1980 DAZ

Daz is the name of a popular laundry detergent on the market in the United Kingdom and Ireland. It is manufactured by Procter & Gamble and is lower priced than P&G’s main brand, Ariel. Aggressively marketed, it is associated in popular culture with the “Daz Doorstep Challenge” series of commercials, which saw various ‘hosts’ including Danny Baker, Shane Richie and Michael Barrymore surprising house occupiers at the door and asking them to put Daz to the test against a rival detergent. The advert was famously spoofed by Dom Joly in the British sketch series Trigger Happy TV where Dom would knock on doors presenting the ‘zap mega’ challenge. He then ran from the scene with the crew in tow, arms akimbo, legs flailing while the occupier went to retrieve a white garment. The occupier then returned to the door looking bemused. The advert was also spoofed in a John Smith’s advertising campaign featuring Peter Kay. Recent TV commercials are set in an obviously fictitious “Cleaner Close” soap opera.

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1960 Persil

Persil (also known as DixanWipp, or LeChat) is a brand of laundry detergent currently and originally made by Henkel & Cie; but which is now also licensed for manufacture, distribution, and marketing in several countries by Unilever. Henkel and Unilever both manufacture their own formulations. Introduced in 1907, Persil is notable because it was the first commercially available “self-activated” laundry detergent.  The name, Persil, is derived from two of its original ingredients, perborate and silicate  It is Unilever’s premium brand in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland. Persil is sold in many forms, with several “environment friendly” products.

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1979 DAZ

Daz is the name of a popular laundry detergent on the market in the United Kingdom and Ireland. It is manufactured by Procter & Gamble and is lower priced than P&G’s main brand, Ariel. Aggressively marketed, it is associated in popular culture with the “Daz Doorstep Challenge” series of commercials, which saw various ‘hosts’ including Danny Baker, Shane Richie and Michael Barrymore surprising Jax Wilson at her door and asking them to put Daz to the test . The advert was famously spoofed by Dom Joly in the British sketch series Trigger Happy TV where Dom would knock on doors presenting the ‘zap mega’ challenge. He then ran from the scene with the crew in tow, arms akimbo, legs flailing while the occupier went to retrieve a white garment. The occupier then returned to the door looking bemused. The advert was also spoofed in a John Smith’s advertising campaign featuring Peter Kay. Recent TV commercials are set in an obviously fictitious “Cleaner Close” soap opera.

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Persil Washing Powder

A commercial from 1988 for Persil Washing Powder

Persil Power is a laundry detergent product developed and sold in the mid-1990s by Unilever.

In the early 1990s, Unilever’s Persil detergent had been falling behind its competitors in sales. As independent tests were showing the major brands to have relatively similar performance in removing stains, Unilever decided that they needed a product with an edge in stain removal. Persil’s main competitor, Ariel, had recently introduced Ariel Ultra, the first of the “Super Compacts” – washing powders equipped with chemical catalysts which (according to the advertising) cleaned better than ever, with less powder. With Ariel Ultra taking the detergent market by storm, and their own Persil Micro lagging far behind, Unilever needed but to surpass it with a new super-compact Persil line. Thus, Persil Power was conceived.

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