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      08.10.2013 11:03
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      A really good buy!

      Persil 'Bio' With Wash Booster Powder.

      There are many different Persil powders and the likes on the market. I do not usually buy a powder and prefer liquid or capsules but the other day I saw a box of this in my local Nisa store, on offer from £3.19 a box to £1.59 and remembering I was running low opted to buy a box of it.

      The Packaging:

      The box this powder comes in is mainly light green and white in colour and on the front of it we are clearly told what it is 'as I have mentioned already' and we are told that a box my size should give us 10 washes and that it 'Cleans tough stains even in a quick wash' and there's a photograph shown of a couple of cyclists then other information given on the box includes being told a bit about the product, directions for use are given, the ingredients are stated as is the size (which in this case is 850g of the powder) and contact details for the manufacturer are clearly listed. To one side of the box there is a small flap as to which you can easily open and close to pour the powder out of.

      The Powder:

      The powder itself is mainly white with some dark blue coloured granules speckled within it. It has a really gorgeous, fresh and clean smell to it however trying to describe it would be impossible! Its not fruity or floral and it is very unisex in its fragrance...I guess maybe I'd call it soapy in smell but it really is lovely, light and fresh scented this one.

      The directions given on the box are clearly written and with little diagrams and it depends not only how dirty your washing is but also the sort of area you live in I.E Hard Water and so on as to how much you need to use per load. There is no measuring device given with this powder at all so I measure mine out on my slimming scales and pop it in my washing machine drawer along with some fabric conditioner/softener.

      On the box this powder comes in we are told that this can clean from 15c, me though I wash not so dirty stuff on a quick wash (like towels which I wash every time that I use one), my clothes usually meet a 40c wash and my bedding a 60c just for the record.

      I find this washing powder to be brilliant to be honest. This really does remove grease, dirt and grime from fabrics and leaves fabrics smelling wonderfully fresh and soft. The other night I had an Indian takeaway, in bed watching a movie and got yellow, greasy sauce all over my lovely cream bedding. I whipped the bedding off and popped it in the wash with this stuff on a 60c wash and voila not a mark left! I had a white top on the other day and cut my finger and got blood on it again this removed it thankfully. My boyfriend is a builder and constantly covered in dust and muck and again this cleans them up brilliantly and even he commented he couldn't believe I got his stuff clean!

      Neither of us are itching or scratching because of this, something that did concern me being a powder. I just rate this very highly indeed and now I don't feel the need to pre-wash or soak anything all I do is separate my colours and away I go.

      This is brilliant quality buy and works very well indeed for me and it was (even at full price) that I will buy in the future! Thumbs up to Persil for this one!

      This review is also posted on Ciao under this same username.

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        25.09.2013 14:53
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        Great value premium powder.

        I have started buying in bulk in an effort to save time and money. My latest purchase was a 8.5kg 100 wash box of Persil Non Bio I paid £22 with free delivery from Amazon.co.uk. This works out at 22p a wash and means I don't have to worry about buying wash powder for the next three months.

        The box is made of double walled cardboard so is fairly sturdy, the box also has a plastic carry handle which I don't really trust as it feels quite flimsy but happily I don't need to move the wash powder around now that it is situated next to the washing machine.

        The box is easy to open just by pulling the tag that will open the box on three sides leaving the fourth side to act as a hinge. The box is covered in contact details, dosing information, washing instructions and an advert for Persil Small & Mighty. It is also claimed there is a measuring device in the box; I am yet to find mine so I assume it has sunk to the bottom of the box. I am currently using a small tumbler to measure powder from the box to the dispenser draw so I think I am using a little less than the recommended amount.

        Once I opened the Persil I was happy to see that it was extremely full of snowy white wash powder. The wash powder smells fresh and clean and has no added scents.

        The powder dissolves fully from the dispenser draw every time no matter what type of wash I set the machine too and it leaves no residue on clothes or in the drum of the machine.

        My clothes come out looking and smelling clean and fresh every time, I have to admit that in my opinion Persil Non Bio is better at cleaning first time every time than most shop branded products.

        While the weather has been good I have been drying my laundry out on the line and it is a pleasure to peg out as it smells so fresh. The clothes and towels dry up quite soft and are relatively easy to iron.

