About Persil Washing Powder
The Persil laundry detergent brand was first made by Henkel & Cie, which was founded in Düsseldorf in 1876. The detergent was launched in 1907 as the first commercially sold ?self-activated? product of its kind, meaning the soap components are combined with bleach.
Now made, sold and marketed in a number of countries by Unilever under license, Persil is that company?s leading detergent brand in the UK and Ireland.
Its name comes from two of this product?s original ingredients, sodium perborate and sodium silicate. When it was released, Persil represented a significant advance in chemistry.
At the time of its release, the market was eager for improved cleaning agents, following the success of other products such as Gold Dust washing powder. Henkel & Cie had come across a way to combine the bleaching agent sodium perborate with silicate, or the base washing agent.
During the laundry process, oxygenated peborate creates little bubbles, and (as the product was originally billed) ?doing the job of the washboard?, saving time and meaning clothes no longer had to be laid out to bleach in the sun.
There is a specialist colour care (bleach-free and biological) version of the powder, as well as biological (with enzymes) and non-biological powders, all sold in different quantities.
Those who have very sensitive skin or allergic reactions are generally advised to use non-biological detergents.
New Generation Persil is a new super-compact format with booster technology to get rid of even the toughest oil and grease stains, and things like grass, mud and chocolate ice cream, with enzymes that work well even on cooler, faster washing programmes and an enhanced fragrance.