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      25.08.2011 12:20
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      4/5, it's just gorgeous but it's too expensive!

      A few weeks back while shopping in Morrisons, I was doing my usual perusal of the cleaning aisles when I stumbled upon this Daz concentrated laundry liquid on special offer. At only £2 for 20 washes this was outshining value brands and I had to buy it! I bought the mandarin and lime splash variety, but there were a couple of others in the offer too.

      The volume of the bottle is a rather random 918ml. I guess this has been measured out to give a certain number of washes and potentially avoid having a silly little bit left that is no good to man nor beast. The bottle is bright green plastic with very delicious looking lime and mandarin orange slices dotted around it. Although the bottle is solid coloured you can see how much you have left as there is a handy semi transparent strip down one side. I do like this as you can see at a glance when you need to buy more.

      The cap screws on and off, and doubles as a measuring cup; we are told that one cap should equal one wash. This only applies to normal light soiling in medium and soft water areas though. In hard water areas and for large loads or heavy soiling it is recommended you use 1.5 caps. It can also be used to handwash with the stated dosage being 44ml in 10 litres of water. So the 20 washes is based on normal soiling in soft-medium water. Although this of course depends on if you fastidiously measure it out - I never used to but have to say I do now. Especially the first time I use something new as I like to see if it delivers based on the directions.

      This liquid it suitable for use at a range of temperatures from 20C up to 95C. It is not suitable for wool or silk and you are recommended not to prewash. I must say though, I have used it more than once on a big handmade crochet throw (thanks granny!) that I use on the sofa, and it's caused no problems at all. This is a biological liquid so it does contain enzymes and it also contains optical brighteners and perfumes, so those with sensitivities should exercise caution.

      The liquid itself is fabulously bright green! It is quite thick but pours easily and I have no trouble dispensing the desired volume into my wash ball (it can be used in the drawer as well). The smell is utterly divine and unlike most laundry liquids I have thus far encountered, even when I take a deep hard sniff of the undiluted product I can not smell that chemical undertone that lies beneath the fragrance. I personally can smell the mandarin more than the lime I think, but the overall smell is just clean, fresh and fruity though not particularly citrusy. I do find it almost impossible to pick the individual scents out in most fragrances though.

      Yes, so how does it clean? Well, the answer is beautifully! I have only ever used the stated dose (and not added conditioner) and you really don't need more, it would only be wasteful. I have never had to wash anything twice and my clothes come out the machine smelling amazing and feeling very soft. I hang a lot of stuff up in the bedroom to dry and the whole upstairs of the house smells like this liquid. I can smell it from the bottom of the stairs, which is handy as the front door is there so visitors get a whiff too. I do tend to save this liquid for stuff I am not tumble drying, as any scent does tend to disappear a bit after doing this. I especially love to get into my freshly changed bed and fall asleep with this scent filling my nostrils. I would say though that it is not strong enough to interfere with perfume or aftershave, just enough to leave clothes smelling fresh and clean until they are next worn.

      All in all, I would definitely recommend this. It is just gorgeous. Unfortunately, the usual price is the best part of £4 (£3.60 or £3.70 I think) and I simply can't reconcile spending this much to wash my clothes, even if it does go a fairly long way. If I had used this for every wash I had done it would have lasted a little more than a week but not as much as two weeks, so I would need to buy it every week to ensure I never ran out. So due to the price alone I am unlikely to buy it again. Of course, if it's on offer then it will go in my trolley quick-smart!

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      24.08.2011 12:30
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      A good washing liquid, unfortunately a bit lacking in the smell department

      A few weeks ago Morrisons had these 20-wash bottles of Daz on BOGOF, with the amount of washing I do each week it made sense for me to stock up and also gave me chance to try some of the newer Daz 'flavours' that I haven't come across before.

      This Mandarin & Lime Splash has a lovely summery fragrance, it's not as strong when sniffed out of the bottle as I thought it would be being based on citrus scents but is very pleasant indeed.

      As this is a concentrated liquid you need just one capful for each load of washing, although you may need to up this to 1 1/2 caps if you live in an area that has particularly hard water or if your washing is very dirty. I've almost finished this bottle and have never had to use more than the single capful, although to be honest I do tend to add Vanish to most loads as the kids' clothes very often need a bit of extra *something* to get them perfectly clean.

