For cleaning the bathroom and kitchen there are lighter versions of the Cif Cream for about half the price, which I have bought as well as the cream in the upright bottle that just goes on to the cloth. This is 750 ml bottle costs about £3.00 from the supermarket. This Cif Power Cream Kitchen Spray is much stronger and has 'Active Sheild' on the new bottle.
PACKAGING / CONTENTS
It comes in the normal Cif bright yellow bottle, this current one has a green sheild on the front with Active Sheild Power Cream written on it. The bottle is 750 ml which is a big size ( 500ml being the average buy ). It is a nozzle spray one so you can just cover the floor or bath ( it says kitchen cleaner but I use it for any floor surface ).
There is a special Cif power cream for the bathroom with anti-limescale added to it.
This one has a lemon type smell, which is refreshing while you are cleaning, and doesn't seem to hang in the air for hours either.
The lighter less powerful versions of this in a spray bottle do not clean very effectively and you need to use a lot and also leave it for a while before cleaning. With this you can use a damp cloth and then wipe straight away and this will clean most things that are not ground in dirt, like under the cooker.
Mine has lasted quite a few months, using it every couple of days.
This Cif Active Sheild Power Cream is made by Unilever - Cif was formerly know to everyone in the UK as Jif and was introduced here in 1974 having started in France in 1969. In 2001 Jif became Cif and in 2005 the Power cream was launched.
'5-15%: Non-Ionic Surfactants, <5% Polycarboxylates, Perfume, Soap, Limonene, Geraniol, Benzisothiazolinone, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone'
Overall this Cif Power Cream Kitchen Spray is an effective kitchen cleaner that is packaged in a spray bottle, as opposed to the stand upright bottles with the tops that get all bunged up and take hours to get the liquid / cream out.
Cif Power Cream Kitchen 750Ml - currently £3 at Tesco
The product comes in a bright yellow bottle with branding, and on the back in massive letters it tells you it is an irritant. When cleaning small items I have not had issues, but I have done while cleaning the oven, so do use gloves. (Also be careful of eyes, and small children)... There are instructions on the back, that say not to use it on painted surfaces, or porous surfaces.
I originally bought this product on offer, and stuck it under the sink while I finished of whatever product I had been using before purchasing it.
Well what a mistake. It got dug out while looking for some kitchen wipes as I needed to change three of the four light bulbs in my kitchen light fitting. The light fitting needed a wipe down, and I figured that spraying it liberally with a liquid product would be a bad idea with it being electric and all...
Any way on failing to produce the required wipe products, I figured I should spray some of this onto a cloth, and give it a go. I should say at this point I have high ceilings, and need ladders to get to them which is why I wait for three of four bulbs to go (and I'm lazy)...
Anyway, the product has a standard on off type nozzle, and when it is originally sprayed it some out as little piles of foam. I figured if I were careful this would be OK so near the electrics. Each of the four bulbs has a round glass disc surrounding it that were awful. All dusty, and greasy. One touch with this foam, and the grime just wiped off. Now the second was a little bit more difficult, as I had popped the foamy bubbles, but two wipes, and it was clean...
Now at this point as I had to get down the ladders to reapply I thought I would try with my normal kitchen cleaner, and really it was awful, and I resorted to going back to the power spray.The product is seriously great - I tried it on my oven, and although better than most cleaners it was still the oven so not easily cleaned. (But better than most oven cleaners I've tried)... The product does say it will stop dirt from adhering, but I have yet to test this theory as I feel the oven would be an unfair test.
I would highly recommend this product as I frankly worked so well.
This is a cleaning product that I wouldn't usually pick up in the supermarket. This is because for the kitchen I either usually go for a foaming spray or just an anti bacterial cleansing spray. I have used this at my mums before too and remembered that it didn't really provide me with an easy clean. However, when doing my nans cleaning the other day she had this in the cupboard so this is what I used. I was expecting a decent clean really because cif is a well known brand, it's been a couple of years since I used this at mums so to be honest I'd forgotten exactly what it was like I just knew it wasn't a favourite.
