“ Brand: Fairy / Type: Fabric Softener / Category: Laundry „
I tend to stick to about 3 sets of detergents as my daughter suffers with dry skin, and Fairy Non Bio is one of those that I use, I use the gel of this product. So i buy the fairy for when I do her washing of the bedding.
I always find with the bottle that it is easy to store, easy to clean if I spill the liquid, and it is easy to use. The bottle is a white plastic bottle, and the measuring part is built into the lid of the gel. The label is blue based, it is clearly labelled as Fairy Bio, and on the back of the bottle it tells you how to use it, what the ingredients are and company contact details.
This can be purchased from most retailers, and is around £6.00 for a small bottle (592ml), but it is worth looking out as it does go on offer. There is also a larger bottle (888ml) size.
=Fairy Non Bio=
Fairy non-bio is designed to make clothes soft and gentle. It has been dermatological tested, and has been endorsed by the British Allergy Foundation.
15-30% Anionic Surfactants , 5-15% Non-Ionic Surfactants, Soap , Benzisothiazolinone , Metylisothiazolinone , Perfumes
=How to use=
I pour the gel into the measuring cup, place this in the drum of the washing machine, then pop in the washing
I think this is a really good product, my daughters skin doesn't suffer any reactions, and the bedding comes out so soft and smells so fresh. I can tell the difference when I have used the other products, as the fairy does make the washing soft.
=Would I buy again=
I would buy again, and I would highly recommend the Fairy, I would say shop around for the prices as it is on the more expensive side, otherwise I would be using it for every wash.
I never really paid too much attention to what I washed my clothes in pre children days. And what I mean by that is I didn't care whether is was bio, non bio, used for sensitive skin or not etc. I liked to use particular brands that washed my clothes well but also left a lovely fragrance, like some Surf liquids. Just before I had my first child, I was advised by friends who already had children to wash his clothes in Fairy non bio because it was gentle on childrens skin. It also helped that all the Bounty packs I received and websites I went on in regards to pregnancy and babies always mentioned this brand, so I went with it!
I tend to buy either the gel or the liquid, and ideally buy when its on special offer, as I am a very heavy handed with measurements so probably use more than nedded, and with two little ones I am always washing clothes. I tend to go for this form rather than the powder as for me its less messy, the packaging is easier to keep clean and I find the draw that you pop the detergent in easier to clean with liquid rather than powder, if I use the liquid variety
The last time I purchased the small size ( 592ml ) it was £3.00 on special promotion from one of the supermarkets, but they are readily available from all supermarkets in 2 different sizes.
Why choose Fairy Non Bio?
Its designed to make clothes soft, clean and overall gentle and kind to young childrens skin. All Fairy Non Bio products are dermatologically tested and endorsed by the British Allergy Foundation so this can give peace of mind that this is unlikely ( not impossible ) to irritate normal or skin already suffering from skin conditions.
How is it packaged?
Comes in different sizes but in general, the product is in a white plastic container/bottle. The product comes out from the bottom when gently squeezed, and theres a measuring ' cup 'on the top of the packaging to make sure you have the right amount of product.
I love the fact that the packaging itself is small, compact and doesnt takeup a huge footprint if placed under the sink, next to the washing machine etc.
The ususal blue coloured label is on the front with cute baby on top of the Fairy logo. Clearly labelled as Fairy Non Bio so no mistaking what this is and from whom. On the back it states how to use, ingredients, warnings and company contact details.
15-30% Anionic Surfactants , 5-15% Non-Ionic Surfactants, Soap , Benzisothiazolinone , Metylisothiazolinone , Perfumes
How to use
Pop the gel into the measuring cup and place in the washing machine with clothes.Amount needed will vary depending on how dirty the clothes are.
So what do I think of this product?
I think its great. My youngest suffers from eczema so its important that nothing harsh goes onto her skin. Plus I suffer from psoriasis, so it makes more sense to me to wash all of our clothes in this detergent to safe guard my skin also. It cleans the clothes well, and with two small children they can get very dirty.It leaves a lovely clean and fresh fragrance to the clothes ( and the house! ) which isnt overwhelming but very pleasant . Would I buy again? Silly question.I have been using this for the last 4 years and I will continue to do so.As mentioned I try to time my purchasing with special offers to make it more cost effective.
