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      04.06.2014 20:17

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      Never again

      Before I started to use my Mr Muscle glass and window cleaner I was using Cif glass and window wipes simply because they sounded like a great idea at the time, they were only 31.29 in Home Bargains and also I have used Cif products before and I have been pleased with the overall results. All three seemed like very good reasons at the time for opting for these handy little wipes and so i gave them a try. I have been so very disappointed with them and I wont' ever be using them again. I believe there were about forty of these wipes in the pack when I bought them but it was a few months back so I cannot properly recall the exact quantity. They look and feel pretty much like any other most cleaning wipe except I would say that these are slightly wider width ways than my Parazone toilet wipes. They also sell a lot nicer than the Parazone wipes do. The first time I used them was on my shower door and to be honest I was so taken aback by the huge amount of streaks these eipes left behind that I thought I must have been using them incorrectly. They smeared like nobody's business and left unsightly streaks all the way down the shower door. In fact it was so bad that I had to go over them with a clean cloth and try to buff all of the marks off the glass after using these wipes. They came in a resealable pack but I actually found them to be over-moist and the top never seemed to seal back down securely and would constantly curl up at the edges. It was really annoying. When I tried to use them on the inside of my front windows they were just so small that I found I was having to use a lot of wipes in one go and this resulted in me using best part of a whole pack in one go! Apart from having to use so many of these wipes, I hated the way they messed up the glass and my windows looked worse than before I had started. These might seem like a good idea in theory but I advise anyone to give them a very wide berth.

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      11.09.2012 15:21
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      A poor performing product

      Cif Glass & Window Wipes - when purchased these were 2 for £3 at ASDA

      Now I hate cleaning glass I think it stems from having worked in a jewellers. All those glass cabinets, and mirrors... So any product that will aid me to do this easily I feel is worth trying...

      These wipes them selves are like most other wipes in packs in that they are nice and strong made of something cheaper than actual cloth, but much stronger than kitchen roll...

      They can be nicely and easily used to wipe down windows (I found them beneficial between 'proper' clean behind the kitchen sink where I get splashes on the windows). However I have to say apart from the ease of use for me these were a big waste of money. They would wipe the muck off, but unless you used kitchen roll or similar to dry the window off they would leave streaks. This was even worse when using them on mirrors.

      It would also take lots of wipes to clean any large window. I counted 12 when I last did the inside of the front window with them.

      When taking into account the sheer volume needed to clean any area, and the fact that you needed to 'dry' the window with kitchen roll after use, it seems much more economical and effective just to use window cleaner, or vinegar.

      I wouldn't reconnected these to people as they just weren't very effective for me, and seem to be a pricey way to get a poor finish when cleaning windows.

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      08.12.2011 19:00
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      Not something I recommend

      Cif Glass & Window Wipes come in a little resealable pack of twenty and cost around £1.50 and are available in most supermarkets and Pounland and Home Bargains, where you will no doubt find them much cheaper as I tend to do with so many household items.

      The cloths are quite large and stretchy and don't shred or get damaged even after you tug at one for a bit in my personal opinion.

      I would personally not recommend these wipes at all. They were used numerous times to clean our (not very dirty) kitchen windows (inside) and also the bedroom windows (inside) and every time we immediately thought they had done a good job, as soon as the sun came out and shone through the windows at tea time there was a very big area where you could quite clearly see bad streaks and smears.

      We gave them the benefit of the doubt and tried again and again and this time used more wipes and applied more pressure, but again they still left smears and marks which were not even there before we had cleaned the windows. NO matter how much we tried we just seemed to be making the smearing worse.

      They are a pleasant smell, if a little unusual, melon-like and not too heavily scented, but I do not rate this product highly and think that using newspaper and vinegar would be preferable and be a lot less hard work (not to mention, cheaper).

      Review also posted on Ciao as sorehead

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      03.03.2010 22:45
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      I probably wouldn't bother

      Cif Glass & Window Wipes


      Mr Siamese and I have quite a lot of mirrors and glass in our home and along with the windows, like to keep it as clean and sparkling as possible which helps make the rooms seem bright and airy. I am one of those people who doesn't particularly enjoy housework, but like to make it as easy as possible so that my house looks good. I do find it relaxing to have my home clean and fresh at all times though so getting the housework out of the way with the minimum fuss is the best option in my opinion - at least until I win the lottery and can pay someone else to do it for me!