      This Daz removes most of the dirt thrown at it, it struggled on one of my son's babygrows which had got general garden muck on the feet (using his walker on grass is about the only way of keeping him in one spot now!) but after putting it through a second wash cycle it did come up as clean as it was ever going to. Despite the fact that this isn't a 2-in-1 product, the Daz does leave my washing quite soft even when I tried it without using fabric conditioner.

      It's dealt well with numerous different types of dirt on my laundry; food spilled down the kids' clothes, general baby-grot on David's stuff, wee'd on bedclothes (thanks for that, Hollie), make-up stains on collars and even managed to shift some tough looking rusty stains on a pair of Mark's jeans after he (cleverly) decided to wear his brand new ones to a building site on the rainiest day of the year. This was all without the aid of Vanish, which is pretty impressive really for a washing detergent brand that I've never had much faith in before.

      The mildly citrus smell comes through nicely on the washing both when it's still wet and also after drying. It doesn't linger for long once you've put the washing away, but then that's really the job of the fabric conditioner - which I hadn't been using for the duration of this bottle as a couple of the kids had a rash at the time so I was trying to keep my laundry as simple as possible. Even without it the washing is soft (although not as soft as when I also use my beloved Comfort) and this softness is retained even on clothes which are put away and then not worn again for a couple of weeks.

      If I had to make a suggestion to improve this product it would be to give it a stronger aroma; I bought this one specifically as most citrus detergents have a rich and zesty fragrance, but to be honest this one is a little insipid. Sniffing a wet shirt which I've just hung on the line I can tell you that not only do my neighbours think I'm crackers, but also that there is barely a hint of citrus-ness clining to the fabric and rather the washing just has a generally 'nice' smell.

      There are a couple of points worth mentioning in the blurb on the back of the bottle; this Daz is unsuitable for use with wool or silk (I get the silk, but have had no problems washing our woollen jumpers in this or any other detergent) and also that while using this powder you're not to pre-wash your clothes. I personally don't use the pre-wash cycle on my machine (or even know where it is!) but in all honesty this is effective enough that you shouldn't need to anyway, and if your clothes are dirty enough to require a pre-wash then you'll probably need to put an additive such as Vanish in your machine anyway. This detergent is suitable for use at all temperatures, apparently you can get a good clean with it at just 20 degrees - although I don't think such a low temperature would have much effect on the grubby stuff my children (and partner) regularly put in the wash basket.

      £3.59 or thereabouts from anywhere that stocks a range of washing detergents.

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        20.04.2011 10:26
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        Nice liquid.

        When I first spotted this washing liquid from Daz I thought it looked very attractive, I had not bought or tried this one before but I had tried the other fragrance from this range and I liked it and so thought I would buy this one to see if I liked it as much. I have been using and buying the powder one for many years and I know it is a good brand..

        It is a liquid and it is rich and a smooth texture, the container is a plastic lime green colour of which looks quite attractive and eye catching. It has a screw off top and a wide nozzle to pour the liquid from the bottle into the machine. The liquid is really rich and lime green colour, it has a smell of lime and more of a fruity smell because it not only has an ingredient of limes but also of mandarins and so it is quite a fruity smell.

        It cleans my clothes really well, it leaves them smelling nice and refreshed. It doe remove stains and the dirt is lifted from the garments. I like smell of my clothing when they have dried because the smell lasts for quite some time on the clothing. Used with a fabric condition the 2 works well together for my liking. Only a little is needed and for an average load only one capful is required to clean the washing. This liquid is a concentrated liquid, it is can be used on a lower setting of as low as 30 degrees. I have washed at this lower setting and my clothing has been nice and clean and refreshed. I have used it at a higher setting for my whites and it has cleaned them very well too.

        The price is good for about £4 for a 918ml bottle. This is a good quality liquid, I think it is a very good value for the money too and I am happy with the way it cleans my clothing. I find it is a gentle liquid. It can also wash up to 20 wash loads and so quite a lot for the money. I have washed some items in a bowl of water for hand washing and I have found it cleans them well and rinses well from the clothing. The bottle is handy to hold and to grip to pour the liquid into the machine. I do like this one and I recommend it to anyone who has not bought it before because I think it is a good brand and one that is really nice for all the family washing. It has not given any problems to myself or my families skin. It removes dirt and stains well and I have never had any problems with any really stubborn stains being removed. I would buy it again with no hesitation.

