Product Type: SC Johnson Household Cleaning
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Member Name: star3683
Advantages: unique, amazing cleaning power, does not scratch surfaces
Disadvantages: limited information on pack, can be harsh to skin
Although I love having a nice clean and tidy home I am not a fan of cleaning and do not enjoy it one bit. This is especially true when it comes to cleaning things like the oven and hob, I find it hard work and tedious. But if you are armed with a good cleaning product it can make a big difference and one cleaning product that I always keep in is brillo pads! To me they are one of the best things ever for removing stubborn burnt on food from baking trays and the oven. My dad swears by these little soap filled pillows of steel wool and I do too.
Brillo pads are made by S C Johnson and come in a packet of 5 or 10 and can currently be purchased from Tesco for £1.20 for a pack of 10.
The brillo pads come in quite basic packaging comprising of a clear plastic tub covered with a sliver plastic film top. There is very limited information on the packet and it does not even give instructions for use. My only thinking behind this is that the brillo pads have been around for so long that it is taken for granted that people know how to use them.
The brillo pads look like little pillows and have a pink colour to them which is the soap contained inside. To use the brillo pads you simple wet them and then rub the pad over a surface which scrubs it and removes any marks and stains. As you use the pads the soap inside foams up, the cleaning action from the steel wool combined with the soap is pretty powerful. I find these pads most effective on my metal oven shelves as they remove any stains and burnt on food and bring them back to sparkling sliver again.
Now the pads can make a fair bit of mess as they leave a bit of a gritty soapy residue on the surface you are cleaning but this is easily removed when rinsing with water. One thing that has always amazed me with these pads is that they remove the grime without scratching the surface they are cleaning.
You do need to be careful with your hands when using these pads and I would reccommend wearing rubber gloves. As the pads are made from steel wool there can be sharp ends and I have sustainsed very small cuts before when using them. The soap also contains chemicals which may irritate your skin so it is advised to wash your hands after if you are not using gloves.
Overall I think these little pink steel pillows are just fantastic, they are unique and clean brilliantly and most importantly make cleaning my oven much less of a chore!
Summary: Brilliant cleaning where the advantages far outweigh the disadvantages.
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