Product Type: Fairy Household Cleaning
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Saves on the elbow grease
Fairy Power Spray
Member Name: SallsMumof2
Fairy Power Spray
Advantages: Saves on the effort, works in the majority of cases
Disadvantages: Quite expensive, doesn't always remove everything
I have to admit that I am no danger of developing an obsessive compulsive disorder regarding the cleaning of our house. This may make me sound a bit 'slummy mummy' rather than 'yummy mummy' but quite honestly I'd rather be doing something nice with my children than having windowsills you could eat your dinner off - after all, we have a perfectly good dining table for that!
So, this review is written from the standpoint of what I would consider to be an 'averagely clean' householder - yes, I hoover, clean bathrooms, kitchens etc but not to the point of sterilisation.
I have used Fairy Power Spray on an intermittent basis for a good few years now and overall I am satisfied with it. It is currently widely available from most major supermarkets and other retailers. Tesco currently have it stocked at a price of £3.06 and it would seem from a quick check this morning, that it generally ranges in price between £3-£5. As you can see from the picture, it is a trigger spray and the bottle is green plastic holding 375ml of product.
I mainly use this to clean the cast iron racks and top parts of the burners from my range cooker - something I did yesterday in fact. I have also occassionally used this on roasting tins when the food is really baked on - however, I do find that generally, a good 10 minute soak in HOT soapy water does the trick.
When I use this spray, I turn the safety nozzle to on and away we go! The spray itself is quite viscous and soon takes on a 'jelly type' appearance on contact. This is good in one way, as it stops the product just sliding off but, it also means you get a narrow spray when it comes out, so you can only cover a small area with each pump on the spray handle. It has a slight 'chemical' smell but it's not over powering and personally I wouldn't worry unduly about ventilation. I would describe it's fragrance as a super concentrated washing up liquid (which is probably in essesence what it is!) and not entirely unpleasant.
So once I had sprayed all my various cast iron and aluminium 'bits' from the oven, I left it to work for approximately 20 mins. When I came back, some of the dried on/burnt on food had turned white and all the racks etc were still covered in their jelly like goo. That does illustrate the power sprays staying power as they were propped up in the sink, so weren't laid flat on a surface. Next, I grabbed my non-stick scourer sponge and gave all the pieces a good firm rub and rinse under warm water for a few minutes, wiped them with a tea towel and reassembled the hob.
Now, I wouldn't say that the Fairy Power Spray removed absolutely everything, but it did a good job and probably removed 95%. I may well have got everything off if I had carried on to apply it for a second time (which it does state on the bottle that "very tough soils may need two treatments").
As I said earlier, I have not used this on the internal parts of my oven - I'm afraid I am far too lazy to clean the inside and have a very lovely man who comes and does this for me :-) - or anything stainless steel. However, on the cast iron, aluminium and other metal items I have used this on it has always done the job to my satisfaction (but not necessarily others!).
In summary, I will continue to buy and use this product as it does the job for me but I can only really give it 3 stars as it sometimes doesn't remove absolutely everything, it is quite expensive and you could probably achieve as good a result with some washing up liquid, hot water and a bit of elbow grease . . . that's if you aren't as lazy as me!
Many thanks for reading.
Summary: Good but not great