Product Type: Dettol Household Cleaning
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Dettol Anti Bacterial Floor wipes
Member Name: redhead78
Dettol Anti Bacterial Floor wipes
Advantages: Nice simple packaging, smell fresh, clean floors nicely, trusted brand so trusted claims
Disadvantages: None for me
One of my pet hates when it comes to cleaning is mopping floors. It seems like such a chore to have to sweep the floor then fill the mop bucket with steaming hot water and cleaning fluid and then to actually mop it. Imagine my delight when my doctor said that the vigorous back and forth and twisty motion needed to mop a floor was probably one of the triggering factors in my bad back a couple of years ago. Yes, I can cycle 25 miles at a time or climb a mountain with no problems but mopping the floor is now a no-no for me and so has been added to my husbands list of chores - not a happy hubby!
Obviously, him being a typical man, if I had to wait for him to mop the floor or to even notice that it needed mopping by then we would be swamped in bacteria, germs, dirt, grime and just general nastiness. So when I was having a wander round Home Bargains I spotted a pack of these Dettol anti-bacterial cleansing floor wipes and thought they might be a solution to my floor cleaning woes. I'd never bought floor wipes before, previously preferring the good old-fashioned mop and bucket method, but it would seem they are widely available in supermarkets, pound shops and most other shops that sell cleaning products. I now always stock up when I see them on offer as, at full price, they retail for £2.98, so to find them on bogof or a half price offer is a bonus.
The ones I have at the moment are a pack of 15 extra large wipes and they comes in a pack like most other wipes both baby, face and floor! It is a sealed white plastic envelope type pack with a slit on the top through which you pull the wipes out and has a sticky label which reseals the pack after opening to keep the wipes fresh and moist. The pack for me is quite attractive being quite a simple white colour with some simple blue and green branding. I'm not exactly swayed by packaging when it comes to things like this but I like things simple and find myself put off by things that are in brightly coloured, garish packaging.
According to the front label they kill 99.9% of bacteria and viruses (E.coli, S.aureus, Listeria, Campylobacter, Paeruginosa, MRSA, Salmonella and Influenza) and remove 90% of allergens (pollen, dust mite, cat and dog). The allergens are less important to me as we don't have pets (except my beautiful Siamese Fighting Fish, Finlay!) and neither of us are allergic to either pollen or dust. But it is very reassuring to know that it kills practically all bacteria and viruses that can be found in the home and, as they are made by Dettol, this is a claim that I believe to be true.
For me, Dettol is a much trusted brand and one that my mum used when we were growing up. From those days I can only remember the Dettol disinfectant which was a staple in our house and was a frequent addition to a bowl of warm water to clean out our scrapes and grazes. Nowadays, and being a homeowner myself, I'm aware of many more of their products for keeping your home clean and germ free and they make such things as kitchen and bathroom cleaners, surface and floor wipes and hand wash.
There are several ways to use these wipes. You can either place one on the floor and then move it around using either a mop, broom, sponge or your hand, or you can use their sweeper system which I've never actually seen. I always just get down on my hands and knees and give my floors a good old scrub. I don't know why this doesn't affect my back but the mopping action does, but hey ho!
The back of the pack gives the usual information you would expect to find such as ingredients, contact information for the company and what they aren't suitable for use on (unsealed wood, carpet, upholstery and fabric). There is also a handy hint on how to be more eco-friendly by telling you not to waste wipes and to use both sides and reassuring us that by doing this you'll still get 99.9% bacteria kill.
I use these wipes on all of my floors that aren't carpeted so in the kitchen, bathrooms, downstairs toilet, utility room and porch. They are a mixture of laminate floor, tiles and lino and on each and every one of them these wipes work great. Because they're so big I only need to use one in the smaller rooms like the bathrooms and porch although the kitchen floor tends to need two. But they really are simple to use and I just get down on my hands and knees and scrub away after first sweeping and bits and pieces up. In the bathroom I find them so effective that I also tend to use them to wipe down the toilet base, sink pedestal and bath panel and I also use them to wipe down door and window frames too. I know that Dettol also make surface wipes and that I should probably use those for these little jobs, but if I already have the pack out then I don't see a problem with using them for other things than the floor too!
When I first used them I was really surprised by how much liquid they hold and when you put pressure on them on the floor the liquid does bubble up a bit, but I like this as it feels like you're giving the floor a really good clean, much better than it would feel with a drier wipe anyway. I always clean the floors when I know UI won't need to stand on them for a while but, as you're not actually covering the floor in water like with a mop, they dry much quicker and I can usually walk on them within a few minutes on a warmer day.
Although they're supposed to be odourless I find that nothing can be totally odourless and these are exactly the same. When you open the packet you can immediately smell them but I find it a reassuringly 'cleaning product' smell. It's not falsely fragrances with lemon or apple or anything, it just smells a tiny bit chemically and fresh. The smell doesn't put me off at all and is enough to further reassure me that these wipes really do the job. The smell doesn't really linger on the floors, which is neither a good thing nor a bad thing as far as I'm concerned, as long as they look and feel clean - which they definitely do, you can really tell the difference between the section of floor that has been wiped with one of these cloths and the part that hasn't. I've never had any problems getting any of my floor types clean with these, although sometimes a little more elbow grease is needed for things like dried coffee granules that have found their way on to the floor, and every single time I use them I am disgusted by the horrible grey colour that they end up!
Bizarrely, as these wipes are disposable and I just throw them in the bin when I've finished with them, they actually fragrance my bin for quite a while afterwards, getting a faint waft of their clean fragrance every time I lift the lid! So why the smell lingers in the bin but not on the floor I don't know!
I've never tried any other brands of floor wipes as these were the first that I ever saw and Dettol is a brand that I trust and, as they really do their job in getting my floors nice and sparkling clean then I've seen no reason to shop around. They can frequently be found in various shops on special offers and so I find them cost effective too and for all these reasons I would heartily recommend these floor wipes, especially if mopping hurts your back too, or if you only have a small floor area that needs cleaning.
Summary: Lovely fresh and clean smelling floor wipes that get all the grime up
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