“ Brand: Glade / Product Type: Air Freshener „
I'm a sucker for home fragrances and odour eliminators. One of my new favourites is the Glade Refresh-Air in Sparkling Green Apple. Being a smoking household with a dog (who is often wet and mucky from walks) I get more than a little paranoid about smells in my home, and I like to walk in the front door and smell something nice, or nothing at all; I hate walking into a house that smells stale.
This comes in a sleek attractive 275ml aerosol can, which narrows at the top making holding it to use very comfortable. It has a picture of a very juicy looking green apple at the bottom, this really pushes the idea of freshness I think. it also states that this spray contains Oust technology so I was confident it would fulfill it's promises, being trusted brand names. The back of the can is full of info in several languages, including directions for use and the usual warnings for aerosols. One to mention though, is if you have perfume sensitivity you should be cautious. The trigger button is soft and doesn't need pumped, or pressed really hard to dispense the product. The spray itself is more like a fine moist mist rather than a dry spray, which I love as I don't just spray it into the air.
So how do I use this? I use it mainly in my living room and hall, the most public areas of my house. When I am finished the housework I go around the room giving the sofa a light spray, the curtains and the carpet. Then into the hall to do the front door mat, carpet and the stair carpeting. Our front hall carpet gets some abuse, as my other half's work is very dirty. Our dog doesn't get upstairs and we don't smoke up there; combined with my obsession for open windows 24/7 365 days, I have no need for air freshener upstairs (reed diffusers, yes....but that's another review).
The fragrance is, simply put, incredible. It's beautiful and smells strongly of apples, though I should stress it is not overpowering or sickly sweet, it doesn't make you choke after using it! And truly, it hangs around for a long time. Your own nose will stop registering it after a while but when I go upstairs then come back down, even a couple of hours after using, I still get a whiff of it. People who come into the house for the first time all say the same thing "What's that lovely smell?" So I am highly confident in having a quick spray around if I am expecting visitors! Since I use it directly on my sofa and curtains, when I sit on the sofa I get a whiff even the next day. This means that any guests will too. Same if I go to open the windows a bit further or pull them closed a little.
I can't comment on how well it deals with vicious bathroom odours (though I am subjected to them on occasion) as like I said I don't use it upstairs. But to be honest, I personally hate the smell of, erm....waste overlaid with air freshener and I think there's only so much an air freshener can do anyway - disguise, yes, eliminate, probably not even the most expensive ones. Open windows deal with it much better. I wouldn't buy this expecting it to work wonders like that, and I don't think anyone else should either, as you will probably be disappointed.
My most recent purchase of this product was from Tesco and it cost me £1.08. I have bought it from Semi Chem though where it is often £1, and Morrisons where I think it is about £1.10 but don't quote me. This compares extremely favourably to other branded fragranced aerosol odour eliminators. Compared to the ones I have tried, this performs just as well and the apple scent sticks around much, much longer. I do use it most days as I have described and generally need to buy it every week. It'll often still have some left after a week, but not enough to last until the next shopping trip.
All in all, I highly recommend this for lasting and bursts of freshness in your home. It is an excellent price for trusted brand name, and works perfectly in harmony with my open windows to ensure my house smells gorgeous, and not of cigarettes or wet dog. Though I must admit I think my my dog smells lovely!
==Glade Re-Fresh Air Sparkling Apple==
"No-one go in the bathroom for 25 to 35 minutes!"
The bathroom is the place in which you want to go and to be able to breathe a big big breath of clean and fresh smelling air, a place to feel relaxed and free to clean and prune as much as you like. Unfortunately when Himself has visited the room to relieve Himself of yesterdays feast then this is the last place in the universe you want to be near. Of course with only one bathroom in the flat it is sometimes necessary to visit the bathroom a lot sooner than required for it to be pong free. For this reason alone I always make sure that my stock of air-freshener is always kept high and that these air-fresheners are always of a good standard.
My usual air-freshener is the Neutradol one as I find that this works well to get rid of the pong rather than just cover it up with a florally type of fragrance that usually just works at making it smell worse! From time to time though when I can't get hold of the Neutradol one or if another fancy air-freshener comes up on offer then I might branch out in the bid to find something to beat my usual one. This is how come I managed to have this particular product in my shopping trolley, because it was on a half price offer.
