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I am really insecure about visitors seeing my hob if it's dirty, so for such a long time I used the most toxic cleaners that gave me the worst headache. This all changed when my mother in law brought this into the house.
This has a very slight lemon scent that works perfectly well with everything else in my kitchen and the headaches are a distant memory!This is also a lovely creamy consistency and just cuts through grease and grime.
I find this best when left on the mess for a couple of minutes, wiped with a damp sponge and then all buffed out with kitchen towel. It does leave a little bit of white residue behind - it feels almost grainy - but this is soon moved with a damp sponge and does not cause any lasting damage.
I have found this also works perfectly on my sink, bath and tiles. As we have a very old house the tiles gets dirty very easily and this keeps the grout nice and clean.This is also the only thing that touches the mess in my oven.
This is also really clean and can be found so easily at poundshops and is often on offer at supermarkets.
I would also advise not to mix this with anything, as most of us know it can cause all sorts of problems.
To be honest I do not know what I did before I started using this. There are a tonne of cheaper versions out there, however after trying those I feel this one is worth it. I would pick this every time.
I remember I used to use Cif cream cleaner when it was still called Jiff. These days this comes in either the white or the yellow variety and they yellow one in the lemon scented one and the one which i prefer to use. This costs me just under two pounds and it comes in a tall fairly thick plastic container with a flip back lid so that i can get out the cream cleaning solution. I use this on a damp cloth and use it primarily in my bathroom and downstairs toilet. It works well and brings porcelain surfaces up to a nice shine but you have to put in a bit of elbow grease and it's not for everyone. My husband hates this stuff and says it's too much like hard work. I like the pleasant light lemon fragrance of this cleaner. It has to be rinsed off with care otherwise it can leave a slight chalky residue behind so I always make sure to rinse well with plenty of water after i have used this cream cleaner. I only ever need to use a small amount, even when cleaning larger areas such as the bath. I also find that this is a good cleaner for removing soap scum from around the taps and I also use it for cleaning around the toilet bowl. I know that there are a lot of cleaning products on the market right now which are perhaps easier to use than Cif however I really do like to use this as I find that I like the finished shine it gives to my bathroom, not to mention the lovely lemon scented fragrance. I would recommend it - it's well priced and it works.
I no longer refer to Cif accidentally as Jif. It's been around a long time now and I'm as familiar with the name change as I am with the product. I consider it a good cleaning product and I use it when I want a cream cleaner with a little more oomph than the budget supermarket cream cleaners.
Cif lemon comes in 2 different sizes; 250ml and 500ml bottles. You can use this product all around the house for a variety of jobs:
It's tough on burnt-on food, dirt, grease, soap scum, and watermarks.
The cream itself is a very pale yellow colour and smells lemony and fresh. The bottle advises that it contains micro-particles and degreasing agents which penetrate and lift up the dirt, bringing back the shine.
Keep out of reach of children. Contains limonene - which may produce an allergic reaction.
Experience of the product:
To use, just pour some onto the surface to be cleaned using a sponge or damp cloth, wipe and rinse. For more stubborn marks I tend to leave the product for a minute or two before wiping and rinsing.
The main areas I use this product on are: the sinks - I have 3 ceramic and 1 stainless steel sink to clean; two plastic baths, tiles in bathroom and kitchen, shower area.
In the bathroom, I find that it is very good at getting rid of soap scum and watermarks. It cleans these away with minimum effort and leaves a shine after rinsing. It is far easier to rinse than the budget brand which I also use and leaves a slightly better shine.
It does not remove the limescale from around taps well, nor does it make much impact on the browning effect which happens to the grout between the tiles, especially in the shower area. The Cif website advises that Cif Bathroom Cleaner is the one to reach for to get rid of limescale.
In the kitchen, it cleans my stainless steel sink well but doesn't completely get rid of the tea stains caused by members of the household who kindly drop teabags in the half sink. It gets rid of the grease on the tiles behind my cooker - but is a bit of a pain to rinse off there. I have to rinse out my cloth a few times and go over the same area until I can't see any residue. Maybe Cif EasyLift Kitchen Cleaner would be a better option for behind the cooker.
