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Dettol Antibacterial Laundry Cleanser Spring Fresh Cotton 1500 ml (Pack of Four)

by Dettol

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  • Kills 99.9% of bacteria
  • For hygienically clean laundry
  • Dial down to 30 degree still kill bacteria
  • Just add to wash
  • Dermatologically tested
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Product Information

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Technical Details
BrandDettol
Product Dimensions39.8 x 26 x 14.4 cm
Age Range DescriptionAdult
Country Produced InItaly
  
Additional Information
ASINB00FQHNDFG
Best Sellers Rank 105 in Grocery (See top 100)
Shipping Weight6 Kg
Date First Available31 Aug 2013
  
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Product Description

Dettol Laundry Cleanser

When you need to wash fabrics at low temperatures or you have soiled items such as nappies to clean, detergents alone may not be enough to kill the germs in your laundry. Dettol has a number of products that you can use in addition to your detergent to help kill the germs.

Add Dettol Antibacterial Laundry Cleanser to your wash to kill 99.9% of bacteria, for hygienically clean laundry even at low temperatures. It works even at 15°C to get rid of the bacteria that survive and can be transmitted within the wash when you wash at low temperatures. Just add a couple of caps to the fabric softener drawer to guarantee hygienically clean laundry every time. Dettol Antibacterial Laundry Cleanser is available in Fresh Cotton and Soothing Lavender light fragrances.

Protecting your family wash

Dettol Antibacterial Laundry Cleanser kills 99.9% of bacteria, even when you wash at low temperatures, so you can be confident that your laundry is hygienically clean every time.

Bacteria in household laundry

If you wash your clothes at low temperatures you are not alone, with 96% of mothers claiming to regularly wash at 40°C. However, when you wash at temperatures below 60°C, bacteria can survive and transfer between garments in the wash. Experts refer to this as a 'bacterial soup', as germs can spread from contaminated items to other items in the wash, with as many as one million bacteria living in just two tablespoons of wash water.

There are practical steps you can take, however, to minimise the bacteria in your family's laundry while continuing to wash at low temperatures.

Washing your baby's laundry

Dettol family

A new baby brings so much joy, and also many questions about health and hygiene. A baby's immune system doesn't start producing antibodies to ward off illness and infection until they are around two to three months old. In these early days it's worth taking a few extra precautions to ensure that your baby's environment is as hygienically clean as possible.

One source of potentially harmful bacteria is the family laundry basket. These days, the vast majority of parents regularly do their household wash at 40°C. However, lab tests have shown that family laundry washed at 40°C contained only 14% less bacteria than dirty items that had not been washed at all.

65% of mothers say they wash all the family laundry together. Bacteria on baby clothes and beddings can survive and transfer to other items when you wash below 60°C, and tests have found traces of faecal matter on baby grows, baby blankets, and a bedtime cuddly toy after low-temperature washing in household machines.

Items that come into direct contact with a baby's body – baby grows, sheets, and blankets – are more likely to contain pathogens, while recent laboratory tests found unwashed baby bibs contained the highest levels of bacteria than any other item of unwashed baby laundry.

To ensure your baby's laundry is hygienically clean follow these simple tips:

  • If you wash at low temperatures – below 60°C – ensure you add a laundry disinfectant to your wash to offer added protection against potentially harmful bacteria
  • If you wash your baby's items together with your regular household laundry, add a laundry disinfectant to ensure your washing is hygienically clean
  • If a member of the family or your baby is unwell, try to wash their clothes separately with a laundry disinfectant to minimise the risk of spreading any infection
  • The higher the temperature, the better the germ kill; to keep your washing machine free from germs, put it on a 90°C cycle once a month and leave the door open after every use to prevent it from becoming a breeding ground for bacteria

Managing bacteria on children's clothes

Dettol laundry

Today, a reported 96% of mothers do their household laundry on a 40°C wash. However, washing below 60°C means bacteria can survive and transfer between garments in the wash.

Children's clothes and bedding pick up bacteria during everyday 'germy' moments – from exposure to coughs and sniffles in the playground, to toilet mishaps and bed wetting – yet 65% of mums say they wash their children's laundry together with their regular family wash.

Laboratory tests have shown that toddlers' pants, children's bed sheets, PE shorts, and school jumpers all contained traces of faecal matter after low-temperature washing in household washing machines. The tests also highlighted that school uniform and clothes worn by pre-school toddlers washed at 40°C harboured average levels of bacteria that were similar to unwashed, dirty items.

Whilst underclothes, sheets, and items worn close to the skin are most likely to be contaminated with pathogens, outerwear such as jumpers and blazers are most likely to harbour bacteria build-up which cannot be removed by low-temperature washing using a detergent alone.

