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Since I was married, I have always bought Persil non bio and it has never had any negative effect on my husband or my skin, however when it is full price it is pretty costly, and I therefore try to buy a big box when on offer. However, when I was running low on my usual Persil, and with no offers at the time, I noticed Fairy Non Bio Powder was on offer at a fiver in Tesco. I had previous experience of using Fairy as a softener, and I also knew it was the brand that my sister used, particularly when she was washing her own childrens clothes, so I thought it was worth a try.
This Fairy Non Bio Powder also comes as a liquid but I prefer the powder, as it is simply what I have always been used to. I liked the fact that Fairy Non Bio is designed for those with sensitive skin and is therefore advertised a lot for using on babies clothing. Well, I used Persil Non Bio on all my daughter's clothing when she was a baby without it doing any damage or causing her any rashes etc, however, I would say that more recently, she seems to have had a little bouts of eczema, more than she used to, and I think it will be something that will affect at different times during the year. So, it has made me more conscious of the washing powder I use, and so there are definitely a lot of washing powders I wouldn't even consider trying, but with this being designed for sensitive skin, I feel much more confident giving it a go.
Although this is for sensitive skin and most of those products have no fragrance, this is lightly fragranced, and certainly when the clothes are washed there is a pleasant, fresh smell on the clothing, however, it is difficult to tell what is due to the washing powder and what is due to softener, although even when I am washing towels and not using softener, I still think there is a nice fresh smell after washing with this product. It doesn't linger however on the clothes. This is easy to use, and although it doesn't come with a scoop or its own, I have kept lots of the Persil scoops to be able to measure out the powder. I have also used this powder to wash my little girl's reusable nappies and have had no problems with irritation, and that is especially important when it comes to nappies. Being used on nappies, as well as dirty clothing from both my husband and my daughter, I would say that this does seem as effective at removing these stains as the Persil Non Bio that I previously used. However, I would say, that I always use a vanish stain remover before washing heavily soiled clothing anyhow.
All in all, this is a good product. It is effective at removing stains, it is ideal for sensitive skin and you can rest assured there will be no irritation from using this product, however, it is costly, and when the Persil non bio is on offer, it is definitely better value. I would purchase this again if the Persil Non Bio is not on offer.
I do use my washing machine a lot, with a 4 year old daughter who loves getting messy and occasionally draws on herself and her clothes for fun, a 1 year old daughters who enjoys mashing food into her clothes and a husband who works in the building trade and enjoys fishing - they all create LOTS of washing! I've switched back to non-biological washing powder due to the eldest complaining of dry itchy skin.
I was reminded again of how lovely Fairy washing powder is when I had a sample in the Bounty packs which you get when you are pregnant and when you have just had the baby. It's very clever of Procter & Gamble to do this as they know that as soon as you start washing your unborn baby's clothes in this, you will become hooked. (Well I did anyway!)
-- The Packaging --
The washing powder is inside a turquoise coloured cardboard box with the Fairy logo in dark green lettering with the cute Fairy baby walking along the top. The box is quite big and bulky, I have made room for it in a cupboard next to the washing machine. As there are no 'child proof' features on a cardboard box, I hide it from the girls!
-- The Product --
This is very simple to use, I just scoop out the required amount of powder and place it in the washing machine drawer and set the right programme on the machine. I usually wash my clothes on a 40 degree wash and have found this powder very good at getting out stains, I do tend to wash my husbands work clothes on a 60 degree wash as they tend to be dirtier than the children's clothes.
I love the smell of this washing powder, it smells so clean and fresh. Sometimes I find that I have to tumble dry the clothes to get them soft as they can be quite stiff and crispy after being on the washing line but when I use this powder the clothes are lovely and soft. The smell stays on the clothes slightly. I can even tolerate slightly damp clothes hanging on the airer if they have been washed with this as they make the room smell nice.
-- Price and Availability --
This is widely available in most supermarkets and shops which sell washing liquids and powder. You may however not find the big box like this in smaller outlets.The last time I bought this, I bought it for £9 from Asda and it is supposed to do 38 washes.
