“ Brand: Protcter & Gamble / Type: Dishwasher Pod / Category: Cleaning & Disinfectant „
Having a dishwasher is a luxury as lets face it, we could all wash up but the convenience and time saving effect of having and using a dishwasher for me personally is one luxury that I don't really want to be without. The one bugbear of mine though is the cost of the dishwasher tablets that you have to use. The main brands being Fairy and Finish are constantly bringing out new products which are more expensive than the last and whilst you can buy the supermarkets own brand when you find the leading brand on offer it is hard not to purchase.
In my local discount store I am always on the look out for named brand bargains and generally there are many bargains to be had! A few months ago I noticed that they had Fairy Active Bursts (original and lemon) on offer for just £2.99 for a pack of 20. Of course already having plenty of dishwasher tablets I didn't really need to buy a packet or two but at that price I didn't really hesitate and bought the lemon variety.
Fairy market them as an "All in One Pod" which contains: "Rinse aid action, Salt action, Glass protection and Metal shine". They are apparently 50% tougher on grease too which makes them work great on those hard, baked on foods that need shifting.
The 'pods' look like little washing/laundry liquitabs although instead of being filled completely with liquid, half the pod is made up of the dishwasher salts/granules and the other half is made up of the detergent liquid. I bought the lemon variety the liquid in half of the pod is yellow and if you did buy the original variety the liquid would be green. The pod itself is covered in a transparent, dissolvable packaging which is incredibly thin so best to just leave them alone until you want to use them! The pods come in a plastic bag with a seal to the top. On the front there is the Fairy logo emblazoned on the front together with the product name. On the back there is all the usual information such as dosage, how to use, information about the pods and ingredients etc.
To use the Active Bursts you do quite simply just pop one in to your dishwasher compartment, switch it on and let the dishwasher do the rest. The pods can also work on a 50 to 55 degree wash should you need it although I have tried them on both a longer, hot cycle and the 30 degree economy cycle and there is not much difference in how they clean.
Now I don't have a big problem with the results once my dishwasher has finished as my plates, mugs and glasses come out sparkling. Even my lasagne dish, or pots and pans used to make pasta dishes come out completely clean, the burnt on cheese/pasta completely removed without leaving a trace in sight. But what I have found is that for whatever reason my cutlery does not come out sparkly. Clean, yes but it every piece of cutlery has looked smeared which is a shame. This hasn't happened with any other dishwasher tablet I have used so can only assume it is the Fairy Active Bursts but everything else is sparkling.
I may have just had a duff packet of Active Bursts, cheap probably because they had been sat on the shelf for so long or end of stock lines but I guess for £2.99 I can't really moan and I could put up with smeared looking cutlery as at the end of day it is clean just doesn't look as sparkling as the rest of the items. Would I buy again? Well, as I have another packet of 20 to get through then no but for the price you can't really go wrong especially when normally they are so expensive for what they are.
Recommendation? Yes, if you can find them at a bargain price then give them a go. Overall, I'm happy with most of the cleaning results they give and can give them 4 stars - would have had 5 stars if they could of worked their magic on the cutlery.
When it comes to picking a dishwasher tablet, I tend to always buy whatever is on offer as they can tend to be quite expensive when not discounted. One which I have recently used is Fairy Active Burst in Lemon fragrance.
Fairy boast that these prevent grease and orange colour from food ending up on your plastics and that with such tough cleaning and degreasing power, Fairy for Dishwashers will help keep your plastics looking as good as new.
The tablets are individually sealed, they measure around 1 x 2 inches. Unlike other tablets, these are sealed in what I can only describe as a little bag which you don't have to remove, you just put into your dishwasher and the 'bag' dissolves. The tablet is made up of washing powder and then to the top there is a yellow or green coloured liquid.
These are widely available in most supermarkets and shops, prices are as follows:
- 26 tablets for around £4.00
- 38 tablets for around £10.19
- 51 tablets for around £12.99
They come in two different fragrances, original or Lemon and I must say, I do quite like the Lemon fragrance one; as soon as I open the dishwasher door after it has been on, you can smell fresh lemons and the fragrance does linger for a couple of hours after using. The tablets come in a handy bag which is re-sealable.
