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      27.11.2013 17:46
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      A cheap alternative to expensive brands without you noticing a difference.

      Washing powder always seems to be so expensive for something so simple, why can't we go back to the days when people washed their clothes in urine... I guess I'll just have to settle for Sainsbury's Basic.

      -------- Packaging ---------
      Very simple packaging; a cardboard box in the usual white and orange colouring with easy to read instructions / advice. One thing I didn't realise the first time is there is a way to open it from the side to make it easier to pour into the machine, very useful and a lot less messy!

      -------- Use ---------------
      It gets used like any other washing powder, pour the desired amount into the machine and then operate the machine as normal; it doesn't come with a measuring scoop but I don't tend to use one anyway, just pour in a rough estimate as it's not going to make much difference so long as you get some in there. If you did want to be precise however you can get the measuring scoops from the pound shop or pretty much any general shop, or sometimes you can request free ones from certain websites (search the internet!).

      -------- Effectiveness -------
      I can't tell any difference between this washing powder and many of the other leading brands, it has never let me down and I usually use a lot less of the powder than you're meant to. It doesn't exactly have any extras like softness or a strong scent, however if you add a fabric conditioner then this will do a good job and still works out cheaper than an expensive washing powder.

      -------- Overall -------------
      After the first time buying it a few years ago I have never looked back, it is the best value for money by far, decent packaging and a good size, as well as working just as well as any other brand. 100% recommend!

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        26.05.2013 21:07
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        Sainsbury's Washing Powder

        ==Sainsbury's 2 in 1 Washing Powder - Lavender & Jasmine==

        For a while now I've been trying out new Laundry Detergents, & looking through lots of shop brands & normal brands, they all perform near enough the same when it comes to cleaning. There's some that have been great but some aswell have not performed well at all. Literally there are many different detergents on the market these days, & 2in1 is perhaps the newest one of them all. 2in1 has been designed to literally do it all; Clean & Soften your clothes. Perhaps the best one of them all is Bold, but when it costs £3.40 for a 10 wash box it can't be used that often! However though 2in1 has a place in my laundry. It's great for when you want to wash towels & sometimes bedding as the fabric conditioner in 2in1 softens towels in a different way to normal fabric conditioner, which reduces the absorbency in towels. I've even used Vinegar for towels but it leaves them smelling funny after they're dry. So 2in1 is the best bet if you want lovely smelling towels & bedding (for when it's used on it) I find that when I buy a box of Bold it's more of a treat, the high price per box means I usually use less than normal as I want it to last. The box I reviewed last year I still have, but have so far done 9 washes with the box, & theres still a third left!

        So how come I ended up with Sainsbury's 2in1 if I like Bold so much? Well I had to walk into town after school & it started raining so I dashed into Sainsbury's & thought i'd look around as at about 4pm they're reductions are very generous! I managed to get to the detergent aisle & as I needed more powder (tell a lie I wanted something different to use!) but anyway the choice for a 10 wash box was either Sainsbury's Non-Bio or 2in1 Lavender & Jasmine. Anyway I ended up with the 2in1 because of the lovely box design & the lovely fragrance. I would have probably chose the Colour or Biological but because there wasn't much choice in my local Sainsbury's, I chose this instead. They only had other versions in the 25 wash size.

        _by Sainsbury's_ washing powder 2in1 comes in a lovely purple which is the lovely shade all around the box. On the front of the box is the writing in large bold white. This tells us what it is & that it '''softens, fragrances & tough on stains'''. In a circle is a flower & Sainsbury's state that this is '''bursting with fragrance'''. I will actually say this is true as you could smell it in the store! On the bottom left on the box it looks like a flower made of folded fabric of some sort with a white outline & this looks very nice. It fills up the rest of the front of the box which would otherwise be filled up by writing. The bottom right says that this box gives '''10 Standard Washes, is Outstanding at 30c & contains Fabric Conditioner Technology.''' The side of the box says that this detergent is '''Great for all of us''' & that they have been working with experts to formulate products which remove stains at low temperatures. Also fragrance experts have carefully developed fragrances that will give washing a clean freshness that lasts. They're words not mine! This powder is also part of Sainsbury's Try Me campaign.

