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My washing machine is one of those appliances I use literally on a daily basis. Constant washing of children's clothes, uniforms and bedding means I can't avoid or put off buying laundry liquids or gels. I bought this in the 875ml size in Sainsbury's afew months back while on offer, but can be purchased more or less anywhere for around the £6-7.00 mark.
Why did I buy this?
I actually went to the supermarket expecting to buy Fairy Non Bio as the previous day it was on special offer. Unfortunately I didn't time my visit right and the offer had finished. I noticed this was on offer and rather than paying full price for Fairy, I opted for this one instead. The fact it was Non Bio was a must due to washing children's clothing and more importantly, 2 out of the 3 of use has skin issues.
How is it packaged?
The product comes in a large mainly white plastic bottle. Slightly curved edges, not that dissimilar to being almost tear drop shaped ( minus the flat bottom so it can stand up! ). Flip top lid to dispense product which when firmly placed down provides security.
On the front label you have the brand name and product name ( Non bio Persil ), and it mentions how many washes you can achieve from the product. At the top it mentions this product is kind to skin.
On the back it provides a illustration on how to use, ingredients list, information on fabric care, general warnings, company contact details and also states this product has been dermatologically tested.
A third down from the bottle, placed in the middle, is a blue dispenser, that is used to dispense product for washing.
15-30%: Anionic Surfactants, 5-15%: Non-Ionic Surfactants, Soap, <5%: Phosphonates, Perfume, Polycarboxylates, Optical Brighteners
How to use
Place product into the blue dispenser that is housed in the bottle itself. Depending on how dirty clothing is, you can either fill the dispenser up to the 35ml mark or the 52ml mark. Place on top of the load in the washing machine and proceed with wash cycle. With more stained clothing you can pour alittle of the product directly onto the clothing and use the slightly raised side of the dispenser and gently rub, then place in washing machine to wash.
Can provide up to 25 washed.
How did I use it?
I never read the instructions, just poured a generous amount in the soap dispenser of the washing machine!
How did I find it?
As mentioned, I never used this in the suggested manner on the packaging. What I did find when opening this bottle was the scent of the liquid which was fresh, clean, not overpowering but strong enough for it to be noticed. Very pleasant and non-offensive.
The liquid itself was the consistency I expected-fluid, not thick. White in colour, smooth in look and texture. So poured very easily into the machine.
What I found when my clothes were washed is that all garments had been washed well, clean, no marks present so I felt it did a great job in regards to that area. The smell was there which I loved, and when I had to place these clothes to dry in the house, both kitchen and living room were engulfed in clean freshness which wasn't overpowering, but saved me a job of getting some form of candle or air freshener device to provide fragrance. The smell did decrease over time, but there was still a hint of it in the rooms as the clothes dried, and more importantly even after being dried and the clothes were put away, the clothes still had that just washed smell and clean fragrance to them.
Clothes never felt as if they were left with a film or residue while wet or when dried.
In regards to the product and causing irritation, it never caused any problems with me and my son. It actually made a nice change from using the Fairy version, as although I know how kind that product is to the skin, it doesn't have the same strength or smell in regards to fragrance. On my little girl I was very cautious. Due to her eczema, I washed her clothes maybe twice using this, but at the time her skin started to act up alittle. No idea whether it was this or anything else, or just bad timing, but on the side of caution I re washed all her clothes in Fairy, and I've stopped using this full stop due to her having one heck of a flare up since Christmas.
The packaging-I liked this one because it didn't take up too much room in the cupboard despite holding a decent amount of product in it. It's quite slim line despite being tall, and I liked how the ball is actually in the bottle rather than the top. Devices like this tend too bug me as they fall off the top of the bottles and I end up throwing them away. At least this way, you can leave it in the packaging itself when not in use.
Price wise-I think most laundry detergents are expensive anyway, that's why I always wait for there to be a promotion to make it more cost effective. But price in general seems comparable to others, along with availability.
Would I buy this again?
If it wasn't for my daughter yes I would. Nice smell, cleans clothes well and despite using in the wrong way it still did the job. But because of my daughter I can't chance a change in routine, regardless of whether this is suitable for young and/or sensitive skin. Great product though.
Not long ago I signed up to become a member of BzzAgent, a website where you are sent products to try in return for spreading your honest opinion on the product through word of mouth. The first campaign I was invited to participate in was for Persil Non Bio washing liquid. I accepted the invite and was sent a free 630ml bottle of the product to try.
