Almost school holidays! Whoo hoo! And…it’s giveaway week on the blog. I have three awesome things for you this week and first up, a chance to win a year’s supply of Radiant as part of the Radiant Return campaign. Read on for details on how to enter.
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Managing the Washing
Just the other day, I recalled to my sister the time I walked into the laundry and was greeted with this.
Ha! Makes me laugh to this day. The dryer stopped at that very moment when the princess towel was pressed to the front. Gave me such a fright, I can tell you!
I’ve written about the laundry on the blog quite a few times. Not because I’m good at it, but the opposite. The washing is my least favourite household chore. I dislike (intensely) every stage: the washing, the drying, the folding, and the putting it away. However, over the years, I have developed a pretty good system and I wrote about it here.
If there is a lazy an efficient way to do the washing, I’ll find it. For example, I hang school uniforms out straight away on a rack so that I don’t need to iron them. All the uniforms are kept on the rack (out of the bedrooms) and the children use them as they are needed.
What I look for (in clothes washing detergent)
When it comes to washing powder for clothes, I tend to flit between my favourite brands, and Radiant is one of them. Below are some of the key things I look for:
- Performs well in cold wash.
- Can mix colours: I’m a throw-it-all-in-together kind of gal (In most cases, I usually throw in whites too.
- Smells nice: especially for my gym clothes as I find many detergents don’t work well to deodorise clothes.
- Cleans individual items well in large loads. I use a washing machine with a 10 kg load capacity and with 6 people living in the house, 90% of my loads are huge.
I’m testing out radiant products as part of a Radian Return campaign (which I’ll explain further below).
Radiant is available in 3 variants, Brilliant Whites Sharper Colours, No-Sort and Sensitive. Each variant contains Colour Guard technology which is how Radiant keeps your colours newer for long.
The Radiant Return campaign is a series of (funny) tests done by 2 best mates. This is what they did:
They purchased clothes from regular shops, did all kinds of torture tests on the clothes, like rugby in the mud, paint ball playing and finger painting with kids. Then, the pair washed the clothes at home and returned the garments to unsuspecting retail assistants. Approval was obtained from the owners of the shops, but the shop assistants had no idea. Such a clever and humorous way to test a product. Below is one of the episodes.
My test was far less dramatic, although I might argue that my everyday washing can be messy at the best times (no special circumstances needed)! Stains and soil in a regular wash at my place vary hugely, but there is always something: dirt, mud, grease, butter, milk, berries, sauce, toothpaste and unknown substances. I decided to test the products by simply going through a regular dirty clothes basket at my place (whatever was there at the time), and washing the clothes how I always do (in big mixed loads).
Pictured below are a few clothes items I pulled out with spots. I threw all these clothes in together with a regular load, including the light coloured shirt and the pink jeans (which are new and have only been washed once before).
- For this test, I didn’t treat any of the clothes with pre-stain before washing (sometimes I do) because I wanted to get a gauge on how the detergent worked.
- I use a Fisher & Paykel Cleansmart – Top Loader 10 kg Washing Machine
- Washed in a large regular load with mixed colours (as this is how I usually wash)
- Cold / Normal wash
- I used the Radiant Powder Capsules in this load (1 for normal loads and 2 for large loads like mine) – LOVE these, mainly because I find no matter how careful I am, there is always liquid/powder spill build up around the machine.
- Washed my smelly gym clothes in this load
Four Items of Clothing
Below are how the clothes came out.
I was really happy with how the detergent performed.
- Stain removal: The only stain that didn’t totally come out was the dirt/grease on the pink jeans (this was sitting for a few days). Usually, I would do a pre-soak / treatment on this type of stain before washing. I was surprised the berry stains came out! Very happy.
- Smell: The smell of all the clothes (including my gym clothes) was lovely and fresh.
- Colour: No colour transfer (or discolour on light colours). Note: I can’t comment on fade/colour preservation because I didn’t set up the test for a long enough period.
- Efficiency: I used all three variants of radiant and they all worked well through a large load. I particularly enjoyed the casuals (however, probably not the most economical variant), because they are so quick and easy (and mess free).
Anything that can make my job easier in the laundry is a good thing! A good all-rounder detergent is one thing that makes a difference to the overall work load in dealing with my never-ending washing pile.
For more information about the products, visit the Radiant website. www.radiantreturn.com.au
**Giveaway ended. Congratulations Natalie Stoute**
I’m giving away 1 year’s supply of radiant away. I wish I could win this myself! Entering is really easy: for your chance to win, tell me about a time when your colours were destroyed and could have benefited from a bit of Radiant Colour Guard? in the comments below.
Giveaway open 12:01 am (AEST) on Monday 23 June 2014 and will end 5:00 pm AEST on Monday 30 June 2014.
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