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==Persil Biological Colour Care Tablets==
The majority of my washing is colours, wether it be brights or darks, they do get washed together, but I always add a colour catcher in the wash just in case any loose dye transfers onto other clothes (now that would be a nightmare!). The majority of the time I either use powder for my clothes, but only something like Daz or Surf, as even though they contain Oxygen Based Bleaching Agents, they are less harsh on colours than the likes of Ariel or Persil (unless you get the colour versions.)
Whilst browsing Hooty's Wholesale in Willenhall the other week (you can find some bargains here you know!) I spotted Persil Colour Care 24 wash tablets at the nice price of £3.99. But, were trade members at Hooty's so we get the BIGPUNTERS discount card & amazingly with these tablets we got £1.02 off which meant these tablets were only £2.97! What a price! I picked up a box & put them in my trolley & set about on my way.
==About Persil & Tablets==
1909: Persil was launched & known as the 'Amazing Oxygen Washer' cutting washday down to avoid boiling the clothes & scrubbing against the washboard to get rid of stains. Amazingly back then a pack of Persil was only 1p!
1920's: A 33ft caravan went on the road to demonstrate how Persil shifted stubborn stains without the hard work from thw housewife. The caravan itself was kitted out with everything from wash boilers to electric irons!
1930's: Persil called upon 'Expert Washers' to show a few million people at a time the best ways to use Persil.
1985: Persil was recommended by over 50 washing machine manufacturers because it rinsed away very easily, dissolved easily & did not leave scum in the machine or on the clothes. They did an advert to show this. Here is a link to watch the advert: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kCFaoXG4E4M
1988: Persil launched their own automatic liquid which was designed to be used in the dispenser drawer whereas P&G's Ariel was designed to be used in a ball which apparently 'Got to the Heart of the Wash'.
1991: Persil launched the first super compact & super concentrated powder.
1993: Persil started making their liquid's in cartons aswell as bottles.
1994: Persil launched 'Persil Power' a new formulation which was popular but after several washes with it clothes were ripped to shreds. It was launched in April 1994 & was discontinued in February 1995.
1998: Persil tablets were launched & were the first of their kind. When they were launched they only made them in Biological but in 1999 they made in Bio, Non-Bio aswell as Colour.
2000: To welcome the new millenium Persil launched 'Persil Capsules'. The most quickest & easiest way of washing clothes.
2007: Saw Persil come into a new era with the launch of Persil 'Small & Mghty' This is a super concentrated detergent, designed to reduce waste packaging & it cost less to make than the regular liquigel.
2009: Persil celebrated 100 years for being the Market Leader & to help Celebrate, special 100 years packs were made & in the UK for a while, many stores such as Tesco sold 10 wash boxes for just 1p! They did this because it was the 1909 price!
As you might see Persil have come a very long way since they began & are still the market leader today in many countries across the world.
==Persil Colour Care Tablets==
My tablets come in a box of 48 which if two are used in every wash you will get 24 washes. The box is purple on all sides with the front having the Persil logo with the colour logo put on top in different shades. A banner which runs across the top states 'GREAT VALUE 48 TABLETS' in red. These Persil tablets have the extra power of pre-treaters in 1 product with the amount of washes & the Sustainable Cleaning logo. These tablets are Biological. The top & bottom of the box has the 'Cleaner Planet Plan' on it to show how they are trying to tread lighter on the environment. The instructions, cautions & anything you would find on your box of laundry tablets is written on the side panels.
Colour variatons of washing powders are an essential if you LOVE your coloured clothes! From your bright leggings to those lush pair of black jeans & everything in between. Colour detergents don't contain bleach which means your coloured clothes won't fade or discolour. However if you use a Biological detergents which does contains Enzymes aswell as Bleaching agents these will attack your coloured clothes & over time (say 15-20 washes) they will fade & not look as bright as they used to be. The cheap washing powder is good but it contains lots of bleach in which this will happen! Non-Biological detergents don't contain enzymes but still contains the Bleaching Agents!
May I also point out that ANY laundry liquid (either Bio, Non-Bio or Colour) do NOT contain bleach which is also good as liquid is a bit better for your machine too.
