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I'm not exactly a domestic goddess. I fact, until quite recently I would buy whatever washing powder was the cheapest and I wasn't really bothered. Did it make my clothes clean? yep, well that'll do. But one fateful day either ASDA or Morrisons (I forget which) had Surf Sunshine on offer, and since then I have been a fan.
The Surf with essential oils range was first launched in 2007, and the Sunshine range has essential oils of Bergamot and Lemon. This makes your clothes smell all zingy and fresh, and the scent lasts on your clothes all day.
Surf also comes with the '99 stains' guarantee. It promises to remove 99 of the most common stains- or your money back although I have never had any problems with it getting my clothes clean!
I also think that Surf is generally quite good value: at the moment a 2.85kg box is £4.88 in ASDA. And that's quite a large box! It's often on special offer though, so there may be cheaper deals to be had!
I also popped along to the unilever website and found out that Surf donated funds to the Ogmore Children's Charitable Trust in Wales for new furnishings and renovations.
So what's not to like? It's reasonably priced, cleans well, smells lovely, has a money back guarantee and donates money to charity! Fab.
Does it really matter which powders, detergents, fabrics softeners you use to watch your clothes in? To some it doesn't, to other's it does! I have used various soap powders over the years, mainly on occasions when I have visited the local corner shop as opposed to the supermarket and they haven't stocked the brand that I use. I have used Bold and found it very good, however I eel that the smell that it leaves on your clothes is a little too overpowering, its nice to have nice smelling clothes however, too smell like soap powder is over the top.
To be honest my family always used Persil when I lived at home, however I tried several when I first moved into my house and have stuck with surf ever since.
Surf comes in various different coloured bright boxes which do to me stick out when I am looking for these particulars products. Each colour box determines the fragrances of that particular product, yellow for sunshine, blue for breeze and pinks for tropical. They have just recently introduced a very pale lilac too which smell of Lavender and is my favourite. It leaves you washing smelling great, however not too overpowering, i love the smell if I have had to dry my washing on the radiator as I don't own a drier, when I walk into the room, it hits you straight away and smells better than an air freshener. The Surf products now come with essential oils in them, which gives all their fragrances that extra zing when you actually wash them.
The product comes in two formats, powder and tablets, I use the powder as a rule however if I can't get the powder I will use the tablets just for a change, they are equally as good as each other. A box of surf of the packaging does say that it will get stains out of any clothes and that I agree, however it won't get the toughest of stains out, the likes of curry or red wine, i struggles with these and you do need an additional product to help you out when this happens, I swear by oxi-clean, another fantastic product.
With Surf I find that it leaves my clothes feeling very soft and on most occasions I don't tend to use a fabric conditioner as the powder does the trick just as well, i use fabric softener when certain things need ironing, an easy iron product as I am not a person for ironing at the end of the day.
I find these products vary in prices as well depending on where you are shopping, all part of supermarkets price promises I guess, however the cheapest I have seen it without it being on offer is £1.89 from Tesco, every where else it is over £2, but who can begrduge paying it when it is such a good product.
I have always used Bold washing powder but something has changed and it makes my excema flare up now. I tried Surf for a change and now its my favourite because it cleans my clothes well and makes them smell nice.
I usually use the yellow Sunshine variety as the smell isn't as artificial as the other types.
Surf says it will clean 99 % of stains and I think it does very well indeed. I have only come across one stain that it didn't remove and that was a cooking fat stain. This in fairness probably wasn't Surfs fault because the stain had been left to set in for a week before i washed it.
My washing always comes out of the machine clean and smells very fresh when it dries. I can't use softener because of my excema because even Fairy makes it worse but with Surf I don't need it because it leaves my clothes soft. Even when I dry my towels over the radiator they stay soft instead of going hard like usual.
The box has a little pull out ramp when you open it so it is very easy to pour however much I need into the powder drawer. I can always estimate how much powder I am going to need for each wash and it is easy to out just enough in. It doesn't lather very much but that doesnt seem to make any difference to the cleaning ability.
Surf Sunshine powder costs £1.89 for the normal size box and is also available in tablets and Small & Mighty liquid.
Sunshine makes your clothes smell like they've been washed and dried in the warm summer sunshine.