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

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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
Product Dimensions34.5 x 25.1 x 19 cm
Safety WarningRisk of serious damage to eyes. Irritating to skin. Keep out of the reach of children. Avoid contact with eyes. In case of contact with eyes, rinse immediately with plenty of water and seek medical advice. After contact with skin, wash immediately with plenty of water. Wear eye/face protection. If swallowed, seek medical advice immediately and show this container or label. Irritant
Volume6000 ml
Country of originItaly
BrandDettol
Age Range DescriptionAdult
Serving Size100 Grams
  
Additional Information
ASINB00FQHNDFG
Best Sellers Rank 457 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

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

18 of 18 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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6 of 6 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Book Addict TOP 500 REVIEWER on 6 April 2014
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I've always tended to launder everything on as low a temperature setting as possible. Up until recently I was more than happy with the results of my usual 30⁰ cycle, until learning of the hidden bacteria that probably survives each wash. As I find my 3 cats regularly lounging on my bed, the bed linen was of a particular concern.

I found it odd that this product is poured into the fabric softener section of the washing machine, plus the thin watery consistency had me wondering if this cleanser could deliver an effective wash, let alone kill all the hidden creepy crawlies that possibly infest my duvet cover. I don't have the lab equipment to conclusively state that this product works. I can state though that its light smell is pleasant, plus it eases my mind considerably that I won't catch some weird cat virus.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Su TOP 100 REVIEWER on 2 April 2014
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I have been ill for a number of years and I have open wounds which are infected and will bleed and ooze onto anything that they touch. It is especially bad on bedding.

I am immunosuppressed and so I will pick up infections from anywhere. This means that if I have a wound that isn't infected and it touches where an infected wound has wept then it will become infected too. So removing the bacteria from contact items is vital to my recovery.

Normally we used either diluted Milton or Dettol disinfectant to soak the contaminated items in before washing. When I saw this I thought that it might be worth a try, especially as it would mean that such as the cotton sheets would not have to be boil washed to ensure decontamination.

I received only one 1.5L bottle (rather than the advertised 4 bottles) which was apparently correct for my order, but it has made me aware of one important thing.

I can say with certainty that one bottle really doesn't last that long. You need one cap for every 2.5L of water for soaking and 2 caps in every load of washing. Even if you don't wash as much or as often as we do this is still a product that will be used up very quickly.

The version I received was "Fresh Cotton" and the smell isn't too bad, but I cannot comment on the consistency of the product over several bottles. I cannot say whether the smell is constant or whether the thickness of the liquid (and ours was quite watery) is the same over several bottles - BUT Dettol are one of the more reliable products we use and I will assume that the reliability will extend to this product.

There is no way that I can confirm the claims of Dettol (or any other company) I simply hope that they are true; after all if they are found to be untrue the credibility the company would lose (along with the sales) would be incalculable.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 28 Nov 2014
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We suffered from foul smelling laundry, a common enough thing if you google it. Extra rinsing, empty boil washing the machine regularly, cleaning the machine, hypoallergenic wash settings, extra washing gel, less washing gel, fabric conditioners - nothing helped. Embarrassing to smell something horrible on the train and realise it's you.

This isn't a problem I remember from the past, and it affected mainly heavy cottons, so I ascribe it to modern eco machines with their low water usage and temperatures; enough odour causing bacteria on dirty clothes are surviving the wash cycle and then have plenty of time happily to multiply again as wet washing slowly dries before you put it on again.

Early days yet, but a month into using this product - with washing drying slowly indoors in the winter (in other words a damp bacterial paradise) - and the problem has vanished. Looks like this is set to become a regular buy. Although it's a shame one has to use extra chemicals to run an "eco" machine!
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