My pots and pans did come out nice and clean but I cannot say that they are any cleaner than any other brand I have used, having said that, my glass wear did look more sparkly and polished than normal. The only downside is that I have brought these a couple of times now and I think a couple of the tablets must has leaked as there was a sticky substance in the bottom of the bag and a few of the tablets were stuck together and I couldn't get them apart so they had to be thrown away.
Overall, I would recommend this product for its cleaning ability but the leaking tablets has put me off so I think I would only buy again if they were on offer so only 3 out of 5 stars from me.
Thanks for reading.
We had never had a dishwasher in our previous homes so when we moved into our current property I was looking forward to having less washing up to do. My excitement was short lived when after a couple of months water started flooding back up the drain into our dishwasher. It turned out that in the time previous to us moving in dishwasher tablets had been building up in our drain eventually blocking it. We were amazed when a football sized ball of soap fat was removed and were advised to only run the dishwasher on hot programs. This disappointed me as I found my quick 35 degree economy wash really useful. I started looking at different brands of dishwasher table to find something that would dissolve and found these Fairy All in One (Previously known as Fairy Active Bursts)
The dishwasher tablets come in a large plastic pouch with an easy tear top, it is resealable which I find handy for when I am cramming them into the cupboard as I know they wont end up all over the place. The packaging is recyclable but unfortunately not in the area where I live.
Using the tablets
Each tablet is about an inch square and is a mixture of powder and green liquid in a dissolvable plastic wrapping. You need to make sure that your hands are dry when you pick one of these out or you risk making the other pouches wet and them then sticking to each other, having done this I always dry my hands first.
The pouch just goes in the dishwasher dispenser drawer and you are good to go, no need to add separate salt or rinse aid. I always use the 50 degree wash and very rarely a pouch doesn't dissolve. However we haven't had any further drain problems in the last 6 years so I'm confident that they do dissolve and wash away well rather than becoming solid again in my drain pipe.
These all in one pouches do a really good job at getting lightly dirty plates and cutlery clean. If things have medium to heavily dirty though I find the results aren't as great and I end up needing to wash items by hand afterwards which defeats the object of having a dishwasher.
They do a good job on glass and metal giving a nice shine.
I usually use the lemon fragrance so when I use these original ones I miss the citrus fragrance when I open the dishwasher as these don't seem to have much in the way of fragrance.
Price and availability
This product is available in 2 sizes 26 and 38 tablets. The 26's are usually £5 in Tesco but are on offer at 3 for £10 and 38's are usually £10 but can currently (October 2012) be found for £5 in Sainsbury's.
Would I recommend?
Yes if you don't have a lot of really dirty dishes or you want to use the economy option on your dishwasher. I haven't found a cheaper option that works as well and I don't want to risk my drains getting blocked again so will be sticking with Fairy.
Fairy Active Burst Dishwasher tablets are a great product at cleaning and maintaining the look of my pots, pans and dishes, including glasses and cutlery.
They are quite expensive I find but I recently got some on special offer in Home Bargains at £5 for 57 tablets. I say tablets, but these are actually little pouches. Inside each individual pouch there is white powder combined with bright green liquid. The two ingredients work all togther to provide cleaning, rinsing and salt to the dishwasher so you do not have to add additonal salt or rinse aid and this is a good money saver in my personal opinion.
The tablets themselves are housed in a bigger pouch which is fairly see through so you can see how many you have used up and how many you have left.
They are excellent at cleaning all the food and debris from even baked on dishes and heavily soiled pots and pans. They do not leave behind any streaks or residue and my glasses and cutlery come out of the cycle looking as good as new.
Although they are expensive, I would really recommend these little pouches as I think I actually prefer them to the ones which you have to open individually as these can be a bit fiddly.
I like these because they are so easy and simple to use. Just pop the entire pouch into the dishwasher drawer, set the cycle to run and it does its job very well indeed.