-- Overall Summary --
I do think this product is quite expensive but I do love the smell of this washing powder and the results it gives. Maybe I should try just using it for the girls clothes and use cheaper washing liquid for the grown up clothes. I would recommend this especially when washing babies clothes or people with sensitive skin.
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(This is an updated review which I posted on another site a year ago - I DO still use Fairy!)
My favourite washing powder/liquid is Surf Tropical Flowers, I love the smell of the laundry after using that so was (a) surprised to find that baby clothes need to be washed in non-bio washing powder and (b) gutted to find Surf Tropical Flowers does not have a non-bio version so our forthcoming little monster will not be smelling of tropical flowers! I have just begun washing the baby clothes ready in preparation and bought a box of Fairy Non-Bio powder to wash the clothes in. I think Fairy did a sterling job of marketing as they put a baby on the front of the box and so that definitely encouraged me to buy Fairy rather than any of the other brands of non-bio which I'm certain do the same job but Fairy's marketing department "got" me with the picture of the baby and reassured me that this was the washing powder for me (I'm not usually quite so much of a sucker but I'm going into unknown territory here!). A 25 box wash cost me £4 which was good value compared to some of the other brands and one thing that did strike me was that there were fewer deals on the non-bio washing powders than normal washing powders, I'm not sure if that is common all the time but in the last fortnight the deals on non-bio have not been great!
All of the baby clothes came out of the wash looking as clean as they went in (funny that seeing as they weren't dirty to start with *insert rolly eyes here* ) but smelling really nice. There was a fresh, "just washed" smell to them and you could definitely smell the difference between that and the big people's clothes that were washed in Surf. Both were nice but different. The Fairy powder made the clothes smell more like washing powder rather than scenting them in the same perfumed way as Surf does. To try the non-bio part, I washed the big people's clothes in the washing powder too and so far have found that it does not cause me or my husband any irritation at all on our skin and hopefully this will be the same for the small person when it arrives! Although I have sensitive skin sometimes, neither the Surf nor the Fairy give me a reaction which is good. I still prefer the smell of Surf Tropical Flowers so will be sticking to that for the big people and Fairy non-bio for the small person. I have only bought a small box to try as I want to see if the baby's skin will be OK with it before I stock up. If it is not, then I will use it for our clothes so that it is not wasted.
I did find the powder more messy than liquid or liqui-tabs but given that there were not many good deals on the non-bio, I basically just went for the cheapest option this time but think in the future I would try an alternative to powder. For the price, it wasn't too expensive but as I said, I did find it more expensive than the Surf when it is on offer so I hope that this isn't a long-term pricing strategy and I can get a good deal on it in the future. At the moment I wouldn't choose this washing powder as I prefer my Surf but if the baby's skin is happy in it then I will definitely buy this again but probably in another format.
I've suffered with sensitive skin and bouts of (often severe) eczema since early childhood and have grown up with my clothes being washed in Fairy Non-Biological washing powder. Even as a young student, when I wasn't taking my dirty washing home to my Mum, I continued to use Fairy and now, as a Mum myself to three young boys, Fairy is still my powder of choice.
Over the years, there have been a number of new products introduced under the Fairy Non Bio branding, including tablets, liquitabs and gel. I have experimented with some of the other products but find the powder is by far the most economical way of using Fairy, particularly as I have a large family and tend to do a lot of wash loads each week. I also find it much better value to purchase the larger sized boxes of powder, as the price per wash decreases considerably as the packs get bigger. This does mean that I usually end up with the huge great boxes, which come with a sturdy plastic handle as they are so heavy and bulky to lug about! Storage can sometimes be a bit of an issue too, especially as I do try and stock up whenever the larger boxes are on a promotional offer which isn't as often as I'd like them to be.
I do find Fairy to be a particularly expensive household brand. The small 800g (10 washes) box can cost anywhere between £3-£4.20, dependent on the supermarket and any offers. The larger 38 wash boxes cost around £9-£10 per box, which is a large outlay each time but does reduce the cost per wash considerably. It is still far cheaper to consider supermarket's own brand of non-bio powder or liquid, or even other brands as they seem to be on offer more frequently than Fairy.
