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Tesco Value Automatic Biological Washing Powder

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

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      22.05.2013 15:33
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      An ok buy I guess!

      I am sure that I am addicted to washing! I tend to do at least two full loads of washing per day just for myself! I do my bedding at least every other day, after using a towels once it goes in the wash.....I do realise I do too much but hey its the way I am!

      Because of this washing addiction though I do try out cheaper powders and liquids from time to time and this is one that I have bought on a few occasions and I use this usually on 'not so dirty' loads and for things that I feel like I need just freshening up like my cats blanket and cushion cover and things like that and I paid £2.52 for a large 3KG box of this which is meant to give us 30 loads of washing!

      The Packaging:

      The box is simple with a side opening tab to it and the box is cardboard with little pictures shown on it of washing baskets, hanging trousers and skirts and the likes and we are clearly told what it is and who it is by, and the size is stated as well as being told how many washes we should get from it (as I have listed already) then on the back of the box other information listed includes being told how to use the product (measurements are clearly listed), the composition of the powder is given and contact details for the manufacturer are given. Its is a cheap looking but functional and informative enough box and me, well I get rid of the box anyway by recycling it and have a special container for it that looks great next to my washing machine which means I can be a cheap skate and no one even has to know!

      Using It:

      Well the white powder is well...dry and powdery and has not a lot of fragrance to it just a really faint soapy one that is barely there. The measurements are given as to how much powder you should use per wash but there is no way of telling how much you are meant to use and I am not weighing out and messing about trying to do so so I simply pour a bit into my washing machine drawer along with my usual fabric conditioner/softener and select my usual cycle which is usually 30-40C.

      When my washing is done all I can smell is my fabric softener and I always use a known branded, lovely smelling one and so the scent of this not being strong really doesn't matter to me and all I can smell is my softener.

      Results:

      This is, in my opinion no good on stains at all, not even when I whack up my washing machines to the highest temperatures however like I said earlier I use this for a freshening up my fabrics, like this morning I wore a t-shirt and jeans only for a couple of hours, didn't get them dirty but will washed them fresh for my next wear...that sort of thing and this is fine that. My fabrics look clean, I can't see any splodges of collected white powder on anything and as for softness or anything that comes from my selected softener anyway though I did use this on a wash with a top with grease on it and some mucky looking tea towels on a 40c wash and the stains were certainly as bad on those things as when they in!

      I do recommend this though if budget wise your feeling the pinch but in that case I'd buy a box for light colours and not too dirty stuff only and maybe buy something better just for more dirty stuff and I couldn't see me buying this if I had kids to be honest but for me and my kitty its fine and saves me a lot of money in the long run!

      Only available from Tesco stores and different sizes are available to purchase too!

      This review is also posted on Ciao under this same username.

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      19.03.2013 15:07
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      Worth trying

      Since I can remember, my Mum has moaned at me about using washing powder in washing machines. She claims it clogs them up and eventually breaks them but really, I don't think that is true at all, especially if you clean out the compartment where the powder goes regularly. Being on a budget at the minute due to paying for our wedding means that we are starting to cut back on a few things and this is one of them.

      After having a good look on the Tesco website, we decided to try Tesco Value Automatic Biological Washing Powder. This comes in a 3k box and only costs £2.52 which in comparison to a Fairy equivalent which would cost about £11, makes this an absolute steal. The washing powder comes in the usual Tesco packaging for an Everyday Value product. The box is made from white cardboard and has on it the name and description of the product in green text along with little green pictures of clothes and laundry. The box is slightly less plain than some value products but only because the box is so big and there is quite a lot of colour on it.

      The box can either be torn open at the top or at one of the sides. I find it easier to do this at the top though as it makes it easier to get at the washing powder. Strangely, I use a shot glass to scoop up the powder. I don't have a proper measuring cup or anything and generally, a shot glass full will be enough to cover a normal sized load of washing. Upon opening the box, there is that instant scent of washing powder which is clean and fresh. However, it doesn't smell anywhere near as nice as those which are, say, lavender scented but as long as my clothes smell clean, I don't mind. I do always tend to use a lavender fabric softener anyway.

