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We have always used Persil to wash our clothes (apart from a brief spell of using Ariel) and two years ago after a problem of finding white deposits of powder on our clothes we decided to switch from Persil powder to Persil Biological Liquigel.
Generally this product is very good, at high temperatures it removes nearly all stains and the most heavy ones can be removed by adding some liquigel to the stain before the item of clothing is put into the washing machine. At lower temperatures the results are not so good and some stains are not washed out. Ariel seemed to clean much better at lower temperatures, unfortunately we were unable to continue using Ariel because it really irritated my wife's eczema which meant switching back to Persil.
Another good thing about liquigel is that you do not add the liquid to the washing machines draw but simply add it to the wash by filling up a plastic ball and then placing this on top of the dirty washing inside the machine. Therefore your machine draw never needs cleaning of all the wasted powder that just sits building up. The liquigel has quite a nice fresh smell to it but can be slightly over powering when washing at high temperatures. The price at present is a little steep at £3.99 for a 1.5L bottle, Ariel Biological Liquid Bottle 1.5L is £3.48 which is a lot cheaper.
Overall a good all round washing detergent but a little pricey.
Dirt is good
I have to make it clear from the start that I have absolutely no loyalty to any particular product for washing clothes. I usually use powder, merely because there always seem to be more powders available and usually buy any brand from the local shop-it's one of those things I always run out of. However, as mentioned in a previous review, I am an absolute sucker for these loyalty cards, and a couple of weeks ago received some money off vouchers, one of the vouchers being for a pound off Persil Liquigel. Well, I had to use it rude not to.
This comes in a nifty plastic see through 1.5 litre bottle with a carry handle at the side so that it's not easily dropped, presumably. On top of the screw on cap is the dosing ball more about that later. We have the obligatory child on the front of the bottle, splashing around in water and still looking amazingly clean, and instructions and ingredients on the back of the bottle.
The liquid, which I can see through the plastic bottle is green, and I am useless at describing smells but it smells sort of clean fresh, and "green". It's quite a dinstinctive smell so if you like things to be fairly neutral after washing, I would avoid this.
Great cleaning without pre treating
20 standard washes from 1.5 litre bottle
Results at all temperatures
Contains highly efficient enzymes which are efficient at removing stains at low temperatures
Feel free to get dirty, we'll get your clothes brilliantly clean
HOW DO I USE IT?
Firstly, and as is pointed out on the bottle, sort whites and coloureds; find that rogue black sock and remove it from the white wash, check for colour fastness (do I really have time?) and check the care label.
Mr Persil tells me that to get the best results, I use the dosing ball. Fine, it's on the top of the bottle, so that's easy enough. This dosing ball has to be filled with the correct amount of liquid and placed upright on top of the load of washing towards the back of the drum. That's easy enough until I start to try to get past the washing right to the back of the drum. Why are they not made so that you just put the dosing ball at the front of the machine much simpler!
Anyway, there are pictures showing how much liquid you have to put in the dosing ball, depending on the weight of the load, how dirty your clothes are and whether your water is soft, medium or hard. This I have never understood; I am not that sad (yet) that I weigh my washing loads and exactly how dirty is dirty?
Once the dosing ball is in the machine, turn in at the correct wash cycle and away you go.
Simple, but then come the warnings. The more I read these the more scary every day activities seem
Do not use the dosing ball for pre washing
Do not put the dosing ball into tumble dryers
Do not wash flame resistant fabrics in hot water
Do not soak non colour fast or flame resistant fabrics
Keep out of reach of children
If it goes in your eyes, rinse immediately
Avoid prolonged contact if you have sensitive skin rinse and dry hands after use
I know some people are allergic to certain products so here is the list just in case:
5-15% Anionic surfactants, Non Ionic Surfactants. Less than 5% Soap, Cationic surfactants, Phosphonates, Perfume, Optical brighteners, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Citronellol, Enzymes, Benzisothiazolinone
I so wish they made ingredients easy to spell.
I don't like to ponder too much about the price because there are always special offers as the supermarkets wage a war on prices.
However, it does "retail" at about the £3.20 mark but I have always seen it on offer at under £3.00.
Available in 1.5l bottles...
Non biological liquigel
All of these are sold at the same price, or you can get persil biological with comfort for about 50p more
DOES IT WORK?
We have lots of dirty washing in our house to try this on in fact we could do an advert for before and after. Sports kit straight off the rugby and football pitch, and "oops" my dinner's gone down my jumper stains. Yes, it does work. The clothes came out clean, but I always think they do look clean when they are washed.
What I did notice is that the grubby look on cuffs and collars went without pre treating, as I often have to use a spray pre cleaner before putting shirts in the wash, so that's a good thing. The clothes have a distinctive smell, and whilst I don't tend to use fabric conditioner, I do wonder what would happen if you used one-the smells could clash and make something horrible. I like the smell because it smells fresh and clean but as I mentioned before, it is quite distinctive.
HIT OR MISS?
As I said, I am not particularly loyal to any one brand, but I did like this, and would definitely buy liquid cleaner again, although which one would depend where my hand lands on the shelf.
It is easy to use and does get clothes clean.
One thing I found difficult was the fact that you can't leave the dosing ball in the tumble dryer. We have a washer dryer which is great for getting clothes clean and dry with two spins of the dials but with this I had to root around to find and then remove the dosing ball before I could dry the clothes.
The product is quite expensive for a clothes cleaning product, especially with such effective products doing the rounds.
Perhaps I should find a liquid without the dosing ball!
For a free dosing ball call 0800 243131 (UK) 1850 445555 (ROI)
Talk to advisors on 0800 776644 (UK) 12850 445555 (ROI)
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