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Persil Washing Powder
Member Name: Holland1
Persil Washing Powder
Advantages: Excellent value, smells lovely, gets clothes clean at low temperatures, lasts ages
Disadvantages: Starts to 'clump' towards the end of the box if you don't use it quickly enough
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!).
Summary: It's back to traditional washing powder for me