“ Brand: Bold / Type: Fabric Softener / Category: Laundry „
Liquitabs are not something that I use regularly but I do treat myself to some when they are on offer occasionally. I would use them more often but I do find they are horrendously expensive and there is no way in the world that I personally could justify using these when using powder is so much cheaper.
You can buy these in different pack sizes but for me if I was buying them then I would only buy the pack with 33 tabs in them instead of the packs with 11 as the bigger packs have the biggest discounts so make it a bit more palatable. The 33 pack costs £11 but when I buy it I get them when they are on offer for £6.
The tabs are made with a sort of gelatine substance with liquid on the inside. You just need to pop a tab in your washing machine drum on top of your laundry and that's it. The beauty of these is just pure laziness as you don't need to bother with measuring out powder and putting it in and they are also 2in1 so they contain a fabric softener in them too. The tabs just melt away and don't leave any residue on clothes and unlike with powder I never take the laundry out and find that some of it hasn't completely melted and stuck to clothes and need washed again.
I can't complain about how well these perform as they do an excellent job of getting laundry clean and I think they do just as good a job at cleaning as powder. The built in fabric softener also works really well and I never feel the need to add anymore as this softens my clothes perfectly on its own.
The lavender and chamomile ones smell great and aren't too feminine or flowery and when clothes have been washed and dry they are just left with a lovely fresh smell to them which is quite long lasting. The smell of the laundry also really penetrates around the house when the clothes are in the tumble drier.
In an ideal world I would use these all the time as they perform really well and not only clean and soften clothes but they smell amazing too. I am also a bit on the lazy side so these really appeal to me because of how quick and convenient and mess free they are to use. Unfortunately I can't justify spending the money on them all the time so they will continue to remain an occasional treat.
I recently bought some of these Bold 2 in 1 liquitabs (liquid tablets) although I normally use concentrated laundry liquid. The last time I bought this format of detergent it was quite a few years ago and I found that the skin of the tablet wasn't dissolving properly in my machine. However, faced with a reduced choice of products at my local store I decided to take a chance on buying these, in the hope that the product would have been improved upon since I last used liquitabs.
The product comes in a handy to store plastic box. The box is rectangular and can fit into small spaces in my kitchen so I'm happy with that. The box is fitted with a lid which has a clickable lock. This lock helps keep the liquitabs dry but it also is an effective child lock. There is also an extra security measure as the lid is also initially secured with a piece of strong sticky tape which must be peeled off prior to use. The labels on the lid of the box, the back of the box and the piece of tape all highlight safety precautions when using this product.
Children should be kept away from the product as there is serious risk of causing damage to eyes if the liquitab is squeezed and explodes. Their odd shape also might be attractive to children who might think they are edible. The liquid can be an irritant to skin and eyes. They are not suitable for hand washes. It is recommended to wash hands after use. If any liquid gets into your eyes you should rinse them immediately and seek medical advice.
Other than the very bold safety precautions there is some product information printed on the labels. There are enough liquitabs for 20 washes per box and you only need one liquitab per cycle. The liquitabs are fragranced with lavender and camomile. There is a guide on using the liquitabs on the back of the box which states you can use these at 20 degrees up to 95 degree washes. The liquitab must be placed inside the drum with your washing and not in the drawer of the washing machine.
I should probably explain exactly what the liquitab is for those unfamiliar with them. They are a little sqaure 35 gram pouch of biological detergent contained inside a transparent skin. This skin melts on contact with water and releases the liquid into the clothes. These liquitabs have a lovely fragrance which you can smell when you open the box. The liquid is purple and the pouches are soft to touch and easy to handle. I love that there is no messing about with these. You just pick one up and pop it in with your clothes - so simple!