==Price and Availability==
Thankfully it was on an offer as I definitely wouldn't have bought a can of the stuff had it not been and even on the offer I ummed and arred because it was still a little more expensive that the cans I tend to pick up from Poundland. At a regular price of £3.49p it is really a wonder that anyone would pay the full price for it but I suspect that a good few were sold when it was at £1.70 odd on the half price offer in Tesco's the other week. The regular price of this can is far more than the majority of air-fresheners that are stocked in Tesco but then to be fair it does look a little bit more fancy and does have something that the others don't.
I cant say I have seen this particular air-freshener before but since buying it I have spotted it in Morrison's as well as Tesco's which is where I bought it from. I think it is probably a more up market air-freshener (as far as products such as this can be) and wouldn't be stocked up too much in the local convenience stores but I shouldn't think it would take too much searching out to find it.
==Look and Design==
The can itself does have a rather nice and attractive design to it. The squirt area on the can is where it is most different to others and with this one you have a type of trigger that you can press and hold down to release the air-freshener inside where as other ones you depress a button type area and the product shoots up into the air but this one shoots forward like a cleaner bottle. I can't say that this didn't look interesting when I first saw it and I was intrigued as to how it would work or if indeed it would work better than a regular design.
The light green and cream colourings of the can also work to make this can look like something a little more special than your everyday run of the mill type of air-freshener and on the whole I find it a nice can (again as far as you can with an aerosol). The name of the product is a little bit "fluffy" for me and I think they have tried to make it sound like a tin of paint rather than a room fragrance. However all these products have to come up with a name that is a little bit more unique than its competitors and Glade have succeeded with this one.
The fact that this product costs more than the regular type of air-freshener is that this one contains "Oust" the odour eliminator product (which is also fairly expensive) and it works to literally get rid of the smells rather than masking them. On the whole I am a great believer in these sorts of things (you would be too following Himself into the bathroom) and generally find them to work very well. My regular air-freshener Neutradol has this same sort of "technology" and when I pay £1 for it I am really very pleased with the smell and the fact that it does rid the odour.
This Glade air-freshener does actually work in the same way and does get rid of the smells. I find that I don't really need as much of it as I usually use with the Neutradol one so the can does last longer and especially since there is more in the can too.
I really didn't' like the fact that you use the trigger to spray the product out from this can and for some reason it felt strange doing it. I suppose it is because you get used to holding the can pointing up and pushing down on the top of it that doing it with a spray trigger like this takes some getting used to. Not only did I not like the way that the can sprayed but I also didn't like the wetness of the product coming out. My usual air-fresheners are typically a fine mist that seem to disperse into the air and not leave any dampness on the floor but this product was heavier with its spray and even when using less of the stuff it seemed to fall to the floor in the bathroom and create wetness that felt slippery under foot. This is not ideal especially on lino and with small energetic children around and I didn't like it one bit.
The smell of the air-freshener was really nice and not only did it seem to get rid of the nasty odours but it also left a really refreshing sweet scent of apples which although I might not call "sparkling", I found was very nice nonetheless. The longevity of the fragrance was good too and it seemed to clear the smell fast and leave the bathroom smelling of the apples for a good hour afterwards but whether this has something to do with the fact it soaked everything in its wake that the smell stayed around more I am not sure!
I have to say that I am glad that I have tried this more "up market" air-freshener and that I was able to get it at a relatively cheap price compared to its normal selling price. I don't think however that I will be buying it again whether it on an offer at half price or not. I think it would have to be around the £1 region for me to pick it up and even then I may well prefer to stick to my regular Neutradol one. I did like the fragrance of it and I did think that the can lasted well as did the scent in the room after spraying it. The main draw back for me is the fact that it was so heavy and wet and left the floor feel damp to walk on. I wouldn't like to use it anywhere else in the home in case it fell on wooden surfaces and damaged them or got onto electrical goods and made wet marks.
I don't dislike this product but I just think it is a shame that the can wasn't made into a more pressurised can and used the classic spray out the top because I think its this change in spraying that makes the thickness in product and thus the dampness on the floor. Because of this I shan't be buying it again or recommending it. I think a 2 out of 5 stars is more than generous for this air-freshener.
I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you
Many thanks for taking the time to read.