Currently the 888ml sized gel is on offer at Asda for £4.00. The smaller size of 592ml is £6.00. I better run to Asda and stock up.........
I have used Fairy Non-Bio for a fair few years but mainly in the powder form. I use non-bio as my husband is sensitive to biological washing powder and I am also worried about using this for my son's clothes. Fairy is probably one of the best known non-bio brands and is famed for being gentle on delicate skin. When I moved house, I had trouble finding a cupboard in my kitchen big enough to accomodate the rather large box of powder I had so that is why I decided to give the gel a try.
The gel comes in smaller, rounded squeezy bottles - these are a much nicer sized to fit on the shelves in my cupboard. On top of the bottle there is a plastic cap that can be removed. The gel can be squeezed from the bottle into this and this can be put in the washing machine drum during the wash cycle to use. The bottle states that this contains enough product for 16 washes and it cost me around £6. This works out a bit more expensive that the powder but I now stock up when I see it on offer so can get it a bit cheaper than this - this works out to be 37.5p a wash, which is quite expensive I think. Currently, there is an offer at Sainsbury's of 2 for £7 (March 2013) and £3.50 a bottle is a much more reasonable price to pay.
The gel is a bright blue in colour and smells lovely and fresh - for those familiar with Fairy, it has that very distinctive scent. I fill the cap for a wash and use with a fabric softener in the tray. It is quick and easy to use and prevents the mess that can be made when spilling powder. During the wash, it seems to lather well and, after the wash my clothes are left clean and smelling fresh. I find that a bottle lasts about the 16 washes advertised - you can stretch this out a bit by applying less to eash wash but this depends how much washing you have per wash. It is also very kind to skin and has not caused any issues in our household.
The added bonus of this is that I don't have to clean out my powder tray anymore or find bits of undissolved powder on my washing. At full price, it is a little too expensive than I am willing to pay but if you can find this on a decent offer I would definitely recommend giving it a go.
When Lauren was born, I immediately purchased Fairy Non Bio washing powder as I had heard this was best for baby.
Fairy boast it gives you amazingly clean clothes, soft towels and bedding, all with that gentle feeling of softness next to precious skin. All Fairy Non Bio products are dermatologically tested and endorsed by the British Allergy Foundation.
There are a range of products in the Fairy Non Bio Family,
- Liquid (32 wash costs around £6)
- Liquitabs (10 wash costs around £4, 20 wash costs around £7 and 30 wash costs around £10)
- Powder (various sizes but 90 wash costs around £18)
- Tablets (20 wash around £6)
- Gel (16 wash around £5, 24 wash costs around £7,
To compliment the range you can also buy Fabric Softener.
I have found Fairy available in most shops in some sort of format. I don't have a preference on whether I use gel, powder etc, so if I ever spot this on offer, I always stock up.
We now use this for all the family rather than just Laurens clothes and it leaves them feeling really fresh and soft. I can see why it is recommended for babies or for people with sensitive skin. My other half has particularly sensitive skin and he hasn't experienced any problems when I use this.
The product doesn't smell too over powering, it is only slightly fragranced which I quite like too.
As you can imagine, with a young baby there was some stubborn stains to remove, either a leakage with a nappy (sorry) or getting dinner down them when weaning however I never had to apply any additional stain remover on her clothes, Fairy was able to remove these.
The only downside is the product can sometime be a little pricey compared to other standard non bio washing powders therefore I would always recommend stocking up if you find it on offer. I also found that when I joined Tesco's Mother and Baby Club, when they send their vouchers out, quite often there is money off coupons included. Also, when Asda have their Mother & Toddler Event, this is also included with a decent saving.
I would recommend this product to not just babies or people with sensitive skin but to anybody wanting a good quality washing powder which leaves clothes feeling fresh and really soft. Because of the price, I would only give 4 out of 5 stars.
Thanks for reading.
Product information obtained from Fairynonbio.co.uk
~*~*~ Fairy Non Bio Gel ~*~*~
I know, I know. I rave on and on about how amazingly fantastic Ariel is and then I pop up with a review about Fairy Non Bio! Well I have my reasons for using this and I have not turned my back on Ariel at all lol!
~ What is it? ~
Fairy Non Bio Gel is a delicate laundry gel. I have often used Fairy washing powder when my children were very small babies as it is a nice delicate cleaning product that leaves clothes feeling soft, smelling gorgeous, and most importantly clean.
