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      20.07.2014 21:55
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      review your media policy

      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.

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      16.06.2013 09:04
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      Worth keeping in your cupboard

      I've owned this Vanish stick for years, in fact probably literally four years! By that you can tell I've only used it occasionally, but all the same, it illustrates how a very little goes a long way with this product.

      The only way I can think to describe the look of this is an oversized stick deodorant. It's approximately 3inches wide x 4inches tall. It's plastic, emblazoned with the Vanish branding and colours (shocking pink) with a plastic lid. Removing the lid reveals the stick, which is white, and you wind a wheel at the base to make the stick appear at the top of the casing, ready for use.

      The instructions are to wet the stain first, then rub the stick before washing as normal. I have found when using on fresh stains (wine and tomato sauce being my most tested!) when you wet the garment and then rub the stick you can actually see it working - the colour changes immediately. When you rub the stick there is the slightest of foaming starting to work (depending on the fabric) and the smell I find pleasant and clean - a laundry fragrance.

      After washing (I always try to do the wash immediately), without any exception I can think of, the stain has been gone. But I have also used it on grease stains and this has had mixed results - sometimes working, others have been too much of a challenge. Maybe that's the product, maybe it's the fabric - for instance my partner has a couple of pairs of cotton trousers which have got grease/oil stains which never came out, whereas I have had success recently when used on a grease stain on a polo shirt. Maybe someone with more knowledge of the science side of things would be better placed to ponder that one, maybe it's just an anomaly.

      I love having this product to hand for those "emergency" moments - I have confidence in its ability, particularly with fresh stains where you know you have a genuine chance that a spillage on a garment will not signal it's life's end.

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      09.10.2012 09:56
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      A must in my house

      With two children who both play sports in my house their P.E clothes get filthy especially during hockey and football season. Because of this Vanish has been a constant in my house for a long time. I find that it is one of the only things other than boil washing clothes that actually gets rid of stains.

      The pre wash stick is also really easy to use and takes a load of the hassle out of washing dirty clothes.
      The stick looks just like a stick deodorant and is used in almost the same way. You just have to twist the wheel to make the stick go in or out.

      The stick itself is white in colour and to use it you just have to rub the stick on the stain making sure that you have wet the area first. After you have rubbed the stain you then just wash the clothing as you normally would.

      I find that the Vanish stick is fantastic at removing stubborn stains that don't come out in the wash first time. So far I have used it on everything from food and grease stains to dirt and grass and I have yet to find anything that it won't actually shift.

      Most stains disappear first time after using the pre wash stick but occasionally for really tough stains I have had to use the stick twice. I am not bothered by having to use it twice occasionally as it has always shifted the stains and it is easier and cheaper than having to throw the clothes out and buy some new ones.

      The other thing that I like about this pre wash stick is that it doesn't damage or bleach clothing. I have bought another brand of stain remover before and it has actually bleached the colour of the clothes around the stains which was almost as bad as the stains and meant that I had to throw them out anyway. I have learnt from that mistake and wouldn't consider buying anything else now.

      I buy my Vanish pre wash sticks in bulk from my local discount store where they are only £1 for the 75g stick instead of the £2 that they are in the supermarkets. If you have kids then this is a necessary purchase as they are forever spilling things on their clothes or getting them muddy and this is cheaper than having to replace clothes constantly.

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      27.09.2012 23:01
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      The ideal stain remover for home and away.

      This is a mainstay of my cleaning cupboard.

      I have allergies and eczema patches and so cannot use biological powders or liquids to do my laundry as they irritate my skin. I am also clumsy, have fragile skin which cuts easily and have been known to drop food or bleed on my clothes.

      This product saves my clothes from the rubbish bin.

      It is 30% soap and so gentle on my skin that I do not need to use rubber gloves to treat and or clean my stained clothes. Because it is solid and works like a stick deoderant it goes exactly where it is needed and is not wasteful.

      It works by you holding the stained area of cloth under the cold tap. Rub some of this soap stick on the stain, front and back for best results, scrub the affected area with a scrubbing brush and the stain will either be gone or will go once you have thrown it into the washing machine with the non-bio washing powder and run the wash cycle as normal.

