After some problems with liquitabs not dissolving properly in my washing machine I decided to switch to laundry gel instead as I can use the quick-wash function on my washing machine without getting partially dissolved bits of liquitab sticking to my clothes. The other advantage of using a gel is that you can alter the dosage depending on how many clothes are in a wash and how dirty they are which can be useful.
I happened to be in a Tesco when I needed some so I picked up one of these bottles of Tesco own brand Non-Bio Landry Gel. The decision to choose this particular brand was pretty much just down to price as it costs a very reasonable £2.25.
The gel is comes in a white 630ml bottle with a blue cap. The gel itself is blue and there is a see-through strip down the side of the bottle which lets you see how much of the product is left which is a useful feature. Under the blue plastic cap (which is not recommended for use in dryers) the bottle has an easy to open flip-top. As expected this product is dermatologically tested and claims to be 'gentle on your family's skin'. It is not recommended for use with wool or silk and also not recommended for handwashing.
The ingredients are: 15 -30% nonionic and anionic Surfactants, 5 - 15% soap, <5% Phosphonate. Also contains optical brightener, perfumes, benzisothiazolinone, methylisothiazolinone, hexyl salicylate (which may cause allergic reactions). It is an irritant and should obviously be kept out of reach of children.
The cap on the top of the bottle detaches completely and doubles up as a 'dosing device' so the gel is measured out into it and the cap with the gel it is placed into the drum of the washing machine, on top of the clothes. On occasion I have put the full cap of gel on top of my clothes and it has tipped over and gone on to the clothes but this has never caused any issues. The gel should not be placed in the washing machine drawer, presumably as it is too gloopy to be flushed out properly.
As with all laundry gels and powders, the recommended dosage varies slightly based on the hardness of the water in the area where you live and the level of soiling of the clothes but for medium harness/normal soiling there is enough gel for 18 washes. I have a habit of just randomly putting in as much as I feel like but as far as I can tell this guideline seems about right!
I have found that this gel has a general clean and fresh smell which make my clothes smell good without having an overbearing, perfumed scent. This means that the gel can be used alone or combined with a scented fabric softener and clothes will smell good either way (I have used other products in the past which, when combined with fabric softener, creates a horrible scent combo!). My clothes are clean and fresh after using this product and do not feel rough on the skin at all. The results I have had when using this product are just the same as when using more expensive brands of laundry gel so I am very pleased with it. I will definitely be buying this again in the future so it comes recommended by me.
Having just found out I will be going to Uni as a mature student, I have been looking for ways to cut costs in order to save some pennies since out income will half.
I have been spending around £7 on washing gel so realised there is room for some major savings here!
I do prefer to use a liquid of gel as it avoids the white marks on clothes, so I went into Tesco looking for a reasonable price gel to use and I came across the Tesco Non-bio gel.
At £2.25 it is considerably cheaper than the washing gels I have been using, but I was not sure that at such a low proce it would actually work - I have been pleasantly surprised.
The gel comes in a 630ml bottle with a dosing cap on the top - fill the cup to the line ( either 35ml or 40ml depending upon how soiled the clothes are and the water hardness - instructions on back of the pack ) then you just pop it in the washing machine along with your clothes. This gel is blue and unscented, since I use fabric conditioner I see no point in having a scented detergent anyway.
This can be used on cool washes of 15 degrees which is good as I sometimes do cold washes and very rarely do a wash higher than 40 degrees.
I used my regular lenor fabric conditioner ( I haven't gotten around to de-branding on that yet! ) and I have to say the results are very impressive! The clothes were nice and clean, even when I later tried on a whites wash the clothes came out just as good as when I use branded gel.
The pack says it does 18 washes, I would say that is about right give or take a wash, making it just 12.5p per wash - bargain !
I will not be going back to branded detergents now, this really works and is just a fraction of the price I had been paying, by switching I will be saving about £35 per year which isn't too shabby and it really has me thinking what else I can start using store own brands of to save even more money in the future!
