i love persil!
I have tried everything out there. Tide, Wisk, All, Cheer, Charlies Soap, Country Save, Bi-O-Kleen Premium Powder, Le Blanc/LÂAmour, Ecover, Persil and probably many more. IÂve tried HE and non-HE flavors. IÂve tried 1-TBS to 4-TBS doses, sometimes even more. From several years of using these products, I can now say that Persil is the king of my laundry room. About four years ago I tried Persil Universal. It cleaned well, smelled good, but I could not get over the high cost. For a long time I was not a fan of Persil due to the cost, opting instead to use Tide HE which seemed to clean just as well. In the years since taking my anti-Persil stance, IÂve educated myself and learned what I like and donÂt like about my laundry. I like having soft, fluffy clothes come out of the dryer with minimal scent. I donÂt like using fabric softener. I do not want to compromise on cleaning ability because I donÂt have the time to pre-treat every stain on every garment. I want a product that cleans well and is also as biodegradable and natural as possible.
After having used CharlieÂs Soap for a few months, I recently switched to Le Blanc/LÂAmour liquid products based on a few rave reviews. What a mistake I made! While the products have average cleaning ability, the scent that is left on my clothes even after seven rinses is disgusting. You would have thought a perfume bottle exploded in my dryerÂ and this is after using only 1 TBS of product even though the recommended usage is 1/4 cup (4 TBS).
After this disappointing experience with Le Blanc/LÂAmour, I decided to give Persil another try. I purchased one each of Persil Megaperls and Persil Color Megaperls. I started off using the 65 ml (4 TBS) dose recommended for soft water. My clothes came out of the dryer light, fluffy, and with only a hint of scent. My clothes smelled "fresh". I have since reduced the dosage to 1 TBS and still get the same results. I thought my whites where "white" when I used CharlieÂs Soap, but after only one wash in Persil I found an entirely new, brighter shade of white that I had forgotten about over the last few months. Persil cleans everything well. Without pre-treating, Persil is been able to remove difficult curry-based food stains and everything else I throw at it, whitens all of my whites, removes stains that CharlieÂs Soap never touched, and gives me soft and fluffy clothes out of the dryer without using any fabric softener. Even with a 1 TBS dose of Tide HE or the other commercial products, I had to use fabric softener. Surprisingly, even CharlieÂs Soap left my towels feeling somewhat dry and scratchy.
Each 6.7 lb box of Persil costs about $45. Compare that to your typical 4.18 lb box of Tide HE at about $8Âand Tide is considered one of the most expensive detergents! Persil is about 3.5x more expensive per load than Tide HE. Are the results worth it? Persil meets all but one of my criteria. ItÂs not a 100% natural and green product. Given my disappointing experiences with those products, IÂm willing to give up one item on my list to get all the others. While itÂs expensive, I get tangible results for the increased cost. Money issues notwithstanding, I do believe Persil Megaperls and Persil Color Megaperls to be the best cleaning, cleanest rinsing, best smelling laundry detergent available that meets my needs.
But what about CharlieÂs Soap? Many in this forum love and continue to have positive experiences using this product. As always, use what you love and donÂt worry about what other people think! For me, however, CharlieÂs Soap did not deliver on the results I was expecting. It is a biodegradable product with a minimum of chemicals. However, it cleans only as well as its primary ingredient which is washing soda. Despite claims that it rinses completely, IÂve found that it leaves my towels feeling dry and scratchy. Lack of enzymes makes CharlieÂs Soap much less effective at removing protein-based stains, but also makes it a good product to use on hand washables and delicates. For my everyday laundering needs, CharlieÂs Soap is just not effective. I now only use Charlie's Soap on my hand washables and delicates.
I am officially a Persil convert!