“ Brand: Antony Worrall Thompson / Type: All Purpose Cleaner / Category: Cleaning & Disinfectant „
This product's full name, which wouldn't fit into the space allotted for it on the 'product description' screen is quite a mouthful: Antony Worrall-Thompson's Fresh and Green Anti-bacterial All Purpose Cleaner. It currently costs £1.83 for a 500ml spray-headed bottle of the stuff. I usually buy a similar Tesco own-brand product of this type that sells at about two thirds the price, and I have to say I've become a bit of a junkie for the Tesco spray cleaner. Ours is a cheap bathroom suite from B&Q, the toilet flush of which, frankly sprinkles water all over the place - so I do use spray cleaners very frequently for cleaning up afterwards. I do worry with the Tesco stuff however that it's not terribly good for you: the blurb on the back of the bottle specifically says you should try not to breathe any of it in and I find I do get a bit woozy-headed if I've been in a room where the spray has been used a lot.
Hence the need for change to a 'greener' brand of spray. I like to delude myself by thinking I'm immune to most kinds of advertising, but when I was in Tescos and I saw Anthony Worrall-Thompson's cheery little face smiling out at me from the front of the spray cleaner, I found I wanted it and had to buy it - which is an odd kind of effect to have to admit, but I have to say that the product being endorsed by this particular celebrity chef was definitely one of the reasons I ended up buying it. It is supposedly a 'greener' product that biodegrades and can be used by people with septic tanks, and its antibacterial action is supposedly derived from some kind of plant extract, according to the back of the bottle. Though the spray is plant-based and it says on the blurb on the back of the bottle that the spray contains 'no harmful chemicals' (whatever that means), the instructions are to keep it out of reach of children and to seek medical advice if it is swallowed. It's no different from other household cleaners in this respect, however.
The bottle is a semi-opaque lilac colour, with a black nozzle and spray mechanism, which I thought was a very strange colour choice for a product of this sort. The labels are also black (with white writing on) but I suppose at least this bold - if somewhat funereal -choice of packaging makes it stand out quite well on the supermarket shelf. The nozzle twists to give a choice of 'off' position versus 'stream' and 'spray' settings (I only found this out because I accidentally twisted ours to 'stream' and wondered why the spray cleaner wasn't spraying out correctly). Though it does produce a magnificent cloud of spray when set correctly, I find that while it's doing that ours leaks from the handle / nozzle area a bit (ie. it dribbles cleaning liquid onto your hand during use) which is tiresome. It has an inoffensive, pleasantly 'clean' scent and doesn't seem to 'catch' in the throat - unlike many of the 'kills 99.9% of germs' spray cleaners I've used in the past. The blurb says that the plastic bottle is 'recyclable where facilities exist'.
I have no idea how effective the spray is in cleaning off germs, particularly toilet-flush germs that are invisible, but as I think my own personal need for spray cleaners is largely psychological anyway, this does the job as well as anything else. The instructions advise you to spray the cleaner on 'and then leave for a few seconds before wiping off' which suggests that something by way of actual cleaning is going on while the spray is in place. For some reason this reassures me about its usefulness quite a bit.
Having said that it was AWT's endorsement that attracted me to the product in the first place I do find it slightly disconcerting seeing his smiling face whenever I go into the bathroom now, as in that place he seems a little bit out of context. His picture is on the front and back of the spray cleaner as well, so turning it round doesn't even help.