        I rate this liquid 5 stars.

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          06.03.2011 02:51
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          An ok, everyday spruce up liquid!

          Both me and my flatmate are complete clean freaks when it comes to washing our clothes and things and rarely does a day go buy without the washer machine not rumbling away in our kitchen!

          Because of this we are always on the look out for bargains when it comes to stuff to use in the washing machine and this costing us £3.00 (on offer in Asda recently) for quite a big bottle seemed a good buy for us to try out!

          The Packaging:

          The bottle this comes in is bright green and plastic and you can see through it a bit which is handy so you can see if it needs replacing but there is also a transparent strip to the right hand side of the bottle too, to see-through. To the top of the bottle there is an integrated large 'spout' and a twist on/off frosted white plastic cap (which you can also use for measuring the liquid out with). On the front of the bottle there is a label and on that we are told that it is Daz Mandarin & Lime Splash and that this particular bottle contains about 20 washes and that 1 capful should equal one wash and there are a pictures of mandarin and lime segments on there. On the back of the bottle other information listed includes instructions on how to use it and warnings (such as this is not suitable to use on silk garments), ingredients and the size of the bottle are given (in this case that size is 918ml) and contact details for Procter & Gamble (the manufacturer of the product) are given. Nice, bright and informative looking and feeling bottle this is.

          Using It:

          Well the liquid is bright green and with a sweet, fresh smell of fruits to it with a zinginess of mandarin and lime to it though not heavily or fakely so and to me it simply a fruity smelling liquid.

          To use this the instructions we are given for it is to use it in the machine and to use 1 capful on a load of normal to light soiling or for heavy soiled items and/or hard water areas to use 1 and a half capfuls and you can also use this for hand washing too and all you need of this liquid for that is 44ml to 10L of water. Measuring this out is easy enough as 1 capful = 44ml.

          The liquid is runny and I use this on normal and heavy loads of washing and on a couple of items of hand washing and I am happy enough with it though not really amazed by its cleaning capabilities really. On light soiled washing (by that I mean no grease, blood or any heavy staining) this works a treat at freshening them up. Fabrics are left feeling residue free, soft and the smell lingers on them for days although I do use a fabric softener to in every single one of my washes.

          On heavy soiled items, even on a 60c wash this really isn't so good sadly. I only use white towels as they are my preference and one day I cut my leg open whilst shaving, grabbed my towel and tried to stop the bleed as it was the only thing to hand. My towel did get covered with blood and like I say even with one and a half capfuls on a 60c wash it never completely got the staining out. Also I found this to not remove curry stains and grease using the same method on other items.

          On hand washing it lathers up nicely enough, is soft on the hands, creates a nice aroma and again on reasonably clean items it works well enough, though on heavy soiled items...even using more of the liquid than recommended it really doesn't do a fantastic job.

          All in I don't mind this for grubby washing but for heavily soiled and/or marked items I don't find it to be all that great...my white towel needed kicking out anyway!

          I like the lingering fragrance this has to it though and the fact that my fabrics feel great after using it but sadly I can't recommend it to grubby families who need a hard working washing liquid!

          I purchased this for £3.00 a bottle though for this size do expect to pay a little over £4 for it if not on any kind of offer.

          This review is also posted on Ciao under this same username.

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            23.02.2011 18:05
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            An excellent laundry product.

            Review of Daz Mandarin and Lime Splash.

            **The Product, Packaging, Scent and Results**

            Daz Mandarin and Lime Splash laundry liquid is a concentrated biological formula designed to provided cleaning power and fragrance in one package. The product is also available in a powder format, for those who prefer washing powders to liquids.

            The liquid is presented in a recyclable plastic bottle containing 918ml of liquid, this is enough for an impressive 20 washes. The bottle is very eye-catching being a bold acid green colour, the labelling is adorned with images of slices of limes and nectarine segments. All instructions for use, warnings and company information can be found on the rear of the bottle. The white cap acts as the measuring device and Daz advise one capful per wash-load. The liquid can either been poured directly into the detergent drawer of the washing machine or placed into a 'Daz' dosing device and placed in the drum. A free dosing device can be obtained from the company website or from one of the myriad freebie sites around.

