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I usually buy a lot of my clothes on appearance only; I tend never to look at the washing instructions until I get home and am ready to wash them. I just do a quick check that it is not dry clean only and can indeed be washed and then scrunch the fabric up in my hands for a minute - if it creases it goes back on the rail if it doesn't it goes in my trolley for buying.
I have purchased quite a lot of items that contain silk and on reading the care labels before washing found that I couldn't use my normal bio capsules and that they must be washed with a detergent suitable for washing silk.
Pfft what a whole business I thought when I realised, more money now on a separate detergent to wash the clothes, but the items I bought were quite expensive so I thought I had better look round for one suitable.
I found Persil silk and wool for machine and hand washing of delicates. This product comes in a see through bottle with a clear thick liquid which doesn't contain enzymes, bleach or brightening agents and promises to be gentle on delicate fabrics.
There is a little dosing ball on the lid of the bottle for ease of use and as I have a delicate programme on my washing machine and a hand wash programme as well I thought it would do just fine. My washing machine was bought solely because it had a hand wash programme, as I am far too lazy to hand wash anything in the sink.
The instructions on the bottle tell you how much to put in and to read the care label on the item/s you want to wash. The care labels on the delicates I wanted to wash said hand wash at 30 degrees but as I said earlier I have no intention of actually hand washing anything so I made sure the temperature was at 30 degrees and put them in the washing machine on the hand wash programme and hoped for the best.
I was a little concerned that one of the items was white and with no bleach or brightening agents and on so a low temperature I might not get a clean wash. I didn't have to worry once I got them out of the washing machine, I noticed a very nice slight perfume smell on the clothes and when they were dry the smell did stay on and the washing was indeed very clean, even the whites, so now I don't get put off buying fabrics that need a special washing detergent.
I have been using this product now for well over a year and never been disappointed, the liquid is thick and the bottle lasts a reasonable length of time if you only use it for your silks, wools and delicates. I would recommend this to anyone who has delicate fabrics to wash.
Persil Silk and Wool can be found in most supermarkets and costs around £3.25 for 750ml bottle
With some of my birthday money I brought 2 wicked wool jumpers from the sale in Next but I could tell straight away that I would have to be careful how I washed them or they would pull out of shape easy. My mum recommended Persil Silk & Wool because she's used it in the past for handwashing her best jumpers and you can use it in the washing machine as well.
I got a bottle and thought it was proper expensive because it's over £3.00 for the same size bottle as the Small And Mighty washing liquids but I got it anyway because I wanted to make sure my jumpers stayed in good condition for as long as possible.
It's got quite a strong smell and you don't need to use a lot in a bowl of water so i reckon this bottle will last me for ages.
One of my jumpers is cream and the other one is pink so they both show up any stains or marks. The first time I wore the cream one it was on my birthday and we went for a Chinese and I spilled some of the chow mein sauce down me. I panicked because it was such a greasy stain that I didn't think anything would get it out but soaking the jumper in this for a bit and then rubbing the mark got it straight out and it looks as good as new now.
I've washed both of the jumpers 3 times now and Silk & Wool has got them dead clean all the times. I used it in the washing machine on a cool wash when I was washing my little sisters wool blankets and they came out proper soft and dead clean even though she's got a habit of tipping her milk out onto them.
Everything I've washed in it has come out soft and it hasn't damaged the feel or look of the stuff at all. The smell stays on the clothes for ages and even when I dried it over the radiator the smell was still there after and that's surprising because usually the heat off the radiator gets rid of all the smell off the washing powder.
Every bottle does between 20 and 25 washes so that's good value even though its so expensive to buy.
Washing woollies is definitely not one of my strong points, over the years I have ended up with no end of jumpers that feel like you are wearing chain- mail.
Now I sometimes get the grandchildren's woollies thrown into my wash basket too if they have been for the night and I like to think that they are well- washed and feel soft enough for their young delicate skin.
The modern biological powders are all well and good, for the most part they see off the dirt and grime but can be a little unkind to young or sensitive skin.
Persil silk and Wool is a Unilever product, it does work out fairly expensive at £3.18 for a 750ml bottle, but having said that a bottle goes a long long way.
I regularly hand wash, it is therapeutic! If the jumper is a particularly good one then I do make the effort to hand wash it and try to keep it in shape and good condition.
The absolute beauty of this Persil liquid is that you can use it in the washing machine, so rather than fill your tub with biological suds you can create a gentle environment for the more delicate things to be washed in.
This liquid has no brightening agents, bleach or enzymes, so you are assured that the clothes will be treated with the utmost care.
Although the bottle has it own measuring top I tend to use my initiative and just pour a little liquid into the dispenser drawer. If I am hand washing using the liquid then I only use the tiniest of drops, its sufficient enough to clean and freshen items well.
When you have used the thick perfumed liquid the clothing smells beautiful and that fragrance and freshness lingers on and on.