Fairy Non Bio is available in various different forms -
This review will focus on the Fairy Non Bio Gel.
~ Why the sudden change? ~
If you have read any of my other laundry reviews you may have noticed that I tend to always opt for Ariel washing powder as my way of cleaning clothes as I find that Ariel meets my needs perfectly, however my son recently had a nasty eczema flare up and I wanted to use more gentle products for his clothes in order for his skin to improve quicker, we had gotten his creams but still the itching wasn't very comfortable for him so whilst in Asda I picked up a bottle of the Fairy Non Bio Gel. Having used it in the past many times I knew his skin never had any adverse reactions to it and I knew it was gentler on his skin than Ariel.
~ The packaging ~
I would expect that we are all familiar with the gel bottles these days and I think they are more convenient than a large washing powder box.
This bottle is a white slightly curved short squat plastic bottle, it stands on it's lid, the lid is a simple flip up flap that then clicks securely into place, this part is coloured in a nice aqua colour. On the top of the bottle is a domed cap, this is the dosing device. The cap is mainly white with a frosted clear squidgy plastic piece in the middle, it is into this you squeeze the gel.
The bottle has the Fairy logo on the front and the back contains all the relevant information.
~ Price & Availability ~
16 wash bottle - £3
24 wash bottle - £5
16 wash bottle - £4
24 wash bottle - £4
* Will be £7.19 after 13/11/2012 *
It is also available in other stores priced between the £4 and £7 mark depending on size.
I bought mine in Asda and paid £3 for the 16 wash bottle.
*** Prices correct as of 10/11/2012 ***
~ Usage ~
You simply fill the middle of the dosage cap with the gel and pop it on top of the clothes in the washing machine, there is nothing more to do.
You are recommended to remove the cap before tumble drying however I have accidently put it in the dryer and it came out looking exactly the same as before so it was still perfectly usable.
~ My Thoughts ~
I have always been impressed with Fairy but I find that it doesn't remove the more stubborn stains on clothes but in regards to gentleness, softness and scent this washing powder is nothing short of perfect.
My reason for buying it was for the sole use on my 9 year old sons clothes and bedding and as he doesn't get particularly dirty I had no problems in using it as he didn't have stubborn stains to remove.
The scent is apparent as soon as you open the lid, it is a nice gentle clean scent that I always associate with baby clothes and babies!
I do feel that using this helped my sons skin clear up quicker as the gel is nice and gentle on delicate skin, it leaves the clothes feeling soft and they have a light scent rather than a heavy more noticeable scent like Ariel leaves.
The clothes always came out very clean and fresh smelling and I have been very impressed with it.
I have washed my little one's clothes with this and he is a right messy monkey and as I feared it failed to remove the spaghetti bolognaise sauce stains from his clothes but left them fresh and clean other than the stains!
I will use this again in the future but Ariel will always be my first choice.
I feel this is a brilliant quality product that is amazing on delicate skin my only disappointment is that it fails to remove stubborn stains.
In my house we go through washing powder and washing tablets so fast as I seem to do about three loads of washing a day so I definitely need to buy good quality and economical washing products. I often use liquid washing soap when I want to do smaller loads but when it comes to regular washes I like to use these Fairy Non Bio gel tabs. Fairy say to, "Put delightful Fairy Non Bio softness into the heart of your wash, by simply adding one of our handy Liquitabs directly into the drum. Each Liquitab contains the right amount of detergent to leave laundry wonderfully clean and soft next to precious skin."
What I love about these tabs is that they are so easy to use and so quick and convenient. Basically all you do is throw one into your washing machine when you have loaded it up and then start the machine, no need to measure out messy liquid or anything like that. What I like is that I can load up the machine the night before and put a gel tab in and then I can just start the wash in the morning and don't have to worry that the gel liquid inside is going all funny over the night time hours. Like it says above one gel tab equals one load of washing so its already measured out perfectly for you.
The gel tabs come in a convenient plastic tub with a lid that snaps shut so it is not completely child proof but it does offer some kind of protection. When you open the lid you are hit with a really amazing fresh scent that smells so nice and clean. I'm happy to say that this scent then transfers over onto your clothes and really makes my clothes smell nice and clean after a wash.
