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.
Item: Vanish Stain remover bar
Bought in: Asda
I bought this as I used to use concentrated laundry detergent on stains to remove them and it was fiddly and often ended with me covered in the liquid as well as the clothes.
Design and packaging:
This is a solid bar of stain remover and it comes in a card board box, with a plastic tray inside that the bar sits inside. The cardboard box is 9.5 x 6 x 3cm in size so is roughly the size of a regular bar of soap. The box is bright pink with "Vanish" written across it in large blue letters. It also tells you that it is a "stain remover pre-wash bar" and has a picture of a hand holding the bar and some clothes on it so you can see what it should be used on. The back of the box has full instructions for use and shows you how to use it for: prewash treatments and emergency spot removal. There are also diagrams to make it even easier to follow. It also advises that it "contains no bleach or abrasives". The bar itself is the shape of a stretched out rectangle. Imagine if you pulled 2 opposite corners of the rectangle and stretched it out so it was slanted, this is the shape of the bar, which creates 2 extreme points that are very useful for applying the bar to the stained area. The bar is roughly 6 x 4 x 2.5cm is size hard to measure as it is a funny shape. The tray inside is made of light but not flimsy plastic and holds the bar in place after use.
Use and results:
For the most part I need to use this bar if something splashes out of the pot when I am cooking the dinner OR when I spill a heavily coloured drink on myself (little bits of wine or cocktails always seem to dribble down the outsides of glasses!! haha) so I tend to apply this to stains no bigger than 6 x 6cm, but the stains are the usual hard to get out ones (curry, wine, bolognaise, beetroot) so if it works on them out, would work on them no matter the size of the stain. I apply this to the stain as soon as I can but if I can't use it until I get home I still get great results. I lay the garment out flat on the work top, dampen the area and scrub the bar across it. Similar to the way you would colour it in if you were using a crayon. If the stain is small enough you can wash it in the sink after application and it will have been removed there and then, but I find it much easier to just apply to the area and pop the garment in the washing machine. I just stick it in with the rest of the washing, no special extra steps and set it to the normal 30 degree wash. The garment then comes out stain free. Very simple and easy to use. Even though you rub the bar over a wet area it doesn't get soggy or "melt" just wait until any dampness is away before putting it back in the box.
FEEL - The bar feels slightly waxy, like a crayon and doesn't leave a residue on your hands.
SMELL - It smells like regular soap too, no chemical smells.
LENGHT OF USE -It lasts for a long time. I actually had to look up the current selling price as I have had this so long that PRICE - I couldn't think how much Asda would have been selling it for when I got it.
MY FREQUENCY OF USE - I use this around once a fortnight and have had this bar for year, I have only worn away the edge of the bar by about 1cm at the most. If you had kids and used this regularly (every other day) you could easily get about 6 months out of it, so even at £2 a time it is still great value.
Overall I really like this. The packaging is bright and attractive and has full details for use on the box which is ideal for first time users. The bar is easy to handle and even if you get down to the last tiny piece should still be easy to hold due to it's waxy feel and works well on stains. I will buy this again (probably in 5 years if I continue to use it at this rate) and it deserves 5 stars.
I bought this product a very long time ago because sometimes stains are not removed from clothing when they are deep down in the fibres. My grandchildren's clothing is sometimes stained and the babies bibs get a little dirty and I use this product to help remove those stains.
It is like a bar of soap and all you need to do is wet the bar or dampen the clothing and rub the bar onto the stained area. I just keep on rubbing gently for a minute or so and then just pop the garment into the washing machine. You do need to take care not to rub too hard onto the fabric because you could ruin the garment, just gentle rubbing is enough to remove the stain and remove the food etc.
I usually use an old towel to place the garment onto just so that it doesn't slip around etc. The towel just holds the garment in place a little better so that I can rub it easier.
