Product Type: Astonish Household Cleaning
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Astonish Oven & Hob Cleaner
Member Name: cyberem78
Astonish Oven & Hob Cleaner
Advantages: Versatile, natural ingrdients, smells good, cleans well.
Disadvantages: Is not suitable for every surface and knowing which ones can be difficult.
I bought my tub of Astonish Oven and Cookware cleaner at my local Superdrug although I'm pretty sure they don't usually sell this sort of product. I got it from one of their 'reduced products' stands and it was the ridiculously low price of 10p reduced from £1.99. I had never heard of Astonish before but after reading the tub discovered it is a cleaning paste for use around the home and especially in the kitchen. I was confident about being able to use the paste since I have a rather old kitchen that requires a lot of work and I have previously used all types of cleaning products including pastes, powders, bleaches, foams and sprays to try and keep the place looking reasonable.
This product comes in a 500g sized tub. The tub itself is rather small and easy to store but it's heavy because the paste is so thick and dense. There is a lot of helpful information printed on the sides of the plastic tub. On one side there is a complete list of what you can use this paste on and what not to use it on. There is also ingredient information, brand information and warnings.
I was surprised to read that this is not tested on animals and that it is suitable for vegetarians as it carries the Vegetarian Society approval stamp. Some of the ingredients were a bit surprising too as there is 5% vegetable soap included as well as perfume, limonene and citral. There are very few warnings about chemical irritants like I usually see on my cleaning products. According to a retailer website this product contains no harmful ingredients.
This paste is a mild abrasive and it should be used with caution to avoid damage to surfaces. However it can be used on ovens, stove tops, pans and other cooking ware. It can also be used on glass ceramic stoves, bath tubs (but not plastic ones), tiles and sinks, chrome, porcelain, enamel and metal objects as well as uPVC windows and doors and patio furniture. Things to avoid are gold and silver plated objects, highly polished stainless steel, brass and copper. If in doubt leave it alone, is my advice.
The tub has a plastic seal around it's lid which must be snapped off prior to opening. Then the lid can be prised off with ease. I was surprised by the appearance of the paste as it just looks like potter's wheel clay. It feels like that too and when using it there is a terrible desire to just play around with it and smudge it into silly shapes!
You can use with either a damp cloth or a nylon scouring pad. I first used this on my bathroom sink and found that I needed both a cloth and a pad. I worked the paste in with the pad and then rinsed with the damp cloth. When you work the paste onto the surface it becomes slightly foamy. The colour is a bit odd as it is mildly brown so it's hard to see if it's dirt and grime coming away or just the paste dissolving.
The paste is successful at cleaning hardened on grime in sinks as after using it in my bathroom on the sink and tiles and around the window the area was shiny clean. You don't need to scrub very hard at all - just work it around in a circle. However, the paste does require an awful lot of rinsing. After using it on my kitchen sink I thought I had rinsed properly only to return later and find the taps looking misty with dried on paste granules. You really need to triple rinse until all residue is completely gone.
I have since used this on porcelain items with great success. It removes stains from porcelain well. I have also used it on my dish rack and my vegetable rack. A paste is great for items like this as it gets right into those greasy corners and gets all the dirt out.
I have also used this on my doors and window frames and it really cleans them right up. I didn't even realise they were so dirty! However, the paste does leave a residue on the ground after cleaning so you may need to brush it away with a bucket of water.
As mentioned this is an abrasive paste so be careful with it as I have had one accident with my kitchen bin and ended up leaving marks on it.
I really love that the paste has such a mild and inoffensive fragrance. It is the softest hint of lemon you can imagine and leaves areas smelling fresh, clean and summery.
Overall I am really pleased with the bargain I managed to get and would certainly recommend this as a versatile and effective household cleaning paste. It's excellent at cleaning grease, grime, burnt bits, stains and dirt that has worked it's way into little nooks and crannies. It provides a lovely mild scent that isn't throat burning and which makes areas feel bright and clean. I would definitely buy this again and after a quick online search have discovered that it's sold at Lakeland and Amazon for less than £2 a tub. I would have to deduct one star from my rating due to the fact that not all surfaces (even on items the brand mention like ovens and patio furniture) are compatible.
Summary: Effective, better for the environment and you, cleans to a shine and freshens everything!
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