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I go camping and backbacking from time to time, and I am limited as to how much stuff I can take with me. Packing enough clothes to see me through this countries changeable weather would be a challenge, so I aim to take as few as possible and wash them, weather permitting. For that purpose, I use Dr Beckmann's Original Non Bio Travel Wash.
WHAT IS SPECIAL ABOUT TRAVEL WASH?
The main point of Dr Beckmann's is the fact it is highly concentrated. The 100ml tube contains enough for 20 washes. Obviously, what one persons idea of how many clothes constitute a wash may vary from anothers, but the "dosage" is given for use in a basin full of water, so imagine what you could fit in there. As you can tell from that, this is a product intended for hand washing clothes. It is perfect for use when you don't have access to a laundry or you just want to wash a few things. The compact size of the tube makes it perfect for packing in a rucksack, and while I always take the precaution of sealing it in a plastic bag, I have never had trouble with it leaking. It is much easier to carry some of this travel wash than an extra change of clothes. It also means that I don't have to rely on the application of water alone, should I get a mark on my clothes. Waiting until I got to a washing machine could sometimes mean the stain having a long time to set. This can mean it is harder to finally remove.
Dr Beckmanns promise that the liquid [it's more of a gel really] will bring colours up bright and and that whites will be "brilliantly clean". It can be used on any washable and colourfast fabric.
USING THE WASH
The liquid is said to be suitable for use in any type of water, which is more or less essential if you are travelling. The usage instructions are very simple. All you have to do is fill a handbasin with water, and measure 1-2 teaspoons of the wash liquid into it before hand washing the clothes, and then rinsing thoroughly. I tend to use just 1 teaspoons worth unless I have something that has got especially grubby. Being able to use a teaspoon to measure is handy as it doesn't take up much room. I use an elastic band to attach the spoon to the botttle so it doesn't get mixed up with one I am going to use to stir my coffee! I don't think it is essential to measure the liquid that closely as I sometimes use it in a larger container such as a giant bucket if I have several larger things to wash, and guesswork as to exact dosage hasn't produced any problems. After all, not all washbasins hold the same amount of water.
You can use it with either hot or cold water, and there are times I have done both. Sometimes hot water supplies are hard to come by and the water we heat is reserved for washing, so having a travel wash that will also clean with cold water is handy. In general though, I think it works a bit better using hot, and that is also more pleasant to use on your hands. It does not feel harsh on my skin in general while I am doing the washing. The wash produces quite a few bubbles but not so many that you have to waste a lot of clean water in rinsing your clothes. It also has a pleasant scent, which is fresh and lemony. It doesn't linger on the fabric as much as traditional scented laundry liquids but that is O.K by me.
DOES IT ACTUALLY CLEAN CLOTHES?
I am pleased to say it does.There are plenty of times when I have got quite muddy and the Beckmanns does a great job at getting the clothes clean. I wash things such as t-shirts, and vest tops most often, but I have also used the wash with heavier and thicker materials such as denim jeans. It works well on both light and dark colours, and I can confidently say that the likes of fresh baked beans stains are easily dealt with. It is possible to use the liquid neat on heavily soiled cothes, but I have never needed to. The coloured fabrics do look as bright as ever, but as I have not used the liquid on any item for more than 2 weeks at a stretch and never everyday, I wouldn't really expect it to have chance to preserve or fade a colour in that time.
The travel wash doesn't irritate me, but I don't have sensitive skin so I am not sure how it would treat you if you do.
WOULD I RECOMMEND THIS PRODUCT?
I would as it is a good value product that really works. It is a useful thing to take travelling with you if you want to have the option of washing some clothes along the way - and therefore packing fewer in the first place. It's concentrated formula makes it ideal for those travelling light, and the fact it can be used for hand washing in a basin means there is no need to pay to visit a laundrette just to deal with a couple of things. I buy mine in Superdrug of all places, where it usually costs around £1.75. It is mainly stocked in the summer alongside the travel accessories, but you can buy it all year round in Savers, larger camping and outdoor clothing shops as well as online. Occasionally I have seen it in the poundshops too.
[This review is also on Ciao under my user name.]
