With two young girls, one who is massively into her clothing already at just 6, I really try and look after their (and our) clothes. We do spend a lot on clothing each month and I like to make sure that items stay looking good, otherwise what's the point in buying it in the first place. I'm always on the lookout for products that can keep the quality of the condition of the clothes and for a while now I have been using Dr Beckmann's glowhite.
Glowhite is a product that you put in your washing machine during the washing process for white items and it will restore the whites that sometimes tend to dull and go a light grey colour. I often find the worst offenders are my girls vests which despite religiously only washing on a white wash, tend to tinge a grey colour fairly quickly. Rather than buying new vests, as the only thing wrong with them is the colour, I use a glowhite sachet to bring them back to life. I find that it makes most items look brand new again.
There are obviously certain items that will be beyond repair, or will need an alternative product to return them back to new. For example, one of the first times I used the product, I decided to try it on a white t-shirt of my youngest daughters which I loved, but which my mother in law had decided to feed her spaghetti bolognaise while she was wearing it. I was less than impressed, and pinned all my hope on glowhite to get the stain out, but unfortunately it didn't work. Glowhite isn't for stains, it is a whitener.
A handy little extra to the product which I find quite impressive, is the added UV sun protection it offers. Once you have washed your whites with glowhite, the clothing receives a coating of UV protection from the sun's rays. When we are due to go on holiday and I get the holiday clothes out of the loft, I will often give the girls whites a wash with glowhite to freshen them up, and knowing they have added UV protection is a bonus. I wouldn't pin all my hope on the protection from the clothing, as you cannot possibly know the extent of the protection or how many washes it will last without needing another top-up. However, it is nice to know that they have an added little bit of protection when you are on holiday. Just a nice little extra in my opinion.
*According to scientists, the protection offered by glowhite is as follows: Standard t shirt washed using glowhite UPF range 15/ 20 % UV radiation blocked 93.3% 95.9%.
I generally wash most of my loads on a 30 wash when they aren't stained or dirty (trying to save the world and all that jazz), so it is another little bonus that glowhite works on as low a wash as 20. Certainly a clever little product.
To use glowhite is so easy. All you have to do is pop a sachet in the drum before you load the clothes, then continue with the washing routine as usual. The sachets are porous so glowhite will slowly release throughout the cycle of the wash. Just remember to remove the sachet at the end of the cycle, and that's it, done!
Expect to pay £1 for a box of 3 sachets from Tesco's.
DR. BECKMANN GLOWHITE SUPER WHITENER
I saw this on special offer in Tesco's, 5 sachets for £1 (usual price £1.75) as i had a lot of white clothes plus white bedding that needed a good whitening. The reason my whites are going non-white is because I use the quick wash cycle at 30c so i needed something good and non-messy. I tried dylon ultra whitener but that just left messy residue in the drawer as it went in with the powder and didn't dissolve properly and my whites were left as dirty as they went in!
HOW TO USE/IN THE WASH/RESULTS
Dr. Beckmann glowhite is really easy to use, all you do is fill the machine with washing (whites and whites with colours on them are suitable too) place the sachet on the top of the washing in the back of the drum (or if you're like me and you just chuck it in) shut the door, add the detergent in the usual way you do, set the program and temperature (it works as high as 95c or as low as 20c) press start... off you go!
During the wash I saw a nice layer of foam buildinng up at the bottom of the glass door but this dissapeared during the two rinses.
The results were impressive! It was a nice sunny day and I hung the washing out on the line, and the results were the best ever! My whites were sparkling like they were new! All of this for 20p!
Well this is a really cheap product, even at full price! They work better than Vanish or Dylon for that matter, so, if you want to have sparkling whites at a low price, this is a probuct for you!!
The Joy of white school polo shirts all neatly named and ironed two weeks later and they are off white with all sorts down them from ink to gravy and goodness knows what in-between!
I cannot afford to keep replacing her white polo shirts and equally bleaching them was causing the fabric to weaken and of course I kept slopping bleach water down my clothes so really not an ideal option!
Whilst on a recent trip to Tesco I stocked up on all sorts of laundry products and having used other Dr Beckmann products and felt they really worked I picked up a box of the Glo White as it was on offer at £1.00 I decided it was worth a try!
How to use
Basically there are 5 sachets in the packet and you pop one in the back of the drum on top of your washing.
Cost and stockist
I purchased this at my local Tesco but I have also seen in Wilkinson's and these are stocked in all major supermarkets and will cost approx £2.
These really make your whites look gleaming I would have said all my whites apart from the little ones school tops were pretty white however after using this product they look brand new this product also contains sun protection and although I still recommend sun screen having a extra protection is a nice peace of mind.
This is a great product that really works and is inexpensive I thoroughly recommend this.
I was doing a big pile of washing the other week and for the last how many years I've always been very lucky when doing mixed colour wash that everything would come out vibrant and clean. However, when I opened the door to my machine, I could clearly see that a lot of my whites were looking rather blue. I then realised that the dye had come off my new pyjama bottoms and onto all of my white underwear and t-shirts, so I instantly panicked.
I wasn't sure what to do for a moment then I grabbed all of the now blue whites and decided to get a rescue product to try and get these back to their original state. I wasn't sure where to go but I ended up in my local Tesco where I was originally looking for the Dylon product which gets whites back to their normal state, however they had none. This is when I found Dr Beckmann's Glowhite which was the only related product, so I decided to give it a try.
The box isn't the most noticeable of boxes as it looks quite medical. The box is white and it has the logo on the front with an image of a little girl, it seems a bit odd. The product does not look the most exciting and in a way it looks a little bit cheap. It does say that the box includes 5 'pop in the wash sachets' which seems enough to give it a good try.
DID IT WORK?
So, it is very straightforward to use this product, you just need to open the box first of all. Then tear apart a sachet into the back of the machine and then add normal washing powder and start the machine. The sachets claim to achieve the true whiteness like newly bought whites. You can turn the washing machine temperature to whatever you desire as the sachet takes effect on the wash. Once the wash is finished, pull your clothes out and then make sure you throw out the used sachet.
Now, when doing this I had just put in all of my damaged whites and then on taking them out, I noticed some looked slightly whiter but with the bras and pants, there were really no noticeable changes so I ended up throwing them out as it looked impossible that they were ever going to be fixed.
I thought with some garments, they could have been attempted at a second time, so that is what I decided to do. I put a few t-shirts back in and let them spin for a second turn and this time when I took them out, they really did look back to their normal self. I think having fewer items in the machine did help in terms of the sachet taking a stronger effect. However, at first it didn't seem like the t-shirts looked bright white, until I left them out to dry and then they seemed the best I could probably get them.
I think for the price and everything, I wasn't expecting the best results as I haven't heard of the brand and know Dylon's actually works. The sachets did at least save a few of my items but I was just sad that I couldn't have gotten all of the damaged items back to normal. They don't seem to have the strongest whitening formula and even with 5 maybe if you did 3 washes on the same damaged items you could get them back to normal.
I bought my box of 5 sachets at my local Tesco for £1.74 but I know you can also purchase them at Asda for the same price. The products ingredients are: Brightening Agents, UV Absorber, Perfume, and Limonene.
If you want to find out more about the Dr Beckmann product range then there is an official website http://www.dr-beckmann.co.uk which goes in depth with information.