The tabs look like little pillows and are quite well filled and squishy but whats nice is that they have quite a big layer of plastic all the way around them and I have never had any problem with any of them splitting or making a mess in the tub or when I get it out of the tub. I've never tried but I think you would need to squeeze one pretty hard in order for it to split. In the box you get 20 x 35g gel tabs although you can buy bigger boxes I believe but I like this one as it lasts a while and more importantly fits in my under sink cupboard.
There is a little image on the back of the box that tells you never to cut them open but I have actually done this when I wanted a little bit of washing gel to do some hand washing with and it worked perfectly for this. Obviously it comes with some safety warnings too as it says on the back of the box that there is risk of serious damage to eyes and that if swallowed you should seek medical advice immediately.
What I like about this washing gel is that its soft enough for my little kids clothes and we ahve never had a problem with them being irritated by this or developing a rash. In fact, on the tub there is a picture of a little baby and it says below it, "huggably soft for sensitive skin" so its definitely a product made to care and be gentle.
I like using these gel tabs and I would recommend them as a good way to wash.
I've suffered with sensitive skin and eczema since early childhood and have grown up with my clothes being washed in Fairy Non-Bio. My three boys have had the misfortune of inheriting my dry sensitive skin and my oldest son, in particular, suffers quite badly with eczema which just seems to come from nowhere with no obvious triggers. It makes sense to me to continue to use Fairy non-bio products to minimise the likelihood of his clothing and bedding from irritating his skin any further.
Over the years, there have been a number of new products introduced under the Fairy Non Bio branding, including tablets, liquitabs and gel. I must admit this gel variety is one of my favourite formats as it seems to be concentrated so that a little goes a surprisingly long way. I find the chunky squeezable bottles to be easy to use and practically designed to minimise mess when dispensing the attractive bright green gel. I particularly like the plastic 'scoop' which is cleverly designed to sit on the top of the bottle when not in use, making it less likely to be lost, even in my chaotic household.
The first time I experimented with Fairy gel rather than powder or tablets, I was a little confused about how this was supposed to be dispensed. In typical Proctor & Gamble style, there is very little in the way of written instructions on the bottle, as most of the information is passed on in the form of little pictures and symbols. I eventually worked out that the little plastic measuring scoop is intended to be filled with gel and then placed directly in the washing machine drum along with the dirty washing. This seemed like a very strange concept initially, although now I'm used to this method it doesn't strike me as odd at all. In fact, it now seems pretty logical as I can imagine that the gel has the opportunity to become evenly mixed through the washing, right from the onset of starting the cycle. It also avoids clogging up the machine's drawer which is fortunate as I very rarely manage the rather fiddly process of cleaning my drawer out. The only real drawback to this method is when I'm washing a smaller load for any reason, as I tend to hear the plastic dispenser rattling around in the machine which can be a little irritating.
As a non-biological laundry product, Fairy gel does not contain enzymes which are good at removing dirt and stains but can be a skin irritant as the enzymes can linger behind on clean clothing. This does mean there is a certain amount of compromise when it comes to cleaning performance, particularly in terms of stain removal and coping with large loads of heavily soiled washing. I tend to use this on a 'super wash' cycle at 40 degrees and in conjunction with a separate stain remover, which adds additional cost and chemicals to the laundry. There has been a push towards washing laundry at increasingly lower temperatures, for environmental reasons. I wouldn't be particularly confident about this gel (or the powder) performing well enough at any lower temperature than 40 degrees. (To be honest, I think the slogan is something like 'If it's not dirty, wash at thirty' whereas I'd say 'if it's not dirty, why are you washing it in the first place?!')
Being a product intended to care for the clothing of young children and adults with sensitive skin, Fairy non-bio gel isn't particularly heavily perfumed. The gel does have a pleasant aroma, reminiscent of baby or talcum powder. I do find the fragrance to be a little more noticeable on clean and dry laundry than it is when I use the original powder format. It is still a very subtle, fresh scent and I haven't experienced any noticeable changes in the condition of my or my children's skin when switching between the powder and gel.