The bottle advises that for any new or unusual surface - try on an inconspicuous area first, rinse immediately and avoid heavy rubbing. To me, this is a kind of 'use at your own risk' statement. There are certainly surfaces you should never use this product on such as leather, linoleum and textiles. Personally, I also avoid using it on painted surfaces - I have tried to remove marks from painted surfaces with this product before and it was fairly obvious to me when I took a look at my cloth that I was rubbing off some of the paint as well. I could also see where I had been trying to get the mark off as there was a dull area on my painted surface. (I am happier removing marks from painted surfaces with a tiny blob of toothpaste on a damp cloth - this seems a gentler 'cleaner' - but I am going to put my own disclaimer on this. This is what I do - I am not advising it one way or the other.)
My window fitter advised me to use Cif to clean up my PVC rather than spend more money on a specialist product. So I clean up my PVC with it - but I am very cautious with the product, don't rub hard at the area being cleaned and rinse straight off. I am happy enough with the results - but again - I am not advising this one way or the other.
Overall, I find Cif a good cream cleaner which is versatile enough to be used for a variety of cleaning jobs around the house. But am I kidding myself, or is my memory beginning to go with old age? I am pretty sure it did a better job years ago - in the days before there weren't an army of products churned out by the same manufacturer to do similar jobs. I am pretty sure I didn't used to have to resort to bleaching my sink to get rid of those tea stains??
There are few people who love testing out new cleaning products than myself - I love to see the improvement they make, I suppose - but there is a limit to how many bottles of creams, sprays and mousses you would want in your house at any one time. I like Cif, it's a good, versatile cleaner which cleans with a shine and a fresh smell - but I wish it did a bit more. For the price difference between the budget cleaners and itself I feel it really ought to - and for that I will remove a dooyoo star.
Currently available: 500ml Cif Lemon fresh is £1.50 at Sainsburys, £1.67 at Tesco, £2 at Asda.
When it comes to Cif so many people either call it jif or comment on the fact they still can't get used to calling it Cif. I actually think I prefer the name Jif, but oh well, I guess we can't live in the past!
The price is usually £2.36 for a 500ml bottle. The price has increased a lot in the past few years. At one point the price of Cif was less than £1.50.
There are two types of Cif cleaning cream. The cream comes in white or yellow. Out of the two creams I do actually prefer the white original Cif one because as strange as it sounds it's only down to the color of the cream. I sound so picky! But as you would probably expect the lemon Cif is yellow and the original is white. This is the only reason I prefer the white one.
The Cif cream is chalky in its texture, this means unlike the Cif Actifizz cleaning solution, you must use a bit of elbow grease and work the cream into the surface you have applied it on in order to get rid of the chalkiness. I recommend using a cloth that has been rinsed in hot water or a sponge.
According to Cif:
You'll be amazed at what you can rejuvenate with our multipurpose cream. The millions of micro-particles contained in each drop will clean kitchens, bathrooms and more, delivering beautiful results scented with lemon!
The manufacturer's instructions for use are very simple:
Apply to surfaces using a damp sponge or cloth then simply wipe over and gently rinse away.
What I love about this product is a little bit of this cream does go along way. I am always cleaning so it is quite important to me that the product lasts a long time as it does save me a lot of money.
I use this cream in both my bathroom and kitchen. However, I find it most useful on my cooker. I have a vitroceramic hob so sometimes I find myself trying to get touch stains off it and nothing else seems to work other than this and stardrops!
After I cleaned the hob with this cream and a damp cloth I always dry it with a paper towel in order to ensure there is no streaks.
Cif has so many other products out now. One of my favorite products Cif has produced is the Actifizz. This is really easy to use because as I mentioned earlier it comes in a spray bottle, which I must admit I do prefer because it is much easier to use and apply onto surfaces.