      When washing on 30 degrees like I do for everything, this washing powder is pretty good. There have been one or two times where really stubborn stains weren't fully removed but that doesn't happen very often at all. After 99% of washes, my clothes come out clean and fresh. I do think though that without the use of a fabric softener, my clothes wouldn't be quite as soft or smell as nice. I'm willing to comprise here though and go for a cheaper washing powder and make it better with a good fabric softener.

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        17.06.2012 15:28
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        An amazing bargain soap powder with even more amazing results!

        I usually buy liquid detergents for the washing, but the other week I was in Tesco and noticed this box on special at only £1.50 for 30 washes - 3kg. The Tesco Value liquid detergent is usually £1.60 for 28 washes - so I was saving 10p and gaining 2 extra washes.

        I got home and loaded the washing machine with some grubby socks and towels. I opened the box and was greeted with a pleasant soap powder smell. It has a very nostalgic smell about it, like when my granny used to do her washing.

        The box does not come with a scoop, but I just used the lid off an old deodorant can and guessed the measurement. I have ordered a free scoop from the Persil website - naughty of me I know!

        I turned on the machine at a 40 degree wash and let it fill, for the first wash I used no fabric conditioner so I could judge the smell of the powder. The first thing I noticed was the huge amount of bubbles. Using liquids I never get to see the bubbles until the warm water fills, but here the bubbles were very prominent. I let it run its cycle and the Kitchen was filled with a wonderful soapy smell. Again a very nostalgic smell from when My Granny had the old twin tub - remember them?

        After the cycle was finished I took out my washing. The socks were surprisingly white and the towels smelled lovely and clean, I tumbled them all dry and when they came out they still had a nice fresh smell. I am extremely impressed with this washing powder and I get rather upset when people turn their nose up at value brands. I told My Mum I had bought it and she looked at my clothes I was wearing as if to say 'Yeah right'.

        I use it almost every day and I have not had a stain it hasn't shifted. I haven't tried it on really greasy stains, but even the big name brands struggle with them. Used with your favorite softener for a lovely smell.

        If you are a student, or on a tight budget I cannot recommend this powder enough. I might even switch to this permanently from liquid detergents.

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        15.04.2012 13:27
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        3/5 an okay washing powder but I'd prefer to pay a little more for better.

        When shopping online at Tesco occasionally we get sent substitutes if what we originally ordered wasn't in stock which was the reason we ended up with Tesco Value Automatic Biological Washing Powder. Originally we'd opted for Tesco own brand but got this instead but thankfully we only got charged the cheaper price. A 3kg box of Value Washing Powder costs just £2.50 which is obviously a very low price.


        The packaging is pretty basic, a card box with the well known red, white and blue Tesco Value branding. The box isn't all that strong and I swapped mine into a big plastic container as I was worried about the box splitting and the powder going everywhere. The box is easily opened by just pulling a perforated cardboard strip; the box is quite heavy so I always use a small glass to scoop out the powder.


        There's a pleasant fresh smell when you open up the box, it's not the strongest smell but its okay. Unless something is particularly dirty I always wash everything at 30 degrees as most of our clothes are just in need of a freshen up more than they need cleaning. I scooped my usual amount of powder into the drawer with a little extra as the scent isn't that strong and put the wash on. I found that when I took my clothes out of the machine they had a nice freshness to them but they were nowhere near as fresh as I'd like. The powder is very cheap though so I just added more the next time I washed clothes which just needed a freshen up.


        Occasionally we do have things with worse stains on them, such as my partner's chef whites. I tend to bleach any really tough stains before washing them but if it's just a case of them looking slightly grubby I usually just wash them on a hot wash. When I did this with Tesco Value Biological Washing Powder the marks were still visible after an hour and a half wash at 60 degrees. Now normally my machine gets rid of stuff like this really easily so I was a little bit disappointed here.


        Overall, this powder is okay. It's not the best out there but it is cheap at under 10p a wash, having said that though you do have to use more powder than is suggested on the box. Clothes are left relatively fresh but again, not the best. It's good for those on a very tight budget but I'd prefer to pay a little extra and get fresher, cleaner clothes.

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        28.09.2011 22:07
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        It does exactly what it's supposed to.

        Recently myself and my partner had to admit to ourselves that we were in a ridiculous amount of debt and were living way beyond our means.

        We decided to challenge ourselves to drop to supermarket own brand products and food and on our first "budget" shop we came across Tesco Value Automatic Biological Washing Powder.

