Laundry is big business. By the time I buy stain spray, laundry detergent, and fabric softener, I’ve invested a lot of money into clean clothes. So I decided to try out Asda’s range of laundry products and see how much I could save and how they compare to more expensive products.
I have two kids, so stain spray is an essential commodity. I have tried out a lot of name brand stain treatments, with varying levels of success, but decided to try the Asda Pre-wash Stain Remover. At just £0.95, it is cheaper than the alternatives. In fact, most of the other stain sprays sold at Asda are at least double the price.
Unfortunately, the price is about the only good thing that I found about the Asda Pre-wash Stain Remover. It came in a spray bottle that was easy to use. You just spray it on the affected area of clothes before washing. The only problem is that the clothes didn’t look any different after using the stain spray than before. It did nothing at all against more difficult stains, like chocolate or tomato sauce, and it didn’t make any apparent difference on mild stains either. In fact, the only thing that came off with the stain spray was where my daughter had accidentally drawn on her clothes. Since she used washable markers that usually come out without any stain spray anyway, I don’t think that the stain treatment can be credited for this. So although the stain spray was cheaper, it was no more effective than just spraying water on your clothes before washing (except that it smells worse). So it may be cheaper, but it is a total waste of money.
The pre-wash product was a disappointment, but how did the laundry powder measure up? I bought the cheapest Asda Non Biological washing powder. Again, it was cheaper than the name brand products. The Asda laundry powder costs £1.52 per kg, compared to £2.33 per kg for Fairy or £2.05 per kg for Persil. Again, though, the quality of the product was also far lower than the name brands. My clothes simply didn’t get as clean with the Asda powder. Everyday dirtiness and marks were often still visible on the clothes after washing, and the colours didn’t seem as sharp afterwards. Everything just seemed a bit dingy. Once again, the bargain buy doesn’t seem to have been such a good deal after all.
The final component added to my washing machine was the fabric softener. The Asda Sensitive concentrated fabric softener liquid looks almost identical to the Comfort concentrated fabric softener. Both come in clear plastic bottles, full of white liquid, with blue and white labels featuring babies on the front. Unfortunately, although the products look similar, they are not. The Asda fabric softener did not make my clothes as soft as the Comfort softener, and, even worse, they smelt bad. My laundry stank after using the Asda Sensitive Fabric Softener. When I looked closely, it didn’t even work out much cheaper: only about 10p less per litre.
My conclusion after using these products (and I used up the whole containers just to be sure through multiple loads of laundry) was that they were cheap because they were useless. After using the Asda products, my clothes were dirtier, dingier, smellier, and rougher to the touch. I may have saved a pound or two, but it was definitely not worth it. In the future I’ll stick to the name brands, and if I want to save money I’ll look for coupons or vouchers, or stock up when they go on sale.