Here are some tips to help make sure your family wash is as hygienically clean as possible:

  • Family towels and flannels can be a breeding ground for bacteria, so wash them regularly and try not to share; perhaps let the children choose their own colour or design
  • When washing at temperatures below 60°C, add a laundry disinfectant to your wash to offer added protection against potentially harmful pathogens and bacteria
  • If you wash children's clothes along with your regular household wash, adding a laundry disinfectant can help to minimise the risk of cross-contamination
  • If a member of the family or your child is unwell, try to wash their clothes and bedding separately with a laundry disinfectant to minimise the risk of spreading any infection
  • To keep your washing machine free from germs, put it on a 90°C cycle once a month to give it a spring clean, and leave the door open after every use to prevent it from becoming a breeding ground for bacteria

Ingredients

Contains: <5% Non-Ionic Surfactants, Disinfectant, Parfum
Contains Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Citronellol and Hexyl Cinnamal
Per 100g Liquid contains 2.40 g Dialkyl (C8-10) Dimethylammonium Chloride / Benzyl-C12-18-Alkyldimethyl Chloride

Product Safety

This product is subject to specific safety warnings
  • Irritating to skin
  • Risk of serious damage to eyes
  • In case of contact with eyes, rinse immediately with plenty of water and seek medical advice

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Trev-R TOP 100 REVIEWER on 13 Jan 2014
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Without access to a laboratory it is impossible to know if this actually works so I am taking it on trust that it does. After reading a couple of online reports I was concerned to read that low temperature washing doesn't actually kill the germs on your clothes. As I wash the majority of my coloured and lightly stained clothes on an ECO cycle that doesn't heat the water at all, I thought I should try using this. You add 2 caps into the fabric softener compartment with each wash meaning a 1.5L bottle should last me quite a while. The smell is very nice (Fresh Cotton) and I didn't find any issue with it, although I don't think I will be trying the lavender.

One small point, don't shake the bottle because it fills with bubbles making it difficult to pour into the cap.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By S2b an OAP VINE VOICE on 22 April 2014
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We were both a bit sceptical about how effective this washing additive could be but just one sniff of our bath towels gave us the answer. We already use a proprietary cleaner more than once a month to get rid of hidden washing machine grime and scale but that has not proved very effective in dispelling the odours - this Dettol product really does. Try it for yourself. We have dogs and their blankets get washed in the machine and, although the machine is cleaned out regularly as I said we have always 'blamed the dogs' for any 'not quite fresh' smells in our washing - now we are saved - and I have had no problems with allergic reactions (as I do with SOME washing products) so this is great and easy to recommend.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By AMB TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 22 May 2014
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There's definitely a difference between using this and not: it seems to be particularly good with sports kits and similarly dirty/smelly stuff which come out even of a fairly short wash smelling clean and fresh. Some people don't like the fragrance and it isn't what I'd call lavender, but if you want something that will kill germs at a low temperature then this is the thing.

You need to use two capfuls in the fabric softener drawer to achieve the heralded 99% of germs killed. Obviously that means you can't use fabric softener at the same time, unless it's built in to your detergent. I use a bottle a month, but a family of 4 would probably go through twice that and it's not cheap. For that reason, it's better used on certain things, such as sports clothes and children's stuff.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lovely Treez TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 14 May 2014
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Having discovered the downside of using liquid tabs at low temperatures in our washing machine (vile smell and scum collecting inside the drum) I reverted to powder tabs but the musty smell still lingered despite having put the machine through several high heat washing cycles.

Using Dettol Anti Bacterial Laundry cleanser solved the problem as the unpleasant smell disappeared and the grime was gone for good. I have no proof as to the veracity of the killing 99.9% of bacteria claim but I think the lack of obnoxious odour indicates a decrease in bacteria levels in the drum. Instead we have clean clothes with a pleasant fragrance which doesn't overpower the senses. Hoping our washing machine will last longer too!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By David TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 10 April 2014
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This Dettol antibacterial laundry cleanser does the job pritty well. I put it in the conditional draw of my washing machine and it does the job very well. The only thing that I would mark it down on is the packaging. The bottle it came in wasn't very strong and cracked easily so don't be too rough with it. Apart from that this is a very good product.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By John Boy TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 1 April 2014
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The advent of the low temperature wash raises the question of whether bacteria are present that would have been killed with a 60 deg. C wash. If you have family members who go to the gym or run, you'll know that kit can get that sweaty smell from bacteria even if it has nano silver fibres in the material. This wash additive claims to overcome the problem of bacteria remaining on the laundry.
The instructions state "Just add to the wash." but it's added to the washing machine fabric softener drawer, so works in the rinse cycle. At the end of the wash the laundry smells fresh and pleasant, so whilst I can't say whether it kills bacteria it seems to be a good product.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By maximus TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 4 May 2014
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Just add it to where the fabric softener should go in, and even if you don't see the anti bacterial effect (because it's impossible to see!) the fresh smell left with the clothing is quite reassuring. I use it for bedding and anything which the cat might have come into contact with to make sure there are no bacteria left after the wash.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By L. Newman VINE VOICE on 19 April 2014
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I do the majority of my washing at 40 degrees and I know this alone will not kill bacteria. This Dettol liquid leaves clothes smelling fresh and clean - does it kill bacteria? I do not know for sure!
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