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I have been the proud (and very grateful) owner of a dishwasher since moving into a new rented house a couple of weeks ago. Up to this point I have always done my dishes by hand but how easily I've slipped into the habit of not having to do this! Initially we (or rather I as I don't think the other half has quite acquainted himself with the dishwasher yet) used some Finish Powerball tablets that had been left by the previous tenants. These seemed to work well so after they ran out I went to the local supermarket to buy more of the same until I noticed the price - a box of around 15 for £4! Now I like using my dishwasher and all but that seemed a bit on the steep side so thought I'd look further afield. I went to the Savers store in Glasgow and found a packet of 42 Fairy Active Burst tablets for £4 which seems very reasonable, particularly compared to the prices I've seen for other products. I always used Fairy liquid when washing up as found it superior to any other choices so they are definitely a brand I trust. I've just realised I use Fairy washing tablets too... maybe I have more brand loyalty than I thought! There was a choice of Lemon or Original, I didn't really fancy the Lemon option so went with Original.
The dishwasher tablets come in a large plastic packet which is the typical Fairy green colour with their usual logo and branding on it. There is a clear window on the front so you can see the tablets inside. To open the packet you cut with scissors along a line at the top and underneath here is a resealable strip - this was all nice and simple to do. I keep my dishwasher tablets under the sink so the fact the packet is resealable is great as it means that if there are any issues with drips etc the packet is kept watertight. I probably prefer things like washing and dishwasher tablets to be in plastic boxes but the bag is fine.
The tablets themselves are more like little clear pouches which are mostly filled with blue flecked white dishwasher powder but also have some green (Fairy liquid coloured) liquid on one side. The pouches are just placed into the powder tray, or it does state on the back of the packet that if they don't fit they can go on top of the cutlery holder. There are no issues with these fitting in the powder tray so this is how I've been using them. As these are little pouches they aren't individually wrapped - the covering just dissolves during the washing cycle. This means that you can just take them straight out of the packet and put them into the tray which avoids fiddling with individual wrappers as I had to do with the Finish ones, and the product is all contained within the pouch so you avoid any contact with your hands. The only thing to be careful of is to make sure your hands are dry (which they do warn you to on the back of the packet) as they kind of stick to your hands a bit if you pick them up with damp hands.
I've been really pleased with the performance of these tablets. The green liquid within the pouches is apparently a dash of power spray to give extra de-greasing power and clean off any dried on food/stains. I do try to be good when putting things in the dishwasher - rinsing plates, not letting food dry on etc, but even on occasions when I haven't been quite so diligent everything comes out clean. The tablets also give everything a nice fresh smell which is (as expected) not too dissimilar to the smell of Fairy liquid. My crockery comes out with a lovely sheen and squeaky clean feeling to it. The tablets claim to have four extra properties - glass protection, metal shine, rinse aid action and salt action. I can definitely vouch for both the glass protection and metal shine; my glasses (which I was a little concerned about putting through the dishwasher due to the possibility of them going cloudy) come out sparkling and shining - much better than when handwashed and I noticed how shiny both my cutlery and in my particular my pans were before I realised the tablets claimed to do this! When we first obtained the dishwasher I filled up both the salt and rinse aid so can't really comment on the other two claims.
I've been so pleased with my purchase of Fairy tablets - not just for the good price but also the excellent performance, and will definitely be going back to buy these again.
I am a relatively newcomer to the dishwasher world. I've only had my machine for a couple of years but I have to admit that now it has it's place in my kitchen, I really wouln't like to be without it. It was fine when it was just myself and my husband, the washing up didn't really take very long and it certainly waan't the chore that it became when my two girls came along. I felt as though I was contstantly washing something up and I wasn't enjoying my meals as much because I knew it would be followed by a mountain of washing up.
My hands began to really suffer - because I was rubbish at putting gloves on and my husband finally caved in to my moaning and ordered me a dishwasher. It was a complete revelation and seemed to make a really postitive impact on my life, within a couple of weeks I really couldn't believe I had managed without on for so long.
