Product Type: Dettol Household Cleaning
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Trusted by doctors.. Trusted by me
Dettol Anti-Bacterial Surface Cleaner Spray
Member Name: hayley_dl
Dettol Anti-Bacterial Surface Cleaner Spray
Advantages: cleans well, doesn't stain, kills bacteria and viruses
Disadvantages: on/off labelling can be hard to see
I'm not overly obsessive when it comes to keeping my house germ free but I don't think it's exactly unusual to want your house as clean and hygenic as possible.
It was with that in mind that I chose Dettol anti-bacterial surface cleaner. I picked this up because Dettol is the brand I have always used and I trust. I'm sure the claim to kill 99.9% of bacteria helps but I mainly use it because it's the brand we have used since I was a child.
What Do Dettol Say?
According to Dettol, this spray will kill 99.9% of bacteria and viruses including E-coli, Salmonella, Rotavirus and the flu virus (H1N1). It is bleach and odour free and will not taint your surfaces.
It is suitable for use all over the home including food preparation areas; however it is not recommended for use on windows, mirrors or fabrics and painted or varnished surfaces. It should also not be used on plastic baby bottles as this may cause them to crack when steam sterilized.
The bottle has a child resistant top, the kind with an attachment on the end which switches from off to on. This is a little stiff to move but shouldn't cause a problem for adults to move, only causing a problem for children which is exactly the job it's designed to do. The lettering can be hard to read even in good light as it's engraved into a red plastic, if you can't read it you'll soon know if it's the wrong way round if it doesn't spray. However, I do think they could have made this easier to read, such as printing the lettering in white so it stands out against the red.
Once the nozzle is turned to the ON position then the lever is easy to press and released a fine, clear spray with a little bit of white foam. The odour free claim is true as there is no detectable scent either immediately after spraying or after cleaning. After spraying you simply need to wipe with a clean cloth and then leave to dry, you do not need to rinse it off.
After use the area I have tried to clean always looks clean and on some surfaces, in particular the kitchen work tops, have a slight shine to them.
I have not had any problems with this marking or bleaching any of my surfaces and as I said earlier there is no distinguishable scent and so I would agree with this too. The claim about killing 99.9% bacteria and viruses is hard to quantify but I do tend to believe claims like that unless I have reason not to and I'm happy to confirm that that isn't the case with this spray. Apparently Dettol is also "trusted by doctors to kill bacteria" - I find it interesting though that they trust it to kill bacteria although there's no mention of viruses there. For those of you interested, they say it's trusted by doctors because after surveying 100 doctors, 74 stated that they trusted Dettol to kill bacteria.
After it is empty the bottle and spray top are recyclable.
As with any product of this nature this comes with several warnings. These are that: the bottle should be kept out of reach of children, if the product comes into contact with your eyes then you should rinse immediately and seek medical advice, if swallowed then you should seek medical advice and show the bottle.
Finally, although this is suitable for electrical equipment, when used on these you should spray onto a cloth and wipe over the item rather then spraying directly on.
Price, Availability And Recommendation
I buy my 500ml bottle from ASDA for £2.02. It is however widely available so it might be worth shopping around.
The bottle lasts me around a month when used every day in our kitchen. I have not experienced any problems with this except the minor fault with the on/off labelling I mentioned earlier. Other then that it cleans well, seems to kill bacteria and viruses, doesn't stain my surfaces and although I would prefer it have a scent the lack of scent means it's suitable for those with sensitivities - funny though that "perfume" is listed as an ingredient when it both claims to be and is odour free.
Anyway, I'm happy with my experience with this and will keep buying it. I'm therefore happy to give it the full 5 out of 5 and recommend it.
Summary: A product I'm happy to recommend, although I would prefer it scented
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