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What is the deal with Persil?
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Post# 1030899   4/26/2019 at 15:51 by DE409 (Maryland)        

I always see ppl talking about it on here but I always bought the HE Arm & Hammer stuff. What am I missing??

Post# 1030906 , Reply# 1   4/26/2019 at 18:28 by wayupnorth (On a lake between Bangor and Bar Harbor)        

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I buy the cheap ERA and refuse to spend the much more for Persil and my cheap stuff cleans my clothes just fine.

Post# 1030914 , Reply# 2   4/26/2019 at 20:20 by ThatRobGuy (Maine)        

If you have "well worn" clothing Persil does a very good job at getting clothes clean, and for most people doesn't smell offensive and/or cause allergic reactions. Clothes that are clean will often look cleaner after a wash or two in Persil. The surfactants and enzymes are gentle and don't cause much damage to clothing. The 2-in-1 (or Stainfighter, whatever they're calling it) is one of the best detergents out there as well.

You can usually find it on sale throughout the month bringing the cost down to under what Tide is, and often to what the cost of A&H is.

I used ERA for a while, it worked okay. I liked the scent profile, I honestly wish P&G would move that to Tide it was so pleasant. Left a few things that I know Persil would get out, and it got incredibly foamy if i didn't wait until the tub filled up and added it mid cycle. If i added it at the start I would need to use two rinses, and the 2nd rinse would still look like a regular wash cycle.

Regardless, it works very well and isn't terribly expensive.

Post# 1030949 , Reply# 3   4/27/2019 at 08:37 by petek (Ontari ari ari O )        

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I think the scent varies to the version of Persil. I don't fuss with detergents and for decades have always bought whatever was on sale cheap,, like ERA , or Arm & Hammer etc, you know the big jug for $3 and have been pretty much satisfied.. In a weak moment a couple of years ago I thought what the heck I'll try the Persil 2 in 1 since Consumer Reports had top rated it. Turns out it did clean a bit better than the cheap stuff and I liked the light scent.. I don't like stinky detergents. Think is often I'll go into a store and can't find the 2 in 1 , just another version which I don't want. Persil gets about a foot of shelf space in most stores and tide products get about 50 feet.

Post# 1030961 , Reply# 4   4/27/2019 at 10:08 by Ultramatic (New York City)        

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Didn't Tide beat Persil in cleanability? I usually buy Tide.

Post# 1030985 , Reply# 5   4/27/2019 at 16:37 by Launderess (Quiet Please, There´s a Lady on Stage)        
When Persil first arrived on US scene

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That is Henkel released their "American" version it beat Tide in tests done by Consumer Reports and others. P&G was *NOT* thrilled and quite frankly must have been shocked at being knocked off their #1 pedestal, and promptly got busy reformulating certain versions of Tide.

About one year later Tide "ultra" Stain Release beat Persil in CR testing by a hair; and things have been back and forth since. Will be interesting to see how this new Persil "10 Dimension of Clean" or whatever new formulas stack up against Tide in CR testing.

If anything Henkel has forced P&G to up their game in the true "HE" detergent market. Yes, P&G like Henkel has long experience in making such detergents for the European market, but Tide's offerings for North America weren't exactly always great. Stain removal, froth issues and other things caused some to search out Persil and other detergents from Europe.

Notice Tide is slowly getting to be easier rinsing, less frothing, and in general behaving like a true "HE" or whatever detergent.

Also few if any other North American detergent makers could match P&G in terms of size and financial power to pour into R&D. As have mentioned previously many times P&G has various patents locked down, and has done so for decades. That gives their laundry detergents especially Tide an edge. Henkel has the resources to go toe to toe with P&G and believe you me they must now be looking over their shoulders.

Post# 1030986 , Reply# 6   4/27/2019 at 16:54 by LordKenmore (The Laundry Room)        

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>Persil gets about a foot of shelf space in most stores and tide products get about 50 feet.

I've noticed that, too. But, of course, Tide has more varieties. I wonder if there aren't even people working directly with Tide at P&G who may not remember all the variants...

Post# 1030987 , Reply# 7   4/27/2019 at 17:00 by LordKenmore (The Laundry Room)        

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One line I've used to amuse myself (and I think perhaps even cashiers at the store) is that Persil adds European flair to my laundry room.

Post# 1030990 , Reply# 8   4/27/2019 at 17:19 by LordKenmore (The Laundry Room)        

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As for whether Persil (and Tide) is worth buying vs. something cheaper...

I think this is very much a "your mileage varies" deal. Some people probably would find cheapest detergent good enough. Other people could get by on nothing less than a top tier detergent.