Are they effective? Well, as I mentioned I used to have problems with liquitabs not melting properly but I'm glad to say this hasn't happened with these. I've used them on 30 degree washes and the skins of the liquitabs totally disappear. However, using them at 30 degrees I've noticed that pasted on stains on my clothes such as mud don't come off as easily as when on a higher temperature wash. At 40 degrees and above washes I've found these liquitabs do a great job at cleaning clothes and they actually seem able to brighten certain fabrics too. Items like dish clothes and tea towels have come out really white and looking new. I'm also impressed that my denim jeans look like they haven't lost any colour! The lavender fragrance is infused into my clothing and smells beautiful when they are drying and during ironing. I've suffered no skin irritation after using these and my clothes feel soft and smell good.
These liquitabs vary in price. I've seen them for up to £7. I think this is a bit too much for what you get however I bought mine for £4 which I think is more reasonable. I would recommend these to anyone who needs or wants a no fuss laundry detergent. My dad, for instance, would benefit from these as his hands can shake sometimes and dispensing liquid or powder is difficult for him. I would recommend using them at 40 degrees and above though for optimum cleaning. I would also point out that these can't be used on wool which I've found to be a bit limiting. I've therefore had to invest in another bottle of liquid detergent to use alongside these on my wool loads. So there are a couple of negatives.
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Since moving to University I've had to use a fair few different washing machines and rather than work out how each of them works regarding washing powder, I choose to use liquitabs.
They are so simple to use that I don't think I could use anything else now. Instead of scooping out the right amount of a powder and then working out where to put it, I just get one of these tabs out of the box and throw it on top of the washing pile. Always the right amount and always in the right place!
The tabs smell really nice when you put them in the wash and just after you get your clothes out, but it's not overpowering and it really doesn't linger on your clothes. They smell nice and fresh but they don't smell of the liquitabs for more than a few hours. I use a laundry spritz from the Body Shop to make my clean laundry smell like vanilla instead.
My clothes always come out clean and fairly soft. I've never really used fabric softener so I don't know how they compare to an actual fabric softener on top of the detergent, but these are certainly soft enough for me.
One issue I have encountered is that sometimes the tabs at the bottom burst. They don't completely burst and I usually manage to salvage them, but it leaves a sticky mess in the bottom and it's not a nice thing to have on your hands because it's really slimy. I'm not sure if this is because they were a bit old or because they got too hot or just the weight of the other tabs. Either way it's not a huge problem, just a little annoying.
They are quite expensive. I use one tab every wash (it's enough to even wash really full loads) and if you buy the biggest size pack (33 tabs) it costs £11 which is 30p per wash. I only do one load a week so it's not a huge expense, but it seems it when you buy the pack. If you only buy the 11 tab pack it ends up costing 38p per wash so it does pay to buy in bulk. There are occasionally some fantastic offers on these so look out for them!
These tabs are good, but I am not very brand loyal and they didn't wow me enough to only buy this liquitab again. Next time I need to top up I will just buy whatever has the best offer on. I have tried other brands and they have all had very similar effects - they all wash my clothes and are simple to use!
The box they come in can be useful as it seals. I keep hair accessories in it just to keep them tidy. However if the tabs burst as I mentioned earlier, it will need a thorough clean and may not be worth it.
4/5 - knocked one off because the smell doesn't last long and they are prone to bursting in the box.
When it comes to anything in a supermarket I watch out for as much as I can on offers and then when it is at a good price I try and stock up since the price of everything seems to be rising so fast at the moment. I bought these from Asda as they were on offer at £4 for a box of 24 washes and there was nothing else of the decent brands on offer at the time.
This was the first time that I had tried any of the Bold liquitabs but I expected they would do the job well as Bold is a well known brand and they wouldn't have been around as long as they have if their products weren't very good.
The liquitabs come packaged in a plastic box which has alittle clip at the top so that you can reclose the box, I found this box was useful when i was usign the liquitabs and afterwards as I now keep some of my daughters crafts things in it.
The liquitabs are very easy to use and you simply take it out of the box and place it into the washing machine with your clothes rather than in the drawer, I though the product felt a little strange and to be hinest to me felt like a hard condom! I washed my clothes at 30 degrees as I always do and awaited the results.