        As Persil Non Bio has no overwhelming added scent it lends itself well to the addition of fabric conditioner, I am currently using Lenor Spring Awakening. The combination of the two gives me super clean and fresh laundry.

        As a family of four (two adults & two teenagers) Persil Non Bio meets all my laundry needs, we don't get our clothes excessively stained and the majority of the time I feel I am just freshening items up. A few of the stains that have been removed are gravy, salad cream, tomato based pasta sauce, tea, fruit juice and mascara.

        Both my children suffer slightly with eczema and they have had no problems with Persil Non Bio.

        I happily recommend this and will be buying it again when my box eventually gets low.

        Thank you for reading.

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        04.10.2012 20:34
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        A washing powder that doesn't do the job for me

        When my mother in law comes down from Newcastle to visit she normally comes with a wide range of household products ranging from rubber gloves to light bulbs. It is her way of helping out when she lives so far away (we are on the Cambridgeshire/Lincolnshire boarder). This is of course great as a lot of the time we have plenty of items in stock and of course we are incredibly grateful that she should spend her money on us. One item she brought down with her recently wasn't exactly the smallest being a large box of Persil Bio Washing Powder.

        She had bought it mainly so I could wash her son (my other half's) work clothing and football kits. I happen to be with someone who works for a Premiership football club and this means that his daily wear is a football kit and the items which go with it and I like to wash his clothing separately and in order for the colours to stay bright my mother in law kindly supplied a rather large box of Persil Bio Washing Powder as she thought it would do just the job!

        I am well aware of the Persil brand having used their products both for laundry as well as their range of washing up liquids before. Their laundry products are not something I normally buy unless on offer as I do find that there are just as good cheaper alternatives out there but will when on offer make a purchase. I never normally use Bio washing products and it had been a while since using a powder but as a freebie and knowing that Persil do make good quality items I wasn't going to say no.

        Persil Bio Washing Powder comes in a large green coloured cardboard box which has a strip around the top which you pull off and it opens the lid easily. Inside there is a scoop which easily measures the amount you want to use per load (if you loose your scoop you can apply for a new one which is free on the Persil website). The box features images of boys on bikes together with the rather large and rather red Persil logo. On the back of the box there is information about the product together with extensive usage instructions as well as the usual warnings, laundry tips and contact information.

        Persil Bio Washing Powder claims to be effective on even the toughest of stains even in a quick wash which when washing football kits on a regular basis there are plenty of stains to remove. The powder's formula apparently contains 'wash booster technology' which helps combat stains such as mud and grass so again ideal for a football kit! This technology is also supposed to be effective on oily and greasy stains so ideal for those with hard graft type jobs as well as mischievous children!

        The powder itself is white in colour is made up of incredibly fine granules and if you look closely you can see tiny flecks of red and blue grains but these are very few and far between. The powder looks just like any other washing powder that you may buy and does have a very noticeable laundry type smell to it which is actually quite strong but incredibly pleasant (quite like an intense clean cotton type smell) and does give the impression that it will sink into the clothes once they are washed.

        Using the bio washing powder is quite simple you scoop out the amount you need (the recommended dosages are on the back of the box). Because I live in a hard water area and I am washing muddy, grass stained items I do tend to put a large scoop in (probably more than I should!). Obviously the dosages change depending on the size of the load, what you are washing and of course the water type. The scoop does have measuring levels for ease but I tend to ignore and probably waste a bit too much but when it comes to my partner's clothes I need it to be effective!

        I have solely been using the Persil Bio Washing Powder on football kit, football bibs basically anything of my partner's and they are generally always quite dirty, muddy and grass stained and of course they do generally stick of sweat (yes what a nice image I have given you all!). I have now finished the large box of washing powder and unfortunately I don't think I would bother buying it again even if it was on offer as it really didn't live up to its promises or claims.

        I found that after every wash regardless of what item I was washing that the clothes didn't smell as fresh as they could have done and whilst they did smell clean they still had a slight musky odour to them which meant I would wash them twice so may be the powder just isn't strong enough in this regard. I also noticed that whilst some of the mud lifted from the fabric it couldn't remove the whole stain and this didn't just happen on white items it also happened on dark coloured tops and socks meaning that they were left marked. Now I know I can't expect it to rid the clothes of all marks and stains but given that it claims to be able to remove grass and mud I would expect a better result.