      When I saw these wipes for sale in my local supermarket recently, I thought they seemed like a good idea and so bought a pack to try. A pack containing 20 wipes will cost you around £1.80- usually but I found them for sale for just £1.

      The wipes come in a plastic pack which you have to be careful to reseal to prevent them drying out. This is not as easy as it sounds so be careful! They are quite moist (at least until they begin to dry out) and a decent enough size but to be honest, they are not particularly effective at getting stubborn marks from glass.

      They have a slightly chemical smell to them which reminds me of cleaning fluids and alcohol. They do smooth over glass quite well but despite being moist, have to be scrubbed quite hard to get rid of marks. I was also very disappointed to note that they left smears on the glass which then had to be rubbed away with a duster. I couldn't help thinking that I could have saved myself the money and used a duster the first time, like I would usually do.

      These wipes are a good idea but unfortunately do not really do the job they are designed for. They have a slightly unpleasant smell and leave smears on glass and windows instead of leaving them sparkling clean. Overall, the wipes were a disappointment and I certainly wouldn't bother buying them again. Back to the leather shammy for me!

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      17.10.2008 14:39
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      Keep your money!

      My wife has many talents and I am proud of her truly I am but when it comes to cleaning windows the woman just cannot do it.

      It is the one part of the housework always left to me, cleaning windows, mirrors or indeed anything glass, the other day however I came home from work and standing in front of our huge living room mirror was my wife armed with what looked like a baby wipe and about to attempt to clean the mirror.

      I asked her what she was doing trying to take over my job, she replied "I have bought these new Cif glass and window wipes and after reading the packet I reckon I can't go wrong". Well wrong she did go but this time it was not her fault because with the same Cif wipes in hand I could not get a clean streak free mirror either yet as soon as I reverted back to the MR Muscle glass cleaner the mirror was done in a jiffy.

      These wipes talk a good job but they were a real waste of money, £1.40 for 20 wipes to be exact. The packet makes them sound great and when you open the packet they small nice and on removing a wipe you start to think this is going to be the easiest and most convenient way to clean glass ever but you are soon proved wrong.

      The wipes don't really clean they just wipe the moisture in them all over the glass for as long as you care to stand there wiping then dry in all streaky.... EVERY TIME!

      The worst window or glass cleaner ever...... with the possible exception of my wife!

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        17.10.2008 14:19
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        good at removing dirt but still need to buff

        Cif Glass and window wipes sounded ideal for me when I saw them in the supermarket. I am forever cleaning my front bay windows. No, I am not mad or a cleaning lover but I have a puppy who loves nothing more than sitting with her nose against the windows watching the world go by. This results in lots of smudge marks as you can imagine. So I was very keen to try the wipes out.

        The wipes are packaged in a bright blue plastic packet. They come with a resealable packet which helps keep the wipes moist. Each packet contains 20 wipes. The wipes are soaked in an unique formula containing alcohol to allow easy cleaning of windows and mirrors.

        The wipes themselves are described as extra large which is a bit of an exageration I would say they are a bit bigger than a face flannel. The wipes themselves are quite thick. They do not have a strong smell just a fresh cleaning smell.

        When I used them on my windows I found that they removed the dirt and grime very well. They were plenty moist enough to do a couple of windows per wipe. However although they cleaned they did not do the whole job for you. After there were lots of streaks left behind so I had to get the kitchen towel out to finish the job.

        When I used on my mirrors I found the same problem I had to buff them well after. They did shine nicely after though.

        The wipes were priced at £1.49 and I purchased mine from the supermarket.
        I will not be buying them again simply because I wanted something to do a quick job. However I can get the same results using the conventional window cleaning methods for less money and the same time spent.

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          26.03.2008 10:36
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          A waste of time and money. Not effective.