To begin with I was pretty ignorant to all the dishwasher products to the market, there seemed to be a huge range of different things on offer and I wasn't even sure what they all did. I started off buying tablets, rinse aid and salt all seperately, buying a cheap tablet but I soon realised that my life would be easier if I purchased one of the combined offerings. Although expensive, Finish became my brand of choice, it produced great results and provided I kept my machine fairly clean, dishes usually came out clean and ready to go back in the cupboard.
As I said though, Finish is expensive, so on trips to the supermarket I would keep my eye open for special offers only to eager to save a few pennies. A couple of weeks ago, I spotted a packet of these Fairy Active Burst Dishwasher pods on special offer in my local Tesco's. The packaging stated that each pod had built-in: Rinse aid action, Salt action, Glass protection and Metal shine. This sounded ideal for my usage and as Fariy was a brand that I was familiar with and trust in other products, I was more than happy to give them a go.
I have checked the current prices and these Fairy Active Burst pods are currently on special offer in Tesco's. The 42 packet is currently reduced from £9.99 to £6. A pack containing 28 tabs costs £7.49.
Anyway how did these little pods do on my dirty plates and dishes. Well unfortunately I was hugely disappointed by the results I obtained. The pods are soft and you just pop the whole thing in your dishwasher drawer. This was a slight downside for me as somethimes if I only have a light wash I sometimes chop my tablets in half and the Finish tablets still produce great results. The form of these pods would make this impossible and while I sound like a tightwad it is a downside for me.
Over the next few days I used these pods in my machine and began to see the dishes coming out of the machine dirty. They seemed to come out covered in a dried on scum and I frequently ended up having to wash them by hand. While the glasses did look quite sparkly on closer inspection they just actually quite dirty.
I did all the standard things, like cleaning the filters and taking extra special care on how I loaded the machine but the bad results continued. I used the rest of the packet but I have to say I was relieved when they were finished and I could buy another box of my trusted Finish...I won't be buying these again.
I've never really been loyal to a Dishwasher Tablet brand. I've bought cheap ones and when any of the brand named ones have been on offer then I will normally buy a pack. This all changed when I found Finish Tablets were far superior in my view to anything else that I bought, but I bought a pack of these about 4 months ago when they were on offer in Asda for half price.
I think the normal price of these is around £9 for the 57 tablets, which is quite usual pricing for a brand named Tablet. I wouldn't be keen to pay that price for any Tablets, but I guess since this is a large pack then this is the "cheap" economy pack price.
The packaging is alright. They are in a plastic sealed pouch. I know people will probably say that cardboard boxes are better for resycling, but this pack can be put in with your carrier bags and disposed of. The pack is mostly green in colour and has a clear see through panel where you see the Tablets through. The Fairy branding is large and the logo of the baby is on the pack as well. The pouch is easy to reseal at the top, you just pop the strip and it is closed.
I keep referring to these as tablets, but they are more like pouches. The units are sealed and you put the whole thing into your tablet drawer, no need to unwrap. The pouch consists of a hard white part on the bottom and half the pouch has a thick looking green liquid. I couldn't resist a little squidge and the top part is squidgy. The 2 parts work together to provide Cleaning, Rinse Aid, Salt, and shine for glass and metal.
As far as i'm concerned this does what it is meant to do. My dishes come out the Dishwasher clean enough and there is a sheen to them. The dishes didn't feel overly sticky either, but as I mentioned I have used Supermarket brand tablets before and they clean the dishes just as well, but then again sometimes the dishes are a little sticky.
An alright product, which I may buy again if i'd run out of Finish and didn't want to pay the full price and if these were on offer, but I wouldn't buy them any other time.
They just don't dissolve!! I'm having to hand wash all my dishes! Thank goodness I only bought them on offer, but even so, I've wasted enough money. I will never buy these again. I don't want to give any stars, but I can't post this review if I don't.
I am a married mother of three very active children, I also work full time so I depend very much on my kitchen appliances to ensure clothes and dishes are clean. Generally I have to use my dishwasher every other day, as we are only home for breakfast and evening meals. Over the years I have tried various dishwasher tablets, liquids and powders and wouldn't say I was committed to any one specific brand, I must admit I usually buy what is on offer in the supermarket. I am much more brand loyal to the washing up liquid I buy and would only buy Fairy Washing Up Liquid so I was very pleased when I happened upon Fairy Active Bursts Lemon on offer in my local supermarket.
