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      09.03.2014 15:20
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      A great sponge to keep your car clean

      We have two cars in our household and always clean them by hand as we find it is cheaper and you get a better finish if you put the effort in. Obviously you need the right tools for the job, with one essential item being a car cleaning sponge.

      ~The Product~
      I would never purchase a sponge that isn't specifically for use on a car as you may scratch the paintwork, so I feel it is money well spent to get a specific car cleaning sponge, and we purchased ours from a local Halfords store.

      This is a jumbo sized sponge which will help get the job done that little bit quicker as you can cover a larger amount of car in a shorter space of time this way. You use this sponge in the same way as you would any other type of sponge, but you know that by using this specific sponge, the paintwork on your car will be safe from any damage.

      The size of the sponge means it is extremely absorbent and holds a great deal of water at a time, so you don't need to dip the sponge in the water bucket that often, which again is a time saver. This is a giant yellow sponge which tapers in at the centre of both sides to enable you to hold the sponge easily.

      ~The Price~
      The price of this sponge is just 99p, which I feel is a real bargain. We did notice when we purchased ours that they do a cheaper car sponge at just 50p, but it was really small and didn't look half as good quality as this one, so we felt that spending the extra pennies would actually be better value for money. We actually brought two of these sponges so we could do both cars at the same time.

      ~Conclusion~
      We brought these sponges towards the end of last Summer so they have lasted us a good 6 months with regular usage. The poor winter weather has meant the cars have been dirtier than ever, due to driving through muddy waters, and these sponges have been excellent in removing all traces of dirt and grime from the cars without causing any damage to the paintwork. Anything that helps make the vile job of cleaning my car that little bit easier certainly gets a thumbs up from me.

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      03.01.2014 14:21
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      A cheap car sponge from Halfords which won't damage paint work

      I despise cleaning the inside of my car and I am a bit of a slob when it comes to clearing it out and giving it a good clean though I do it on occasion. For some reason though I actually quite enjoy cleaning and washing the outside of my car and find it quite a therapeutic experience to wash and wax it and have it looking all spick and span.

      I do sometimes take it to the car wash especially in winter but when the weather is mild I prefer doing it myself. I have all the equipment for it in my garage including this sponge from Halfords which is great value for money at only 99p and it is a must for cleaning my car.

      The sponge is bright yellow and made from a soft foam that feels slightly softer and spongier than a normal household sponge. Also it is a lot larger than most household sponges which is a good thing considering that it needs to clean a larger surface area. The large size of the sponge not only makes it comfortable to hold but it also means that you can clean the car a lot quicker as the sponge cleans a larger amount of area at once.

      You just use the sponge as you would imagine by dunking it in a bucket of soapy water and then using it to clean your car. What I really like about this sponge for cleaning my car is that I know it is soft enough that it isn't going to damage my paintwork or scratch it but it still does a good job of getting off dirt and grime. Obviously you have to put some elbow grease into it but unless your car is absolutely caked in mud this should clean it off without too much trouble.

      Taking care of the sponge just involves making sure that you have squeezed the excess water out and then leaving it somewhere to dry for next time. The sponge retains its shape well and doesn't tear easily. Obviously it won't last forever but I find that it lasts for at least a good six months and sometimes more. Because it is so cheap I am not that careful with it and just replace it when I feel it is looking a little bit tatty but even when I have replaced it the sponge would have probably still done the job as it was.

      I think this sponge from Halfords is fantastic value for money and it just goes to show you don't need to spend a lot of money on certain things. This is just as good as some other more expensive car sponges that I have seen and I personally wouldn't think of spending more on one when I can pick this one up for only 99p.

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      15.11.2013 10:13
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      A real paintwork saver

      In my opinion, a clean car is a happy car and therefore I am regularly washing mine to keep the paintwork looking as good as new. Knowing that my previous sponge was looking a little dirty and decidedly ropey last weekend, I decided to buy a new one when I next went down to the shops. As luck would have it, I walk past a large Halfords centre on my way to work and so picked up this sponge together with a couple of other items whilst I was in there earlier this week.

