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I first came across Surf Breeze by accident. I'm a big fan of Surf Tropical, the pink one, but made the mistake of sending Mark to the shop one day with a shopping list that simply said 'Surf' - being a man he picked the wrong one up and came home with Breeze, the blue boxed addition to the Surf family.
I do at least ten loads of washing each week and there literally is a bit of everything in our dirty wash basket - baby clothes, knitwear, towels, bed linen, school uniforms and more delicate items all jostle for space ready to go into the washing machine. For this reason it's important that my washing powder can safely and effectively tackle a variety of different fabrics, I really want one washing powder which I can use on anything without risk of damage. This is where Surf definitely makes my life easier.
Breeze, like all other Surf varieties, cleans everything brilliantly. In the five months I've been using this washing powder I've never had to re-wash anything with even what I class as tough stains being removed on a 40 degree wash. I know the Surf Breeze box tells me that it can cope with 99 top stains, but ones I've been surprised at are beetroot juice and Bolognese Sauce - this is a mean feat considering my previous washing powder of choice, Persil, would baulk at anything darker than an orange juice stain and any grease mark would be there forever!
It's simple to guage how much washing powder to use and the dispensing flap means I can accurately pour the powder into my washing machine without going overboard and clogging up the detergent drawer. Surf Breeze dissolves well in the drawer and doesn't leave any slimy mess for me to clean up next time I use the machine, and equally important doesn't make the inside of the drawer go black as I found was the case with a box of Ariel I used recently...
After a standard wash my clothes will all come up bright and clean; Surf Breeze keeps my whites white and my colours vibrant, I haven't noticed any fading or bobbling of the fabrics during the time I've been using this washing powder. Surf doesn't leave any residue on my washing, which is always a good thing as there's nothing worse than slipping on a slinky black dress to find it's covered in powder marks!
The smell of Surf Breeze is gorgeous. It's a fresh, outdoors kind of smell and definitely gives the impression that my washing has been dried on a line in the countryside - when taking the wet washing out of the machine I can always detect a very subtle grassy scent, but this goes once the washing is dry and leaves a general 'fresh' smell which is still detectable even when clothes have been hung in the wardrobe for a week or two.
Surf leaves clothes beautifully soft; I don't use fabric softener with every single wash and although I can still feel the difference when I've used Comfort Creme, I think Surf can certainly hold its own in the softness stakes.
Another reason I've stuck with Surf Breeze is because I now have Hollies washing to consider. I was buying a separate non-bio washing powder for her as babies skin is so delicate, but that meant having to have a separate washing basket for her and everything. One evening I deliberately washed a couple of her babygrows in Breeze and there was no itchy reaction the next time she wore them, I can therefore confirm that Surf Breeze is kind to even the most delicate skin!
I've now used Surf Breeze in powder form, tablets and liquid and have been impressed with each variant. I tend to buy the standard 10 wash box of powder which is regularly on promotion at £1.89 a box, although even at full price it costs only around £2.05 so is one of the more reasonably priced washing powder. The tablets are priced on a par with other brands so I think buying the powder is the more cost effective option.
Incidentally, should you be a tablet person they are equally good as the powder. They clean to the same high standard, have the same gorgeous smell and also dissolve fully in the wash cycle.
Surf Breeze is available in all the big supermarkets, as well as places such as Londis and Premier Stores. It can be hard to find in smaller independent shops though as they tend to concentrate on selling the more popular Tropical Surf, as well as the higher priced brands which will obviously make them the maximum profit!
Breeze like a breath of fresh air every time you open the pack, it makes clothes smell like they've been washing-line dried on a breezy day.