I'm probably a little bit sad, but I really enjoy doing the laundry. There's something immensely satisfying about taking a massive pile of dirty clothes and over the course of a few hours or a day they suddenly become clean.
I enjoy it partly because once you've bundled them all into the machine you can walk away and leave it for a couple of hours. Then unload it, hang it up and get on with other stuff. As far as housework goes, it's fairly easy so long as you remember to separate your lights from your darks.
So when I was given the change to try the Persil Ultimate Dual Non Bio Washing Capsules, I was thrilled. Especially when they arrived and it was a full pack of 19 capsules.
First things first, the packaging is really secure. I've seen videos online warning about keeping washing powders and liquids away from kids and animals. The packaging for these washing capsules is emblazoned with a warning about keeping them out of reach of children. The lid fastens down really securely. It's not something you can just flip open one-handed. Obviously, I kept them well out of reach of our resident nosy labrador, but I think she'd be hard-pressed to get into them if she tried.
It's just as well that kids would struggle to get into the pack because the capsules themselves seem like the sort of thing that would appeal to small hands. They're sort of plastic-coated, doughnuttish things; a blue outer ring with a white centre. They're nice and squishy too.
If you're anything like me, even though you've been using the same washing machine for half a decade, you still sometimes get confused about exactly where the cleaning stuff is actually meant to go. These capsules couldn't be simpler; you just toss them into the back of your machine before loading it up and switching it on.
The packaging recommends using one capsule for a regular load and two for hard water or heavily soiled laundry. We have soft water, so I never intended to try using two, until our labrador was unwell and allowed me to try two out on a throw. I've got no complaints with their ability to actually clean the stuff I was washing, everything I washed with the capsules came out perfectly clean with no residue or stains.
They are not magic, however, as I learned when I inadvertently washed a load of laundry with a tissue. Folks, check your pockets before doing your washing!
The capsules smell quite subtle when you open the packet. They're sort of fresh and clean smelling. I was a little worried when I first used them as once I started a load of laundry the smell became a lot stronger. It's not an unpleasant smell but would probably be best described as 'cleaning chemical'. It's a bit like air freshener (and it has a similar effect because it makes the whole downstairs smell like Persil Washing Capsules); the smell isn't really a natural smell, but it's not unpleasant either.
The chemical smell did make me worry a little in case it was a sign of how strong the cleaning chemicals in them would be. I've got really sensitive skin and the last thing I wanted was for my smalls to start feeling as though they'd been filled with itching powder! With this in mind, I washed my husband's stuff first so I could gauge his reaction first. We both survived with no adverse effects, though I've not tried using them on a half-wash.
While the clothes are damp the smell is really strong on them, but as they dry it sort of fades away. Everything I've washed with these capsules has come out smelling fresh feeling soft.
The pack is good for, at most, 17 washes (though the pack I received had an extra two capsules in it) so a pack would last my household around a month. I'd prefer a larger pack size 17 (or 19) seems like a bit of a random number and I imagine that households with more than two people could blow through a pack of these in less than a fortnight.
They'd be especially convenient if you were going away on holiday, or if you're having to use a launderette for washing your clothes as the tub they come in is easily portable.
If I see these on offer in the supermarket in the future, I'll probably pick them up because they're handy to have around to speed up the laundry routine.
Disclaimer: I received a free pack of Persil Ultimate Non Bio Dual Capsules in exchange for an honest review.