      The sponge is packaged in a clear cellophane wrapper which has font on the front telling you that this is a "car wash sponge". I like the fact that it was packaged as not only did it make scanning it through the till very quick but it also meant that I could put the sponge inside my tote bag and not worry about it picking up stray hairs of bits of fluff in its spongy body. Taking the sponge out of the wrapper, it has the typical looks of a car wash sponge being a bright yellow in colour and feeling soft and foamy to the touch. This sponge is slightly bigger than others that I have bought in the past and being 'jumbo' this should have been a give away, but this means that I can hold it firmly in my hand and feel like I have a larger area of sponge with which to clean my car.

      To use this sponge, I like to ensure that I have a large bucket of warm soapy water already prepared before I dunk my sponge inside. Having a husband who really values a clean car, I am well versed on the dos and don't of car cleaning including making sure that the water is not super hot before washing. I like to use a good car shampoo in the water as I believe that this protects the paintwork, however I have been known to use a sneaky drop of washing up liquid when car shampoo is scarce. Once my sponge is swimming in the bucket of water, I prepare my car for washing making sure that the wiper blades are up and every part of the car is accessible. I then take my sponge and literally rub it all over the paintwork, paying particular attention to the more fiddly areas such as the alloys and grill before rinsing. In my opinion, this sponge works perfectly for this purpose, the size of it meaning that I can hold it firmly without it leaping out of my hands onto the tarmac and the soft foamy texture being gentle enough to clean the paintwork without scratching.

      Being foam in construction, this sponge does soak up a good amount of liquid when it is placed in my bucket of water, and this is noticeable when it is removed from the bucket as the water level drops. However this does mean that I get a good amount of liquid onto the body of the car and am able to move the sponge around larger areas before needing to dunk it again.

      After washing my car and watching every last foamy drop of liquid run down into the road drain, I like to ensure that my sponge is kept clean for next time particularly at this time of year when salt and other dirt on the road makes keeping a clean car that little bit harder. The bright yellow colour does mean that this sponge attracts streaks of dirt as it is moved around the dirtier areas of my car and after washing it does have a number of brown and black streaks. Therefore I like to take my sponge and give it a through clean under the kitchen tap with a spot of washing up liquid. This not only keeps the sponge looking cleaner for longer but also means that I wont be transferring any dirt the next time I wash my car.

      In my opinion this is an excellent sponge and one that looks just the part sitting in my box of car products. Not only does it make the job of cleaning my car that little bit easier by removing every last trace of dirt but it also makes the rather mundane job of cleaning it that little bit more enjoyable with its bright yellow colour and soft textured body. As a result I would highly recommend this sponge, and would add that it is just as good in my opinion as other more expensive branded products.

      I purchased this sponge through Halfords and paid just 99p for it. This is excellent value in my opinion and means that I will certainly be buying another sponge in the future when mine looks jaded.

      This sponge scores an excellent five stars from me! x

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        10.11.2013 16:14
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        A good sponge that does it's job well

        I bought this sponge from Halfords a few months back, after getting really fed up of my local car wash being almost permanently out of order. The car wash is a bargain when it is working, as it costs just £1 for the basic wash, but I would estimate that 3 times out of 4 when I drive over to it, it is out of order.

        The sponge from Halfords is quite a big one. It is called the Jumbo Sponge and was priced at just 99 pence when I purchased it. It is packaged very basically in a clear plastic wrapping which contains the Halfords logo on it, and is a nice bright yellow in colour.
        The sponge is shaped in a way that it is wider at the ends, and gets a little narrower in the middle, which helps it to fit nicely in the hand and offers a bit of grip. Approximate dimensions of the sponge are:

        9" X 4" X 3"

        Having used the sponge about a dozen times since purchased I'm pleased to report that it is a decent quality sponge. It is nice and big, meaning that it is quicker to clean the car with then if using a smaller sponge. It is soft, and soaks up a lot of water at any one time. I use it to wash the whole exterior of my car, including all widows, wipers, sills and my alloy wheels.
        My sponge has so far held together really well, and I have actually enjoyed getting out in the drive on a sunny afternoon to clean my car myself instead of paying £1 each time at the car wash that I used to visit.