        The box is easy to open due to an '''easy pull tab''' which can close up again. This is an advantage to where boxes of 'branded' detergent are concerened. Brands like Persil & Bold have a 'pop-open' tab & you can't close it properly, which results in fragrance lost. With this one however, the box closes up, which means no lost fragrance. On the box is a number to call for a scoop, it's free phone but you only have to answer a couple of questions etc. & they send you one. However it's cardboard but has exact measurements for shop bought powder.

        Here are the dosing measurments:

        Light Soil Medium Soil Heavy Soil

        Hard Water 120ml 155ml 210ml

        Medium Water 60ml '''120ml''' 190ml

        Soft Water 60ml 85ml 155ml

        Bigger Machines: Add extra 25ml '''You get 10 loads if you use 120ml per load'''

        Handwash: 80ml per 10L of water

        Prewash: 80ml in Pre-Wash compartment

        So fae I've used this once, & this was on a load of light bedding which was covered in a variety of stains, milk, blood, chocolate milk, tomato sauce, you name it, it's there. Mostly blood but also mostly protein stains. As it said on the front of the box that it was outstanding at 30c,I decided to put it through it's paces & use a Quick Wash at 30c. For the really tough stains I dissolved a bit of powder in hot water & used a nail brush to scrub the mixture on the stain. (A great tip so you might not have to use stain remover / pre treater) & then put the items in the machine. I set the wash to Quick at 30c & used the scoop to pour 120ml of powder into the machine drawer. Upon contact with the water this powder dissolves quite well, & quite fast actually. Most branded detergents take a while but this one dissolves very well. Not many suds are formed unlike powder like Bold, Daz, Ecover or Surf, but then again if you have a load of suds in the wash it stops the washer from rinsing properly & may make it leak from the seal.

        After the wash when the bedding comes out the wash looks very bright & white despite using nothing but the powder & as the day is not that nice it goes in the dryer. Oh great! I thought, with Bold the smell always fades when it goes in the dryer but when I put this in & set it to high heat for 60 minutes about 10 minutes later I came down to check on it & the wholde of downstairs was filled with this wonderful smell! I must say now actually the smell of this detergent is very intense. With Bold the smell is calm but with this one it's very powerful, but not headache inducing.

        15 - 30% Oxygen Based Bleaching Agent
        5 - 15% Non - Ionic Surfactants
        Less than 5% Zeolite, Polycarboxylate, Phosphonate, Soap
        Also Contains: Enzymes, Optical Brightener, Perfume, Linalooln Citrenellol

        by Sainsbury's detergents are produced by Robert McBride who also produce Asda, Tesco, Morrisons & Waitrose Detergents, just incase you didn't know. McBride also produce Surcare & Clean n' Fresh Brands.

        ==Summary==

        This powder is very high performing, especially for the price, £1.90 & a box of Bold costs £3.40. You can stretch the amount, it whitens whites, brightens colours, & works brilliantly on Quick Wash cycles aswell as 30c. I can tell you that after a dryer the fragrance is still there after & is still intense, plus the fact that it softens really well too. The bedding is 100% cotton & didn't need any ironing at all when it came out of the dryer, where it normally does with other detergents. It's great for £1.90 a box & I will be definately be buying it again, considering at the minute it's £3.50 for a 25 wash box.

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        23.03.2013 23:01
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        A good standby or budget bio

        Usually I never, ever buy either basics or value washing powder, and I certainly don't use biological washing powder, but I needed some bio washing powder to do an occasional run through my washing machine as a plumber friend told me it's the best way to keep from mould growing inside the washer (as I use non bio at 30 degrees usually and this isn't enough to kill off the mould and bugs and so on). He said don't waste your money on washing machine cleaner, just do a wash in cheap bio washing powder once a week and that will keep the inside of your washer and the drawer nice and clean and mould free.

