“ Brand: Tesco / Type: Liquid Laundry Detergent / Category: Laundry „
Looking for a way to reduce my laundry bills I had started using the Enrituals brand from Tesco. When I last went to buy laundry detergent the Enrituals brand were not in stock so I plumped for Tesco 2 in 1 Gel in Mandarin scent. The Tesco 2 in 1 Gel comes in a few other variants but I found the colour of the Manadarin gel most attractive.
The bottle is very similar in design to Bold branded gel's and priced at £1.99 for 18 washes it seems a more pocket friendly choice. The bottle tells me that it is luxuriously soft & bursting with fruity fragrance, this combined with the picture of juicy looking Mandarins on the front soon had me popping it in my basket.
The detergent is used in the same way as most of these concentrated gels, the lid pops off the top of the bottle and then you fill the lid with detergent and pop it in the drum of your machine on top of you laundry and away you go. More detailed instructions are on the back of the bottle.
The detergent is a bright orange colour and of a gloopy consistency. The scent is fresh and orangy, like sweet Satsuma's. When I open the machine door at the end of the cycle I can smell the Mandarin scent, my laundry feels soft and smells fresh.
The gel is suitable for use at 15c, but I do most of my washes at 30c and 40c. I found that the gel freshened my laundry up, but was not very good at removing greasy or ground in marks. Some items needed a second go around before coming properly clean.
With the weather being as it is I have been unable to line dry and have been using laundry airers. The washing dries up quite crispy and my towels have been positively sandpaper like. When I pop my nose into my laundry I can still smell the scent, but not as strongly as when it was wet.
Upon ironing my clothes I find I am not enjoying the scent, it smells quite sickly. The scent clings to the clothes for a good 7 days after washing, drying and Ironing.
Despite the claims of 18 laundry loads per bottle I think I managed to get about 10 out of the bottle, which I am quite glad about as I don't like the scent but I did not want to waste my money.
All things considered it is not a laundry gel I will buy again, I don't like the scent, it does not remove marks very well and does not give me any where near the estimated amount of laundry loads. Fingers crossed Enrituals will be back in stock soon.
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After needing a new washing machine at the start of the year, we decided that it would be best in the long run for our new washing machine if we used gels that went into the drum, rather than powder, as thats what clogged up our old washing machine leading it to break. So for a few months I was testing out different kinds, and soon realised they were a lot more pricey than my old washing powder and fabric softener!
A few months ago, I stumbled across the Tesco 2-in-1 gels. At £2.19 for a 630ml bottle that does around 18 loads of washing, I thought they were quite cheap! There are 4 different types, blue for non bio, green for bio, purple for lavender, and orange for mandarin. As a fan of fruity scents, I opted for the mandarin.
The gel comes in a tall white bottle, with a simple logo sticker on the front with the name, Tesco branding, and a small picture of some mandarins in the corner. Its basic, but enough to catch the eye. The back has some easy to understand, straightforward instructions on how to use, as well as a table for dosages depending on your water area. On the top of the bottle, is a bright orange cap. This is where the gel is put when you want to add it to your laundry.
There is also a very handy clear strip down the side of the bottle, that enables you to see how much is still left in the bottle, good to know when you need some more!
When I removed the orange cap for use, there is a flip lid cap underneath so you can still close the bottle up securely.
After checking the dosage I would need for my hard water area, I added some gel to the cap. The gel is not as thick as some expensive brands, but its hardly watery or runny either. Its a bright orange colour, and the smell is lovely! I often find that with laundry products, no matter what the smell they all have the same stinky smell, but this is really fruity!
I added the cap to my drum, and switched on the machine. Its as easy as that!
When the load had finished, I opened the door, not expecting too much for a cheap detergent. But I was pleasantly surprised to find the whole load had a lovely scent of mandarins, not too overpowering, but light enough. After the load had been dried on the washing line, folded and put away, you can still smell the clean scent on the clothes.
Cleaning wise, I was very impressed with how clean it had gotten the clothes. Having 3 children, it takes a lot to keep their clothes clean and stain free sometimes, but they were fine!
My only disappointment came when I used the gel on a quick wash setting. My washing machine does a 30 minute wash, which sometimes comes in very handy, and I tried the gel on a quick wash one afternoon. The load included some of my youngest daughters clothes that had managed to get rather dirty, and I was disappointed when the load was done to see her clothes were not totally clean. So now I have anything with stubborn dirt on and I need a quick wash, I make sure I add some extra stain remover to the load to make sure I get them really clean, but on a full wash, the gel works really well.
At the low price, I cannot knock this Tesco gel really.
I am a massive fan of using the shops own brand products. I even buy the basics style ones. This is one product though that doesnt work as it should in my opinion.
It is a 2 in 1 so it has both the detergent and the conditioner in a gel format. The gel is quite thick and sticky if you get it on your fingers, and is purple in colour like the lid. The lid also is the holder to squeeze the gel into, then put it directly into the drum. You can put it in the drawer as well but its fine for it to balance on the pile of clothes as it all gets churned up anyway.
I have found that although the detergent works fine and my clothes were cleaned, they were not left as soft as if I had used a separate fabric conditioner. I also didnt think much of the smell, once the clothes had dried there wasnt a lingering fruity smell like there is with the colour detergent that tesco also make.
It comes in a squeezable bottle which is white and made of thick plastic. It has a simple label on the front telling you what it is and the ingredients on the back.
It states that you can get 18 washes but I only managed to get 14 using the cap provided.
It costs £2.19 which is less than half the price of the branded gels but its worth buying the 90p fabric conditioner and the plain purple detergent which not only smells better, it feels like your clothes are cleaner.