The product comes in a trigger spray. The bottle is clear which allows you to see the product inside. I like this because it allows you to see how much of the product is left. It comes in a 750ml size which currently retails at £3 in Tesco. This is a little on the steep side but as with all cleaning products it can often be found on special offer.
To use the product is very easy, you simply spray some on the surface you wish to clean and then wipe over. The product is neon yellow so it is easy to see where you've sprayed it. However, although it is relatively easy to wipe away, I find it does leave a slight mark especially where it was initially sprayed. My nan has creamy coloured work surfaces and there were light white/yellow marks left which required some elbow grease to shift. Therefore, I would say that this takes longer to clean a surface with. However, it does cut through any grease or day to day marks and debris easily.
You don't need to use much of this spray, one measure dispensed by the spray will clean a few metres of work surfaces. I have sensitive skin but did not have any problems after using this.
The spray claims to repel future grease and stickiness and I think this is true to an extent as things are easier to wipe off.
The spray leaves surfaces looking shiny and clean and there is a very faint citrus aroma after using this. One disadvantaged for me is that it doesn't have any anti bacterial qualities which, for me are essential, especially in the kitchen. This can be rectified by a quick spray of dettol over the top but I would prefer it having anti bacterial qualities.
Overall I would say that this spray is ok. It does cut through grease and grime easily which is one of the advantages of cream cleaner however I don't like the marks it can leave and I would prefer anti bacterial qualities. I'm not sure if I would recommend this because if I need a cream cleaner I would rather use the traditional style because it has a thicker consistency and does not leave marks.
We quite like Cif products in our house and they seem to do a good job. One of the nicer ones is the Cif Lemon Cleaner. My dear other half seems to really like lemon cleaners - personally they are not my favourites, but as it is she who does most of the cleaning in our house, I cannot really complain too much.
This one comes in a clear plastic bottle with an ONN/OFF nozzle and it is simple and easy to use. The bottle is 750ml in size and we pay in the region of £2.65 for this. A bottle lasts us a long time, not because we don't clean very much, but just because you don't need to use a lot of this for it to do a really grand job in loads of places around the home.
We use this in the kitchen and the bathroom areas and have also used it in the conservatory for cleaning along the window sills where the spider droppings are in abundance.
It smells of great fresh lemons and never seems to leave any streaky nasty marks behind. We use it on the sink in the bathroom, the loo, the bath, the bidet, in the kitchen we use it on everything from the tiles to the kitchen sink. It smells clean and fresh and the aroma of lemons seems to linger around for ages after we have finished using this. We have also used it in the little lad's bedroom, on the side table where he leaves his sticky drinks containers when he has sleepovers.
Overall, it is a great versatile product that is useful for a wide range of purposes around the home. It's a good brand, it cleans well for a modest price and I cannot fault it
For most people, Easter is a pretty nice time of year. Heaps of chocolate, and extra night at the pub and a bonus lay in. Well, not for me. I work in a pub, I eat heaps of chocolate 365 and I don't think I've had a lay in since 1997 - so I can't really remember what one is.
So, Easter looms. I work in a pub and its a busy time of year, people really take advantage of that extra night and the subsequent lay in - and my rota is a little on the unrelenting side. But that's nothing, that's the easy bit. The tough bit come's later today; parental visit.