The liquitabs are supposed to include your softener aswell as the detergent inside the same little plastic pocket of liquid, I didn't really believe I wouldn't need a softener using these but decided there was no harm giving them a try without softener so that is what I did the first time I used them. I would say I was quite surprised to find that the clothes once dried were as soft as when I used a seperate softener.
The smell of my clothes from using this product is lovely and I don't normally favour lavender all that much but this smell was floral yet light and the smell lasted well on my clothig which for me as a carer the freshness of my clothes and the ability for the freshness to laqst a whole shift is a must.
I next decided to try this liquitabs on my towels to see if they would be as soft as I would want them to be and again my washing came out lovely and soft and smelling great. I am impressed with these liquitabs and will use them again if they are on offer the only question i have is since the packaging isn't a simple bag or cardboard box how much is that adding onto the price.
I buy the Bold 2 in 1 liquitabs but have found lately that the sachets often stick together and are impossible to take apart without splitting. Has anyone else found this?
I started off using soap powder, but it got on my nerves - I was forever worrying that I'd spilled some and couldn't see it and the baby/cats would eat it, roll in it or get it on them. (This is probably because many years ago I read a horrible story in a magazine about a dog that rolled in soap powder and died, ever since I've been weary of it). However soap powder was always cheaper and often a bargain.
Since my daughter has been mobile and interested in everything I do, I decided I wanted something quicker and easier to use that wouldn't be worrying me all the time. I'd seen liquitabs, tablets and all sorts in supermarkets before, but as the Bold liquitabs were on offer, I decided to give them a go.
The liquitabs are expensive - around £8.50 for a tub of 36 tabs, or £6 for 20 washes or £4 for 11 washes. This is way more expensive than soap powder, and the downside is that you end up needing to buy more. Instead of 1 box of soap powder which does maybe 50 washes, you need at least 2 tubs to have that many washes. Having said that, they are smaller size-wise so much easier to store which I prefer. They are also much cleaner to store, as I often found that soap powder boxes leaked or got powder everywhere.
The liquitabs come in a plastic tub, which has a 'click safe' lid. This means that when you close the lid, you hear an audible click, and you know it is safely closed so that animals/kids can't get in easily or quickly, and it stops the tabs melting together and becoming unusable. The tabs themselves are transparent with purple gel inside. You should handle them carefully, either with gloves, or wash your hands after as they can cause irritation especially to sensitive skin. Be gentle - they won't handle being squeezed or popped!
The tabs perform really well. I tend to wash most clothes on a 30 degree cycle, and dirtier things (like hubby's work clothes) at 40 degrees, and they always come out clean and smelling nice. They smell quite perfume-y, not really lavenderand chamomile, more floral, but very nice all the same and quite strong. I can usually smell it on the clothes for a good few hours.
The big downfall is that you need to put the tab under the washing and really be careful how much you load. Once or twice I have seen the tab stuck in the rubber seal between the drum and the machine, meaning the clothes needed re-washing as it obviously wasn't cleaning them sitting there! I found that this tended to be on smaller loads or light loads such as bed sheets, probably because there wasn't enough in the machine to 'trap' the tab.
You only need 1 tab per wash which is good, and you literally chuck it in the machine, chuck the clothes in and switch it on. No need for scoops, powder or even fabric softener as that's built in to the tab. So they are ideal for busy people or lazy people lol.
All in all, they smell nice, clean well and are easy to use - can't ask for much more!
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I'm a self confessed money saver! And one thing i LOVE to save money on, is rather expensive washing products. And at £8.50 for 36 tabs (23.6p per wash) it is somewhat steep.
I'm a sucker for bright, pretty, squidgy things which clean.
So, I only pick these up when I see a huge offer on, which comes to no more than about £4.50 per box. A good place to keep your eyes peeled for promotions like these are Tescos, Asda (though not so much) and Wilkinsons. Note, the offer isn't always for the 36pack boxes, but can include the small ones.
