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      25.03.2013 12:06
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      Good but not fantastic

      I was so excited about getting a dishwasher last year, I know that sounds sad but I couldn't wait to be able to just put the washing up in a machine and have it all washed for me while I got on doing other things. The one thing I didn't realise until afterwards though was the cost of dishwasher tablets. The machine came with a small starter pack of finish quantum tablets and as I was used to these, I continued buying them for a while but then decided to try some cheaper ones as they were so expensive. These fairy ones were on offer in Tesco at £6 for a pack of 38 tablets. They are still around this price today when on offer however I've noticed that the packet has been reduced to 34 tablets. At full price, they're around £11 but the supermarkets rarely seem to charge full price. In my opinion, even for the bigger pack and offer price, this still seemed quite expensive for what are 38 small little tablets full of washing up ingredients! But, I have to say most of the branded dishwasher tablets are around this price, sometimes more expensive. As fairy are such a massive name, I was expecting big things from them.

      I have now tried three different types of tablet in total - these fairy ones, the finish all in one tablets and the finish quantum tablets. I have to say that I think these fairy ones are close to the finish all in one tablets in cleaning capability but not as good as the finish quantum tablets but to be fair, these fairy ones are cheaper than the quantum. They are probably more comparable in price to the all in one finish tablets really. Fairy do also make a platinum range of dishwasher tablets, I assume this is their equivalent of the finish quantum as they are a similar price.

      I use the lemon fairy all in one tablets, however they also do an original fairy all in one tablet too. The two types come in the same sizes and prices and from what I remember the packaging is also very similar. They come in a tall green plastic pouch that can be sealed at the top when not in use. The packaging makes them very easy to store. They state that they have to be kept well out of reach of children.

      The tablets are more like capsules that inside have powder on one side and a yellow liquid on the other side. They are quite fat in size compared to other tablets I've used - I worry when I shut the dishwasher tablet compartment that it's going to pop open and release the liquid - I tend to shut the compartment, then shut the dishwasher very quickly before it has chance to pop, although I've never known it to pop so this might just be me being a bit overcautious! It does state on the packaging that they've been designed for use in all leading dishwashers and there are directions on the back of the packet on how to use best for your water type. I personally don't use anything else with them.

      I find with these fairy tablets that most of our dishwasher items come out nice and clean on a standard wash of 1 hour 50 minutes, I was concerned I was always going to notice the lemon scent on everything but I never really notice it at all really. I have noticed a few water streaks on the plates and I've also noticed that some glasses come out with a residue in the bottom, meaning I have to then rinse them out and dry them again, although this may not be down to the tablet, it might be from the way I've stacked the glasses in the dishwasher. There has been odd times that things have come out as dirty as they went in but this is quite limited to certain foods - for example anything that has been used to cook eggs always comes out needing another wash, even small utensils like a spatula just used to turn the egg usually still has remains on it and needs to be rewashed. Sometimes I have noticed a slightly soapy taste when eating from a plate or with cutlery as though the tablet contents hasn't been rinsed off them properly. I've never noticed this with any of the other tablets I've used previously, so can't really blame the dishwasher itself.

      It sounds as though I have a lot of complaints about these tablets but I honestly don't on the whole. The majority of things do come out nice and clean on a normal wash, it just seems that not everything comes out the way I would expect. The other issues I've experienced are quite minor. With these tablets I was just hoping for a little better with fairy having such a good name. Comparing these to more expensive tablets, then I would probably choose to use these and make do with the issues outlined as none are massive problems and it means I can save money every time I purchase a pouch.

      I personally just don't think they live up to the usual fantastic fairy name. I use other fairy products - I am a massive fan of their washing powder and before I got the dishwasher I used the original fairy liquid, in my opinion the best one around. It just seems to me that these tablets are above average but not exceptional like I've thought of everything else they've produced. I've decided to rate them 3 stars overall - I think this is fair because they do wash well but I have to take a couple off because of the few minor issues I've experienced with them.