            The product has a really fresh zingy fragrance, as one would expect it is predominantly a citrus type scent. The biological washing liquid is a pale green colour and it is a fairly thick consistency. Daz liquid works well at all temperatures, high or low. I tend to wash mainly at low temperatures and have been very satisfied with the results from Daz, right across the range of fabrics and colours that I wash. Even though we live in a very hard water region of the UK, I find the one capful dose is adequate to obtain good results from the product.

            Admittedly, we are a household of retired adults, so I do not have heavily stained toddlers clothing or soiled work clothing to deal with nowadays. I have found the product is excellent at removing stains and certainly does leave a lingering fragrance on the clothes, which does last very well. The fragrance is not quite a distinct if the washing is tumble dried as it seems to evaporate rather in the dryer.

            I do not use a fabric softener at all and I have found that although this is not sold as a 2 in 1 type washing liquid, it does have a mild softening effect on the laundry.


            **Why I Bought It and Cost**

            I bought this on the recommendation of my daughter. She and one of her children, suffer with very sensitive skins and normally have to use fairly basic unscented products, but following a trial of a free sample of this liquid from Daz, she was so impressed that she bought the full size and suggested I try it too. I suffer with occasional flare ups of contact dermatitis so also have to be cautious with laundry products. I am happy to report that I have had no problems whatsoever when using this product. I have to admit that I have absolutely no loyalty to any one brand of laundry product, as long as it cleans my laundry and does not irritate my skin, I don't care much what it is! That said, Daz Mandarin and Lime Splash is my current favourite, particularly as there have been several supermarket promotional offers on the product recently.

            It is certainly worth shopping around for as prices can vary quite dramatically.
            At the point of writing Daz Mandarin and Lime splash is on offer in Asda supermarkets for £2. Sainsburys are stocking it at £3.99 and Tesco at £4.07. These are the prices that are quoted on www.mysupermarket.com

            **Warnings**

            As with any laundry product, Daz should be kept out of reach of children, it should be kept away from the eyes, hands should be rinsed and dried after contact, it should not be ingested and people with sensitive skin should avoid prolonged contact. In addition, this particular product is unsuitable for silk materials, should not be used for programmes requiring a pre-wash and flame retardant fabrics should not be soaked in the product or washed at temperature higher than 50 degrees.

            More information about Daz, their products and the company in general can be found on the Daz website:-
            www.dazwhite.co.uk

            It is an informative site with laundry tips, a link for a free dosing ball or powder scoop and clips of the company's 'Cleaner Close' advertising campaign.


            **My Thoughts and Conclusion**

            Daz Mandarin and Lime Splash is a good quality laundry liquid. It does all I expect from a washing product and more besides. The cleaning power is excellent and the product lives up to expectation regarding the scent and freshness left in the fabrics.
            As mentioned in this review, the product is widely available and the prices can vary enormously, so it is definitely worth shopping around.

            To conclude I would recommend this product to others, it really does do as it promises!

            Thank you for reading.

            ©brittle1906 February 2011

            N.B. My reviews may be found on other sites, under the same user name.

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              19.02.2011 09:23
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              lovely smell, good cleaning action

              Always looking for a bargain with my shopping, and not taking the plunge to try the value products with my detergent and fabric softener, i find that i am constantly changing my washing detergent to whatever is on offer.

              A month ago it was no exception, on offer in Asda was DAZ MANDARIN AND LIME - 20 WASHES on offer at £3. I thought i would give it a try. Daz is owned by Proctor and Gamble which ia a massive business making detergents to pringles! This company is based in the UK.

              PACKAGING
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              The detergent comes in a lime green bottle funnily enough which stands roughly 20-25cm tall. It is made of plastic (of the rectyclable kind, so thumbs up there) and has a white/opaque lid. I should also say that if lime isnt your thing, you can also buy the same product in 'SUMMER FLOWER POWER' too.
              This detergent is designed to be put in the drawer of your washing machine and therefore the lid doubles up as a measuring device and the top of the main body of the detergent has a plastic white spout.

              On the front of the bottle is the DAZ logo in navy blue surrounded by pictures of orange mandarin slices and green lime slices and halves. Between these pieces of fruit are bubles, im assuming to symbolise that it is used for washing rather than drinking, hehe,
              The slogan ' our cleaning never smelled soooo good' tops the bottle in red wrtiting with a yellow background, and underneath the famous branding you will find the symbol = 20 washes and that it is a concentrated formula, 1 capful = 1 wash.

