Product Type: Persil household products
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Persil Small and Mighty
Member Name: CrazyEgg
Persil Small and Mighty
Date: 02/10/12, updated on 04/10/12 (302 review reads)
Advantages: sometimes the cheapest and works well
Disadvantages: Stubborn stains need a bit of help
I have been using Persil non-bio Small and Mighty for about a year now, since the need arose to use a non-biological detergent for a while. The enzymes in biological detergents can irritate sensitive skin, so rather than chance it with Baby CrazyEgg I played safe and bought this, initially with money-off coupons supplied in the Bounty packs they give you in hospital. However, it has only been in the last few days that I have realised why it comes with two caps.
It appears that the outer cap is in fact a dosing device and the idea is that you fill it to 35 or 52 mls depending on the size and dirtiness of your laundry. I have puzzled over this for a long time as I solemnly removed the dosing device after purchase and put it in the recycling. "This is madness!" I thought. Especially as the actual cap, the blue one, holds 37mls if you fill it almost to the brim. And if you needed the larger dose, I thought, you would just put a splodge more in, surely? So, for a year I have been putting Small and Mighty in the dispenser drawer, and the washing seems to have come out pretty clean.
In recent times there have been heavy puree stains on all manner of baby and adult clothes, and these become unnoticeable on dark coloured clothing after washing with Small and Mighty, but often remain on white and pastel coloured clothes. This remains true even if you do use the dosing ball correctly, that is by putting it into the actual drum of the machine with your laundry. This is something Persil have obviously cottoned on to as their product now has 'wash booster' which promises to 'clean tough stains even in a quick wash'. I have yet to try this as I still have a bottle of the old formulation to get through.
Certainly, it does a reasonable job of cleaning and none of us have experienced any skin irritation as a result of using it. It is not endorsed by the British Skin Foundation for nothing! Indeed the BSF logo on the bottle states that it recognises Persil's research into skin care.
The 1 litre bottle holds 28 washes and is sometimes on offer at a price that reduces it to 6p or 7p per wash. Certainly during my last bulk purchase it was cheaper than powder or the supermarket own-label products, something which often surprises.
The bottle has a pleasingly curved shape that is narrower at the top, making it easy to hold for dispensing purposes. It is a plastic bottle with a shrink-wrapped label that offers a clear view of the product down one narrow strip, so you know when you need to restock. It also has a 'stay clean cap' which is rather superfluous if you pour the product direct into the dosing ball, but was great for me throughout the time I was 'doing it wrong'.
There is a light fragrance to the product which smells slightly soapy, in a pleasant kind of way.
Overall, this is a very good product, which needs a bit of help to get rid of stubborn stains. If it isn't the cheapest when I need to purchase again, I would probably purchase something different, most probably Almat liquitabs from Aldi!
Summary: An effective washing detergent