        Once dry the clothes don't particularly smell fresh and whilst I am not expecting them to smell as fresh as a daisy they simply smell like they need re-washing. I really expected better from Persil given its high brand name and premium price. May be it would just be better suited to clothes that are not as heavily worn and stained but I won't be buying it again to find out. For me this just doesn't help clean my partner's clothes that particularly well so for me I wouldn't buy it myself personally as it just didn't live up to the job.

        An item that I am surprised at as I thought it would really do the job well. However, it lacked strength on the heavily stained items and didn't actually give a fresh and clean aroma to the clothes. May be worth a try if you are not using it on majorly stained items and it is on offer but I won't be recommending it nor will I buy it. 2 stars from me.


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        Brand: Persil
        Price: 10 washes about £3.50 and 50 washes about £12.00 (on average)
        Availability: Supermarkets, discount stores etc

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        01.10.2012 14:54
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        A reliable washing powder which will not hurt those with sensitive skin,

        This is the other main washing powder I use in the big machines in the laundry room downstairs.

        It is the one my mum used when I was growing up and still does because it does not irritate my dad's multiply allergic skin. I inherited my sensitive skin from him and I use it for the same reason. It does not cause me to get eczema flare-ups, trigger an asthma attack which can happen for me from some cleaning products or make my clothes feel itchy when I put them on.

        This powder does not have strong scents to make your clothes and kitchen smell nice or oils to soften your clothes. It does not have the biological agents which claim to digest stains. All it does do is what it says on the box. It cleans your clothes at a range of temperatures and it does that well.

        I do use Vanish on any visible stains - especially on ones that are dry or I know will be difficult to shift - before I use this washing powder. But I would do this if I could use biological products such is my faith in the stain removing powers of Vanish. For the ordinary 'just needs cleaning and freshening' laundry Persil Non-Bio does its job. My clothes come out of the washing machine clean and fresh. The scent is that of washing powder rather than anything especially nice but I will take that if I can sniff them without having to get out the trusty inhaler.

        The powder will clean at 30 degrees C. The amount you need to use is clearly stated on the box and will vary according to how stained the laundry load is and how hard your water is. The company will also send you a free measuring device via their website.

        The packaging is the usual simple cardboard carton. This can be recycled and does its job of keeping the powder contained and clean in arriving to your washing machine. Where it does fall down is if you buy the big family sized box. That has an opening strip which opens the whole top of the box leaving the box partially open at all times so the powder becomes vulnerable to getting damp and clumping if you don't use it up quickly, as this single girl does not.

        Though as a bargain hunter I could not resist the £5.00 for the 2.125kg box rather than paying the usual £7.15 to Sainsbury's to get 25 washes.

        Luckily for the single among us, the powder is also available in the smaller 850g size for £3.08 at Sainsbury's. This is the one I usually get, which avoids the clumping problem by having a smaller area exposed to the air by the tear-off tab on the top and the fact that I use it up faster.

        All in all, Persil Non-Bio is a good, reliable washing powder for those of us with sensitive skins and Vanish available to back it up where stains get really tough.

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          05.09.2011 23:57
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          It's back to traditional washing powder for me

          I have to admit in recent years I have become a victim of modern society and have bought into products which claim to save me time and make my life easier. With this in mind, I have been spending money on washing tablets and capsules, on the basis that you can just throw them into the machine and your washing is done. In fairness, this is not the only reason I have steered clear of washing powder, I remember at school I always used to have white patches on my trousers where the powder had clumped together (I also remember my trousers used to be shiny because my mum didn't turn them inside out to iron them....amazingly I wasn't bullied at school!).

          Recently, however, I noticed that Persil washing powder was on offer in Tesco. It was £6 for a 4.25g box (half price reduced from £12), and claimed to give you 50 washes per box. I weighed up the options including my usual tablets, and figured this was outstanding value and it was worth taking the chance on revisiting washing powder in its traditional form.

          I wasn't disappointed. The powder works as well as the capsules I have been using, and hasn't caused a mess in the drawer of my washing machine as I expected. The smell is gorgeous and leaves clothes smelling fresh and clean. I used to use a stain remover spray on work shirts (under the arms and neckline) and other stains, but now I just put a bit extra powder in and the stains are removed. It works well even on a 30 degree wash, and I haven't seen any white patches left on clothes. You still have to use a separate fabric conditioner to make the clothes soft, but the smell you get from the washing afterwards is lovely.