I have to admit...I was pretty cynical once about Tide, thinking that other brands were just fine. BUT my laundry needs were (and are) simple: more freshening than anything. My attitude back then might have been considerably different had I had severely stained/dirty laundry.

In recent history, I've been using Tide more often than not. I only generally need freshening, but I think Tide may work better for even that. That said...I theorize I could happily get by on some cheaper detergent if I had a different washer.

A few months back, I was using some variety of unscented All. It seemed to work OK, but I noticed a difference when I switched to Tide purclean. The difference isn't enough to make me say I'll never buy All again, but it is enough to make me say that if I can get a good deal on Tide, that's what I'll get.

I have used A&H only once in recent memory. I can't remember it very well, but I can remember not being terribly impressed. That said, I was using a sensitive skin formula. A regular variety might work better.

I've used Persil, and it worked well. I can't say if it was better than Tide. But I can say, no matter which brand has the best absolute cleaning power, that one thing I like about Tide is that it is available in unscented varieties.

Post# 1030992 , Reply# 9   4/27/2019 at 17:23 by Launderess (Quiet Please, There´s a Lady on Stage)        
Tide gets more shelf space

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Well it would, wouldn't it?

P&G has a dozen or more versions of Tide liquid and pods alone. Persil has just about four or five if you count pods and the new discs remaining on shelves instead of one replacing the other.

P&G also has Gain, Downy and host of other laundry products that give it claims to more shelf space.

Post# 1031008 , Reply# 10   4/27/2019 at 19:15 by DADoES (TX, U.S. of A.)        

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Persil 2in1 "10 Dimensions of Clean" is not new. The two 150 oz jugs I have were bought from on 7/23/2017.

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Post# 1031030 , Reply# 11   4/27/2019 at 20:41 by Joe_in_philly (Philadelphia, PA, USA)        
Persil 2in1 has changed again!

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I noticed at the store that Persil’s labels have changed again. The 10 dimensions are now listed on the back of the bottle. I assume that the 2in1 is now called “+ Stain Fighter.”

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Post# 1031034 , Reply# 12   4/27/2019 at 20:54 by Launderess (Quiet Please, There´s a Lady on Stage)        
Noticed that last night when stopped into RiteAid

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Needed distilled water for my steam iron and since detergents were in aisle on other side....

Just wanted to take a peek as to what local RA had on offer for the sale. No discs but did notice the "2in1" bottle labels had changed slightly.

Still stuck to my guns and didn't purchase, though will have to see if bottle bought a few months ago is different than what is on offer currently.

Post# 1031054 , Reply# 13   4/28/2019 at 04:42 by petek (Ontari ari ari O )        

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I may be wrong here and don't have a bottle to check but aren't all Persil liquids cold-water useable whereas Tide isn't, well except for their specific cold water versions..

Post# 1031056 , Reply# 14   4/28/2019 at 05:26 by Launderess (Quiet Please, There´s a Lady on Stage)        

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Just checked; bottle of Persil gifted from laundromat is "Persil ProClean - Pro 10 Premium Clean".

Among other benefits listed on bottle is "cold water cleaning".

Peeked my older bottle of Persil "2in1 Pro Clean/ Pro Lift Technology" and it makes no reference at all to any water temperatures.

OTOH all of my German Persil liquid and powder detergents have something mentioning they work at 20 degrees Celsius.

Last time one checked Tide Coldwater liquid when tested by CR (years ago now) worked best at temps near 90F to 100F, but gave acceptable results at 86F. CR made a point of saying Tide liquid detergent (regular) also cleaned well in warm or coldish water, so there you are then.

Know there has been a huge push in many parts of Europe to get people to turn down the dial to warm or cold water. Since machines there largely self heat wash water tap water temp is irrelevant to some households.

Post# 1031095 , Reply# 15   4/28/2019 at 15:37 by ThatRobGuy (Maine)        

Henkel sells a Cold Water version of Persil in Canada. Tide just introduced a new cold water Pods recently.

I haven't seen power packs of Persil in a while, I picked up a 16 pack of regular Persil as part of the Rite Aid sale last week, and the scent is much weaker than it was the last time I used it.

Post# 1031097 , Reply# 16   4/28/2019 at 15:44 by Launderess (Quiet Please, There´s a Lady on Stage)        

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P&G largely has discontinued sales of Tide Coldwater in USA (only scented liquid and sometimes the powder can be found), but the good stuff (Tide Coldwater Free/Gentle) is only sold up north in Canada.

