“ Brand: Asda / Type: Cream Cleaner / Category: Cleaning & Disinfectant „
For me my bathroom being clean 24/7 is a very important thing. I have other people using it and of course myself and don't want to it to be one bit grubby.
I often buy lots of cleaning products and purchase them in Poundland as I appreciate known brands of things however like many of us at the moment I am trying to save myself a few pennies where I can and so the other day whilst in Asda I bought a few of their 'Smart Price' offerings to see how they faired.
This cost me the tiny price of 30p for a 500ml bottle which is a quite a large size. The bottle is simply white plastic with a lip top lid to the top of it concealing a small hole and all the inormation listed is on the label on the front of it to which i am told what it is, the ingredients are listed, size, cautions, well everything and it does look like cheap packaging and a cheap product however it is informative enough to be fair to it.
Well this is designed to be used on ceramics and works surfaces and the likes. The liquid is a sort of very light greysish colour and has a very small hint of an artificial smell of lemons to it, but not very much really. It is a smooth creamy looking liquid and the idea is to wipe down where you want to clean with this and then wipe it off with a damp, clean cloth thoroughly.
I used mine in the bathroom at first for my bath, toilet and sink and although it cleaned enough with a little hard work from me I did find it a nuisance to rinse it of as like with all other products such as this I have used in the past it did leave a chalk like residue behind itself which I did manage to wipe of with plenty of water. It cleaned up well enough though, though it didn't leave a nice fresh clean smell behind itself but I have to admit I wasn't all that keen on it.
Where this did excell for me though was on something I didn't expect it to. I bave a damp problem on my painted walls with lots of very horrible black patches all over the place. I don't know what made me think of trying to wipe them off with this stuff but I splodged a little on a cloth an I couldn't believe it! It removed them, didnt spread a mess or a greasy film about and simply made them vanish and I didn't have to wipe it off and muck about and the results were fabulous though because it has a drippy solution I did get some on my lamante floor which looked after I'd finished like I'd dropped a mix of flour and water on the floor though it wiped up ok, again with plenty of water on a cloth!
I did use some of this on my kitchen worktops but on stains it was uneffective and I found it made cleaning in their with grease and grime quite hard work and that I have products much more fitted to be used in there and in the end this product now lives under my sink for my damp issues other than that I don't like the residue it leaves behind unless I really get to work wiping it off!
Only available in Asda stores.
I've said it before and I'll say it again, I hate spending lots of money on cleaning products! There are so many other, more interesting things that I could be spending my money on, so I always look out for deals and special offers when it comes to cleaning.
As a general rule I don't like cream cleaners - my mam used to use them to clean the bathroom when we were younger (although granted she used Cif - or Jif as it was then) and I always felt that it left a sort of powdery residue in the bottom of the bath. The reason I bought this was purely the price - at 30p for a 500ml bottle it is one of the cheapest cleaning products around, and I felt that it would be worth a try.
The cleaner comes in a plain white bottle with a green and white label and flip top lid. The packaging is very basic - so much so, that the actual ingredient list and other information that you would expect to be on the back of the bottle is all on the front, as there's only one label rather than two.
Now, I bought my bottle online where it is listed as 'lemon cream cleaner' but it just says 'cream cleaner' on the label. When I first used it I didn't think the product had a scent at all, but now I do think I can smell just a hint of lemon, although it's very subtle to the point of non-existent, which is a shame, as I like my bathroom to smell nice, as well as being clean.
I found the consistency of the cream cleaner to be quite runny, and it was an un-appealing greyish white colour. It states on the packaging that it's OK to apply this either directly to the surface you want to clean or to the cloth. Personally I prefer to put it onto the surface, and then you just need to wipe the cream over, and rinse away. It also says that you can use a dry cloth to buff surfaces and give them a bit of extra shine.
I find when using this, that I do need to use a bit of extra elbow grease than would normally be required. Simple stains like shampoo that has dripped onto the edge of the bath seem to take a bit more effort to remove with this product than with my preferred Flash bathroom spray. It does however get things clean in the end, but overall I find a spray easier to use, and easier to rinse off, because with this being a cream, it seems to take longer to rinse away too. I mentioned earlier, that when my mam used this sort of product when we were younger it would leave a powdery residue on the bath. I found the same thing happened with this, even when I thought I'd rinsed the bath out really well and to the naked eye it looked clean, the next time I got in it I could feel a sort of powdery grit - not nice!!
Although I've only been using this in my bathroom, there's no reason why you couldn't use it in the kitchen too, and it is suitable on most surfaces - the only ones that should be avoided are soft plastic surfaces, aluminium and glass.
So in conclusion, this does work, but more effort is required with it than a spray cleaner, and I find that it takes longer to rinse away, and even then I'm still left with some residue in the bath. I'll continue to use the rest of the bottle, although admittedly only for smaller jobs like the bathroom sink, but I doubt very much that I will buy it again.