Product Type: Fairy household products
Newest Review: ... as it is simply what I have always been used to. I liked the fact that Fairy Non Bio is designed for those with sensitive skin and i... more
The John Major of Washing Powder
Member Name: lulu2004
Advantages: Good for sensitive people
Disadvantages: Not great on heavy soiling, Dull and Boring
Fairy and Me
Those of us who have had children over the past few years in an NHS hospital will have more than likely been given the Bounty Freebies pack. Before I had my first child I was more concerned about getting the nicest smell from my clothes. Irritation and such didn't really figure highly on my agenda when picking a washing powder. But suddenly when you find yourself pregnant you start becoming more aware of the things that are good for your baby. Inside the aforementioned Bounty Packs were free samples of Fairy Non-Bio. As far as I can recall there was one in almost all of the packs. They advertised in all the baby magazines and had leaflets in the antenatal literature. I was brainwashed. From the first free sample I changed our household washing to Fairy Non-Bio; so that I was a good mother of course. After all, if the hospitals said we should use Fairy, then surely we should use Fairy.
Baby arrived, and being someone who likes change I soon got itchy feet and wanted my clothes to smell different. It wasn't that Fairy was unpleasant. It just was dull. Plain. Boring. Give me something exciting like Lily and Riceflower. Fairy was just not floating my boat. The clothes were clean, they smelled fresh, but the plain blue box looking at me every day was making me yawn. My baby boy wasn't particularly sensitive so for the next two years I was a bit of a slag when it came to washing powders. A fling here and there but I never found anyone special.
Baby girl arrived last year, and to anyone who has ever had a member of their family to suffer from sensitive skin you will be well aware of exactly how much it can affect everything in your household. When baby was born she came out in exzema at even the touch of a sensitive baby wipe. She has been lucky that she has outgrown the very bad rashes but a change in a household product typically makes her very uncomfortable. Within a week of her being born I was back to the good old combination of Fairy Non-Bio along with Comfort Pure.
The Low Down on the Product
The Fairy Powder is distinctive on the shelf in the supermarket because it is quite plain and old fashioned. It is an aqua greeny-blue, with the Fairy logo inside a ring of flowers. The well recognised Fairy baby logo is in th inside. Huggably Soft for Sensitive skin is the tag line. I suppose it does exactly what it says on the box.
In terms of instructions you won't really find a lot on the box. It doesn't come with a measuring scoop, but you can order one online at www.fairynonbio.com. I have to admit that I just guess how much I should be using. I just flick down the funnel and pour directly into the drawer. But the advised amount on the side of the box is around 130ml for medium water. It varies for soft water and hard water and the box also provides a map with a guide to see whether you live in a hard or soft water area.
If you are running a prewash you should add 75ml of detergent to the drawer. I will probably leave the details at this, as it always puts me off reviews that quote too many numbers... I typically just want to know if the product works before I invest!
Does it Work
Well in the short, it does work. It smells pleasant, but it's as I have mentioned before, dull. Everything about this stuff makes me ready to sleep. But most importantly it works for my daughter. If we change poder we tend to find she gets prickly around neck lines. She doesn't suffer from this when we use Fairy.
Now, let me add, that I dont find Fairy any good at all for heavily soiled items. It just is not powerful enough for this. When something is quite dirty it usually needs a pre-wash, when other powders would be able to tackle the problem quite easily.
So all in all. It is good for the more sensitive souls around us, but probably the least exciting washing powder on the market. I love to look at things and enjoy them, I love to smell a scent and think "isn't that gorgeous!" but that isn't going to happen again until baby girl grows out of her sensitivity. So it is Fairy Non Bio for us, for a little while yet.
Summary: A washing powder I only chose because I had to