        So, off to Sainsbury's I went to seek out the cheapest bio washing powder. I found and bought Sainsbury's 'Basics' Biological Washing Powder. It's their own brand and it's very cheap at 85p for a small box. It's suitable for colours and whites though I always still separate the two, and as my daughter has sensitive skin, I still use the non bio gel for her clothes and use this bio for things that she doesn't spend much time in contact with. Now, I have sensitive skin too and need to be careful with bio powders but after using Sainsbury's 'Basics' Biological Washing Powder for over 6 months now I must report I have not had any problems.

        I have used it and keep on using it to wash towels and bedding, mainly, with other bits and bobs too (tea towels, oven gloves, my husband's trainers, tablecloths, curtains). It washes well, but on very heavily soiled items, ie, coffee and mud in my household, sometimes I find I need to either add a scoop of vanish or wash them again, which would be frustrating if this were my main wash powder. But for once a week or so it's absolutely fine and at the price, it certainly brings up the wash nicely and has a pleasant clean smell, with no residue.

        Overall though I wouldn't use Sainsbury's 'Basics' Biological Washing Powder every day, due to concerns about my daughter's skin and the messes she makes on her clothes that I am not confident the powder would shift first time, I am happy with it as a cheap washer maintainer, and the plus side is that as I am using this to wash my household items and so on, it makes my more expensive liquid gel washing powder stretch further, so double win! Triple win, even, because I've taken the drawer out of my washer and had a look at it and whereas before there would be a bit of goopy mould to clean off the drawer with a toothbrush in the sink (not my most favoured of jobs) now it is clean and bright and as new so it is certainly working! For this, I'd recommend it.

        I'm going to give Sainsbury's 'Basics' Biological Washing Powder a 4 out of 5 star rating because it far exceeded my expectations, it's saving me money in washing powder / gel and it's keeping my washing machine clean and hopefully saving me some maintainance there, too. Overall I am very happy with it and I do recommend it. If you were to switch to this full time maybe try a small 85p box first to make sure that your skin is happy with it, and maybe add a touch more than usual to make sure the stains are out (or do as I do and buy a cheap tub of in wash stain remover like Astonish or Vanish). Sainsbury's 'Basics' Biological Washing Powder is pleasingly powerful!

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        18.12.2010 10:30
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        A cheap powder.

        Occasionally I buy a shops own brand of wash powder if funds are a little low and this one was one I tried about a year ago for the first time from Sainsbury's, the price was low for a large box and so thought I would try it to see if it worked or if I liked it.

        This powder comes in a large cardboard box, very basic in the usual colours of Orange and White for the Sainsbury's cheap products, the powder inside is white and has a nice fragrance for the price, it is a good quality powder for a 500ml box. I cannot remember how much I paid at the time but it was around £1.60. I do not use this one that often and I am still using it at the moment.

        I usually only use this powder to wash my pets bedding as it cleans them nicely and for washing the clothes that are seasonal clothing, such as my summer clothes, which I place into some of those plastic boxes and place in my wardrobes and then when I take them out of the boxes, I just wash them again in a branded powder and they smell nice and fresh again.

        This powder I find is adequate for cleaning clothes and fabrics but I find it does not hold the fragrance long enough for my liking as I like mine to continue to smell fresh and especially when taken from the wardrobe to wear and my bedding but I find this one only lasts a day or so and not much to my liking for a general regular usage. That is the reason I still have the remaining powder as like I said earlier I only use this one occasionally.

        I think it is affordable for anyone who is short of a little cash or on a low budget but I find it is not so much one that I find is good enough for my clothing to use regularly, I have washed my grandchildren's clothing with this powder and it has not irritated their skin but I find it does not have that fresh enough smell for young children's clothing as a branded one gives to them. It does not clean my white clothing so good and I find it does work very well on with a lower temperature.

        Even after I have used a good fabric conditioner I find it is just the same amount of fragrance after a few days and not one that I particularly like but my pets bedding have been fine for them because the smell is just right for them and it does not make them unhappy because I have pets that just do not like a strong smell on their bedding and so this one is good for their bedding and the amount in the box does last a very long time because it is such a good amount and can easily last me for months for the cheap price.