It works for tackling stubborn stains such as dried in chocolate. When my grandchildren have made a real mess of their clothes, I use this stick just to make sure the stain is completely removed from their clothing. I don't use it for every wash because usually my washing detergent removes the stains well but I do use it if some of the garments are not quite as clean as I wanted them to be and I just give those items a rub with this bar and then just wash them again if I haven't used it to pre wash. I usually use it before I was the garment but occasionally have to use this stick a second time if the detergent hasn't worked so well.
The bar is solid and so can be held in the hands and I find it does become a little slippery sometimes but that isn't a problem. It just leaves a slight residue on the garment but the residue is completely removed after it has been washed.
I have had this bar for quite some time and I think I paid a couple of quid for it at the time, it has kept well in all this time and still works well. I think it is good value for money and works very well indeed to remove stains really well. It is cheap to buy for removing stubborn stains from garments.
I can removes tea, coffee, wine, chocolate and most foods from garments. If the stains isn't removed I would re apply and then wash it again.
It contains no bleach or abrasives.
I am very happy to recommend this product to anyone who has children or grandchildren and also want to remove stains from adults clothing too.
I will keep on buying this product because I find it helps to remove stains really well indeed and it gives me piece of mind that when I see my grandchildren eating chocolate etc, I know I can rely on this product to remove it from their clothing.
I rate it 5 stars.
The other week I did some washing and when I got it out after the cycle had finished I was not best pleased with it. Now I admit to being a bit on the messy side but usually I pop my washing on a 40c or 60c wash and use a good detergent and fabric softener and I am happy. However the wash I am talking about was really rather dirty! I had curry stains all down my brand new white and floral duvet set (I hadn't even paid for when I did it as it was from a catlaogue lol) and had blood all down a cream top from where my monster of a female with pmt hamster bit me really badly! Add to that grubby towels and pillow protectors and the stains in the main remained.
I know that I am not overly keen on Vanish products and never had very great results with them and to be fair that applies to alot of stain removing products that I have ever tried. It was actually my friends mum that suggested trying this as its her favoured stain removing product and I trust her opinion and so I went to Asda (it is widely available in goo supermarkets and so on) at about £1.99 a bar.
The bar comes in a bright pink carboard box and on the front of it we are told that it is Vanish Stain Remover Pre-Wash Bar and theres a diagramn of someone using it then on the back of the box we are told a little bit about the product and how to use it for the best results possible, cautions are given, the size is stated which is 75g and contact details for the manufacturer (Reckitt Benckiser) are listed. Inside the box the bar comes on a deep white plastic tray with Vanish engraved into it which is a nice little feature in my opinion so you never get the excuse to say you got mixed up with a usual bar of soap or anything lol.
The Bar Itself:
Smallish white and an off square in shape this is ra easonably thick cream coloured bar, again with the word Vanish engraved into it. It wasn't as big as I was intially expecting it to be though does have a very pleasant and not overly powerful scent of florals to it.
On the box we are told to treat any stains as soon as we possibly can for the best results and that some stains may require more than one treatment however this may not work on some stains such as rust, dried paint or permanent ink.
To use this though is quite simple. Simply wet the stain on the fabric you wish to remove and then rub over with the bar which releases that lovely gentle fragrance I mentioned earlier and it foams up really well. Once you've given the stain a bit of elbow grease and can see the stain lifting a bit blot off excess residue with a cloth or something and then put it in the wash by itself or with all your other washing and with your usual products and onto the usual cycle you put your wash on.
This I found to be really highly effective. This did not sadly get all my chicken tikka masala stains out of my bedding but did get the smell and greasy look out of it and the stain had definetly shrunk in size and wasn't so highly visible to me anymore. The blood out of my top completely came out and was good as new looking again, the black mascara looking marks came out of my pillowcases and the pillow protecters again came up 100% restored.
Since being so pleased with the inital results I achieved with this bar I have rubbed over my socks with it, a black mark on my jeans, all before pre-washing and the only stains I have had a big problem really removing is a dark coloured curry....everything else its been really brilliant on!