As a non-biological washing powder, Fairy does not contain enzymes which are good at removing dirt and stains but can be a skin irritant as the enzymes can linger behind on clean clothing. Fairy is one of the most established brands of non-bio, helping to reduce flare ups of eczema, sensitive skin and other skin complaints. I use Fairy as a preventative measure, particularly given my oldest son's skin, as his eczema seems to be the worst in the family and I struggle to keep on top of it without resorting to steroid based creams. Washing his clothes and bedding in Fairy washing powder clearly doesn't prevent these nasty flare ups, but I just feel that I am reducing the irritation as much as I can in conjunction with creams and other treatments.
Most biological powders and washing products are very heavily scented and this perfume can also act as a skin irritant. Fairy is only very lightly fragranced, leaving behind hardly any aroma at all on freshly washed clothing. I try to dry my washing outside on the line whenever the weather allows me to, as this gives my washing a lovely freshness that I don't get otherwise. I do sometimes look longingly at other brands of washing powder with their exotic sounding fragrances but this is a compromise that I'll willing to take to care for my family's skin.
The other compromise that comes with Fairy powder is the poor performance on stained or heavily soiled clothing. My kids' clothing is generally filthy by the time it makes it way to the washing machine. My older boys love playing football and other games outside and my toddler is forever spilling snacks and drinks on his clothing, so my wash loads certainly fall into the 'heavily soiled' category. I find that I have to use quite a generous scoop of Fairy powder with each load, although I do have a large 8kg capacity machine. Fairy is particularly poor at tackling muddy clothing or strong food stains such as tomato based foods, certainly at the 40 degree temperature that I tend to rely on. I always have to use the 'super wash' setting on my machine to maximise performance anyway and most loads I also use a separate stain remover too. This obviously adds to the cost of the weekly laundry as well as introducing additional chemicals into the washing process, which is one of the things that I'm trying to avoid by using a non-bio product in the first place.
I don't tend to use any added fabric softeners in my wash so I'm also reliant on Fairy to soften and freshen my clothes. I have to say the Fairy adverts where a baby is being gently wrapped in a lovely fluffy towel are not representative of my experiences! I find that towels, in particular, become quite hard over time and I don't believe that the powder really does provide any softening ability as the brand likes to suggest.
If my kids and I didn't have sensitive skin, I certainly wouldn't continue to use Fairy powder on a regular basis. It is expensive, lacks any exciting scents and doesn't really have enough cleaning power to tackle dirty and heavily stained clothing without being used in conjunction with additional stain removers. That said, I do continue to return to Fairy, aside from occasional dalliances with other brands of non-bio, simply because it is so familiar and I can be confident that it isn't going to cause any significant irritation to my boys' delicate skin.
When i got pregnant with my daughter I moved out with my partner and we got our new flat. Being a complete newbie to all the baby stuff I had no idea about using different washing powders for washing mine and the little ones clothes! As a result after parental advice I ended up using Fairy Non-Bio for washing clothes and I haven't looked back since!
I tend to opt for buying the washing powder, but have occasionally dabbled in using the gel or the tablets if they are on special offer or I'm feeling saucy to spend some extra money lol. I tend to buy the powder as a preference due to the fact I can amend the quantity of powder I put in the draw to make it go a long way. A 800g box (which I normally buy for around £3-£4) is supposedly for 10 washes but I can make it last for 20+! Even with a 2 year old who can get quite dirty, not a lot of the powder is needed to make her clothes new and refresh again.
I always use my washing machine at 30 degrees (unless doing a big wash of something that may need a higher temperature) and my fairy non-bio works immaculately to get out pasta sauce stains, paint and.all other assortments of dirt a 2 year old seems to attract every day at nursery! This laundry powder is amazing for sensitive skin as I have been washing my daughters clothes since birth with this, and she has suffered absolutely no adverse results! As I was also lazy to be buying 2 different brands I know just use this on my clothes too! It's gentle and soft, and leaves clothes clean and lightly fragranced (although not so the smell is overbearing or irritable!)