Post# 1031102 , Reply# 17   4/28/2019 at 15:57 by ThatRobGuy (Maine)        

It is still sold at Target, and the cold water Pods are new. There seems to be a renewed push for cold water laundry. I remember seeing an ad from GE (?) about using the speed wash setting and changing it to cold water -- which seems like a fantastic way of not getting clean clothes -- as a way to reduce energy and water consumption.

Post# 1031106 , Reply# 18   4/28/2019 at 16:13 by LordKenmore (The Laundry Room)        

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Cold water and Tide: the line on their website is that Tide Coldwater is rated down to 40 degrees Fahrenheit. Other versions are apparently rated only to 60 degrees Faherenheit. So...the person routinely using cold water would still (in theory) be better off using Tide Coldwater.

Post# 1031107 , Reply# 19   4/28/2019 at 16:20 by LordKenmore (The Laundry Room)        

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>(only scented liquid and sometimes the powder can be found), but the good stuff (Tide Coldwater Free/Gentle) is only sold up north in Canada.

I haven't seen the powder in years. Last time I can recall, for sure, was about 10 years ago. AFAIK it's not listed on the Tide website, so it's very possible the powder is no longer in production.

Post# 1031129 , Reply# 20   4/28/2019 at 19:27 by ThatRobGuy (Maine)        

to be fair, Tide doesn't list all their products on their website. Tide Ultra Free and Clear isn't on the Tide website, even though it exists and widely available at Target.

Post# 1031138 , Reply# 21   4/28/2019 at 19:58 by Launderess (Quiet Please, There´s a Lady on Stage)        
Been a long day and am that tired

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Forgive me for not getting camera out and taking some snaps.

This is it however: www.freesamplesfinderapp....

Post# 1031295 , Reply# 22   4/29/2019 at 22:44 by IowaBear (Cedar Rapids, IA)        

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I've never tried it.  You'd think they might have kept the branding/labeling stable for a few years to get consumers comfortable with it.  Instead it seems to change constantly like Tide.


"New and improved" every time you buy it!

Post# 1031297 , Reply# 23   4/29/2019 at 23:04 by ThatRobGuy (Maine)        

If you live near a Hannaford's (and I would assume Food Lion as well) the 16 ct Power Caps are currently discontinued. I was able to get several packages for under $2.00 each. Yes, I cleared them out.

Post# 1031302 , Reply# 24   4/30/2019 at 00:55 by Launderess (Quiet Please, There´s a Lady on Stage)        

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"You'd think they might have kept the branding/labeling stable for a few years to get consumers comfortable with it. Instead it seems to change constantly like Tide."

It is pretty clear Henkel is going after Tide. Neither Lever Bros, Dial, Purex or anyone else had the funds and or chops to take on P&G which has kept Tide on top pretty much since it was introduced over 70 years ago now.

Henkel made some missteps with early Persil (scent, frothing, etc...) which to their credit they listened to market research and consumers, and now have switched things up. Don't see anything wrong per se in changing some side marketing/branding. The core "Persil" name remains the same which is what matters. The rest is really Marketing 101: make changes in a product and slap a "new and improved" label on it or whatever.

If "new and improved" isn't trumpeted people won't know and or will assume what is on offer hasn't changed since last time they or someone else (including reviews) tried.

Post# 1031306 , Reply# 25   4/30/2019 at 02:08 by Superocd (PNW)        
It smells great and is very good at removing stains

My wife and I have been using it as our primary detergent for clothes. I know that liquids aren't a front loader's best friend, but we use about two tablespoons and that works well enough. I do switch it up and use Arm and Hammer powder for bedding and towels. Persil is a no-go for pillows, mattress pads, packable coats/vests, etc., as those items act as a sponge and will create a LOT of suds, no matter how careful you are with dosing.

I like to use Persil as an all-purpose cleaner. One gallon of warm water, a smidge of bleach and a teaspoon of Persil makes a great kitchen cleaner.

Post# 1031308 , Reply# 26   4/30/2019 at 03:20 by Launderess (Quiet Please, There´s a Lady on Stage)        

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"Tide Ultra Free and Clear isn't on the Tide website, even though it exists and widely available at Target. "

Tide Free and Gentle can be found everywhere, our local Rite Aid carries it along with other shops.

Tide Ultra Stain Release Free OTOH seems only to be sold at Target. Have heard Wally World has it, but cannot confirm. Even on Amazon the stuff is sold via third party vendors at far more than the MSRP of $13/bottle.

Post# 1031309 , Reply# 27   4/30/2019 at 04:46 by thomasortega (We have a famous sign, earthquakes, bushfires and weed)        

Yesterday I've found the Persil Discs and I couldn't resist.

I bought the 3 boxes that were available at Hell-Mart, gave 1 to Kevin so he can also try it and rushed back home to do laundry.