          I bought this box of washing powder about 4 months ago, and I still have about a quarter of a box left. There's only two of us in the house but we get through a fair bit of washing when you consider towels, bedding, decorating gear etc. I would say we'll probably get more than 50 washes out of this box, because I don't really take any notice of how much I'm supposed to use and just use my judgement depending on what I'm washing and how dirty it is.

          The only downside to the product is that the further down the box we've got, the powder has started to clump a little bit. I'm not sure if this is because we don't seal the box over in between uses (we just leave it open for easy access), or maybe it's designed for larger households where it'll get used up quicker. Either way, we're taking our time over finishing the box so it's getting a bit hard at the bottom and you have to crumble the powder so it doesn't clump in the washing machine drawer. I have also taken the time to wash the drawer out so it doesn't get clogged up, this takes seconds and is worth it for the saving you make by buying traditional washing powder.

          Overall though, this proved to be a fantastic buy, and I have actually just bought another box after seeing it on offer again. At full price it's still better value than a lot of the alternatives, and I'll be keeping my eyes peeled for more offers from Persil in the future (once I've used the box and a quarter we've already got, obviously!).

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            05.02.2011 10:44
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            I have been buying Persil wash powder for many years and for as long as I can remember because my mum always used to buy it many years ago when I was younger and I think it is a such good brand and a reliable one, also one that is very well known on the market, I like a branded powder because I simply think it washes my clothes just how I like them to be washed and smell nice too. I have bought cheaper wash powders and they have cleaned my clothes fine but they have not cleaned and refreshed them to the standard of a branded one.

            The last box I bought of this powder was on special offer from my local Sainsbury's store, it cost around £4.50 for 2.125kg on special offer, I bought it a while ago and stocked it in my cupboard and I have recently been using it. The size of this box is designed to wash up to 25 average wash loads but that depends on how much powder is used for the wash load and if they are heavily soiled etc. This powder works well to remove dirt and stains from fabrics.

            It comes in a strong cardboard box and it has a nice design with Persil clearly shown on the front. Once opened the fragrance is apparent immediately and it is a nice white, soft powder, the grains are tiny and dissolve perfectly on lower temperatures in the same way as the higher temperatures. The powder is easy to pour into the detergent drawer of the machine and it does not clog together in the box as I have often found with some other powders, this one is absolutely fine with no problems at all.

            It has a beautiful fragrance and smells gorgeous, it has a nice perfume smell to it and it is easy to open the box which is opened by a pull back strip that goes all the way around the box and the top of the box reveals the powder for you to scoop out of the box or pour into the machine quite easily. It is available in smaller boxes to handle a little easier but the one I am reviewing today is a larger box.

            It cleans the clothes perfectly and the results are just amazing with this one because of the superb quality, it tackles grease and dirt and stains from fabrics and my clothes are nice and fresh after they have come out of my machine and I can smell the fragrance immediately, the fragrance lasts a long time on the clothes and they are nice and soft too. My whites are much cleaner with this powder than some other brands, that is why I love this one so much and buy it regularly because I know the results are just amazedly fabulous.

            I have used this powder for hand washing many times and I just dissolve a small amount of powder first in the hot water and then soak the fabrics, it is very easy to rinse with no problems at all and it does not irritate my skin and it is a gentle powder but strong enough to clean well.

            I usually wash my clothes etc on a 30 degree setting on my machine or lower because they are not heavily soiled but my whites I wash on a higher setting but rarely have to use a pre wash but if a pre wash is needed it is recommended to add an extra 100ml. For a normal load I just pour around half a cup amount into the machine drawer and it is right amount to clean my clothes to make them nice and fresh etc.

            I have washed my grandson's clothes with this powder and it has never irritated his skin at all, it has removed the food stains he has dropped onto his clothes while eating with no problems at all..

            I cannot highly recommend this powder enough, especially on special offer because it is one of the best on the market in my opinion and I will always buy it because I am always happy with this brand and the results for my fabrics.

            Also on Dooyoo under my username Pinky50.

            I give it 5 stars.

            Thank you for reading my review.

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              20.02.2010 21:03
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              great powder and works well at all temperatures

              My family have used this washing powder for what seems like forever and it is still as good.

              I use the non biological type of powder because it is much kinder to the skin. It comes in a variety of box sizes and although it is more expensive than some other washing powders, if you buy the largest size possible, it lasts for ages and is quite economical.