Overall I am a loyal user of fairy non-bio and I definitely recommend for those with sensitive skin and I won't be switching to anything else anytime soon!
Although I am not brand loyal when it comes to cleaning products and laundry detergent, one brand that my mum always used to use when I was a child and that I buy now is the Fairy non bio washing powder. Fairy is designed for sensitive skin and with me having skin prone to eczema when it flares up I like to switch to using a more gently soap powder to prevent my skin from becoming more irritated.
Fairy non bio is made by Procter and Gamble and can be purchased in most supermarkets. My last purchase was from Tesco and a 800g, 10 wash box cost £3.59. You can also purchase larger boxes which work out more cost effective as generally contain more washes for the price.
It states on the box that fairy can be used on temperatures as low as 20 degrees and as high as 90 degrees, although it is not suitable for use on wool or silk garments. On the box it also gives you washing tips, including a guide to whether you live in a soft, medium or hard water area, how to sort your washing into loads and how much powder to use depending on how soiled your clothes are.
It does state on the box that no soap powder can be guaranteed to be effective on sensitive skin but I find it to be very gentle and I have never experienced any adverse reaction after using this soap powder even thought my skin is sensitive and prone to eczema.
I live in a medium water area and as my clothing tends to only be very lightly soiled I follow the instruction of using 130ml measured in the blue measuring cup that comes inside the box. The powder is white with small blue flecks in. The powder has a really nice fresh fragrance and is quite subtle and not too overpowering which I find some soap powders to be. I generally wash most of my clothing on 30 degrees to save energy and to prevent clothing from shrinking. Using the fairy at this temperature has always worked perfectly well for me and I find that all dissolves easily and removes marks and stains well from the clothes. I do always use a separate fabric softener as well as the soap powder and have found that this with the fairy leaves the clothes with a lovely fragrance and dries nice and soft. Overall I think this is a great gentle soap powder that I will continue to use and would recommend.
When Lauren was born, I immediately purchased Fairy Non Bio washing powder as I had heard this was best for baby.
Fairy boast it gives you amazingly clean clothes, soft towels and bedding, all with that gentle feeling of softness next to precious skin. All Fairy Non Bio products are dermatologically tested and endorsed by the British Allergy Foundation.
*The Range & Prices:*
There are a range of products in the Fairy Non Bio Family,
- Liquid (32 wash costs around £6)
- Liquitabs (10 wash costs around £4, 20 wash costs around £7 and 30 wash costs around £10)
- Powder (various sizes but 90 wash costs around £18)
- Tablets (20 wash around £6)
- Gel (16 wash around £5, 24 wash costs around £7,
To compliment the range you can also buy Fabric Softener.
I have found Fairy available in most shops in some sort of format. I don't have a preference on whether I use gel, powder etc, so if I ever spot this on offer, I always stock up.
We now use this for all the family rather than just Laurens clothes and it leaves them feeling really fresh and soft. I can see why it is recommended for babies or for people with sensitive skin.
The product doesn't smell too overpowering, it is only slightly fragranced which I quite like too.
As you can imagine, with a young baby there was some stubborn stains to remove, either a leakage with a nappy (sorry) or getting dinner down them when weaning however I never had to apply any additional stain remover on her clothes, Fairy was able to remove these.
I would recommend this product to not just babies or people with sensitive skin but to anybody wanting a good quality washing powder which leaves clothes feeling fresh and really soft.
The only downside is the product can sometime be a little pricey compared to other standard non bio washing powders therefore I would always recommend stocking up if you find it on offer. I also found that when I joined Tesco's Mother and Baby Club, when they send their vouchers out, quite often there are money off coupons included. Also, when Asda have their Mother & Toddler Event, this is also included with a decent saving.
Product information obtained from Fairynonbio.co.uk
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When pregnant, finding a detergent to wash your precious ones' clothes in can be a mind boggling experience. There are liquid detergents, powder detergents, little capsules that actually go into the drum of the washing machine... the list goes on! I knew I needed to use a non- biological detergent to help reduce the risk of allergies, eczema and itchy skin. But there are still lots of weird and wonderful types and brands. This is why I have written this review, hopefully to help you make a decision!