I won't bore you with a description of the box or anything, but i shall throw in a handy tip in regards to storage, its absolutely imperative that after opening and closing the box you make sure the 'clips' are in place, otherwise you will have tabs which are melding together and melting into oblivion, and in need of quick use. The tabs them selves are see through, soft to the touch, and filled with purple gel. Handle carefully though, as they probably won't react well to squeezing or popping!
The Smell- personally, I don't think they smell like lavender and chamomile, and to be frank i prefer the 'Crystal Rain & White Lilly' version due to the smell alone, but if you don't care, its actually neither here nor there. It is a tad too strong, but nothing which is gag worthy or annoying.
The Job- They *do* do the job in most respects. Though, for me, as a i always use a quick cycle of 40mins on a 40degree wash, and for slightly dirtier things such as the fellas shirt collar (grimy!) , I use stain removers or pre treaters this is because, I've found that the tabs don't always get stains out (which was a bit frustrating at the start and for stains which were not tough either,boohoo) But for things like bed sheets (assuming there aren't any set in...stains) towels, socks, vests etc they are totally fine. You could see what they're like at higher temps though.
The Why did that happen? Is that supposed to happen?- A few times at the end of the wash I've noticed that they can turn into purple goo and sit half melted at the front of the washing machine, just under the door. It was a bit of a pain, as it meant that the wash probably wasn't cleaned properly, so had to rewash and scrape the gloop off. And yes, i put them at the back, under the clothes. I noticed that this regularly happened when i put a wash on that was less than half a load, of if it was half load, light material items (such as bedsheets). So on this i'd suggest taking note of the load before using these, and maybe using the alternative powder instead? Also once i did notice a smear of purple on my clothes, which again was probably due to the tab not melting properly, but thankfully only happened once.
To wrap things up, overall they are nice to use, and a added benefit is the fabric conditioner which is included. I did start buying these on a regular, purely because they are on offer a lot of the time, and are getting the job done, if you get over certain things (see above). Also the whole two tab thing, one in my opinion really is sufficient, even in a heavy load (but then again i don't live in hard water area). They are good value if you bag them on sale, but if you buy full price, you could probably get something that does get collar grime out and the like, for around the same price, which saves using other pre treat products.
Always on the lookout for a bargain, I tend to buy whatever is on offer in my local Tesco, which led to buying these. However, I think when these run out I will definitely be re-investing as my laundry definitely smells the nicest it has in a long time.
The packaging is attractive and the tabs come in a resealable waterproof box - really handy! The box contains enough capsules for 24 washes which is plenty. The tablets are sturdy and don't feel as if they're about to burst in your hand, unlike other brands. You just pop them straight in the drum and I normally wash at 30 or 40 degrees so i was pleased that the laundry smelled just as good at either temperature.
After I had hung everything up, my boyfriend came into the room and asked "Mmm! What's that nice smell?" so I'll definitely be buying these again if he actually noticed :-)
The liquitabs are handy and easy to use and there's no need for any measuring out, sticky hands or mess. They disintegrate after the wash so there's no hunting around for a net or ball. Really simple! The fabric softener is included too so there's no need for a separate one and my boyfriend often complains of itching and sensitive skin but there have been no complaints whatsoever with these liquitabs. All in all an excellent, pleasant, great value purchase which gets my clothes really clean!
I have used bold liquitabs for about four years now, having moved over from ariel colour liquitabs. I changed over because bold had conditioner included in it and I thought I'd give it a try as it would save buying fabric conditioner as well. The liquitabs are very easy to use as you just lay them on top of your washing in the drum and off you go. I generally use this scent because the clothes come out of the wash smelling so lovely and fresh with a nice lavender scent, it's a very clean outdoors smell. The scent lasts, it is not one of those that just disappears after you;ve ironed. The only thing to worry about with these is that if you get them wet they start dissolving so you have to make sure you keep the packaging shut and in a dry place else you may end up bursting one. I usually manage to find these on offer somewhere, but I rarely buy them full price.