        Overall for the small cost of 99 pence I would recommend this sponge. It is relatively cheap, it is a nice good size and is soft and soaks up water well. Mine is still in good shape after about a dozen uses and it has not split or broken away, even after using at around some sharper corners of my alloys. Well worth the money in my opinion.


        Thanks for reading.


        © L500589 2013

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          08.11.2013 11:11
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          value car wash sponge from Halfords

          Washing my car has to be one of my least favourite jobs so anything that makes it a bit easier gets my vote.A few months ago I was in Halfords and decided to buy a couple of * jumbo* sponges.Priced at just 99p I thought there was little to lose and that maybe using a decent sized sponge would make the job of car washing easier.

          The sponge comes in a no frills plastic wrapper. It is marketed as jumbo and is certainly larger than many other brands measuring about 8 inches in length. It is a decent thickness too and has a curve in the middle ,making it easy to grip. The sponge is soft to the touch and designed to be gentle on car paintwork.

          The first time I used the sponge I was impressed with how much water it held. As it is big it can cover an area quite quickly with less effort on my part. The sponge is easy to wring out and dries quickly. The sponge is also good to wash around the wheel arches ensuring grime and dirt is removed.

          Not only is this sponge good for car washing,but its also useful for washing down paintwork.Its generous size and good absorption makes light work of large areas. I have also found the sponge great for cleaning my shower enclosure which has a difficult to clean lip area. The sponge can be squashed down to slide between the shower tray and glass getting rid of dirt.

          After use the sponge is easy to rinse clean and it can then be stored under my sink. Overall I can highly recommend this sponge. It is inexpensive and really useful for many jobs.

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            04.11.2013 15:19
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            Gives great results for a great price

            Now that I have purchased my own house and have moved out of Mum and Dad's I have had to start cleaning my own car. I was quite lucky (spoilt) that previously my Dad would clean my car every Sunday so I never had to take it to a car wash or attempt to wash it myself.

            After realising I could no longer get by with waiting for my 2monthly visit to the parents for Dad to clean my car, I went into Halfords to pick up some goodies that I thought were necessary for doing the job myself. The first thing I bought was this sponge. It cost me £1.99 which I didn't think was at all expensive. Some brand name sponges were over £10 which is ridiculous.

            To wash my car, I tend to fill up a bucket with warm soapy water, dunk this sponge in and use it to clean the paintwork and the glass. I don't use it to clean the wheels as I prefer to use a brush because of the grit that gets stuck onto them which I don't want transferring onto the paintwork.

            I like how absorbent the sponge is. It holds a good amount of water so I don't have to keep dunking it into the bucket. It is quite a soft sponge so I'm not worried about it being too rough on the paintwork, yet it still manages to get all the dirt and bird poo off the car without using too much elbow grease.

            I have been using it every other week for about 3 months and it still feels like new. I will definitely repurchase once this one starts to look past its best. I am happy with the results it gives and the price I paid for it.

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            01.11.2013 17:35
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            Did a great job on my car

            It's time to sell my car. Which meant it was time to wash it. Id only washed it once before - that was when I bought it. Yep, really.
            I didn't have car shampoo or a sponge so I went to Halfords to get both and I must confess what attracted me to this sponge was the price. It was less than £2 so you can't complain.

            As you'd expect from its name, this is a BIG sponge. Bigger than average.

            It is kind of a mid yellow which makes me wonder - does anyone make car sponges in any colour other than yellow??

            Squirting my new car shampoo into a bucket of water and swishing it around a bit I plunge in my new big sponge

            The sponge is kind of shaped like a figure of 8 which means you are able to get a good grip on the middle of it which is handy because when this thing is wet it is really quite heavy because it obviously absorbs up so much water!!!

            Washing the car with a big sponge has it's benefits though - because the thing takes in so much water you dont have to keep dipping it in your bucket, you just squeeze it a little bit more!

            The sponge is good quality and you can scrub bits that need scrubbing and the sponge holds together and doesn't disintegrate into pieces. And trust me, I had to scrub hard in a few spots!!