Unfortunately, not mine. Mine know what I'm like - they expect a mess. The girlfriends parents however have little idea we live like slobs. With her parents working in education, its an early Easter visit from them - taking advantage of the school holidays this forthcoming week. So, in preparation for their visit later today we have a lot of cleaning to do - especially the kitchen. God the kitchen. Its my least favorite part of the house to clean - things are greasy, sticky and I can barely hear the TV. Yesterday, during our weekly shop we thought it best to pick up some additional cleaning products - and as this Cif Power Cream was on offer in Sainsburys for £2, reduced from £2.99 we thought we'd stick it in the trolly. Other than the price, what made me pick it? Well, firstly its a spray. They had a range of cleaning products - both plain bottles and sprays, but I wanted a spray basically for ease of use. If I owned a monkey I would defiantly have it helping around the house - its the least it can do with me providing food, shelter and Sky Sports and even a monkey would prefer a spray bottle like this. There are all kinds of dangers involved in trying to teach a monkey to dilute a cleaning product correctly, not to mention the danger of the having the monkey simply attempt to drink Cif - not so many such dangers with a spray bottle. (idea for Dragons Den; monkey friendly kitchen cleaning products/Film Idea; Planet Of The Apes; The Apes Get Domesticated) Working in a professional kitchen, pretty much everything we use is in spray bottle form. Its quicker, easier and as you don't have to wipe it on its more hygienic - imagine you have to apply detergent to a cloth then wipe on a dirty surface, if you don't clean the cloth before the next application you're just spreading more germs around. So a spray bottle is generally my preferred way to apply when it comes to kitchen cleaning. Other than ease, Cif is a well known brand so you'd hope it was pretty decent and its lemon scented - I don't know about you but there is nothing nicer than a lemon fresh kitchen. I had a quick scan of the bottle before we picked it up - and cutting through the buzz words and what not on the bottle, its basically a degreaser and perfumed soap for your kitchen. This Power Cream from Cif is one of two the brand offer; Kitchen and Bathroom. The kitchen one, as mentioned is designed to tackle grease and the bathroom one limescale - they are both roughly the same price, and if Sainsbury's are anything to go buy you'll find them right near each other in the supermarket.
So, Cif Power Cream. Firstly, this spray is not anti-bacterial so it wouldn't do much to help eliminate the risk of food poisoning at home, you'll need to buy separately for that. As I have a bottle of own brand anti-bacterial spray in the kitchen, I wasn't bothered the Cif was not anti-bacterial. I wanted something I could basically douse down the kitchen with , wipe down and it would leave the kitchen sparkling and smelling nice - and this product pretty much does that.
When you apply it, its doesn't seem very much like a cream but a thick foam. It does stay pretty much where you put it with it draining away a bit but staying long enough to start working. This was handy for me - the taps needed a clean with a build up of dirty and grease in some hard to reach places. Covering the taps in this and leaving it for a few minutes before not only got most of the dirt out but left it sparkling. Its almost satisfying spraying this on and leaving it to do its stuff knowing you won't have to do much scrubbing. As its a degreaser I was keen to coat the hob and metal hob surround with this stuff - hoping it would clean it up nicely, and it did. Infact, its not looked this clean in a while despite it getting a daily wipe down. After it has been wiped down and dried the surfaces do feel nice and grease free and it seems to have quite effortlessly shifted most of the grease - and while this is no heavy duty oven cleaner it does do a decent job on many a greasy surface. Just using hot water will tend to just move the grease around but this really breaks it down leaving little trace.
The smell is maybe the highlight to this product - its very strong and after I cleaned the kitchen my girlfriend remarked how she could smell it from the other room. Lemon not only smells naturally clean, its also a really refreshing smell. As its quite strong and seems to have quite a lot of staying power - its been smelling pretty nice for a few hours, the lemon scent has faded a bit but the kitchen still has a nice hygienic ambiance about it. I'm sure when the mother gets (in a few hours as I type!) she'll have no idea this morning this kitchen looked mostly like a grease ridden bomb site. Cif has hidden pretty much all trace at my past weeks laziness/late night bacon addiction.
Its a pretty big bottle, so it does feel quite good value for money - even at the RRP of £2.99. The blitz it had on the kitchen only use a smallish amount - I anticipate I'll get another 10-15 cleans from this so for about 20p per clean that pretty good. Obviously there are much cheaper alternatives out there but the smell and ohmph of this product make it feel like the premium, branded product it is.
I like this product and will try to keep a bottle under the sink at all times - this sits as part of your arsenal of kitchen cleaning products. You'll still need oven cleaner and anti-bacterical cleaner but to give your kitchen a nice, clean smelling finish this stuff works great. I've only given this product 4 stars as it did pretty much what I expected and there was nothing particular incredible about it. A solid 4/5. As with all products like this, be careful. Don't spray it in your eyes, don't drink it and although it says nothing about monkeys - I would personally ensure they are well trained enough before handing them a bottle.
