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Persil Non Bio
Persil Non Bio Liquid
Member Name: Jenny_Summers
Persil Non Bio Liquid
Advantages: Smells great, gentle on sensitive skin, great at removing stains
Disadvantages: Usage instructions could be in bigger writing
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.
Summary: A brilliant product and one I would really reccomend!