            Great quality and cheap sponge

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            The Price
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            While shopping at Halfords for few car accessories, I came across the Halfords Jumbo Car Wash Sponge. It was priced at around £1.50, which made me think it was a little overpriced for a sponge, however due to its Jumbo size and the need to give my car a good wash I decided to go ahead and add the Halfords Jumbo Sponge to my basket.




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            The sponge is yellow in colour and due to its large size I found it worked great in cleaning my car. Due to its size it absorbs water really well, I would dip it into a bucket of soapy water and would restrain a lot of the water inside the sponge. Once I started to clean my car I would life the sponge a gentle squeeze and watch as the soapy foamy water dispensed out and provide a nice coverage. Holding a lot of water meant less frequent visits to the water bucket and therefore more time cleaning and scrubbing my car clean, which is great as cleaning isn't the most enjoyable job and the quicker I can get it done the better!



            As the sponge has a curvy shape it enables a good firm hand grip to form in the middle area, and the jumbo size meant it could clean larger surface areas quicker than smaller cheaper sponges. It is also great for cleaning all areas of the car, including wheel rims and inner wheel areas which are hard to get to. The sponge is easy to fit into tight spaces really well, just giving it a little squeeze and scrunching the size meant I could easily clean the inner nuts and bolt areas of my wheels and other hard to get to places.



            It is more than strong enough to get scrub away all types of dirt, such as mud, bird droppings etc and is also soft enough so it doesn't damage or scratch the car. It is made very well and with strong sponge material that is very high quality.


            The sponge is very durable and also long lasting, I used a single sponge a number of times to clean my car and each time it was able to absorb water and clean well without developing wear and tears. Of course after each car wash I would give the sponge a quick rinse for reusing it again in the future.




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            Overall this is an excellent high quality cleaning sponge from Halfords, that is durable, highly absorbent, soft yet strong enough to scrub away all types of dirt, and is very lightweight. All in all I can't fault this cleaning sponge and would definitely say that it is worth the £1.50 I spent on it.

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            23.10.2013 15:05
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            A reasonable product

            ~A chunky sponge form the Hlafords car care range~
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            I have bought and used one of these large sized car care sponges from Halfords and found it to be of a reasonable quality for the price I paid. My sponge came simply packed in clear plastic material enabling me to see the size and shape of the sponge prior to purchase. Once out of the pack this sponge has a chunky feel to it in my opinion. The spongy material is thick enough to give the sponge body enough shape and depth so as to ensure that it is never squeezed flat once it is in use.

            The texture of the sponge is light and airy in a way that makes the sponge feel rather light when dry. The size and shape of the sponge can make it a little hard for me to grip onto when using the sponge once wet, which in my experience is a slight downside. The lightness of the material used means that the sponge is not heavy when dry but once wet the weight does increase considerably making the sponge feel heavier in the hand.

            In use this sponge can easily be dunked into a bucket of fresh water with some added car shampoo in order to make a nice foamy lather which can be used to wash your car with. I am not a true car sponge fan in many ways as I do worry about these types of sponges picking up grit and dirt from the car body and then transferring it onto another area, which can result in unsightly swirls on metallic or glossy car paint surfaces.

            The only way to reduce the chances of this happening is to be extra careful when rinsing the sponge after it has been in contact with the cars painted surfaces each time. I always ensure that I brush across the surfaces of the sponge with my hand after rinsing just to make sure that there aren't any small stones or bits of grit embedded in it. This does take a little more time to do, but it helps to keep my cars paint swirl free, if and when I use the sponge in this way, so I feel it is worth the effort.

            I find that the sponge is large enough to cover a wide area at a time with a little elbow grease. I tend to prefer using the sponge on areas of the car such as the bumpers and plastic moldings rather than on the painted surfaces of the car, as I feel that some of the soft style wash mitts you can buy are better on painted surfaces. I am rather fussy about my car care regime though, so I am not going to say that you cannot use this sponge on painted areas, just that I most often prefer to keep such usage to a minimum.

            When the sponge is wet it is more flexible and easier to use on curved or shaped surfaces. When dry the sponge feels less flexible. I find that it can take some time for the sponge to dry out after use on cooler days, especially if I have not wrung out as much of the water as I can. I find that ringing out the water won't cause the sponge to dry in an odd shape as long as you place it flat once you have finished getting as much water as possible out of it, so as to allow it to dry more quickly.


