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Brand: Tesco / Type: Washing Tablets / Category: Laundry

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      08.02.2009 18:46
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      A bargain waiting to be discovered

      This review is on the Tesco 48 lavender 2 in 1 washing tablets. Like everyone else I have been scouring dooyoo reviews for own brand products that are the equivalent of branded items and I would like to add these washing tablets to the list of value products which work. The tablets cost £2.99 for 48 tablets which is less than half the price of the same number of premium brand tablets. The fact that they also include a fabric conditioner which saves another £1.00 or so just increases their value. The box has a large flash at the front claiming that the washing tablets are effective at 30 degrees and on the side it notes that they have been laboratory tested to be capable of cleaning grass, ketchup, motor oil, margarine, lipstick, blood, coffee and tea. You will already have noticed that you are saving money with this product but it gets even better, after reading a tip on dooyoo I cut down to using just one tablet per wash and the results were just as good as when I used two. This gives me enough washing tablets and conditioner for 48 washes for the grand total of £2.99 now thats what I call value. The tablets are packaged in twos inside the box and can easily be removed without crumbling in your hands and dropping all over the kitchen floor. If I have a particulary messy wash say the boys sports kits or my top after eating pepper sauce I might throw caution to the wind and add a few shakes of soda crystals to the one tablet. The clothes come out, clean, smelling fresh and as soft as though a premium fabric conditioner had been added. Out of habit I put everything on at 40 degrees which is my setting for mixed colours and so far I have not been disappointed. I had been buying the non-bio version of these tablets as my daughter has eczema but picked this one up a few months ago accidently and even though its not non-bio it doesn't irritate her skin. The tablet dissolves fully and the drawer has no more of a gunk build up than it would with the premium brands. The fabric conditioner drawer no longer needs to be scrubbed out as I'm not adding it, so another saving. I can't say that they will get out every stain eg. I splashed my jumper with hot oil a few weeks ago while adding potatoes to the hot roasting tin and the marks were not fully removed but i don't think a premium brand would have removed the japs of oil either and I always have a bottle of stain devil around for this type of event as I am known for being a little accident prone. My daughter makes her own sandwiches now (chocolate spread and ham -eugghh) and most of the chocolate spread tends to end up on her clothes as does the ink from whichever pen or felt tip she has managed to draw over her body and clothes with and these stains come out easily in one wash. For this price even if you use two tablets per wash I don't think you can go too far wrong in giving these a go.

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        16.10.2008 15:45
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        a great brand of washing tabs found by accident - will never go back!

        one day i sent my other half down to tescos to grab some washing tablets, he came back and handed me tescos non bio washing tabs... ok different from my then normal bold 2 in 1 washing tabs but he claimed there was none left and so had picked up these. much cheaper at £2.47 ish for 48 tablets my first thoughts was that they would be rubbish. i was pleasently suprised and thought they were so good have never switched back! i put two tablets in the drawer along with a bit of tescos fabric softner, wash at 40 degrees and they work just as well as any other brand i have used before, they do not remove very stubborn stains but i had always had to use a stain remover to get rid of those anyway. ok the after smell is not quite as stong as bold 2 in 1 but i have a young baby now and wouldnt want it to be! Another thing i noticed when i swopped to these was that my now two year old daughters excema has been much much better, she rarely flares up anymore and i put that down to using non bio - i didnt realise that before and now wish i had changed sooner!

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        14.10.2008 10:26
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        If your looking to reduce shopping bill - this will go a long way to helping

        On my quest to reduce the weekly shopping bill I decided to try Tesco non biological tablets Priced at £2.49 for 48 tablets which is 24 washes, the price is exceptionally low compared with what I was using - persil non bio tablets - 48pack - £4.00. These come in a bright blue box with the words Non Bio in large red lettering, a picture of two tablets and the words suitable for sensitive skin in small white lettering at the bottom. Claims - to clean as well as the leading brand after research on a range of soils and stains -specifically coffee, motor oil, margarine,lipstick and tea. - excellent stain removal without the use of enzymes - Contains SRP - soil release polymer, this apparently removes grease better from polyester and improves the fibres wash after wash. To open the box you pull the cardtab at the back and remove, the lid simply opens up then. The tablets are wrapped in two's and this is what you would need for a regular amount. Open the wrapper (not that easy to be honest) , pop the tablets in your drawer and wash as normal. Results The smell is average - fairly fresh but you are not hit with a lovely clean smell when you open the machine. I use non bio on my darks wash and I did have a coffee stain on one green t-shirt which had come out. The tablets don't disintegrate fully in the drawer which did mean I needed to clean the drawer between washes which was an irritation. It does say you can use these tablets in your drum but I would not recommend this as I feel the residue could stain the clothes Conclusion A lot cheaper than most other similar products and it does remove mild stains. If you can cope with cleaning your drawer out most times due to the residue and you are using in conjuction with a nice smelling fabric conditioner than this will save you pounds.