      I would recommend them to others because of the price and the fact that on the whole they do clean things quite well - although if cost was put aside, I'd always choose the finish quantum first.

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        10.06.2010 22:13
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        Efficient dischwashing product, can be pricey in some shops

        My husband bought me a dishwasher for Christmas so he could get out of the washing-up! It all started the Christmas before when nobody could face all those dishes after a big meal and a few bevies. I was not best pleased at the time with the present, however as years passed I must admit I would miss a machine if I didn't have one.

        In the beginning my machine and I went through the various dishwasher products. From powder, which clogged in the machine, put into a soap dispenser, including salt and rinse aid. All this added up to a substantial amount of money over a period of time, and become a bind if you forgot to buy one of these items after you had run out. Now with Fairy you only have to pick one item when out shopping

        This product comes with salt action, metal shine, glass protection and rinse aid action 4 all in one tablet, just place the tablet (pouch) into the soap dispenser. These is no need to break the pouch. It is advised that the best results are achieved by using the dispenser drawer, if you are unable to get the pouch to fit in the dispenser the advice is to put the pouch in the cutlery basket.

        I have tried several dishwasher products and none for me can beat Fairy's All In One, if I do have a grumble it is that the quantity in packets has to be watched. Some packets contain fewer tablets. The 464g packets states 28 washes, but I have been caught out thinking that I am buying the same amount of tablets because the packet appeared the same, and got 6 tablets less, something to watch out for. As the packets come in 22, 28 & 33 sizes

        The price of these tablets varies greatly, I have seen them for over £7 and even though I recommend this product I will not pay more than £5 for 28 tablets. So search and wait for them to be on special offer at supermarkets.

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          22.02.2010 04:00
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          A reliable dishwashing tablet...this is!

          When it comes to washing up it's something it's something I'm rather used to! Living at home with my parents, we've ever owned a dishwasher so it's all done by hand but in all honesty it's a not a job I hate anyway!

          However staying with my mate at the moment as we are busy clearing her house she has a dishwasher. At first I didn't want to go near it, technology and me really don't go together at all and I feel it's a waste of time rinsing stuff out and then shoving it in a dishwasher. However we've had no choice because the boiler has broken down meaning not only no warmth in the house but no hot water either (luckily we have a shower though so all is not lost lol) but it means the best way to wash up is to bung it in the dishwasher!

          This meant I had to learn how to use one and after a couple of weeks consistent use by me I am now a huge fan of the thing and am going to hate going back to not having access to one!

          My friend informs me she usually uses these Fairy dishwasher tablets and although they are a little more expensive than a lot of other tablets etc that are on the market she rather likes them. However she does prefer 'Finish' one's usually however these were on offer which is why she got them!

          The Packaging:

          See through plastic bag with a white, green and blue swirly pattern on it and on the front of the bag I am told they are Fairy 'Platinum' Dishwasher Tablets 'Superior Dishwashing and a cleaner machine' and that this bag that we have gives 22 washes and of course there is the picture of a baby on there which is the emblem of fairy products of course. On the back of the bag other information includes being told a bit about the product and how to use them, the weight of the product is stated (which in this case is 370g) and contact details for Procter & Gamble are given. Nice enough packaging and I do like the fact that it has a press top seal to the top of the bag meaning t does up with ease for safe storage of the product.

          A Bit About The Product According To The Information On The Bag:

          Rinse aid action
          Salt action
          Metal shine

          Helps prevent grease build up on:

          Drainage system
          Filters
          Sprays arms

          Using Them:

          Well all you do is grab out the outer bag one of the tabs. Sealed in see through plastic covering it's a sort of square shape. To the back of it it is a block of white powder with speckles of blue powder ingrained into it then over the top of that a swirl of yellow liquid meets a swirl of blue liquid. Sniff the unused tab and it smells ever so slightly of lemon but really isn't that fragrant.