The bottle is quite tall and tapered towards the top, which I have found to be particularly useful as it's easy to grip one handed (with my abnormally small hands) leaving my other hand free to hold my 7 month old daughter, a godsend because she's very clingy at the moment while her top 2 teeth are coming through! The packaging is very clean looking, a white plastic sleeve encompasses the bottle with just a splash of the Persil logo's blue at the top of the bottle and a matching blue screw on lid. The sleeve does however have a clear strip down one side of the bottle allowing you to see how much of the liquid is left, meaning you wont have to guess when you need to pick up a new one. The bottle comes with a clear cap over the top of the blue one, the purpose of which is to allow you to accurately measure out the amount of liquid with handy markers at 35ml and 52ml (The relevance of these amounts I'll explain in a moment). The reverse of the pack has all the usual safety information (don't put it in your eyes or allow children to put it in theirs, don't add it to your cuppa if you run out of milk, the usual stuff companies have to add to packaging just in case some moron decides to see how good washing liquid is as an alternative to their usual whitening eye-drops), it also has the Persil website info and directs you there for handy tips on how to get out tough stains. There is also a step by step guide on how to use the product, measuring out 35ml for standard 4-5kg loads washed in a soft/medium water area, or 52ml for 6-8kg loads, very dirty loads, or for hard water areas. The writing on this info could do with being a little bigger as it was quite difficult to read unless I was holding the bottle right upto my face.
-Wash Booster Technology-
Many companies boast innovative 'technologies' in order to promote their product above competing brands, some even go so far as to make up new scientific-sounding words in their attempts to lure you into making a purchase. With this in mind I'm always a little skeptical when I try a product containing one of these fancy new 'technologies'. In the case of Persil Non Bio's wash booster however it seems my cynicism was unfounded, the claim is that the wash booster technology helps provide Persil's best ever stain removal particularly on oily or greasy stains. Well after putting it to the test I can honestly say it works wonders. My 2 year old kindly provided me with a situation in which to thoroughly test the wash booster by wiping a greasy hand on my husbands coat after eating a bacon sandwich. Lo and behold out came the stain, on only a quick wash and at a mere 40 degrees. Needless to say I was impressed!
If you open the bottle and take a big whiff the smell is overpowering to say the least. I find it very hard to describe products such as washing liquid without using the phrase clean-smelling, but I'll give it ago. Initially I was surprised at the smell in the bottle, as I said it was very strong, not necessarily bad just a bit overwhelming for the senses. However, since you're not going to spend your time with your nose in the bottle it's probably more helpful to describe how it made my washing smell. Luckily the smell of clothes once they've been washed in Persil Non Bio is a lot more delicate. It's rather floral and a very pleasant smell. The clothes retain their just washed smell for a long time afterwards, and even after taking off my dirty clothes at the end of a long day it was still slightly noticeable under the smell of my usual perfume.
When clothes washed in Persil are in the dryer the smell fills my kitchen and my sister even commented on how lovely it smelled. My husband did mention that it gave him a bit of a headache when he was in the kitchen for a long time while the dryer was on, but he's quite sensitive to fragrances, if I spray perfume just before we get into a car he has to open a window or he gets a headache, so if you're sensitive to smells it may be something to bear in mind.
-How good is it at getting your clothes clean?-
As I mentioned earlier I was very impressed with how it handled the greasy stain on my husbands coat and in general I've been pleasantly surprised by how well Persil Non Bio handles stains, with 2 young children I find I have a lot of stains to deal with on a day to day basis and it's handled every type of stain I've thrown at it particularly well, this has included everything from blackening banana stains on day old bibs, to grass and mud stains on the knees of my sons trousers after the park. I've had very few (a lot less than usual) items that needed to go through a second time, and have not felt the need to use an extra stain remover.
Even though it has done such a good job getting my family's clothes clean it's still kind on skin and my son who has particularly sensitive skin has had no reaction to it whatsoever and it leaves my baby daughters clothes feeling lovely and soft.
Overall I'm very impressed, so much so I'm seriously considering making the switch from my usual Daz: Mandarin and Lime! I love the smell, it's delicate yet doesn't fade too quickly, it cleans brilliantly even on a cooler wash, and so far is lasting me longer than I thought it would (the pack says it contains 18 washes worth, but I am only just under half way through the bottle after around 13 washes, and using slightly less than the recommended 35ml per wash hasn't affected it's stain removing capabilities. I'll be buying it again and would recommend it, particularly to those with small children or those who have sensitive skin.