      I have used this product on all colours of fabric and all types. It has taken stains, even the really hard ones like blood and tomato, out of my clothes without damaging the colour or the fabrics themselves. It works even on delicate fabrics without damaging them, possibly because you use cold water to shift stains.

      The soap lathers up considerably, which makes it not only the ideal product for stain removal but also for travel purposes. It and a small scrubbing brush will reduce the amount of clothes - especially underwear - you need to take with you on a long trip and avoids the risk of the hotel losing or ruining them when you send them out for cleaning.

      As the soap is solid it will not leak in your luggage and the tightly fitting top will keep it clean and away from anything you don't want to clean straight away. It lasts a really, really long time, making it even more ideal for long trips, be it your own or that of a gap year offspring. It also takes up very little space in a rucksac or the cleaning cupboard.

      It can be difficult to find in the shops, possibly because it is so economical that it is more profitable for the supermarket to sell more profligate if equally good Vanish products. I bought my latest from Waitrose some time ago for £2.00 but it can be found online at rather more.

      It is worth the hunt.

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        11.11.2011 18:35
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        Decent enough stain remover but a little inconvenient

        I've always been quite clumsy and prone to the odd spillage down my clothes - red wine, sauce, gravy etc. Couple that with a husband that plays a lot of sport - mud, grass stain and a baby (I'll let you use your imagination here!) and you have a recipe for a lot of stained clothes. It is only recently that I have started to add a stain remover it a powder form to my wash. Prior to this, I have always had a Vanish stick stored firmly under my sink. A stick of 75g costs around £1.78 and is available in all supermarkets.

        The idea of the stick is that you wet the stained area and rub the stick directly on this before putting it in the wash. It will then work its magic during the wash and work to lift the stain. The stick is very similar in appearance to a men's stick deodorant but with a bright pink wrapping. On removing the plastic lid the Vanish stick is visible. This is an off-white creamy colour and slightly waxy to the touch. There is just a faint scent to it, a slight smell of detergent. The stick can be pushed up and retracted using the turning button on the base of the packaging. It is small enough to store conveniently but fits nicely in the palm of your hand so that it does not slip during application.

        Application itself is pretty simple, as I said early you damp the area with cold water and rub the stick directly on to the garment. You do need to rub quite vigorously to ensure that some of the stick is transferred to the fabric. This can mean that you end up losing a fair bit of the stick per application. On the garment, there is a slight white soapy patch indicating that this has been applied. There is no need to wash at a higher temperature than normal, so you can just wash the load as you would anyway.

        Vanish states that it works on all tough to shift stains, including red wine and grass. It also claims to be gentle on your fabrics, so is this my experience? Well, in a word, yes. I have found that all stains are at least lightened and partially removed by one application. Many are completely removed but a few tougher stains like mud have needed a couple of washes to completely shift. There has also never been any negative effect on my clothes, with no roughness or colour fading noticeable.

        For me, the product falls down on it's complete inconvenience. Often I forget which items are stained or they are just chucked in the washing pile by my other half. Therefore, I either have to sort through my washing prior to loading the machine or put any items that need this applying to to one side. It can also be a little fiddly to apply, having to roll the stick up to ensure sufficient product is applied but not rolling up too much as the pressure can snap the stick. All the products that are now available to add directly to your wash are much easier to apply and certainly more convenient. I have converted to these but still recognise that this little stick does a good job - perhaps it would be for you if you only have a stain to remove now and then. It certainly does remove most stains comfortably and is relatively cheap too so good to have in as a standby, by needs have just rather outgrown it.

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        29.10.2011 16:00
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        waste of money

        There are very rare times that I buy products because of the great advertising. But on that sad occasion when I am really tired and naive and gullible...after watching advert like Vanish...I believe everything that they are saying and I end up buying the product.

        And on that weak occasion, I actually believed that my sons school shirts that I buy white, but become covered with grass stains in the summer term, will disappear with Vanish pre wash stick. Well I can laugh about it now, for falling for that one!