The Fairy Active Bursts come in a plastic pouch type bag; the packet is the same green colour that I would associate with Fairy Washing Up Liquid. There is a see through panel on the front of the pouch and you can see the active bursts inside. This is a detergent for the dishwasher but it is not the usual tablet, instead the detergent is a mixture of a powder type substance and a liquid, all contained in a little plastic pocket. The pack I have is lemon therefore the liquid in each pack is yellow, the pockets are little self-contained units and do not have to be opened before being put in the dishwasher, the plastic outer coating dissolves during the wash.
The bumph on the front of the pouch claims that this product is "all in one" and provides:
* Fairy cleaning
* Rinse aid action
* Salt action
* Metal shine
* Glass protection.
The pack I own contains 57 tablets and the pouch is resealable, you are supposed to reseal after each use. When you open the packet you are greeted by a really lemony aroma, very fresh and to me very promising. The packet states there is no mess as you do not have to open the pack you just pop it in the dispenser and close up the machine and let it get to work.
All I can say is this is a product I will not be buying again no matter what sort of an offer it is on. I found it to be completely useless. I have given it a fair go and have used over half the pack but there has been no improvement in performance. I find my dishes are dirtier coming out of the machine than when they went in. Very often when I open the door of the dishwasher I find the detergent pocket has not even dissolved but is a congealed mess sitting on one of the items in the dishwasher. Even when it does dissolve the dishes are still filthy, I end up having to hand wash the dishes. I did try running the cycle again but it made no difference. I generally rinse most of the food off my utensils before putting them in the dishwasher and I don't do any pots in it so most of the utensils are plates, cups, glasses, cutlery etc that do not have baked on food to be removed.
I thought perhaps it was a problem with my dishwasher so I have descaled and cleaned the dishwasher but still the dishes are not getting properly washed. I have added salt and rinse aid to my dishwasher, even though the Active Bursts are supposed to contain all you need. I have even tried washing the dishes on half load and at the highest temperature settings but again no successful outcome. I think I have given this product a really good chance to show what it does and I am very disappointed with the results, I definitely will not be purchasing these again.
I have given the product one star, begrudgingly, and that is purely for the lovely lemon smell when you open the pouch.
A big disappointment from a household name.
THE STORY OF MY SNOB OF A DISHWASHER
I have to admit I'm a cheapskate, if I can avoid buying a expensive brand I will and usually stick to Tesco Value and Lidl. This gives my poor conscious some sort of peace when I splurge on ridiculously priced wonder creams... At least I'm eating 23p frozen peas for dinner...
But my dishwasher has been the bane of my existence, yes I should take it to the dump and hack it into unrecognizable pieces which should then be burned and spread to all the four corners of the earth! But I digress..
Maybe it is just upset at me for all the cheap s**t I pour into it, it would constantly leave the powder or tabs in a congealed clump inside the little compartment without even bothering to give it a go! Such pretentiousness!
So I finally caved in and looked for a new brand....Hmm after many brainwashing aids on TV about the "Diamond Standard" I decided to go with Finish, after all that's how I wanted my glasses to look like! DIAMONDS, not a dirty fish tank.
Well my snob of a machine decided it didn't fancy the diamond standard and promptly refused to mingle with such a overrated tab.
So I was back to square one, I almost went to Lidl and bought their dishwasher powder just to spite my machine but figured that I was above that instead I went to Tesco and browsed their aisles hoping and looking for a wonder cure.
Then I saw the Fairy, not only was it green and magical it was on SALE! Whoa for half price I had to have it and feeling optimistic I didn't even begrudge the 4.50 that I paid for a pack of 30.
So what was inside this wonder pod? Well first of all it was a pod not a tab, now for those of you who are dishwasher illiterate that means that instead of a hard tab made of compressed powder this was powder with a separate compartment with liquid, that dissolved when used in your dishwasher.
