17 May 2012

Tesco 'Naturally Powered' Review

I hate to say this, but there is much discussion in our house about washing powder vs. laundry detergent, enzymes  / digesters, and optical brighteners.  My partner has his own Dry Cleaning and Laundry business. He has influenced me to such an extent I find myself heeding his expertise far enough to invest in separate stuff for whites and colours.

So when Mumsnet Bloggers Network asked me to review the Tesco Naturally Powered powder - I sought his opinion and a little debate took place!

They have brought out an entire range of environmentally-conscious cleaning products,, mainly plant derived but with a few small amounts of synthetic substances thrown in added, in a carefully considered combination, to enhance performance.   

Check out their 'Synergy' Lab!

The powder passed muster with the Master, but we did need to use what I thought was not an inconsiderable amount of it if we followed the hard water guidelines.

All the products we tried passed the smell test - fresh and fruity - and were certainly up to the job.  I found the anti-bacterial kitchen spray easily removed curry stains, but it was a bit more oily than the usual brands - as was the washing up liquid, but not in a negative way and they did as well as the leading ones in household blind testing.  

All the packaging is 100% recycled and the majority is recyclable, plus the whole array has been either hypoallergenic or dermatologically tested. So if you're looking for an alternative way to clean your home that looks after the environment as well as you, this collection, available at Tesco, is worth a try.                         

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  1. I use soap nuts for clothes washing. I'm not bothered whether things are sparklingly white - I have boys... and use white vinegar as a softener.

    In the house I use an eco range too from Carrefour, the equivalent I suppose of Tesco's. I find they work perfectly well and, I hope, cut down on water pollution.

    1. Thanks Sarah. Am def gonna try that wine vinegar. I find that soda crystals do a great job on the whites too.

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  3. Check you out living with a washing guru. I'm afraid in our house I use the liquid and the powder boxes are
    1. too big
    2. spill all over the place
    The very fact that I even manage to put the washing machine on is in itself a miracle, so choosing different powders and potions depending on white and colours - blah - forget it!
    I have used environment-friendly cleaning products before but found them to be very expensive. Also, because I'm generally quite slack in this department I like to use really smelly ones that display to the world when I have actually made the effort - usually the 'green ones' don't whiff! M x

  4. That's hilarious! Actually, this stuff did 'whiff' enough but, ironically, they used synthetic smelly things. They're working on using more natral ones though. Yes, it has become more of a palaver with the OH around!