Overall, I do really like the Cif cream, it does a good job at cleaning my kitchen and bathroom the only aspects of the product I don't like is the colour of this particular cream (so picky) and the fact it comes in a non spray bottle.
Cif Cream Lemon Fresh - price ranges fro £2 - £2.35 for 500ml at the major supermarkets currently on 3 for 2 at ASDA
This product comes in a tall, flat rectangular bottle with a flip top lid. The Product for me has so many uses.
The product itself is nice, and 'grainy' for want of a better word. It's a pale lemon colour, and has a scent that is not un-plesent.
It has many uses from cleaning your metal kitchen sinks to a brilliant shine to cleaning up your old kids toys. (This stuff is great)... I have no issues with the texture, but my sister who gets weirdly squeamish about these things has to wear gloves as the feeling 'goes through her'. (I just think she's allergic to cleaning personally).
For me though the main use for this product is to clean the oven. For it to work best you need a sponge with a scratchy side to it, (those ones with the built in green scourer)... It will need to be wet, and the oven will need to be warm. No you have to be super careful - liberally apply the Cif cleaner to the oven (it works a treat on the inside of the glass oven doors), and then rub, and scrub with the scouring sponge....
Obviously beware of the possibility of steam from the sponge, (it doesn't work as well if the sponge is dry). I personally remove the oven shelves also so they don't get in the way, and viola!!!! You have a clean oven in minutes - it takes just a fraction of the time that it normally would (possibly because of the danger factor associated with having your hand in a warm oven)....
I would highly recommend this product to friends, as it is just so effective. I'm a massive fan of simple cleaning if it works, and this stuff does.
I use many cleaning products at home some are branded products whilst others are simple value products and you tend to learn which is best for you after using the product for many various jobs.
Cif is a product I have used in the past and always had excellent results. This product comes in a rather lacklustre bottle which you squeeze and obtain a creamy liquid.
The liquid is not water but thicker and has a texture to it which you know will result in a good clean. I use this in a few various methods and the first is cleaning around my taps in the bathroom and the kitchen.
I used to use normal cleaners but within hours of cleaning those areas there would be smears and I would need to clean the area again. With this Cif liquid I tend to use a sponge more than anything else and slightly dampen it and squeeze a small amount of this liquid onto the sponge.
Usually I will use a circular motion to clean the taps and I find if you scrub it is a wasted amount of energy because all you need to do is slowly use your sponge and let the product do the work for you. I usually have water smears, smudges and occasionally soap marks on the taps so this product has to remove them all.
Without fail it manages to remove all those marks with little fuss. The fact that the product is a lemon flavour is excellent because you do get that aroma circulate around a room afterwards. There are many good parts to using this product and the first is you never normally need to go back and use more on a job.
I have used value products from the supermarkets and they are very runny and often you will always pour out too much on a sponge which actually creates more effort for you. This product you need a small amount and you end up with the best results.
I have used this on other items and more importantly for me is using this on my trainers. I like to walk my dog and go out and play tennis and my trainers are at times filthy and not due to mud but grass stains and water puddles.
I use this on my trainers and the results are superb. I used to have the old remedy or putting trainers in a washing machine but this took too much time and effort and then the idea about using Cif cream to clean them came to me and it has done well.
Like with the taps you need very little and you end up with excellent results. You still end up with the lemon smell which is nice and your trainers look amazing afterwards. Recently this item has been used in my kitchen more and the results are still perfect.
The one downside for me is the price because although a 500ml bottle can last me a few months the price you pay which is around £2.20 is quite a high amount for some people but if you want the best results go for the best brand.
I like to keep a bottle of Cif Cream around the house for cleaning up around the sinks and taps and also to keep the hobs clean in the kitchen. I have found that this cream has lots of uses, and it also works wonders on trainers to whiten them up.
This cream cleaner has a lemon scent that is very fresh and clean. I really like this smell and think that it makes the bathrooms and kitchen smell lovely and clean, it is quite a strong smell and lingers around for a while, but it is a nice smell and I like it when everything smells fresh in the house.
