Updated 14 Sep 2018

Persil

Sensitive

Snapshot: Persil Ultimate laundry detergent is a liquid detergent for top- and front-loading washing machines. But how well does it remove stains in a FRONT LOADER?

Sensitive
Consumer score
SCORE
Avg price

$11.50

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Test results

Overall score
63
Everyday grime
?/10
Collar & cuff grime
?/10
Grass
?/10
Olive oil
?/10
Chocolate ice cream
?/10

Good points

  • OK at removing collar and cuff stains.
  • Very good at removing grass stains.
  • OK at removing olive oil stains.
  • Very good at removing tomato stains.
  • Excellent at removing make-up stains.
  • Good at removing chocolate ice cream stains.
  • Very good at removing baby food stains.

But

  • Just OK at removing everyday grime.
  • Poor at removing motor oil stains.
  • Poor at removing blood stains.
  • Doesn't contain enzymes.
  • Doesn't contain optical brighteners.

How we test

Overall score includes:

Everyday grime (35%)
Collar & cuff stains (20%)
Grass (15%)
Olive oil (6%)
Tomato (4%)
Make-up (4%)
Chocolate ice cream (4%)
Baby food (4%)
Motor oil (4%)
Blood (4%)

All individual stain tests are performed on white fabric impregnated with the applicable stain. We measured the recommended amount of detergent for a normally soiled load and used this to wash the test loads at a temperature of 20⁰C.

Most products have two sets of test results – front-loader and top-loader. To see results for only one type of machine, tick the appropriate box to the left of the product list.

For this test, both the front- and top-loader were set on “normal” wash cycles — the type of wash cycle an average consumer is likely to choose to wash an everyday load.

After washing, we measured how much dirt was removed from each swatch. We did this with a spectrophotometer (which measures how much light reflects off the swatches). It’s more accurate than the human eye.

Each load contains two swatches of each stain and each detergent is tested twice.

The average price is per pack size from an August 2018 survey. The cost per wash is as measured during testing using the manufacturer’s recommended dose for a regular wash (but may vary from the manufacturer’s stated number of washes per pack).

The likelihood of white marks is an indication of the amount of insolubles in the detergent. Choosing one marked "low" may leave fewer residues on your clothes when using a very water-efficient machine. Detergents marked "high" have a large amount of insolubles, and are best avoided if you are experiencing residue problems.

Key data

More test results (/10)

Tomato
8.7
Make-up
9.0
Baby food
8.9
Motor oil
4.3
Blood
4.2

Product

Avg price
$11.50
Cost per wash
$0.58
Price surveyed
July 2018
Test machine
Front-loader
Powder or liquid
Liquid
Pack size (g/ml)
1000
Washes per pack
20
Likelihood of white marks
Moderate

Label claims

Has enzymes
No
Has optical brighteners
Yes
Low to no phosphate
Yes
Safe for septic tanks
No

More info

Availability
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