I used to buy this in the normal bottle that didnt have a spray top which tended to get a bit messy and was annoying to use.
This Cif power cream has a spray top which helps a lot to speed up cleaning time as it distributes the product a lot better.
It smells like lemon both whilst you are cleaning and afterwards. The way I use it is to spray a surface like the kitchen worktop or the bath/sink then wip it over the surface to remove the dirt. Then clean your cloth or scourer and just wipe over again with water to make sure all the product is removed taking away the rest of the dirt with it.
It comes out yellow but when it is mixed with a bit of water over the top of it the product goes frothy and you need to be careful not to use too much as it will take ages to rinse it all off. It can leave a residue if you do not rinse it all completely.
This product can be used daily on surfaces and is a great addition to your cleaning cupboard. Make sure you wear rubber gloves when using it as it can dry out your hands.
I have always liked Cif products, I find them nice, useful cleaning product for around the home and ones that I find clean really well indeed. I have bought this one quite a few times because I find it a nice reliable cleaner. I do my fair share of the cleaning around my home too but I do like to use a cleaner that actually works well.
This cleaner is housed in a clear plastic bottle, it has a twist on and off nozzle and it is a spray cleaner. It is easy to twist the nozzle and it sprays well from the bottle too and does not drip from the bottle while spraying it.
It has a nice smell to it and one that smells of Lemons, it is quite a strong smell. Once it hits my worktops I find it has a foaming effect, it is easy to wipe them with a damp cloth and then just rub the surface. I have used this spray on my tiles in my kitchen and bathroom, it cleans them very well and leaves them sparklingly clean. I find it does not leave streaky marks on them too. I clean all around my home with this cleaner. It cleans sinks very well too and taps. It removes marks on doors and the handles and also windowsills. I have also cleaned my bath and I have found it is very easy to rinse with no problems at all and very little effort is needed because it cuts into grime and scum marks around the top of the bath.
I have sprayed a little onto a damp cloth and cleaned some book cases in my home that are melamine and not real wood. It has not ruined them and also has left no streaky marks. This one works a treat for household cleaning. It is one that has a nice fresh fragrance that is left on the surfaces for quite some time after it has been cleaned. I have some plastic chairs and table in my garden and this cleaner works well to remove the dirt that collects on them and refreshes them very well indeed. It cleans surfaces very well, it removes sticky marks, grime, grease and all the dirt that collects on them without having to keep on scrubbing constantly to get a clean surface.
I love this cleaner and for a 750ml bottle it costs around only £3 but it can often be on special offer and I find the prices can vary on depending where it is bought, so it is wise to look around in the shops for a cheaper price.
This one is very good value for money and an excellent quality cleaner and I recommend it to others to give it a try if you have not already done so. I will keep on buying it because I like it a lot.
I rate it 5 stars.
I have been using Cif products for quite some time now and always make sure I have a cleaning product just for the kitchen which is why I bought this. The kitchen was starting to look a bit dirty so I invested in a decent quality spray that I knew would have hopefully some good results. Having experience with Cif I thought this was an obvious choice and although not the cheapest kitchen cleaner out there it is alright value for money and comes in a 750ml bottle which lasts quite a while.
The kitchen cleaner comes in a yellow bottle that narrows at the neck and has a trigger spray head. It has a label on the front with the Cif logo and an image of a kitchen sink and states that this has an active shield. The bottle being yellow is very vibrant on the shelf and stands out and even the top of the bottle it is easy to pull the trigger in so that the product is aimed in the right direction. It is a light bottle to hold and the perfect shape to make holding it easy while cleaning the kitchen.
You must thoroughly rinse any cloth or sponge before using them. This cannot be used on painted surfaces, linoleum or porous surfaces made of marble. Do not breathe the spray in and avoid contact with eyes, if it does have contact with eyes then rinse immediately with water and also seek medical advice if swallowed. Lastly, just make sure you use this in well ventilated areas and also keep out of reach of children.