          If there was a prize for the world's worst window cleaner, I would certainly get it. My talent isn't restricted to windows either. I can make a mirror look worse than it did before I cleaned it. Somehow, I can make a window that's a little bit dirty into a streaky mess.

          I was sceptical when I first decided to try Cif Glass & Window Wipes because I had tried so many different things to solve the problem. A pack of Cif window wipes cost around £1.40 and you get 20 good sized moist glass cleaning wipes for your money.

          I have no idea how big these wipes actually are but they are big enough to get hold of without having to hold them with the ends of your fingers. (I once bought polishing wipes that were so small that I had to hold them between finger and thumb to use them!) I certainly wouldn't term them extra large wipes though.

          The pack is a blue plasticy feeling soft one which refuses to reseal after you have opened and closed it a few times.

          These wipes smell okay. The smell isn't strong but it isn't one of those horrible chemical type smells either. They did make me sneeze at first, but there are many things that do that, I'm a freak!

          They are very moist as they contain alcohol which is supposed to evaporate and leave the glass sparkling, according to the blurb on the packet.

          They were certainly effective at cleaning the dirt from the windows but left streaks all over the place. I had to resort to polishing with a soft cloth to get them clear. That's not my idea of easy window cleaning. I want something I can wipe over and leave to dry.

          The only foolproof way of cleaning windows that I have found is to use crumpled up newspaper moistened with a little warm water and a drop of washing up liquid. Rub well and the glass will gleam, changing the paper as needed. However, that's too much like hard work for me. Housework is my least favourite occupation. |I really don't have time for it.

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            20.09.2003 20:10
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            All forms of housework repel me, and cleaning windows has to be the most repellant of all. But, realizing I hadn?t cleaned mine for a good year the other day, I bit the bullet and went down to the supermarket to get some solution. I?ve always used old-fashioned pink windolene ? damned hard work but very effective. However, my local Sainsbury?s didn?t have any, so I needed to choose another option. I went for Cif Glass and Window Wipes, mainly because they were a BOGOF, and partly because the blurb on the pack made it seem so wonderfully easy. I came away with two packs, each containing 20 extra large wipes, for a little over a pound, and a sense of optimism, knowing that I?d soon breeze through the whole house with these easy-to-use, time-saving cloths. The Wipes: They come in a blue resealable plastic pack and, as stated, there are 20 ?extra large? in each. On taking one out, I couldn?t help but wonder what Cif?s idea of ?large? or even ?medium? must be like, as these ?extra large? were actually smaller than some kitchen surface wipes I use. They smell clean and slightly chemical, but not unpleasant. They are slightly damp, but not wet like kitchen or bathroom wipes can be. According to the pack, they are suitable for windows, mirrors, PC/TV screens, car windscreens, and anything else you have in glass or plastic. How to Use: Take a wipe, wipe your window with it, throw wipe away. Couldn?t be simpler. And, as the pack says, you get ?sparkling results?. Fantastic. Or so it seemed? Effectiveness: The wipes were fantastic at removing grime. I had a year?s worth of the stuff ? including the effects of smoking cigarettes ? and the wipes shifted it effortlessly. Because there was so much dirt on my windows, I then used a second wipe just to make sure I?d got them totally clean. When I stood back and admired the view, my windows looked very streaky. However, as the pack
            stated that the wipes contained alcohol which would soon evaporate to leave those ?sparkling results?, I wasn?t too worried and moved on through each room in the house. When I finished in room eight, I returned to room one to assess the results of my labours now that that alcohol had disappeared. Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear. My windows looked worse than before I?d started. They were nothing but streaks and cloudy circular buff marks. They were almost opaque. My whole house was the same, as was my TV screen, PC screen and all my mirrors. Thinking that maybe I hadn?t worked hard enough to remove all grime, I took another wipe and did one window again. Same result. No, in fact it was even worse. I went out into the street to get another perspective. Dreadful. My house was the shame of the street. Defeated, I got into the car and drove off in search of some of that old-fashioned pink windolene so I could start again and do it properly. Conclusion: Cif Glass and Window Wipes make a travesty of the Trades Descriptions Act. They do not do what they say they do. They make your windows worse. Avoid at all costs. Plea: If anyone knows a foolproof and not too laboursome way to really get windows clean and sparkling, please, please let me know.