        This Vanish pre-wash is a 75g stick,that states, that all you have to do is to get to the stain quickly, apply it directly on the stain (no rubbing/scrubbing/hard work involved) and put it in the washing machine and carry on with your washing as normal and the stain will disappear. It also states that stubborn stains will need more than one treatment, and also some stains like rust, dry paint or permanent ink will be impossible to remove.

        I have bought Vanish pre-wash stain remover stick believing that if I apply it before the wash on the stain and rubbed it in/scrubbed it a little bit myself first, and then put it in the washing machine...the stain would definitely vanish.

        Well, to be fair, the grass stains on my sons school shirt did go lighter shade of green, but never vanished, even after 2/3 treatments.

        And also I have tried to remove the hot chocolate stain on his white shirt with pre wash stick...and it did absolutely nothing for that.

        Now, let me tell you, that I would love to be in the position like the ad shows, seeing my son slip on the school field while playing football, watching a grass stain appear...I run to him, like a saviour (in Baywatch slow motion :) but carrying the Vanish pre-wash stick in one hand and a washing machine in the other) and remove the stain on the spot...

        Unfortunately....yes...life isn't like that.

        So if the stain sets in....no chance of me getting it out.

        I have also come to the conclusion that it is so much cheaper buying another 3 school shirts from Tesco than another stain remover product (stick is about£1.80)

        And as for hot chocolate stain, as it was quite a large stain, after speaking to a friend, she suggested to try to shift the stain with bleach. And it worked, but you have to be very careful with that. She also suggested that I send my sons t shirt with the hot chocolate to them. Maybe I should have. And see what results they come up with....

        Would definitely NOT recommend!

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          21.06.2010 21:01
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          Worth buying for everday stains

          VANISH STAIN REMOVER PRE WASH STICK
           
           
          I have had my Vanish Stain Remover Stick for several months now. I originally got it because I dropped tomato based pasta sauce down the front of white trousers (big error)
           
          The Vanish Stick comes in a bright pink and white container, it has a pull of lid and a wheel at the bottom which when turned pushes the Vanish sick up. It works like a lipstick really, very easy to use. It has the Vanish logo across the front and instructions for use on the back, along with the ingredients. It costs £1.80 for a 75g stick. Vanish Stain Removal Stick contains more than 30% soap and the smell reflects this. It is quite strong and overpowering. It reminds me of the bar of white soap my nana used to always have in the bathroom when I was little.
           
          When using the Vanish stick you simply wet the stain with cold water, rub the stick on the stain and wash as normal. Now Vanish do say that stains are best treated straight away. If not they may need more than one application.
           
           I have lost count of the amount of times I have treated the stain on my white trousers and the Vanish stick has only managed to reduce it from bright red to pink. I thought though, to give it a fair try I would start using it on my fiancées shirt collars and cuffs. Vanish did an excellent job on these but then so does a dab of cheap washing up liquid rubbed along the shirt collar! I've also tried Vanish stick on grease and grass stains with quite a bit of success but once again not a lot better than the cheap washing up liquid.
           
          Would I recommend Vanish Stain Removal Stick?  Hmmmm, I'm not sure! I was very disappointed with the results on my trousers but that was a very challenging stain. It does work on collars, cuffs grease and grass stains but as I said no better than washing up liquid, which is half the price. The good thing about it is how long it lasts, I've had mine for several months and not used half yet so in that respect it is very good value for money, and very long lasting. Although it works on every day stains it does struggle a bit with slightly tougher stains.
           
          ADVANTAGES
          Lasts for ages
          Does remove non challenging stains
           
          DISADVANTAGES
          Does a no better job than a dab of washing up liquid.

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          19.01.2009 09:24
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          Cleaning product

          I do wish products would live up to their promises and really they should be held more accountabe for the claims that they make and this Vanish Pre Wash Stick is one of those that makes claims on the packaging that it does not always live up to.

          Usin this over a few weeks I found that it probably lives up to about half of the claims it makes and it is very random whether it will work or not.

          The product itself resembles a deoderant stick as you turn a knob at the bottom to push up more of the cleaner and then you rub it onto the stain just before puttng it in the washing machine on the normal cycle for that garment. The product is bleach free and there is hardly any odour to it, the feint smell of medical type soap is how I would describe it.

