Swap or not review: Is Aldi Almat Non Bio Washing / Laundry Liquid Detergent any good?

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I have super sensitive skin and seem to be allergic to everything, so I’ll be honest and tell you that this was a very nervous switch! Before 2021, I had used Fairy Non Bio Liquid Detergent religiously for years, but as the kids got bigger so did their clothes and it was costing me a fortune for the amount of washes I was doing each week. So, I decided to be brave and try something new from Aldi – Almat Own Brand Non Bio Washing / Laundry Liquid Detergent. Here’s my swap or not review – is it any good?

Swapping out the essentials for cheaper budget options can be a great way to reduce your shopping bill, and leave more money in the kitty for the non-essentials and treats instead. If like me you’re looking for a more affordable washing detergent then you’ve come to the right place!

Is Aldi Non-Bio Laundry Detergent effective – does it work on stains?

I was instantly blown away by how well Aldi’s Almat Non Bio Washing Liquid / Detergent banishes stains. With all of the worry of an allergic reaction, I hadn’t even thought about the performance of the detergent. So, when I took Finn’s football kit out after a short 30°C wash I was completely amazed to see that it had banished the stains which I’d assumed were permanent. Wash after wash, each week with Fairy, the stains hadn’t budged – one wash with the Aldi detergent and the kit looked new! Such a brilliant first impression!

The guidelines on the product also recommend putting the detergent directly onto any bad stains before putting them into the wash – I’ve also tried this with other stains since and it’s definitely super effective. I also find washing up liquid (as in what you’d use for dishes) really helpful for stains, particularly for anything greasy, so I will often rinse with washing up liquid, then wash with Aldi’s detergent straight after and it works a treat!

 

Fragrance: What does Aldi Non-Bio Liquid smell like?

The smell is really subtle which is what I look for in a detergent – pleasant but not overpowering. I try to avoid highly fragranced things as it generally doesn’t go down well with my sensitive skin, so I was really pleased with the smell.

If you don’t have issues with allergies, you could also try the bio range. And, if you prefer using capsules, powder or gel, Aldi have those options available too in both bio and non bio.

 

Does Almat Non-Bio Washing Liquid cause irritation?

When I have an allergic reaction to detergent or soap, it usually results in red rashes and itching. I’m pleased to announce that I’ve not had any problems at all with this detergent. We’ve now been using it in every wash for the last few years and it’s never caused me any bother! So, that’s certainly another brownie point for Aldi – I’ve had no reaction at all to the switch.

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What temperature should I wash clothes at?

Washing at 30 degrees rather than 40 degrees (or higher) can help to reduce your energy usage. The Energy Saving Trust estimate that washing at 30 degrees can reduce laundry costs by 40% each year!

So, it’s great that Aldi advertise this laundry detergent as effective on a quick wash at lower temperatures. I wash everything on a 30 minute rapid wash, at 30°C, unless it’s particularly grubby in which case I’ll pop it on a 40°C wash as and when needed.

If you’re looking for more ways to reduce your energy bills, check out my article: 20 tips: How to reduce your energy bills and save money to get started.

I’m super lazy with washing these days too – I don’t separate colours anymore as we don’t have a huge amount of light coloured washing now that Lola is older and not wearing lots of white and baby pink. Instead I throw in a colour catcher with each load and I have to say I’ve never had a problem with it. It’s definitely more economical to do that rather than put the machine on half full.

 

Is Aldi Non-Bio Laundry Detergent cruelty free?

On the front of the new packaging there is a ‘Cruelty Free International’ label (leaping bunny) which is a certification given to products which don’t involve testing on animals and are made in an ethical, cruelty free way.

 

How much cheaper is Aldi Clothes Detergent – what’s the saving?

The saving on this one from my previous Fairy branded detergent is insane!

Initially, back in 2021 when I first wrote this review, Aldi Almat detergent was priced at £2.49 for 1470ml, which worked out at £1.70 per litre. Not only was this a lot cheaper but (because it’s also more concentrated) I was able to reduce the amount I was using each load to 50ml, rather than 70ml. At around 29 washes per bottle, it was costing me under 9p per load.

In contrast, my usual Fairy Non Bio detergent was £9 for 2450ml, which worked out at £3.67 per litre – more than double the cost of Aldi’s own non bio. Not only that, but I’d always used the recommended 70ml for my big loads (particularly as we live in a hard water area) which worked out at 35 washes per bottle, costing nearly 26p per load – almost three times more than the Aldi equivalent.
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By January 2023, Aldi’s Non Bio was £2.99 for 1470ml of detergent. With 50ml used per load, this brought the cost up to just over 10p per wash – so only 1p more per load!

In comparison, the Fairy Non Bio that I’d relied on in the past had risen to £10 – £10.50 per 2450ml bottle; so that would cost around 30p per load had I continued using my old detergent. Thank goodness I switched!!

Now in January 2024, Aldi’s Non Bio Laundry Detergent Liquid has changed slightly in our local store. I don’t know if the old version / family pack mentioned above is still available anywhere, but in our local supermarket it has been replaced by this new carton. The super concentrated product is the same but the size, packaging and cost has changed, as they’ve moved to a container that uses 85% less plastic.

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With this new version of Almat Laundry Liquid coming in at £1.89 per 750ml carton (with 50ml used per load) this smaller amount will do 15 washes at just under 13p per wash. So the cost has definitely increased a bit, but that’s unsurprising given the rising cost of everything in the UK supermarkets at the moment. And, I’m still happy that this budget brand product is insanely cheaper than my old brand, even with a slightly higher cost per wash.

 

What are the ingredients?

Just in case you need an ingredient list due to sensitive skin / allergies, here it is:

15-30% Anionic Surfactants, 5-15% Non-Ionic Surfactants, Less than 5% Soap, Phosphonates, Polycarboxylates. Also contains: Optical Brighteners, Perfumes, Geraniol, Benzyl Alcohol. Preservatives: Phenoxyethanol.

 

Final Review Verdict: Is Aldi Non Bio Washing / Laundry Liquid Detergent any good?

The minute Finn’s football kit came out clean, this was already a winner for me. I also noticed immediately that our whites were whiter than usual too – particularly things like old bed sheets or my grubby dressing gown sleeves; the Aldi Almat Non Bio Washing Liquid actually performs really well and I was so pleasantly surprised by this.

On top of this, this detergent is gentle on our skin and the maths speaks for itself. Initially, I was actually so annoyed at myself for not switching sooner, but it’s always such a worry with my skin being so easily irritated.

This switch was a total no brainer and a few later we’re still loyal to Aldi Non Bio. Each wash costs me almost three times less than my old detergent, and I prefer the product too! I’d definitely recommend giving this one a go! 🙂

We find Aldi products to be such good quality – if you’ve got a good budget supermarket swap you’d like me to try and share then please let me know. I’m always ready to save some money!

*Please note that I have no affiliation with Aldi so this review is both independent and unbiased.

 

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