Since my kids are older the stains on their clothes are bigger and more difficult to remove them. They love to try out new thing and even my younger one started to eat alone... Usually I have to change their clothes twice a day as they become so dirty or wet that changing is inevitable.
However I have a brilliant washing/drying machine I try to dry the clothes on the airier when it is possible and use the tumble drier when the quantity of the laundry makes it necessary. As I don't like to re-wash clothes I try to find the suitable washing detergent which removes the stain from the kids' clothes. I tried several types of detergents and still not found the one which works all the time.
Persil Small&Mighty Non Bio liquid detergent comes in two sizes. I bought the bigger one which is said to be enough for 42 washes. The detergent is concentrated so only a cap is needed for a load. The plastic bottle contains 1470 ml detergent. You can recognise easily from its dark turquoise cap and huge Persil Small&Mighty logo. I bought it in our local Sainsbury's when it was on offer. I used most of it so I was looking for its bio version in the Tesco and the same size was for 6.3 pounds.
Generally Persil makes really good detergents but I wasn't completely satisfied with this one. The detergent in the bottle is white and thick. I pour it directly on the clothes. I haven't experienced any damage on the clothes because of this. The detergent has floral scent but somehow it is chemical as well. When I don't use fabric conditioner the washed clothes have a mild floral scent which disappears by the time they get dry.
I found that the detergent washes the clothes clean but some of the stubborn stains remain in the clothes. Usually I apply stain remover on these clothes and put them back for a second washing. I think this washing detergent is not a cheap one so I would expect better stain removing effect. I like that it keeps white clothes really white and it can be used on colour and black clothes too. My younger son has quite sensitive skin but we haven't experienced any problem when using this detergent.
However the manufacturer advertises this product as a good stain remover even in cold water according to my test it didn't removed stubborn stains (chocolate, fruit, grass) from the kids' clothes at 40 degrees.
To sum up, I think this detergent is very good for those clothes that are not soiled very much as it cannot remove stubborn stains. It can be used in cold water too which is good as you can save energy. It is dermatologically tested and we really had no problem while using it. The washing comes out with a mild floral scent which disappears after drying. I cannot recommend this product if you have kids around as it is not effective enough on stubborn stains.
Persil Naturals Olive Blossom and Camomile non-bio liquid is now my favourite weapon of choice against dirty socks! And dirty everything else... although it does get socks amazingly clean, and even gets rid of that ground in dirt that kids (and men!) sometimes get on their sock heels.
According to the packaging, a 630ml bottle lasts for 18 washes but I find it goes further than that and usually lasts me to about 25 washes or so.
The packaging itself is very attractive; a lovely curvy shape (ergonomically designed, I think they call it) with a light satsuma-coloured cap (also used to measure out the liquid; a capful does one wash) and the actual bottle is lemon yellow with a white section in the middle and pictures of some camomile flowers and olive-blossom on the front and back.
It also has the red Persil logo, the words "naturals, a fresh olive blossom fragrance blended with camomile extract", a small circle at the bottom of the label saying "british skin foundation; validating persils research into skin care" and that it is 2 x concentrated.
It cleans really well even on a cold wash, I have two toddlers that seem to bath in chocolate and tomato pasta sauce when I am not looking and I have never had to treat the stains in any way before washing, nor use a pre-wash. The stains come right out at 40 degrees.
The smell is lovely; it actually smells like something I cant really describe (useful for a reviewer, hey!) but strangely, smells like kind of a cross between apple and cucumber!
Although that may just be my warped sense of smell due to having to change so many pungent toddler nappies!
The smell lasts on the clothes after washing and even when they are dry, they smell very clean with a definite smell of this liquid.
The smell lasts for about a day.
The only thing I have noticed, is that when I dry clothes outside, they come in smelling of the outdoors and not of the persil.
So if you are going to use this liquid and want your clothes to smell lovely after washing, I would suggest drying them indoors- on a radiator is even better if you can, as then the whole room smells gorgeous!
Persil Non-Bio Liquid for washing clothes comes in an opaque white bottle and is filled with white liquid. There is a label on the front with the big red Persil logo on. The bottle has a built in handle which is convenient for carrying and dispensing and on the screwcap lid is a big wash ball for putting the liquid direct into the washing machine.
