Product Type: Dettol Household Cleaning
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Dettol Anti-Bacterial Surface Cleaner Spray
Member Name: jo1976
Dettol Anti-Bacterial Surface Cleaner Spray
Date: 15/07/11, updated on 10/10/13 (127 review reads)
Advantages: Easy to use, kills germs and bacteria, gentle on skin, no harsh smell or aftertaste
Disadvantages: RRP is more expensive than other brands, not strong enough to remove smell of mould
Dettol is a household name that I remember well from my own childhood. We aways had a rather ominous bottle of foul smelling brown liquid lurking in the cupboard, which was forced upon me and my brother, particularly when we were ill and we were made to gargle with a diluted form! The scent of Dettol still reminds me of vomit, even now! Fortunately, this surface spray is a modern version of the original product and hasn't inherited the distinctive aroma. What it has kept is the reassurance of its disinfecting properties along with the promise that this stuff can kill 99.9% of bacteria and viruses, including E Coli, Salmonella, MRSA, Rotavirus and the Flu virus. For any anxious parents, these promises offer great reassurance, especially as my little ones seem to go through phases of catching colds and bugs almost constantly.
As the name suggests, this version comes in a handy, ready to use spray bottle, complete with a nozzle that twists to 'lock' the spray between uses. This locking system is fairly reliable and ensures that the bottle never leaks between uses and would also act as a deterrent for chidren. Nevertheless, I would still exercise caution and keep this well out of reach of young children as the bright red trigger and blue lid seem a little too attractive really and I wouldn't want my kids to be spraying this at each other! The bottle is comfortable to hold and direct the spray accurately and its clear exterior means that it is possible to keep track of how much is left in the bottle. I also like that the spray itself is completely clear, rather than the urine-like colour of the original formulation! This does claim to be 'no odour' but this isn't entirely accurate as there is a very faint aroma to the product in use, faintly reminiscent of Fairy washing up liquid.
I use this spray for areas around the house where I need the extra reassurance of its germ killing properties but also its relatively gentle formula. I use this on areas likely to harbour germs and bacteria such as our changing mat and my son's plastic toilet seat and, previously, his potty. My main use is to clean my youngest son's highchair. My little one makes an almighty mess every mealtime and we have the worst designed highchair at the minute which just invites food spills and crumbs to lurk within every little nook and cranny. With dried on food such as Weetabix, I find that I need to spray generously with the Dettol spray and leave it to soften the debris before wiping away with a clean cloth or kitchen towel. For other tasks, I find that a little goes a long way. The only area in which this spray has been less than 100% effective has been in tackling the unpleasant aroma that has gradually built up around my son's highchair, despite my almost-constant cleaning! As the lining on the base of his chair has torn slightly, this has been able to get damp and, alongside constant food spills, this has caused an unpleasant and unavoidable mouldy smell. The Dettol spray alone wasn't able to combat the smell and I found that only a bleach based cleaner (rinsed thoroughly after use) was strong enough to totally eradicate that unpleasant smell.
This product has been specially formulated to be used around areas where food is prepared and eaten. I prefer using this to other sprays, especially bleach-based products, as I don't have to rinse this away after use. The bottle promises that this is Non Bleach, No Taint and No Odour. I do find that there is a slight aroma and a faint suggestion of a product being used afterwards, but it certainly doesn't leave a heavily unpleasant 'public toilet' bleach aroma after use nor does it leave a strong aftertaste. This is crucial for me as I use it all around my son's highchair, including his tray which he eats finger food directly from so I need to know that there are no strong chemicals or bleaches left on the surface. Likewise, I don't want any possibility of irritation to his delicate skin or my own, for that matter. I am always doing ten things at once so never bother to wear gloves when using this spray. I do have dry, sensitive skin, especially on my hands, but this spray has never caused me any irritation or soreness at all, thankfully.
The only drawback to this product is the high price that comes with being a well-established brand name. A 500ml bottle generally costs around the £2 mark which is quite expensive in comparision to own brands. Having said that, the bottle I'm currently using cost just £1.50 for a much larger 750ml bottle at Wilkinson's as part of a promotion on Dettol products. (I also stocked up on their cleaning wipes.) The range does appear to be on offer fairly regularly at some store or other with the standard sized bottles currently half-price at Asda for example.
This is one cleaning product that has earned its continued place in my cleaning cupboard. The full RRP may be higher than similar products but it is well worth stocking up when on offer as it cleans well, goes a long way and has the reassurance of its germ-killing strength whilst being gentle enough for family use.
Summary: An effective multi-purpose spray