“ Type: Washing Tablets / Category: Laundry „
I have bought Cyclon washing tablets on two occasions and have been impressed with the price and the smell for a shops own brand (Safeway). Sadly each time I have used the tablets my kitchen turns into a foam party - with foam pouring out of the bottom and top tray of my washing machine. Each time I have taken my tablets back to Safeway's they have treated me well and given me double my money back without question. Each time they have sent my batch of tablets off to the lab to try to find out what the problem is but to date i have no knowledge of WHY! this happens. I only ever did as instructed on the box and my water is fine. Has anyone else had a similar problem?
The washing machine is used probably about as often as the loo in this house, that is a lot and, over the years I have tried many different products to try and get the results I want on a low and quick wash. Cyclon tablets come in a neat box with tablets packed in two's complete with a little net bag to put them in. Just about every type of dirt, stain and mark adorns the clothes that go into my machine,along with two Cyclon tablets neatly netted. Compared to other much dearer brands of washing powder I can honestly say I have noticed no difference in the result of my washing. Cyclon deals with stains and marks as effectively as the more well known powders, tablets or liquids, believe me, I really have tried them all. I have only had one problem with the tablets and that is, if I fill my machine too much some of the clothes come out with white marks which look like concentrated, wet powder and the net bag is not quite empty, there may still be a slushy mush of tablet inside. The moral to this story is not to overfill the machine. Clothes come out smelling fresh and as clean as they would using a dearer brand
In recent months, I have become a little disillusioned with Safeways's - so much so that, since they discontinued their customer loyalty reward scheme last year, I have taken my customer loyalty to another store.Yet, there is one Safeway's own brand product which keeps me going back again and again, simply because I couldn't manage without it. Believe me, you wouldn't want to see - or smell - what goes into my wahing machine. My husband works on building sites and I work in the dairy farming industry, so, between us we are the ideal couple to test any laundry product to destruction. Safeway's Cyclon has passed every single test with flying colours.(Cyclon is available in both biological and non-biological, in powder, liquid or tablet form. Since I normally use the Biological tablets, it is these to which this opinion refers.) It copes with anything we throw at it. (well, almost anything - it did fail once on a massive chocolate ice cream stain that had been on my white tee-shirt for over a week!).Mud,grass,biro,blood,iodine,indelible ink (!) and sour milk (not to mention what my husband euphemistically refers to as "cow ploppings") disappear as if by magic. As an added bonus, I now routinely use a 40 deg. rather than a 60 deg. wash, which saves me both time and money. I wear mainly dark clothes - sooo slimming, you know. Cyclon Biological tablets claim to keep colours bright and have a gentle no-bleach action, and I have found that my clothes really have faded very little in the years I have been using the product. (A friend and I bought identical red tee shirts once, and after three washes in another biological powder, hers was far lighter in colour than mine which had been washed in Cyclon five times). The tablets are specifically not reccommended for hand washing - although the liquid can be used. Yet I find them gentle enough for wool and silk, which I wash on a 'delicates' programme in my
machine. Hence, I was not surprised to find that Cyclon products support the industry programme to " reduce the environmental impact of laundry detergents" - something which is important to me, not least because our washing water goes into a septic tank. I also like the fact that these tablets do not have a strong smell. Washing smells 'clean' rather than highly perfumed. I have found it necessary to use a separate fabric conditioner with the tablets, but then, I would do that anyway since I feel that it makes the clothes softer. (On the few occasions that I have forgotten the softener, clothes have seemed a little stiff and scratchy.) The one complaint that I have is that the tablets do not fully dissolve in the detergent dispenser of my washing machine. I get round this very easily by putting them in the drum, although this is not reccommended by Safeway. They are comparable in price to most brand names and are frequently sold as a 'three for two' product by Safeways which makes them even more economical. They must be good, since I visit my local store (admittedly under protest!) solely to buy them. I had good intentions of never visiting Safeway's again after the demise of their loyalty card scheme - but,then, my life is so much brighter with Cyclon. So much for having principles and high ideals.