I bought my bottle of Flash a while ago for a pound. I was in a shop faced with loads of brands that I hadn't heard of cleaning wise except for this one Flash product so I decided to go with what I was more familiar with. I have used their products occasionally over the years but not any all purpose cleaners. The promise on the bottle is this "Dissolves grease and dirt, leaving intense freshness and brilliant shine" On the back it tells you to twist the end of the nozzlevto unlock it (easily done, it clicks when you are in the right position), spray entirely over the soiled area and then wipe with a damp cloth. For brilliant shine a dry cloth is used. The user must then wash and dry their hands. Those with sensitive or damaged skin are warned not to be in prolonged contact with it. If the soiling is more serious the spray is meant to be left on for three minutes. So did it work for me?
A cooking session had left a few stains on my work surface. Most could be cleaned by Flash but I had to do the three minutes wait before a coffee mug ring would completely fade and even three minutes was not enough to completely get rid of a turmeric stain. Good old bicarbonate and vinegar home remedies work better. Also using a dry cloth didnt give any greater shine where I had used it. I don't rate this as a shine product at all. I don't normally let things get so messy so think the product will still have its usage for me nonetheless. Especially as it is genuinely very good on grease.
One last thing I would say is that the smell was more sweet lemon than crisp lemon and pretty strong. I wouldn't want to clean a large area with this at once because of this. I recommend it for grease removal but otherwise think better products are out there.
Being on an economy drive at the moment because Christmas is a coming and I have far too much left still to buy I have been keeping my eyes open for bargains and for the most part I have been sticking to buying stuff that is stores own and so on however I do like to have a browse in discount stores such as Poundland and B & M and the likes and I bought this a couple of weeks ago in my local pound shop for just...yep a pound and I thought that was a great price for such a well known brand and for such a large size.
This comes in a see-through but slightly frosted large bottle that has a sturdy integrated handle to one side of it and to the top of it there is a light blue twist on/off cap to the top of it and under that there is a large hole. On the front of the bottle there is a blue and white label and on that we are told that it is Flash Clean & Shine 'Crisp Lemons' All - Purpose Cleaner and that it is a P & G product, that it is 1L in size and there is a little picture of a shiny clean floor shown and a lemon and then on the back of the bottle other information listed includes being told a bit about the product and how to use it, warnings are given, the ingredients are stated and contact details for the manufacturer are clearly listed. Its a nice enough bottle, robust and informative enough this one.
The All Purpose Cleaner:
Bright yellow in its colour and runny like water, its transparent and it has a wonderful fresh aroma of lemons to it that I really like and think of as a really fresh and clean scent. You can dilute this to use it on floors and tiles and the likes or you can use it neat if you prefer or feel the need to. We are not told on the labeling where we can and can't use it however I simply don't use it on fabrics, windows or glass.
I use this all over my home really. I use this to clean my floors, tiles, my sinks, toilet, bath, worktops, hob, skirting boards... any of my sealed wood surfaces seems fine with this and it really does pick up grease, grime, dirt and dust really well leaving where I have cleaned really looking and feeling clean. My biggest problem area to clean is always my hob and this makes quick work of cleaning that brilliantly and usually with other cleaners when I clean my floor with a diluted solution of what ever it is I have to then get on my hands and knees and rub over certain areas but with this it just cleans effectively with little effort required from me.
Another place I mess up all the time is my bath which gets caked in soap scum and the likes again a quick wipe over with this and its left clean as a whistle!
This leaves my home looking and feeling clean and the scent of this lingers in my home for a good couple of hours afterwards and me, well I think this is a really brilliant cleaning product!
Available from all good supermarkets etc.
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I have to be very careful with the cleaning materials I use due to having asthma. I totally acknowledge the cleaning power of bleach, but the fumes do tend to make my airways twitch. I am awe of the limescale bashing abililities of Viakal but owing to the strong smell can only use it with all the windows open - which has been somewhat problematic this year. And last but by no means least, one whiff of lavender will give me an asthma attack.
Fortunately, I love the scent of lemon and it has happy diplomatic relations with my fussy lungs.
Which all brings us to this cleaning spray. This is an all purpose cleaning spray which can be used in the kitchen and bathroom as well as on other items to be cleaned.
I have used this in the kitchen to clean the sink, counter tops and the outside of the cooker. It does not do the same job on limescale that Viakal does, however, this is London Limescale we are talking about here and it does beat most cleaning fluids. It does do a great job of cleaning grime and grease, however. It also cleaned off burnt on food from the hob and oven door, even if it did take a couple of sprays and some elbow grease. Counter tops, it manages easily.
The situation is the same in the bathroom. Limescale on the tap, sink plug or drainer - cue Viakal or Cilit Bang. Grubby bath or toothpaste splattered sink - no worries. It also cleans the porcelein of the loo top and the seat itself very well and adds a very pleasant scent.
The scent is stated to be crisp lemon and that is just how it smells. It is pleasant lemon clean without the cloying some lemon scented products can fall into.
As it is not the toughest cleaning spray on the market this is a good thing as some jobs will take more than one or two blasts.
The squirting mechanism is the usual twist and pull the trigger. The spray's blast area is very reasonable and makes cleaning a doddle. As someone with poor eyesight I could do with the open/off indication having a better colour contrast, but this is, unfortunately, a common problem with spray mechanisms.
I have disassembled a portable washing machine I have and which had been shamefully neglected on the cleaning front. This spray cleaned it up beautifully and now it shines again.
The liquid rinses away without leaving an unpleasant residue. Just clean sinks, draining boards, baths and sinks.
All for £1.50 from Sainsbury's for a 500ml bottle, or £2.00 for a 700ml one at Tesco.
Great value for a very pleasantly scented good little cleaning spray which has not caused my asthma any problems.
A bit of a lemon?
I don't often like lemon scented cleaning products as I find the smell can be a bit cloying and unnatural at times. But I decided to give this one a go as it was just £1 and I was after something that I could use in the kitchen - but also elsewhere around the house if needed.
This comes in a simple trigger spray bottle with a basic blue and yellow label, and you can see the yellow cleaning liquid inside. It's suitable for all rooms and is designed to be quick and easy to use.
I have used this mainly on my kitchen worktops. You simply spray this on, leaving for a minute or two if necessary and wiping off. And this works a treat! It gives my worktops a good clean, lifting off any spills or stains as it goes. I find it works really well at these simple cleaning tasks and it definitely is really quick to use - in fact if my worktops aren't particularly grubby I'll just spray and wipe off pretty much straight away. The only slight downside for me is that it doesn't leave surfaces quite as shiny as other kitchen cleaners I've used, but this isn't something that bothers me too much!
I have also used this spray on my hobs and on the kitchen floor to clean up the odd spill or mark, and again in terms of cleaning ability I really have no complaints at all about the quality of this product.
And the scent?
So what of the lemon smell? Well for me the fragrance has been a pleasant surprise. As mentioned I don't usually like lemon scented products, but this one is actually really nice. It is much fresher smelling than other lemon scented kitchen cleaners I've tried, and it's a bit more subtle without that chemical undertone I find cleaners often have. It's actually a pleasant fragrance and for me this makes this product a lot nicer to use!
Great for the price
For £1 I find it difficult to fault this cleaner. I am going to take off a star as I find it doesn't shine surfaces as well as other cleaners, but really I am being a bit mean as this is an excellent cleaning product and I highly recommend it.