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              30.05.2002 20:46
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              Cleaning windows is one of my least favourite occupations (after ironing and washing up) so anything that claims to make this easier and quicker is a must for me. I was very pleased when a package arrived, on my doorstep one morning, comtaining a free pack of 40 extra large Cif Glass and window wipes. For one thing they were "free" ( a certain way to get my attention) and they said for "QUICK, EASY, SPARKLING RESULTS" on the packet....Ok, so they'd caught my interest...could they keep it? According to the packet the wipes are soaked in a solution containing alchohol which should remove "dirt, grime and fingerprints"; ideal for a house like mine! The ingredients don't give much information saying that "Cif Glass & Window Wipes Contains Amongst other ingredients :Preservatives". I would like to know more about what I am using and hope that the Company will change their labelling to keep us more informed. That's one gripe with the product...would there be more? I decided to give them a quick test to see what they could do. My back door is a "barn door" style, with two glass panels, which very often has sticky finger marks and dirty marks on it. When cleaned it is only a matter of moments before it looks grimey again! I must be one of the only people who likes it to be cloudy....the door doesn't look half as dirty when there is no sunlight shining through. Packet examination was over...it was now time to test the wipes! They sounded great; would they live up to expectations? I unsealed the pack and removed one wipe, being careful to follow the pack instructions and re-seal the bag securely to stop the remainder drying out. This done, I proceded to clean the top panel of the door. I was ashamed at the amount of dirt that came off, but very pleased to see that it was leaving a clean surface behind. One wipe did the whole of the panel, both inside and out, and the g
              lass did seem to sparkle as promised. So far so good! When I returned to the window there were a few smears, but I think this was more because I rushed the job and because the door was very dirty. It did, however, look pretty good and immediately made me want to clean the bottom panel to match....must be good because I'm not usually known for cleaning voluntarily! I am still working my way through the free sample I recieved, but I am pretty sure that I will be buying a pack when these run out. I have seen them for sale in Wilkinsons at around £1.50 a pack...not a bad amount for something that will make my life a lot easier! They are available in a lot of shops; you should have no problems getting them from your local supermarket or general discount store. There seem to be offers too, so look out for coupons or any "buy one get one frees" that may be lurking! They come in a variety of pack sizes; either in 5's, 20's or 40's, depending on your personal needs. You can send for a large pack of 40 as a free sample from the product web-site (address below)...they last for ages and I think this a really good offer! I don't think that they will completely replace traditional methods of window cleaning, but they make a very good quick alternative for cleaning any glass products; my husband says they make his spectacles come up lovely (and he is very fussy about smeared glasses)! I would recommend Cif Wipes, particularly for cleaning mirrors, computer screens and other glass and plastic surfaces. Just remember to follow the pack instructions and don't use them on plasma televisions or lap-top screens. Don't forget to shop around for the bargains and don't expect them to perform miracles.....they are only wipes after all! They are a handy little product to have in your cleaning cupboard. I'm sure that if you look in the cupboard under my sink you will find a packet there ready
              for action! Give them a try and see what you think.....now if they actually did the cleaning for you...... For further info you can check out the Cif Glass and window wipes web-site: http://www.masatomo.org/lemonation.showcase/sites/cif/ (you can even get some cleaning tips and info on other Cif products.) Or call the careline on: For more information on CIF wipes please call the Lever Careline on 0800 776646. [Mon-Fri, 9am - 5pm]

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                01.04.2002 21:11
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                Had seen the adverts and came across a website where you could get a sample from them. Well after several weeks they turned up and they weren't really anything to write home about. First, I thought that they were baby wipe repackaged, but thought that baby wipes would do better at cleaning. The problem I found with these were that you need to do a very small amount each time, say 1cm at a time, then instantly wipe off the residue or else it smears like crazy. Now I know what you're thinking, he was doing it when there was direct sunlight on it, but no, this was done in January, no sunshine at all. I imagine that they can be useful in the car for clearing small amounts of rubbish off your windscreen. That annoying bit of bird muck that smears over the screen when you put the wipers on, but for household window cleaning, forget it. Best tip is to get two pieces of old newspaper, a bowl of warm water, and put a bit of vinegar in the water. Soak one piece of paper, then use this to wipe the windows, then dry off with the other piece of paper. Always works for me, and cheap too!

