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The Best Buy washing-up liquid that costs less than £1

Choose one of the three Best Buy washing-up liquids revealed in our latest tests and you’ll breeze through the washing-up after festive feasts – and you could save money, too. It’s the perfect time of year for big gatherings of friends and family, but once the crowds disperse, the task of scrubbing and scraping your way through piles of plates begins. Whether you’ve used five roasting tins for a show-stopping recipe, or Christmas revellers have used up every glass in the house, the best washing-up liquids will make light work of the challenge.

In our washing-up liquid tests, the very best clean up to twice as many plates as the worst-scoring options. We’ve tested 12 popular washing-up liquids from big brands and major supermarkets – three triumphed as Best Buys and, weight for weight, one of our Best Buys cost less than half the price of another. Want to find out which washing-up liquids are best – and best value for money?

Head to our Best Buy washing-up liquids[1].

Don’t pay more than you need to

Washing-up liquid probably isn’t the priciest item on your shopping list, but you can still save money without compromising on cleaning power. Our tests revealed one great value Best Buy washing-up liquid which costs less than GBP1 per bottle – that’s less that a third of the price of the most expensive option (per 100ml). Plus, Best Buy washing-up liquids can power through more grimy plates than others, so you’ll buy fewer bottles in the long run.

Ever splashed out for ‘premium’ options? We found one washing-up liquid that did just as well as its ‘premium’ counterpart, so you could be paying for ‘extra power’ that isn’t really there. Read all of our washing-up liquid reviews[2] to find out which it was.

Plus, our tests also revealed four Don’t Buy washing up liquids[3] that you might be best to avoid.

New, tough tests

Anyone who has tackled a cheesy lasagne dish or a gravy-encrusted roasting tin will know that baked-on fat is the most difficult foodstuff to wash off by hand. In 2015, we added a new ‘tough grease’ element to our washing-up liquid tests that revealed big differences between products. This year, we’ve enhanced this part of the test to make it even more realistic.

First, we bake tough grease into a metal tile. Then, we wipe it with even strokes of a sponge containing each washing-up liquid and count how many strokes it takes for all the baked-on grease to be completely removed. The results really separated the best from the rest – one standout performer cleared all the grease in just seven swipes, while the worst hadn’t shifted it after 100 strokes.

Our tests also measure how well each washing-up liquid removes lighter fat and grease, and how long the foam lasts when you’re cleaning everyday grime. That means that the washing-up liquids that score top marks are good all-round choices, while those that score poorly will leave you using extra elbow grease. For all the details on our rigorous testing process, find out how we test washing-up liquid[4].

Washing-up liquid reviews

Below are all the washing-up liquids we’ve just tested.

Follow the links to read our brand-new reviews:


  1. ^ Best Buy washing-up liquids (
  2. ^ washing-up liquid reviews (
  3. ^ Don’t Buy washing up liquids (
  4. ^ how we test washing-up liquid (
  5. ^ Aldi Magnum Premium Original (
  6. ^ Ecover Lemon and Aloe Vera (
  7. ^ Ecover Zero (
  8. ^ Fairy Original (
  9. ^ Fairy Platinum Original (
  10. ^ Lidl W5 Original (
  11. ^ Lidl W5 Platinum Original (
  12. ^ Morrisons Original (
  13. ^ Morrisons Power Burst (
  14. ^ Method Lemon Mint (
  15. ^ Tesco Original (
  16. ^ Waitrose Ecological Grapefruit and Eucalyptus (

Getting clean after Halloween: top tips for removing stains

With chocolate, face paint and pumpkins in abundance, the scariest part of Halloween can be the clean up that follows. But fear not – our in-depth tests reveal the best cleaning products to use when trying to remove some of those tricky Halloween stains. From carpet stain removers to biological laundry liquids, we’ve tested all the cleaning products you’ll need to get your house back in order when Halloween is over, whether you’re facing sheets smudged with face paint or a carpet marked by trick-or-treat chocolate.

How to get chocolate out of a carpet

As your little ghouls devour their well-earned collection of trick-or-treat goodies, the chances of chocolate stains at Halloween is higher than normal.

If you do find chocolate trampled into your living room carpet, don’t despair. Start by letting it solidify, as chocolate is easier to remove when it’s hardened. Once it’s dried out, use a butter knife or spoon to scrape as much of the chocolate off the carpet fibres as you can.

Be gentle, as you don’t want to fray the carpet. When you can’t scrape out any more, give the area a quick vacuum to get rid of any stray flakes. Now, it’s time to use a top-quality carpet stain remover.

We test carpet stain removers on a multitude of wet and dry stains, from red wine and tea to chocolate and mud. Choose a Best Buy carpet stain remover[1] and follow our tips to get your carpet looking fresh again:

  • Start from the edge of the stain and work your way inwards.
  • Blot the stain; never rub it.
  • Apply small quantities of carpet stain remover at a time to a cloth. Don’t apply directly to the stain; work into the spot with a small brush or sponge.
  • Thoroughly rinse afterwards to avoid leaving any stain remover residue in the carpet.
  • Finish by drying the area with a hairdryer if possible.

How to get face paint out of clothes and sheets

An elaborate face paint disguise might be one of the best parts of Halloween for your kids, but getting stains on clothes or bed sheets can be a real nightmare.

Fortunately, removing them is actually pretty straightforward, and water-based face paints should come out in a standard wash. Forgo laborious home remedies and put the offending item straight into the washing machine, as a good laundry detergent should do the job, particularly if you catch the stain before it’s had a chance to set in. If the colour has a high pigment, or if the mark is from oil-based make-up, make sure you wash it with a biological washing powder – providing this is suitable for the fabric – as these tend to be better at cutting through greasy stains in our tests.

We’ve been testing washing powders for more than 50 years, so it goes without saying we know a little bit about them. We soil fabrics with an array of stains, including make-up, and replicate standard at-home conditions by washing the stained fabrics with 3kg of cotton sheets, pillowcases and towels, using the recommended dosage of laundry detergent for a normal soiled load in a 40?C wash cycle. We measure stain-removal power by using a photospectrometer, which shines light on the stains after washing.

The more effective the detergent, the more light is reflected back from the fabric. Laundry detergents vary, so it’s important to choose an effective one. Find out which are the best laundry detergents[2] we’ve tested, and make sure the next washing machine you buy is one of the best[3], too.

How to remove pumpkin stains from clothes

Orange pumpkin stains can be a real devil to get out, but act quickly and they’re a lot easier to handle.

As soon as the stain is made, use a spoon or blunt knife to scrape away any solids on the garment. Avoid rubbing it with a rag or tissue, as you risk spreading the stain out and pushing it deeper into the fabric. Next, rinse the item under some cold water.

This will help shift some of the stain out of the fabric prior to washing. Now, get hold of a goo-quality biological laundry liquid and apply it directly onto the stains, working it into the fabric. The enzymes in the liquid will set to work on the stain and begin to break it down.

Rinse the garment, and then put in the washing machine for a normal cycle.

We test each laundry liquid on a range of stains to see which is best at removing them.

Read our reviews to find out the best biological laundry liquid[4] to use.


  1. ^ Best Buy carpet stain remover (
  2. ^ the best laundry detergents (
  3. ^ the next washing machine you buy is one of the best (
  4. ^ the best biological laundry liquid (