It is enclosed in a solvable "plastic" so there is no need to unwrap it.
It claims to be an all in one, with rinse aid action, salt action, glass protection and metal shine. Basically the miracle I was looking for.
One downside though is that because it dissolves very easily in liquid, even wet hands can cause it to get mushy, and even worse is if you put a wet hand into the pack as it will contaminate all of them, with water! Ha!
The price in Ireland is generally 8-10 euros for a pack of 30 but they are almost always on sale or offer so I generally get a promotional pack for a cheaper price. They also come in packs of 15 and larger packs with additional pods are available as well.
So I brought these home and that evening it was the moment of truth, I have a timer on the dishwasher and it goes on after 12 at night as the electricity is cheaper then. So I loaded her up and gingerly put in a Fairy pod hoping they would have something in common and that my dishwasher would finally loosen up and give me a break.
Well the next morning I opened the door to the most beautiful sight I had seen in a long time....Clean dishes, yes that's right no taking everything out and washing them by hand, this was simply magical.
I am one happy camper and my dishwasher has been spared the chopper, all thanks to this little pod!
I was quite happy with our usual dishwasher tablets, but decided to try these as they were on a buy one get on free offer in my local supermarket, making them a cheaper option. I really wanted to like them as both the packaging and the design of the little bursts themselves is really funky.
Initially I was impressed. They look good in the cupboard and are packaged so they don't take up too much space, they smell pleasant and they're easy to handle - no mess on your fingers after picking one out of the bag.
After using them for the first time we noticed a slight bloom on our cutlery, but thought maybe we'd overloaded the dishwasher as it had been very full. So we tried again, and again the bloom on the cutlery, but this time also beginning to appear on crockery as well. It was like a white, hazy sheen on everything, nothing was coming out shiny as it usually would. Our second thought was that maybe the dishwasher needed cleaning and after a cycle with a cleaning product we gave the bursts a few more tries. With each successive wash, the bloom on everything increased. In the end, although we'd paid for the Fairy Bursts, we gave most of one packet and an entire unopened packet to my mother in law. Strangely, she's never experienced any problem with Fairy Active Bursts and was happy to take them off our hands.
Within one wash of going back to our usual dishwasher tablets, all of our items were back to normal. We still don't know why Fairy Active Bursts disagreed with our dishwasher, can only assume it has something to do with our water type. But after our experience we certainly can't recommend them to anyone.
Didn't wash the dishes properly!
Dishwasher tablets are just not exciting. Neither is what poor dishwasher tablets can do to your crockery and, in particular, your glassware. Furthermore, there is nothing more frustrating than opening your dishwasher and finding that youve got baked on food still stuck to dishes so that you have to redo the pots by hand.
Step aside all you inferior products and welcome into the fray a new product Fairy Active Bursts.
Voted consumer product of the year 2007 Fairy Active Bursts claimed to have revolutionised the dishwashing market with their innovative product. I must say, I have been impressed.
Like most modern dishwashing tablets, Active Bursts claim to do away with the need to have separate salt, rinse aid and detergent. Unlike most modern dishwashing tablets they dont come individually wrapped and dont look like solid chalky blocks.
Imagine, if you will, a traditional dishwashing tablet. Cut it in half and then replace one half with an equivalent slug of washing up liquid. Wrap the whole in a clear bubble and you have a Fairy Active Burst. Failing that image working, cut an Ariel Liquitab in half and add half a dishwasher tablet. Believe me though, the latter version is more messy!
You use the Active Burst in exactly the same way as more traditional tablets. Simply pop one in the tablet drawer of your dishwasher and off you go.
Since switching to Fairy weve had next to no dishwashing issues. Plates come out squeaky clean, cutlery is bright and shiny and glassware sparkles. Ive not noticed any deterioration in the glassware over time either which is more than can be said of some other products which tend to scratch the glasses and lead to the glassware going cloudy (Watirose own tablets were particular offenders here).