For our summer holiday this year we spent two weeks in a lovely caravan in the Vendee in France and I tried to take quite a lot of provisions with us. My children and my husband have a thing for clothes and you wouldn't believe the amount of clothes we take (at least 2 outfits each a day!). I'm not too fussy and will happily take a few dresses and shorts and just give them a quick freshen up so I can wear them again. For this reason, I decided to take some travel wash and as I had used the Dr Beckmann travel wash the previous year in France I knew it was a good product so actively searched for it in the shops.
At £1 for a handy travel size tube it is extremely good value, and so handy for travelling with. We are going to Lapland for a week at Christmas and as ski wear is so much bulkier we won't be able to take too much with us so I will be buying another tube then so I can wash our clothes, yet I don't need to worry about a bulky bottle or box of powder going into a suitcase. Because of this it is also very light too.
I also find taking a travel wash with young children an absolute essential, especially when they are drinking blackcurrant juice or eating bolognaise, etc. and they have a beautiful white dress on! At home this isn't too much of an issue when you can simply apply a stain remover and shove it straight in the washer. But when you are not going to be home for two weeks, it's essential that you have a washing aide with you that you can use to prevent staining on items of clothing.
The travel wash is a concentrated gel so you can apply in two ways. You can apply straight on to the garment for stain removal and rub the item together to create lather and remove the stain, or you can apply to hot water in a sink to create a hand wash. This is ideal for your favourite top that you would like to wear again, etc.
The travel wash is meant to be scented but for me, I can't ever smell anything. Perhaps this is because the washing capsules that I use at home are always so heavily scented, but I just always struggle to get any kind of smell from this travel wash. This isn't a problem though, as when the items are placed outside to dry on holiday they gain that outdoorsy fresh smell anyway, so this isn't an issue for me and it certainly wouldn't stop me from buying it.
To use as a hand was simply dissolve one or two teaspoons (or squirts) into hot water (cold if item of clothing requires this) and then hand wash. Make sure you rinse the clothing thoroughly to avoid any staining from the concentrate.
I recently returned from a two week holiday to Greece as I don't have an endless supply of clothes or a large baggage allowance I intended to wash some clothes while I was away on holiday. On a trip to the supermarket I picked up this product as it seemed to tick all the boxes.
I like to use a Non-Bio product as I find Bio can irritate my skin. It came in a small, 100ml tube which wouldn't take up much space in my luggage. It also have a screw cap which would mean that the liquid wouldn't be easily spilt and it only cost around 90p.
The instructions indicate to use around 2 tea spoons of liquid. Personally I went for a good firm squeeze as I wasn't for measuring it out with a tea spoon. There was a good amount of suds created and I found that this product worked well at freshening up your clothes getting rid of any sun cream and odours. I found that even the smell of smoke was removed from my clothes when left to steep in the water for around 5 to 10 minutes which I was both pleased and surprised about.
I have found that when you hand wash clothes with soap powder it can be quite difficult to ensure that all the suds are removed from the clothing. I didn't find that this was a problem with this product, I found all my garments were rinsed out easily.
I didn't try the product on any tough stains and I would be very surprised if they were to be shifted by this product. I also didn't try to wash any whites with this product. However, I was very pleased with the results of all the coloured clothing I washed.
I didn't get through the 20 washes it claims it can do, I would think I done around 5 washes and I think the tube feels around half full. Possibly I was using more than the recommended amount, but I felt I was adding enough liquid to produce a good amount of suds.
I will definitely be buying this product again when it's required and would recommend it to anyone as it met all my needs and expectations.
I bought Dr. Beckmann non-bio travel wash to take on holiday this year and found it to be quite a good product for washing your clothes when there is no washing machine available.
* What is it? *
Dr Beckmann is a well known and well established range of laundry cleaning products. This particular product is a travel wash concentrated gel specifically designed for use away from home. The product claims to bring colours up bright and to give brilliantly clean whites and so far in my use of this product, I have found this to be the case.
* How to use *
This product is fairly easy to use. Simply dissolve one or two teaspoons of the product in a basin of hot water and then hand wash your clothes. It states on the product that you should wash similar colours together - as is usually the case when washing clothes. It also states on the packet that you can also wash your clothes in cold water but I personally like to use hot water when cleaning - I just wouldn't feel my clothes were very clean if I used cold water however this is just my own personal feeling on the matter and it probably doesn't make any difference either way.