All in all I do really recommend this product. A little goes a long way, the scent gets lost in the usul wash and most stains, even ones that have been on fabrics a while have been lifted but it does, like many stain removing products have its limits! For £1.99 a bar and the ease of which it is to use I will re-purchase this without hesitation in the future!
This review is also posted on Ciao under this same username.
I really like the Vanish range of stain removers and the latest product I have tried in the range is the Vanish pre wash bar. I have generally used the pre wash stick in the past and to be honest there is no much difference between the two, just that the bar is just like a bar of soap and the stick is like a deodorant stick. Anyway, I recently bought the vanish spray as I had run out of the stick but unfortunately the spray was rubbish and did not remove any of the stains I sprayed it on so I was in the shop looking for the pre wash stick when I could only find the bar so decided to buy this instead.
Basically the Vanish pre wash bar is a stain remover that you rub onto your clothes before you put them in the wash to add a bit of stain removing booster power. The thing I love about this product is that it really works, everytime, no problems. When the clothes come out I find the stain has always gone and there is no evidence of residue or a mark where the stain used to be like there might be with some bleach based cleaners.
What I like about this stain remover too is that you can use it without having to then put your clothes in the wash, you can just do a little spot treatment and then wear your garment. I like this as sometimes you have a clean top but just a little stain from say a splash of liquid or something, I merely rub a bit of the bar on the stain and then rinse it out completely with water and the stain is gone.
The thing I really liked about the bar as opposed to the stick however is that it is pointed at each end of the bar to allow you to easily rub the bar over your stains. So this makes it very easy to use although the product does get on your hands as opposed to when you are suing the stick and you have the case to protect your hands but this doesn't really bother me as I can just wash my hands after use which you really need to do anyway. To store afterwards the bar comes with a little plastic tray that I rest it in in the cupboard under my sink. I also put it in the cardboard packaging it came in to keep it fresh.
To use you basically just wet the stain with a little bit of water and then rub the bar over it to transfer some of the soap. Then when the soap is on the stain I tend to rub the fabric together to really get the soap deep into the fabric. After that just pop your clothes in the washing machine and let that do the rest of the job, perfectly stain free clothes.
What's nice about this product is that it contains no bleach and is more than 30% soap. When I use it I never feel like I am bleaching out the stain to get rid of it, it just feels like a natural type product that is quite protective of my clothes which is important. I find I can use it on really delicate fabrics without them getting ruined which is nice. It also has no abrasives it in so it's not like you are taking a layer of the fabric away when you take the stain away either.
It's very simple to use the stick. I find it's best on small stains but I have used it for larger areas too. I
You then put your clothes into the washing machine and wash as normal. For me this product works every time. According to the packaging Vanish is actually specially formulated to be effective on stains that laundry detergents don't remove. Vanish does have a bit of an odour. It's not a bleachy odour which is nice, just a bit of a cleaning type product smell to it but it's not offensive or off putting by any means. The smell does not remain after you have washed your clothes.
The bar is a little bit cheaper than the stick, £1.80 for a 75g bar which lasts quite a while and is a product I definitely recommend.
You can buy the Vanish stick in a 75g amount and this will cost £1.94. In my opinion a great, handy product that really works.
The familiar pink packaging of Vanish enjoys excellent distribution in all its forms and has worked its way into the general wash routine in many households - this despite the fact that ordinary cleaning powders and liquids and tablets are now claimed to be so much more effective at removing stains than ever before.
My wife uses the liquid version of Vanish in her regular wash. I don't think it's needed in a standard wash, made up of items that are more soiled from being worn just the once rather than being dirty.
We also keep a bar of this Vanish pre-wash in the cupboard and I probably use this more than my wife does - especially for shirt-collars and for grass stains and the like. I like to wear reasonably expensive shirts and don't want them to get that grubby mark around the collars and cuffs, especially the white ones. I have found that Vanish does a good job of removing these.