I am always looking around for new brands of Liquitabs for my washing machine and, to be honest, I'll buy whatever's on offer most of the time! These tablets were on offer at Tesco recently- 20 tablets for £4.17, which is £2.08 off, so they were straight in my basket! I know the brand Bold pretty well so I was expecting something decent for my money and Bold didn't disappoint!
The capsules were intact in the box- I have had problems in the past with other brands exploding in the box and when you spend a considerable amount of money on them it's super annoying! I used one capsule per wash. I wash my clothes on a fairly cold setting- maximum 40 degrees- and the plastic surrounding the gel melted fine; I had no problems with stray pieces in my clothes.
As for smell- I loved this! The clothes smelled lovely and the smell lasted even when air dried- and it made my lounge smell good too! They held their clean, fresh smell throughout their stay in my wardrobe and even smelt yummy when I put them on!
I have sensitive skin too and it did not react at all to these tablets.
I often object to paying so much for Liquitabs and this is one of the reasons I gravitate to whatever's on offer. I was, however, very impressed with these tablets. I will definitely buy them again while they are on sale, and will maybe even consider it when they are back to full price!!!
I nearly faint every time I do a shop and need for laundry detergents the price seems to go up and up. Apart from the actual washing powder we then need conditioner on top and it soon adds up and we can be left with little change from £10.00 for both. I have tried cheaper supermarket brands as opposed to leading brands but they have always disappointed.
A couple of months ago I switched to Bold 2 in 1, liquitabs which are disolvable gell capsules with detergent and fabric conditioner in one. They come in different fragrances, including lavender & chamomile, sparkling pomegranate& orange blossom, and infusion Ruby and Jasmine. All have a biological action and a built in fabric conditioner so no need to buy a separate one.
The liquitabs come in a little plastic tub with a resealable lid to keep moisture away, it is important that you replace the lid after using as if they get damp they will start to dissolve. Currently you can buy them in quantities of 12's or 20's they no longer seem to have them in 24's as in the picture above. Buying the bigger box works out cheaper per wash one tablet is enough for one wash and you simple pop them straight into the drum of the washing machine.
I am delighted with the end results when using these, the clothes, towels and bed linen come out clean and have a really fresh smell, the lavender & chamomile is particularly nice smelling, the lavender & chamomile complement each other and leave a lingering fresh scent on the clothes. Due to the added fabric softener the laundry is lovely and soft as well. I think Bold liquitabs give as good results as using a separate detergent and fabric conditioner and works out cheaper as well.
I have tried all the different scents of Bold 2 in 1 and found them all to be very nicely fragranced without being overpowering. I have had great results when using these on garments that require a lower temperature too.
Bold 2 in 1 can be found in most stores but do hunt around for bargains Asda have the 20 packs on offer at the moment for £5.00 making that 25p per wash not bad when the fabric conditioner is included as well.
Another plus I found on using this is no clogged up powder in the washing machine detergent dispenser, I find these a less messy option.
Every time I go to the supermarket, I come out more and more disgusted with the price of washing powder. Now, I have always been a traditional, regular sized box of Ariel man myself, but on a recent trip to Iceland (the store) I noticed that these 'liquitabs' were on special offer so I decided to try them. To be honest, in the past I have always thought that 'washing tablets' were a waste of money, labeling them a gimmick as they were essentially the same product, just more expensive because they were in a different shape - I do however, stand corrected.
So, these tablets are very easy to use, you simply load your washing machine as normal and place the tablet directly into the drum. Close the door and put your wash on as normal. The tablets themselves, look like little plastic bubbles filled with liquid, having read the back of the packet however, I now understand that the plastic is 'special' in that it dissolves when the water hits it, hence releasing the liquid and ensuring that you are not left with random bits of plastic in you washing machine.
