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Persil Biological Capsules

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Brand: Persil / Type: Washing Liquid / Category: Laundry

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      21.01.2004 02:04
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      When it comes to house work, I am lazy, particularly when it comes to washing clothes. When I first moved into my own house, I just opted for the good old washing powder that my mum uses, as I suppose most people do. After a while, I got fed up with cleaning out the little drawer in the washing machine which was usually full of congealed washing powder. The other problem that I have is that I am a nurse, who has a royal blue uniform with navy trousers, which HAS to be washed every day after work - so you can imagine the wear and tear that was had on it. One day I was in Safeways and saw Persil Liquid Capsules. You just pop them into the washing machine on top of the clothes, shut the door, and that's it - no more yucky sticky powder making mountainous formations in the dispenser drawer! Persil Liquigel Capsules come in boxes of 20 and in boxes of 40. At present the box of 40 is in a re-useable blue plastic container with a screw top lid. The labels are removable so that they can be used to store other things once the capsules are finished. A box of 40 generally costs £5.36.35, and a box of 20 costs £2.68. Details of the product: The Capsules are basically little plastic "bubbles" (roughly 6cm in diameter) that are filled with the washing liquid. Initially they appear to be delicate things, but they are not so delicate that they will burst when you touch them. The plastic that surrounds the actual liquid is dissolvable, and so they should not be touched with wet hands, as this will lead to the plastic breaking down in your hands! There is a slight detergent smell to them, but it is not over powering, and is quite pleasant. There is a large warning sign on the back of the packet, stating that these capsules have been classified as an irritant. This would be because it is a really concentrated solution that is inside the capsules - it may be a small amount, but the contents o f 2 capsules are enough to carry
      out a full load of washing. Consequently, this is strong stuff, and care should be taken with them. How to use them: It's simple. You load up your washing machine as you usually would. (Note to my husband - separate light colours from darks). Place two capsules on top of the load, near the back of the machine, close the door, set it to the correct temperature and off you go. The moment the water hits the capsules, they start to dissolve. If you happen to have a particularly soiled item that you want to wash, it may be advisable to add another capsule. They should not be used on silk, wool or to pre-treat stains. In my opinion, I have found these capsules to be brilliant. They leave my towels feeling soft, and always clean the clothes well. I have yet to have a complaint about them. Persil recommend, that if you have sensitive skin that you should try to minimise contact with the capsules (as you should with any sort of detergent that is likely to irritate your skin). It is important due to the concentration of the solution that you should not pierce the capsules, nor should they be used to hand wash clothes. I have found Persil capsules to be gentler on my clothes. Back to the uniform story again, with ordinary powder, I found that my uniforms faded, after just a year they looked as though I had worn them for 5 years! I got new uniforms a year ago, and since have been washing them with the liquitabs, and they are almost as good as the day they were given to me, brand new. The capsules I have reviewed here are the non-biological ones. Persil also make capsules in biological and in Persil Colour (supposed to help maintain the colour of your clothes), so there is quite a good range for everyone. All in all, I would recommend these, they may be a touch on the expensive side, but they wash things well and are gentler on the clothes. Now all I need is to convince m y husband that it is better
      to put clothes into washing machine instead of leaving them lying on the floor, and life will be perfect (well, almost!)

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        26.05.2002 03:23
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        I have used persil powder for as long as I can remember so when the new capsules came out I was slightly reluctant to give something different a try. However after spotting them on a special offer I thought what the heck, lets give them a try. They come in 2 different size boxes one of them is £2.99 and the other is about £4.99. The capsuals are about 3cm across and blue in colour. They do feel srange too. The instructions are pop 2 into your wash and turn on the machine. They seemed to foam up well and the water in the machine looked dirty so it seemed to be doing well so far. The foam rinsed out well so that was good too. After tumble drying the clothes smelt fresh and were very clean. All in all they were a great buy and I have bought them ever since. I would recommend them to all.

