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For years I've used Ariel washing tablets/liquid, but their recent steep price increase as well as a change in my financial circumstances meant that any brand loyalty I had has had to go out of the window for the time being. The last time I was buying detergent, it was this Fairy non-bio which was on offer. I bought a 1350ml bottle, which is up to 27 washes for £5 which was a major saving and I thought it had to be worth giving a try.
The bottle comes with a large clear plastic dispensing cap over its lid which clips off for use. Opening the bottle is not a straightforward screw-top, there is a soft section of the cap which needs to be squeezed in slightly before flipping it open. It's not an easy action but it's hardly difficult either. The bottle is a comfortable size to lift and use, and there is a generous handle so pouring is easy.
My main challenge (who needs to be challenged doing the washing?) changing to this liquid was working out the dosage for each wash. For so long I'd been used to throwing either one or two liquitabs into the drum, or squeezing a set amount into a measured-sized cap, but measuring this liquid out is nowhere near as quick and straightforward! The back of the bottle gives a 'matrix' to work out how much I need to measure out - where you need to cross-reference degrees of dirtiness, size of load, and hardness of water. Once having successfully worked out the matrix to calculate it out, the dosing cap itself is marked with lines to denote the amount you've measured out, but for me these marks are really difficult to see. The cap is clear plastic, and the marks and measurements are also clear and quite fine lines. Over time I've just got used to pouring an "average" (or guessed) amount in there!
The cap containing the liquid is placed inside the drum on top of the load of washing rather than into the drawer.
In terms of smell, and effectiveness I have nothing to rave or complain about here. I'm pretty funny about scents, especially in clothes (which is why I have stuck with one brand so long) but the smell is quite an inoffensive generic washing liquid one - clean and fresh. I have had clothes come out with stains not removed, but then this happened from time to time anyway as I always wash as cool as possible and sometimes it's not enough. Overall, results are fine but nothing amazing.