You can use this cream cleaner on a whole range of different surfaces, these include:
I have found that it is great to use on trainers to whiten them up. It is also fantastic to clean up taps and watermarks in the kitchen and works well on greasy surfaces and burnt food off pans and baking trays. It only takes a little of the cream cleaner to clean these surfaces.
It does not take me a long time to use this cream cleaner, you simply rub some on a damp cloth, clean the surface of whatever needs cleaned and then you rinse the surface with a clean cloth. It takes longer to clean some surfaces than others, for example it takes no time to freshen up a sink and taps, however it takes a little longer to clean pans with burnt on food and grease on them or to use this to whiten up trainers.
The only negative thing about this cream cleaner is that if you use too much of it at one time, it can be very hard to rinse off and this creates a scummy residue on the surfaces and looks dirty. However as long as you only use a little at a time, the cleaning results are great.
You can buy Cif Cream Cleaner Lemon Fresh in most supermarkets for around £2.50 for a 500ml bottle, I think that this is quite a good price as a 500ml bottle would last us quite a while in our house, and this cream cleaner really works well on a range of different surfaces in the house.
Overall I think that this cream cleaner is quite a good buy and I will definitely be buying it again. I would recommend this to anyone for freshening up surfaces around the house. Overall I would give this cream 4 out of 5 stars.
*also on ciao under lorrainek90
In the past I have tried to save money and bought cheaper brands of cream cleaner to use around my home. I thought they must all do the same job. But I have found that the CIF range of cleaning products is consistently good and stands out from the rest.
I use CIF mostly in the kitchen. It cleans stainless steel sinks and draining boards very well. It cuts through grease and the general build up you can get on kitchen surfaces and around the taps. I find it easy to wipe off, and finish with a buff from a clean dry cloth. The stainless steel really sparkles.
I use CIF on ceramic hobs too, instead of buying specific hob cleaners. With burnt on grease, I apply a bit of the cleaner with the rough side of a washing up sponge and leave the cream on for a couple of minutes. Then I find the built up grease can come off quite easily. It works just the same as Hob Bright but works out cheaper, because CIF does so many other types of surface too.
This is a good all rounder I would recommend for the cleaning cupboard.
Cif is a cleaning product that can be used around the home it is a cream cleaner rather than in a squirt bottle but it is very easy to use and I find it very effective. Here are a few things the bottle states about its cleaning power ,Tackles the toughest cleaning jobs in the kitchen, bathroom and all around the home, Cleans garden furniture and barbecues, The formula cuts through tough grease and lime scale, Leaves a deep down clean and a brilliant shine, Gentle on surfaces including enamel and vitroceramic.
It comes in a plastic bottle with a flip top lid which once lifted reveals a small whole for the product to pass through. The product is a cream and a good consistency it is not runny at all and this allows you to easily apply the amount of product you are aiming for without making a big mess. You only need to lightly squeeze the bottle for the product to flow easily out but not at a pace that it can apply too much. The smell is really strong from the second you open the bottle you can smell the scent of lemon which is one of my favourites for my household cleaning products.
I add a small amount to the sponge as that is all that is needed for it to help clean effectively and then just wipe over my sink and bath and it helps it come up clean with hardly any effort. There is never really any real mess maybe a little toothpaste but as it is done regularly nothing too stubborn but it brings them up shiny and clean all the same. There is a shine to the finished result after I have used it on surfaces which I like as it gives it a really clean feel and look.
I do find it helps if I have two cloths one to clean with the product and one to dry afterwards as sometimes using the same one to wipe away the product just results in adding more because of the consistency of it. Also using a dry cloth to buffer the sink and bath afterwards helps bring them up even better.
Sometimes if I have not used it for a while the opening to release the product can become bunged up but if you just rinse it with warm water it becomes clear again.
What I find with other crème cleaner is that they can dry out while I am still cleaning and leave marks that then need to be re washed but this works well with a little water it cleans well without drying out and there are no traces of the product after I finished.
