I have been watching Russia Today TV, and their indecent coverage of the MH17 flight. No need to say that I was scandalised. But I also got shocked to see that some of your brands (such as Finish, Vanish, Harpic, etc.) are announced on this channel which is ethically so questionable. Just to let you know, that from now on, I will be carefully checking my shopping to avoid Reckitt Benckiser products. And I will try as many people as possible to learn about your media policy.
I have had very average results from the Vanish pre wash stick, so a while ago I decided to buy some in wash Vanish tablets instead to see if they would work any better. The main problem I have with a toddler is her being able to get her food all down herself whatever she is eating and wearing. I have been through so many clothes and had to resort to throwing some away because I just can't get rid of all the stains that I will try anything.
The Vanish in wash tabs are packaged in a bright pink box, the trademark colour of Vanish. It shows a lot of bubbles on the front of the box to impress upon the consumer that these tablets will fizz in the water enhancing the oxi action they contain.
Inside the box are individually wrapped tablets that look like large sweets in wrappers. The tablets themselves are quite small and white with a green covering at the top and a blue ball sitting in the middle of the tablet.
I realised by reading the packaging that each different colour and layer did a different thing in your wash.
The white large area is the oxi action layer which releases the bubbles when you put it in the wash. The green smaller layer holds the stain removers which are supposed to loosen tough stains, and the blue ball is an action ball which loosens dried in stains.
All of that sounds very impressive when you first read the box, but I would say the white area could be smaller, as I would happily sacrifice bubbles for more stain removing area.
Each tablet goes in with your washing liquid in the drawer, and you leave it to do its work.
That's where my impressiveness of the product ends, when I put it in the drawer. I wouldn't say it doesn't work at all, as I know it shifts some of the stains, but to be fair even some light staining can still be there when I have used one of these tablets on fresh wet stains. I could have understood it when the stain had dried in for a day or so, even though the packaging claims to work miracles.
I also tried these tablets on a hand soak to see what would happen. I made sure I put the tablet in the water first to let it dissolve, and watched it fizz away like a Lush bath ballistic. By watching this it did start to impress me again, so I left my stained clothes to soak for a few hours.
Sadly even after a good soak and then a proper machine wash the clothes still had marks on them, so I felt like I was fighting a losing battle by now with my stained clothes.
I paid £3.99 for 15 tablets, and I feel that this was a waste of my money in the long run, as I am finding myself doing two treatments of vanish for each item of stained clothes just to attempt some half decent results.
Overall I would say that for very mild stains these do work, but for anything tougher than spaghetti bolognaise then you've almost had it. I won't be buying these again when I run out and I'll be looking for a simpler solution to my washing that will hopefully work better.
Boxes of 8, 15 and 30 tablets. Stain remover. Vanish ActionBall Tablets with the power of Oxi Action gives you the power of soaking in your regular wash. The ActionBall tablets contain Stain Soakers, which dissolve immediately to soften and loosen dried in stains, while the effervescent white Oxi Action layer releases active oxygen bubbles to boost the power of your regular detergent. Stains are penetrated and lifted off your fabric to leave your whites and coloured clothes clean and refreshed. Suitable for both colours and whites and effective at all wash temperatures.