          The whole thing (Including the see-through wrapper) goes into the machine and then of course you choose your programme. We always rinse our bits and bobs off first and usually use a hefty cycle of time and temperature due to the sheer carnage we bring onto our pots and pans etc!

          Results:

          I really like these and it wasn't until I used a cheaper version of stores own branded dishwashers tablets I found in a cupboard that I realised how good they were to be honest with you. Pop these in, leave stuff to dry and not once have they left the stuff in the dishwasher dirty. They cut through grease, grime and sheer dirt. Not only that cutlery and glassware looks gleaming and with no smears to it at all. The other thing I find is that although my washing up doesn't smell fragrant it really is clean and refreshed and whats more I have no need to 'buff' things up after they come out of the dishwasher and I can immediately once allowing them to dry simply put stuff away.

          I rate these really highly. I didn't imagine a dishwasher would be this great and I really am a fan however I know through a little experience now that a dishwasher is really only as good as the products you use in it and it is worth spending out on dishwashing tabs etc. These do a fab job of really removing baked on dirt (even though we rinse first!) and truly sanitising our stuff. Just tonight I put a lunch box in there that was stinking the house out as I had forgotten that a few days ago I had put curry in it. I was going to throw said lunch box away as it had gone an orangy colour and truly smelt awful however I thought what the heck and shoved it in dishwasher and I couldn't believe that the staining had gone along with the smell!

          Brilliant stuff and highly recommended from me, though they are a little on the expensive side in my opinion. My friend bought them on offer in Sainsbury's a while ago and the offer is not on now so do expect to pay about £7.65 for 22 tablets like ours or about £9.99 for 33 tablets.

          This review is also posted on Ciao under this same username.

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            07.02.2010 11:40

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            I always get the squeaky clean dishes out of it.The only downside is that extra dishwasher salt is necessary to retain the shine, even though the "All in 1" formula supposed to be omnipotent.

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            30.01.2010 16:44
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            works well

            Fairy Dishwasher Tablets

            At the ripe old age of 49 I no longer have to wash the pots in the sink. I am so happy to have been bought a dishwasher by my family, to help ease the household chores.
            I was so keen to use the dishwasher the first day I got it that I rushed out to the shop and bought the shops own brand of dishwasher tablets, which did clean the dishes quite well, but I found that the pans and oven trays sometimes had to be done twice, especially after a Sunday dinner and the roast potatoes had been cooked in them.
            So I decided to pay a little extra and get a brand named dishwasher tablet.
            At Morrison's there were Fairy dishwasher tablets on offer for a bag of 14 tablets, which does 14 washes for £1.49 which I thought was reasonable as all the other brands were quite a bit more.
            I was surprised to see how much dishwasher tablets actually cost when I first got the new dishwasher, which is why I went for a cheaper brand the first time round.
            Anyway, I got my Fairy dishwasher tablets home and loaded the dishwasher and popped a tablet in on the quick wash cycle and sat and waited for the end results.

            The packaging of Fairy dishwasher tablets is quite typical of other Fairy brands, it has the distinctive Fairy green colour that other Fairy products have. The tablets I got are lemon, as lemon seems to conjure up the image of squeaky clean freshness.
            The bag is plastic which is good as it can be recycled and you get 14 tablets in each bag. The bags are 232g.
            You can open the bag at the "tear here" part, which is at the top of the bag and this is can then be used and resealed for freshness.
            To use the tablet just pop it in the compartment in the dishwasher door and away you go, its easy to use with no mess.
            The tablets are like a little bubble, with the hard powder which is white and speckled on one side and a yellow liquid on the other side. All wrapped in a dissolvable package. It does actually smell of lemons but not to over much as to put you off using it.
            Although the pots and pans do not smell of lemons after using the tablets which is good.

