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Dawn versus Fairy [ Sunday, 13 Apr 08 | 19:12 ]
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[My Location |Alameda, CA 94501 USA]
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Ordinarily I don’t think there is much difference between detergents, especially when produced by the same company. This past week I’ve washed a few sinks worth of dishes here in Alameda using Dawn which is marketed by Procter and Gamble. In Spain I use Fairy, which is also marketed by P&G. Fairy consistently seems more powerful than Dawn in that I need to use less and it seems to clean quicker.

When I have some really greasy stuff to clean in Spain, I use KH-7. It’s more powerful than similar cleaners in the US. For some reason I always thought it was made by a German-based company, but their website reveals something else:

Today, KH Lloreda is the Spanish market leader in kitcken cleaners and stain-removers, with the products KH-7 Quitagrasas (Grease Remover) and Sin Manchas (Stain Remover), and it works with the firm commitment to continue offering its consumers and clients highly efficient professional cleaning products, while respecting nature and the environment.

It currently sells its products in Spain, France and Portugal. The company headquarters are in Canovelles, Barcelona province.


[User Picture]From: gorkabear
Monday, 14 Apr 08 | 07:02 (UTC)
Why such an interest in detergents?
KH7 used to be MUCH more powerful. When it started, they used two old ladies that were on TV3. They had a program about traditional catalan cooking.
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[User Picture]From: ursine1
Monday, 14 Apr 08 | 13:08 (UTC)

Why such an interest in detergents?

I use dish washing detergents every day and I am interested to see whether multi-nationals change their formulation based on the country where their products are being marketed.

I think that detergents used to be more powerful in the US in the past as well. It's also curious as to what products aren't marketed in other countries. For example, Soft Scrub, which is very popular in the US is not marketed in España.

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[User Picture]From: gorkabear
Monday, 14 Apr 08 | 13:10 (UTC)

Re: Why such an interest in detergents?

Because we're a shit country :)
Before they could put more toxic chemicals. Now they would be sued!
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[User Picture]From: ursine1
Monday, 14 Apr 08 | 13:25 (UTC)

Now they would be sued!

That's what my son said when we talked about this yesterday.

An example in the US: vending machines must be bolted to a wall and a sign placed on them warning that that you could be injured if you pulled the machine. That's because some teenager was trying to rob Cokes from a machine and pulled it over and I believe killed himself. His family sued and won.

Also the woman that sued McDonald's for serving too hot coffee, twice! She spilled the coffee on herself while driving. (There are many "drive-thrus" in the US so that you don't have to get out of your car.) Now there are big warnings on the cup, in both English and Spanish, that the coffee is indeed hot.

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[User Picture]From: gorkabear
Monday, 14 Apr 08 | 13:41 (UTC)

Re: Now they would be sued!

I read something about the hot coffee. It seemed that there was a cause for that because McD put intentionally coffee at a higher temperature so they could reduce an amount of additive that cost money, or something of the like
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[User Picture]From: ursine1
Monday, 14 Apr 08 | 15:08 (UTC)

The “McDonald's coffee case”

Read here for more information: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/McDonald's_coffee_case
It was just hot coffee. The Wiki article provides a lot of background information.

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