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    • DWhite
    • By DWhite 10th Jan 19, 3:09 PM
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    Best value washing powder
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    • 10th Jan 19, 3:09 PM
    Best value washing powder 10th Jan 19 at 3:09 PM
    I try not to waste washing detergent and use the supermarket basics powder with just a small amount for each wash.
    Iím just wondering if thatís perhaps the best method? Iím sure the seasoned old stylers will know the best detergents/powders that get the clothes clean, smell nice and arenít expensive? I donít need lots of perfume necessarily but who doesnít like getting into a freshly made bed which also smells nice?
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    • SunnyGirl
    • By SunnyGirl 10th Jan 19, 5:34 PM
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    • 10th Jan 19, 5:34 PM
    I use the Lidl Formil liquid. It’s about £2 - £3 for a 21 wash bottle and regularly goes on offer - it’s in offer this weekend actually

    It gets the stains out and smells great I’ve used both the non bio and the bio and have no complaints at all!
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    • Linda32
    • By Linda32 10th Jan 19, 5:36 PM
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    • 10th Jan 19, 5:36 PM
    Aerial smells nice, but haven't bought that for ages. Aldi is pretty good, currently I have got Tesco's but I just generally get whatever is on offer.
    • pinkladyvenus
    • By pinkladyvenus 10th Jan 19, 8:23 PM
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    • 10th Jan 19, 8:23 PM
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    • 10th Jan 19, 8:23 PM
    I use astonish which has a fabric conditioner built in, I use less than recommended amount and it works well.
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    • Organza_Lace
    • By Organza_Lace 10th Jan 19, 8:46 PM
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    • 10th Jan 19, 8:46 PM
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    • 10th Jan 19, 8:46 PM
    Powder is generally better value than a liquid, tablet or pod.
    • comeandgo
    • By comeandgo 10th Jan 19, 8:58 PM
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    • 10th Jan 19, 8:58 PM
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    • 10th Jan 19, 8:58 PM
    I don't usually have very grubby clothes and use soap nuts on alternative washes. I also use some soda crystals.
    • discat11
    • By discat11 10th Jan 19, 9:13 PM
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    • 10th Jan 19, 9:13 PM
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    • 10th Jan 19, 9:13 PM
    The lidl and aldi liquids & powders usually do very well in which? tests also.
    • caronc
    • By caronc 10th Jan 19, 9:29 PM
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    • 10th Jan 19, 9:29 PM
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    • 10th Jan 19, 9:29 PM
    I'm a "Surf" powder fan, I'm in a soft water area and find around 1/3 of the recommended amount gets the vast majority of stains out at 30C. It's frequently on SO so I never pay full price and the amount I use works out a few pence per wash. For very lightly soiled items that need freshened rather than cleaned I don't add powder as a residue builds up and just pop on the rinse cycle. Saves a bit and also helps stop the machine pipes from getting clogged.

    • wort
    • By wort 11th Jan 19, 12:09 AM
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    • 11th Jan 19, 12:09 AM
    Eco egg. And line dry outside for fresh smelling sheets.
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    • KathCW
    • By KathCW 11th Jan 19, 7:28 AM
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    I use the Lidl Formil liquid. Itís about £2 - £3 for a 21 wash bottle and regularly goes on offer - itís in offer this weekend actually

    It gets the stains out and smells great Iíve used both the non bio and the bio and have no complaints at all!
    Originally posted by SunnyGirl
    I use the Lidl Formil powder, which I find really good - with the help of a bit of Vanish for heavier marks.
    • ScarletRibbons
    • By ScarletRibbons 11th Jan 19, 7:37 AM
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    Lidl and Aldi detergents are good, think I'm using a Lidl at the moment.
    I've used Wil*kinsons, and Morries own brands, also T*sco and Sains. They seem perfectly ok.
    Our clothes don't get particularly dirty these days, and we don't have young children any more. Clothes just need freshening more than anything.

