I got these in Poundland because the glass furniture in my bedroom needed doing and I thought I'd get wipes because while I was at it I could do the inside of the windows.
They're not that good really and I reckon I would have been able to do the same job with a bowl of hot water and a cloth.
They smell like they're going to be good and have got that fresh smell that always reminds me of cleaning products. The wipes are a bit thinner than I thought they should be and even though I didn't have one break on me I didn't think I could get a good enough grip on the wipe to clean the glass properly.
The wipes remove all the surface dirt and mankiness from the glass but to get a nice smear free finish I had to rub and rub until my arms ached! lol I thought using these wipes would make it easier to clean but it doesn't really and the glass smeared like mad. In the finish I just used the wipes to clean the dirt off and then I had to get a dry cloth to get rid of all the smears on the windows.
Quite a bit of fluff comes off the wipes and that made a right mess of the glass on the furniture, it wasn't as bad on the windows actually but I noticed an hour later when the sun shone through the window that the bits picked up the light a bit and made the windows look like they hadn't been cleaned properly.
I only paid £1.00 for them but I reckon that was a lot more money than they're worth. You would be better off to use a pack of 35p j cloths from the supermarket and hot soapy water instead.
This products has a lot of good points, but a fair share of bad points too. It is highly convenient, that is incontrovertible. It is so much easier simply to take a cloth out of a easy to access, resealable pack, than find a cloth and a spray and alternately apply the two. Also, these cloths really do remove stains and blemishes very well indeed, and if you're prepared to rub like hell the finished, cleaned glass, looks marvellous. But that's the problem: the cloths are well-saturated with the cleaning product which is great at doing the cleaning bit, but there's so much of it, it's extremely difficult to remove all traces of the product from the glass after cleaning it. The result is smeared and streaked glass. There is a way of lessening the problem however. I find that if you clean a big area of window until the cloth no longer cleans muck off easily and then go back over the area in reverse, doing the bits you last cleaned first, the job is easier and the finish better. Don't think you're going to get it sone in 5 minutes though.
Many years ago when I first wrote a couple of reviews on "that other review site" regarding throwaway/disposable wipes I thought that they were the greatest invention ever made. Oh how my review was slated! I remember who it was that thought it was a particular waste of money too. And it got me thinking how did people manage before disposable wipes? It may well have started with Wet Wipes for babies, because after those were launched, it would only take a few years for other wipes for other uses to appear. I'm beginning to see the light where a non-reuseable chemically formulated non-degradeable cloth can cause concern. Even if they do cost £1! Also cloths like these Duzzit Glass Wipes are not flushable which adds more of a confinement to disposing of the cloths in the main refuse bin once they are used up.
Duzzit Glass Wipes have been on the market since around 2003 when they were backed and still are sold by trade-company, 151 who are based in Manchester and sell a lot of household lifestyle/cleaning products designed to be sold to pound shops at cheap cost. This however doesn't mean that whenever something with the phrase "pound shop" is added to it, products are blessed with the natural assumption that they don't work. Original packets in blue plastic packaging with self-seal flap, and the Duzzit brand in blue with yellow writing were originally only available in 40 wipes per one packet. Now however the company have launched a bigger pack claiming to be 25% more with 50 wipes for £1, still trapped in a blue pack with blue lettering on the brand name and white writing, there is an additional picture of a window with sparkle stars on each of its 6 windows. It really does make sense to describe what I'm on about here as this is a product which has been drastically changed!
Originally made of triple spun cloth, Duzzit Glass Wipes appear to be impregnated with "light" chemicals, citrus and vinegar, which is present from the moment, you lift the seal to lift up each sheet. Although it is designed to wash down glass leaving it streak and smear free, I've so far found that the Duzzit range literally does what it suggests in terms of offering consumers something, which is quick and efficient as opposed to more traditional aerosol sprays and liquids designed to go onto another cloth. Could you imagine carrying a spray can and associated duster in your glove box of your car? I keep a pack whenever my windscreen gets grubby, for example whilst at school they are very handy to have whenever any one of my 25 PC's get grubby screens.
However as economical as these are at the cheap price sold, 151 may have improved the quantity but the quality has definitely slipped. They now measure a pitiful 15cm by 19cm which is no bigger than the surface area of my hand and that's a bit of a downside when they were originally a lot bigger similar in size to Bounce tumble dryer sheets and could last longer per wipe.
So Duzzit work? In short, for small areas yes but previous cleaning on larger areas has been met with disappointment.
Take my mum for example, she doesn't do any polishing because she knows that the Hoover mad collector in the house will spray polish onto an upholstery brush onto any vacuum cleaner and go at the shelves and glass areas with much glee. As such the last time (and I'm ashamed to admit) my parents cleaned their TV screen, it was more than one year ago. Therefore I never imagined that what came off the screen on the wipe would reveal much. However the white wipes soon turned black and brown with equal shades, and the thinness of each wipe allows users to swap sides to get more of the cleaning agent on the surface and work its magic. The TV now retains its excellent colour and clarity (it's a Sony!) just like new when it was bought nine years ago. The scent left behind is like a mix of white vinegar and citrus fruit that isn't unappealing but the single wipes on their own have quite a strong chemical smell and as opposed to older Duzzit Glass Wipes I have used before, the newer versions' smaller size meant that I had to use at least 8 wipes to get around the glass not helped by the fact that the wet agent in the cloth was beginning to dry out faster than I was cleaning.
On porcelain tiled coffee tables I was surprised to find that these Glass Wipes brought surfaces and glass to a good shine rather than impeccable. On my windscreen the wipes brought a streak free finish and when used on my PC monitor, a sparkle to the glass. Each time a couple of wipes had to be used instead of just one per application and against our TV the other surfaces are regularly cleaned.
Previously I've found that the "triple" spun and larger contact cloth wipes were ideal to be used time and time again, even for general dusting. I still have old ones that have been machine-washed; haven't disintegrated in water and on their own without their chemicals are an ideal cheap duster to use for brass and polishing. I've so far replaced my ingredients of toxins with actual vinegar and lemon juice with some of these cloths to give me added peace of mind for a healthier environment. I do have to point out however that whilst this is not an effective way of recycling because they will eventually have to be disposed of, compared to mass brand names (Pledge springs to mind here,) Duzzit cloths used to be very well made. Now the cloth is a lot thinner than before and sadly the agents on the wet wipe after it has been taken out the pack tends to dry up in the air. Therefore this is the kind of wipe which now has to be used instantly. Being contained with at least 5% "anionic surfactants" (?) however means that on my skin the wipes havent given me any adverse reactions but it is obvious despite their light fragrance that they are chemically influenced and that's before the variable 5 to 15% of Isopropanol, a flammable cleaning agent which 151 would appear to have missed warning consumers about.
Therefore the latest versions are disappointing. Whereas before I would award a possible 4 star rating, 151's latest excuse of good value sadly seems to have missed the glass in terms of offering the same quality the previous wipes gave. However! If you want disposable cloths ideal for polishing, trick number 2 is to use washed Bounce sheets, as these are the same size as previous Duzzit Glass wipes and they last quite a while too. Thanks for reading. ©Nar2 2008
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