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        13.09.2008 21:00
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        Much easier to use than powder, and not really any more expensive.

        I had been using the Tesco Colour washing powder for ages and in comparason the tablets seemed expensive, however, sometime ago Tesco had them on offer so I decided to give them a go and I never switched back. They are in a purple box and come in a box of 48 which does 24 washes. Within the box the tablets are wrapped in two's in little plastic wrappers. This makes them easy to pop open and pop in the drawer of the washing machine. Although they seemed more expensive I discovered that I had probably been using the wrong amount of the powder as these actually seemed to last me longer and I was doing the same amount of washing, plus I seemed to get a better wash from them as I knew I was putting the correct amount in. I find that in a 40 degree wash they get just about all stains out, some stubborn ones I do need to treat but I have found that even the branded powders don't get everything out 100% of the time. A box of 48 tablets costs about £2.75.

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          24.08.2008 11:10
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          A couple of tablets for a headache free wash......

          For more years than I care to remember, I was one of those people, who always used Persil washing powder in my washing machine, irrespective of the cost. For the past few years I have been converted and now happily use Tesco own brand. I started using the Tesco powder, but over the past year I have been using the Tesco Tablets which I think are brilliant. I buy a box containing 48 tablets. The box is small and neat, is green in colour, and has a picture of the washing tablets on the front. It also says on the front of the box that the tablets are 'effective even at lower temperatures, and to turn down to 30 degrees and save energy'. I must admit, that unless I am doing a boil wash, I use the 40 degree cycle on my machine. Inside the box there are 24 small clear wrappers each containing 2 tablets. Each tablet is around 4 centimetres in diameter and 2 centimetres thick. I find it very easy to pull the top of the wapper apart to get the tablets out. The tablets have the usual fragrance of washing powder. The fragrance is not as strong as the Tesco Value range washing powder ( which I have tried once and did not like it). The instructions on the box tell you to use 2 tablets for a light or normal laundry and 3 tablets for a heavily soiled wash. I have always found that 2 tablets is plenty. If I am doing a delicate wash or a half load I find that 1 tablet is usually sufficient. I put the tablets into the soap dispenser in my washing machine, and I have never had any problems with the tablets not dissolving. They dissolve easily even with a cold fill. You can also put the tablets at the back of the drum in your washing machine, but as I have not done this, I cannot comment on it. Tesco claim that these washing tablets give 'Brilliant cleaning and effective stain removal'. I am always happy with the results. On a few occassions when I know I have a stubborn stain to remove, I use a stain remover first, and then do a normal wash. I am quite happy to do this, and I would have done the same thing if I had been using Persil. I think that there are some stains which need a stain remover, and there is no washing powder that can do the job on it's own. On the bottom of the box you can find the Care Insructions, Product Information, Tesco's Promise, Additional Information and Warnings. Each tablet contains 37.5g of washing powder. A 1.8kg box containing 48 tablets (enough for 24 washes) costs £2.75 in Tesco just now. It is only occassionally that I can get these on offer, but I am perfectly happy to pay the full price. At their normal selling price they are still a lot cheaper than the leading brands and in my opinion they do the same job. I will keep using these, unless something better comes onto the market.

