Back in March when Persil ProClean and Persil ProClean 2in1 first launched in the US I was lucky enough to be among the first to try it out and review on my old blog (you can still find the entry here). I can’t believe it has been almost a year since I wrote that!
That review was for the Original liquid and Pearls, but this time I was given a chance to try out the extra powerful Persil ProClean 2in1 liquid to see how I would like it. I obviously jumped at the opportunity, since the ProClean 2in1 liquid recently beat Tide in Consumer Reports testing.
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Testing Persil ProClean 2in1
Unfortunately, this time around my husband did not agree to wear the same two shirts for over a week and then let me take pictures of his collar grime to post on the internet. What a strange man. So I chose the next dirtiest thing in our house: a 100% cotton canvas drop cloth that we use to cover the couch and protect it from fur and muddy Corgi paws. You can click on all the pictures to enlarge them.
On top of that I figured what the heck, if Consumer Reports can do it so can I and added the following stains to the drop cloth and marked them with red stitches to identify after the wash: black currant jam (one vertical red stitch), ketchup (two vertical red stitches), mustard (three vertical red stitches) and olive oil (one horizontal red stitch). I rubbed the product deep into the fabric and let sit for about 30 minutes before laundering. The stains did not get pretreated in any way.
To really test out the Persil ProClean 2in1 laundry detergent I used the same cycle as last time in my Miele W3038 washer: Wrinkle Free, Very Warm with a prewash. I used about half a capful of Persil ProClean 2in1 divided between the prewash and main wash. It took all the will power and self control I have to not add anything other than Persil ProClean 2in1 – normally with a load that dirty I’d have the big guns out. I’d definitely use at least an oxygen bleach, hot water and extended time, plus a heavy duty cycle like Custom or Extra White. But for this review I limited it to only the 2in1 and a fairly gentle cycle.
I’ll be honest, I did not have very high hopes for this load. I threw some pretty tough stains at it with very little help. So, let’s see how Persil ProClean 2in1 did in my test:
As you can see, there is a faint mark left where the ketchup stain was, but everything else is completely gone. Not a sign of the dirt and nothing left behind from the jam, mustard or olive oil. Looks like the ketchup could have benefited from a little bit of pretreating (or a longer wash cycle), but overall I think the results speak for themselves. I was especially surprised that the mustard came out completely – usually that one’s tough.
To sum things up, I think that Persil ProClean 2in1 performed very well on a variety of stains – so if you are looking for a heavy duty detergent and don’t mind the lingering scent this is a pretty good option. Consumer Reports rated it above Tide this year, and they put detergents through much more rigorous and controlled testing than I will ever be able to do.
By the way there is currently a $2 off printable coupon available on coupons.com! And Persil ProClean is no longer exclusively sold at Walmart – you can find it at a bunch of different drugstores and supermarkets.
About Persil ProClean
Now a little about the Persil ProClean 2in1 detergent. It is a thick blue liquid/gel – in fact it’s so thick that it doesn’t always wash out of the prewash dispenser well if I use the liquid insert. Because of this I prefer to not use the insert and pour it in the same way I add powders. It has a fairly strong scent that stays on clothes. It also contains optical brighteners (OBAs) and five different stain fighting enzymes.
Speaking of scent, one of the things that I noticed when browsing the Persil ProClean facebook page this time around was that there were pretty much no complaints about sour smells remaining in the laundry. When Persil first launched that seemed to be an issue that some people were experiencing, and there were plenty of complaints on facebook and even in my blog comments. While I personally did not experience this issue, the sheer volume of identical complaints made me think that there was something in the ingredients that was reacting with either the water chemistry or the other products (fabric softeners, etc.) that people were using with the Persil ProClean.
Whatever the reason of the sour smell issue, it seems that some tweaks were made and now it is no longer bothering people. Nowadays the most common complaint on is… the pouring spout. Once again from facebook I learned that they are in the process of redesigning the bottle to eliminate this issue, but in the meantime the spout can just be pulled out to get the last bit of detergent out of the bottle.
The Persil ProClean line consists of Persil ProClean 2in1 liquid, two Power liquids, two Power Pearls powders, a lightly scented Sensitive liquid and Power Caps. Persil ProClean 2in1 is considered the heaviest duty detergent of the bunch, the Power Caps are the lightest duty, the Original liquids are somewhere in between while the Power Pearls contain sodium percarbonate and are best suited for hot water washes and white loads. And if you’re looking for a gluten free laundry detergent – this is it! (Random tidbit I picked up on the Persil ProClean facebook page and had to share.)
And now, without further ado, the first laundry-themed giveaway on Olga’s Laundry Blog: enter to win one of three coupons for a bottle of Persil ProClean laundry detergent (max value $5.25)! This giveaway is open only to residents of the US ages 18 and up. To enter, start by sharing in the comments what are some of the toughest stains you have to deal with.
Giveaway will end at 11:59 p.m. EST on February 19, 2016. This giveaway is open only to residents of the US ages 18 and up. The winner will be selected by random.org and will have 48 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen.
THE PERSIL BRAND KINDLY PROVIDED ME WITH SAMPLES OF PERSIL PROCLEAN 2in1 LAUNDRY DETERGENT, HOWEVER ALL OPINIONS EXPRESSED ARE MY OWN.