The 1.5 litre bottle says it does 20 washes but I normally get a few more than this out of it, particularly as I don't need to use so much liquid for a wool wash or other delicates. (I should point out here that it says on the back of the bottle not to use on wool or silk but I ignore that and have not had anything at all negative happen to these types of clothes with this liquid.) I live in a soft water area and use between 75 - 100ml per wash. It retails at £4.70 from Sainsburys, which is probably a bit expensive, but I find it is worth it.
The quality of the liquid is very good in my opinion. It works very well in my machine, and I have used it in several different machines so I can only assume this goes across the board. I have used it on whites with various stains such as grass, chocolate, vomit and other undesirables, and found that it gets all of these items out very well. On 40 degree washes it can sometimes need a little help from some stain remover, but this is no great problem. On colour washes it works just the same and has not caused any colour run, or come out with residue all over my clothes.
It is a product which is kind to my clothes, leaving them soft and smelling nice. I am having trouble now trying to describe the smell and all I can think of is that is a nice fresh smell. It's not what I would call floral or spicy, it just makes me think of sunshiny days in green fields, that sort of fresh. And being non-bio it is also kind to the environment and to my skin. I don't think anything could enduce me to switch my washing liquid so I can recommend this to anyone.
I am an advertisers dream, I can't resist trying out new products when they appear on the shelves in the supermarket. There I was in the washing powder section when I spotted a new product from Persil called Black Velvet. I had not seen it advertised on T.V so decided to pick it up and take a look. Its a new detergent specifically designed to clean and care for black and dark clothes. They claim its different because it actively helps to keep your blacks as black as new. Well worth a try I thought, because some of my black and dark clothes have a grey look after two washes, I just hate it when that happens. Almost all of my clothes in winter are black, some Navy and some a very dark grey, but mostly black. I love black clothes, I think they always look smart, they are slimming and look good with blonde hair. Its not something you add to your mainwash along with another detergent it goes in the drawer on its own, along with fabric softener if you use it. They reccomend you do not put it in the washing machine drum, they dont say why. If you have any questions about the product or garment care they have a freephone number to ring them for advice.Its printed on the back. The bottle is a pleasing shape, a little phallic but then what isnt in the advertising game. Its a trendy looking bottle, with a leather look dressed young thing posing on the front, all in black, and has nice shiny metalic silver writing on the label. It has a black top too. You get 14 washes out of it so thats not bad, and it cost me £2.29 in Tesco last week. Not bad, not as cheap as some powders for colours you can buy, but Persil is a good brand and they have been around a while, long enough to put their money where their mouths are, it seems quite strong so I dont use as much as they suggest, it will last longer than the 14 washes. I have used it several times now, and one or two things where new. They have surviv
ed my washes, I dont have a good record when it comes to shrinking, upsizing and red sock in the white wash. They are still as black/dark as they was and the smell is really fresh, and stays like it too. Its a winner with me, and I will buy it again. P.S Sorry if this in the wrong section.
I've used Persil Non Bio liquid for 3 or 4 years now. It dissolves easily (unlike some powders), doesn't clonk in the washing machine like a tablet and gets clothes acceptibly clean. It keeps perfectly well for years, so I wait until I find it being sold cheaply, and then stock up with 30 or 40 litres of the stuff. This then sits on a shelf in the garage until the next good offer. This means I don't have to worry about running out, as well as making sure that I get to buy it for a good price. My target price is about £1.20 for a litre of the Persil Non Biological refill. The "standard" selling price is about £2.30 for this amount (ie £3.49 for 1.5 litres). To get it at £1.20 a litre, it will usually come as a 3 for the price of 2 offer on a 1.5 litre pack when the standard price is also discounted. This doesn't happen often, but I can afford to wait a couple of years until it does.
I started using persil non bio liquid just before we had our little boy mainly to wash his new clothes and those that had been given to us from friends. As we seemed to do half loads of his clothes I used to add some of the rest of the families stuff into the washload. Well it certainly cleaned them. I have tried some cheaper brands but to be honest they dont really clean the clothes and this does. I've never had any reaction to his skin and hes never been irritated by the liquid. The only drawback is that soemtimes tomatoey stains dont come up if you dont catch them fairly sharpish and you end up having to wash first in biological liquid and then finish the wash with non bio