The product doesn't contain any bleach or abrasives and has the appearance and consistency of an ordinary tablet of soap, albeit smaller and an unusual shape. I think it is shaped as it is to help you to hold it as you rub it gently over the stain to be removed, having first soaked the area in cold water.
To me, using the soap in its bar form offers a better result and overall better value in that you can restrict the application to just the area that has the stain and not waste or dilute it by just adding the liquid or powder version to your wash.
Vanish is a Reckitt Benckiser brand and they have made a fortune from it in the time since it first came to market. I have a view that since it's mostly just soap, we could all shift most stains just as easily by rubbing some ordinary soap on it or applying one of the many handy solutions passed down through the generations by our mothers - salt, lemon juice, vinegar etc. After all, they didn't have the 'benefit' of Vanish, nor were they exposed to incessant advertising which convinces so many consumers that they need to buy something that they clearly don't.
I'll give Vanish a 4 because it's quite good, but to be honest, I don't see it as a necessity.
I use this product for washing my shirts at work, as the work I do regularly leaves the collars and wrists of my uniform with dirt and grime all around them. I can easily use the difference having not used it before and since making use of it.
A bar of this is in the region of about £1.50 - £2.00 depending on where you shop and is applied by rubbing firmly directly onto the affected areas and then washing as normal. When they come out of the wash the bar has done its work and the areas are substantially cleaner.
Obviously that is the main benefit but there are a few others. The first is that one of these bars seems to last absolutely ages and you can go a long while beg having to purchase another one. You really feel when you have to get another one that you've got your moneys worth from your purchase and that the product is excellent value for money.
The second is just my perception but when you apply this to a large number of clothes that is assists in helping wash the others. I seem to find all of my clothes are cleaner as a rest of using this and that it's a handy addition to your washing.
I have only experienced one downside to using this which is the effect it has on your skin. If you apply it directly using your bare hands and you have sensitive skin like mine then it can be irritable to the skin and cause a rash to appear. This is easily overcome though by using rubber gloves or kitchen tissue as a barrier to the skin.
Other than that it's a great addition to the cleaning cupboard. It noticeably aids the cleaning process of clothes and leaves tough patches of dirt cleaner than what they would be hadn't you used it.
Stains on clothes were never really too much of an issue in our househole until our two girls came along....then bang instantly I was faced with all manner of stains on their white babygros, followed by mushy baby food stains, then more food stains, then paint and the list continues. Anyway pretty much every load of washing I do now includes an item of clothing that requires treatment for stains and I have lost count of the number of garments I have had to actually throw away because of stubborn stains.
Consequently I have tried loads and loads of different stain removal product and spent a fortune as some of them cost an absolute fortune. Some have lived up to expections, most have not but the one I think I have had the most success with is the Vanish Pre-Wash bar. The concept for this treatment is very simple, as the product itself. It comes in the form of a little bar, like a bar of soap. To remove stains you simply rub the bar on to the stain in question, give it a good rub and scrub and then pop it in the wash as usual.
I have really great results with this bar. I have found that if you use on the stain as early after it has occurred as possible it almost always completely removes it. That really does seem to be the key to this product, it is incredibly effective as long as you use it promptly. Unfortunately I sometimes fall down on this point as clothing makes it's way to the laundry basket before I spot the stains and they only become apparent when it is too late.
This little bar also costs far less than a lot of the stain removal products on the market, costing about £1.78 for a 75g bar. I have found that it does last for ages too so it is definately great value and a really great product.
This product is only approximately £3.99 for two bars on amazon. I have tried both the bar and the spray and the bar is most certainly the best. I recently had bolognese stains on a white top. Thinking that the top will probably be ruined I made a disheartened attempt at getting these staines out using this vanish bar. I wet the bar and gently rubbed the bar over the stain. To my amazment it was fading quite fast. I added a touch more water to lather it up and more gently rubbing and it came out, MAGIC. I have also managed to get the left behind grease mark that fatty foods have made. I have used this product on my carpet and on my pillow to get rid of my waterproof mascara marks. I have had similar orange stains in the past from bolognese sauce and other products have still left a slight orange colour where the stain was. Other products I have had to do that much rubbing that I have ruined the fabric. The bar also lasts for ages so it is good value for money.