              It washes clothes really well if you use the recommended amount and I have found that it works just as well at low temperatures which is great for your energy consumption and the environment.

              I have also used this powder for hand washing clothes and it works well in this situation too.

              The boxes that the powder comes in last well and the larger ones have a very convenient carrying handle. You do need to find something to measure it out with though because they have stopped putting the little plastic scoops into the boxes.

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              08.02.2010 18:35
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              Leaves your clothes clean, soft and nicely scented

              Having been raised on non-bio washing powders, because of skin problems in the family, I've stuck with it into adulthood while my friends seem to favour liquid detergents or those little capsule things. But then I'm a bit of a Scrooge at heart, and I don't see the point in forking out more when good old powder does the job perfectly well at a cheaper price.

              True to my skinflint nature, I usually go straight for the own brand powder in the supermarket. But I recently found this Persil box on special offer, and because it was all of about 5p cheaper than the own brand, I snapped up several boxes of it.

              The box I've got is a slightly random 2.38 kg, which they reckon will do 28 washes. The blue box shows off its credentials with a 'Cleaner Planet Plan' logo, a validation from the British Skin Foundation, and the promise that it will deliver 'outstanding cleaning' with 'less waste'. This is because Persil have concentrated their powder so that you can use less per wash.

              I can't remember exactly the recommendations for my usual own brand powder, but with this, Persil recommend using 135ml of powder for medium dirty clothes, in a medium water area. The pack provides all the guidelines you need for how much to use, and it's really easy to measure out the right amount in the handy scoop jug provided.

              The main difference I noticed when using this is its smell- it's got that clean, fresh smell to it which lightly scents your clothes after washing. While this is probably completely unnecessary, there's something comforting about knowing that you smell of washing powder- it leaves no one in any doubt that you're a clean and hygienic person!

              I can't really say I've noticed my clothes looking any cleaner than with the other powders I've used, but then my clothes aren't usually grubby when I put them in the wash, so it's a bit hard to tell! But I found this powder to do a perfectly good job, leaving my clothes soft and clean, and it's also very easy to use- the powder stays nice and loose even towards the bottom of the pack, so it's really easy to scoop out. Between this and the smell, I'm very pleased with Persil, and will probably be happy to pay a little more for it in future. I can see why it's such a trusted brand, and would certainly be keen to use it in future.

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              Clean clothes, no itching for sensitive skins!

              As an eczema sufferer I am allergic to many products, so it's my mission to share my 'Eczema Friendly' discoveries with the world!

              Persil non-Biological is kind to my skin, I don't find my newly washed clothes itchy, nor do they flare up my eczema or cause rashes like many other detergents do!

              I did like the 'Aloe Vera' verson better, as it had more of a scent to it, but unfortunately I haven't been able to find it in the shops for over a year now! The Non-Biological powder doesn't seem to have much of a scent to it I'm afriad, but sometimes this is a sacrifice we sensitive skinned folk must make. The main thing is, we can wash our clothes without suffering!

              The powder comes in several sizes of box, I usually buy mine from tesco, and I've found the largest of the boxes is often on offer. The largest box usually lasts myself and my partner about 2 months, so the cost isn't very high at all when you consider that we usually do a wash per day.

              Our clothes always come out clean and fresh, and I rarely have to add an extra stain remover to the wash. I do use the powder with a fabric conditioner too.

              Please remember eczema sufferers, that what works for me, will not necessarily work for all of us, but if you are struggling to find something suitable for your clothes washing needs, this one is worth a try. I would purchase a small box first and test your reaction to it.

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              10.09.2009 22:29
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              A Fantastic Washing Powder.

              I love nothing more than the fresh, clean scent of newly washed laundry. Persil Washing Powder is something that reminds me of my Mum as she's been using it ever since I can remember and though she has brief attempts with new 'revolutionary' washing powders she always ends up coming straight back to either Persil or Bold as she knows it gives her the results she wants.

              I have a bit of a looser relationship with powders, just using whatever is on offer at any given time and not worrying too much about it as long as it makes things clean I don't mind if it smells really lovely or not. Anything is better than smelling dirty isn't it!