I switched to using gel rather than liquid for washing my clothes for a fairly trivial reason. I found that every time I poured liquid out it ended up dribbling down the bottle and making it sticky and annoying in the way a jar of honey always ends up sticky and annoying! I've been pleased with the gel though and won't be going back.
Tesco non-bio gel comes in a short squat plastic bottle that is pretty obviously an unsubtle copy of the Ariel bottle design. The blue 'lid' you can see in the picture is actually a cup for measuring out and using the gel, underneath it is a smaller opening with a standard flip top lid. The different varieties come in different colour schemes, the blue for non-bio fits in with the rest of Tesco's laundry product range.
The gel is used by measuring it out into the blue cup, and then placing the full cup in the drum with the clothes rather than in the usual drawer. I assume this is due to the consistency of the gel, which is quite thick and not runny at all.
Since using this gel, my clothes have been just as clean and fresh smelling as when using liquid. The gel seems to last longer too, as not as much is needed for each wash, and I don't have the problem of sticky horrible bottles in my kitchen cupboards! You can hear the plastic cup rattling about a bit in the washing machine as it spins which I have to admit alarmed me a little bit at first! Neither cup nor machine seem to come to any harm though!
As this product is non-bio, its good for people who have sensitive skin and might have an adverse reaction to other washing products. I suffer from eczema myself and this gel has been fine, no problems or itchiness at all since I started using it. I did once use a branded version of this gel and as usual, there was absolutely no difference between the branded and own brand versions, just the price, so I would definitely recommend this product.
When it comes to doing laundry I am always looking for a bargain when shopping for detergent/fabric conditioner/liquid tabs and I'm not particularly brand loyal so if something is on offer and is good value for money I tend to buy it. I switch between home brands and the bigger named brands and really in all honestly I don't see that much difference between the two so if it means I save a few pounds or pennies it makes me happy especially when these sort of items is something I buy on a regular basis.
Whilst in Tesco recently I was needed a new non-bio detergent and fabric softner. I'd previously been using liquid tabs but having a search on the shelves led me to Tesco Laundry Gel Non-Biological in a 630ml bottle for a very reasonable £2.19 which would hopefully give up to 18 washes. Of course for the price I put a bottle in my trolley and knowing it is non-biological it was going to gentle enough on my daughter's skin.
The non-biological gel is just another product in Tesco's gel range, they also do a 2 in 1 and a biological colour friendly gel too. They all come in the same white slightly oval plastic bottles and feature a wide coloured top. In this case the top is blue in colour which seems to be the colour used by most brands for non-biological products. On the front there is the product name together with a little symbol as to how many washes you can get as well as picture of a baby wrapped in a white towel - easily representing the baby friendly aspect of the non-biological gel.
Now on the back of the bottle there is all the information you need about the product as well as how to use it. Now on the front of the bottle it does say it will give you up to 18 washes but that covers just normal sized loads as well as soft to medium water. If like me you live in a hard water area Tesco do advise you to use a little bit more in with every load and the same applies for very dirty or heavy loads. I know living in a hard water area that I wouldn't get 18 washes out of it so it didn't bother me too much especially considering its price.
The gel itself is a brilliant blue colour which is transparent. It has the same consistency has say a shower gel and is incredibly smooth as it is poured out of the bottle. It does have a very gentle almost mild fragrance which is perfectly pleasant, it does remind me of Fairy's non-bio gel in terms of fragrance and consistency. The way you use it is that you fill up the bright blue top and fill it up to the correct mark depending on the type of water you have and the size load you want to wash. You then pop the top complete with gel into your washing machine drum. I personally sit the top on the clothes almost at the back of the drum and that's it!
