I compared a supermarket fabric conditioner – and one was as gentle as Comfort

As the cost of living skyrockets, the price of many everyday items increases.

A large three liter bottle of Comfort Fabric Conditioner will now cost you £4.50 in most supermarkets.

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Lynsey Hope Conditioner taste tested.

But can you make your clothes soft and fresh for less?

We asked Lynsey Hope, 41, mum-of-three, from West Malling, Kent, to try cheaper own-label options to see how they stack up against big-name brands.

Here is what happened :

Winner Asda Sensitive Fabric Softener (74 washes)

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Asda is today's winner

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Asda is today’s winner

Lynsey says: “Asda’s fabric softener has done a great job of softening clothes and it’s a great value bottle.

“I loved that it was a big bottle, enough for 74 washes, and it’s only 3p per wash. I was able to use it on my five year old daughter’s clothes even though she has very sensitive skin and it smells good.

“Went back for more and it was sold out so I’ll have to keep looking. Great product, good price from Asda.”

  • Efficiency: 10/10
  • Value: 10/10
  • Overall rating: 10/10
  • Total score: 30/30

Sainsbury’s Gentle Pure Conditioner (42 washes)

Sainsbury's came second

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Sainsbury’s came second

Lynsey says: “A nice option from Sainsbury’s at a great price.

“Again, almost identical to Comfort or Fairy at a fraction of the price. You never would have known it was different.

“It smelled great and left clothes soft and with a nice subtle scent. An award winner too.”

  • Efficiency: 9/10
  • Value: 9/10
  • Overall rating: 9/10
  • Total score: 27/30

Essential Waitrose Mild Fabric Conditioner (50 washes)

Waitrose came third

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Waitrose came third

Lynsey says: “A great price and a great product from Waitrose.

“Not the cheapest but still 3p cheaper per wash than Fairy. The smell is delicate and subtle and the clothes felt super soft after washing.

It’s at least as good as any brand if not better. Excellent results.”

  • Efficiency: 9/10
  • Value: 7/10
  • Overall rating: 8/10
  • Total score: 24/30

Comfort Pure Fabric Softener (33 washes)

Comfort is a classic brand

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Comfort is a classic brand

Lynsey says, “I’ve used Comfort for many years and it always makes laundry feel nice and clean.

It is very sensitive on the skin and does not clog my washing machine. However, it’s so expensive now that I think it’s time to look for something a little cheaper.”

  • Efficiency: 9/10
  • Value: 6/10
  • Overall rating: 8/10
  • Total score: 23/30

Aldi Almat So Soft Fabric Conditioner (42 washes)

Aldi got the same score as Comfort

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Aldi got the same score as Comfort

Lynsey says: “A super cheap fabric softener from Aldi. It costs less than half the price per wash of Comfort and Fairy.

“It wasn’t my favorite and left a few lumps in the machine drawer after washing. However, it had a subtle scent and the clothes smelled great afterwards.

“There’s not much to complain about and if you tighten the purse strings, it’s a fabulous price.”

  • Efficiency: 6/10
  • Value: 10/10
  • Overall rating: 7/10
  • Total score: 23/30

Morrisons Pure Fabric Conditioner (42 washes)

Morrisons has a thick consistency

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Morrisons has a thick consistency

Lynsey says: “You really can’t tell the difference between this and Comfort and it’s only £1.65.

“It has a fairly thick consistency, so you don’t need to use a lot, just a little. It leaves clothes feeling soft and fragrant.

“It doesn’t have the strong scent the others have, but it was pleasant enough. A good price.”

  • Efficiency: 9/10
  • Value: 5/10
  • Overall rating: 7/10
  • Total score: 21/30

Fairy fabric softener (33 washes)

Fairy is a well-known brand

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Fairy is a well-known brand

Lynsey says: “The most expensive of the bunch. It did a great job leaving clothes soft and fragrant, but there are cheaper alternatives that are just as good.

“It’s the same price as the Asda bottle but only does half the number of washes and before you know it the bottle was empty. Not great for a family of five with lots of laundry dirty !”

  • Efficiency: 7/10
  • Value: 5/10
  • Overall rating: 6/10
  • Total score: 18/30

Tesco Pure Fabric Conditioner (42 washes)

Tescos didn't score well

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Tescos didn’t score well

Lynsey says: “It looked a little watery but it left the clothes feeling soft and fresh.

“My only complaint was that there were a few lumps left in the drawer of the machine which I had to wash after the cycle was complete.”

  • Efficiency: 5/10
  • Value: 5/10
  • Overall rating: 5/10
  • Total score: 15/30

Lidl Formil Fabric Softener Tropical Lily (28 washes)

Lidl is unfortunately last

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Lidl is unfortunately last

Lynsey says: “Not the budget option you’d expect from Lidl, it was actually the second most expensive in our test.

“I didn’t like it at all. It then clogged my machine drawer and the clothes weren’t noticeably softer or more fragrant after washing. What I like least.”

  • Efficiency: 2/10
  • Value: 2/10
  • Overall rating: 2/10
  • Total score: 6/30

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I compared a supermarket fabric conditioner – and one was as gentle as Comfort

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