I actually received a small sample of Fairy non- bio powder in a Bounty pack. I usually use Surf Small and Mighty to wash my family's clothes in, but knowing we were soon to have a new addition, pushed my trusty Surf to the back of the cupboard for a time. I got together some babygros I had recently purchased for my soon to be newborn, and used the sample of Fairy from the Bounty pack. The powder is made from slightly off- white granules that have a slight smell to them; I cannot identify the smell as it's a unique Fairy smell! All I can describe it as is a 'baby smell!'
I also added Comfort Pure fabric conditioner, or softener, and used a 30 degrees cycle. Everything came out fine and smelled lovely. I was quite pleased with the results, so I nipped to my local Tesco to scour the shelves in the laundry department for Fairy products. There is LOADS on offer in the Fairy non- bio department. There is:
Fairy Non Bio Tablets which is a pack of 40 to cover you for 20 washes
Priced at £6.99
Fairy Powder Non Bio 2.24Kg which gives you 28 scoops
Priced at £7.69
Fairy Excel Gel Non Bio to cover 24 washes
Priced at £7.19
Fairy Excel Gel Non Bio to cover 16 washes
Priced at £4.99
Fairy Powder Non Bio to cover 10 washes
Priced at £3.29
Fairy Liquitabs Non Bio pack of 20
Priced at £7.09
Fairy Liquitabs Non Bio 30 Wash
Priced at £10.21
Fairy Powder Non Bio 3.04kg to cover 38 washes
Priced at £10.19
Normally Tesco have offers on one, if not all the Fairy products; buy one get one three, or three for two, that sort of thing. I bought the big box (3.04kg) of powder for £10.19 and got the Excel Gel for free. It's worth taking advantage of the offers as Fairy can be expensive.
For a large wash, I only need one scoop of the powder. It lathers up nicely in the washing machine, and has always worked very well in getting stains out; eg leaked nappy stains or baby sick! Now that my baby is older, I was his clothes with the rest of my family's, still using Fairy, and it's always worked well for tougher materials such as denim. I always wash clothing at 30 degrees, and I think that Fairy is very compatible with this temperature; some detergents don't penetrate clothing as well, therefore I find I have to wash at 40 degrees, or sometimes higher. But Fairy is great at 30 degrees. Much better for energy consumption and cutting down on bills!
My baby has never had any skin problems. I like to think that this has been helped by using a recommended fabric detergent.
Fairy products don't have an overpowering smell, the smell is actually quite discreet. The only con with this is that your clothes don't particularly smell nice, so I don't always wash my baby's clothes with everyone else's. Sometimes it's nice to have a fruity smell to your clothes! However, for babies, this detergent really is the best.
I would highly recommend this detergent to any mummies or daddies to be who are looking for the perfect non- bio detergent. As mentioned before, do shop around for the products and take advantage of deals, as Fairy can be pricey.
Since having my new baby, I have started using Fairy washing detergent once again, whether it be in the powder form or the gel it is something I have started putting in my shopping trolley again.
The packaging is what draws my attention, the baby logo on the front makes you feel that is is suitable for a little one's delicate skin.
Using just one scoop in the washing machine drawer will get baby gro's and vests up sparkling white and feeling so soft.
There was a time where I used this all the time as my son, who is now 8yrs, had really bad eczema. This was the only detergent that didn't irritate his skin.
Fairy is mild and gentle yet cleans quite effectively but as the boy's have gotten older I have turned to Ariel as this does get the grass stains and mud out of clothes.
For the baby I find it's ideal and used along with the Fairy fabric softener his clothes feel so soft and smell gorgeous.
It is my preferred detergent for delicate skin but I don't find it as effective in getting tough stains out like Ariel does.
I also like using this for bedding and towels as they feel soft and smell fresh and clean.
The scent of Fairy always takes me back to my boys being little as it is all I use for the first 6 months!
