Product Type: Elbow Household Cleaning
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Elbow Grease All Purpose Degreaser
Member Name: dawnmarywhite
Elbow Grease All Purpose Degreaser
Advantages: Multipurpose, performs admirably, bargain
This is hands down, my favourite multipurpose cleaner ever. Elbow Grease, manufactured by 151, promises to remove grease and oil from a whole host of surfaces including plastics, metals, and even fabrics. I was very excited when I heard of this product, as I'm sure many of you can relate to ruining a favourite piece of clothing by getting something greasy on it that just doesn't wash out!
This is how I came to know of Elbow Grease; I was wearing a top that used to be a favourite while visiting my family, but it had long been relegated to 'loungewear' due to an unidentifiable greasy spot on the front of it. It was, surprisingly, my 18 year old cousin who told me about it, as he (read: his mum) was using it to remove oil from his college overalls. So I added it to my mental shopping list as Something To Look Out For.
A few weeks later I was in Asda when I spotted Elbow Grease in all it's bright and colourful goodness, sitting on a shelf in the £1 section. £1?! So I added two 500ml trigger spray bottles to my trolley, and believe me I've never looked back. I tried it on the afore mentioned top, eager to see if it would work and restore my top to it's former glory. To use it on fabrics, you spray it right onto the stain before washing as usual. So this is exactly what I did, and when I retrieved the top from the machine it looked as though the mark was gone. But, I reserved full judgment for when the top was dry and I wasn't disappointed.
I have since found loads of other uses for it, I'm smiling even as I write this! I used to groan when my other half wanted something fried because I detested clearing up the inevitable mess and even washing the frying pan was just horrible (I may have moaned him to do it, but he probably wouldn't have done it properly). So now, when I want to clean greasy disgusting frying pans I just spray this on to them, leave it a minute then scrub with a dish brush and rinse. It then gets washed with the other dishes - only to remove all traces of the Elbow Grease though, since the oil is long gone.
Similarly, when I want to clean the hob and surrounding tiles/cupboard sides, whether it be after frying or just to remove some burnt on stuff, I use Elbow Grease. For hard surfaces, the bottle states to either spray onto a cloth and wipe, or spray directly onto the surface for tougher deposits. I always spray directly onto whatever I am cleaning, I just like doing this better. I want my cleaning products to be in direct contact with dirty surfaces as it reassures me it's really doing it's work. Sometimes I will use a brillo pad to work the Elbow Grease in when I'm doing the hob, but it's not really necessary; it just feels good and makes even shorter work of anything burnt on. It leaves my hob so sparkling and shiny, you could almost believe it was brand new if it wasn't for the well used hotplates! I have used this to clean my oven and oven trays too, and even that dreaded job feels like a breeze. The Elbow Grease/brillo combo is particularly useful on the racks in your oven, wrap the brillo around each bar after spraying with this and you get them looking good as new in record time.
You can even use it on engines and machinery to get rid of oil, though I have never done this. Other things I have used it for include cleaning the bathroom (yeah, not greasy I know, but it cuts through soap scum and water marks), cleaning my plastic sink, cleaning my kitchen fascias, tiles, uPVC window and door frames, gloss painted skirting boards, my stainless steel bin (and the plastic inner bucket) and glass. The results for each and every task I gave it were amazing. Not to mention practically effortless.
Elbow Grease is solvent free which is another bonus, and it contains limonene giving it a really pleasant fresh smell. It still smells like a cleaning product to me but it's not offensive at all. I like the smell of cleaning products, I think when it lingers in the air you know it's done something!
It is labeled as a non specific irritant, particularly to the eyes. Care should be taken when using it, try not to breathe it in and if you have sensitive skin gloves are recommended. The skin on my hands is prone to outbreaks, but this product hasn't bothered me. I do rinse my hands after using it though, but I don't wear gloves as they just hinder me! You should not use it on wood or transparent polycarbonates (so things like plexiglass, perspex, other acrylic glass and safety visors) and always do a patch test on fabrics, painted materials and anything else you wish to try it on but is not mentioned on the packaging. It caused no issues for me on gloss painted wood, but gloss is pretty bombproof.
I would class this as that rare thing, a true Wonder Product. Something that lives up to all it's promises and really can be used all over (and outside of) the home. It has everything going for it; the price is great, the packaging is even attractive, bright and eye catching. "The only cleaner you'll ever need"? Near enough. There are no gimmicks here, just good old fashioned Elbow Grease.
Summary: An excellent all round cleaner, 5* isnt enough!
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