Now, to use this spray, all you need to do is spray onto the intended surface you want clean and leave it to act for a few seconds, then wipe it away with a damp cloth. Rinse right away on plastic to prevent any damage being caused. The aim of this spray is that it will act on the toughest stains in the kitchen and will stop further dirt from building up. It aims to give a sparkling clean finish which is the biggest promise and needs to be put to the test to see if it will do just this.
To use this I just make sure I know which areas I want to clean which is usually just the tops of my microwave and around the sink are and worktop surfaces. The work tops are the places that get dirty quickest and around the sink. I just need to give a quick spray of this Power Cream which is white in colour and smells very citrus like, mainly of lemon. I really like the smell of this as it leaves the kitchen smelling nice and fresh and very clean.
I have found that after using this for quite a long time now, I usually use it and find that my kitchen is looking clean not that it was ever really dirty looking but just to keep on top of cleaning so that no build up happens. I only use this once a week which seems to be enough really as you don't need to use it too often as it is a strong formula that seems to take effect for a long period of time. The sink area looks really clean, I don't know if I'd go as far as sparkling but it looks presentable.
This product is great for those needing something to keep their kitchen in a good way. Cif have done it yet again with another great cleaning product. I have had my 750ml bottle for a few months now and it still seems to have a lot left in it which is really good.
This product is available to buy in most supermarkets in the household products aisle. The 750ml bottle is currently priced at £2.98 which does sound quite a lot compared to cheaper alternatives but the difference with this is that it actually does work and gives good results.
Cif Power Cream Kitchen Spray Cleaner contains amongst other Ingredients:, 5-15%: Non-Ionic Surfactants, <5%: Polycarboxylates, Perfume, Soap, Limonene, Geraniol, Benzisothiazolinone, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone
Cif don't have an official website but being part of the Unilever brand you can go to http://wwwunilever.co.uk for more information.
I do not enjoy cleaning my house very much but I do like my house to be clean and fresh so I always look for cleaning products that work well with the minimum of effort. I use Cif Fizz Action in my bathrooms and have always been very pleased with how it works so when I saw Cif Power Cream for Kitchens I thought it would be a good product so I purchased a bottle.
The product is presented in a very bright yellow trigger bottle which contains 750ml of the Power Cream. The bottle is very eye-catching and I think it was about £3 when I bought it from Tesco.
The front of the packaging shows a sparkling clean kitchen inside a shield shape which states that the Power Cream contains Active Shield. It says that it is "effective on tough grease and sticky residues and helps prevent further grime from sticking". Turning the product over there are all of the usual warnings about using in well ventilated rooms, irritation to the skin etc. It does also state that it shouldn't be used on porous surfaces such as marble (I am not lucky enough to have any marble!) and also to rinse off plastic immediately to avoid any damage.
The instructions are very straightforward, it tells me to rinse a cloth thoroughly and then spray onto a surface, leave for a few seconds and then wipe away with a damp cloth, easy!
I rinsed out my cloth then twisted the trigger to the "on" setting and sprayed the product across my worktops. The trigger is nice and firm, it doesn't twist around loosely as I have experience with other cleansers and it has a good spray which dispensed ample amounts of product but doesn't dribble any down your hands. The product itself was more watery than I thought, I expected it to be creamier, it was just a frothy liquid. The smell was quite citrusy but also a bit caustic; it didn't really smell particularly "fresh". My worktops are cleaned every day and I would not say they get particularly dirty so I expected this product to easily produce good results. I wiped the product around with my cloth but found I had do give quite a heft scrub to even move small marks like drops of squash concentrate or water splashes. I rinsed my cloth several times whilst cleaning the surfaces and once they all appeared clean I left them.
On returning to my kitchen about half an hour later there was no residual fresh smell which was a disappointment (in fact it the smell was not nice at all!) but more importantly the work surfaces looked awful. My worktops are quite dark and they looked dull and I realised that some marks still remained. It was easy to see all of the cloth marks even though I had rinsed it several times and knew it was clean. I thought that perhaps I had used too much product so the next day I used less but I still found the results were similar. The Power Clean just didn't get the surfaces clean and then seemed to leave a layer behind (perhaps this was the Active Shield?) which made everything look a bit grubby. I tried using it on my Stainless Steel sink and that gave the same response, it was left with a streaky surface, just as if I had wiped it with a grubby dishcloth. The only place it seemed to work well was on my cooker top which is white, it cleaned up the grease well and you couldn't see any residual marks.