              On the side of the bottle, there is an opaque line running the legnth of the bottle in which you can see the contents of the bottle through, a good idea when the bottle is not see-through so you are aware how much you have left, always handy before you spend half your food shopping on goodies!!

              Now the back of the bottle has most of the important information. The top of the sticky information piece is advertising their sister product, the summer flower power detergent, and below, a more detailed account, including diagrams of how to use the product. It does state that in hard water areas (like mine) you will need 50% more product - so 1 1/2 capfuls rather than the 1 capful advertised on the front of the detergent bottle. The packaging states that the detergent is safe to use from 20'c up to 95'c, and gives diagrams below stating how you are able to usse this wash and the safety precautions to take.

              * Keep away from children (fairly obvious really, i suppose they have to cover themselves)
              * Keep away from eyes, if contact occurs, rinse well with cold water
              * rinse and dry hands after use
              * People with dry/ sensitive skin should avoid prolonged use of the product
              * Do not ingest product (kiddies, this is not squash or cordial!!)

              The product states that it is not suitable for silk or wool products, and this may be beacuse of the chemicals it contains.

              This bottle contains 918ml to be exact and there is a website stated on the rear of the bottle if you have any queries or concerns about the product.

              THE GEL
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              When you open the bottle, predominently you can smell detergent with a hint of citrus, i cant say that i can smell mandarin at all though to be fair, none the less, it smells very fresh.
              Now i generally wash my clothes at 30 or 40'c and i find that this detergent manges those temperatures well. When looking in the machine mid wash, always a good lather spinning around, and coupled with a good fabric conditioner, i always get good results.
              The gel is thick around the consistency of tomato sauce (not that you would want to wash your clothes in tomato sauce), and as mentioned is lime green in colour. After a few uses i do find a slight residue around the top of the detergent bottle and also in the washing machine drawer too, but this is not excessive.

              Would i recomend this product, well i think it depends on how animal friendly you are.
              Yes, it is thick and washes well, makes your washing smell very clean even once dry and that is either when tumble dryed or naturally dryed, the packaging is recyclable and the price is very reasonable.

              But i cannot see anywhere on the packaging that states that it is not tested on animals, which i think is unnecessary these days with the amount of products on the market that do not test on animlas currently.

              I think this is an ethical choice really, and therefore i will leave it for you to decide. I am going to knock a star off for this reason.

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                12.01.2011 10:30
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                When on a shopping trip to Tesco I spotted this laundry liquid on special offer, I had never tried this one before and since it was a Daz product and I love the powdered washing detergent and I thought I would buy this one and see if I liked it as much as the powder. I like both liquid and powder but the liquid form is becoming more my favourite.

                I bought it for only £1.99 for a 918ml bottle and it was almost half the original price, it comes in a very bright Lime green, very thick plastic bottle, the bottle is very attractive I must add and it has a screw off top. The top of the bottle inside has a nice shaped kind of narrow nozzle, I do not know how to describe it, it is nice to pour the liquid from the bottle without it running down the side of the bottle as I find some liquids tend to do.

                The smell of this one is absolutely gorgeous in my opinion, the liquid is a very rich consistency, it is kind of a really rich gel kind of liquid. The smell is a nice Lime and Mandarin smell but not too over powering of sickly, it is just the right amount of fragrance of which I love and it has a nice perfume smell to it too. The combination of the Lime, Mandarin and perfume fits this liquid just perfectly.

                The bottle is not too bulky, it is quite slim line for a bottle, it is very easy to hold this one and to pour the amount needed into the compartment and it is designed to wash up to 20 average wash loads in a washing machine.

                For a normal to lightly soiled fabrics and an average load only 1 capful is needed and for heavy soiled fabrics and a larger load 1 and a half capfuls is needed. It can be used for hand washing too and I have soaked some delicate tops with this liquid and it has cleaned them perfectly.

                It does clean my fabrics very well and it has removed quite stubborn stains and my grandson has chocolate and lots of other dirty deposits left on his clothing when he has eaten when visiting my home and these stains have been removed with no problem at all with this liquid and the clothing when washed and taken from the machine do smell absolutely gorgeous and fresh.