I used only 3 "discs" in the Magic Chef and 2 in the Hotpoint.

It cleaned very well, the scent is too weak (I'm a south American Mamacita, for me a good detergent has to be noticeable 1 mile away, at least)

And I noticed something quite annoying.

During the wash, Zero suds (no pun intended, Jon). nothing zit, nada. Not even a single bubble.

Drain. spin... nothing no suds lock, no bubbles, no nothing.

Filled for first rinse.... WTF! water turned white...started agitating... OMG... suds cake in the hotpoint? We were talking about that washer days ago and I was bragging about how it never suds locked even when I intentionally overdosed Tide.
First rinse drain and spin... suds lock. it was "THE" sudslock.

spin aborted, i started to fill the washer to start an endless sequence of fill, agitate 30 seconds, drain... Suds gone in seconds. The washer acted like I poured a whole bottle of softener in it but it was just plain water.

Tried in the Maytag A50.

1 disk, full load...

Wash: it looked like plain water.
1st spin: no problems at all. it felt like I was draining and spinning the final rinse with tons of fabric softener.

1st rinse: water turned white the moment i dropped the clothes back, with the washer off, it looked like I've poured whole bag of mexican Ariel in the washer. again, tons of suds.

Spin after first rinse (maytag A50 spin dryer, not draining the washer simultaneously) Suds squirting everywhere, the mother of the suds lock. When I stopped the spin dryer, the drum was full of suds.
Drained the washer, transferred the load back to the wash tub and started rinsing the spin dryer with a hose. Suds gone in seconds again, just like when we use fabric softener to kill a suds lock.

So basically it is a "no suds" detergent when washing and during the first spin, but as soon as the first rinse starts, it acts like a regular detergent overdose and then on the second rinse the suds disappear almost instantly. That is VERY strange.

Post# 1031312 , Reply# 28   4/30/2019 at 05:09 by Mrsalvo (New Braunfels Texas)        

You all have piked my curiosity again and bought a new small bottled of Persil Deep Clean 10 Dimensions of Clean. They definitely toned the scent down, and it cleans about as well as anything I've used, really noticed it on dirty jeans worn in gardening and lawn work. Still currently using T/L Speed Queen and still running 2 rinses, but I do believe they toned down the sudsing a bit. Am not sure that it will be my "go-to" daily detergent though, as there are other less expensive brands on the market that clean acceptably well and doesn't create as much froth.
Wish Henkel would improve All Free & Clear to remove tough odors, found that it cleaned well but odors had a tendency to linger so I quit using it after I dog sat to stinky dogs and felt the rest of the laundry wasn't "fresh". Have always felt that Henkel could have improved All to a point that it could have knocked Tide out of the ball park so-to-speak if they had kept improving it. But they went after a niche market (and did well with the Drs recommendations advertisements). Certainly enough people use it to be included in lab testing.

HEB grocery store's house brand Bravo is still my "go-to", hard to beat for the price and I think truly formulated for Texas hard water, no second rinses required.

Would still like to try Rosealies No Suds though. Maybe one day it will be offered again. My quest for the perfect detergent continues! Lol!


Post# 1031325 , Reply# 29   4/30/2019 at 07:45 by Launderess (Quiet Please, There´s a Lady on Stage)        
All always has been a MOL To BOL detergent

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Was never going to compete with Tide; it didn't back in the "Bleach, Borax and Brightener" days, and surely non of the "stain lifter" versions would either.

That being said not everyone needs or wants the full power of Tide, or more to the point wants to pay dear for laundry detergent. All Free and Clear seems to have a decent enough following so there is that to consider.

Post# 1031343 , Reply# 30   4/30/2019 at 10:49 by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

There was a $2.00 off coupon in Sunday's paper for All Single Dose Products and one of them was a odor buster. I sure am glad that my laundry does not smell that bad, but I kinda wonder if it might not be the machines that are stinking from all of the cold water washing or the cold water washing not being able to remove the odors.

Post# 1031369 , Reply# 31   4/30/2019 at 16:15 by RevvinKevin (So. Cal.)        
I used 3 in the Magic Chef & 2 in the Hotpoint

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Thomas, you may want to try "not" over dosing this detergent and see what happens.  I mean 2 "discs" in that little compact Hotpoint and 3 "discs" in the still somewhat compact Magic Chef, WOW!  But then I suppose you do always over dose detergent for every load, don't you?    surprisedlaughingtongue-outlaughing


It will be interesting to see if / how the SCW2GEN sudslocks with just 1 Persil disc.  With 2 disc/pods it most definitely will! 