    I'm a messy cook though, so spray grease and other food stains with Sh*ut, I find it works really well, or V*nish solid bar is good as well.
    • ninnoodle
    • By ninnoodle 11th Jan 19, 10:27 AM
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    I use Aldi's Almat 2in1 powder, the lavender one. It's great, smells good and one box lasts me several months (I don't use the full amount either)
    • SuperMoose
    • By SuperMoose 11th Jan 19, 11:38 AM
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    We use Morrison's Savers washing powder. £2.75 for 3.33kgs. It's supposed to be for 50 washes but I make it last as long as possible. Currently on 144 washes Have nearly finished the box. I try to make each box last a bit longer than the one before
    Clothes are clean and don't smell horribly like most powders seem to make them these days.
    Last edited by SuperMoose; 11-01-2019 at 12:47 PM.
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    • Farway
    • By Farway 11th Jan 19, 5:20 PM
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    The lidl and aldi liquids & powders usually do very well in which? tests also.
    Originally posted by discat11
    I'm trying the Lild powder at the moment, but I find it clumps up & not fully dissolving in the loading drawer

    I've never had this problem with years of using Surf so can only assume it is L's powder & not my machine
    • coffeehound
    • By coffeehound 11th Jan 19, 6:05 PM
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    ^ is there any reason not to put it straight into the drum, if its not a prewash programme?
    • Whitterbod
    • By Whitterbod 11th Jan 19, 7:31 PM
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    hello everyone . i use this from Iceland 100 washes for £5.50

    https://groceries.iceland.co.uk/easy-inspirations-tiger-lily-and-lotus-flower-biological-laundry-powder-6-8kg/p/57043
    Thats a good idea thanks muchly..
    • tigerfeet2006
    • By tigerfeet2006 13th Jan 19, 12:07 PM
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    This is the one use from Amazon. The last bag lasted me about four months for a family of five with the washing machine on at least every day.

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/aw/d/B01G7CPEY6/ref=yo_ii_img?ie=UTF8&psc=1
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    • TripleH
    • By TripleH 4th Feb 19, 10:21 PM
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    A tip I learnt when in Oz was to use white vinegar instead of fabric conditioner. It was cheaper (at about £0.50 For a litre from a supermarket 2012 prices) And the clothes smelt fresh and clean when dry, not how you'd expect. Plus going by basic chemistry the vinegar should neutralise the soap residue which helped me having sensitive skin to use the cheaper powders.

    Shane i can't getvwhite vinegar in those quantities as easily in thecUK
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    • WeegieWumman
    • By WeegieWumman 4th Feb 19, 11:30 PM
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    A tip I learnt when in Oz was to use white vinegar instead of fabric conditioner. It was cheaper (at about £0.50 For a litre from a supermarket 2012 prices) And the clothes smelt fresh and clean when dry, not how you'd expect. Plus going by basic chemistry the vinegar should neutralise the soap residue which helped me having sensitive skin to use the cheaper powders.

    Shane i can't getvwhite vinegar in those quantities as easily in thecUK
    Originally posted by TripleH
    I use white distilled vinegar with just a little splash of conditioner to give a pleasant scent to the laundry.
    You might be able to find 5 litre bottles of the vinegar at either a Bookers or a Chinese cash & carry
    • Fire Fox
    • By Fire Fox 5th Feb 19, 2:19 AM
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    To expand on the earlier comment re: Which? they have tested thirty two laundry detergent products. This includes one from Aldi (61%), five Lid (48% to 77%), six Sainsburys (44% to 72%), three Tesco (42% to 68%), no Asda or Morrisons, various branded products.

    The four Which? Best Buys are Ariel Original bio powder (73%), Lidl Formil bio powder (77%), Sainsburys bio powder (72%), Persil Small & Mighty bio liquid (71%).

    The four Which? Don't Buys are Persil Powercaps non-bio (42%), Sainsburys Concentrated non-bio liquid (44%), Tesco Super Concentrated bio liquid (42%), Waitrose ECOlogical non-bio liquid (36%).

    The top two best performing non-bio products are Sainsburys non-bio powder (62%) and Surcare non-bio sensitive powder (62%).

    I thought it was really interesting to see how powder (53% to 77%) outperforms liquid (36% to 71%) and capsules (42% to 62%), and how own brands can equal or better the big brands. Thought this might be helpful alongside the MSE Old Style recommendations.
    Last edited by Fire Fox; 05-02-2019 at 2:29 AM.
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