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  • MrsB
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    • 17th Jan 06, 10:43 AM
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    The tablets tend to be less economical because you're given a predetermined amount of powder to use - ie the tablet. Usually they tell you that you need FAR more than you really do, so whereas a box of powder may say you need to use a 'scoop' pf powder per load, you'll normally find you only really need half a 'scoop'.

    They're purely packaged as tablets as a gimmick IMHO and are just another way for them to charge more for less - there's no thought or mess involved with the tablets or caplet things, so people assume they must be better.

    Have a look at Kiwichicks thread about washing powder and soda crystals too.

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    • ronankfan
    • By ronankfan 17th Jan 06, 10:47 AM
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    I use the washing powder and soda crystals mix and its fantastic - i have saved so much money it is well worth a go.
    • squeaky
    • By squeaky 17th Jan 06, 10:50 AM
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    Hiya, there's a recent thread, still active, talking about HM laundry mixes which might be of interest:-
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    • comping cat
    • By comping cat 17th Jan 06, 10:54 AM
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    I prefer the washing powder, i always use half the recommended amount, and my washing always comes out clean and fresh!!!!
  • black-saturn
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    • 17th Jan 06, 11:16 AM
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    I use the tablets but I only use 1 instead of 2 and my washing always comes out OK. Then I use the boxes from them to post ebay stuff out in.
    • frosty
    • By frosty 17th Jan 06, 1:42 PM
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    • 17th Jan 06, 1:42 PM
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    • 17th Jan 06, 1:42 PM
    I buy whatever is on special offer,at the moment our local costcutter has surf (1kg) on offer at 2.50 for 2 boxes,so I will stock up on this.If the tablets are on a good offer I will buy them and I only use one tablet.
    • elisebutt65
    • By elisebutt65 17th Jan 06, 1:52 PM
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    • 17th Jan 06, 1:52 PM
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    I do that as well- Only ever get whatever's on offer!!

    I find sometiemds the tablets that you put into the machine, rather than the drawer, don't dissolve properly if you use 2 of them and end up with powder all over clothes so have to rinse them again!!

    My favourite though is washing liquid or liquitabs, but again, only get iot when it's on offer.

    Also email persil & bold telling them how much you lurve their products etc , adn usually get a few voucher through - lol
    • se999
    • By se999 18th Jan 06, 8:13 AM
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    • 18th Jan 06, 8:13 AM
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    I've swapped back to powder.

    Firstly in France the boxes say exactly how much you need to use for each area depending on the water hardness, in some areas it is less than half of others. In the UK it doesn't normally, and with tablets it says either one or two, etc and presumably they play it safe on their recommendations! So with powder you can adjust the amount to clean thoroughly for your area, without wasting.

    Also for half-loads and economy washes you can adjust the amount of powder easily, cutting up tablets defeats the object!!

    I was also finding sometimes the tablets don't dissolve properly too, which makes just as much of a mess as the powder did.

    I do think it has probably saved me money, but not actually calculated.

    My other pet hate on the tablets is the packaging wastage of all those tablets wrapped up in pairs, at least with powder there's only the one box, which is normally cardboard so not too bad.

    I am planning to look into some of the more enviromentally friendly 'old style' methods soon
  • Penny-Pincher!!
    Ive buying the Persil liquid huge bottles from Makros. I get 2 x 100 wash Persil liquid gels for 8.99 + Vat=10.56 for 200 washes, so thats 5p a wash
    Bought 2 packs last time and still on my 1st one, should last me about 7 months. So the cost I think is very fair.

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  • Edinburghlass
    Whatever it tells you on the box to use in your washing machine, half the amount and if you have soft water, half again.

    Any repair man will tell you that most problems are caused by too much powder/liquid going into washing machines.

    I stick to basic powder as then I don't have to fiddle cutting up tablets
  • halloweenqueen
    I have started using kitties tip on the other thread - best saving I've made I think. I bought a bottle of ecover yesterday and a bag of soda crystals for 3, two dessertspoons of washing soda and a capful of ecover and the clothes even feel clean and no gunk left in the drawer, they smell nice to and feel soft.
    • Sweet Pea
    • By Sweet Pea 18th Jan 06, 10:35 AM
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    Sweet Pea
    I only use powder as I use half a scoop and my washing is fine. I recently changed from Daz which I had always used to try Aldi's powder, which I have found to be just as good except my washing doesn't smell of anything. So, OH has bought a very small box of Bold to try, I'm going to try it without the fabric conditioner as its a 2 in 1 anyway and see what I think but it smells lovely.
    I must read the thread on soda crystals though as I have a box of these under the sink that my mum swears by, she bought me a box ages ago and I just shoved it away and never used it.
  • nabowla
    Well, I think you've all convinced me to give powder a go next time I'm shopping. It certainly sounds as though there's no difference between tablets and powder apart from the cost.

    I like the idea of buying cheap liquid at Makro too, but don't you need a special card or something in order to shop there?
  • halloweenqueen
    To be honest (yes you do need a card to go in there) I find that makro has gone up in price and you're better off for waiting until netto or somewhere has an offer on washing powder. I have to travel a fair way to makro's and between all the stores price cutting I don't get the stuff any cheaper for going there.
  • black-saturn
    You can use washing powder for cleaning the sink and bathroom and also for shampooing the carpet.
    • By THIRZAH 18th Jan 06, 9:37 PM
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    I use powder but do buy the tablets for DD to use when she's at uni. That way she can just take as many tablets as she needs down to the laundry room . She once left a large packet of powder there and of course it had gone when she went back!
  • superscotsman
    Yes. use about half of the recommended amount.
    I will tell you what is a waste of money, and that is calgon. The real washing machine repair man (not an actor) told me that the normal washing detergent contains softeners anyway. Also, Calgon is so expensive that getting the repair man out to put a new element will work out cheaper!
  • tootles
    I buy a large box of Surf from Makro once a year, use half a cupful with a couple of tablespoons of washing soda........... and vinegar (from Makro) in the rinse........... cost about 13.00 for the surf 1.00 something for the washing soda every couple of months and 3.99 for the vinegar 3 times a year........ there are two of us and on average I wash 2 loads a week, more in summer when I have OH's overalls from the allotment etc........eevry second week I wash sheets etc and bath towels.
    • Hermia
    • By Hermia 19th Jan 06, 12:07 PM
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    I use liquid. I have sensitive skin/ezcema and washing powder (I've tried a few brands) makes my skin much worse.
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