Opening the box could not be easier, you simply pull up a little flap & lift up along the perforations until it stops. You are then greeted with 4 little packs of 2 tablets neatly lined up like little soldiers along with a neatly packaged net. I loaded the washing machine up & took out a pack of tablets. I used 2 (1 pack) & put them in the net, closed the net & put them in the machine, shut the door, added conditioner to the drawer & pressed START. These tablets have a gel layer which really holds them together as no mess was caused when I was transferring them from the pack to the net. The gel layer claims to give a brilliant clean first time & have a really fresh smell which you can smell when you sniff the packet. During the wash cycle some foam was popping up as the clothes were being thrown around the drum of my machine & I was praying that a) the tablets would dissolve, b) the net would not get lodged in the machinery & break it & c) the gel layer or the tablets would not leave a mark or stain(s) making me have to wash it again.
I need not have worried! The tablets dissolved brillaintly, leaving nothing behind apart from the fresh smell these colour detergents always seem to have. My clothes came up clean & smelt really fresh! The colours had stayed really vibrant considering the load consisted of serveral pairs of socks, underwear, jeans, school uniform & several jumpers & these Persil tablets really cared for the fabric too. On one of my jumpers I forgot to pre-treat a serveral month old ketchup stain but the Persil really did live up to it's claim with the extra power of pre-treaters to get the stain out FIRST TIME! They even left a lovely fresh flowery smell behind, it even covered up the smell of my fabric conditioner. I used 55ml (1 capful) of Lenor Spring Awakening Super Concentrate & even though that left the clothes soft, the Persil left the smell behind!
I was really impressed by the cleaning power of this product. It baffled me how clean it got everything without the bleaching agents but maybe it was because of the enzymes it still contained! Anyway I will do more washes in the future with them as I have only done 1 wash with them so far! I have heard they are brilliant on whites but have not tried them on whites as of yet as I tried my new Morrisons M Savers Biological powder on them! So all in all they are a simple, fast dissolving, stain busting, colour keeping & fresh smelling detergent handy for the coloured loads in our house!
Thanks for reading!
PERSIL COLOUR TABLETS
i do get a load of washing having a large family and the washing machine tends to be on most of the day and the tumble drier. I do like Persil and tend to think that because it gives such a good wash that it is good to stick to a brand that i know and love. The persil tablets come in a box which has a serated edge openning on the top, the box contains enough for twenty washes, and i have also got a mess washing bag that you put these tablets into. They recommend that you put the tablets into the mess bag supplied and put it into the washing machine towards the back of the load and it is suitable for coloured washes.
I found the performance really good, i tend to get a load of dirty washing and as my baby is now eating food, she tens to get a lot of bibs etc that constantly get stained, i do make her my own food as it is cheaper and better for her but shes tends to get really messy and i find persil really brings up my whites white and my colours tend to keep their colour and thats really good as i need a really good washing powder that i can honestly say works, i cant afford to or have the time to keep re washing clothes that come out still stained, and this product i found really works well, for mine and my families clothes.
Also i do like the fact that when the clothes come out, not only are they clean but they also smell really fresh that just washed fresh smell, and they also still smell like that even after i have tumbled dried the clothes.
It has measured dosing, and i just place two tablets inside the mess bag, pop it into my wash i tend to use the 30 degree wash tempreture, but do use hotter tempretures for really stubbon dirty clothes, and i find that these tablets are really great, and im very pleased with the results that they have to offer.
I seperate my colours usually but find that with this product the colours really keep their original colour shade, i have been using these tablets for a while now, and although not the cheapest of tablets but they are much cost efficient than the cheaper ones, because the whole wash load comes out really clean, i shall be giving these a five out of five rating because i personally am happy with not only their performance, but also the smell that stays in my washing and the whites really do come out white.
I had been using the persil powder for quite a while but saw these on special offer (less than £5 for 24 washes) and thought I would give them a go.
I was quite surprised when I opened the packet as they had this funny gel layer on the top. Which was a little bit sticky. When I had perviously used these products I had simply put them in the draw as I did with powder - now it recommended putting them in the mesh bag provided and placing it on top of the washing.
