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Post# 1021123   1/14/2019 at 08:19 by Lorainfurniture (Cleveland )        

I abruptly went to Greece a few days ago. I was at the grocery store and just had to stop at the local appliance dealer to see. I only had a minute but I thought Iíd share a few photos.

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Post# 1021149 , Reply# 1   1/14/2019 at 12:09 by Launderess (Quiet Please, Thereīs a Lady on Stage)        

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How does one "abruptly" go to Greece? Were you kidnapped? Plane hijacked and forced land in the place? Or were you the victim of a revolution or coup that forced a change in travel plans. *LOL*

Post# 1021158 , Reply# 2   1/14/2019 at 13:14 by foraloysius (Leeuwarden, the Netherlands)        

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Do I see a DeLonghi washing machine in picture #3? Didn't know they sold washing machines.

Post# 1021161 , Reply# 3   1/14/2019 at 14:08 by Lorainfurniture (Cleveland )        

Yes I believe it is. Itís a 10kg model too. Iíll get more photos, hopefully some videos. Iím here for 2 weeks.

Bit of background with me, I am 100% Greek, and most of my family still resides in Greece. My grandmother is old, currently on oxygen and is now bedridden. Iím not sure how much longer she has so my brothers and I came over to visit. Itís pretty easy (and cheap) for me to visit.

Not the best circumstances to visit, but Iíll make the best of it.

Post# 1021165 , Reply# 4   1/14/2019 at 14:29 by foraloysius (Leeuwarden, the Netherlands)        

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Sorry to hear about your grandmother. Great that you can visit her now and be together with the family.

Best wishes,


Post# 1021188 , Reply# 5   1/14/2019 at 16:58 by toploader55 (Massachusetts Sand Bar, Cape Cod)        

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Sorry to hear about your Grandmother. This is a part of life we all dislike going through.

Best to You and your family. Glad you can be there for her and your relatives abroad.

Post# 1021198 , Reply# 6   1/14/2019 at 18:41 by eurekastar (Amarillo, Texas)        

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Sorry to hear about your Grandmother...Prayers for you and your family!


I recognize a few words on the control dial closeup.  On the left, there is "athletic" and "synthetic"  and on the bottom, it says "spin only."  I took ancient Greek in graduate school!   Nothing else is recognizable. 



Post# 1021229 , Reply# 7   1/15/2019 at 04:55 by Lorainfurniture (Cleveland )        

Some translation

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Post# 1021230 , Reply# 8   1/15/2019 at 05:10 by foraloysius (Leeuwarden, the Netherlands)        

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The Cotton cycles with the 60 and 40 symbols are energy saving cycles, same wash results at lower temperatures.

The fast cycles are 15, 45 and 60 minutes, a bit awkward because more often you see 15, 30 and/or 60 minutes.

Post# 1021236 , Reply# 9   1/15/2019 at 08:10 by Rolls_rapide (0)        
The Delonghi machine...

Looks suspiciously like one of the Chinese made machines (Midea or Haier or Hisense). I'd say Midea.

I had a quick look at Delonghi UK (no washing machines); Delonghi Greece (none either). Delonghi probably buys them in, the way Currys here gets 'Logik' machines, GlenDimplex/Belling gets 'Belling' machines made for them, and Argos gets 'Bush'.

'Essex' detergent?! It's funny how they come by these names.

'Formil Express' appears to be a handwash detergent.

Post# 1021319 , Reply# 10   1/16/2019 at 00:35 by Mrsalvo (New Braunfels Texas)        

So sorry to hear of your Grandmother not doing well, that's always very difficult.....even in the best of circumstances. I hope she'll get better and improve. Enjoyed the pictures, even the laundry detergents. I'm afraid that I'm not familiar with those brands except Tide, as I've not traveled to Europe. Do you know what would be the equivalent to Skip detergent here in the US? Looks to be the most popular as they seem to carry a lot of it. Of all the dtergents what would be your pick?
Hope to hear back from you with good news about your Grandmother.


Post# 1021322 , Reply# 11   1/16/2019 at 02:18 by foraloysius (Leeuwarden, the Netherlands)        

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Skip is a Unilever product. In the USA Unilever sells Surf. Not sure if it is an equivalent, but it's from the same company.

Post# 1021380 , Reply# 12   1/16/2019 at 12:41 by whitetub (Montreal, Canada)        

The Skip detergent design looks similar to some Persil products....

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Post# 1021397 , Reply# 13   1/16/2019 at 13:32 by foraloysius (Leeuwarden, the Netherlands)        

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Yes, UK Persil is also owned by Unilever. Don't know how wide it is available in North America.

Post# 1021441 , Reply# 14   1/16/2019 at 19:12 by Launderess (Quiet Please, Thereīs a Lady on Stage)        
We've done this before.

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Crosfield soap makers had UK and other countries outside of Germany. Basically for a start Henkel sold off said rights because it was easier to license Persil than set up various factories and so forth all over Europe.

Lever Brothers purchased Crosfield and thus got their mitts on Persil for UK and elsewhere. Henkel however still owns rights to Persil for Germany, North America and other places Unilever does not. Over the years each have attempted to buy the other out, but no one would budge.

This being said neither company uses "Persil" universally. In France because Persil means "parsley" Unilever's top detergent is "Skip". Henkel OTOH markets their top laundry product under "Le Chat" brand.

For North America Henkel now markets Persil. You can find Unilever Persil on various UK/Europe import sites, and IIRC some members have spotted it in local specialty shops, but other than that Unilever does not sell the stuff formally here.

Post# 1022512 , Reply# 15   1/26/2019 at 09:33 by liamy1 (-)        

Laundress says, Unilever use the brand names Persil, Skip, OMO or Surf in various countries depending on what is the strongest brand name.

Eg, when Unilever had detergents in the US - they did Surf in the orange packages marketed for "dirt&odors" in the U.K, this exact same product (packaging, branding and advertising) was under the "Radion" label (we already had Surf marketed in a different way)

Just various brand names used that's all - in Pakistan Surf is such a strong brand that it has become the generickized name for laundry detergent. So no risk of another Unilever main brand being used (saying that , it didn't stop P&G putting Tide on the Indian market despite already having Ariel for years - PG having Ariel and Tide on main market sale in the same country is something almost unheard of now).

Post# 1022528 , Reply# 16   1/26/2019 at 11:39 by chetlaham (United States)        

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Where are the washers? I only see dryers.

:P (joking folks, I could not resist)

But they do need a few toploads in there if you ask me.

Post# 1024087 , Reply# 17   2/9/2019 at 08:36 by iej (Ireland)        

Sorry to hear about your grandma! Definitely not the best circumstances for a transatlantic trip.

@Laundress: Unilever France does use the Persil brand, but it's for a range of nature-inspired laundry detergents that it doesn't sell elsewhere. Confusing brand as it's also sometimes marketed as cheap. Their top-tier equivalent to UK/IE Persil is Skip and is more or less identical to the UK and Irish products and French Omo and UK/IE Surf seem to be the same product.

Skip also has a lot more of a focus on Eco than UK persil as at present

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