I often have problems with stains on clothing even though I don't have to do washing for kids. The culprit, I must confess, is me. I'm a messy ***** you see. It could be red wine down a white tee-shirt, chocolate from a sticky finger, or even ice-cream. I do it all.
There are lots of in-wash stain removing products around but I do think they are very expensive to use. You have to treat the whole wash with these, or pour several capfuls onto a stain to make if work effectively. Then there are the pre soak and pre-wash ones, but to be honest I don't have the time to mess around with these things.
Vanish pre-wash bar is fast and economical to you. All you have to do is to wet it and rub it on the stain. Then load your washing machine and by the time you are ready to switch on, you're done with stain removal.
The Vanish pre-wash bar is 75g and it is really easy to find on supermarket shelves because of its bright pink colour. You really can't miss the Vanish range of products in any supermarket. It costs £1.95 and lasts for ages because you only use exactly what you need and there's no waste.
This product is safe to use on most fabrics and will remove any biological stain, plus a few others. I have used it for the removal of ink and it did work after the second treatment but on some felt tipped pens it didn't take the entire stain out. I guess it depends on the pen, but it's still worth a try.
Generally speaking, one treatment does the job and it's great not to have to rewash stained garments.
This is a long lasting product and I find that one bar lasts me for a month, or more, but that depends how many messy people you are washing for, of course.
I would recommend this highly effective stain removal product because it is safe to use on most fabric (if in doubt test a small area first), it's effective and it's inexpensive.
When we got married and moved into our new house, our first grocery shop was astronomical, we literally needed all the basics, one of them being this Vanish Stain Remover Pre-wash Bar, which my Mum had always used and raved about.
This vanish bar is available in most supermarkets, and it costs just under £2 for a 75g bar. The packaging is the usual bright pink that nearly all vanish products come in. On the reverse of the box vanish claims that this product is an 'effective and versatile way to remove stains from most fabrics'. It also states that is 'specially formulated' to be effective on stains that can' be removed with normal detergents. This vanish product also contains no bleach or abrasives, so is gentle on clothes.
Directions for use are on the back of the packaging, and there are two main options for applying it. I have only every used the former of these.
Firstly, you can treat the stain by wetting it with cold water and then rubbing the bar on the staink before putting it in with your wash as usual.
Secondly, if you wish to still try and attempt to wear the stained clothing, you an moisten the stain with cold water and then rub some of the bar on it before rinsing and blotting off with a clean towel.
The reverse of the product, also suggests that you treat the stain as soon as possible, and that you may have to treat tougher stains more than once. It also states that some stains like dried paint or permanent ink may not ever be able to be removed.
Since we got married several years ago, I seem to have used this vanish pre wash bar on an almost weekly basis to tackle stains, particularly stains such as tomato sauce of pasta sauce that often splash on my clothes when cooking, and without fail, everytime I have used this bar to treat the stain before washing it, my clothes have come out stain free. I can understand entirely why my mum used to rave about this product.
I have had this product for about 2 and a half years now, and it doesn't even look as if it has been used much, and that's with use almost every week. It really does last for ages, and so is worth investing in, even though it is a very reasonable price to begin with.
All in all, I think this is a must for any laundry cupboard to tackle tough stains, as long as they are treated farily quickly. Of course, the big test will come when we eventually think of having a family, and dirty laundry and stains multiply, however I am still confident that this vanish pre wash bar will work as effectively on these as it does at present. I have tried other vanish products before, including one for carpet stains, and I have been extremely impressed at how well they work.
