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I don't think I could cope without this product.
I have 3 very young children and hence a lot of clothes stained almost beyond recognition. Napisan always get the stain out, even when various other stain-targetting removers have failed. Admittedly, it sometimes takes several days of soaking (particularly for those orange puree stains that babies always get on them), but the stain always comes out and the fabric remains undamaged.
I use cloth nappies for my children and since using Napisan in the wash I don't have to soak them at all. I just put a big spoonfull of Napisan in the dosing ball along with the regular detergent and the nappies come out clean and presumably germ free (my kids don't get nappy rash, that's why I'm confident about the germ-free bit).
I don't use Napisan in every wash as there's no need, but I always add some in the dosing ball for tea towels, bibs and basically anything that could breed germs.
It has no particular scent, so you wouldn't know it's been used in your wash. It's also non biological so suitable for sensitive skin (I have used it on all my newbon babies clothes and never had a problem).
I also think that Napisan keeps my washing machine clean - especially when washing at 30 degrees all the time, the water temperature alone isn't hot enough to kill off any germs, so Napisan does the trick and keeps your machine fresh.
It's only a little box, but it goes a long way. Even with regular use, my box lasts a good couple of months.
A very useful product - particularly for anyone with children
Back in my care free days I had no use for a product such as Napisan, but two kids later and I find my self rather tragically enthusing about its stain removing prowess and it has indeed rescued many clothing items I believed were destined only for the bin.
What is it?
Napisan is a "Germicidal in-wash stain remover with active oxygen for white and colours" made by Reckitt Benckiser. It has been around for donkey's years and traditionally used to soak cloth nappies before washing. It comes in a red white and blue cardboard box and the packaging would not look out of place in a kitchen from the 1960s - It is definitely substance over style with this product. A metal tab on the box side when pulled out opens the pack and acts as a pourer. This can actually be very annoying as I end up having to rip open the box as the pourer only works when the packaging is still fairly full.
The product appearance is a white blue tinged powder containing amongst other ingredients:
15-30% oxygen bleaching agents
5-15% anionic surfactants
Optical brighteners and perfume.
"35g may be added to 5 litres of water, soak for two hours then rinse". This is the time honoured routine for cloth nappies (well according to my mum anyway) but I have found this bit of a faff with all the rinsing and nasty grim water sloshing about when using mine and usually just sling them straight in the machine. They recommend that you "Add 35g to your normal detergent in the main wash compartment, for heavy stains double the dose".
Many cloth nappy brands recommend that you don't use Napisan or other sanitizers that contain bleaches because they may damage the elastics and waterproofing in modern nappies and outer wraps (pants).
As common with laundry products it is listed as an irritant and you are told to keep it away from eyes and not to ingest.
How does the product perform?
I find it works particularly well for removing stains when soaking in a bucket and better than washing powder alone when in the machine.
Whilst this is good it is actually the germicidal action I find it most useful for. Products such as vanish remove stains well but are not germicidal. Obviously this is important when washing nappies but I have found that if I'm in a rush and only have time to do a quick wash I can add a scoop to a load of towels or bedding which I normally do on 60 degrees and use a cooler quicker programme yet feel any bugs have been obliterated as it "kills ger4ms at 30c". I have also found that it works particularly well at getting any "lingering odours" out of sweaty gym kits and the like. Whilst the product is not particularly environmentally friendly in itself you need to use very little and it has to be a plus point to be able to wash at a lower temperature.
The product is also non-biological so may be suitable for those with sensitive skins. My daughter has eczema and she appears to be unaffected, but its best to just give it a try on a couple of items and see if you react or not.
For anyone who wants to keep their whites white without using bleach I would strongly recommend Nappy Cleanse, available from Boots and other brand names such as Napisan. I found this product when I was washing my daughters white baby grows etc when she was little. It costs around £1.50 for a box that lasts ages. You put a tablespoon or so into your white wash, please check the individual manufacturers instructions, with the powder and hay presto amazing whites. There is no bleach in it and it is a great product for all sorts of whites, my husbands shirts and sports socks have never been as bright. It also has a germ killing agent in it so nappies, towels, kitchen cloths etc also come out with you knowing that they are truly clean. For anyone with children, babies or people who play dirty sports in the house this is a must.
I have a two year old daughter and her clothes are always stained, usually I can remove the stains with Persil Non-Bio but some stains are more stubborn than others, the worse being chocolate and especially McDonalds chocolate milkshake. Well I've tried everything to remove this stain, Shout, Vanish, Ace, Stain Devil and even leaving clothes in the sun to bleach naturally and all to no avail. The other day I was reading an article on terry nappies and it suggested the use of Napisan so I decided that if it could remove nappy stains maybe it would remove chocolate milkshake and guess what.....it does !!!!! Napisan is a germicidal stain remover which works by pumping oxygen into the stain to remove it. It also contains brightening agents and is non biological. The great thing about this product is that it can be used on colours as well as whites and it is cheap £2.50 for a small box and all you need to do is add two scoops to your normal detergent. If the stain is harder to shift you can you can use it to soak the clothes. Napisan can be found in Tesco's near the baby wipes and it's well worth a try.
Germicidal in-wash stain remover with active Oxygen / Removes stains even at low temperatures.