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Lower priced laundry detergent that does the job?

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PlumSykes Sun 16-Oct-11 09:27:34

Are there any of the own-brand, or other cheaper brands I can try?

Currently use the Persil Small and Mighty, which works really well, but is £££. Trying hard to cut cost of supermarket shop.

PollyMorfic Sun 16-Oct-11 09:32:50

Lidl own brand (called Formil, iirc) non-bio powder. Great big box of the stuff. And you only need half of what they tell you on the packet - I use about < 30ml and it works fine. If you have hard water use a water softener or soda crystals as well.

prioneyes Sun 16-Oct-11 09:35:47

Yes to Formil, and Tesco stripey is fine too. I never use the full recommended amount either, half is more than enough for most loads.

HoneyPablo Sun 16-Oct-11 09:36:32

I can recommend Aldi own brand bio liquid.

Ben10WasTheSpawnNowWeLoveLego Sun 16-Oct-11 09:38:17

Wilko value or any of the supermarket value/basics liquids have always been fine for me.

Whenisitmysleepytime Sun 16-Oct-11 10:29:12

Sainsburys non bio here. It works just as well as persil.
Doesn't smell much but I don't mind that and i find the fairy non bio smell a bit too strong.

cyb Sun 16-Oct-11 10:29:52

I use Asda cheap as chips washing powder but Lenor delicious fab cond to make it smell nice

peggyblackett Sun 16-Oct-11 10:30:09

Lidl's Formil is excellent.

Paschaelina Sun 16-Oct-11 10:33:06

Tesco and sainsburys own brand liquid is fine. Daisy is noticeably crap.

ButWhyIsTheGinGone Sun 16-Oct-11 10:35:50

Do you have a Savers near you? Mine is currently selling those Biiiiiiiiig bottles of Bold Lavendar and Camomile gel stuff for £3.99 - in Tesco theyre the ones that usually cost 8 or 9 quid.

wonkylegs Sun 16-Oct-11 10:36:12

Tesco non bio brought my sensitive family out in a rash not had this problem with any other brands

GhoulsGhouls Sun 16-Oct-11 10:39:16

Miele man told me that you never need to use more than a tablespoon of powder. Powder manufacturers tell you to use far more than you need to (for obvious reasons)!

simonthedog Sun 16-Oct-11 10:42:03

fairy non bio powder in the big 80 wash box. Normally £20 but every couple of months sainsburys sell it for £10.

canyou Sun 16-Oct-11 10:46:17

I second the Aldi or Lidl own brand, they don't add that nice smell but I add a drop of lemon/lavender oil to the ironing water so they smell nice I also keep a hanky with a drop of lavender in the ironing basket and in the hot water storage/airing cupboard.

Methe Sun 16-Oct-11 10:47:59

Formil convert here too. It's brilliant stuff.

The diswasher tablets are as good as finish.

savoycabbage Sun 16-Oct-11 10:54:36

I get a massive one from Costco own brand. Kirkland or something it's called.

Graciescotland Sun 16-Oct-11 10:57:03

Lidl's own brand, formil, for me too.

Seona1973 Sun 16-Oct-11 13:35:15

I buy the branded powders when they are on offer. Currently using Persil that was half price.

halcyondays Tue 18-Oct-11 17:15:36

I found own brand owns fine, used to use Tesco non-bio. I now use Persil, always buy it half price, but the only reason is that it seems to be better for dd2's eczema than any other brand. The Persil powder is very good and not too dear if you buy when on offer, a big box for £6 lasts for ages. I think Powders tend to be cheaper than tablets, liquids etc.

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