          On some items this product has worked, it is good for cleaning areas around the cuffs, armpoits and neck on blouses and shirts however it is not so good at getting marks out of some white items like sheets, what is annoying is sometimes it works then on a very similar stain and material it does not which is rather annoying.

          Lack of consistency means I would not recommend this at all.

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            17.01.2009 11:13
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            Not that effective

            Vnish are one of the main names in teh whole pre clean, stain remover product range and initially I was always sceptical about whether these products actually work however one of their pre soak products was very effective so I thought I would also try this pre wash stick as it looked a lot easier to use.

            Unfortunately the results so far have been rather mixed, the product itself is a solid bar which you rub into the stain, at the bottom there is a wheel that you turn to push more of it out just like a deoderant stick mechanism. The good thing about this product is that it has no bleach in it so you can use it oin delicate items and on these it has been quite effective however on tougher stains on harder wearing fabrics it has had little effect some of the time. It is pretty good on shirt collars as my other half seems to collect grime on the back of his neck but it could not cope with a grass stain and also struggled with a balck mark he acquired on trousers the rigin of which he had no memory.

            There is a slight smell when you apply it but this disappears once it has been through a wash as you would expect.

            Only two stars for me as this product fails to live up to my expectations and to be honest as you apply it before the wash I'm not sure that those stains it does work on are the ones my normal wash would have coped with anyway.

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              16.01.2009 11:58
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              Vanish Stain Stick

              I like my clothes to be clean and stain free but I am not the type of person who uses a million different washing products just to get white shirts so when I use a product it has to be quick, easy and effective and that's exactly what this Vanish Stain Stick is.

              The stick is one of a range of cleaning products from the, "Vanish, trust pink, forget stains," range. The stick itself almost looks like a deodorant stick and comes in the same type packaging with a winder at the bottom to enable the stick to move up.

              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 more like a bit thick stick of solid soap that adds extra cleaning power right to the spots you want.

              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 wet the stain with a little bit of water and then rub the stick over it to transfer some of the soap. Due to the fact that the soap is in a handy deodorant style packaging it's easy to really target the stain you want. Then when the soap is on the stain I tend to rub the fabric together to really get the soap deep into the fabric.

              You then put your clothes into the washing machine and wash as normal. For me this product works every time. 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. According to the packaging Vanish is actually specially formulated to be effective on stains that laundry detergents don't remove.

              What's great about this stick too is that you can use it and then not have to wash the whole item afterwards. For example, you're all ready to go out and you put on your favourite top but you spot a stain and you don't have time to wash the top. You can apply a bit of the Vanish stick to the stain, then once it has gone rinse the area and pat it dry and you are good to go.

              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. I have also started to apply the Vanish stick to my husband's collars and cuffs on his white shirts which come home filthy dirty and they have been getting whiter with every application. The stick lasts a really long time too. I don't use it all the time but I've had my current well for just about a year now and it's still going strong as you hardly need to sue very much on each application to get a clean result.

              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.

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                06.10.2008 10:04
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                a pre wash stain removal stick

                Since having another child I have noticed the need to be able to remove stains from her clothes more and more. I have invested in many products over the years but not yet found one that does exactly what I want it to, i.e. bring back clothes to looking like new.

                Vanish Pre wash stick looks like a stick of deodorant but on a bigger scale. It is designed using the same principle as a deodorant stick with the pull off lid, and the twistable function at the bottom which allows the solid block of cleaner to be moved up over the rim and also back down into position for the lid when you've finished using it.

                It's designed to be used as a pre wash, and is used in the way which you are supposed to make the stained area damp with cold water, and apply the vanish stick like a soap into the affected area. This is then left for 30 seconds or so before being added to the washing machine before the damp area dries.
                I would recommend if you're using this stick to rub with the grain of the material and not against it. I have found in the past that fabrics can come out of the machine looking stretched in the area where it was rubbed with the stick if you go against the grain.