Post# 1031372 , Reply# 32   4/30/2019 at 16:26 by ThatRobGuy (Maine)        

Interesting about the suds lock. I haven't had that happen since I put 1/4 cup of ERA in an HE top loader.

For persil pods, even with my old Maytag water waster, I never found the need to use more than 1 pod. The detergent is plenty concentrated. The only time I ever used two was when I had a very full load of very very dirty camp gear. (that got a double wash it was still so filthy after the first.)

I know some suggest using 2 or 3, and sometimes 4 pods for a single load, but I can't imagine any washing machine actually needing more than one.

Post# 1031374 , Reply# 33   4/30/2019 at 16:40 by Launderess (Quiet Please, There´s a Lady on Stage)        
I used 3 in the Magic Chef & 2 in the Hotpoint

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That is far too much detergent. Over dosing detergent not only is wasteful but puts extra wear on machine, increases energy and water consumption, isn't great for the environment, and cannot imagine good for textiles as well.

Post# 1031397 , Reply# 34   4/30/2019 at 18:29 by DADoES (TX, U.S. of A.)        

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Is a gray (or worse) scum-line on the agitator and basket an indication of insufficient detergent dosage ... or just an indication of hard water conditions?

Post# 1031402 , Reply# 35   4/30/2019 at 18:56 by Launderess (Quiet Please, There´s a Lady on Stage)        
Can go both ways

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Ideally if enough detergent is used hard water minerals and or soils are kept in suspension to be rinsed down drain.

IMHO with some top loaders because of wash action and some other factors whatever scum there is remains to a point on top of water and thus clings to agitator and tub at water line.

Post# 1031416 , Reply# 36   4/30/2019 at 20:57 by Ultramatic (New York City)        

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Unbeknownst to Hyacinth, someone switched out the contents of her beloved Persil for XTRA.


She was quite annoyed. tongue-out

Post# 1031493 , Reply# 37   5/1/2019 at 18:46 by thomasortega (We have a famous sign, earthquakes, bushfires and weed)        


The thing is not the overdose. It's when the suds lock happened.

During the wash it was ok. first spin, ok. (theoretically i should have a suds cake and a monster suds lock at this point.

Filling for the first rinse.... Booom! I thought i would have suds up to the roof. seconds spin, monster suds lock i had to abort because i was afraid it would end up breaking the belt. it was like 5 seconds filling and the drum suddenly was halfway full with suds and the suds were going up much faster than the water level. (when the hotpoint reached low I already had a suds cake higher than the control panel.) It looked like that hair mousse that expands in contact with the air.

started filling the second rinse.... like 10 seconds filling.... ding! suds disappeared and I was there with that "what?" face, scratching my head, not understanding anything. i mean, all that mountain of foam simply disappeared. it was like a full size top load full of suds and then you suddenly pour a whole bottle of fabric softener. or when you put a piece of styrofoam in a tray with acetone.

But the most interesting is the wash water and the first spin were like i had put nothing in it. no suds, no suds lock. the washer drained just like a final drain using fabric softener.

In other words, when i had the perfect environment for a massive suds lock, nothing happened. When i had an environment that would be impossible to have a suds lock, a monster suds lock happened.

Last night darryl and I ran a load in the Silk Lux using only one disc.

2 sweatpants.... 1 disc.... no suds, no suds lock, it was just perfect.

And the smell... well... Gelson sniffed the pants and said they smell great. I had to focus and sniff it like a dog... i could barely notice some scent (excellent scent by the way), not that musk thing, but too weak.... It almost smelled like nothing.

I liked the Persil, the only bad thing is that I'll have to use only 1 disc, no matter what and stand that boring wash with no suds at all, even knowing that 1 disc is enough to clean well.

Post# 1031494 , Reply# 38   5/1/2019 at 18:52 by thomasortega (We have a famous sign, earthquakes, bushfires and weed)        

I think they tried to do something like the Argentinian Skip liquid from the 1990's

it was a white liquid almost like elmer's glue (smells great BTW).

When the washer was agitating, it would create lots of suds, when the washer paused to reverse (front loader) the suds disappeared instantly. this would happen for the first 15 or 20 minutes washing.... then the water would just turn white like milk with no suds at all. Never had a suds lock using that detergent, even overdosing.

Post# 1031589 , Reply# 39   5/2/2019 at 16:22 by jerrod6 (United States of America)        

Guess I better find this new version and the discs and try them out!

Post# 1031608 , Reply# 40   5/2/2019 at 20:04 by thomasortega (We have a famous sign, earthquakes, bushfires and weed)        

EXCELLENT! (Once you learn how to dose it)

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