I actually prefer the ease of use and the results (particularly the light fragrance) when using the Fairy gel rather than the powder. The only reason that I don't use this more frequently is that it works out far more expensive per wash load than the large boxes of powder. The gel can be picked up on offer from most supermarkets but the offers are rarely large enough discounts to justify stocking up on loads of bottles. I tend to buy the bottles when I nip into town or the supermarket with the pushchair as lugging a great big box of powder isn't particularly practical and these bottles are far easier to carry about and store. The downside is that I get through the bottles very quickly as I do so many loads of laundry each week.
The gel comes in a variety of sizes with my most recent purchase being the large 888ml bottle, claiming to provide 24 washes. I paid £4 on offer in Wilkinsons, with the full RRP being over £5. It is expensive compared to other brands and formats but it does give me confidence that the product won't cause any major irritation to my family's sensitive skin, so this is a brand that I will continue to purchase and use.
This is a review of the Fairy Non Bio laundry gel I am currently using, in fact I have bought a new bottle today as I am reaching the bottom of the bottle. I am a big fan of laundry gel as I find it quick and easy to use, lighter to lug from the supermarket and easier to store in the cupboard at home.
In our house, it depends on who is doing the washing as to what gets used. My husband is a traditionalist, preferring powder and so he always uses that as he can't get his head around putting a product inside the drum rather than in the drawer! However, most of the time it is me instigating the wash so I use a laundry gel and my favourite fabric softener. As a result of our differences we have a lot of laundry products in the house at any one time, which is not a problem as it all gets used eventually.
The bottle of Fairy Non Bio Gel is an 888ml bottle which measures around 25cm high when you include the lid which is also the cap that goes in the machine with the gel inside. The bottle is oval shaped and sits on its head so the product is always ready to come out. The body of the bottle is white so you can't see the contents (which are blue) but it has blue accents on the head and label.
Fairy markets itself as 'Huggably soft for sensitive skin' and pictures a baby walking a trail of flowers around which makes me happy that it is suitable for our young daughter's clothes. The bottle says you can do 24 washes with the contents which is enough to keep us going for a few weeks.
Using the lid, I squeeze the thick blue gel from the bottle into the lid, not going over as I don't want to waste it and place it in the washing machine on top of the clothes. I try not to overload the machine as I think that's when clothes don't get washed properly. I use this gel in conjunction with fabric softener most of the time so I think the softener smell is the one you notice most, although this gel itself has a nice clean smell.
I like using this gel, it's easy to use and apart from the rare accident it doesn't make a mess, unlike powder which I seem to scatter everywhere. It gets our clothes clean and works with both short and long wash programmes at a variety of temperatures. I sometimes also use this with vanish powder if the load is particularly dirty or challenging.
At the moment, the 888ml bottle is selling for £5 at Asda but I am pretty sure I paid less than this, as I am usually open to offers when it comes to buying laundry powders and gels.
I like this gel and will repurchase in the future happily but will probably wait until it is on offer again before I buy more.
As someone who is allergic to many washing powders and liquids, fairy is one of my only choices. However, out of those which are gentle enough it is my favourite. It might be gentle but it properly cleans all my clothes etc, and when they come out of the machine they smell so nice and clean, but they seem to smell soft and snugly (if that's even possible?!).
The other thing I really like about Fairy is that it is often on promotion at supermarkets, the bottles of liquid are easy to pick up for £3 for a small bottle and sometimes only £1.50 for a large one. As long as you wait for these offers, and buy in bulk when they're on offer, it's easy to never have to pay the full price.
Fairy is made by the same company as ariel, which is the other brand I am not allergic too. So for anyone who is also sensitive to washing powders, if you are ok with ariel you may well be ok with fairy too - just depends if you want to risk trying it.
I am not particularly loyal to any brand when it comes to choosing something to do my washing with. My son and I are lucky not to react to anything really in terms of the scented products I have tried but I do try to stick to non biological products where I can just in case one of us should react badly to an ingredient. The product which I am currently using to do our washing is Fairy non bio gel and this is my review of the product.
I bought this 888ml bottle of washing gel with my main food shop online from asda where it cost £4 from memory on offer. The usual selling price is £7.18 but it can be found on offer at Waitrose for £3.59 currently and Sainsbury's for £4.00 and so it is worth looking around for offers. As I said I often just buy a brand which is on offer because to me it makes no sense to pay over the odds for a product when other good brands are on a promotion.
