Product Type: Dettol Household Cleaning
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Dettol Antibacterial Surface Wipes
Member Name: strawberry123
Dettol Antibacterial Surface Wipes
Advantages: Claim to kill 99.9% bacteria, convenient and easy to use.
Disadvantages: Quite expensive, not recyclable
Before leaving university at the end of term, my flatmates and I decided to have a huge clean up of our student house. In preparation, we bought a LOT of cleaning equipment... including Dettol surface wipes. I usually opt for supermarket own brands, but these were the only wipes in our local shop, so they had to do!
The Dettol wipes came in quite a plain packet... predominately white and green. I guess you could say that the white choice of colour is meant to represent cleanliness, but I think it makes the brighter coloured wipe packaging more appealing on the shelf. The logo is fairly large, so it gives the consumer piece of mind that the product is of a consistent high quality. As you may imagine, the packaging is easy to open by peeling back a tab to reveal a small window to take the wipes one by one. And yes, it is easy to take out one at a time, unlike some brands where you remove the whole lot! Of course, you can reseal the packaging to keep in the freshness and moisture. Each individual wipe is quite big and thicker than I expected, which I imagine helps lock in the moisture. They feel quite pleasant to handle too, due to the smooth texture.
The wipes claims to kill 99.9% of bacteria and viruses. The packaging draws attention to the number of harmful bacteria it can kill, including E-coli, Salmonella, MRSA and the flu virus. It also claims to remove 90% allergens. To be honest, I just wanted to freshen the place up and make it a bit clean, so I can't say I bought the product based on the claims. However, I think it is important to mention because it would appeal more to those with young children.
Of course, you might expect the wipes to be very easy to use and you'd be right! Simply take one out of the packet and 'scrub' at the surface you wish to clean. The wipes are single use and you should just dispose of it in a bin. As far as I know they can't be recycled, which is a major disadvantage to the environment.
The wipes do not particularly smell of anything except that clean and fresh smell you associate with cleaning materials! I usually opt for lemon-scented wipes so I'm not wild about the smell! When I used them for the first time, I expected they would dry out or irritate my skin. They are bleach-free wipes though so I'm pleased to say I didn't experience any irritation from using them. Fortunately, the scent does not stick on your skin either so there is no need to wear gloves.
I mainly used these wipes to clean across the countertops in the kitchen and they worked a treat. The wipes are not overly wet which means the area you're cleaning does not need to dry for ages after. The whole area smells and looks a lot fresher and cleaner. I also used the wipes used on the taps and oven, after some gentle scrubbing from the scourer!! You could use them on the bathtub and sinks too if you wish.
You can buy these wipes from all good retailers including supermarkets, convenience stores and places such as Wilkinson's. I bought mine from the local corner shop for £2.99 for 15 wipes. This seems to be the average RRP which was surprising, although I imagine you can find good deals when you buy multiple packets elsewhere.
Overall, the wipes are very easy and convenient to use and I would have no problems using them again (although I'll try and find a cheaper deal somewhere else!) I give them 4 out of 5 based on the fact they are great anti-bacterial wipes and have lots of bold claims, but they should be recyclable and a tad cheaper!
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