            ~Product rating/ price~
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            My product rating for this sponge is 3 stars based on my experience of having used it. I feel it does work reasonably well if used with care and attention, but isn't 100% ideal for use on car paintwork as it can leave swirl marks if used over vigorously. The cost of the sponge is very reasonable at just 99p. Halfords generally have a small selection of own brand car care sponges such as this one, so if this isn't suited to your needs there should be something else to choose from for under £1.

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              14.10.2013 01:26
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              A good quality sponge for all jobs.

              I'm reviewing the Halfords Jumbo Sponge .
              It cost me 99p in February/March 2013.
              Basic clear cellophane packaging with no fuss or frills.
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              I didn't set out to buy this sponge as such (the story of my life really, impulse rules), but we were in Halfords buying something small, technical and complicated for our car, so while my husband chatted specifics and detail with an assistant I wandered off round the shop looking at various items . By the time husband had finished his 'conference' I'd accumulated a collection of little must-have items from baskets and racks and among them was this Jumbo sponge.
              This is a basic sponge and to be honest I have a few of those in my home , but this one is a bit bigger, and being from Halfords the car experts I fully expected it to be better quality than ones from Poundland or other bargain stores, and I haven't been disappointed.

              They call it 'jumbo' but to be fair I'd say 'large' is more apt.
              Yes , in my small ladylike hand it is jumbo but in my husband's larger man-hand it looks average size .
              It is around 8" long and 4"-5" wide with the traditional curved middle area for better grip.

              Using this on our car is working out well and it holds plenty of water so that it's possible to submerge it in the soapy water, use it on an area without squeezing it ,and then squeezing gently to release more soapy water without needing to dip it back in the water.
              It's the only sponge we use on our car now (apart from two small ones the toddlers use when allegedly helping out) and it covers all bases by being suitable for windows , chrome, and paintwork. Not wheels, we use a hogs hair brush for those.
              I'm a bit obsessive re the windscreen wipers (I've often taken a nail brush to them) and cleaning them thoroughly means squeezing the sponge round the rubber blades and rubbing back and forth ........wash the offending filth and grime off the sponge and repeat the process . With the less sturdy sponges this procedure causes them to break up and bits break away, but so far the Halfords one is enduring well .
              I also use it when washing out the pet beds and litter tray and it gets nicely up under the rims without falling to bits . The patio furniture (plastic) and toddlers' garden toys also got a good wash a few weeks ago prior to winter storage and those toys have LOADS of nooks and crannies that usually rip sponges to bits when they catch in them. And still this sponge has survived.
              Frankly I thought it was goner at one point because I found it submerged in grimy water in the garden shed where my husband had 'stored' it. But a quick squish (technical term) in clean soapy water with a dash of bleach and it was fine and good to go again.
              I tend to rinse this after use and peg it out on the washing line by one edge with a jumbo peg to drain thoroughly and prolong it's life.
              It has faded slightly in colour,which is to be expected when I often use it with bleach (NO bleach on car,I hasten to add) and varying household cleaners in the water, but the sponge hasn't deteriorated in any other way and it's effectiveness hasn't lessened 6 months on.

              Would I recommend it ? Yes I would. My sister paid £2+ for the same one last year, so 99p was a bargain and if you get it at that price then grab it for sure. Much sturdier than pound shop ones.
              ( I have NO clue why I'm being asked about "muddy/dry terrain" for this item . How odd)


              Thank you for reading and I hope this was helpful~~~myloh

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                09.10.2013 23:44
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                A good size sponge that holds lots of water

                My husband is in charge of keeping both our cars clean both inside and out. Most of the time, he simply takes it to the manned carwash close to our house to get it clean for sheer handiness, however, if there is a good weekend or a lovely summer evening, my husband will very often get out his power washer etc and clean the outside of the car himself. With our daughter getting older, she loves helping and a few weekends ago when it was almost summer like weather, my husband suggested she help him wash the car. That was fine until she heard the noise of the power washer and was terrified, so I had to go out to help as well! While her daddy was doing the main work, we used the sponge to clean around one side of the car using this Halfords Jumbo Size Car Wash Sponge which my husband had got a while ago, but I see retails around a pound in Halfords.