I have since worked out that I have to use the cleaner as instructed but I then have to get a dry cloth or towel and completely dry and buff the surface to make it look clean and shiny. I have also found that I have to use the scourer side of a cleaning sponge to actually get the surfaces clean first.
I have two charming cats who never go on the worktops whilst I am in the house, however when I return home from work I can easily spot the odd paw print on the draining board so I know that they do get on the surfaces when I am out. For this reason I like my kitchen cleaners to offer anti-bacterial properties as well so that I feel happier about food preparation. It wasn't until I got this product home that I realised that it does not offer any anti-bacterial effect at all. I was disappointed that this wasn't offered in a general kitchen cleaner, I know that some people go overboard with sterilising things but I like to think that my cleaner offers a basic level of hygiene.
I suppose I am about a third of the way through the bottle as a little goes a long way (unfortunately!). I will use it all as these products are expensive and it seems silly to waste it. However I will never buy another bottle and cannot recommend it. My surfaces look dull even straight after cleaning unless I dry the surfaces thoroughly and buff them which is not my idea of easy cleaning. I do give my kitchen a really thorough clean weekly but what I want from a daily cleaner is a quick freshen up, a shiny worktop and a hygienically clean surface so unfortunately Cif Power Cream falls down on all those points.
I like to experiment with cleaning products, usually trying out different brands and fragrances as they appear on offer. I'm always on the look-out for that miracle product that will make my job easier (I'm still looking) or for something that will fragrance my home nicely. When I came across a 750ml bottle of Cif Power Cream Kitchen Spray on offer for £1.50 in Wilkinsons (usual price around £3) I purchased this to try.
THE CIF BRAND
CIF has been a well known brand for many years (in my childhood, this was known as Jif, the name change occurred in 2001). It is manufactured by Unilever and originated in France. Historically, it has manufactured cream based cleaning products for the home, with the move into spray products occurring over recent years.
For those of you interested in ethical products, there is a section on the Unilever website about their sustainable living policies that may be worth a look.
The cleaner comes in a clear plastic bottle with a spray nozzle, which is action by pumping the trigger on the front. The nozzle on the bottle needs to be twisted to open and close. The liquid itself is a rather vivid yellow in colour and appears creamy to look at, although still quite runny.
On initial spray the strong lemon fragrance became obvious, along with quite a harsh chemically smell. There are warnings on the bottle about avoiding inhaling fumes, which I haven't usually come across on such a basic kitchen product before, so it would appear that it contains quite harsh chemicals. There are also warnings about what surfaces it can be used on - for example not on marble or paintwork.
The liquid was really easy to apply, with the spray nozzle giving good coverage. When applied to cupboard doors, it did not run down too quickly (a problem that I usually have with sprays - I tend to use thicker creams for this job), probably an advantage of being a cross between a cream and a spray. It wiped off well and did seem to remove grime easily without much effort.
On tougher grease spots, for example on my hob, a little more elbow grease was required - as I would anticipate - but it did definitely help to soften and lift the dried on food etc. I did find that a little of the spray did go along way but I found that it was hard to get a sparkly clean look. Once dry, my worktops seemed to show patches of where the spray had been applied more liberally than others, no matter how careful I was to rinse and dry all of the product off of the surface. Whereas it didn't look dirty, it didn't give the clean kitchen feel that I was after and that other products had been able to provide me with previously.
The biggest (and by far most annoying) problem that I had with this cleaner was the bottle. The bottle is made of quite a harsh, brittle plastic, as I found when I accidently knocked this off my work surface mid-clean. My kitchen floor is tiled and the bottle shattered on impact, with liquid spilling everywhere. I was unable to rescue a lot of it, and was also worried that the bottle had splintered plastic everywhere - dangerous for small children. This also left my floor really sticky, despite countless mops! Given the nature of the product, I would have expected a much more durable and practical bottle.
