Product Type: Dylon household products
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My Smalls are Sparkling (But Smelly!)
Dylon Lingerie Whitener
Member Name: jo1976
Dylon Lingerie Whitener
Advantages: Leaves underwear sparkling white like new, suitable for all fabrics
Disadvantages: Not widely available, unpleasant smell during use, involves soaking products prior to washing
The first issue I experienced, having decided that this was just the product I needed, was sourcing the item in the first place. My local Morrisons and Wilkinsons stock a variety of Dylon products but neither sell this specific Lingerie Whitener. Even a search online at mysupermarket.co.uk didn't yield many results, as none of the major supermarkets appear to stock this particular product. Eventually, following a tip from a review, I resorted to good old Amazon where I purchased a packet from a third party seller for just under £4 including postage.
The packaging is completely different to that illustrated here on Dooyoo, coming in a slim and cheerful pink box with a reassuring 'before' and 'after' image on the front and the promise that this is suitable for restoring the colour of any all white underwear, whether cotton, frilly, silk or synthetic. The straightforward step-by-step instructions are helpfully printed on the back of the box, so no leaflets to mislay.
Unlike standard 'in wash' whitening products that I'd tried before (with fairly unimpressive results) this cleaning product needs to be used by hand, which is slightly less convenient although I do think the end results justify the extra work involved. Inside the box are two separate packages; a whitener and an activator which both need to be added to a bowlful of hot water. Whilst previous reviewers have suggested using half or less of the product at a time, as a more economical option, I'm not sure how practical this suggestion actually is. As one sachet contains a liquid and one a powder, I think it would be impossible to add equal amounts from each sachet and having unequal quantities may have an impact on the effectiveness of the product. There is also then the issue of securely storing opened sachets containing potentially dangerous chemicals. I preferred to follow the instructions and used the entire contents of both sachets. Even at £4 for the box, this is still much more cheaper than replacing the two bras I wanted to whiten and I could have added more items to the same bowl for the same price.
The instructions recommend soaking for 30 minutes in hottest tap water (approximately 60 degrees) or overnight at a slightly lower temperature. I decided to use very hot tap water and soaked my bras for around an hour, hoping to achieve maximum results that way. As recommended, I wore rubber gloves whilst adding the separate sachets to the water and mixing as this product does use strong chemicals with a risk of skin irritation, despite the claim that this is a 'gentle formula.'
The only issue I experienced following the otherwise simple instructions was that it proved difficult to leave the items fully submerged in the hot water. I only washed two bras but found that the straps kept floating out of the water, like trying to dump a dead body in a stream that kept bobbing back up! I did have to keep prodding and stirring occasionally, to ensure that the bras were fully under the water as much as possible, so I was glad that I decided to soak for longer than instructed.
The only thing that I hadn't really anticipated whilst using this product was the unpleasant and strong smell during soaking. I'd grabbed the chance to use this whilst my toddler was having his nap in his pushchair in the kitchen, which perhaps wasn't the best idea as I found the smell from the soaking undies very quickly permeated the room. Fortunately, it wasn't that strong, choking chlorine bleach kind of smell, instead the combined formula reminded me of the distinctive and very unpleasant scent of hair remover or at least the scent it had back in the days when it was still known as 'Immac' rather than 'Veet'. This is not a nice smell and I also found that it lingered for a while on the clean clothing, even after a thorough rinsing by hand followed by a 40 degree machine wash afterwards.
The overall whitening results of this little package can't be faulted, however. My formerly white bras were looking particularly grey and dingy, to the point where I was feeling embarrassed about wearing them. After one hour soaking, both bras really were restored to their former glory, looking as perfectly white as brand new underwear! Having tried so-called whitening products on them previously with very little visible difference, the dramatic results from this were brilliant. All of the bra, including the straps which had done their best to escape, were pure white and suitable for public viewing (within reason!) again, making this a truly worthwhile purchase and one that lived up to its claims. Despite the strong chemicals used to achieve such dramatic whitening results, the product clearly was gentle on the fabric and there has no been no damage to my delicate underwear in any way, genuinely leaving them as good as new.
This whitening product does involve a little more effort and time than simple 'in wash' options, and works out slightly more expensive but the results really do justify the extra effort and cost. This is certainly much more cost effective than replacing underwear simply due to greying and discolouration and is a product that I'm happy to recommend and will certainly repurchase, even with the unpleasant smell to put up with during use.
Summary: An excellent product for whitening undies. Even the unpleasant smell can't put me off repurchasing