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I only buy the powder or gel simply out of conveinience and Asda currently have the large bottle of Gel on offer for £5.
Fairy is nice and gentle and I believe it stops clothes bobbling which is always a good thing.
When it comes to washing my daughter's clothes I want to make sure that whatever product I am using it won't affect her skin. Although she doesn't seem to have sensitive skin the last thing I want to do is for her skin to have a flare up and cause her any discomfort. Like most new mums you tend to receive lots of vouchers and offers on certain products and one of those tends to be Fairy. The one brand we have all heard of.
Over the past 8 months I have used quite a few vouchers on Fairy Non-Bio solely for washing my daughters clothes and I can't complain. For this review I will be writing about the Fairy Non Bio powder as I have recently managed to get it heavily reduced in Wilkinsons and it is what I am currently using. I have the 800g box which advises that you can get 10 washes.
** What is Fairy Non Bio Powder **
It is a soft powder which contains natural ingredients which are specifically designed to be gentle on skin and to soften the fabrics. It has been dermatologically tested and has even been awarded the British Allergy Foundation Seal of Approval by Allergy UK.
** Packaging **
Fairy Non Bio powder comes in a turquoise cardboard box (like most powders) and as I said is in the typical Fairy colour for non bio products so it is easily spotted on the shelf. The box itself features at the side a metal pull out spout which allows you to pour the powder out easily and mess free (hopefully!).
On the front of the box there is an image of the Fairy baby together with a heart shaped image made up of small white and yellow follows which are around the product's name. On the back of the box there is a little info on the product itself together with usage instructions.
** In Use **
To use the powder all you need to do is pour the recommended amount into the relevant compartment in your washing machine draw. It is important that you don't use too much as it may get clogged in the washing machine draw. To be exact I probably use around a large tablespoon full per load of washing and this seems to work well.
The Fairy Non Bio powder is quite fine in consistency and is pure white in colour with a few little blue specks thrown in for a little colour. It has a clean, linen type fragrance which is gentle and mild and perfectly pleasant.
I use this powder on all of my daughter's clothes, bed sheets and towels and I find that they all manage to wash well and once dry they have a gentle aroma which is a nice touch. Currently my washing is all being dried out on the line and it is nice to see (and feel) that her clothes and especially the towels do not go rock hard and instead they are soft to the touch as if they have been in the tumble drier.
Because my daughter's clothes are generally quite clean when washed and the only marks are from her meals or milk then I can't comment on how well Fairy Non Bio Powder would work with heavily marked clothes but on her clothes it works very well any little marks are soon erased and her clothes are left clean and her whites are white!
Her skin hasn't been affected whatsoever which is great and her clothes are left incredibly clean and soft which is ideal when you are clothing an 8 month child. Although the fragrance isn't intense it is quite nice just to have a mild aroma lingering around.
** Price and Availability **
Tesco - £2.81
Asda - £2.79
Sainsburys - £2.81
** Other Fairy Non Bio Products **
Liquid, liquitab, tablet an gel formats are available.
** Overall **
Definitely a great product and I am happy that I managed to get it at a discounted price. Even though the box says you can get 10 washes out of it, I have done far more than 10 washes but then I don't use the recommend amount as it doesn't agree with my washing machine so my 800g box does last quite a long time and of course I only do 1 or 2 loads of my daughter's washing a week.
I would without doubt recommend this to all whether a parent or not. Clothes are washed well and they dry soft whether in a tumble drier or on a line. I can't complain at all. 5 stars from me!
I recently brought this purchase when it was on 90 washes box for £10 - which was half price. Having used fairy products before to wash clothes in, I definitely wanted to take advantage of this offer.
The packaging --> The box of fairy power came in light blue, with a plastic lid with hinges, so that it is easy to lift up and down. It has fairy in green bold letters, the traditional flower pattern coming from that. It contains a clear, plastic scoop which is measured and handy to keep in the box. It has a plastic handle coming off the top, for a more manageable pick up of the product.
