This review is for the 2-in-1 laundry tablets. That is, laundry tablets with both detergent and conditioner in.
Generally I use liquid detergent, and use a separate conditioner if I think the washing will go on the line - I don't bother with it if I'll be using the tumble drier.
But we were going on holiday and I needed to take some laundry detergent with me (I have three small children), so I thought I would buy a box of the tablets, and then I could just take a few with me. Then I realised I could get some with the conditioner in as well - excellent, even less to pack.
** The packaging **
They come in a cardboard box, and the tablets are wrapped in pairs in plastic wrappers. You are supposed to use two at a time so that makes sense.
** The price **
£3.50 for 48 tablets or 24 washes. If you get Tesco laundry tablets without conditioner in, they are £3. Tesco 2-in-1 Liquid detergent works out at £3.15 for 24 washes though. I guess you're paying for all the plastic wrappers.
** The cleaning **
Well, it got my clothes just as clean as the liquid stuff, and as clean as the liquid detergent-only (no conditioner) stuff. Seems ok. But I couldn't really tell that there was any conditioner in there. So the 2-in-1 aspect doesn't seem to be working. Back to using a separate conditioner I think.
** The side-effects **
Yeuch! Gunge in my washing-machine drawer! The tablets don't dissolve properly and the leftover gunge is starting to go mouldy. Eeeek! Looks like I'm going to have to scrub it out (and go back to using the liquid).
I've got four kids and so have to deal with tough stains on a daily basis - but I don't like to pay over the odds. So, I like to use shops own brand when it performs well, and obviously if the washing powder cuts out the need for fabric softener - so much the better. I used to be a real fan of the Tesco 2-in-1powder. It got clothes clean, at least as good as the (much more expensive) brands, left clothes soft and smelt really nice. However, my last few purchases have really disappointed me. The cleaning and softening weren't up to scratch and the powder was all lumpy and wouldn't pour. I also do shopping at Asda and have found their Logic powder a much better buy. It's better at getting clothes clean and smells better! So be logical, dump this product and go for the Asda!
Washing powders give another fine example of paying for a name. I use the Tescos 2in1 washing powder for my clothes, and find it no less effective than any other washing powder with a famous brand name. I find that the Tescos washing powder washes my clothes very well and leaves them feeling good too. Why do people use the expensive brands when they can have the same result with the cheaper ones? Admittedly, I do use a little fabric conditioner just to give my clothes a little extra softness, but then who doesn't, even with the top brands??
This is ideal for people who have to budget their monthly shopping as a student I have been there !!!! The powder is a 2 in 1 detergent with fabric softner in a groovy yellow box and the best bit is the price , only 1.88 !!!! It is so much cheaper than Persil and other leading brands and in my opinion works just as well . A box lasts for about 15 washes so it really does go along way . My clothes felt soft and smelt lovely fresh and clean . Although if i'd have used a seperate softner i wqould have expected the towels to have been softer , but there wasn't any noticeable difference with my clothes . It's ideal when you run out of detergent and don't want to spend to much money - so it's ideal for students , and I used to see loads of people using it in my university hall of residence laundry !!!!