This product is no better than average, giving a satisfactory clean. It doesn't justify the high pricetag in anyway. Although it did leave my kitchen smelling lemon fresh, it did feel quite a 'chemically' product and is not one that I would want to use for any length of time. I was let down by the bottle and will not be buying this again.
BE AWARE!!I will not be using this cleaner again. Not only did it remove the grease from my cooker hob but it also removed the lettering placed around the knobs- nothing is left. So anyone else now using my cooker will have to guess which burner is which. I suppose Cif's disclaimer will be that it is a painted surface, but please be aware that it is has VERY strong properties. If it can do this to a hob, what is it doing to your skin and lungs???
Having been away from home for quite a while, leaving the house to the tender mercies of my daughter, who prefers partying to housework, my house was looking more than a little grubby on my return, not to mention the pink kitchen wall and the large Easy Rider poster on it! One of the products I used to get everything back to something resembling clean and tidy was Cif's Power Cream Kitchen Spray.
It's childish of me, I know, but for quite a while after they changed the name from Jif to Cif, I refused to buy any Cif products. (I'm one of those who still thinks Starburst is a silly name for Opal Fruits and Marathons should never have been called Snickers and why should we have to fall into line with countries who can't pronounce words beginning with J anyway?) However, I needed something strong to cut through the grime and Cif looked like it would be up to the job.
£3.06 at Sainsburys, which I consider to be rather on the pricey side.
The contents are a scientific mystery to me. According to the label, it contains (amongst other ingredients):
5-15% non-ionic surfectants.
< 5% Perfume, polycarboxylate, soap, limonene, hexyl cinnamal, benzisothiazalinone, butylphenyl methylpropionol, amyl cinnamal.
By my reckoning, that only accounts for 20% or so of the content so I'm unsure what constitutes the remaining 80% of "other ingredients" but I'd guess at water and/or oil.
This cleaner comes in a clear plastic spray container and is a toxic shade of dayglo yellow with a pungent, lemon-pine fragrance. The consistency is definitely more creamy than the average cleaner and this proved very useful when cleaning the kitchen units. Often when spraying cleaner onto vertical surfaces, liquid cleaners simply drip off too quickly before you have time to get to work. Not so with this cleaner. Once squirted onto the surface, it trickles slowly down giving plenty of time to get scrubbing and it certainly cleans up dried on grease and food splashes.
The cleaner comes with plenty of warnings including the obvious: Keep out of reach of children. It also warns users not to breathe the spray and I have to admit that after scrubbing away for well over a hour, my throat felt a bit sore, which could have been as a result of breathing in fumes. It's also fairly tough on hands. I started off using rubber gloves but took them off half way through. As a result, my nail varnish took a bit of a beating. This cleaner managed to strip it off! I also found my hands felt slightly sore but were OK after a liberal application of hand cream.
This product is not recommended for paintwork, lino or porous surfaces such as marble, and when using on plastic, it is recommended this be rinsed immediately to avoid damage, so I'm assuming it's pretty caustic fluid.
However, whatever the contents may be, they are effective and the product certainly served my purpose as my kitchen is now clean and fresh smelling.
As this product is limited to the kind of surfaces on which it may be used, and is also rather expensive, I'm not sure I'll bother buying it again because all-purpose cleaners are much more economical and probably just as effective. However, I can thoroughly recommend it if you are intending to clean a very neglected kitchen.
Just bought the Cif Power Cream with Active Sheild for kitchen. I usually do not buy this brand i usual use detol multi surface spray.
Price- I bought it from tesco for £2.29. It can also be bought at most supermarkets for round about the same price.
The Look- Its a good size spray bottle 750 mls, bright yellow in colour and see through so you know how much is left. Has the cif logo on front and instructions on the back.
Claims- effective on tough grease and sticky residues. Helps prevent grime from sticking.
How to use- spray on surfaces, leave it on for a few seconds and wipe of with a damp cloth. Do not use on marble surfaces or linoleum.
My findings- Yes it cuts through grease and sticky mess. Has a horrid chemical smell thats very offensive. There was no lemon smell as claimed. I used it on my tiles, surfaces, white goods and cooker. All came up nice and clean.
