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SIMPLY washing tabs - which for whites and which for colours?

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blithedance Mon 29-Sep-08 22:05:03

I have just got a new washing machine and am going to turn over a new leaf in sorting washing and using the right cycle. No more stick-it-all-on-at-40-regardless here!

The machine instructions say its best to have two detergents, a bleach containing one for whites (which will also help keep the machine clean) and a special detergent for colours.

Then they go and recommend Simply eco-friendly washing tabs. I would love to use these. But it's not clear to me which of the Simply products is a bleaching one or a for-coloureds one. They just have bio and non-bio.

Any ideas, please?

pgwithnumber3 Mon 29-Sep-08 22:08:12

Oh take no notice to them recommending Simply eco-friendly, just a big PR spin.

I use Ariel on a 30 or 40 degree wash for my whites with a scoop of Vanish to get rid of stains and do my coloureds/darks on a 30 degree wash with a non-bio. Using a lower temperature the majority of the time will do more for the environment (electricity and water) than using an eco-friendly detergent.

WendyWeber Mon 29-Sep-08 22:10:12

They also do a Pure one now, just to complicate things more!

But if nobody in your house has sensitivity issues then you might as well use bio for everything smile

Flibbertyjibbet Mon 29-Sep-08 22:11:42

I am very cynical and will say that:
they recommend something that they will make money on, prob get paid to recommend it. Washing tablets are a very expensive way to do your laundry. Bio contains enzymes to clean your washing, non bio often contains bleach to get things cleaner.
Me I would just use sainsburys own bio or non bio its really cheap and I am very impressed with the wash I get in my bosch machine.

WendyWeber Mon 29-Sep-08 22:12:41

Nah, Simply aren't that expensive compared with the branded ones.

blithedance Mon 29-Sep-08 22:23:37

Simply tabs are £6 for 30 washes, less if I bulk buy (20p/wash)

Asda non-bio powder is £4.32 for 30 washes. (15p)

Ariel tablets 2.98 for 12 washes. (about 25p)

WendyWeber Mon 29-Sep-08 22:50:22

If you buy 4 30-tab tubs online (£2.99 each), with a free tub of dishwasher detergent thrown in (£4.99), they work out at £1.74 per tub or 11.6p per wash (& that's if you use 2 tabs, you can often get by with 1)

They are good value, & they wash well, & they are green smile

blithedance Tue 30-Sep-08 21:45:23

Ha Ha - I don't have a dishwasher Wendy. Yes I was looking at online, but it's a big commitment to buy all those.

So to the original question - is it all the same for either whites or colours, or will I get my colours bleached out? It looks as if Simply used to do a colour detergent but don't any more.

WendyWeber Wed 01-Oct-08 15:25:41

Sorry, blithedance smile

The Pure ones are prob best for coloureds (they are a bit more expensive though) & the bio for whites if you have no sensitivity issues.

With no d/w, your best deal price-wise from the website would be the double-tub boxes - £5.79 each & you get 4 for the price of 3. But last time there was a Simply thread a few people said you can buy single tubs in some supermarkets & they have a 50p coupon inside. (Oh - and apparently Farmfoods sell it for £1.80 a tub shock)

blithedance Fri 03-Oct-08 20:59:42

thanks Wendy

Farmfoods, there must be one of those around here!

I was thinking about the boxes, just is a big commitment. I bought my experimental tub from a supermarket - wondering where the coupon went now...

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