                There is nothing fancy about this sponge. It is big, hence the name 'jumbo' and is bright yellow in colour. It is supersoft so you don't need to worry about damaging the paintwork of the car. It is also well shaped as it means it is quite easy to get a good grip of and move around the area that you are cleaning, as well as getting into the some of the smaller areas. It was a little on the big size for my daughter to hold herself, so she got a smaller one from her daddy.

                My husband had filled a bucket of soapy water for us, and we were able to dip our sponges in. It was easy with this sponge to build up a good lather and I was able to clean the windows etc and round the bottom of the doors and round the number plate without any problem, and I could rub with the sponge when I got to grubbier part of the window. Being a jumbo sponge, this does seem to hold a lot of water, so you don't need to be continually going back to the bucket. It was also easy to use this sponge after it was rinsed out simply to go over the car again.

                All in all, this sponge does hold a lot of water, so you don't need to keep putting it back in the bucket. IT is easy to hold, easy to grip, is well enough made that you can scrub a grubby part and it won't fall apart! For 99p this is a great buy!

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                good quality sponge

                Washing the car is definitely one of my least favourite jobs but, nevertheless, it is one that needs doing once in a while. Now my son is a little older, he too likes to help with this task, so we can make it a little more fun than usual. With this in mind, our usual brush over with the jet wash would not suffice any longer and we had to resort to the more traditional bucket of soapy water and sponge approach. We bought a couple of these sponges from Halfords for the task - at 99p each they were a good price and it didn't matter what my son did with his! The sponge was also very large in size - again a positive for my young son.

                The sponge came simply packed in a plastic wrapping that was see through at the front with basic labelling. The sponge itself is very generously sized and a bright yellow in colour. It is a traditional sponge shape - a sort of rectangular shape with rounded ends and pinched in at the sides. It is fairly solid looking, with only one or two holes located sporadically in it. In use, it absorbs a lot of water and can be quite heavy for my son to use. However, it is very soft to the touch and therefore very gentle on the car's paintwork. It holds it's shape well when wet and is fairly resistant to any force or pressure - it certainly doesn't come apart or lose any pieces if excessive force is applied when trying to remove any dirt etc. It works well to clean the car - obviously dependent on the work that you put in! - and, being large in size, you can cover areas such as the bonnet and roof really quickly.

                Aside from washing the car, we have used these for decorating and general cleaning jobs too - when we moved in we sugar soaped the ceiling and these were ideal. They didn't rip on the artex textured ceiling either and covered the area quickly. As sponges go, they are pretty tough and easy to rinse out after use too rather than hold any dirt etc. For such a good price, I highly recommend them.

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                21.09.2013 20:47
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                Better than the ones from Tesco

                Contrary to what my husband might like to tell people, I do actually clean our car sometimes. Most often I have been cleaning it during the summer months with our daughter whilst he has been 'busy' doing other, more important things. I often give up asking him to clean it and resort to getting out the bucket of soapy water and sponge and doing it myself. I have taken to the car wash from time to time, in sheer desperation and frustration but it costs so much these days and it's actually quite good fun to do it yourself in the nicer weather. It takes me ages to clean it from top to bottom but it looks much better afterwards and then I have the satisfaction of knowing I did a good job. My daughter loves to help me.

                Last year we were using the car cleaning sponges we bought in packs of two from Tesco's own range but this year we have been using the Halfords Jumbo Sponges. We bought a couple of these a few months back as we noticed that they were selling them at the reduced price of only 99p in the 'Bargain Bucket' just inside the doorway to the shop.

                These sponges are really easy to use and the fact that they are huge n size makes them actually a lot better to use than the ones we had been previously using from Tesco's. They are bright yellow in colour and long in shape and thick in width, so you really feel like you have something to get hold of. I would say that they are probably about 20cm in length and the fact that they are also gently shaped into a curve towards the middle part means that they are good for grip and allow you to keep tight hold, even when you have wet soapy hands.