The fairy non bio gel is made by proctor and gamble UK and comes in a white recyclable plastic tub. On the tub there is a label which tells us that this product is "huggably soft for sensitive skin" and it is also dermatologically tested. The familiar fairy baby is marching across the top of this label so this and the blue green colour scheme makes it instantly recognisable as a fairy product to me. This 888ml bottle should give us 24 washes according to the packaging and there is a guide on the back of the bottle which advises you on how much of the product you should use per wash depending on the load size and the water in your area.
What annoys me slightly about using a gel product for my washing is that I can never see when I am running out unlike when I use a powder and even to some extent when I use a liquid product too. This bottle isn't see through and it is hard to gauge how much is left in there and so I have to just rely on the fact that as it gets closer to running out it will be harder to squeeze the gel out.
There is a dispenser on the top of the bottle which is removable and you should fill this with the gel depending on your water type and load size. I literally don't have a clue what the water is like in my area and so I just go off load size and tend to gill the middle part of the dispenser completely. You should place the filled dispenser in to the drum of the machine with your clothes to be washed and then set it off as normal. I sometimes find with the gel washing products that they can be a nightmare to squeeze the product out and so you can end up with a lot of wastage but this one seems to be easy to squeeze and the dispenser is filled with little effort.
The scent of this product isn't really strong but it is a fresh, clean and pure scent and when my clothes have been washed with this they do smell nice and fresh. In most loads I use a fabric conditioner as well and I do think that this scent and that of comforts pure fabric conditioner really compliment each other well. My clothes are always washed well with this product and there is never any residue left on my clothes which sometimes occurs when I use a powder washing powder. If I need to remove a particularly bad stain I will use vanish or something in my wash too but on a day to day basis this product cleans our clothes well and makes them smell and look fresh.
I would certainly choose to use this product again should I find it on a good offer because I think it is a good product for cleaning clothes, it smells nice and it is non biological and so kind on mine and my son's skin. My only tiny niggle is the fact that it can be hard to tell when I am running out because despite the bottle having a thin see through line on the side of it it is still hard to see how much you have left in there.
Thank you for reading my review!
I have always been a bit of a self confessed "bargain whore", trying to get whole loads of shopping done with reduced items (it works sometimes!), which is how i ended up trying this product again.
When i first got married and had my eldest child i always purchased Fairy washing detrgent for thier clothes, as they both had sensitive skin, over the years however i have found that their skin didn't really suffer any from using different brands, so started buying the on offer brands, almost forgetting about this brand.
When shopping a few weeks ago i was suprised to find this was the washing detergent on offer (this doesn't come on offer too often), and decided to become reaquainted!
Unlike the previous time i had used it this comes in liquid form as well as powder, with me prefering the liquid version (less mess in the dosing draw!), with it also having a dosing cup attached to the top of the bottle.
This is ideal for babies clothes, and also for people with sensitive skin, this is due to the washing gel being non bio (meaning minus all the stronger chemicals used to clean clothes), but even with this fact i found that this was just as effective on stain removal, a difficult feat with my grubby children!
The bottle itself holds 888ml of washing gel, which equates to 24 (ish) washes, depending of course on how you dose your washes, i tend to use a little less which doesn't effect the cleaning of the clothes, but does mean i can eek the detergent out a bit more!
As with other detergents this is used to dose the clothes themselves, dosing the cup and placing on the top of the clothes in the drum.
Once washed the clothes are nice and clean, feeling quite soft even without the addition of softner (my softner draw doesn't draw through anymore!), with the most delicious scent coming from it.
Wet, the washing smells clean and fresh, but when being dried (especially in the tumble drier) the scent seems to intensify, filling my kitchen with an old fashioned washing day smell, and reminds me of when my Mum used to do her washing in her old fashioned twin drum tub!
Once dried the scent is still apparent on the clothes, though rather than being perfumed it just makes them smell really clean and fresh, no longer will my husband go to work and have the mickey taken out of him for wearing perfume!
I did go back to Asda (were the offer was being offered, a bottle for £4.00!), and found they had of course sold all of the old stock, with the price going back upto £5.00, and shock of all shocks....i purchased it at the higher price, and will happily do again!
This is not only a lovely scented detergent that cleans effectively, but makes me feel reminiscent while keeping my kids looking and smelling (albeit for a short while!) clean! Recommended!