              Persil is available in a variety of powders including Bio, Non-Bio & Colours so whatever you needs you should be able to get the right powder for your wash. I love the different types available and I usually find that individual types are the ones that are on offer in my local supermarkets (Sainsburys, Tesco & Asda) so I am often changing type as well as brand depending on my needs.

              This Persil powder doesn't contain enzymes. The boxes have handy pouring spouts which come out of the side of the cardboard so there is no need for messing around with cups or measuring implements etc.

              Persil always lifts stains from my clothes, turns things lovely and soft and when I don't add any extra to this wash my towels always come out lovely and soft with a delicious scent to it. The scents are strong but not too overpowering and while I have fairly sensitive skin I've never had any reactions to this washing powder.

              I never use a full 'measure' of washing powder and always get brilliant results and recently I have been using less powder to see if the results are the same and this powder doesn't disappoint.

              I am very impressed with the results from Persil and this across all of the different types. The Non-Bio is my personal favourite as it was the one that was used throughout my childhood even though I used to buy the wrong types when sent down to the corner shops! I am going to rate Persil 5/5 as it's reasonably priced (boxes ranges from 2.38kg across the scents and are all available for £6.64 from Tesco stores).

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              I'm glad I tried it and will keep it in mind if I need to get tough stains out

              Product I am reviewing: Persil Washing Powder -Bio - 950g

              What attracted me? I am going to stay in Basingstoke tomorrow with my partner, and we have Sunday free. I noticed on the hotel's website that Thorpe Park is only 33miles and Legoland® only 25miles away. I looked for discount codes and finally on moneysavingexpert.com I found this offer. Don't know why I didn't try there first, it is a very good site.

              This pack is the cheapest in the range that was available at my local Co-op. Retailing at £2.99 and celebrating 100 years of being "Tough but Gentle". As a thank you to its customers it is offering a free ticket for to the following attractions when accompanied by a full paying adult:
              ~Alton Towers
              ~Madame Tussauds
              ~Chesington World of Adventures
              ~Legoland® ... saving of £37.00
              ~Thorpepark ... saving of £35.00
              ~Sealife
              ~The Dungeons
              ~Warrick Castle
              ~Enjoy Ireland attractions

              Valid until 31st August 2009 at the earliest

              I wouldn't have bought the product if this was not the case, but even after the purchase price, we will save at least £32.01 on our day out. That's a nice meal somewhere on the drive back!

              The box is attractive, claiming at least ten washes. After washing my first load with this product I am happy this is a true promise. I has a perforated tab to push in, in order to open it. Then you pull it up. To close it you just push it in. This is easy and it doesn't tear. It pours easy with no spillage at an appropriate speed.

              The smell is very pleasant and clean and could be smelt strongly on my clothes when they came out of the machine which I like. I used fabric conditioner to, as recommended. The clothes where quite heavily soiled on going in and there was a blood stain on one item. This came out clean first go which is an unusual experience for me - I don't have the same luck with my usual brand. I was very please with performance.

              Now dry the clothes have maintained the fresh smell, and they were dried indoors. At £2.99 it is much more than I usually pay for washing powder. I usually us basic/value/smart price - for a comparable size it is a third of the price. I wouldn't replace my normal powder but I might keep a box in stock for tougher stains. I think I would try other branded products for the same purpose first though as there might be a cheaper but effective brand.

              Now I'm doing laundry like it's going out of fashion - the voucher is on the bottom of the box!!!

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                09.07.2009 20:13
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                the best washing powder from Germany

                Can I hire you? Are you trustworthy? If you've got a Persilschein, you've got the job.

                A brand has made it if its name has become a term of the colloquial language. Like Persil. The product was invented in Germany in 1907, the first syllables of the two ingredients per-borate and sil-icate were connected to form the name, Persil. For many years it has had a market share of 30% in Germany, in 2008 it won the top brand award in the category detergents. In the UK it's also the leading product in the field of detergents.

                'To have a clean record' is 'to have white vest' in German. Persil washes whiter as every German knows, so it's no surprise that when someone doesn't have 'a white vest', the idea of Persil as the little helper comes up. Is the vest clean again, the person in question has got a Persilschein*, i.e., a free pass, they're absolved of all responsibility. The term was widely used after WW2 as a nickname for a denazification certificate, nowadays it simply means a free permit to do business, for example. (I've found the German term in an English dictionary but I doubt that it's widely known.)