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            16.07.2002 17:20
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            Whoa, this is an exciting product to write about innit? Still, it's a dirty job but someone's gotta do it! ;o) I'm quite new to the world of washing machines - I only got my first one (a hand-me-down) about 3 years ago at the grand age of 32 and had previously spent my adult laundry sessions either at a launderette or doing it by hand. So it naturally follows that I'm not so well up on laundry products either but of the few powders I've used in the past I find them messy and there is a lot of waste by either using too much or the sticky globs that tend to build up and stay in the little machine drawer. That said, one day perusing the washing powder shelves in Tescos I decided these new(ish) tablets sounded like a good idea so I did my usual hawkeye bit of searching for the bargain priced ones. I decided upon Tesco's own 2 in 1 tablets. A small chunky bright yellow cardboard box containing 32 40g tablets in "Summer Fresh" fragrance was duly placed in my shopping basket. The first few times I bought these they were at the special price of £1.77 but have since gone up to £2.69 - which is still quite a lot cheaper than most well known brands. The box also contained a small net bag in which you put two tablets per full load wash (16 washes per box) and place it directly into the washing machine drum on top of your laundry - so there is no waste by using too much powder or residue in the machine drawer. Obviously being 2 in 1 these tablets contain fabric conditioner/softener as well which is also a bonus for me as the separate conditioner compartment of my washing machine does not work. These do have a lovely fresh, but not overpowering, slightly floral smell although if you sniff the tablets directly they do remmind me a bit of cream soda! The tablets contain Soil Release Polymer to assist grease removal from synthetics and provide fibre protection so that your clothes do not gradually weaken through washing as can often happen. The results? Well, my normal full load wash is not generally heavily soiled like a family load may be so I can't comment on bad stains but for me the results were very good. My laundry came out clean, smelling very fresh, adequately soft and colours had not faded badly - I had no complaints and so I now use these tablets regularly. Well, I didn't think I'd manage to write this much about such a product so there you go - there is hidden excitement in laundry tablets!! ;o)

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              16.11.2001 19:01
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              Tescos had an offer of Bio tablets for stain removal at the weekend and as I am a sucker for a bargain I thought that I would have a go. These work with whatever your water hardness is like. The number of tablets change with the size of the stain or state of your washing. Two tablets for most washes unless you have heavy stains then you can use 3 or if you have a son like mine that inspects any whites for a speck of dirt and then says its not clean. Yes he will be doing it himself soon. I know most of you know how to use these tablets but if you are used to powder then what you do is put the tablets into the little net bag that they give you and then put the lot into the wash. Dont use the tablets without the net or put them in the draw of your machine. These are recommended for getting rid of stains of grass, ketchup, margarine or butter, motor oil, blood, coffee, tea and lipstick. I wont say my family are a grubby lot but yes this week it has proved that it gets all those things out! They smell nice and leave washing smelling nice. It is no good having clean washing and not liking the smell of the powder. I paid £1.99 for 18. These are cheaper than a lot of tablets but they work just as good and in my eyes better than a lot on the market and it saves me having to use a powder and then buy something like Ace to get rid of the stains so yes it is much cheaper.

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                15.01.2001 22:14
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                I'm not usually a tablet person - as far as washing powder goes I stick to the tesco value powder as it does the job cheaply and well enough. However when it came to washing my sofa covers I felt I really needed something that would wash well and yet hold as much of the colour in as possible. I looked at the tablets that were on offer for Colours and Tesco were the cheapest so I bought them. I have been told that tablets are "less fiddly" and "less messy" than powder but I don't buy this. By the time you have gotten hold of two tablets, unwrapped them and stuck them in the little bag in the wash, you haven't gained anything. On performance, these worked fine. I haven't tired others yet so can't compare, but my covers were clean and held their colour. There was also no shrinkage which was a big relief. They smelled clean but there wasn't an overbearing smell and it did not hang around for a long time which was good. I would buy these again for another important wash, but for everyday use I stick to the Value powder and save myself money.

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                  29.07.2000 05:15
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                  At only 2.25 for a box of 24 , using tablets is one of the cheapest and easist way to do washing . Tesco tablets i've found work just as well as Persil tablets and much better than Novon tablets ( sainsbury's own , which are really crumbly ) . Persil tablets are also a lot more expensive , and quite honestly there is no difference . Tesco tablets come in 2 kinds , biological for white washes and tesco colour tablets . On the box it says put 2 tablets into the wash in the net , I find that if you use two they don't dissolve properly and the residue marks the washing . So I only use one tablet and my washing is just as fresh but with no residue and the tablets last twice as long !!! These tablets are ideal for people in a hurry who want to put on a quick load of washing with no fuss . They are ideal for university students as the hastle factor of washing is less . The box is really compact and can easily be stored at the bottom of a waredrobe ( know how cramped university hall of residence rooms can be !!!! ) .

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                Washing Powder tablets.