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                  31.03.2002 04:17
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                  cif window cleaning wipes are a new product just brought out by cif.They are good for cleaning windows of all kinds, whether they are bullet proof , single or double pane, or even window walls.Inmy opinion cif wipes are a thing that families have been crying out for for ages. These wipes are easy to use and are clean.So all you ned to do is to take the wipe ,brush over the window and then throw away no-problem. One bad thing about these wipes is that they leave a terrible smell on your hands after you have used them. So in conclusion i think that these wipes ae good for people on the go but if you have time do the windows properly.

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                    07.02.2002 02:12

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                    I was wondering this, when using this fabulous good, and it really is fabulous, but then I thought: XXX X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X XX X XX XXXXXX XX XX XX XXXXX XXXXX X XXX X XX XXX XX XXXXX XXXX X X X X X X X XX X X X X X X XX XX X X X X XX X X X X X XX X X X X X X X XX X X X X XX X X XX X X XX XXXXXXXX XXXXXXXXXXXX XXXXXXXXXXXX XXXXXXXXXX XXXXXXXXXX XXXXXXX XXXXXX XXXXXXXX XXXXXXXXX XXXXXXXX XXXXXXX XXXXXXXX X XX X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X XX XXXXXXXXXXXX XXXXXXXXX XXXXXX XXXXXX XX X X X X X X X XX X X X X X X X X X X X x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x xx x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x and everything was OK. Isn't that great?!? IT was really great sitting in the theatre thinking that...may be you should try it....a great way to waste time and a lot of fun too. As you can see, this op is great and I am really enjoying writing it and wondering how many absolutely stupid people will read it!!! Obviously you are one of them!!!

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                    What's with this entire CIF lark? There was nothing wrong with the name Ajax. For what it's worth, this opinion is very negative from the very outset and therfore I know that I may get a few snotty comments. I was sent some of these wipes as a free sample and therefore cannot comment on the price of the product, and have not been impressed with it at all. Why on earth would we wish to buy a product, similar in style to babies bum wipes that once used and thrown away, are likely to end up in a large landfill site somewhere in Great Britain? I know that their are a large number of people that are very 'green' and recycle as much waste as possible (I for one am one of those people) but do we really need to create more waste than we need? Plain old-fashioned tap water with a teaspoon of vinegar, on a soft cloth gives better results than CIF, and is less damaging to the environment. CIF did not leave my windows sparkling, but instead left them full of smears. The cloth wipes dried out too quickly and my fingers absolutely reeked of chemicals. This is possibly one of the hardest opinions I have written, perhaps because I do not wish to be classed as a whinging planet do-gooder, or perhaps because I have so many negative opinions about such wasteful products (with silly names or not!) Complete waste of money.

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                      21.01.2002 20:04
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                      Thank goodness they were free, bcause I would never buy them!!! I got some free wipes from one of the many freebie sites. I was offered a sample pack of five but, due to delays, ended up with a pack of 40... still free. The print on the pack claims a shine with just a wipe and no smears... so I set to my task with hope of saving time... I used them first on my glass doors (each has 16 panes of 6" square glass in each) but found they left them misty, with a dust like smear, worse than they were when I started. I tried again and, so long as I done a good polishing job, with a dry cloth, as soon as I had wiped the glass they were passable... just... After the initial disappointment I decided to try them on the ornaments about the place, my wife collects anything that has more than one in the set.... While they still needed a buff up the results were great, same on the TV, fire front, picture frames and everything small. I would not rush out to buy these, it is easier, and cheaper, to but the spray, but given they were free at least I learned the cheap way. My opinion is... If you want an easy way to clean glass give these a miss and go for the spray.

