“ Brand: Sainsbury's / Type: Liquid Laundry Detergent / Category: Laundry „
A few years ago I would always be seen to be buying brand names when it came to washing powder / liquid. For some reason I thought the cheaper brands wouldn't do the job as well as the ones with names attached to them.
In recent years I have forced myself to try some of the cheaper brands, and have stuck somewhat on the Sainsbury's colour care gel. I buy liquid over powder as I feel it lasts longer, and my teenage daughter can judge how much is needed better than the powder. I also buy colour care over other types for no other reason than I like my black clothes to attempt to stay black. None of my family suffers from sensitivity when it comes to washing powder so I have no concerns there.
The washing liquid comes in a bottle containing enough for at least 20 washes. I live in a hard water area so use slightly more than maybe I need to, but I tend to use 3 capfuls straight into my drawer and this bottle will last me well over a week. When I compare this to buying powder or washing tablets, I seem to get better value for money from the liquid.
The liquid is packaged well in a recyclable plastic bottle with a handy side handle to make it easier to pour. The cap also combines to a measuring cap if you do what I do and pour directly into the drawer of the machine.
There is nothing special in the smell of the liquid. Whilst it smells pleasant and quite sweet, I find that after washing any smell is overtaken by the fabric softener I use at the same time. As it's not about what the product smells like for me then I'm not too worried.
How does it clean the clothes though? Over the years I have used many different brands, and still now if there is a named brand on offer, then I will buy that instead. I have found that the Sainsbury's washes just as well as any named brand.
Certain stains will stay stubborn and stay in the clothes no matter whether I use a cheap product or the most expensive.
Slight stains and general dirt always come out in the first wash using this liquid, so I'm generally happy with the performance it gives me.
The liquid comes in a standard size of 1.5 litres. This costs me £2.48, which compared to named brands that can come in at well over the £4 mark for nearly the same size bottle; this is great value for money so the results I get from it.
There are only a couple of disadvantages to this product that more expensive brands don't have, but if you can put up with these then this product is well worth buying.
The Sainsbury's colour care liquid appears quite a thin consistency compared to Fairy washing liquid for example. You have to watch when you are pouring, not to overdo it and end up with excess running over the lid.
I think you tend to need a bit more of this product that the named brands, probably due to the consistency. I can make the same size Fairy washing liquid last slightly longer, but still not long enough to make it more value for money.
In these credit crunching times I find that more and more I am looking to shop's own brands rather than their more expensive branded rivals. I always think it's worth trying an own brand to see if it's any good, and more times than not I fail to see any difference. This was how I felt when I swapped my usual Persil liguid colour wash for the Sainsbury's equivalent.
Sainsbury's Perform Colour Care liquid gel comes in a plastic recyclable bottle. There is easily enough for at least twenty washes in each bottle depending of course on how dirty your load is.
I tend to use it in a dosing ball but it can also be poured directly into the dispensing drawer. The first time I used it, and on every wash since, I was really pleased with how clean all our clothes looked and felt as they came out of the washing machines. It really is very good at removing that every day dirt although obviously with some more heavily solied items you need to add some sort of stain remover too.
It pours very easily into a dosing ball so it is easy to measure just the right amount. This will vary depending on the hardness of your water and obviously in a soft water area it is likely to go a lot further. Unfortunately, our water is hard but I still easily get twenty washes from one bottle. The amount you will need in a hard water area ranges from 75 ml for light soiling to 125 ml for heavy soiling. I tend to follow these instructions and they are very accurate.
The liquid gel does have a very strong laundry smell when you pour it in - it's very difficult to determine exactly just what it does smell of. However, the smell on my just washed clothes is very nice and not overpowering at all.
I've been ever so pleased with how clean all my washing has been even as now I'm aiming to wash most things at 30 degrees. In fact in all aspects of use, I have not noticed any difference at all between this and the more expensive Persil that I was using.
Now price though really is where the difference lies particularly as with quite a large family I tend to be doing at least one load of washing virtually every day so it does not take long to get through a bottle. The Persil liquigel 1.5 litre bottle costs £3.99 in sainsburys whereas the Perform Colour Care 1.5 litre bottle costs £2.48. This is an incredible difference of £1.50 every time you buy a bottle bearing in mind that I probably get through a bottle every two weeks meaning that I must buy say 25 a year. If I continue to buy the Sainsbury's Perform Colour Care, which I definitely will I will save myself £37.50 a year and that's not bad!
So overall this is a very good washing detergent that does everything you would hope it would, including using it for hand washing. The big big thing in it's favour though is the price and that's why I'm sticking with it!