Contains- Non-ionic surfactants,polycarboxylates,perfume,soap,limonene,geraniol
benzisothiazolinone, methylchloroisothiazolinone and methlisothiazolinone.
Summary- Cleans well, strong chemical smell. would advise that you wear cleaning gloves as it irritated my skin. I will use this until the bottle is finished and go back to using detol.
I can only give this 2 dooyoo stars!
This is not my normal kitchen spray cleaner but I was in a hurry in my local Tesco and just grabbed it when I saw it. I was also on offer at the time at £1.25 for a 750 ml bottle so I felt it wouldn't matter much as all these types of cleaners are the same - right? Wrong! Whilst the trigger spray is easy to use and the nozzle is easily turned to the on position that is about where the good points begin to run out.
The first thing is the very chemical smell. As I understand it this is supposed to be a 'lemon' cleaner. Well this smells like no lemon I have ever come across. It smells of highly concentrated cheap lemon sweets but without the sweetness. If this is supposed to freshen your kitchen then I think I may prefer the smell of cooking kippers in my kitchen than this. This strong and overly artificial smell lingered for some time after I had done cleaning so now I open the windows before I start. The smell is enough at times to make my cough and splutter so I dread to think what it may do to someone who has asthma. The spray sort of foams up a bit on contact with the surface instead of it being a more 'cream like' product but this does make it easier to remove that the traditional cif cream is.
As for its cleaning power again I am not all that impressed with it in this department either. On my cooker top it only removes things easily if I use it within a few minutes of the spill happening. After that it takes more effort than I have used with other cleaners. Whilst this could be due to it being 'baked on' my regular cleaner has no problems with them. Now I'm not a fan of fry-ups etc and most of the splashes have been from home made pasta sauces so with a more oil and fat based splatters I dread to think how this will perform. However, on my worktop and tiles it does fair better and does do a reasonable job in removing marks and spills etc from here. Then again so does hot soapy water so perhaps that is not the best test to find a good cleaning product.
Recently the product has been 'improved' with a so called 'active shield' which is supposed to help make future cleaning easier by preventing stains etc from sticking to the surfaces. Well I haven't noticed any real difference from the first time I used it. Now whether this is a failure of the product or the fact my kitchen just does not get all that dirty is the question. The cleaner is now also colourless they just put it into a bright yellow bottle so at least it won't stain anything. Frankly if this is the improved version I dread to think what the original version was like.
The product does warn you not to use it on certain surfaces but this is in small type on the back so it can be easily missed. It does warn you not to use it on porous surfaces such as marble. Nor on any painted surface - esp if it's emulsion paint. Also looking at what it contains I would advise anyone who has sensitive skin to ware gloves if they are going to use this product. This is mainly due to the methylisothiazolinone which is a biocide.
This is not a product I would buy again. Not only can I not stand the smell but it does not match up to my usual cleaner which after this bottle has finished I will be going back to.
I recently bought the cif power cream kitchen and bathroom sprays together as they were on a buy one get one free deal at Tesco. I think I ended up paying around £2.50 for both but paying the full price is a little expensive.
The Kitchen spray has a very strong smell of lemon whilst this is refreshing it can be quite over powering and I therefore open a window or door when using. I would also say this smell can stay on your hands for several hours after use so you may wish to wear gloves
The spray mechanism is very easy to use and as the liquid comes out it immediately turns to foam rather than cream as described. However I have found it is exceptional at removing grime from the hob, microwave and kitchen work tops. I use this product a lot on the tiles around my sink and oven and tend to spray and leave the product for around 5 minutes before rinsing, the tiles are left clean and sparkling every time. After working around the sink area I find the stainless steel sink is also left very shiny after using this spray.
The packaging is very bright and colourful which catches my eye at the supermarket, this is one of the leading cleaning brands which over the years I have come to trust and this product has come along way since the basic jif cleaning cream.
Overall I think this product is really good it's a powerful cleaner that leaves a lasting smell of freshness I would recommend but look out for special offers
500ml / Kitchen cleaners / Brand: Cif.