The Active Bursts seem to cut through grease and baked on dirt with ease so that pots come out as good as new. The only issues that Ive had have been with scrambled egg that simply refused to come off the bottom of a pan and occasionally some saucepans will have a slight tarnish on the bottoms from starchy deposits. However, I have had similar issues with other products and the results when using Fairy are certainly no worse than the leading brands such as Finish.
If I have one criticism it is that the rinse aid doesnt seem to do its drying job properly and you may well find watermarks on glasses and cutlery. Its not a huge problem but might mean that you have to wipe a few items when they come out of the washer.
Active Bursts come in two scents, traditional Fairy (green) and lemon (yellow). Both scents are mild and not over powering. They leave dishes smelling fresh but with none of that nasty chemical smell that is often the preserve of cheaper products.
I like the fact that there is no waste with these tablets and no extra packaging. For me, they work well and fit my needs as well, if not better than most products.
When these first came out I was ever so sceptical. I always am! I basically use bog standard generic tablets (for cost) and I will be honest, £4 for a pack was slightly deterring for me when I can get a pack of 30 for £1
Anyway, when they first came out I tried them on the half price trial offer. I was pretty amazed.
These had the whole effectiveness of the liquid, in 1 tab for my dishwasher! I was gobsmaked at the difference, not only to the dishes but also the dish washer.
I even went to the extreme of putting one of those nasty really burned on pans in. Now I've tried most tabs on these things, even top range ones, with really not too much effect. These got about 85 - 90% off with the remaining being wipe-able.
They smell lovely, especially the pink ones, although I do like the lemon ones best. There's no scent residue on the plates so no alien scents to go on your food when you serve up next.
Yup I was pretty impressed, and keep them in for those stubborn loads - I haven't totally given up my cheap tabs yet ;)
My Mum used Fairy washing up liquid and I still have a bottle for those odds and ends that need washing by hand, so Fairy is a name I trust. When I saw a new product on the shelves at half price for an introductory offer I bought it! I didnt need it as I had boxes of dishwasher tablets in the cupboard but I cant resist a bargain! Every time I opened the cupboard under the sink I saw the Fairy baby on the front of the re-sealable packet and decided I was going to have to open it and try it out.
~ The Bag~
Mostly green as you expect with Fairy Liquid, my bag has a bright red stripe with ½ price written on it, and the centre has a Fairy bubble with the name FAIRY active bursts for dishwashers. Fairy is manufactured by Proctor and Gamble who are Manufacturers of Soap and Detergents by Appointment to the Queen. There is a picture of the little pouch and the Fairy baby is squirting the sparkling stars from a bottle of Fairy into the pouch! Just like a touch of magic.
The bag contains 30 little pouches about 3.5cm rounded square shape (does that make sense!) The polythene wrapper is not to be removed, or you will lose the magic ingredients! The base appears solid white powder with blue speckles and the top of the pouch has green liquid with an air bubble, so it is quite tactile! I cant resist smoothing my thumb over it before popping into the dishwasher! Silly really, as I could pierce the plastic coating but so far I have been safe. I cant really detect a smell.
One concentrated pouch per load. On the back of the bag are pictures giving simple instructions.
Place pouch in dispenser drawer and close.
Reseal the bag after each use.
Do not unwrap or puncture the pouch.
There are also some tips. For best results use the dispenser drawer but if the pouch wont fit in, place on top of cutlery basket and select a programme that doesnt have a pre-wash setting.
We live in a soft water area and I no longer use salt, but Fairy Active bursts will work effectively in soft, medium and hard water areas even if the warning light says you need to add salt or rinse aid. But if the water is extremely hard salt would be needed.
The last tip is, handle only with dry hands. Do not let silver touch stainless steel and do not put hand painted china or fine lead crystal in the dishwasher. Common sense instructions really and applicable to any detergent, but a safeguard.
~ Any warnings?~
As with other detergents for the dishwasher this is an irritant and is labelled with the warning to keep out of the reach of children. Advice is given if accidents should happen
It claims to have built in glass protection, and metal shine for sparkling cutlery and other stainless steel items. There is built in salt action and built in rinse aid action. Quite a lot for such a little pouch or pod as they are sometimes called!
