So, it’s a Bank Holiday. I’m bored and a bit of a geek. I see the Ariel gel ad on TV talking about how good it is at low temperatures and I want to try it for myself.
So I take an ordinary white t-shirt (A freebie I won at a Davis Cup match at Wimbledon).
I add to this the traditional laundry detergent ad stains: Red Wine, Tea, Mustard, Ketchup and Blackberry Smoothie.
I leave to stain for a couple of hours.
Here’s the t-shirt, ready for a wash.
I now put it in the washing machine with a full dose of the gel (as recommended for heavy soiling).
The lowest we can get the machine to is 20, 5 degrees hotter than the adverts, but I go for it anyway.
After a standard wash I have my results -
and I’m sorry Ariel, but I’m not impressed. The only stain that seems to have gone is the ketchup – and that had hardly made a mark in the first place. The tea is almost gone, but still there. The wine and smoothie have left horrid dark stains and the mustard is still bright yellow.
Now I should give a disclaimer – this was as scientific as I could get it in my kitchen – but this probably wasn’t a perfect experiment. I had no control group to compare it to, for example.
But i’m not impressed. To be honest, I was never convinced that washing things at 15 degrees would ever get them clean, and this test has confirmed it for me.
Perhaps I should complain to the ASA.
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