While cleaning the scent of lemon is very apparent for the hole time and although it does not stay put for very long afterwards which is a shame as I like my cleaning products to make the room smell fresh it certainly helps keep the bathroom smelling a little nicer.
It leaves a nice shine and a clean finish which is obviously the result I am looking for so a big thumbs up from me. It helps to leave my bathroom looking refreshed and leaving a small fresh scent behind also.
My only negative is when I first used it I mistakenly added too much of the crème and this meant that it left marks after I had finished as it dried out while I was still using it as I over loaded the sponge although after that first mistake I have learnt how to use it properly and know that you really do only need a little bit it can be a pain if you use to much of this product.
The product is widely available at supermarkets and it costs around £1.80 for a 500ml bottle which as I only use it on my bathroom lasts me a few months easily which I think is great for the price. A little really does go a far way with this stuff and it gives a nice clean finish which is fantastic.
Over all I would recommend this product but I only use it for my bathroom so do not go through a lot of it. The texture is rather gritty but the clean shine it leaves and the smell win it for me and I will continue to use it for the near future. I have tried value brands version of this and it does work but I find myself being pulled back to this even at the more expensive price range.
I love the smell of Lemon, especially for cleaning around my home because it gives for a really nice fresh smell in my opinion. I have bought this cleaner many times in the past because it is a very well known brand. It is a cleaner that I find is a delight to clean with for my home too. It makes cleaning more of a pleasure than a chore when I use this one. I also do love cleaning I must admit.
It comes in a tall, yellow plastic bottle with a flip back top. It also has a small hole at the top of the bottle to release the cleaner. Immediately flipping back the top the Lemon smell is apparent, it smells gorgeous and so lovely and very fresh in my opinion. The cleaner is a cream and is white in colour and it is quite rich and not at all runny. It does not drip from the bottle. It is just a smooth, soft creamy cleaner. It is also very easy to squeeze from the bottle with very little effort needed.
Only a small amount is needed on a damp cloth to clean around the home. I use it to clean my bathroom sink and my kitchen stainless steel sink too. It is not too abrasive a cleaner and so it does not scratch the surfaces of the sinks. It is good not to keep on scrubbing sinks though with any kind of cream cleaner. The same goes for any surface if you keep on scrubbing it, it can scratch and so it is good to not use it too heavy handed.
This one does glide across surface really well to clean them. It does not dry on the surfaces while using it as I have found some other cream cleaner to do. This one is perfect for the amount of time it is being used. It is also very easy to rinse and when it is rinsed it does tend to foam a little and it can be used with the water to clean more of the surface.
I use this one to clean my plastic garden chairs some of the chairs have a groove design and sometimes they get a little dirty from the rain etc in the garden. This cleaner cleans them very well and gets into the grooves well. I use it to clean taps, tiles and anywhere I need to use a cream cleaner. Also I have used it for cleaning my cooker top. I have used it very gentle in this area and taken great care not to scrub it. Just a gentle wipe over it is all that is needed to refresh it and clean it.
Once rinsed it does give for a good shine on surfaces. It gleams and I certainly know it has worked very well with this one. It also has a lasting smell in the rooms because the Lemon is quite a strong smell. After using this one for tapes etc and it has dried I just buff the surface with a dry cloth and it shines well.
I have cleaned my grandson's little plastic table he uses to do crafts etc and it removes the dirt and dried on food that my grandson may have eaten at the table while playing. He role plays now and often plays with a tea set and the sugar in the bowl has dried onto the table with the water he has used from the teapot lol. The cleaner has removed these stubborn food particles really well.
I usually pay just over £2 for this one for a 500ml bottle, I think this is a good price for this very well known brand and for the way it cleans too. It is extremely good quality and super value for the price and worth every penny in my opinion.
I am very happy to recommend this cleaner for anyone looking for a good brand. I will definitely keep on buying this one because it gives me all the results that I expect from a branded cream cleaner. It is affordable and the bottle lasts such a long time because of the amount that is needed to clean surfaces.
If you love the smell of Lemon I think you would most certainly love this one in my opinion. Well worth every penny spent with this one.