            You only need one tablet per wash and the results are really good, they dissolve grease and clean the pots and pans better than the cheaper brands, so far I have not had to put anything in twice which is what I had to do with the shops own brand, although they are a little more expensive I really think they are worth the extra pennies, as you only have to put something's in twice with the cheaper brands, which may be cheaper to buy, but means your using more electricity and water by putting on that extra dishwasher load.
            Do not keep these in reach of small children as are an irritant and the yellow liquid inside would be dangerous if eaten.
            If you have sensitive skin wash immediately if you get it on you, or in your eyes.
            I would recommend this product to you if your looking for a good result in dishwasher tablets, the pots and pans come out clean and shiny, there is no water marks on the glasses, and the dishes are ready to put away as soon as they are done.

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              09.01.2010 01:20
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              A great job done.

              Before the Dishwasher came along, it was either myself or my wife, who naturally did the dishes. The kids were always of belief that the 'dish fairy' came whilst they were asleep. I mean, after all, wouldn't you, if each time you got up of a morning all your dishes were washed and stacked away:-)

              Well about 6 years ago we had a kitchen extension and thought we'd take the opportunity to treat ourselves to a dishwasher. Okay we still had to load the dishwasher up, but then we could leave it for an hour and they'd all be clean for us - hopefully!!

              Our first dish washing tablets were from the market leader. They offered 5 in 1 protection, and were advertised all over the TV. These would be our tablets for the next 5 years, until more and more of the tablets would become stuck in the draw in the door. When we would eventually open the door, the dishes would be dirty. I contacted the manufacturer, who kindly gave me a £5 voucher, but as the problem wasn't eradicated, I looked elsewhere. I was looking for a liquid tab, and this is when I found fairy.

              Okay I'd used fairy for years cleaning my dishes, but now it was time to see if it worked just as well in a dishwasher. They work out about 15p each, on special offer. I have also tried to Fairy Platinum, they work out considerably more expensive, but in my view do not better a job, although they do profess to do 'superior dishwashing' and have Rinse Aid Action, Salt Action, Metal Shine and Glass Protection. They both clean dishes very well. I have found that there are very few dishes I need to wash again, and the glasses come very clear too.

              One important aspect of these tablets, is that because they come in a liquid they disperse easy. You are not left with a half used tablet left in your drawer. They do not need unwrapping or puncturing either. The concentrated pouch does one load.

              The bags I buy are usually 22 washes, and will last me 22 days. I highly recommend any of these range of Fairy Dishwasher Tabs.

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                06.06.2005 20:18
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                Do you remember that advert? Fairy soap was used for washing clothes and Fairy Liquid was what my Mum used when she washed the dishes, although I do remember a time when the old bits of soap were put into a wire mesh container and swished about to make suds! But thankfully washing up liquid was invented. Now we have moved on and so many people have dishwashers which are an asset in busy homes although “doing the dishes” can be a great time to chat and often at family reunions a time to discuss all sorts of things!
                With my first dishwasher (bought after double major surgery, when I couldn’t stand to do the dishes!) I had a sample of powder and continued to use this for years. The powder I mean not the sample! Eventually handy tablets were produced, which were individually wrapped, providing the exact amount required for each wash. Much safer with children around and easy to use.
                Manufacturers are always try to find new ideas, and started adding a wee pearl to give a “3 in 1” product. Seemed a great idea, but by now I was onto my second dishwasher that was produced with flatter tablets in mind and my little pearl would not fit in the compartment easily. Drat. I had to force the lid closed and was worried it would break.
                When shopping in Costco before Christmas I spotted Fairy Dishwasher tablets, although it said “3 times active system”, I couldn’t see evidence of pearls so decided to try Fairy.