Although these are the only instructions for use given on the actual product itself, I found that this product was also quite effective at removing stains from clothes when applied directly to the stain. I had spilled some tomato pasta on a white skirt on holiday and applied some of the gel directly to the skirt (about a teaspoonful), gave it a gentle rub and then continued to wash it as directed on the packet. My white skirt came up beautifully and I was very impressed :)
* Ingredients *
The product contains:
* Non-ionic surfactant :- less than 5%
* Anionic surfactants :- 5%-15%
* Methylchloroisothiazolinone:- amount not given
* Methylisothiazolinone:- amount not given
* Tetramethylolacetylenediurea:- amount not given
* Perfume:- amount not given
* Price *
I bought this from Asda and it cost me about £1.00 for 100ml which claims to be enough for 20 washes.
Dr Backmann non-bio travel wash is also available from:
Morrisons 100ml - 78p
Asda 100ml - 76p
Sainsbury's 100ml - 78p
* Summary *
I found this product to be very good value for money. For a few pence, you can purchase this product which will remove stains from your clothes whilst being gentle enough to preserve their colour. One little thing would be to make sure you wear some gloves when using this product as I found my skin to be quite dry after use. Excellent value for money though!
The only thing I'm concerned about for New Year is that I'm going camping! I'm actually going to the seaside with a mate to go see a mate who is holding a black and white ball! Now me I don't worry about much really however I am fussy about my personal hygiene and having clean clothes very much falls into that category that gives me cause for concern to be honest with you!
Even though I'm only going for a few days away I need to know that I can do a bit of washing if need be and I know the 'site' we are going to is actually more of a field in reality and that a laundrette is not there! However sinks are (in the ladies) so if need be I can wash one or two items through. For that reason I bought this the other day in Sainsbury's costing me 99p and I've used it a few times to test if it works or not cos if it don't I'd rather know now and look for alternative ways of doing my laundry whilst I can and before I get there!
100ml white squeezy plastic tube with a screw on/off cap/lid to the bottom of it concealing a small hole. On the front of the tube in white, navy and yellow writing I'm told it is Dr.Beckmann 'Original' Non-Bio Travel Wash 'Wash your clothes anytime anyplace' and that it 'Works because we care about cleaning' and that it should give me 20 washes and there is a drawn on picture of a young girl on there. On the back of the tube other information includes telling me a bit about the product and how to use it, warnings and ingredients are listed and contact details for the manufacturer are listed. It's a nice handy and robust size of product to take away with you and I am impressed that this size is meant to give 20 washes too!
A Bit About The Product According To The Information On The Back Of The Tube:
Dr Beckmann Travel Wash is a concentrated washing gel, specially formulated to use when you're away from home. It brings colours up bright and gives you brilliantly clean whites in any type of water.
Directions For Use:
Dissolve one or two teaspoonfuls of Travel Wash Gel into a basin of hot or cold water and then hand wash clothes. Rinse clothes thoroughly and dry as usual. For heavily soiled or stained clothes apply gel directly to the affected areas, scrub lightly and then rinse thoroughly before drying.
Ok let me start by saying I found this to not clean clothes if your mean with the product and I do highly suggest using 2 teaspoons of the gel and not just the one and to try saving money with this! I also suggest using warm/hot water and not cold... again dirt, grease and grime in my humble opinion does need heat to have any real chance of removal.
The gel is clear, runny with a very odd, old fashioned smell of flowers to it but it is pleasant enough and not revolting or anything. My Mother reckons after I hand washed some items in the kitchen sink the other day that the kitchen smelt of cheap toilet cleaner but I think it is a bit more pleasant than that personally!
I add a couple of blobs to the water, the water goes soft and a few white bubbles appear and then I simply wash my stuff by hand and as directed. I gently rub marks of course and on tougher stains do apply a little of the gel 'neat' onto the item, allow it to penetrate the garment for a second or two and then rub, soak and rinse before drying.
I find this doesn't irritate my hands but it really doesn't leave my garments that soft after having used it so again I do find it rather important after using this stuff to use a little fabric softener before finishing up.
I think this is great for freshening items up really however for removing real dirt, grease and grime it really isn't that great no matter how hot you get the water or how hard you scrub things! For light washing this is great just remember to rinse items and then to use a decent fabric softener afterwards but for dirty stuff...I don't rate it and it certainly doesn't remove greasy marks! Not for me really but it is a solution to freshen some things up if I need too!
I paid 99p for my tube of this product in Sainsbury's but I have seen it in other supermarkets too!