My glasses after a months use did look better, as some were getting a bit clouded looking. My cutlery has been in use since my marriage over 37 years ago, and it looks quite good. There have been no spotting marks as did previously happen. I have several pieces of stainless steel including my teapot which I pop into the dishwasher and the results are good. So I can say I am very pleased with the results.
I bought them on an introductory offer at half price, but currently they are on sale in Tesco at £6.78 for a 30 pouch size. So they work out at 22.5 pence a wash at full price. As there is no need to buy separate salt or rinse aid I think this is good value.
Its official - I am old, I remember years ago sat in the pub with some friends making fun of two of them who were discussing the merits of various tumble dryers, I mean we were early twenties at the time and this was far too domestic a subject for a Saturday night. Now, I am writing a review on a dishwasher detergent!
Fairy active bursts are a new product from those people at Procter and Gamble, now normally I wouldn't get excited enough about any form of cleaning product to be inspired to tell you about it but this one is different - it actually works.
I first came across these as part of one of the rare surveys I actually qualified for and I was sent 3 of these little capsules to try in my dishwasher. I am a born cynic, and will always buy the big bottles of dishwashing liquid, because it works out cheaper and prior to this I have been able to tell no difference in the quality of the wash.
***What are they***
Fairy Active Bursts are small dishwasher pouches which Fairy call pods; each pod is sealed in a plastic wrapper and contains a measured amount of dishwasher powder, a small amount of scented rinse aid and salt. As well as glass protection and metal shine.
This is great for me because my dishwasher is constantly crying out for salt and rinse aid, however often I fill it up it never seems to last very long. With this product you don't have to worry.
The lay out of these pouches is, I believe, far better than its predecessor, the dishwasher tablet because it contains proper, liquid rinse aid, rather than those funny power ball things that I never found worked properly.
***How do you use them***
This is simplicity itself, you take pod out of the packet, and put it in the dishwasher. You do not have to pierce the wrapper or try and open it or anything it simply dissolves in the wash. I have yet to find any wrapper residue in the machine either and that is doing both heavy-duty hotter washes and the cooler economy wash.
Doing it this way also means you don't have the added inconvenience of the tablets breaking as you take them out of the wrappers or spilling the stuff all over the inside of the dishwasher.
***The smell test***
The pods are available in normal fairy smell and lemon. I currently have the lemon one and it does smell like lemon, well the detergent type of lemon that we have come to expect. Afterwards the wash does have a slight lemony smell to it as well. Not, I hasten to add, that I habitually go around smelling my crockery!
***The cleaning power***
I have always used the dishwasher more for convenience, and I hate it when you have to go through afterwards rejecting - or worse, hand washing, half the load. Since using these I have had no such issues, the wash really does come out sparklingly clean. Including the inside of the machine itself. I always, rinse my load first, but Fairy do suggest using their foam spray for tough stains, personally I'd rather save a couple of quid and leave it to soak overnight.
The pods come in a resealable packet, which is important; as the only specification that they make on storage is that the pods are kept dry. Mine are currently on my draining board so probably not the ideal place. As yet I haven't got any wet, at this point my mind is going off on a tangent thinking about the scene in the film Gremlins where they got the Mogwai wet and created lots of little Mogwais, now I'm sure it isn't a conspiracy by Procter and Gamble to stop us getting them wet because they reproduce into lots of little pods so we don't buy anymore. I would imagine that the pods would start to dissolve and you'd end up with a gooey mess, I hope at this point you will forgive me for not experimenting to find out as in view of the price I can't afford to!
***The cost bit***
I bought mine from Tesco, and paid £6.78 for 30, you can also buy 15 for £3.48. This is a price I would never have paid before now (and incidentally higher than I suggested in the survey) but I do genuinely like them and they do work.
So I do recommend these pods, they are fairly expensive to buy but they work.
Thank you for reading
The All in One pod with built-in: Rinse aid action, Salt action, Glass protection and Metal shine / No need to unwrap! The pod dissolves quickly and completely in water.