Thanks for reading x
Several months ago, my partner felt like his skin might be getting irritated by the laundry detergent I was using on our sheets and clothes. This meant saying goodbye to my faithful Bold, and trying out some alternative brands.
My first stop was the Fairy Non-Bio Gel, as I had some in the cupboard already - I only used it on a particular woolly jumper which specified non-bio detergent, so the bottle was reasonably full. The gel comes in two sizes, I had the smaller size at just under 600ml which claims to contain enough gel for 16 washes. The price is £4 from Tesco.
The Fairy gel is used in the same way as any other laundry gel - the lid of the bottle is the cup into which you squeeze the gel, and then place it inside the washing machine on top of your laundry. I find the gel is easy to squeeze from the bottle, which seems to be almost identical to Bold gel bottles; unlike supermarket own brands, these bottles keep their shape and it is easy to squeeze almost every last drop from them.
In terms of cleaning power, I find Fairy to be as good as any of the other leading brands. I've always tended to use biological detergent until I decided to try this as my main detergent, but I have found that this Fairy performs as well as any of the biological detergents I used. It doesn't remove stubborn stains or marks, but then I find that they need special treatment no matter what brand of detergent I am using.
Although I almost always use a fabric conditioner along with the detergent, which fragrances my laundry, I have used this Fairy Non-Bio Gel on its own on a few occasions. I have used gels before which have left an unpleasant fragrance on my laundry when not used with a fabric conditioner, but the Fairy gel is not one of them. The laundry tends not to have a very strong fragrance when I only use the gel, but what fragrance is there is pleasant. It is not a fruity or floral fragrance, but rather that delicate fragrance that is recognisable from any sensitive laundry product.
And as for the reason I started using this as a main detergent - it isn't irritating my partner's skin (or mine for that matter).
I have tried supermarket own brand non-bio gels since establishing that this Fairy Non-Bio seemed to do the trick, as they are cheaper, but Fairy is my first choice, although I tend to only buy it when it is on offer now. I would definitely recommend it if you need a non-bio detergent, or you're looking for something for sensitive skin.
Over the years I've tried and tested many laundry detergents buying whatever happened to be on special offer at my local supermarkets. Until buying and trying out Fairy non-bio Gel I had no brand loyalty at all but have had to become a little more selective since the arrival of my new son as I was concerned about using anything too harsh or overly-chemically when washing his baby clothes due to his sensitive skin. Fairy had been recommended by both a family member and from various websites on the internet when I was researching what laundry detergent to use and for a while after my son was born I washed his clothes separately to mine, his in Fairy and mine in whatever detergent I happened to have in at home but recently have started washing all of our clothes together and I have to admit, I can really tell a difference to how my own fabrics and clothes feel since making the change.
Fairy non-bio is sold in various formats from powder to liquid gels, I use the gel in my washing machine as I find it easy to use and hassle free and I simply add it directly from the bottle into the cap supplied before bunging it in with the clothes I want to wash. In liquid form the gel is blue in colour with quite a thick, gloopy consistency and has a smell best described as 'fresh and clean'. It's not overly fragranced at all to be honest and doesn't smell artificial in any way and once mine and my sons clothes have come out of the washing machine they retain that clean and fresh smell. I find it really good at removing any dirt or stains that happen to be on our clothes and combined with a good quality fabric conditioner I always get excellent results in how my washing comes out of my machine.
I was a bit concerned when I first started using Fairy that it wouldn't be effective enough at getting rid of food stains (more for me than my son who is still only on formula feeds at the moment) but gravy or sauce dribbles are removed easily and I've never had to do a second wash. It does make fabrics feel soft as well as clean and neither my son or I have had any reactions to the detergent at all so the claims that this is gentle on the skin seem to be accurate. I like the fresh clean smell it leaves on our clothes, some laundry detergents can be too overly fragranced I find but Fairy has a nice, natural smell that doesn't offend and overall I have been very impressed with how it washes and leaves our clothes smelling.
It's brilliant on any cotton fabrics and bedding too and whilst I would have never considered myself to be brand loyal in the past Fairy is an exception to that rule. My 888ml bottle last me a good few weeks, I don't use my washing machine every day admittedly but I certainly get my monies worth out it and whilst Fairy is priced a little on the high side when compared to other laundry detergents I think it's well worth its cost. Tesco recently reduced the price of the 888ml bottle to just £4.00 which made it a steal but usually you'll be looking at spending around £7.20 when not on offer but I think it's worth it for the results it gives and the fact that it is kind to sensitive skin.