I air dry a lot of my clothes together with items such as towels and jeans in a bid to reduce my use of the tumble drier. I find that when a load of washing has finished and I open the washing machine draw I am met with a lovely, fresh gentle fragrance which seems to have stuck to all the washed items like glue. It really is a lovely aroma but very mild all at the same time. The clothes are very soft even when wet which I see as a good sign so they won't dry hard especially towels as no one likes a rough towel to get dry with!
Whilst using this non-bio gel my clothes have either been dried on the airer outside, on the radiators and in the tumble drier (if needing something quickly) and the results have all been the same. Not only have the clothes been washed well (tough stains removed) and they have kept the colours bright and my light coloured loads still look light but the clothes and items I wash no matter how I dry them they still end up being incredibly soft complete with a lovely aroma which does linger on the items for quite some time. Best of all my daughter's skin has never been irritated whilst I have been using this gel which is even better.
Comparing it to other leading brands of non-bio gels and I don't see any difference other than the price. The Tesco version washes the clothes well and leaves them soft with a subtle fragrance. I really cannot find any problems with it and for the price it is definitely something I will be buying again without a doubt. For those that use non-bio gels for their children and for themselves then this should be worth a try. 5 stars from me.
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Before I had Jayden when it came to buying washing powder and similar products I would always go for what was on offer as long as it smelt nice, however after Jayden was born I needed to start buying something that was going to be suitable for washing his clothes in as well, I didn't want to have to buy one type of washing powder for his clothes and another for mine and my husbands clothes so decided to look for something that would be ideal for both. I had a look at all the non bio product in my local Tesco and noticed that they did their own version, Tesco Non-Bio Gel, it promised to be gentle on your families skin so I decided to give it a try.
The Tesco Non-Bio Gel comes in a rounded white plastic bottle, this has a blue oval label on the front of it, at the top of the label is the name of the product, Tesco Non-Bio Gel with the word Gel written in much larger bright red letters, the rest is written in dark blue. There is a statement at the bottom saying that the product is gentle and symbols to say how many washes a bottle does. The rest of the label is taken up with a picture of a baby sitting in a basket of clean washing. The back of the bottle has a white oval label on it containing all of the product information such as directions for use, care instructions, warnings and dosage of the product, this is all written in black writing and clearly set out and easy to ready. The top of the bottle has a white flip lid which is covered by a larger bright blue lid which pulls on and off of the top of the bottle, this also doubles up as the measuring cup for the gel and gets put inside the machine.
Tesco Non-Bio Gel
The Tesco Non-Bio Gel is as the name suggests washing powder in a gel, it is of a reasonably thick consistency, although not so thick that it is difficult to squeeze out of the bottle, the gel is bright blue , I'm not sure exactly what the fragrance is supposed to be, however to me it has a slightly floral and fruity smell to it, this is quite gentle and mild without being too over powering which is ideal when it comes to washing Jayden's clothes as I did not want anything too strongly perfumed but want his clothes to smell clean and fresh. This product is described as being gentle on your families skin and dermatologicaly tested so I was happy to wash Jayden's things in this and know that it was not going to cause any irritation to his skin but still clean them effectively.
Directions for Use
Using the Gel is simple, you squeeze the gel into the dosing cap (the blue cap on top of the bottle) and fill it to the line which can be seen inside the cap and place it inside the machine on top of the clothes and towards the back of the drum, you should not put the product into the washing machine draw. It also states that you should not use this product as a pre-wash. Once you have done this you then turn the machine on as normal and follow the manufacturers instructions depending on what items you are washing. I wasn't too sure about putting the cap with the gel in inside the drum as I usually buy a product which you can put inside the draw, however after doing this several times I have got use to doing it.
Under the heading care instructions on the back of the bottle it advises that this product is suitable for flame retardant finishes. However this is not suitable for wool or silk products.