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                        I'm not big on cleaning. It's not like cooking where people gather round and enjoy the results. I get a sense of relief when I've cleaned something, but it's got nothing to do with pleasure in the way that the house looks. It's just the knowledge that it's done and I won't have to clean it again until disgust drives me to do so. At school we did "Domestic Science". I think it's called Home Economics now, but in those days the object was to turn out girls who "did" either for themselves or for others. The teacher would tell us that a house should be clean enough to be hygienic and dirty enough to be a home. I'd like to blame her for what I've become but it wouldn't be fair, as she, after all, was not to know just how elastic I could make the definition of the word "hygienic". I went to someone's house last week. "Do come in" she said "and don't mind the mess". It was immaculate and I felt like a slug on a plate-glass window. It looked as though she was waiting for the photographer from Ideal Home. My home's full of people and dogs and the thing that they all do best is get the house dirty. If you came round of an early evening in the summer I'd be mortified if there wasn't a bottle of wine chilling but it wouldn't worry me if the windows were dirty. Why am I telling you all this? Well, I want you to know my standards. They're not high. "Medium" is perhaps overly generous. When you read someone's opinion on a cleaning product I think you need to know about their standards. If someone who lives in a hovel says that a product is wonderful you're probably not going to be impressed. Equally, if my acquaintance from Ideal Home said that a cleaner wasn't up to her standards you might think she was being overly harsh. Right, so you've got the (rather grubby) picture, the frame
                        of which I will get round to dusting eventually. You're probably wondering why I bought a packet of these Cif wipes. Well, one of the things that I hate about cleaning is all the paraphernalia that you need to do what should be a relatively simple job. I'd reached the stage where cleaning the windows meant a bucket of soapy water and cloth to wash the window (have you ever noticed how the water runs down your arm and drips off your elbow?) a squeegee to remove all the water from the window and a dry cloth to polish the window. Frankly the idea of getting all these together just bores me and I will jump at any lame excuse not to do the windows, or any other housework come to that. So, there I was walking round Tesco and I saw this packet of wipes. You open the packet, remove the wipe which is "soaked in a unique and fast-evaporating solution containing alcohol". It sounded like a bottle of wine, so it had my attention. This miracle of modern science and marketing then cleans the windows, the mirrors and other glass and leaves a dazzling shine. Then you throw the wipe away. No paraphernalia, you see. I picked up a packet and wandered round Tesco in the fond belief that my windows would be cleaned on a regular basis and the shine would be so dazzling that we'd have to wear sunglasses in the house. Yes, I know, I'm gullible and I've never quite lost the belief that one day my home will be a temple of efficient housekeeping, courtesy of Lever Brothers Ltd. I won't say that I dashed home and cleaned the windows. You wouldn't believe me if I did, but when I next convinced myself that the evil day could be put off no longer I opened the packet. The smell's not unpleasant if you're into sniffing that sort of thing, but I find the "wipes" a bit on the small side at roughly 31cm by 17cm, and these are described as "XL". There are twenty of them in the packet, by the way an
                        d I found that one wipe did a couple of medium-sized windows or the patio doors. I can hear you saying "Come on, tell us. Are they worth the £1.49 that you paid for them?" Well, no. They're not. I tried all ways to get a reasonable finish. I wiped from side to side, not forgetting the corners. "Always do the corners, girls and the middle will look after itself!" You see, I did listen in those Domestic Science lessons, occasionally. I rubbed with a circular motion. I jumped up and down and stamped my feet, but whatever I did I ended up with smears. I'd rather have dirty windows than smeared windows, so out came the paraphernalia and the windows were cleaned properly. The rest of the packet was thrown into the graveyard drawer where all such things are thrown. That was in the summer. We're redoing the kitchen at the moment and I've reached the stage of trying to rationalise all the accumulation of odds and ends in cupboards and drawers. Yesterday this packet surfaced and I started to think that perhaps it was me that hadn't given them a fair trial. Had I cleaned the windows when there was sun on them? Had the windows just been too dirty? I decided to give them another go. Well, it was that or read an exciting e mail entitled "This week's business news from Accountancy World". Were they any better? No. The windows were just as smeared and the squeegee came out again. When I washed the windows the cloth came away dirty. This time the packet's gone in the bin.

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