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Persil - Because Mum was Right
Persil Washing Powder
Member Name: Tolteca
Persil Washing Powder
Date: 01/10/12, updated on 20/12/13 (182 review reads)
Advantages: Cleans your clothes without irritating sensitive skin.
Disadvantages: May not always get out tough stains.
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.
Summary: A reliable washing powder which will not hurt those with sensitive skin,