For this first entry, I thought I’d look at some of the non-food items on offer in the Smart Price range. Obviously, these are only a few that I’ve tried, but I’m sure to try more in the near future, so check back for those. I’ll also be checking out the foodie items – and there are LOADS of those to choose from, so there’ll be plenty of reviews for those!
Smart Price Pillows – £2.94
You get two pillows in the pack for that price. Unfortunately they’re pretty flat and with next to no support, so I wouldn’t recommend them for long-term use. However, if you’re looking for something inexpensive to use as spares when you have guests, for this price you can stuff two of them into one pillowcase for extra boost. Not a fantastic set of pillows, but they’ll do in a pinch and for that price you can’t really grumble!
Smart Price Biological Washing Powder – £1.00 for 1.067kg / £2.80 for 3.33kg
I have a problem with most washing powders – they make me itch. I have very sensitive skin and even Fairy can give me a rash. This is actually once of the few washing powders I’ve found that doesn’t completely ruin me. I still get an occasional attack when I’m run down, but I can deal with that. It gets the clothes clean and although it doesn’t have a fancy scent like many big brands, it does smell pleasant. We used this on reusable cloth nappies when Tadpole was a baby and it brought them up white every time. Due to it not bugging my skin, we’ve made a permanent switch to this washing powder and will happily recommend it to anyone who is looking to spend a little less cash in this area. After all, a box of washing powder can cost a fortune these days, with some brands coming in at three or four times the price for a similar amount of powder!
Smart Price rubber gloves – £0.47
There are two pairs in the pack for this price. They’re kind of thin and not of the same quality of even the regular Asda range (which is pretty much on a par with the well known brand such as Marigold), but these will do in a pinch. They won’t last as long as the sturdier, more expensive gloves, but you’ll get at least a couple of dozen uses out of each pair unless you’re really careless with them. This is definitely one of those “in a pinch” products, but if you’re strapped for cash and you find yourself in need, they’ll certainly do the job till you have a little more money to spend on slightly better ones. Fine for washing the dishes, cleaning the kitchen counters or the bathroom – they’ll do the job of protecting your hands from any harsh chemicals in your cleaning products.
Smart Price toilet brush – £0.53
Everyone likes a clean toilet. Let’s face it, the loo is one of those places that can get pretty disgusting pretty quickly, and it’s always handy to have a toilet brush nearby to give a quick swish and swipe and get things looking ship-shape again. It’s a toilet brush. It cleans the toilet. It does a decent job, although it’s not shaped like some others, which makes it a little harder to get into some of the nooks and crannies, but it does the job. If you’re looking for a fancy-looking brush in a trendy stand, you’ll have to pay for it. This is a basic brush with a basic stand in white plastic. The stand is flimsy, but it does the job. It doesn’t look any worse than any other toilet brush would standing next to your loo. It might not last as long as a more expensive one, but do you seriously want to keep the same loo brush for years on end? I didn’t think so. This one is fine.
Smart Price nappy bags – £0.35
Let’s face it. You’re going to put nappies in them and throw them away. You don’t need anything fancy for that, do you? As I already mentioned, we used reusable cloth nappies, but they still had disposable liners in them that needed to be, well, disposed of. Some of them were pretty nasty! These nappy bags are very thin, but they’re strong enough to hold a poo-filled nappy (we did occasionally use disposable nappies when e were away from home for any length of time), and sometimes there just isn’t a suitable bin for them and it has to go back into your bag. I never had one tear (which is a blessing, as any parent will tell you!). They’re not scented, but personally I think that’s an unnecessary nicety anyway. You get 300 bags for 35p – that’s a bargain in anyone’s books and they do the job. We stuck to these and never had a single mishap with them! Highly recommended for parents, whether or not they’re on a budget.
Smart Price panty liners – £0.35
OK guys, look away – this one’s strictly for the ladies. You don’t need to know about this stuff, alright? Now, is it just us girls left? Good. Look, we all know that at that time of the month, there are days where you just feel like the whole world is coming out of you, am I right? You know, those days when you’re feeling totally dragged out and your flow is so heavy you think you might just bleed to death? On those days you sometimes feel like you might need a little extra protection, whether you use a tampon or a moon cup. When you feel the need, a panty liner can be just the saving grace you need. These aren’t fancy, they’re not scented, but they’ll stick to your knickers and do the job. There are 30 in a pack too, so one box will probably last for your whole period, or more than one if you only need them for a couple of days.
Have any of you tried any of these products? Have you tried similar products from other supermarkets? What did you think of them? I’d love to know, so please do leave a comment below!