        It does last a long time but I do not think it removes stains from clothing, especially my grandchildren's clothing and so I only recommend it for anyone who is on a very low budget but it is not for my liking for general clothes washing.

        I rate this one only 2 stars.

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          28.02.2010 12:54

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          well I was in sainsbury's yesterday and I went down the washing section to get some Lenor. Then I passed the basics range and I pick up a small box of the basics washing powder for 84p, I got home opened the tab on the side and it smells like expensive brand of washing powder. I needed to wash my trainers because I went dog walking in the morning with a friend and they were muddy! I put 100ML of powder set the temprture to 30 I noticed that it was very sudsey. Well the after result was outstanding it was white and I mean white. I will be buying this again because it gets stains out even on 30, if your on a budget this ideal if you like liquid they do it aswell.......

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          17.02.2010 22:14
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          Not awful but not great either!

          Of late me and my mate have been caravaning and running low on funds on rather a regular basis! Add to that when we got back to her house we had/have stacks of washing to do as we are house clearing at the moment and decided that we would do a car boot of her and her ex's stuff and that stuff included heaps of clothes and bedding and stuff like that. Not smelling too fresh after being stored so long we decided to buy some cheap powder just to freshen all that stuff up plus a load of our clothes that were mucky and covered in dog hair from our holiday!

          We spotted this priced at 84p (for the smaller of the two boxes on sale) and as it was the cheapest stuff we saw in Sainsbury's and we had near on empty purses we decided to give it a try!

          The Packaging:

          White and orange cardboard box and in white and orange writing we are told that it is Sainsbury's 'Basics' Biological Powder 'Cleans' no added promises' and then we are told the weight of the box and how many washes you get from it (10 in this case!). On the back of the box other information listed includes telling me how to use it, warnings and storage advice is given, I'm told the composition of the powder and contact details for Sainsbury's are given. To the side of the box there is a perforated opening section of which you are meant to pour the powder out from of course.

          Directions For Use:

          Loads of information is given for different temperatures and depending how soiled your stuff is. You can use it of course for hand washing, soaking and using of course in a conventional washer machine. It's up to you how you use it of course!

          Personally I put my friends washer machine on 40C for mixed colours, 60C for darks or lights only and have used this on 95C for a load of white bed linen/towels that needed doing!

          I find about 100ml of this to be fine per wash. There isn't any way given to measure the amount of this so you need to use your brain or do as I do (as I have no brain lol) and I measure it out in a plastic measuring ball thing and then empty it into drawer of the washer machine. Like I said earlier though you need to follow the instructions given on the box that advise you how much to use etc.

          I find that if I'm using this i really do need to use a separate conditioner. Buy economy fabric softener and it really doesn't help your washing to feel nice, on it's own washing feels hard and fibrous. In reality if you need to buy a really good separate fabric conditioner that costs alot then your better buying a better washing up powder to be honest, luckily we already had loads of the stuff on standby!

          On the positive side of things however , this is actually though a rather good cleaner to be fair to it. The powder is fine, white and powdery with a light but pleasant floral smell to it and washing in the washer machine (providing you put enough of the powder in and put it on a hot enough wash) really does clean clothes and horrid messes out. Get your measurement of powder wrong though and it really does leave a residue on items though it does brush off but doesn't exactly leave you feeling glistening clean!

          For hand washing (which we did on holiday) I found this to be complete rubbish. Measuring the amount was hard, it didn't clean my clothes well although I scrubbed them, it was hard to rinse out and I really did have to use a separate fabric conditioner and leave my items to soak for ages. Even doing that I felt that when my clothes were dry they felt hard and stiff.

          All in all it isn't terrible, works well in a washing machine (with fabric softener) and leave washing clean and reasonably fresh though not overly fragranced. It is an economy buy but I simply can't rave about it but for the washer machine it really isn't bad at all.

          Only available in Sainsbury's stores priced at 84p for 1kg that gives 10 washes or £1.97 that gives around 30 washes that is 2.4 kg in weight.

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