Product Type: Persil household products
Newest Review: ... liquid itself is fairly thick and is a lovely sea blue - I am not sure what name Persil give to the scent but to me it smells fresh, ... more
Small and mighty just might have persuaded me to stay loyal to this one!
Persil Small and Mighty
Member Name: redhead78
Persil Small and Mighty
Advantages: Gets clothes clean, easy to use, beautiful smell
Disadvantages: Costly at full price
Like many people, I'm not usually brand loyal when it comes to most things and this includes washing powder. As it is such an expensive item I tend to look for whichever happens to be on offer at the time so have tried a fair few over the years. As a rule I usually prefer the liquid forms rather than the powdered ones a) for ease of use b) my hubby's quite clumsy and quite often knocks them over on the shelf in the utility and powder can be VERY messy! and c) because powdered ones often irritate my skin a little. After reading a couple of reviews of Persil Small and Mighty on here I didn't hesitate to snap up a couple of bottles when I was doing my shopping and saw it on a half price offer of £3.20 rather than £6.40.
I chose the non-bio version which comes in a mainly white bottle with a bit of turquoise blue to brighten it up and Persil in red across the front of it. The lid is also blue but is covered by a second, translucent "lid" which serves as the measure for the liquid inside. The bottle claims that it gives 28 washes from its 1 litre contents and is recognised by the British Skin Foundation...reassuring when you have a husband who suffers terribly from psoriasis! The information on the back of the bottle is the standard; how to use it, how much to use, warnings, fabric care and contact information for Unilever (the company that make it). It also tells us that the liquid is dermatologically tested and that its bottle is recyclable, important for the ecologically-conscious consumer!
This liquid is very easy to use. You simply pour it into the secondary lid - half full for standard loads or full for large or heavier soiled loads. Half full is 35ml of liquid, hence how they can claim 28 washes from this one bottle. You then place the lid full (or half full!) of liquid on the top of the load of washing inside the drum of your machine, then set it to wash as you normally would.
I have to admit that I'm not a big fan of all these new fancy smells when it comes to laundry and really just prefer the "old-fashioned" traditional, clean smells so this one is perfect for me. It smells just like clean washing should smell, in my opinion anyway, and whilst it is obviously quite strong and overpowering when you smell it in the bottle, when your washing comes out of the machine it calms down a lot and just smells, clean, fresh and lovely.
So how does it cope at getting clothes clean? Well, I have no complaints whatsoever in that department and, to be honest, I didn't really expect it to be any different with a well-known brand such as Persil. If they can't get their washing products to get clothes clean then who can?! To be fair we don't have children and don't exactly spend hours rolling around in mud so our laundry products don't have a lot to deal with. Having said that, we do do a lot of walking and cycling and can often end up with splashes of mud either around the bottoms of our trouser legs or up the back of our jumpers, despite the investment in mud guards on our bikes!
This washing liquid has dealt with all of that very nicely and I've never had to re-wash anything or noticed any lingering stains or marks on clothes. I've also washed all my cleaning cloths with this liquid and they, too, came out looking clean and smelling fresh. I've had around 12 washes from my first bottle so far and it is now nearly half empty, so the claim of 28 washes is about right, although I'll probably get nearer to 26 I would estimate, but for £3.20 I'm more than happy with that as it still works out at less than 15p a wash.
All in all I've been very pleased with this washing liquid and am glad that I read those reviews, although as it was on offer I probably would have tried it anyway. It performs exactly as a washing detergent should perfrom in that it gets clothes clean and leaves them smelling beautifully fresh and it's very easy to use. I would definitely buy this again, although I'd hesitate to pay full price for it and will definitely stock up next time I see it on offer. I would love to give it 5 stars but the full rrp would mean over 22p a load if you got the full 28 washes from it and I think that's a bit much so will have to deduct a star for that. Other than that it gets a big thumbs up from me and I'd heartily recommend it.
Summary: A great little product that does exactly what a washing detergent should do, stock up when on offer!