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          08.02.2002 14:28
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          ** What Are They? Persil capsules are flying saucer shaped blobs of liqui-gel detergent covered in a dissolvable PVA film. The ingredients are similar to those used in other cleaning products, and the capsules have been tested thoroughly to ensure they don’t mess up colours, ruin clothes or generally reek havoc when you use them. ** Why Use Them Because you’re lazy? I know I am. Because you have a money off voucher? Yep, had one of those. Because this op is so fantastic you won’t have any choice but to? Erm, maybe not. Seriously, they are easy to use, and much more convenient than powders – miss judge the latter and you’re liable to be pulling grainy bits out of your pants for weeks to come… With these you can’t get the “dosage” wrong unless you can’t read. You use 2. Two. ii. per load, ok? (NB they recommend “one capsule to refresh clothes, two capsules for normal soiling and three for heavy soiling” – I’m sticking with my “2 at all times” advice). Just pop them in the back of the drum, stick you clothes on top, shut the lid/door, select the correct cycle and you’re away. ** When Can’t They Be Used? They’re not recommended for: Washing wool or silk items Pre-treating stains Handwashing Pre-wash or quick wash cycles ** What Do They Taste Like? Stop laughing, it’s a serious question, and the answer is “very bitter”. See, Persil were concerned that with their “wonderful” design, children might take to, erm, eating them. If the capsules are bitten it’s more than likely that they’ll burst, so they’ve added Bitrex to prevent a child deliberately drinking the liquid. This is a bittering agent which makes the product taste disgusting, so if a child gets a mouthful they’ll probably
          spit it out. Their health and safety spiel say “If a child/pet eats the capsule they should be given a drink of water and then immediate doctor/vet attention should be sought (taking the product ingredient label with you) - as would apply to any detergent product”. As with all cleaning products, the box should be closed and stored out of the reach of children to help avoid access to the capsules. the capsules are too large to get stuck in noses or ears (unless maybe you’re Prince Charles) etc, and experts claim that in the unlikely event of one getting stuck in your mouth, the film of the capsule dissolved so quickly that there would be no significant risk ** My Experience I use them because, like I said, I’m too lazy to measure out liquids, and I can’t really use powders in my machine. On Wednesday night I was running around like a Porn Star according to certain members of our Union. Basically we were doing paper mache with the kids which resulted in me half naked and covered in sticky white stuff…. The next day foamburst had removed it from my body, but my jeans were still covered. I put them, along with the rest of my week’s washing, and 2 of these capsules into the not-all-that-good machines downstairs. 26 minutes later (we have very precise cycles) I was back down there pulling out my clothes and was, well, pleasantly surprised. I’d never used these on tough stains before, but my clothes came out lovely and clean, and brighter than ever. Top marks from this (albeit very dubious with this nickname) porn star. ** Extra Info If you have sensitive or damaged skin you should avoid prolonged contact with the capsules or the wash solution. You should always rinse and dry your hands after use. For more info give the Persil careline a call on 0800 776644.

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            17.12.2001 15:17
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            I was suprised to read the other opinions on how awful the smell was but I have only been using them for the last few months.So obviously the problem has been rectified or either I like funny smells! I confess I have never been a great fan of Persil and did not buy my first lot, they were given to me.But I am a convert.They are so easy to use and they do the job they are supposed to do, clean the washing.I do not find all tablets, powders,liquids do that!These squashy little capsules are brilliant, if you have a small load you just throw one in your washing machine(no bag, just throw them on top of your washing) and that is more than adequate,two for a full load.Also they do not make a noise when they are going round, the tablets seem to clank, clank all the time, that worries me as I think they are damaging the machine.They do not leave a residue of powder like tablets and powder do!And you do not have to wash out the container draw because it is all gunged up with powder.They also do dissolve at low temperatures.A product that actually lives up to its claims!

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              25.09.2001 23:03
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              I have always been a huge fan of Persil and these new capsules are certainly no exception. For a long time now, I have been using their tablets with great success - they have always cleaned very effectively and of course are very easy to use. Recently however, I changed to a new all singing, all dancing washing machine. It does, however, have a water saving feature which means it only ever takes in exactly the amount of water that it needs. I started to find that the tablets were just not dissolving properly and therefore leaving remnants in the net bag. This is turn affected their cleaning power. I decided to try the capsules and was immediately impressed! They dissolve perfectly and my clothes get really clean. They are incredibly to use - just put about two straight on top of the load - no need for a bag! I would highly recommend these to anyone with a newer washing machine, that still likes to put their washing product in the heart of the wash - the drum. Excellent product - they really work!

