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Its Bold..Its 2in1
Bold 2 in 1
Member Name: angelboouk
Bold 2 in 1
Advantages: 2in1, scent, box, cleaning power
Bold is a range of laundry products from Procter and Gamble.
~~2in1 From Bold~~
The majority of Bold products are 2in1 meaning they offer a cleaning detergent as well as a fabric softener in one pack. This review concentrates of the Crystal Rain and White Lily variety which is available in powder, liquidtabs, powder tabs, a gel and also a liquid. I use the powder one.
This powder claims to have "12hours of wear clean and fresh feeling". It is a biological powder and is suitable for washing machine washing and also hand washing clothes. It claims to work on all temperatures from 20-95c and on all coloured clothes.
The box holding the powder, will vary depending on which size you purchase. The larger box us blue with water drops and flower decorations adorning the front and all the relevant information around the box. It has a carry handle and to open, there is a tab that tears around 3/4 of the box. No scoop is provided but you can contact the email address on the box for a free one to be sent to you. The box can be recycled.
Bold have given instructions based on the hardness of the water in your area. These are a guideline only. This is based on loads of 5-6kg.
*soft water - 95ml (160ml heavy soil)
*medium water - 130ml (195ml heavy soil)
*hard water - 165ml (230ml heavy soil)
Extra soiled clothing requires an additional 70ml and you should add 75ml for prewashing. 20ml of powder is required for each 5l of water for handwashing.
~~Availability and Price~~
This powder is available in supermarkets and other laundry supplying stores.
800g or 10washes - around £3.00
2kg or 25washes - around £6.00
4kg or 50washes - around £11.00
Despite there only being 3 of us in our flat, I normally do 1 or 2 washings everyday. I am one of these people who cannot wear a pair of trousers twice and wash my sons clothes after every wear. As you can imagine, I go through lots of laundry cleaner and whilst I have tried the liquidtabs and liquids before, I always go back to a powder. My preferred brand is Surf but I only buy when on offer. A few weeks ago, I was in Tesco and noticed I had washing powder on my list of things to buy. I spotted this Bold 2in1 Crystal Rain and White Lily on offer. Tesco had and still have a 42wash (3.36kg) box and I believe I paid around £6.00 for it so it has went back to its normal price of £10.42.
The box design is fresh and pretty in my opinion and I have it sitting out on my window sill as it used that often! At first, I didn't notice that it contained a fabric softener and although it works perfectly well without any additional softener, I have found myself adding a small drop of Comfort sometimes. Anyway, I have a little glass jar which I use to scoop my powder up and into my washing machine drawer but if you like to ensure the right amount is going in, use a measuring scoop for accuracy.
~~Scoop It Up and Turn It On~~
According to the map on the box, I live in a soft water area so I can more washes from this box that someone who lives in London for example. Inside the box, the powder is filled quite far up but not enough to spill. There is a mass of crumbly white powder with flecks of red and blue (a bit like toothpaste!) and the scent is fresh and clean. I normally keep to 2 settings on my machine..standard 40 or a 60 if I am doing towels and bedsheets (the joys of having a manky hubby and potty training son!). I am not very good at seperating colours through laziness I suppose but I know which things will dye others and keep them aside.
The true test of the powders performance is based on how it works when used alone as it claims to offer a 2in1 formula. Now, if you are a bit cautious with 2in1 things (ie shampoo/conditioner) then you may not believe these claims. The powder is very concentrated to the point that it is certainly more vibrant and stronger scented that many others I have tried. Whilst the clothes whizz around the machine, a good amount of foam appears inside and I can actually detect a fresh smell coming out the machine.
~~Fresh and Clean~~
Once my washing has stopped, I am keen to either hang it out on the line or get it over the dryer. With the weather being so bad recently, it has mainly been dried in the house which isn't ideal but at least it smells nice! On removing the clothes from the machine, everything smells fresh and rather crisp and airy! Usually I need a seperate softener to give off any decent scent but this one is favourable. The clothes, even whilst damp, are soft and once dried, keep their softness and a good amount of scent is locked in leaving my drawers smelling lovely.
I have been really impressed with how well this powder cleans the clothes. On normal washes, I find it brings my white clothes and light clothes up bright and sparkling. Basically, it keeps them the colour they should be and doesn't allow them to go dull even after several washes. For darks, it keeps the colour locked in and my favourite black combats have yet to turn greyish despite other powders having failed in this aspect in the past.
I suppose I am lucky that my son isn't a messy eater and therefore I don't have an exceptional amount of stains to contend with but I am a messy eater with certain foods and there is nothing worse than having my favourite top covered in tomato sauce or soup. If I get it into the machine quick enough, before the stain sets, it comes up clean with little or no trace of stain on my clothing which is a big bonus for me!
Despite both myself and my son having sensitive skin, neither of us have experience any reaction to this biological powder. When wearing my clothes or wrapping myself in a freshly dried towel, they are soft and smell gorgeous. On the rare occasion I add my own Comfort, it overrides the Bold scent and adds extra softness which can sometimes be handy.
~~Conclusion and Recommendation~~
Although this powder is more expensive that others, it does contain 2in1 formula and you can get away with not buying a seperate softener. I am very happy with how it cleans, softens and scents my clothing and other laundry. At the price I paid, it was a bargain as I have found I have gotten more than 42washes from my box. That being said, I am a penny pincher and although I would love to buy this one again, I will wait til it comes back on offer and snap it up then.
An excellent laundry product that I can fully recommend to you all :)
Summary: I love It