        At only £1.75 for 3kg (30 washes) we decided we couldn't go wrong with trying it and popped it in our trolley. This is about a third of the price for the same amount of branded detergent.

        The packaging is pretty rubbish (it's basically wrapped in a Tesco plastic carrier bag) and I would suggest finding a box or something to pour the powder into or you will also be spilling it out and letting it go to waste. Not to worry as I had an empty box of industrial size Persil which was perfect to hold this. It doesn't come with any sort of measuring jug either but I still had the jug left over from my Persil!

        At home I was very excited to try it out and grabbed a pile of washing from the basket and put it in the machine. To get a more accurate result I decided not to use any fabric conditioner or stain remover for my first few washes.

        I have to say I was surprisingly impressed. I CANNOT tell any difference in the cleaning power of this from a branded biological detergent. To be fair I don't have a favourite detergent brand anyway but tend to buy whatever is on offer instead - usually Persil, Bold or Ariel. The clothes come out clean. They smell fresh but don't have that nice strong flowery/perfumery odour I am used to. I have found this powder removes everyday stains such as mud, grass or mild food stains but for stubborn stains you will need to buy a specialist product. You can get that lovely smell on your clothes by using any fabric conditioner but I prefer not too spend even more money for the sake of a nice whiff when you put your clothes on.

        I can also let you in on a couple of little secrets! For cheap stain removal try Soda Crystals. 1kg will cost you around 70p in the laundry aisle. Add a tablespoon on top of your normal detergent to shift those ultra stubborn stains. For a cheap alternative to fabric conditioner add 1 or 2 teaspoons of white vinegar (no it won't make your clothes smell). And if you really want that strong fresh smell add 2 drops of a cheap essential oil such as lavender to the wash (in the fabric conditioner compartment with the vinegar) or if you use a tumble dryer you can put a couple of drops on an old flannel in the back of the dryer drum.

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          06.05.2010 08:36
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          Cheap price for a nice smelling powder

          I do not do the washing at home, it is one of the very few chores I do not like to do as I cannot get the hang of the whites and the colour methods my wife keeps telling me about and I once put the washing on the wrong setting and made all the clothes shrink lol.

          Since we have been on a lower budget we have been trying lots of lower branded goods and so saving money and this product is one we thought we would give a try and see how we liked it.

          It was priced at only £1 for 2kg and it comes in a cardboard box with a pull strip opening at the top and inside it is a white powder and on opening the box the smell is quite pleasant, it has a nice fragrance and the powder is very fine.

          It pours very well into the washer drawer compartment very easily and washes the clothes quite well, although the whites are not as clean as they have been when a branded powder has been used but the clothes do smell nice and used with your usual fabric conditioner I think the extra fragrance makes the garments smell much better.

          It does not in my opinion tackle the very stubborn stains so good but for lightly soiled fabrics it cleaned them fine.

          The average amount of washes it is designed to wash is 30 but that depends on how much powder you use and it can be used for hand washing and the powder dissolves well in the water for hand washing. It is recommended that rubber gloves be worn when doing this to protect the hands.

          The box is made from 100% recycled board and it can be easily recycled again after use.

          I do recommend it for anyone on a low budget like myself and if you have a large family but I prefer the branded ones for tackling those stubborn stains.

          It can easily be used to do cleaning chores where powder may be used.

          I rate it 4 stars only because it does not in my opinion tackle the stubborn stains so well.

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            07.04.2010 21:44
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            very good value

            Why I chose it?

            I am on a bit of a budget drive since my other bills have started to rise and decided to try the cheaper alternatives for both food and toiletries etc. After I ran out of my usual washing powder I decided to give the basic range a try and see if I could save some money.

            Is it any good?

            I was a little concerned it wouldn't wash my clothes very well but it certainly did the job. It surpirised me as the soil near me has a lot of clay in it and usually don't come out of my daughters clothes with my usual brand but this powder got it out first time.


            Bad bits.

            It certainly washed my clothes well but it left a strange smell on them so I needed a good conditioner to freshen them up. I used the basic conditioner however and that worked well too.

            Would I recommend it?

            Yes if you're trying to save money you really can't go wrong with this washing powder as it really does a good job I wouldn't use it if you have a skin condition or on young baby's clothes as it is biological and there doesn't seem to be any non biological one out in the basics range.