                This liquid is a concentrated one and so only a little is needed to clean fabrics. It does tell me however on the back of the bottle not to use for a pre wash or to use on silk or wool fabrics. I have not washed any of these fabrics with this liquid and I have not used it as a pre wash as indicated because it clearly tells me not to but my mum is one of those women who tends to forget and would use it to wash these fabrics and so it is best to remember not to as it indicates for a reason and so not to ruin any of your fabrics etc.

                It also says not to use the cap inside the machine or a tumble drier as I would imagine some people would like to use the cap inside the machine with the liquid inside but it is not recommended to use it this way at all.

                It can also be used on lower settings in the machine of as low as 20 degrees or so. I usually more often than not set my setting on the 30 degree and I have washed on this setting with this one and my clothes etc have been cleaned perfectly and I am very happy with the results this one gives with my fabrics.

                This is an amazing detergent and one I will certainly buy again and at the time of purchase I bought another fragrance in this range because it was on special offer too at the time and made sense.

                I highly recommend this for anyone to try as I do not think you would be disappointed at all and for the offer price I grabbed an excellent bargain.

                I give this one 5 stars.

                Thank you for reading my review.

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                  06.01.2011 17:11
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                  a good all round washing liquid

                  In the summer when the washing sits out on the line and gets fresh air, I never have a problem with how my clothes smell, but during the cold months when the washing is drying indoors, I always think my clothes smell slightly musty despite being dried quickly around radiators and open windows.
                  For this reason (and the fact that I like to save money), I'm always looking out for a nice bargain. The other week in my local Morrison's, the Daz liquid Mandarin and lime splash was on special offer of better than half price at £1.74 instead of £3.99 ish. This was too good an offer to pass up regardless of whether I was going to like it or not, so I bought a couple.

                  I prefer liquids anyway as I feel they last longer. This particular one is quite a thick liquid, and when pouring the recommended one capful into the dispenser drawer, I found it easy not to overspill and make a mess.
                  The smell of the liquid pre wash hits you as soon as the bottle is opened. A strong smell of sweet fruitiness shoots straight up my nose. It does smell a lot like "washing powder" as they all have a similar scent to them, but this is definitely a pleasant smell, and one that reminds me of the summer.

                  Whatever the washing liquid smells like when it goes into the wash, I always find it never comes out quite the same, depending on whether you're using a fabric softener. I had actually forgotten to buy softener at the same time so was just using the washing liquid.
                  Coming out of the machine, the aroma was still as strong and my clothes smelt lovely. I was praying this would last after the drying process.

                  Fast forward to a week later, and I had forgotten to go back and smell my now dry clothes to test the washing liquid. I was wearing a jumper and had cold hands, so I covered my hand with the sleeve and placed over my nose to try and get a warm face and hand. I inhaled a subtle but gorgeous scent, and wondered what perfume I had put on that morning. I quickly realised it was in fact the washing liquid scent. Very impressed that it had lasted in the fibres of my jumper for a week.

                  Since then I have been using Daz religiously with or without fabric softener and am very pleased with the results. I have worked out that you can get slightly more than the recommended 27 washes in the bottle which is even better value for money.
                  I haven't noticed it clean my clothes any better or worse to be honest, and I am fickle enough to buy it for the price and the smell, but it works just as well as any other brand I have tried without bobbling my clothes.
                  The packaging of the bottle is also nice and bright which really cheers up against some of the leading brands in plain dull bottles. It's not quite like summer all year round, but almost with the scent of washing.

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                    would maybe buy again but not in a rush to get it!!

                    I have never used a Daz product before in till I tried this washing detergent and it's not too bad but don't think it would be my first choice for my washing.

                    It comes in a handy plastic bottle with a see through strip down the side so you can see how much of the liquid you have left. It has a screw top lid to measure out how much liquid you want to use but the way it is designed the liquid seems to build up around the edge when you put the lid back on so it can get quite messy.

                    The scent is lovely and refreshing and reminds me of the summer, it smells quite strong when you sniff the bottle but the scent doesn't seem to stick to the clothes very well once they have been washed.

                    I have had a couple of stains on clothes such as coffee and baby mess which other detergants have got out straight away but a few items I have had to wash things twice to get the stains out.

                    It's ok but not the best and will buy it again if it's on a really good offer but it wouldn't be my first choice.