The bottle can be easily recycled after use too.
I give this one 5 stars.
Thank you for reading my review and I hope it has been of some help.
Cif Cream lemon cleaner is another fantastic cleaner in the CIF range that I have personally used many times before and I can really recommend it as a very superfast and quick efficient cleaner.
It manages to have the ability to get marks off woodwork (especially the white laminate kind) in our back bedroom where our son has scuffed the paintwork with his football boots and other paraphernalia.
It is used neat for this purpose and I just squeeze a bit onto a clean damp cloth and then rub over. You don't have to use to much effort to get the stains off. Rinse afterwards and it will come up looking great I always find.
This cream has tiny little rough particles in it which helps to erradicate the marks from most things I have tried using it on. It has a really lovely mild lemon scent and the only thing I am probably not too keen on with this cleaner is that it leaves my hands and fingers feeling rough and dry with a strange kind of sticky residue.
Also, if I wash my hands afterwards then I still find that the feeling and smell lingers on for quite some time afterwards. For this reason, I would recommend that if you use this cleaner that you do wear protective gloves to avoid this problem.
For 500ml it costs about £2.70 and this isn't a lot of money as one large plastic tube of this size will probably last you for ages. I use ours regularly but one bottle will last me good five months or so.
Review also posted on Ciao as sorehead
I have recently tried out the Cif Cream Lemon Fresh cleaner and this is my review.
I got the bottle of Cif Cream Lemon Fresh in Sainsbury's about a month ago and it cost me £2.30 for the 500m bottle. This is dearer than a lot of other house hold cleaners but with the Cif Cream it will last for a long time cos the cream is very thick and so I do not need to use to much each time.
I buy all different types of cleaner fluid and liquids to do my house work and I think that some cleaner fluids work better in the kitchen and some are good in the bathroom. The Cif Cream Lemon Fresh Cleaner is something I have bought for a long time cos I think it is really good at cleaning up my white bathroom suite and it makes it really clean and gives a nice shine to it.
The Cif Cream cleaner used to be called Jif cleaner but the name is the only change I have ever known to the cleaner even the bottle is quite like how it used to be. It is maybe not the most popular choice of bathroom cleaner but I think it works very well and I have bought it for years and probably will buy it for years to come.
The liquid is a thick cream and is not see through or runny so you only need to use a small bit on your cloth or squirt a bit into your bath tub or sink. I like to use very hot water to spread the cleaner around the bath and then I clean it with a soft cloth and rub it all over the bath tub. It takes a bit of time to rinse it all off from the bath cos it is so thick and creamy.
Once it is rinsed off I get a clean cloth and rub all over the bath tub and this is what gives the bath tub its nice shine cos the Cif Cream Lemon Fresh is quite powdery and creamy and it leaves behind a bit of powder on the bath that helps to buff the bath tub up and gives it a shine. This means that all of this takes a bit longer to wash your bath out than using one of the modern spray cleaners you can get nowadays but you can notice the difference and the extra time and more hard work than normal is really worth it cos there is such a good clean look to the bathroom after I have used the Cif Cream Cleaner.
Sometimes there is still a bit of white powder dried in onto the bath tub and this has been left behind after I have used the cleaner and so it needs to be rubbed with the cloth again or needs to be rinsed off and this can be a bit annoying sometimes cos you think you have finished with washing your bathroom and then you notice a bit of the powdery cleaner has been left behind. I always take my time rinsing the bath tub off cos the Cif Cream Cleaner can be bad for leaving behind soapy powder if you try and rush it.
I use the Cif Cream Lemon Fresh cleaner for other house work and chores in my house to and think it is very good for giving a nice clean shine to the plastic white window sills I have at my house. It brings them up really well and leaves them looking spotless and I only need to use one small spot of cleaner on my cloth or rag to get a good clean on the window sill.
I would suggest giving the Cif Cream Lemon Fresh Cleaner a try out cos I think it is a really good house hold cleaner to buy and it works very well. I know it is dearer than a lot of other house hold cleaners but with the Cif the bottle will last you for a long time cos you only need to use a small amount when you use it.