                Information

                The box is large and contains 75 tablets, 19cm high x 9.5 depth and 18.5 wide. It is a nice bright green in colour with the Fairy name and logo in white and red, and a picture of some sparkly clean glasses. Nothing fancy here but I have always loved the Fairy baby! On the back are simple instructions in picture form, showing how to tear off the opening strip which then leaves an easy opening dispenser type box. There is a warning to keep out of the reach of children and that it is an irritant to eyes. In case of accident, rinse eyes with plenty of water and seek medical advice. If swallowed, drink water and seek advice immediately showing the label, do not induce vomiting. There is a big cross and warning that this is an IRRITANT. Also on the box is the ingredients, it contains enzymes and bleaching agents. Therefore you could reasonably suppose that your dishes will become lighter after constant washing, but then they always do, don’t they? Another warning is do not let silver touch stainless steel and do not machine wash antique/hand painted china or fine lead crystal. It states you can use in combination with Fairy Rinse Aid 2 in 1 with built in machine care for even shinier results.

                3 times Active System

                The tablets are 4 x 3 x 1 cm, with a clean almost clinical smell. A white compressed tablet with different coloured blue speckles and the top is indented rather like a brick and has a thin layer of deeper blue with darker grains,
                Soak, Scrub and Shine. Soak - the built-in prewash tablet starts to clean immediately, even in cold water. Scrub – the biological stain scrubbers break down and lift off even the toughest residue. Shine – finally the rest of the Fairy tablet cleans away any remaining residues leaving the dishes sparkling clean.

                This is copied from P&G’s web site. “The excellent cleaning performance comes from the enzyme, builder, oxygen bleach and surfactant ingredients adapted from P&G's laundry and household cleaning technologies, and with specialist technology developed specifically for use in Automatic Dishwashing products. Fairy is particularly effective for cleaning starch or protein based food remains from dishes, and tea and coffee stains from crockery.
                The products are designed to deliver excellent shine (less spotting/filming) on dishes, cutlery and crockery. They also control deposits of calcium carbonate in the machine which means greater protection inside of the machine from limescale build-up.”

                Results
                So far I have not had any rejects! Even a tuna pasta bake casserole came out sparkling clean. The glasses are looking brighter, and the cutlery all shiny. No complaints in the results, so I agree with the above statement – it does have an excellent cleaning performance. We have soft water in Scotland so the limescale build-up is not a worry. I haven’t found it necessary to use the extra Rinse Aid.

                Cost
                £13.95 plus VAT for 4 boxes of 75, from Costco. This works out as a fraction over 5 pence each wash.

                A Bit of History

                The Procter & Gamble Company was founded in 1837 by an Englishman, William Procter and an Irishman, James Gamble. (What happened to the Scotsman?) It began as a small, family operated soap and candle company in Cincinnati, Ohio. By coincidence, also in 1837, Thomas Hedley & Co. was established in Newcastle upon Tyne, making soap and candles. The company bought the rights to the word ‘Fairy’ and launched the first all-purpose soap in 1898. Fairy remains one of the best-known household product names to this day. In 1930, P&G established its first overseas subsidiary with the acquisition of Thomas Hedley & Co. Ltd. More information like this is on the website and information of all their products ingredients in case of accident.

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                  07.10.2003 00:36

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                  disappointed - Advantages: deceptive 3 for 1 - Disadvantages: do NOT clean glass at all, have surplus unused quants, feel ripped off

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                  23.08.2000 04:40

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                  I usually use Tesco dishwasher tablets, but once bought a pack of Fairy tab in tab dishwasher tablets because the Tesco ones were out of stock. What a mistake. They cost more, yet the cleaning was far inferior. I had to handwash a lot of things again myself which I don't usually have to do when I use Tesco tablets. And lets face it, the whole point of having a dishwasher is to AVOID having to wash your dishes by hand. The only plus point about these is the nice box which folds out into a dispenser - wish I'd kept the box to put my Tesco tablets in.

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                  13.08.2000 02:28
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                  I hated washing dishes with a passion and recently got a dishwasher to do the job for me. It really is the greatest invention known to man. So far I have been using Fairy Tab in Tab dishwasher tablets which seem to be doing a brilliant job. My dishes come out sparkling clean with no effort at all, with even pots and pans gleaming. The tablets save any mess with measuring out powder or liquid and smell quite nice too. The box even has a fold down bit which means it acts like a dispenser.

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