A great little soap bar to get rid of stains but still look after you clothes.
We all know that we get these unwanted stains no matter what age we are. My children like beans and spaghetti and those tomato stains are tough, and the worse ones have to be curry and we do love a curry take away once a week. Having my daughter she is always in baby pink, I have quiet a few white tops and so does my partner.
My clothes get stained from cooking food or making coffee or even the dreaded children liking to wipe their hands all over me after they have eaten their dinner.
I invested in this bar when my son was born and had started being fed on the baby jar foods i found everytime I was wasing the clothes that the stains were not coming out. I could always remember my mother buying this to get the stains out of our clothes as children so I gave it a try it cost about £1.50 a bar which worked out not bad because it does last quiet a long time.
When I came to doing my washing I rubbed it into the stains and put the clothes in to was. When the wash was finished it looked great there was not stains it really lived upto its name vanish.
As the children got older though I did notice that I wasnt washing so often so when I came to use the bar some of the stains were not coming out so I now soak the clothes that are stained and rub the vanish in before I put it in the wash and they do still dissapear. It doesnt ruin your clothes or bleach them.
I would recomend this to anyone especally if you have children because you will be buying clothes all the time with grass stains and food stains.
I am terrible at keeping my clothes clean and wear a lot of whites, so I am constantly finding stains. I have used most of the Vanish range and find this little bar a small Godsend.
I had a chocolate stain on a white top a week or so ago. It had been through thre wash on 40 degrees and when it cam eout, the stain had faded but was still there. I let it dry then decided to use some of the Vanish bar on it. I wet the stain with a little cool water then applied a small streak of the bar to it, a few movements back and forth is usually enough to put enough soap on.
The garment then back in for a normal 40 degree wash.
After the wash, the top was crisp white and the stain had completely gone. I let it dry to make sure and hey presto it was definitely gone.
Verdict: This does work very well on most stains, particularly chocolate, sauces, make-up and just day to day grime. It is worth having one in the cupboard as a bar of this usually costs just over a pound. Highly recommended
Last week I went out for a meal to celebrate my brothers birthday and I wore a beautiful white blouse that had cost me more money than I would usually spend on clothes., As usual while I was eating my meal I dropped some down me and because it was lasagne I knew I would have some trouble getting it off.
I went into Sainsburys on the way home and brought a Vanish Pre-Wash Bar because I have used other varietys of Vanish in the past and have always been very impressed. I didn't buy the spray this time because it was starting to leave a residue on my clothes.
The Pre=Wash Bar looks just like a bar of soap and comes in a pink cardboard box. I store my bar in the box after each use but I make sure that the bar is dry before putting it into the box so that it won't stick to the inside.
I put some cold water on the lasagne stain and gave it a good rub with the bar then for good measure I did the same on the inside of my blouse where the stain was. I then left it for a few minutes but not so long that it dried because this can damage the fabric of my blouse.
I put it in my normal warm wash and when my blouse came out the stain had completely gone. It had, well, Vanished. I have since tried it on my grandaughters school uniform blouse where the neck has gone a bit grimy and also on a pair of cream trousers that had dragged in the dirt outside when they blew off of the line. Everything has been cleaned perfectly and there are no stains on anything that I have used the Vanish bar on.
The bar is very easy to use and small enough to store easily in my cupboard. It never leaves any residue on my clothes and a bar lasts for a long time because it doesnt lather up much so the bar stays solid even after a lot of uses. It doens't make my hands itch either or the part of my body where I am wearing the treated clothes.
It cost me about £1.50 because it was on special offer when I brought it but usually sells I think at about £2.30. I will buy it again because it saves me having to throw my clothes away when they get a little mark on them
75g bar / Stain remover / The original pre-treater, Vanish Pre-Wash Bar is a convenient and easy way to remove stains and grime that detergents can leave behind / Suitable for both colours and whites / / Apply directly to the stain and wash as normal / Manufacturer: Reckitt Benckiser.