The powder --> So what makes fairy stand out from the rest.. Fairy non bio boasts of being the best and softest nonbio in the world. This is because of its ways to leave clothes brilliantly clean, soft and also allowing is be gentle on sensitive skin. It has been dematologically tested, and contains a nice fresh, fragrance of clean clothing. It has won awards for being Allergy safe too. It is a white powder, that has slight darker bits in too, and is concentrated than most others. This means it offers a better cleaning that most products - hence why it is often the more expensive one.
It can used in water temperatures from 30 degrees C, to 95 degrees. I aim to wash most of my clothes on a 30degree wash as it is better for the environment, and doesn't compromise the wash given. The amount of power to clothes is labelled on the back of the box in a clear table, so that no product is wasted. I often find it is about 1 a time though. It has technology that sooths fibres, so that clothes feel better worn, and is why if I buy rough jeans I often wash them first to prevent and uncomfortableness. I find I don't need to add any stain remover, as they generally lift off within the water.
The cost --> As I brought this product on a 50% off, I got a fantastic deal, and luckily a box that should last for months. In ASDA currently for a 2kg box is is £6, and for £10.40 you get a 42 washes (just over 3.5kg).
This product also comes in different forms, such as a gel. I would try something like this in a gel form as well, as I think it would offer fantastic cleaning too.
I have recommend this product to many family and friends, and recommend it to you!
To be honest, this was not usual brand, however it has become a steadfast product in the house.
Slightly more expensive than my usual (surf), I began buying the small box of Fairy for ten washes (I paid £2.28 from Asda). The box stated Easy Pouring, which I was actually surprised is easy pouring, as most washing powders with the pull down spout never seem to work!
I would agree it is suitable for sensitive skin (my daughter and myself suffer with ezcema and it is never irritated by Fairy), however I think to get the full benefit of the softness the conditioner also needs to be used in conjunction with this product.
There is on the box instructions on how to separate your clothes into darks, lights, whites and brights to keep clothes looking their best, along with clear and illustrated instructions on how to use the product. To go even further, there are also wash tips on the box (right now I am staring at why water hardness is important and how it effects your washing). It gives a map of the UK showing areas that have hard, medium and soft water, which ties in with the instructions on how to use as the instructions give directions for use for hard, medium and soft water.
I have to use a non-biological washing powder as we have quite sensitive skin in my household and biological washing powder tends to be a little harsh and bring us out in rashes and itches. There actually isn't a lot of choice on the market as far as non-biological washing powder is concerned, which has always surprised me, and I used to always use Persil until I came across Fairy Non-Bio powder on a decent offer one day and tried this.
Most people will have come across Fairy at some point - if only in association with their washing up liquids - it is a well known brand. Fairy claim their non-bio is 'the world's softest non bio and leaves clothes brilliantly clean and feeling gentle next to precious skin. That's because Fairy Non Bio contains natural ingredients that are designed to work in harmony with your skin to soften fabrics'. This is backed up by numerous awards and recommendations from mother and baby groups and magazines, good praise indeed.
The powder comes in three sizes, 800g (10 washes) for around £2.80, 2kg (25 washes) for £6.11 and 3.36kg (42 washes) for £11.23 (prices dependent on where you shop!). I actually think this is very expensive for a washing powder and we try to stock up if and when we see it on offer (which is rare but does happen occasionally). The box is a bright, light blue in colour, with the word 'Fairy' in green writing above which is the trademark picture of a baby in a nappy and the tagline 'huggably soft for sensitive skin'.
You open the box by pulling the cardboard tab along the front of the box, so giving a lid. Inside the box is almost(!) filled with the washing powder - I'd say there was about an inch and a half gap at the top. The powder is white in colour, with flecks of blue throughout. There is not dosing device contained within the pack (no matter what size you buy) so if you don't have one, you will have to use a makeshift jug or something! You can order one for free via the fairy website, which I have done and it did arrive promptly.
The amount of powder required per wash does depend on various factors, as with all washing powders - hardness of water, how much is in the load, how heavily soiled the load is etc. I tend to find that a little over half the dosing jug of powder does a standard wash nicely. This way I also get a little more out of my 3.36kg pack than 42 washes, which I think is good. I have also used a little of this powder for hand washing and it has worked really well - it has dissolved nicely in the water and cleaned the clothes with ease. It was also quite easy to rinse off, without the slimy residue some powders leave on the clothes.