Definitely recommended as far as I'm concerned and a five star product, thanks for reading my review.
I have been using Fairy Non Bio gel for about a year and absolutely love the scent and although it costs just under £10 for 962ml of the concentrated gel it's worth forking out the extra in my opinion.
Packaging: Aquamarine plastic container which sits on it's white flip-lid with a measuring cap which sits nicely on top. All you have to do is remove the measuring cap, flip the lid and squeeze the required amount of detergent and then flip the lid closed and then place the gel plus measuring device in the drum of the washing machine on top of the clothes. The design of dispenser means that there is no overflow and minimal chance of getting that horrible coating on the container which I personally cannot stand - especially when you're in the supermarket and you pick up a detergent to get a handful of soapy ickyness.
Product and Use: I live in the West of Scotland so we don't have problems with hard water and this means that I only require the minimum amount of detergent to wash a whole load of baby clothing which is frequently covered in food and other typical baby stains. I tend to wash clothing at 40 degrees celsius and have never had an issue with stain removal with this product. The container holds 962ml of bright pacific blue gel and the gel is quite gloopy and has a lovely fresh floral scent which lasts well after the clothing has been washed and this is another reason why I really like this product. According to the packaging this detergent will wash 26 loads which I've found to be pretty accurate although I have at times gotten even more washes done.
Conclusion: I absolutely wouldn't use anything else after trying both Persil Non-Bio concentrate (where I had a horrible allergic reaction) and Sainsburys equivalent (which smells awful) I can say with all certainty that this product is the best concentrate non-bio out there. The other thing that I like about this product is that it leaves my clothes so soft that I needn't spend additional money on fabric conditioners which was a definate requirement with the other gel concentrates.
Just before Christmas I had received a set of vouchers from Tesco included in which was one for £1 off if I tried Fairy Non Bio Gel. I usually use washing liquid and have never tried any of the gel ones but I thought since the price was right I would give it a go.
Incidentally I always buy the non bio version of washing liquid and fabric softeners as hubby suffers from very sensitive skin and the ordinary ones irritate his skin.
When we next went shopping I checked out the price of Fairy Non Bio Gel and found that it was £4.52 for 667ml making it £3.52 with my voucher so in my trolley it went.
I have used Fairy products on and off for most of my adult life in one way or another so I had no doubt that it would be of good quality.
The container is bright turquoise with the Fairy logo on the front and the words 'huggably soft for sensitive skin' and the name of the product. There are also a couple of little boxes one of which tells us that this contains enough gel for 18 washes and the other tells us that this product has been dermatologically tested.
On the back there are full instructions for us together with the various warnings that this product can be an irritant and that, if you happen to get any in your eyes, you should wash them with clean water immediately. Of course this should also be kept out of the reach of children too.
The container itself is a kind of lop sided oval shape with a flat bottom so that it stands up on the shelf and a white top set at an angle almost like a jaunty cap! This white top is removable and is the measure for the gel. There is a central 'cup' inside the top which is filled with gel as a measure for one wash. The top will stand flat on your work surface so that, if you need both hands to squeeze the gel from the container, this won't be a problem.
The gel itself is thick and bright turquoise in colour and it smells gorgeous! It reminded me of spring flowers - hyacinths, jonquils, and honeysuckle - that sort of fragrance.
I put the gel into my washer dryer and set it to do its work. The load this time was towels, tea towels and underwear and I hoped that the gel would get the tea towels particularly nice and clean as they do tend to get very grubby at the moment as I keep using them to wipe out the cupboards and drawers in my new kitchen!
When the cycle had finished I removed the washing from the machine noting that it all looked and smelled clean and fresh so I was impressed with Fairy Non Bio Gel then!
I took the washing upstairs to hang it on the airer to air before I put it away. The airer stands in front of the radiator in our spare bedroom and when the heating came on later that day the whole of the upstairs was filled with that lovely flowery fragrance which had remained on the washing.
So, in conclusion, I am very impressed with this product. It cleans well, it is easy to store and to use, it smells divine, you don't need to use much in each wash and it doesn't irritate hubby's skin.
Oh and the container is plastic so it is recycleable too!