A good lemon cleaner is essential in a home. Especially if you have White cupboards or bathroom furniture that you want to keep looking fresh, new and white. It can also be use to rejuvenate tired White trainers and lifts the dirt straight off, leaving you with a shiny new looking pair of running shoes!
*price and availability*
For a 500ml bottle it costs around £2.70. It is available at most supermarkets and is one of the more expensive cleaning products on the aisle.
The Cif lemon cleaner comes in a squeezy yellow coloured bottle with a green lid that flips up to reveal the pourable hole that helps prevent you squeezing out too much liquid and controls the flow.
The liquid itself is quite runny but thick. It is like a cream when it is dispersed but feels slightly abrasive as it contains micro particles. The colour of the cream is yellow and it smells like lemons and bleach. The lemon is supposed to help clean while the micro particles lift off ingrained dirt.
The Cif cleaner works very well on my White kitchen cupboards. It lifts grubby marks off that usual cleaners can not remove and makes them look white and fresh.
It is really easy to use with minimal elbow grease and you only need a small amount to have the desired effect. The cleaner works best when applied to a damp cloth as occasionally if used neat, it can leave a chalky film on surfaces. Therefore a damp cloth simply dilutes the product a little, making is easier to apply and also making it last longer. The product instructions avoid against harsh rubbing, as it contains micro particles, if you go pushing it on too hard, you could end up scratching whatever it is you want to clean.
I have used Cif cleaner on my White bathroom suite and tiles. The bath looked brand new and didn't have any unsightly tide marks or the like. The tiles also looked clean and dried without any streaks. The product advises against use on linoleum and textiles as it could distort the colours.
A small squirt of the Cif cleaner removes dirt and disinfects so the bottle does last a while. I do not use it as an everyday cleaner, I prefer spray bottles to act as a disinfectant. I use the Cif cleaner when I need that extra sparkle. It is always great to have in the cupboard, especially for use on trainers for example. A small squirt on a cloth, if rubbed into the shoe will have them looking like new in no time.
I find that Cif can be a little rough on my hands and often leaves my fingers feeling a little dry and sore. For this reason I always use marigolds when I use this product.
For as long as I can remember, my family or should I say my Mum have been using Cif to clean around the house, in fact it's one of the few products that my Mum swears by. I might just add that Cif used to be known as Jif and that the name changed several years ago due to, as I understand it the difficulty in pronouncing this name in different countries. This is a product which claims to be able to clean any surface, in fact it advertises being able to clean the bathroom, garden furniture and barbeques. So is it as good as it claims?
The Packaging ~
The Cif Cream Lemon Fresh comes in a 500ml upright container which is light yellow in colour with a green cap lid. The colours themselves fit well into the cleaning isle of any supermarket blending in with the usual whites, blues and greens that are generally associated with cleaning products. The latest bottle illustrates the power of cleaning by showing a pair of trainers, an oven hob and a tricycle to demonstrate how versatile this cream really is.
The Product ~
The cream itself can be poured from the green cap lid with little fuss. The cream is light yellow in colour (again to match the bottle) and is of medium/ light consistency which stays in a steady pool of liquid until rubbed onto a surface. The cream does indeed give off a very lemony and clean scent; it is very noticeable having cleaned a room with it that this has been used as it smells so fresh. Cif claim that this cream is gentle enough to use on various delicate surfaces including enamel and vitroceramic and cuts through grease effectively.
To apply, the product can be poured onto a damp cloth or sponge and lightly rubbed onto the surface of the offending material. The cream should then be rinsed off to leave the surface sparkly clean.
The Price ~
The price for a bottle of Cif Cream Lemon Fresh can be yours for around £2 - £3, I have recently checked prices online and it is now in the main supermarkets for £2.35.