                The German firm Henkel exports Persil to 26 countries, the UK and Ireland get their Persil from Unilever, though. To explain this in detail would go too far.

                What is so special about Persil, what does it have that other detergents don't have? That's a tricky question for the simple consumer who doesn't have a chemical lab at home to compare the different brands. The German firm prides itself in washing 2,2 mill (!) stains every year and then analysing them. Quite impressive and obviously successful. Every time detergents are compared, Persil comes out top in quality - but also in price.

                I used a different detergent for a long time which was cheaper but also effective for our washing. We've got a two-person household, no coal miners here, chimney sweeps or road construction workers smearing tar on motorways. Then one day my husband brought home Persil and put it in the washing machine before I got home. I sniffed when I opened the door, a hitherto unsmelled odour hit my nose. I can't say that I disliked it but as I had never smelled the washing powder I had used before I thought it was something I could do without. We stuck with Persil, I can't really say why, and meanwhile I'm so used to the smell that I don't notice it any more. Maybe we've got hooked and are now conditioned into buying it uncritically, who knows.

                Am I content with the result? Of course I am. I should add that I never use pretreating stuff unless there are tough stains which I spray with a stain remover before putting the thing in question into the washing machine. White things become as clean as coloured ones, I can't complain. But as I've already said I have no problem clothes to wash and I know that other detergents do the job as well. The kind of Persil we use corresponds to the British Persil Non-Bio Capsules. It's (from the homepage) 'specifically formulated for sensitive skin. It is dermatologically tested, and for extra reassurance its skin care research is validated by the British Skin Foundation.'

                I used to wash my things at 60°C but was scolded by my online friends when I mentioned this in a rev. I was told 40°C would also do the job. The Persil people tell me that 30°C are enough because of the great cleaning power of the detergent. The low temperature doesn't just save energy for a brighter environment, it's also kinder to my clothes is what they say. BUT, "Dust mites lurk in many places in the home, and they particularly like beds and carpets. . . . To kill dust mites wash bed linen and clothes at temperatures of 60° C or above." Even above! How would I know which temperature kills off my very own dust mites? Maybe I should catch some and send them to the Persil lab.

                As is the case with many firms nowadays, Persil has also jumped on the bandwagon of charity by joining Save the Children in the 1990s.

                Something else I'd like to quote from the homepage, "As the first laundry brand to launch a detergent and to feature a man in our TV advertising, Persil has always been at the forefront of innovation." I can't see the logic of equalling a detergent and a man, but there you are.

                I can only recommend the British homepage, the Persil people don't only give 15 hints on how to wash most effectively (No 13: "After washing, don't allow your clothes to lie around wet any longer than you need to - bacteria can grow in the moisture, leading to unpleasant smells" [first dust mites, now bacteria, good grief, the horrors of everyday life!]), they also inform you on how to iron and even pack your ironed things properly into a suitcase. What a service!

                The English ad slogan is, "Tough but gentle." The German one is, "Here you know what you've got". Find out yourself what applies to you.


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                * Schein = ticket, permit (pronounced 'shayn')

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                  14.05.2009 13:20
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                  have used this for YEARS as it does everything I expect from a washing powder

                  My late father worked for Unilever for many years & I grew up becoming familiar with many of their products including Persil which has been around since the early 1900's.

                  To be honest I've never really looked seriously for any other washing powder as Persil does everything I'd expect so I've only had to buy handwash for woollens & delicate fabrics.

                  Hubby buys the big boxes - (4.75g) about every 9 months from Costco/Makro and usually pays around £12.95 (plus VAT). The box has a large plastic handle which is convenient if you need to carry it around but I just pour it into a plastic drawer in the utility room so it takes up no space.

                  The boxes are a bit awkward to open at first as there a very strong perforated cardboard strip which has to be tackled in order to access the powder but, one opened, the lovely smell hits you & it remains just as nice-smelling every time I use it.

                  It comes with a good-sized plastic scoop so you can measure out exactly how much/little you need. As we've just got a new washing machine (which works much better than our old one) & most of the family's clothes seem to be either dark or black I find I only have to use half the amount I used to pop in the washer.

                  Persil, to date, has never let me down as our clothes always look & feel clean & the smell is nice although it doesn't last too long. It seems to cope with heavily-soiled jeans etc as well as delicate knickers & lingerie & none of us have expereienced any sort of irritation to the skin.

