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Good if your laundry just needs a freshen up, not so good on stains...
Enrituals Vitality Laundry Gel
Member Name: pink_glitter
Enrituals Vitality Laundry Gel
Advantages: low price, good at freshening laundry
Disadvantages: not great on stains
I used to be a bit wary of non-branded washing detergents, but since I took the step of trying them, I've found a lot of the cheaper ones are just as good as the branded versions. I had seen Enrituals Vitality Laundry gel in a pound shop, but I actually bought it in Tesco in the end where it also cost me £1. Even the ASDA own brand one I often buy (The Orange Flower and Papaya gel) costs £3, so I was interested to see how this one matched up.
The gel comes in a white bottle with a very pink label featuring a heart filled with flowers - all very girly. The lid which doubles as a dosing device is also a shocking pink colour and the overall look is a little cheap, but I wasn't too fussed as I was more concerned about the product inside.
The bottle advises that this laundry gel has cashmere proteins for extra softness and also refers to 'an exotic fragrance' on the back of the bottle but doesn't specify what the fragrance actually is.
To use you simply squeeze the gel into the pink dosing device and then place the dosing device into the drum of the machine towards the back. There are instructions on the back of the bottle advising how much to use per wash and this depends on how heavily soiled the laundry is and whether you are in a hard or soft water area. The consistency of the product is quite thin compared to the gels I'm used to. In fact I'd say it's only just bordering on being a gel, it's actually a sort of lumpy pink liquid and doesn't look particularly nice!
The gel has a light floral fragrance to it, which is quite pleasant, however I find once the washing has come out of the machine, the scent has all but disappeared.
In terms of cleaning power, I find that whether you will get on with this product will depend on your needs. I find that if clothes just need to be freshened up, then this is great, they will come out clean, colours don't appear to fade and they feel soft to the touch. Unfortunately, if clothes are stained then this is where this product seems to struggle. I recently had a toothpaste stain on a t-shirt and although it faded a bit, it was still quite visible after washing with this product. I also had a tomato sauce stain on a hoodie which didn't come out with this product, yet did when I then washed it with a branded detergent (Surf Tropical). Generally speaking, for us as a two person household with both of us in office jobs, generally our laundry just needs to be freshened, we don't have a huge array of stains to contend with. I suspect if someone in your home does a more manual or messy job, or if you have children, you may need something with a tad more cleaning power.
I have eczema (and so does my husband) and I find some detergents to cause flare ups, but neither of us have had any issues as a result of using this product.
For £1 for a bottle which gives 22 washes I still think this is good value. Due to the issues I've found with stain removal, I do have to try to remember to throw a bit of stain remover in with the wash when I'm using this, but for general day to day laundry it has been fine. That said, on the whole I'd rather pay a little extra for the convenience of a stronger detergent, but I suspect if I was strapped for cash I would buy this again.
Summary: Alright for the price, but not perfect