I washed as normal at 40 degrees - I know its bad for the environment but so is having to wash PE kits twice!!! I'm not convinced by the 30 degree claim that it is as good as 40 degrees - anyway I'm getting side tracked.
The clothes came out as well as they had with my normal persil wash - I was lucky and didn't have the same issues as the previous reviewer.
I tend to stick to the colour versions of washing powder as I was finding that my coloured clothes (especially the black ones) were fading a bit too quick and with these products which are designed to contain less bleaching products they do seem to stay truer to their original colours.
I don't think I would buy this product unless it was on special offer - the box was only good for 24 washes and if I go to CostCo I can get a big 90 wash box for £12 (when they run their special offers)
These tablets have recently been on special offer and what with the credit crunch and the recommended 30 degree wash (to save energy and costs) decided to give them a try.
These latest versions still smell quite strong of chemicals and claim to be biological on the box. Well so is chlorine........and at least you easily recognise that smell, but this one still eludes me.
Nevertheless, the box contains the usual two packs of tabs in irritating plastic wrapping which you can never undo without crumbling the tablet. Except this time the tabs are coated in a purple solidish type gel which gets under your fingernails. Only good thing is this gel really holds the tabs together so no crumbling.
I always put my tabs in the soap drawer alongside the softener, but the pack contains a llittle mesh bag, and explicitly forbids doing anything except putting said bag directly into back of the drum atop the washing.
Hey ho, a load of stable mix coloureds in the drum I added the tabs. I still used 40 degrees since old habits die hard, and it might just even clean a bit better.
Unfortunately, within the machine was the prized, much beloved and damnably expensive football towel. Been washed before several times with no probs, but this time shock, horror has emerged with a tablet shaped lump of the de rigeur bright red colour missing. Was it the gel or was it the whitish tablet itself?? Who knows, who cares, the remaining 22 tablets (or 11 washes) have gone in the bin. The towel is carefully fluffed and folded and I just hope he doesn't notice!!!
Meantime whilst recycling the box I decided to check out the content of each tab:
More than 30% phosphates
5- 15% zeolite, anionic surfactants and non-ionic surfactants
Less than 5% soap, perfume, enzymes and butylphenyl Methypropional.
My guess is its this very last ingredient which is the gel. However the maths still does not add up to 100% and I am left guessing what actually bleached out the colour from the towel......
'Unique gel layer for a brilliant clean 1st time' the box claims...
I would not use them again.
This review is also published on Ciao.
I have been using Persil tablets (of all three kinds) for a few years since having trouble with another Persil product (Liquigel).
I have found them to be very effective, with just the odd bit of white residue left on my clothes - usually when I've overloaded the machine to get that last shirt in!
Unfortunately they seem to have changed the formula and they now have a very strong smell that pervades through the whole house and lasts for days - even with the windows open. The shirt I wore to work today was washed with these tablets and I could smell the detergent all day - which probably accounts for my headache.
When taking the clothes from the washing machine they feel slightly sticky - as thought the detergent hasn't been rinsed out properly.
The box proclaims "just washed feeling", but I don't know what that means.
I won't be buying these tablets any more because my clothes don't feel - and certainly don't smell - clean.
Update: Having spoken to Unilever, who make Persil, they have informed me that the new fragrance is contained in "microcapsules". They have suggested that I tumble-dry my washing to break the capsules or reduce the dose. Great - but I don't have a tumble-dryer!
I have followed the instructions on the box: 2 tablets for "normal" use, and I suspect that if I use just one then they won't clean as effectively.
Following some helpful comment to my original review, here is a little more information about the product:
The smell is a very artificial "chemical" smell that I think is supposed to be floral. Think of the delicacy of the smell of a strong toilet cleaner and you're probably not far off the mark.
The actual cleaning (i.e. dirt-removing) ability of the product seems unchanged - although as I include the removal of unpleasent smells as part of the cleaning process, it could be argued that it doesn't work. Over time the colour of my clothes has still faded albiet perhaps not as quickly as it might have with a non-colour safe product.