                  There has been the odd occasion when I've this on woollens & for handwashing (even though it's not actually recommended) & haven't experienced any problems. I've also used a little as a stain remover (by rubbing a little into the offending area) & it usually does the trick.

                  So, I have to say I've been pleased with Persil & don't see myself changing washing powders unless they change the formula.

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                  - reasonably priced.
                  - in my opinion it does the job.
                  - smells nice.
                  - our family's not experienced any irritation to the skin.
                  - I've found I don't have to use as much powder as recommended.

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                    03.01.2009 14:18
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                    A gentle washing powder that cares well for fabrics.

                    Often a change is as good as a rest and as new laundry products are introduced to the market if they are affordable then I like to try them. Some only ever get bought once and others may have longer lasting appeal.
                    Persil Non Biological washing powder definitely has pulling power.
                    We use brushed cotton sheets on our bed (call me old fashioned!), so I really prefer to use a soft and gentle powder to launder them. The softness of Persil Non Bio seems to ensure that the brushed cotton maintains it fluffiness.
                    I recently gave the sheets a wash in the new Surf Lavender and Oriental Blossom washing powder, a lovely powder with a beautifully fresh perfume but the sheets weren't quite as soft.



                    It usually pays to buy a large box, there are some good deals about, I paid £4.41 for a 2.85kg box, enough powder for 30 washes.
                    Persil packaging has remained much the same for a good number of years. The whole attraction of the Persil powder is the fact that it is so kind to your skin, the harsher powders have the cleaning and stain removal power but they include stronger biological ingredients to help the cleaning process along.
                    Persil powder is a fine white washing powder that feels very silky to the touch, it does contain optical brighteners and a small amount of bleaching agent but is a product that is endorsed by the British Skin Care Foundation.



                    Persil works well for whites and coloureds alike, it also performs well with all water temperatures. The powder smells wonderful if you are doing a very hot wash, a really homely smell.
                    The recommended amount of powder to use varies with the type of wash and also the type of water you have, softer water needs less powder.
                    If you are using Persil powder to hand-wash then make sure the powder is thoroughly dissolved you immerse the fabric.
                    With many washing powders you can rub a small amount directly onto a stain before you put the garment into the washing machine, but Persil don't recommend that you do this.
                    The product isn`t suitable for wool or silk but they have devised a liquid especially for that purpose.
                    Though Persil is a soft washing powder it isn't advisable to have prolonged skin contact, just make sure to rinse your hands well if you have been hand-washing.



                    Persil is a Unilever product, it has been on the market for nearly a 100 years.
                    It was launched in the UK in 1903 and was initially known as `The Amazing Oxygen Washer`, imagine going into Morrison`s and asking for a packet of that!



                    Persil gets the thumbs up from me, its kind to fabric and it washes well. The gentle perfume is exceptionally pleasant and above all it is one of the UK`s favourite washing powders.

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                      18.10.2008 13:58
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                      Fresh clean and safe

                      I have been using Persil non biological for several months and I am very happy with the product.

                      The washing powder is packaged in a cardboard box. It has the Persil name in a bright red. There is a picture of a man with a baby running towrds you. The powder is dispensed from the side of the packet. You push in the tab and lift up to dispense.

                      I have delicate skin and this powder is approved by the British skin foundation. It is dermatologically tested. I have never had any skin irritations when using this powder.

                      The size box that I buy is 950g and does 10 washes. The box contains instructions as to how much of the powder is needed. This takes into consideration the type of water you have in your area. You can also use the powder for handwashing clothes.

                      I normally wash my clothes on a 40 degree wash. I find that the powder washes the clothes very well and am very happy with the results. The coloured clothes remain bright in colour and white clothes are very bright white. Often I do not use the recommended amount of powder and the this makes the box last longer and the clothes are still as clean.

                      I often use the powder to do small handwashes and I find the powder is very effective. You do need to use quite a high temperature water though to dissolve the powder. Which is sometimes a bit too hot to dip your hands in to do the wash.

                      I also love the smell of the washing powder it is very fresh. I love the smell as I hang out the washing. I also like the fact that the clothes stay smelling fresh after they have dried.

                      I will continue to use this product as I am very happy with the results.

                      The 950g box that I buy cost around £2.30.
                      There are larger box sizes available which are often most economical.
                      The powder is available from supermarkets.

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