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Is washing liquid better than powder?

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Itsworldwar3outthere Tue 31-Jan-17 14:53:34

I've just bought liquid Persil for the first time. It's more expensive and requires a smaller quantity in the wash. Am I right in thinking it does a better wash? Is it Superior quality?

dementedpixie Tue 31-Jan-17 14:55:32

No, powder is better and keeps the drum cleaner as it contains bleaches

VintagePerfumista Tue 31-Jan-17 14:56:42

The opposite.

Liquid clogs your tubes, and has no bleaching agent in it so doesn't clean nearly as well as powder. We've all bought into the "convenience" aspect of liquid but it's shite.

I've gone back to buying boxes of powder and the difference is quite amazing.

BaronessBomburst Tue 31-Jan-17 14:57:36

Depends on which powder you were using previously.
Having used both, I've decided that overall I prefer powder. It smells better, is easier to control the dosing, and seems more effective, especially on sweat.
I've never used Persil though. Mainly shops own or Ariel.

PinkSwimGoggles Tue 31-Jan-17 14:58:12

powder cleans way better, esp bio powded.
the brand doesn't matter much, the cheap ones are fine. all a preference of scent imo

BaronessBomburst Tue 31-Jan-17 14:59:15

And yes to the cleaner machine!

Vintage shall we discuss perfumed soft rinse? grin

Secretsandlies12 Tue 31-Jan-17 14:59:31

I used to use liquid but have reverted to powder because the liquid leaves a disgusting slime in the rubber around the drum. I should probably clean it.....

Itsworldwar3outthere Tue 31-Jan-17 14:59:47

Oh my goodness! This is not what I was expecting to hear at all 😓
And I spent £4 bloody pounds more for the pleasure of it. I thought I was missing something all these yrs. why on eRth is it so pricey then?

youngestisapsycho Tue 31-Jan-17 15:01:19

I changed to powder and my machine is much cleaner and less 'gunky' round the door and in the rubber... I just use Sainburys own Bio and colour powders.

Itsworldwar3outthere Tue 31-Jan-17 15:01:21

I usually use Surf powder, the one with lavenday and my clothes smell delicious.

1happyhippie Tue 31-Jan-17 15:03:33

I agree powder appears to clean better than liquid. I also think the smell lasts longer too.
I love clean smelling washing and I don't think you can beat powder for this.

Itsworldwar3outthere Tue 31-Jan-17 15:03:41

As I was looking for something that washes a bit better is there any point switching to a branded powder e.g. Persil/Ariel? I usually use Surf of tescos own.

VintagePerfumista Tue 31-Jan-17 15:03:42

It's the pigs trotters they render down to make the liquid gloopy that we're paying for. (or some other unspeakable body part)

Shall we discuss the 30 degree wash while we're here? My plumber said that he attended a course where they washed pants in 30 degrees and they had MORE BACTERIA on them when they came out than when they went in. shock

He said that the whole 30 degree thing is a brilliant idea, but they've yet to invent a machine that can actually get things clean on 30 degrees.

(this is the cue for hordes of MNers to come and tell us they wash everything in cold water using just organic tree bark and everything comes up lovely....wink)

VintagePerfumista Tue 31-Jan-17 15:04:24

Baroness grin Blue Lenor. Never bettered. Takes me right back to uni when it was all that existed!

ASqueakingInTheShrubbery Tue 31-Jan-17 15:05:24

I use powder because it cleans better. The washing machine repair guy told me it clogs the machine less, which is a bonus. (It was 'broken' due to a tiny button stuck in the filter, nothing to do with my choice of detergent!)

ParadiseCity Tue 31-Jan-17 15:08:03

Reading this I think I'd like to switch from liquid to powder but I'm clumsy and know I'd end up with powder all over the place. I used to like the sort of powder-tablets. Wonder if they still exist.

Itsworldwar3outthere Tue 31-Jan-17 15:09:23

I should have started this thread before visiting Tescos shouldn't I.. and I was feeling so smug about it too blush

MargotLovedTom1 Tue 31-Jan-17 15:10:09

Powder from Aldi or Lidl. Cheap and very, very good.

BaronessBomburst Tue 31-Jan-17 15:48:40

Noooo! Not Blue Lenor. The smell. Pregnancy. Just no. It made me heave violently and I still can't cope with it.
Every now and then I'll pull a rarely worn item of clothing from the back of the wardrobe and the bastard things still smell of blue Lenor!
DS turns 7 in two weeks. shock

PinkSwimGoggles Tue 31-Jan-17 15:51:36

why are liquids so expensive?
because they are half (or more!) water. and water is heavy and expensive to ship. plus boxes stack better on a lorry.

spills: I rather hoover or brush up a powder spill than a gunky slimy liquid spill.

SleepingBooty Tue 31-Jan-17 15:54:27

We had to switch from powder to liquid as the powder had blocked our drains. It's a shame as I do prefer powder.

minipie Tue 31-Jan-17 16:49:31

Interesting. We use liquid because the powder tablets weren't dissolving properly and leaving white smears on the clothes. However if I get loose powder and put it in the drawer that wouldn't happen.

Will have to work out if boxes of powder will fit in my back-of-the-door storage system.

rabbit123 Wed 01-Feb-17 08:35:12

Powder, definitely. Liquid is cheaper to manufacture and more expensive to buy, hence you see such a push for advertising it from the big companies.

My preference is Persil or Ariel but I usually get whatever Bio powder is on offer. We've got Persil at the moment, it was £5.99 for 45 washes but we're in a soft water area so actually get more than that out of a box

SnugglySnerd Wed 01-Feb-17 08:41:03

I've switched to powder for the last year or so. It's much better, DH's work shirts get properly clean and the washing machine isn't all grotty. I use supermarket brand non-bio and I use a lot less than it says on the box (although we live in a soft water area so can get away with this). A box lasts for ages so it's much cheaper too.
I use white vinegar instead of fabric softener. It's dirt cheap, doesn't make clothes smell of overpowering, artificial scent and keeps the machine clean.

specialsubject Wed 01-Feb-17 12:14:50

powder is better for the machine. But if you are on a septic tank, don't use it because it clogs it.

washing machines are cheaper than septic tanks.

bottle of bio liquid from Tesco or Sainsbury - £1.60 and does a good 30 washes. Only a slight smell, none of the ghastly perfumes of the name brands. Or the Aldi own brand which REALLY stinks.

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