Thread Number: 74966  /  Tag: Detergents and Additives
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Post# 987881   3/24/2018 at 10:08 (180 days old) by steve_b79 (Princeton Junction)        

So, as some of you may know, I live in the US, and loathe our current offerings. Why, I don't know. I think it may have to do with the fact that the offerings in the UK, Germany, et al just smell better (and to a degree, clean better).

With that said, I come to you with an odd question...

I'm torn between ordering liquid Daz, Ace Power Liquid (from Mexico, if I can find a place online to buy it), or Dash (Italy...which amazingly, Amazon will ship to the UK, but not to the US).

Has anyone tried these products? If so...what are the fragrances like, and how well do they clean?

Post# 987886 , Reply# 1   3/24/2018 at 10:23 (180 days old) by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

Have you tried Rosalie's Zero Suds? It is an excellent detergent giving super cleaning and easy rinsing and is an excellent alternative to foreign detergents. It is made here in the USA by one of our members.

Post# 987955 , Reply# 2   3/24/2018 at 17:40 by Steve_B79 (Princeton Junction)        
I have not...however...

...I donít think itíd be right for me. I like seeing suds in my washer.

Post# 987975 , Reply# 3   3/24/2018 at 20:14 by gorenje (Slovenia)        

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Hi Steve,

I collect laundry detergents from all around the Globe and I've tried plenty of them. I haven't tried the liquid Ace you've mentioned but I have tried the powdered Mexican Ariel, I've tried different types of Daz and different types of the Italian Dash.

Among these I would choose without a doubt the Italian Dash. It is a very good detergent especially for whites. It also removes bad odors very well and it has a pleasant smell.

If you are not able to order it I can sent you a small box to try it.


Post# 988021 , Reply# 4   3/25/2018 at 07:53 by Steve_B79 (Princeton Junction)        
@ gorenje...


Iíd love that! Thank you!!!

The only place I could find Dash online (the Italian version, anyway...), was through a backdoor way on Amazon UK. But for one bottle at $112, it seemed like an extremely pricey proposition.

Post# 988110 , Reply# 5   3/25/2018 at 17:46 by gorenje (Slovenia)        

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OMG, no way ! This is a crazy price !!

Are you more interested in a liquid or powder?

I like more the powder, but I can send you the one you prefer the most.

Can I ask you something? Do you have a top loader or a front loader?

Post# 988382 , Reply# 6   3/26/2018 at 19:42 by Steve_B79 (Princeton Junction)        
@gorenje (again)...

It was insane. There was no way it couldíve cost that much, with the shipping. They were just grossly inflating it.

Honestly, I would love to try both. But I donít want to pry much from your collection, and I donít want the shipping and handling charges to be astronomical. I donít have a preference, so surprise me!

I have a front loader. It is an older Kenmore, and it is not an HE machine. So, I can get away with using a sudsy detergent.

Post# 988436 , Reply# 7   3/27/2018 at 04:38 by gorenje (Slovenia)        

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Yes no way. Even when I buy online detergents from Japan the prices are never ever so mady high. Actually the opposite.

Don't worry about my collection. This will not be from my collection but I will go to Italy and buy them for you, no problem. I can send you two separate boxes, first one with the powder and then another with the liquid, so it costs less.

The Italian Dash as all other detergents here in Europe are low sudsing but you can use it in your machine.

Just one thing, don't be so fooled by the big names. Dash is a very good detergent, but out there there are lots of good detergents, sometimes even better than P&G's. Some local brands or Supermarket brands are excellent. Even the cheapest European brand of powder has some enzym in it and also some Discount brands (Lidl, Aldi) are sometimes a nice surprise.

I will send you the Dash, just give me some time to go to Italy.
You can also write me an email on the address you find in my data so you can give me your adress for the shipping.

Post# 988639 , Reply# 8   3/28/2018 at 21:08 by steve_b79 (Princeton Junction)        
@ gorenje

I had a feeling. I've seen Japanese detergents for sale before (including Japanese Ariel, which is also on my list), and most were $20 - if that. Fun fact - I've tried "Attack"; it was a good cleaning detergent, but I don't know if it was worth the hype.

You're very kind, and I thank you for this! I'll e-mail you directly from my e-mail, with all shipping details.

Never knew that some of the cheaper brands would clean as well (or better). Here in the States, a lot of the store brands are re-packaged Sun products. And Sun - at least here - is kind of a lousy detergent. Also, Europe has more choices in powder than here in the States. Honestly, I miss a good powder.

Post# 988681 , Reply# 9   3/29/2018 at 06:08 by vacerator (Macomb, Michigan)        

we've been using Tide free and clear, adding Lysol laundry sanitizer. No complaints. While we did like the mild scent of Persil, our gym wear was smelling very sour once you begin to perspire.

Post# 988812 , Reply# 10   3/30/2018 at 08:41 by Rolls_rapide (Scotland, UK)        
"smelling very sour once you begin to perspire"

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I noticed that too on laundry washed in liquid detergents. They just don't clean as effectively as powders. You really do need the built-in oxygen bleach to whisk away the odour-causing bacteria.

The same goes for 'Colour' powders and a few other suspect products (eg. Persil Powergems, and Daz 'Whites & Colours' powder). They have no bleach in their formulations either. They try to cover up their deficiencies by using strong-smelling fragrances, but doing so can cause weird smells when you do sweat. Nasty.

Post# 989101 , Reply# 11   4/1/2018 at 16:24 by Steve_B79 (Princeton Junction)        

Really? Iíve never experienced that. That, or I just havenít been paying attention.

Iíve found that when Iíve used the cheaper detergents on my gym clothes (say, Arm & Hammer, any of the Sun family of detergents, et al), they donít wash in enough of a scent to get rid of the funk.

Post# 989203 , Reply# 12   4/2/2018 at 13:59 by Rolls_rapide (Scotland, UK)        

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Yes, I've found that liquids don't wash as clean as powders, leaving odours (i.e. 'B.O.') in the fabric.

In saying that, I've also found UK Ariel powder to leave laundry with a strange funky fragrance when worn.

The detergents I like are P&G's Daz, Lidl's Formil and Aldi's Almat. They clean well, and have minimal fragrances.

Post# 989287 , Reply# 13   4/3/2018 at 10:43 by GRWasher_expert (Athens)        

I think that italian Dash is exactly the same product with the european Ariel.As regards the smell, gym clothes should be washed at least at 40 ļC on a normal cycle.Many people wash them on short cold-water cycles.This isn't enough if you want to get completely rid of funky smells.

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