The dosages are also something which is listed on the back of the bottle and include
* 4 - 5kg wash - 35ml (first line of the inner cap) to 40ml (inner cap full)
*6 - 8kg wash - 40ml fill the inner cap to the top
The dosage also gives you the amount to use depending on your water type, for example
Soft to medium water - Light and medium soiling = 30ml and heavy soiling = 40ml
Hard water - 40ml whether light, medium or heavy soiling
Obviously the amount of time the bottle lasts depends on the amount you use per wash, however each 630ml bottle contains 18 washes based on 35ml doses each time. Personally I never use the recommended amount of gel unless its for really dirty things such as Marks football kit.
The warnings on the back of the product are pretty standard and include
* Avoid prolonged contact with sensitive or damaged skin
* May not be suitable for someone with unusually sensitive skin or with a severe skin condition
* Keep out of reach of children
* Avoid contact with eyes, if this happens rinse immediately
* If swallowed seek medical advise
Price and Availability
Obviously this product is only available from Tesco as it is one of their own brand products, the 630ml bottle cost me just £2.19 which I thought was rather cheap, especially when compared to some branded products which were available, some of these were double the price. The bottle lasts a reasonable amount of time, I am finding that I am doing more washing now Jayden is here its surprising how much washing one small person can make, but despite this the bottle is still lasting me a decent amount of time.
I have been using Tesco Non-Bio Gel for several weeks now and have been very impressed with its performance, the gel effectively cleans all of our clothes and leaves them smelling lovely, the fragrance is strong enough to leave the clothes smelling fresh but not too over powering to wash Jayden's clothes in. The gel is also gentle on you skin so far none of us have had any problems with our clothes being washed in this, the most important thing was it was gentle on Jayden's skin and so far this has certainly been the case. Tesco Non-Bio Gel is excellent value for money and the bottle is long lasting you get a good amount of washes out of one bottle. This is definitely a product I would recommend, it is suitable for the whole family and it is definitely one I will continue to use.
This is a review of Tesco's own non-bio gel, a laundry liquid you put in the wash. I was using powder when my daughter was first born, and now I seem to do so much more washing I thought I'd experiment with different brands to see what else was on the market.
What is it?
Instead of powder you can use liquid when doing the laundry. You only need a small amount (capful) of liquid in with each wash. I also use fabric conditioner with this product. The packet suggests you get 18 washes from each bottle. I'd say I have at least achieved this as I have put slightly under the line in amount in so as not to spill it.
The liquid is a bright blue colour which you squeeze out the bottle, it smells fresh and clean but not fussy or floral. I fill the cap almost to the line and put it inside the drum of the washing machine. I also add conditioner to the drawer and stain remover (Vanish) if required sometimes. You can just put this liquid straight into the drawer if you prefer, I have used both methods.
I have been really pleased with the results of this liquid detergent. It has got my clothes clean and on the odd occasion I have had to put something back through the wash as I would with powder if it isn't clean enough. This tends to be when the machine has been overloaded! I am putting this product to a true test as I have a messy one year old who gets through several outfits a day. I have used the liquid on whites, colours and darks (separated as recommended) and am pleased with the outcome.
This is a bit of a no frills product and comes in a white plastic bottle with a blue lid which you can also use to put the liquid in the machine. Under the removable lid there is a press button cap (like a washing up liquid bottle) so the bottle remains sealed. As it is plastic, it can also go in the recycling box when empty. An added bonus to the packaging is that the bottle has a clear side so you can see how much is left inside.
Price and availability
As this is a Tesco branded laundry gel, it is only available from their stores or from the website. I picked my bottle up from a Tesco Express connected to a petrol station so it is something that is well stocked in smaller branches. Expect to pay £2.49 for a single bottle or look out for offers, currently selling at two for £4.50 (630 ml).
I would buy this product again and I would recommend it to a friend. I am pleased with its performance, and like the fact that you can recycle the bottle as you can't really do this with powder boxes due to the powder clinging to the cardboard. I appreciate the compact amount of space it uses up in the cupboard without compromising on number of washes. At 18 washes it lasts me a while. I am happy to give this washing liquid full marks and think it is top value for money.