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The smell is a bit off-key, but they *do* clean (sort of)
Bold Liquitabs Lavender & Chamomile
Member Name: jay88
Bold Liquitabs Lavender & Chamomile
Advantages: No need to use conditioner, or mess with the powder dispenser
Disadvantages: for a biological product, the regular dirt removal isn't fabulous at 40 degrees
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.
Summary: Does the job, smells okay, but not really worth it if bought full price!