Tesco Laundry Gel 2 In 1 Lavender
Some items I can't compromise on in the supermarket, particularly when it comes to food products. However with toiletries and kitchen items I like to get good value for money and so decided to try Tesco's own Laundry Gel 2 In 1, in Lavender flavour.
The laundry gel comes in a recyclable plastic container in much the same design as all laundry gels come in. The plastic is quite thick and oval in shape with a flat top and bottom to stand upright on. On the top is the lid which also doubles as the gel container during washes. The overall colour of the tub is white, with a purple sticker with lavender flowers on, to match the scent of the product.
The Tesco brand is on the label with huge '2 in 1' writing and 'Gel' also written, just so you're assured you're buying a gel! The lid of the container is also purple and the back again has a sticker with all the washing instructions and ingredients for the product. Down the side of the tub is a see through line that lets you keep track of how much gel you have left.
The Gel & Washing
On opening the container you can immediately smell the lavender scent; I personally find lavender a nice and refreshing fragrance, but I know that it can be quite strong and people can be put off by that. It is not too intense and after a wash again the scent is quite faint but noticeable. The gel is really thick and obviously bright purple in colour - which I like!
The cap of the product has two options for washing - a normal wash in which you fill the central circle of the cap with gel (approx. 35 ml), and a hard wash you add more of the product to the whole of the cap container (approx. 40 ml). Then you fill your machine as normal, add your softener and place the cap with the gel directly into the drum of the machine on top of your clothes.
I say add your softener, this is in fact a 2 in 1 gel and apparently softens and refreshes your clothes alone. However I like adding a bit more fragrance and an actual softener product to my washing. After washing the clothes smell faintly of lavender and most importantly of all are fresh and clean. I cannot find any faults with this product and I do not see any difference between this and the branded products, bar the great price tag.
The 630 ml bottle of this costs £2.19 at full price and this gives (approximately) 18 washes, great value when you often pay more than double this price for similar goods. Personally my favourite laundry products are liquid tabs, I find they give much more scent to my washes, however this is definitely one I will be buying again especially for the price.
Ingredients - 15-30% - Non-ionic Surfactants ,Soap 5-15% - Anionic Surfactants Less than 5% - Phosphonate ,Also contains ,Enzymes ,Optical Brightener ,Perfume ,Benzyl Salicylate ,Coumarin ,Linalool ,Hexyl Cinnamal
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Bought this product a few weeks ago. It does clean clothes and leaves them with a pleasant smell. However it has given me a terrible rash all over my body. I have no known allergies and do not have very sensitive skin. I would not recommend this product and will never buy it again
After being recently enlightened to the delights of all in one washing liquid and gels, I am slowly making my way across various brands.
This time my choice was a Tesco brand "Mandarin and Pomegranate 2in1 concentrated laundry gel".
A solid colour white plastic bottle with two indentations on the front and back where stickers are to inform you about the product. Rising up the one side is a clear line, which is to allow you to see how much of the gel remains . A fantastic idea as you can see without hazarding a guess at what is left by holding and shaking the bottle.
On top is a bright orange thinner plastic top, this is a push on one and I have to admit annoying. It is difficult to get off and you have to twist it slightly only to find a perfectly suitable flip top cap underneath. I realise the top is for you to measure the gel into for your standard wash, but doing this just makes a mess around the bottle top and lid unless you clean consistently. With mine I have discarded the plastic top and prefer to squirt a estimated amount into the machine instead.
On the front is a bright orange sticker with the name and pictures of an orange and pomegranate. Other than that they keep it simple with just a sign for - washing as low as 15 degrees, 18 washes and the www.sustainable-cleaning.com website logo. This website is where manufacturers are listed and combine there knowledge to improve products in both economical and environmental ways.
On the back sticker there are detailed instructions for use, interestingly adding the gel directly into the washing machine drum instead of the drawer, which took me a bit of getting used to! It says not to do that but I have when I first started and it seemed to wash fine.
They also give a handy little care of washing guide - brief but enough for those new to the delights of laundry washing!
The standard health and safety warnings are there to about not ingesting and prolonged skin contact, along with a large cross indicating that it is an irritant with address to contact should you wish to contact the manufacturer.
Also to note and of big benefit in my book is that the product nor any of it's ingredients have been tested on animals J
**SO WHAT IS IT LIKE**
When you open the cap you immediately notice the wonderful orangey smell - very citrus but the pomegranate gives the smell a little depth so it is not to intense. This smell I am happy to say does last, even after a few hours of wearing you can still smell a hint of it. Because it is refreshing and fruity I don't think it is a smell that either men or women would be put of by - unless you don't like citrus smells.
The washing power is also very good from a shops own brand. Most of my washes are done at 30 degrees and it has no problem removing general dirt. I don't have the capacity to wash as low as 15 degrees on my machine so cannot vouch for that. I do also wash towels at 60 degrees and work clothes at 95 degrees and it again has no problems removing stains that I have yet encountered.
I like the idea that it is a gel as it is far less messy than powder which seems to get everywhere and it is less likely to clog in the machine. It also sits nicely in the cupboard and you don't need to worry about it getting wet or tipping over.
As this is the concentrated version it also means you use less and seem to get more value for money as it has the added conditioner, which does seem to soften the clothes reasonably.
For this you get 630 ml bottle at a price of about £2.50 which is very competitive in comparison to big brand names. There are other fragrances available also if you are not a fan of citrus smells.
Overall, a very good product from Tesco that I have yet to fault really.