                The sponges are made of excellent high quality materials and I have washed the car lots of times with this same sponge, rinsed it out after using it and then left to dry naturally. I'm impressed by the fact that no matter how any times I have used this one sponge, (and the fact that I can be quite rough when getting all the mud and salt off the car) the sponge hadn't deteriorated since I have been using it and it still looks as good as new!

                I have no idea how much these sponges cost at the moment but as I say, we were lucky enough to get ours reduced and so bought a coupe of them. I usually really prefer Tesco own brand products but if I had to choose between this giant Halfords one and the ones I was previously using from Tescos, then I would definitely say this one is better in terms of quality and value for money.

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                  09.07.2013 15:17
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                  Halfords Jumbo Sponge

                  Thee large yellow sponges are designed for cleaning cars coming from Halfords at the bargain price of around a quid you can't go wrong really. We have had a few over the years and as my granddaughter loves to 'help' whenever anyone cleans the car it is essential that we have at least two on the go at any one time.

                  They hold a good lot of water either soapy or otherwise which is handy when car cleaning as I hate having to constantly bend down to refill the sponge. They are great in that they don't seem to pick up bits of grit either so that I have never had a problem when washing the car with a sponge having scratchy bits in it. That is even despite granddaughter dropping hers on the ground and us having to rinse it off. This is handy when you live in the country as we do as our cars do get dirty around the sills. If you wash the sills last as I do then this helps but even so the dirt does get into the sponge but with a bit of a rinse through the sponge is great for use again.

                  I like the fact that these are a good size and thick as when sponges are wet they can be slippery and this gives a good grip so I don't drop it when washing the car. It also means that my hands are protected a bit from bangs and scratches when washing edges.

                  I do also find thee sponges handy for other jobs. I use one for washing my floors as they can be squeezed out or left with soapy water in then rinse and squeezed to dry for a wipe over. Once again I like the fact it is large as it protects my hands from the floor scraping me and the edge of the walls etc. I find it gives a good clean and dries quickly too. I do find it rather too large for wiping surfaces etc but again it does a great job on walls as it is so big and with a bit of cleaning product I can get my kitchen walls looking really clean again. I hasten to add that I begin using the sponge on walls then demote them to floors then finally they are used as car sponges!

                  When decorating them are great for sugar soaping walls and if you have a new one they make good items to use for wall paper joins and getting rid of excess paste.

                  The final thing I have used them for is painting with children. I cut them into shapes for printing and they love playing with sponges and paint. It is messy but fun.

                  Ignore the criteria as this does not process anything and as I don't drive it I have no idea how it is on different terrains!!

                  Thanks for reading. This review may be posted on other sites under my same user name.
                  ©Catsholiday

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                    08.07.2013 09:44
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                    We have done a lot of decorating recently, updating the nursery into a big boys room for my son, taking down some of our features wallpaper on our feature walls and also doing a bit of painting. As we don't wash our cars that much anymore, only once in a while, preferring to take them to the men at the supermarket who do a much better job than we ever could, we had some of these jumbo car washing sponges from Halfords lying around in the garage so we decided to use them in our decorating.

                    What I really like about these sponges is that they go in at the middle so they are really easy to grip hold of and hold on to so if you are using them to clean your car or wet down your walls so you can strip wallpaper you can be guaranteed of a good grip and no sore, achy hands once you have finished the job.

                    The sponge is a normal yellow colour and has a really good absorbency level as well. When we've been decorating we've put these in big buckets of water and they soak up well and then even when you squeeze them out to get off the excess water they still hold quite a bit which is great if you want a damp sponge and not a sopping wet sponge. This has been helpful as well when we have been washing down the skirting boards which do get rather dirty. The big size of them means we can wash down a big surface area quickly and easily.

                    When it does come to washing the car with theses sponges they are great as they are nice and soft and so don't scratch the car in anyway but clean all the dust and dirt perfectly. The sponge doesn't hold dirt either which is nice so when you have finished cleaning with it you can just rinse it out and dry it and then it will be clean for the next time you want to use it.

                    At just £0.99 these sponges are perfect for lots of DIY chores around the house and not just for cleaning the car.

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