Award-winning $1.25 Aldi item causes fierce debate

Sarah Carty
·Features & Style Editor
·3-min read

A cult buy from Aldi has started a fierce debate online just days after it took out the top spot in a stain removal test by industry experts, Choice.

One woman took to a Facebook group to ask others what the difference is between the purple Di-San Oxy Action with Enzymes Pre Wash Stain Remover and the pink he Di-San Ultra Degreaser with Enzymes Pre Wash Stain Remove.

purple and pink Aldi Di-San products.
There was some confusion about what the difference is between the purple and pink AldiDi-San products. Photo: Facebook

The comments came flooding in, with people stating exactly what they use their two different Di-San products for.

“Aren’t they both the same product...pre wash stain remover, just different perfume/smell?” one person asked.

They are in fact two different products, one a degreaser and one an oxy action.

Some were huge fans of the pink, degreaser Di-San, writing: “I prefer the degreaser (pink) one. It breaks down oils, so great for pillow cases, as well as getting the BO smell out.”

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This $1.25 Aldi product has won big in Choice's rigorous stain remover test. Photo: supplied.
This $1.25 Aldi product has won big in Choice's rigorous stain remover test. Photo: supplied.

Another person agreed, writing: “I use the pink one for cleaning my showers. Spray it all over, leave for half an hour and wipe clean”.

While a third said:” I use the pink on the grout on the floor amazing”.

Others were big fans of the purple oxy action Di-San, with one person writing: “I use the purple one on my son’s white school tops, Soak then wash it is a great product I also soak with the soaking powder.”

“Purple one, u can use it everywhere, one multipurpose little gem,” another person said.

One person said both of the cleaners were amazing, saying she uses them both to clean her bathroom and kitchen.

“Cleans marks on walls. Does a fantastic job & leaves a great fragrance,” she said.

Di-San Pre Wash Stain Removers: what’s the difference?

To tell them apart you need to look closely at the gold panel on the label: one reads ‘Oxy Action’ while the other is ‘Ultra Degreaser’.

Di-San Oxy Action with Enzymes Pre Wash Stain Remover comes in a purple spray bottle and is generally suited to laundry and shower cleaning.

The Di-San Ultra Degreaser with Enzymes Pre Wash Stain Remover comes in the pink bottle and shoppers have found that it works best for heavy-duty cleaning such as ovens.

One shopper demonstrated the difference between the two stain removers when cleaning her oven: she used the purple version on the right and the pink on the left. Photo: Facebook.
One shopper demonstrated the difference between the two stain removers when cleaning her oven: she used the purple Oxy Action on the right and the pink Ultra Degreaser on the left. Photo: Facebook.

Di-San Oxy Action with Enzymes Pre Wash Stain Remover takes out top spot

Out of 32 different products, Aldi’s wildly popular Di-San Oxy Action with Enzymes Pre Wash Stain Remover was the clear winner in a recent Choice survey, with a score of 75 per cent from the experts.

Choice testers threw everything from cooking oil to baby food to chocolate ice-cream at the Oxy Action in the lab but the cheap and cheerful buy proved its effectiveness on most stains, particularly blood, tomato, makeup and mud.

Coles’ Ultra Prewash Stain Remover ($1.30) came in second place with an expert rating of 70 per cent and a special mention regarding its tomato and makeup stain removal properties.

Aldi’s Di-San Ultra Degreaser with Enzymes Pre Wash Stain Remover Lemon Fragrance, rounded out the top three with a Choice expert rating of 69 per cent. It scored well for blitzing tomato and mud stains off the test t-shirts.

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