases softness. As a family who have sensitive skin, we have not experienced any irritation despite this being a biological detergent so I pleased with that. When my laundry is freshly dried, I am happy with how fresh it smells (with or without addition softener). It is very rare for clothing to be stored for 3 weeks in our home but when I alternate bed sheets, my freshly washed and dried bed sheets are put in the wardrobe for the next use. I can confirm they smell fresh and clean when I have came to use them too.
Overall this gel has fufilled its claims. It is expensive when you compare it to the offers that supermarkets run on powders but I am happy to buy it when it is reduced in price. I find that because I need to use more for my larger machine, my bottle won't last the full 24 washes but this isn't a major issue. I like the gels as they do not seem to clog up my machine as much as powder does.
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Summary: 4 stars