Interestingly, although the information on the box indicates that it is suitable for use when washing at 30ºC, Persil's own web site says that you should periodically use a product with bleach in it to kill germs - especially if someone in the house has been ill. 30ºC is not hot enough to kill bacteria, and this colour product doesn't contain bleach.
A small number of Persil products do not have the new formula, but none of them are specifically colour safe.
I've been using persil washing powder and the tablets for years, and because my daughter has sensative skin she can tell when I change powders as she comes out in a rash and has itchy skin, so I tend to stick to what I know works for us when it comes to buying washing powder and tablets.
At the moment Persil are offering Persil stars for you to collect and give to your child to take to school, where they can give them to their teacher to be cashed in for art materials. They have 7.5 million pounds worth of art materials to give away so if your childs school is taking part, then each box has five stars on the top just cut them out and send them to school.
A box of 12 washes has 24 tablets and this will cost you from around £2.50 to £2.80 depending on which supermarket you buy it from, sometimes it is on offer at the buy one get one free offers, but for me it has to be Persil otherwise my daughter suffers with irritation from the other powders.
You can ring the free phone 0800243131 if you have any questions about using this powder or you can visit the web site at www.persil.com.
A box will last you 12 washes if you put two tablets into the drawer of your washing machine each wash, If you have really stubborn stains then you can use three tablets.
This is great on the stubborn stains and leaves a nice scent on your clothes after washing.
Lever Faberge give you a guarantee, that if your not satisfied with the results you can have your money back, I like these tablets which you can buy in the Persil range.
It helps to remove stains like mud, chocolate and other stains as well as leaving your clothes smelling fresh.
You can use this on low temperatures for great results, even on the whites just add the required amount to your machine and pop it on a 40 degree wash, youll be surprised at how well it works.
I cant really describe the scent it leaves but its a nice perfume. This seems to last for a few hours after drying your clothes. Id recommend this one to you as its been tried and tested in our house for years.
Even though it's a bit dearer than the other brands, it is gentle on the skin and brings up the clothes to my standards of cleanliness. The colours stay bright and a good tip for keeping colours from fading is to turn your clothes inside out before you hang them on the washing line, as this helps to reduce fading by the sun.
With a family of 5 I do a lot of washing and so far I have found the best thing for getting all the wash clean is persil colourcare tablets. They also happen to be the most reasonably priced. The box contains tablets packed in twos. Most washes two are needed. They recommend 3 if very grubby and a heavy wash but I find 2 plenty. You also have a dispersing bag. Basically this is a small net bag, with the holes, and a drawstring. You put the two tablets in here and put it in with the washing. You can also put the tablets on their own though in the draw of your washing machine. Then just wash as normal. Because its for coloureds you have no bleach in the tablets but they are biological for stain removal. These tablets do smell nice and leave a pleasant smell on your wash but not too strong. They come in a sturdy box so you wont find the tablets crushed. They are not recommended to be crushed and used for handwashing or for prewashing. They get the clothes clean and fresh smelling and looking good though.
I don't very often buy tablets to do my washing, but I'm one for giving anything a chance once, so thought I would try Persil Colour Tablets. They are not all that cheap at £3.99 for 18 tablets, which works out to 9 washes. They are biological, and has an advanced colourhold system. Contained in the box are the 18 tablets, wrapped in two's. Also, is a small net bag to put your tablets in. Simply put 2 tablets in the bag provided, and bung it into the machine on top of your washing load. The tablets dissolve easily, and I find they clean your clothes, and leaves them smelling a treat! It states to use 2 tablets for light/normal soiling, and 3 tablets for heavy soiling. No bleach is contained in the tablets, and enzymes are contained. You can find Persil products at www.persil.com Or telephone them at 0800 834614 If it wasn't for the price, I'd buy them more often. But, you get what you pay for! I've bought cheap ones before, and they haven't dissolved completely like they should do. The smell lasts a fairly long time, and gets your clothes completely clean.
