“ Brand: Tesco / Type: Liquid Laundry Detergent / Category: Laundry „
I buy a lot of Tesco's own brand products and when had a coupon for £1 off a tub of their 24 two in one cleaning pouches, I decided to try them. I usually use a liquid detergent, though I can see the benefits of using these little liquid pouches as there is no measuring required and also these ones don't even require a separate conditioner, as they are a two in one formulation.
These packs of twenty four tubs normally retail at £4.50 but with my £1 off I paid only £3.50 so considered this to be a bit of a bargain, especially as I wasn't even going to have to add any fabric conditioner tot the wash load. I usually have mixed feeling, however, about the smell of lavender and to be honest this was the only reason I was initially a little bit hesitant about using these liquid pouches.
Each little pouch is square in shape and filled with a deep purple coloured liquid. They are quite full and I just put one into the drum of the washing machine, at the back, and then set the machine as I normally would.
I sued these liquid pouches on a very hot boil wash, and I also used it on a 40 degree and a cooler 30 degree wash, so I had the full run of the temperature scale to see how they worked well on both my whites and my coloured clothing.
I have to say that they did wash fine at all temperatures and they even managed to lift stains out of some of my daughter's white PE tops on a cooler wash. So in this respect they were fairly impressive.
On the negative side, however, they just didn't smell as nice as they normally do when I add my own fabric conditioner, such as Lenor or Comfort. Added to this, was the fact that they also didn't feel nearly as soft as they normally do, either. My husband and daughter both said that things felt 'rougher' so even they noticed a difference. I could detect no smell of lavender at all.
I would personally say these are fine for towels but I don't think I'd really buy them again to do my normal weekly wash as all of the washing just didn't feel or smell as nice as it normally did. They are good if you are really against using a powder or liquid detergent and don't mind the feel of rough clothes against your skin, but not a product I'm going to buy again.
I'm not a big fan of using powder in washing machines as my mum always moaned at me about it. She always used to say that powder clogs up the washing machine, making it break eventually and while I don't totally believe her, I still don't like to use powder. We generally do all of our shopping online at Tesco and have recently bought Tesco 2 In 1 Lavender Liquid Capsules.
Obviously, this is a Tesco product and can only be found in stores and online. For a pack of 24 capsules, you can look to pay around £4.50. Now, this is a lot more expensive than buying powder and fabric conditioner but you are getting both in one here. The capsules come in a plastic tub which is quite plain apart from a label on the front. The label shows a picture of the capsules, along with lavender and the relevant product information. The tub has a thin plastic lid which clicks back into place once you have opened it.
These washing capsules, as they are a 2 in 1 variety, claim to soften your clothes at the same time as cleaning them. Capsules do not give off any scent while in their individual packaging so although this product has lavender in it, you cannot tell until your clothes have been washed. I would have liked to have been able to know what they smelled like beforehand.
What is good about these capsules is that they aren't nearly as messy as using regular liquid or powder. No parts of your washing machine get dirty or clogged up nor is there any measuring to do. I never do loads of washing too big so generally, one capsule suits my needs.
I generally wash everything on 30 degrees nowadays and tend to never even bother changing the dials on my washing machine. As these were 2 in 1, I decided to give them a go without any added fabric softener just to see what they could actually do. After my washing was finished and I opened the door, I wasn't instantly hit with the smell of lavender like I was hoping for. The clothes inside the washing machine did smell clean and quite nice but not as nice as I thought they would.
While these capsules did leave my clothes nice and clean, they weren't amazingly soft. This is the first ever 2 in 1 capsule that I have ever bought but I don't think I will be again. While my clothes were clean, they didn't smell as nice nor were they as soft as when I use other, separate products.
Tesco 2 in 1 lavender Liquid capsules - 20
As is pretty obvious this is a Tesco branded item and as such only available to buy from Tesco stores. I have been buying the Bold range of laundry detergent in the liquid form and have been happy enough but did think it was pretty expensive so when I saw these at two packs for £6.50 where as Bold in the same scent variation costs £5 for the same number of liquid capsules so considerably much cheaper. I thought it was worth giving these a try instead.
When using the Bold capsules I found they washed my clothes perfectly well. I can't say that I noticed any great stain removal as my clothes generally don't get that dirty. The 2 in 1 is supposed to soften your clothes as well as washing them. I found that the scent was not that noticeable and that the softening quality was not as good as when I used a separate softener in the rinse cycle.
This Tesco own brand version makes the same claims but without all the scientific wizardary of micro capsule technology and all that blarney. Now as these are capsules rather than liquid it is hard to sniff the product neat so to speak and the only chance you get of smelling this is once the wash has been through its cycle.
In the interests of fair reviewing I tried this without any other softener as i had with the Bold to begin with. As I said my washes are not usually dirty in the way they might be if I had children to wash for. I usually just want the normal freshening clean from my wash and the unseen dirt removed.
I sent this through on a 30degree wash which is what i use more often than not. When I opened the washing machine door it smelled clean and fresh but not remarkably of lavender. As I took the clothes out the smell was more evident but not as obvious as when I use a softener. This is really pretty obvious why as the softener is put through the rinse cycle whereas the laundry detergent goes through a rinse cycle after the scented product is sent through the clothes so it is bound not to be as strong.
What I like about these capsules is that you don't have to measure any liquid, you don't have to open any plastic around tablets. You also have no mess that you get when using powder and also no powder residue which I often get as I wash in low temperatures. You just take a capsule out of the neat box and pop it straight in the machine with the wash. You don't use your dispenser drawer so that doesn't get slimy either.
Don't touch the capsules with wet hands or spill water into the box as they will start to dissolve and then you have laundry liquid everywhere or capsules stuck together.
I use one per load as my stuff isn't very dirty. I do sort my wash into colours and darks etc and do not over fill my machine so I only ever use one capsule per wash. Tesco do suggest that for a 4-5 kg wash with average hardness of water and light to normal soiling that you use one capsule. If your water is hard or the wash is extra dirty or you are using a bigger machine and wash load then you may need two capsules.
My clothes were all just as clean as they were with the Bold. The mud had come off the bottom of my husband's golf trousers and his socks were clean. They were pretty much the same as when i used the Bold without the softener.
I like my clothes to be softer than this 2 in 1 product gives and so I add Tesco own brand softener too now and this gives a good wash and the softener makes the clothes soft and smell good too.
In short I find this just as good as the Bold of the same scent variation and at half the price I shall be buying this one in future rather than the more expensive Branded product.
This comes in these capsules, a gel of 630 ml for £2.19 as opposed to nearly £7 at times for Bold, tablets which are 48 pack for £3.75 ( this does 24 washes according to the pack but I have used 1 tablet for small loads successfully). It also comes in a super concentrate liquid 630ml which does 18 washes for £2.49 so there are several options for you to try.
As this is a detergent is does contain surfactants and enzymes so if you have sensitive skin it might pay to check the ingredients before using.
I would recommend these and have found them just as good as the Branded version and are around half the price. This will be the one I use from now sorry Bold your stuff is too expensive and no better than this one.
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