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                22.09.2001 05:07

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                I have read the two opinions before this one, and, well, I have not had that problem at all. As far as I am concerned, the Persil Capsules are fantastic. They are indeed very easy to use, even if they are get rid of the small chores of putting tablets in a bag, or powder in the tray. They give off a lovely smell, and do not remind me at all of 'dead rats'. They are also well worth the money. Just £2.99 from my local superstore. I would recommend to anybody, even family and freinds to purchase these great washing aid. I have also tried the Ariel Capsules, which are also just as good as the Persil brand.

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                22.09.2001 04:30
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                I was very keen to try out the new Persil Capsules. How lazy we have become, the chore of using big box powder, the chore of filling up cups with liquid washing powder, the chore of putting tablets into a bag! Wow, just to throw the capsule into the washing machine - what a treat. And certainly, the capsules were very convenient - just throw in. However, intermittently my washing was, well, 'smelly'. I thought maybe it had not dried throughly - it was that kind of smell. At that time I was using all manner of washing, i.e. tablets etc so I did not immediately pin the problem down - I just rewashed. In particular, towels smelt. I became convinced it was my washing machine, but tracked it down to the Capsules. I gave the Persil helpline a call, and low and behold, I was not the first Customer to complain. (By this time it was late August 2001). Apparently, whilst acknowledging a problem, the absolute cause had not been discovered, but was thought to be a breakdown in components, causing the musty smell. I was sent some vouchers to compensate. Being a cashier in a Supermarket, I rarely see these Capsules sold, but must admit when I do see someone purchasing them, I cannot resist advising caution with this product. Incidently, having read a previous review, dated June, I am surprised to have had this problem in August? I would have thought Persil would have acknowledged having a problem within that time, and withdrawn the product? After all, they have lost me as a buyer of their Capsules. I cannot believe that just I, and another reviewer has had this experience with Persil Capsules. It highlights the point that Consumers must complain, not just throw the product into the bin, accepting the shortfall - we become part of the jigsaw, and the message will eventually get through, that it is not necessarily the equipment we are using etc. but a fault with the
                ir product. It also helps to improve the product, although I am well and truly put off!

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                  18.06.2001 21:31
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                  Now the warm weather is upon us I thought that I would give my house a really good clean, I always seem to turn into housewife of the year when the sun starts to shine. Curtains and bedding get washed and the whole house looks sparkling, but something has gone drastically wrong this year. Read on! I thought I would try a different soap powder, I must admit I did have ‘Dooyoo’ in mind at the time, so I purchased ‘New Persil Biological Capsules.’ They cost me £1.99 for a box of twenty capsules, with two capsules per wash that is quite good value for ten full washes. The capsules are circular with blue liquid and you put them into the back of your washing machine drum then load your laundry in. On the box it states ‘There is no mess, no scoop, no ball, just the simplest way to enjoy all your clothes.’ Sounds pretty good doesn’t it? It also states, ‘Helps keep fabrics outdoor fresh, vibrant and full of life.’ I got stuck into the laundry and washed all my net curtains, a coffee break while the spin cycle finished, then peg them on the line, just to give them a further outdoor fresh aroma. When I opened the washer it stank to high heaven, a really musty smelling aroma as if the washing had been in there for weeks. It couldn’t possibly be the new capsules surely! I tried again by washing some sheets but it was the same musty smell, by this time I was getting a bit ticked off. The house smelled terrible. I read the box again and noticed the help line number for Persil, so I rang them and explained that my washing smelt really musty after using their capsules. They told me it must be my washer and that I should run it through a very hot cycle with an eggcup measure of bleach in. I was slightly annoyed that they should think that it was something in my washer but I did it just in case. I tried the capsules on yet another wash bu
                  t they smelt terrible. I asked my neighbour to wash something in her machine and she said it smelt like a dead rat when she opened the door, her machine couldn’t be at fault as well. Persil need to look at the perfume in these capsules, they certainly didn’t give my laundry ‘That out door fresh aroma!’

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