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            10.01.2010 17:56
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            An economical buy for thos on a budget!

            I buy Tescos Automatic Biological washing powder regularly. It is a bargain compared to the other brands at just £1.68!!

            It comes in the standard red, white and blue Tesco value range logos and is in a box. it is actually quite hard to open as the lid is glued down rather tightly and also does not come with a measuring cup. Fortunately I have one from using previous powders so this suffices for this particular powder.

            It cleans adequately for my liking, however if you have heavier soiled items you will need to purchase something a little more heavy duty. Alsdo it is not fantastic washing white items and I have too purchase a separate whitener to tackle these sorts of stains and marks.

            It also does not loeave the clothes with a fresh smell that other brands might leave. To freshen the clothes and leave them soft I add a fabric conditioner which is sufficient.

            For the sort of wash I do even with the whitener extra and fabric condiotner it still works out to be cheaper than most brands.

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            01.12.2009 08:21
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            A cheap powder which is ideal if your clothes are not dirty but want freshening up

            Previously I have had great success in changing from my well known brand of washing powder down to a new cheaper brand but when this was not available I decided I would give the Value range box a go as other Value products I have tried have been pretty good. This one really was the exception.

            ~~THE BOX~~

            The powder is very easy to recognise on the shelf, it comes in a big chunky white box which has the well know Value range logo on the top. There is a red band across the box which has the product name inside and below this is a picture of a clean light blue shirt. The back of the box is exactly the same and on the sides you can find the directions for use, amount needed for the laundry and the product details.

            ~~USE~~

            Upon opening the box which can be done by pulling the cardboard tab which allows three sides of the lid to be lifted I noticed how fine and white the powder was. There is no scoop inside the box but for me this was OK as I have several lying around from other powders I have bought in the past. If you have no scoop then a small plastic tub or large spoon would do the job just as good.

            For me I used this in my washing machine and did not try using it for hand washing so that is what I am going to base my review on. For a normal sized load of washing in a medium water hardness area then 80ml of powder is required for a medium dirty load. If your clothes are dirtier then more powder can be used or if you have heard water then again use extra amounts of powder. For me I did not measure it and I just used a good sized scoop full.

            The side of the box does recommend that for hand washing then 40ml of powder is to be used in a bowl or bucket.

            ~~RESULTS~~

            I did not wash clothes which were dirtier than normal. I used this on the usual school uniform and day to day clothes which are never really dirty and I have to say that after washing with this powder then I did notice that the clothes were in fact clean. There were a few problems when I can to find the white school tops as the small marks which were on before washing were still there. They were slightly fainter but still noticeable.

            The clothes did smell fresh when they had been dried but there was no lasting smell of freshness once I had put then away in the wardrobe.

            I was pleased that the powder did not let any of the coloured clothes run into the white items which were in the same load and the coloured clothes were still just as bright and rich as they were before washing in this powder.

            None of my family have had any skin irritation from using this which is good as hubby does have sensitive skin.

            ~~INFO~~

            The washing powder comes in a 2kg size and is states that this will give an average of 30 washes, for me it lasts roughly 2 weeks as I do have a lot of washing in my household and some days I end up with 3 washes.

            After using this powder hands should be washed. It is not recommended for use on silk, wool or leather garment and this powder should not be used for soaking clothes in an enamel bath.

            To store this it is recommended that it is kept in a dry and cool place and away from children and pets. The box in 100% recyclable but in out house this usually means it is made into a house or magazine and book holder.

            The ingredients for this powder include;-

            Oxygen Based Bleach Agents n- 5-15%
            Soap, Non-ionic Surfactants, Propionates - Less than 5%
            Optical Brightener, Perfumes, Enzymes (protease)

            If you would like more information on what other things can be found in this powder then you can visit www.informationsheets.com/tesco

            ~~PRICE AND AVAILABILITY~~

            As this is a Tesco's Value brand product then it is only available in Tesco's stores. It comes in a 2kg size box which gives roughly 30 washes. It is priced at a bargain £1.68.

            ~~OVERALL~~

            After using the full box of this powder I have to say that I was indifferent with the results. At times all of my clothes were clean and looked good but then it was unable to remove the small marks which were on white school tops. I would have to say that this would be a good powder if you don't have very dirty clothes or if you don't have children. It is also a great price.

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