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                    An effective cleaner but don't expect to smell the fragrance on your laundry

                    I have no brand loyalty at all when it comes to laundry detergent. There's actually little point as it's one of the fastest changing aisles in the supermarket, with "new" and "improved" products appearing there all the time.

                    I do prefer liquid detergent however and I tend to pick up whatever is on offer, and if I am disappointed with one brand I simply don't bother with it again.

                    I recently spotted a new kid on the liquid detergent block, from Daz. There were two varieties, with a 20 wash bottle (918 ml) on offer for just £2. The bottles were colour coded depending upon which scent you chose - Summer Flower Power was bright yellow, while Mandarin and Lime Splash was a rather vivid green. I have a weakness for citrus scents, so I put aside my reservations about the colour of the bottle, and picked it up.

                    ~~Packaging~~

                    I have already mentioned the bright green colour of the bottle, and this is one of those liquids where you use the cap as a measuring dispenser. The bottle also has a pouring spout which prevents against spills and helps you get an accurate measure.

                    The best thing about the bottle is at the left hand side there is a clear line which enables you to see how much liquid is left in the bottle. I find this particularly useful as so many liquid laundry detergents are in opaque bottles meaning you can only guess how much is left.

                    ~~Using the Liquid~~

                    As with so many liquid laundry detergents, Daz Mandarin & Lime Splash is concentrated, meaning you don't actually have to use very much. This also means you don't have to carry huge bottles of it in your shopping.

                    The guidelines from Daz on the packaging state for normal and light soiling one cap is sufficient in medium and soft water areas, with an extra half cap required in hard water areas. If your laundry is more heavily soiled you should up the dose by half a cap. It's also worth noting that the liquid does contain water softener to act as limescale protection in hard water areas so no need to add Calgon with this.

                    This detergent should be poured into your drawer dispenser in your washing machine, but Daz do state it can be used direct in the drum - but only using a dosing device, which isn't included with the bottle.

                    The liquid can be used for hand washing too, but bear in mind that it's not suitable for use on wool and silk fabrics.

                    I have only used the liquid in machine washes and have been careful to check the fabrics I put in the machine when I use this detergent.

                    ~~My Thoughts~~

                    My first thought, after I had got over the shock of the almost fluorescent green bottle, was the scent. I had expected a strong citrus smell when I poured the first cap but instead I was met with a distinctly "soapy" smell. I was quite disappointed at this - I had been using the Surf Lemon and Bergamot liquid which does have a noticeable citrus smell and as a result I had expected something similar with the Daz.

                    I put this disappointment behind me however when I reminded myself it was a laundry detergent, not a bottle of eau de parfum.

                    I found the pouring spout made it reasonably easy to pour a dose into the cap and the liquid itself is almost the same colour as the bottle - a vivid shade of green which certainly doesn't look like any lime I ever saw.
                    You do need to rinse the cap out after you have poured your dose into the machine drawer otherwise you will find the bottle takes on a green rim of gunk around the cap when you replace it.

                    This is a biological liquid, so it may not be suitable for people with sensitive skin, but my daughter and myself haven't suffered any problems using it. I eschewed biological liquids for many years but have recently returned to buying them because there is quite simply no denying they are better at removing stains.

                    I do nearly all my washing at 30 degrees but Daz claim their liquid detergent will work in temperatures as low as 20 degrees and is suitable for washing right up to 95 degrees Celsius.

                    I have been using this detergent for about 3 weeks now and have to say I have been very impressed with the results - if not the scent.

                    I have put quite heavily soiled clothes in the machine with one cap and it's seen all stains off with no trace remaining. I live in a soft water area and have tried doing a load with just half a cap and once again the results have been impressive with laundry coming out of the machine clean and fresh. I put in clothing with untreated blood stains by accident and was amazed to see no trace when I went to hang it up.

                    The scent however isn't there - in fact it just strikes me as a bit of a gimmick to get people to buy the detergent. I definitely notice the scent when I use Surf but Daz just doesn't have any kind of scent which lingers on the laundry.

                    As a result I would probably only pick this up again if it was on offer and therefore cheaper than Surf because whilst there is no denying it is excellent for cleaning laundry and getting rid of stains the scent just isn't there and it isn't evident when you take a whiff at the bottle.

                    The regular price for Daz Mandarin and Lime Splash laundry liquid is £3.99 but there do seem to be periodic offers on it.

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