I have been using Cif for a number of years and have tested it on a number of surfaces although, not as the picture shows on trainers. The strength of Cif lies in its ability to be able to cut through both kitchen grease and the lime scale build up which occurs in and around the bath tub and sink. This makes it a very versatile cleaning product.
I regularly use Cif on my oven hob and it cuts through the greasy stainless steel surface with ease and is also good at removing tougher baked on stains if left for a few seconds and then rubbed off. This product is good on sinks and I regularly use it to clean my ceramic kitchen sink as it brings the white up to sparkle. I also use this cream cleaner to clean my entire bathroom. However it should be added that to make this cream go further, just add a lashing of water for the cream to really foam.
This product is also good for cleaning kitchen work surfaces. However, a word of caution, if not rinsed off thoroughly this cream can leave a dusty surface to the worktop and it is therefore worth really washing it off. I have used this cream cleaner on plastic garden furniture and can safely report that it cleaned the surfaces up well and left them gleaming.
Overall this is a brilliant cleaning product from Cif which if used properly is really effective at cleaning up regular household grease and grime and one bottle lasts for a good few months. As a result I am scoring this product 5 stars.
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I have always liked to use a cream cleaner in my bathroom and my favourite at the moment is this Cif Cream Lemon Fresh cleaner. It comes in a 500g bottle which is a distinctive yellow in colour. You can currently buy it in Tesco for £2.45 but as a little goes a long way it lasts for quite a while.
When using it for the bathroom sink I squeeze a small bit onto my scouring sponge on the scourer side and then wet it a bit under the tap. I find cold water is just as good with this cream as using the hot water. My sink can get quite scummy after the other two in my household have had their morning washes, especially after my Other Half has had his shave so a quick go round with the scourer and a bit o Cif and it all comes of as easy as anything. The cream suds up quite nicely and you can feel the creamy texture of it as you are cleaning. When all the dirt is off you need to rinse the sink out, I usually use the other spongey side of the scourer and give the sink a good slush around. It always comes up nice and sparkling clean.
The same comes to doing around the bath, although I usually squirt a line of the Cif direct from the bottle around the edge of the bath. I comes out in a thin line so you are not using up loads of it and you don't need it to go everywhere, just so its easy to spread it around the whole area. The scourer with the Cif gets all the dirty marks off of the bath straight away without too much having to rub and scrub. Then after wards I try to get most of the suds and cream that's left over down into the base of the bath with the sponge side of the scourer and then swish the shower hose around to get rid of everything else.
The cream has a lovely clean smell to it, you can smell it as soon as you pour some out onto the sponge and after you have cleaned around the bathroom it leaves the lemony smell in the air and makes your bathroom smell nice and clean.
The latest adverts for Cif say you can use the cream cleaner for much more than just your bathroom. This is true, we have used it for a few things as well, including washing out buckets after doing wall paper pasting, cleaning my daughter's dirty bike wheels when she came in with mud all over them, and cleaning the plastic garden chairs. The ads say use them for cleaning your trainers, but I had never tried this before, I have always put our trainers in the washing machine to clean them but thought I would give it a go on my own ones to try it out.
My trainers are the white kind with no fabricy bits on them, just normal trainer stuff. The bit around the bottom of the trainer is sort of rubbery and it was looking quite a dirty colour. I used my trusty sponge scourer and a tiny bit of Cif and started on one of them. I was really surprised that the dirt was coming off so easily and the trainer was looking much cleaner in no time. I gave a good going over and then rinsed off the excess cream using the sponge side of the scourer which I had rinsed under the cold tap and then rung out so it was just damp. I then buffed it up with an old rag and put it next to the other shoe. it was definitely much cleaner and the added bonus was that the inside was not soaked like if you wash them in the machine, so I did the other one to match. Hence it wasn't long before my Other Half noticed my gleaming trainers and I was co-erced into doing his ones too. They also came up a treat on the outside although I didn't do anything to ward of the stink coming from inside them.
I would recommend this cleaner and give it 5 stars as I think it is well worth the money you pay for it. A bottle of this lasts us at least two months, may be even more and our bathroom always looks nice and clean.
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