If you have underwear and nightwear to wash then the liquid is the perfect solution making it feel quite soft and sensuous.
I had previously used Woolite, another product for washing wool and dedicates. Woolite comes in a few pence cheaper than Persil Silk and Wool, it has a fragrance and does the job admirably but I feel that Persil have the edge.
Persil have a history of producing first class laundry products, they have been used and trusted by many for years.
I like and admire this Persil product and would willingly recommend it to any of you.
I had a hand-knitted blanket for our imminent arrival and I wanted to wash it but to ensure it stayed perfect. I invested in some Persil Silk and Wool because I did not want to risk ruining it. I have never used specific detergent for silk and wool before.
This detergent is in a liquid form, which I prefer. I find that washing at lower temperatures sometimes means that powder does not dissolve during a hand wash.
The scent is quite strong and really lasts on the fabric once it is dry.
I washed the blanket using this detergent by hand and it has come up perfectly. As it was new, there were no stains so I cannot comment on whether this works well in a hand wash for stubborn stains on wools and silks and other delicate fabrics. I did not use a fabric softener and yet the blanket stayed very soft and the fragrance lasted once it was dry and stored away for a number of weeks.
Once I had bought the detergent, I thought I might as well try it on some silk items I had that I usually put in the washing machine. Any stains completely disappeared. The fragrance lasted well, as with the hand wash and the fabric felt soft.
The bottle comes with a dosing ball, which is very handy. However, the first measurement is 50ml, which isn't particularly helpful when the bottle states to use 30ml for a hand wash!! Still, it's better than nothing!
This isn't the cheapest of detergents but it is worth it if you have some special items that you don't want to risk with your usual detergent. It costs between £3 and £4 for 750ml.
I must admit, that up until quite recently I used to wash any silk or wool items by hand using a bog standard handwash powder, and always found that they came out fine, and (on the surface anyway) it didn't seem to be doing them any harm.
At the beginning of summer, I had bought a silk top from Warehouse, which was absolutely beautiful, but also quite expensive. The first time I went to wear it, I had applied a roller ball deodorant, and obviously hadn't given it enough time to dry, as when I put the top on, the deodorant left marks all down the sides of it. As it was a cream coloured top, these marks kind of made see through patches which were very obvious. I was gutted, given the price of the thing, and the fact that I had never worn it. The label said to hand wash in specialist silk detergent, a warning I would have normally ignored, but I didn't want to take any chances, as I really loved the top and couldn't really afford to replace it.
I went into Wilkinson's to see what they had on offer, and the only detergent I could see for silk, was Persil's Silk and Wool. As it was the only product which looked suitable for my needs, I purchased a bottle.
The detergent is liquid and comes in a clear bottle with a pink lid which has a dosing ball attached, as you can probably see from the picture.
The liquid can be used for machine or hand washing silks, woollens and other delicate fabrics. It states that it works especially well on the hand wash cycle of your washing machine, however I can't confirm that, as my washing machine doesn't have one!
There is a guide on the back of the bottle instructing how much of the product should be used depending on the hardness of the water in your area.
I have used this in both the washing machine and by hand, and these are my experiences.
By hand :
The dosage instructions on the back of the ball state that when hand washing 30ml of the product should be used per 10 litres of water. Personally, I do all my hand washing in the bathroom sink, and although it's a reasonable size, I shouldn't think it holds 10 litres of water, so I used just under 30ml. One thing that I found quite annoying though, was that the measurements on the dosing ball start at 50ml, so really you are guessing by eye for measurements below that.
You will notice that the liquid is quite fragranced - it has a fresh, clean smell which is quite feminine and slightly floral. It's also quite thick, but seems to mix into the water well.
I found that washing by hand with this liquid got rid of all those deodorant marks from my silk top with just one wash- I can't tell you how relieved I was about that! I sometimes find that washing by hand with my normal hand wash powder, does not clean as effectively as when I machine wash items, but this has always got rid of any marks. I've also used it on a couple of items that were neither silk or wool - a bra I forgot to put in with my normal machine wash, and also a top that I always wash by hand as it has quite intricate beading on it, and I worry about putting it in the machine. Both came out beautifully clean, with no harm to them, and a wonderful fresh smell.
If I am putting a relatively cheap woollen garment in the machine I will just use the standard powder I always do. If I am washing silk, chances are I won't put it in the machine at all. Therefore there are very few occasions I actually use this in the machine, but I do have a couple of more expensive woollen items, which unfortunately due to the cold weather we've had recently have had to come out of the wardrobe.
To use in the machine, simply fill it with the required amount of liquid, and put the dosing ball in the back of the machine.
Again, as when using this product to wash by hand , I find that all garments come out absolutely fine, clean and smelling lovely and fresh.
This product costs £3.25 for a 750ml bottle from Wilkinson's and I would imagine it's quite widely available.
For silk, wool and delicate fabrics / Suitable for machine or hand wash.