When the wash was finished, I was highly impressed with the smell that hit me when I opened the door, there was a strong aroma of Lavender, and I presume Chamomile (Im not sure what this actually smells like) but overall very fresh and clean smelling, much stronger than if I had used ordinary washing powder, and this smell, while it got a tiny bit fainter, stayed on the clothes even when they had dried and been ironed.
Because there is a fabric softer in this product already, all of my clothes, and even towels were soft and fluffy - hence, removing the need to add a fabric softener and therefore saving you a wee bit of money.
I have switched to these tablets full time now, there is also an 'orange blossom' variety which also smells good. The main advantage of these in my opinion though, is that they do not promote waste. I have often been a culprit of using too much powder in a wash, and have often ended up spilling loads around the machine and making a mess, with this product, this no longer happens.
I recently bought these liquitabs as they were on offer in the local supermarket. They were reduced from £3.98 to £2.50 and as they claim that you don't need a seperate fabric softener I thought they were too good an offer to miss.
I am very fussy with my laundry, I love my laundry to smell fresh and clean and to feel soft. There is something about the smell of fabric conditioner on your clothes that I like. Strange eh!
I tend to use liquid rather than tablets as I hate the build up of scum you get from tablets in your machine as being a particularly poor housewife I always forget to rinse my machine regularly. So I find using liquid solves this problems and saves me spending hours de-gunking various nooks and crannies.
These liquitabs come in a clear plastic box which has a flip lid, they are sealed so you know they haven't been tampered with and the box clips back shut so they are kept air tight.
Each tab is like a pillow, the liquid is encased in a film and sealed all the way round. You simply pop one tablet into your wash in the centre of your washing and the water/heat dissolves the film and releases the liquid.
I have tried most of the fragrances in these tabs and have found them all very good. They all leave your clothes smelling fresh and clean but without that highly fragranced air that some others do which may be a little off putting to some.
Once my clothes are dry, either from the tumbler or from being dried outside I can still smell the subtle fragrance on the clothes.
The clothes also do appear to be as soft as when I use seperate fabric conditioner and I have had no issues with regards to stain removal either. I have a four year old and so far these tablets have shifted everything she has managed to get down her clothes.
I would recommend looking out for these tabs especially when they are on offer. They are slightly more expensive than other tablets you can get but when you take away the need for seperate fabric conditioner is does make them a little more reasonable.
Bold Liquitabs come packaged in a plastic tub with a resealable lid that has a tab to keep it closed when not in use. The packaging is purple for the lavender & chamomile variety and you can purchase three different size tubs which contain 12, 24 or 36 liquitabs and one liquitab is recommend per wash. The tub has a logo showing you that this is '2 in 1' and has washing powder & fabric softener inside the liquitab so there is no need to add additional products to your washing machine. There is a label on the tub advising how to use the tabs and when you would need more than one.
The liquitabs are plasticy in appearance and contain a purple liquid. The liquitabs feel slightly greasy to touch and squigdy and to use them simply pop one at the back of your machine and load in the washing or even just throw it on the top of the washing once you've loaded the machine. There is no need to open anything or use any bags or netting.
Once the washing machine starts the exterior of the liquitab begins to dissolve and then the liquid is released directly in to the washing machine ensuring that the clothes get an even distribution and that everything is cleaned evenly. Once the washing machine had finished I took out the washing (Tom's work uniform) and noticed that everything was lovely and fresh smelling, the clothes felt soft & there was no greasy marks or residue left behind by the tablets.
I was very pleased with how easy these were to use and even though the box advises that these are not recommended for handwashing I used one anyway and just dissolved it in a bowl full of hot water before washing Tom's favourite caps and pegging them out to dry on the line. I would recommend these liquitabs and will be using them again. I purchased a 12 wash box for £3.68 from my local Tesco store and they also stocked the 24 box for £6.69.
I am rating these tablets 5/5 as they have a very nice scent, clean well & do not leave any residue behind. They are also quick & convenient as there is no need to measure or weigh anything and I can just throw one in to the machine and forget about it.