                I find that smaller stains are easily removed using this as a pre wash agent, however if the stain covers a large area or it's a stubborn stain that has been there for a while then this product won't stand a chance.
                More often than not I will notice a slight improvement rather than a disappearance of the stain when using this stick. If I can manage to get some sunlight onto the stained clothes then I will usually find the stain will be busted away.
                It's a shame this product doesn't work as well as it claims, and I would almost like to pay a bit extra than the £1.99 I paid for this for a 75g stick a few months ago. The plus side to this stick is that it will last you a long time even with frequent use. I probably use this about three times a week, and get result approximately fifty percent of the time. I haven't even used a quarter of this stick yet, and that's with liberal use from me.

                The manufacturers claim this is suitable for both colours and whites in your washing. I wouldn't recommend this product for any stains that have been hanging around for any length of time as I have no faith in this product for that.

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                  18.05.2008 01:46
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                  Vanish Stain Remover Pre-Wash Stick

                  Before having children I never gave stain removing products a second glance but since having children I now consider it to be an essential item. I have tried quite a few different stain removers before finding one I am completely satisfied with.

                  Vanish Pre-Wash comes in a solid stick and looks just like a bar of soap. It is packaged in a small plastic tub and has a button at the bottom to wind the stick up and down as required. The stick contains 75g and costs £1.99. It is widely available in supermarkets.

                  Vanish claim that their product is tough on stains and soft on fabrics. This is exactly what I found it to be. I use vanish regularly on my daughters clothes to remove stains such as tomato based sauces, gravy, grass stains etc. The directions state that you simply wet the stain, apply the vanish and wash as normal. In my experience it does not always work like this. I have found that by using this method stains are not always removed. I wet the stain apply the vanish and rub the stain well with a cloth and them wash as normal, I find this much more effective and 99% of the time the stain is removed. I have always found that the clothes are in no way affected by the stain remover.

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                  I have found it to be a very well price and effective stain remover, highly recommended

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                    20.03.2008 20:57
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                    An impressive stain remover

                    When I do the washing I use either Persil Non Bio Tablets or Persil Non Bio Liquid and usually that does the trick and the washing all comes out nice and clean.

                    Occasionally I have something with a bad stain and just to be on the safe side I give it a rub with my Vanish Stick before it goes into the washing machine.

                    The Vanish Stick Pre-Wash Stain Remover currently costs £1.99 for 75g of stain remover.

                    It comes in a flattish plastic container with a bright pink top and Vanish Stick Pre-Wash Stain Remover written on the front - you'd never have guessed that now would you? The instructions for use are on the back of the container. To reveal the stick you have to twist the wheel at the base if the container and the stick of stain remover comes out of the top in exactly the same way as the stick types of deodorant.

                    To use the stick you just wet the stain using cold water and then rub the vanish stick on the stain. The style and shape of the container makes it very easy to grip and use. Then you just wash the garment as usual and the stain will be gone. Well mine always disappear anyway!

                    The Vanish stick smells nice enough; obviously it is a soapy smell and it disappears in the washing of the garment, but while it is being used the fragrance is very pleasant.

                    You are advised to treat the stain as soon as possible before the stain 'sets', which is common sense really. Some of the really tough stains might need more than one treatment and of course there are some stains that just won't come out no matter what you use - permanent ink or dried paint for example.

                    You can also use the stick as an emergency stain remover by moistening the stain, applying the vanish, rinsing well and then blotting the area dry with a clean towel.

                    It is worth mentioning that it is not a good idea to rub very hard with the vanish or you may end up with an area of lighter colour on your garment. Vanish does not contain any bleach or abrasives but as with any washing product it could possibly take some colour from the fabric if it is used with a bit too much vigour! It might even be a good idea to test an inconspicuous area for colour fastness before you start especially if the garment is something special.

                    The vanish stick is more than 30% soap and contains enzymes. It is advertised as being 'tough on stains and gentle on fabrics' and I have to say that I have found it to be exactly that!

                    I don't need to use it very often, but it is always in the cupboard and when I do use it - it always works.

                    Vanish is made by

                    Reckitt Benckiser Ltd.,
                    Welton Road,
                    Swindon,
                    SN5 7XZ..

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                    75g / Stain remover / Vanish Pre-Wash Stick 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 stains and wash as normal / Manufacturer: Reckitt Benckiser.