Product Type: Daz household products
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My Daily Dose of Daz!
Daz Washing Powder
Member Name: chrisandmark
Daz Washing Powder
Advantages: Removes the majority of stains on my family's clothes
Disadvantages: None really
I'm very much a washing powder whore, I do fourteen loads of washing a week (at least) so like to buy whatever is on offer at the time (within reason) - I came to purchase Daz after finding it reduced in Tesco, it's not one of my favourites simply because I don't like the smell too much but the thought of cutting that weeks washing bill in half was enough to get me popping a couple of boxes into the trolley. The ones I bought were the 3.06kg boxes, which equates to 45 washes, but Daz is available in two smaller sizes as well as a couple of different fragrances - I have the original variety simply because that was the one on offer, if any of the 'smelly' ones had been reduced I doubt I would have bought them due to the fact that (in my opinion) Daz does not do fragrance very well.
A 'dose' of Daz is basically an almost full scoops worth poured into your washing powder drawer, there was a small scoop in my box and I think this is always the case when you buy the very large size - if you don't have one you can order a free scoop from the Daz website, although to be honest I think if you do a lot of washing you'll have a good idea of how much powder to use without having to measure it out. I'm finding the scoop useful simply because the box I'm using at the moment is far too heavy for me to lift up and pour into the drawer so it's much easier to bend down and scoop out the powder.
Daz is enriched with something they refer to as 'blue energy', these are the flecks of blue you can see amongst the white powder and will apparently help to clean your laundry more thoroughly even on a short wash. Erm, I'm torn about this claim to be honest as I can't see how this relatively small amount of blue powder would really make much of a difference in terms of getting my clothes clean - it stinks of being a gimmick to me, but I'm not entirely sure. I know everything I've washing in Daz recently has come up spotlessly clean; even items I've been convinced are stained beyond all salvation have come out of the washing machine without a single mark on them, this is pretty impressive considering I'm washing for a six people and even more so when you consider the fact that five of these people (not including myself, I'm the clean one) are very messy indeed when it comes to their clothing.
Let me give you a few examples here so you can see the kinds of stains and marks Daz will (usually) remove from your clothes. Twenty one month old David is probably the first one I should mention as he has a change of clothes at least three times a day thanks to the fact that he can't keep clean for love nor money - the biggie for him is the fact that he's just started to feed himself, and boy does he get into a mess! Bean and spaghetti juice, gravy, ice cream, chocolate sauce and chicken grease are just a few of the marks and stains Daz has had to deal with (and all of those were just yesterdays stains!) - the suggested amount of washing powder has this morning removed all traces of these sometimes awkward food stains and was equally impressive last week when David had a leaky nappy following a spell of the squirts, I'd assumed I was going to have to throw his pyjama trousers in the bin but the poo was shifted!
Hollie and Alice (at five and thirteen respectively) spend a lot of time in the small park across the road so the main marks their clothes encounter are grass stains, mud and general outdoors stains. Daz powers through all of this, one stain which has been missed was a streak of muck Hollie managed to pick up while she was climbing a tree last week - it's a greeny-brown stain which I suspect was from one of the very old (and very wet!) trees nearby, it looks like a combination of bark and moss stains and I suspect any powder would have struggled to cope with it without the addition of Vanish or other stain remover. With Charlotte it's make-up stains, honestly the girl must make bets with herself on how much foundation and lipstick she can mark her clothes with each day! Everything has been removed, even the very greasy Clinique lipstick she's started covering her clothes with (umm, I mean wearing) just lately - I've just this minute checked the neckline of her most worn top and am impressed by the complete lack of foundation stains, quite impressive considering Surf washing powder can't even cope with the smallest stain of tinted moisturiser and Persil struggled with non-waterproof mascara recently!
Mark's a slightly different kettle of fish, and it's not 100% fair to judge a washing powder based on how well it cleans his (often filthy) work clothes. It's not too bad to be honest, with a generous application of Vanish spray it'll remove or at least fade the stains so they don't look too appalling - I'm talking oil, paint and generalised grime here which isn't a massive deal as they're his work clothes but I do like him to go out of the door looking a little bit clean in the mornings! My own clothes are always washed spotlessly, the biggest stain I ever have to deal with is maybe a smear of lipstick on my tops (although definitely not to the bizarre proportions that Charlotte leaves on her clothes) or a dribble of milk from when David lobs his bottle at me.
Overall Daz seems to cope admirably with whatever dirt I throw at it. It's not a miracle product so won't shift everything, but I'm finding it to be much better than I thought it would be based on my use of this powder a few years ago - maybe it's the blue bits after all as I don't seem to remember them being in evidence last time I used it. It doesn't clog the washing powder drawer either, something that draws me more and more into liquid detergents as I hate the mess of a claggy powdery drawer! The 45 wash promise on the box seems to be working out quite well, obviously if I have a particularly grubby load I'll add more but sometimes I'll just wash a couple of items at a time and then I use less so it balances out by the time I get to the end of the box. Even at the full price of £10 per box I think this is really great value, even more so considering I paid only a fiver.
My one concern about Daz is the fact that my mum suffers with severe eczema and this is one of the very few washing powders that affects her condition and causes flare ups. None of us have eczema but both Hollie and Mark do react to washing powder sometimes, there have been no issues thus far and I'm hoping this will remain the case as it's so much easier when I can wash all our clothes in the same load. Although this is the original Daz it's highly fragranced (albeit with a simple 'soap' smell), but I imagine that any reaction would have occurred from the first wash so fingers crossed we're ok.
Summary: A great washing powder which has surprised me by being much better than I remember!