After the wash, the clothes always smell and look fresh - the whites aren't dull (although not particularly 'dazzling bright' either!) and there is no powder residue on the clothes either. Even at low temperature washes, the powder seems to dissolve very well in the machine, which is not what I have experienced with other powders. I always use a fabric conditioner with my wash, so I cannot comment on how much of the softness in the clothes is due to the powder but they do always come out of the machine feeling soft and smelling nice. Once dry, they are also soft on your skin.
MY OVERALL OPINION
Now that I have started using Fairy, I won't go back. I do think it is very expensive and so will always stock up if I see an offer on - the most recent was a couple of months back where we picked it up for almost half price in Tesco, so we are making our way through that stockpile at the moment. It always gives a good clean and leaves my clothes feeling soft. Most importantly, it has not caused any itchiness to the sensitive skin in our house and I would be more than confident in using this for baby's clothes too - it's a brand that I really trust.
The powder dissolves really well so I don't get any annoying white marks on a dark wash and the washing machine tray needs cleaning out much less regularly (always a bonus - I hate that job). I don't know how the powder compares with the Fairy gel or Liquitabs as I haven't tried these yet, but we do have some liquitabs in our store so it will be interesting to compare (I will update with my thoughts!).
In summary, this cleans clothes, adding softness and is gentle on skin - just what I need from my washing powder. I just wish it was a little cheaper!
I bought this soap to wash my expected baby's clothes but the washing instructions was not clear to me, there was a red x on the place where we usually put the soap in the washing machine, can any one tell me shall I put it directly on the clothes then in the washing machine or shall I put it in the soap drawer?
When my eldest son was born two and a half years ago I thought I was on the ball with all the things I would need to start out as a first time mummy. One little thing I overlooked was my washing powder. For a start I didn't realize it wasn't non-bio which is recommended you use for babies skin. To make matters worse from the moment my son was born he has suffered from very sensitive skin which we use prescription creams on it now. As I was poorly after having my son it was left to my other half to go out and choose some new washing powder. He chose Fairy non-bio not because he had read the box and compared the others, no just because it had a baby on the front so it must be good. 2 and a half years later and he couldn't have been anymore right I am still using it!
The box itself is so appealing to parents. The whole thing just screams out for parents to buy to protect their child's skin. It I a lovely pale green colour with a little cartoon baby on the front. The slogan on the front is 'huggably soft for sensitive skin'. Along the top it tells you it supports the unicef and says 1 pack = 1 vaccine. This means they can vaccinate a pregnant women or women of the child bearing age in the developing world against tetanus. So it goes to a good course something we all like to think we help with.
The powder looks all fluffy and bright white and smells lovely and fresh. It doesn't have a really strong smell to it. I can't stand over powering wash powders I find they give me headache. As I have two young boys now I find I have a lot of washing so I don't buy the small boxes of washing powder I buy the slightly bigger one, 25 washes and cost me around the £6 mark. Although currently Tesco's has the even bigger box, 42 washes for £6. I try to stock up when it's on offer. I have always preferred to use powder but the fairy is available in tablets, liquitabs, liquid and gel.
The box comes with a number of pointers on it. The fairy non-bio is not suitable for wool or silk garments. There are tips for saving water and money which is always handy in this day and age. The amount of powder you use is not only down to the size of your wash load but also the type of water you have in your area. Fairy has kindly put a map of Great Britain on with a key where hard, medium and soft water is.
My overall opinion on this product is it is great. My son hasn't had a problem with wearing his clothes they feel lovely and soft on his skin. The clothes come out looking clean, always a bonus with washing powder!! I would highly recommend Fairy for those of you with delicate skin. The washing comes out of the washer feeling soft, not stiff and hard like some. I find I rarely use a fabric conditioner there doesn't seem to be any need for one. So I am saving money there.
This powder deserves 5 out of 5 for doing as it says on the box.