I have used Persil colour tablets for a while since they first came out and had a really good deal on them in Sainsbury's. The reason for keep buying them is that by the time that I finish a box of powder it is rock hard in the bottom as some times my sink links and the box soaks it all up. In addition, it is so easy just to pop a tablet in to a bag and in the drum on top of the clothes. I always use just one tablet as our clothes are never that dirty they might be a little bit sweaty and just need to be freshened up. I have found that sometimes I get a little bit of residue most times you can wait until dry and brush off. I find that they do not fade clothes as quickly as white powders and as they are tablets they can be decanted in to another box (which is what I do). Overall if you can get them on sale with a voucher then it is a good deal and worth buying. Therefore, it saves you having to measure out powder. If you use a laundrette then any tablets are a idea.
I brought Persil Colour tablets because I had run out of usual brand, and couldn't get hold of any for a while. Although the Persil tablets washed the clothes the same as my usual brand, and they were in fact slightly cheaper, I won't be buying them again. When you open the tablet's box there is a small net bag. You put two tablets into the net, and then the net into the machine. I did this, no problem. I was pleased that there wasn't all the soapy mess left behind in the dispenser drawer that you usually get with washing powder. However, I found out why, the soap mess ends up on your clothes! Every time I have used the tablets when I have started to iron the washing, I have found that half of the clothes have white powder all over them. Sometimes it was only a little and could be removed with a clean damp cloth, but on a lot of the time, it meant the item had to be washed again. I have enough washing do normally, without having to rewash clothes. I have a normal size machine, and wasn't overfilling the drum with clothes, so I simply can't see what was causing the problem. Obviously for some reason the tablets weren't dissolving properly, and any item the bag with the soggy tablets came into contact with, got some of the powder left on it. Also from an environmental point of view, this is a terrific example of over packaging. As well as the box each set of tablets is individually wrapped in plastic. Surely this could have been avoided.
I’ve always used a normal washing powder for washing my clothes, and I haven’t had any problems with the washing powder staining or bleaching my clothes. After seeing the adverts for the washing tablets, I decided to try them. I put my best designer trousers in the machine with the washing tablet. When the machine had finished I took my trousers out, and I could not believe what had happened, my best trousers were full of white stains, they were completely ruined. I’ve washed these trousers loads of times, in ordinary washing powder, and never had any problems. I would never ever buy washing tablets of any make ever again.
Whilst at university i thought that using persil colour tablets would be an easier way to do my washing , as I had to use a communal laundry . It meant no powder spilling out when I tried to measure how much I needed , throw the net and the 2 tablets in with the wash simple. When I got my washing out of the machine the net was not empty and there was a horrible messy bits of half dissolved tablet left . Luckily there wasn't to much mess on my clothes but they still had to be washed again . This time I borrowed some detergent off a friend . Later that week I phoned my mum to complain about my washing diaster , she said that happened to her at home and now she only puts in 1 tablet instead of 2 . Determind not to waste the tablets ( that would mean less beer money if I had to buy new detergent !!!! ) I decided to do another wash this time using 1 tablet . Yippee it worked no residue and lovely smelling washed clothes , and the bonus is the box now lasts twice as long !!!!!
I've been using washing *liquids* for a while, but conned (oops, I meant *convinced*) by advertising, and even more by the special offer price, I parted with my hard-earned cash for a box or 2 or 3 of these....... Seems simple.......tablets go in bag, bag goes in machine with the washing. apparently they're designed to dissolve completely...... They don't. We have hard water in this area, so maybe in a very soft water area these might work better, but in my experience, the tablets partially dissolve and partially squish and solidify again into a revolting mass rendering the nice little net bag you put them into the machine in impossible to reuse. If you're *really* unlucky, and I have been on a number of occasions, not only does the stuff refuse to dissolve and ruin the little bag, but it also sticks to your clothes leaving nasty white marks........ i would not choose these again unless I was broke and someone *gave* them to me...... even traditional powders don't tend to make this much of a mess - they can mess up the dispensing drawer, but having the same mess in the machine with your clothes is infinitely worse. don't bother with these - you'd be better off with a traditional powder!
Suitable for coloured washes.