“ Brand: Flash / Type: All Purpose Cleaner / Subcategory: Cleaning Spray / Category: Cleaning & Disinfectant „
I wasn't quite sure where to put this review as it doesn't warrant a separate category but it does have one extra advantage to other cleaners in the all-purpose category. The product I'm reviewing is called Flash Clean and Shine and underneath the larger heading is the words, 'crisp lemons' and then ' All purpose cleaner.'
The product is similar to the Flash wipes and the large bottle cleaner but with the advantage of the spray bottle. It's a nice sturdy shaped bottle and opaque in colour so you can easily see how much you have used. The top is a pump-action head with a handle grip and a 360-degree rotation head. It's a light turquoise colour with a white plastic nozzle. As with all Flash products the instructions for use are clearly printed on the rear of the bottle and also give the ingredients and who to contact in case of any complaints.
I discovered this for myself a few weeks ago when it was on offer in my local Co-Op store for just £1 a sum of money that the Co-Op seem fond of using for their special offers. I needed a general cleaner and I do normally buy Flash as I find it effective so I purchased a bottle and set to work the same day.
Using it was easy. I did check the instructions in case I did turn the nozzle the wrong way and spray myself. Believe me that has happened before now. I didn't want a shiny face, having already spent enough on face products for the opposite effect.
So for your edification these are the instructions;
Spray soiled surface until thoroughly covered. Wipe with a dry or damp cloth. For a brilliant shine wipe dry. For tougher stains it says to leave on for 3 minutes. It also added the usual precautions about getting in the eyes, keep away from children, people with sensitive hands should use gloves. Not having any children with sensitive hands who enjoy cleaning I proceeded by myself, my target a rather soiled kitchen with a particularly badly soiled cooker. (The oven not me.)
When cleaning my kitchen tops I prefer to lightly spray, so gave it a quick wipe with a damp cloth first. Then I sprayed carefully using a well-practiced trigger action. The spray covered as promised with a nice, fine mist and no awkward sticking of the trigger. (Don't you just hate that?) I left it for about a minute while clearing the cooker ready to spray that. Now I must admit to expecting little more than the usual nice, clean surface, but this exceeded expectations. It didn't just clean, it sparkled! I mean not just shine, but if it wasn't a wood surface I swear I could have seen my face in it. As it was my badly scarred wooden finish worktop looked almost new again.
I then geared myself up for the attack on my oven top, not a pretty sight. A bit like a bull in a cartoon starting to charge. Anyway, I sprayed the area quite heavily and stood back to wait. One minute ticked by, then two, I was getting restless. Three minutes later I started to wipe off with a damp rag and 'hey presto' my cloth just glided over the surface with all the panache of one of those women on TV we all just love to hate. My oven top again gleamed at me, if it could have I'm sure it would have smiled. Oops, that was me with a sheepish grin on my face. Well I'm not used to products living up to their claims, so joking aside this really does the job.
So lets have a look at the ingredients to see if there is any wizardry afoot. Not that I normally do this but things don't normally gleam in my house.
<5%non-ionic surfactants, soap, benzisothiazolininone, citral, hexyl cinnamol, aqua.
Nope, I can't find anything except aqua that I recognize.
What can I use this on?
Apart from my work tops and my oven top? Well most things except aluminum, copper, brass, and painted surfaces. Phew! Just in time before I tried my coffee table, though why this and not my wooden surfaces I haven't yet worked out. But my coffee table has a painted inset panel, so I didn't try. I wouldn't try this on windows either as I can imagine it might leave some residue. I can't see any other way for the shine to be this good without something akin to polish.
Finally let's just check it's claims, 'Dissolves grease and dirt, leaves intense freshness & brilliant shine. The all-purpose cleaner that offers you a universal solution for your entire home, so you don't need hundreds of cleaners under the sink. Well I didn't have much to start with. Some polish, sugar soap, window-cleaner, bathroom and kitchen cleaner with bleach and that old favorite, elbow grease.
Would I recommend it? You bet. If it continues to clean like this I'll be the talk of the neighborhood. Really, it does what it says, a brilliant shine and at £1 a bottle I'm off for another three.
Thanks for reading.
We have this cleaning product at my workplace and my duties regualrily include having to involve myself with general housekeeping. I used this cleaner for the first time recently and as it said multi-purpose, thought it would be ok to clean a fitting room mirror with. I followed the instructions and to my horror was left with great big smear marks all over, making it look ten times worse than it did before! Luckily, I managed to find some proper glass cleaner to fix the problem, but I was still very annoyed. Even so, I have since used this to clean metal rails that had got very dull and dirty over the months, and they came up glistening and so shiny my manager was shocked to see them looking so good! It also doesn't have a bad smell to it which is a big advantage and it is very simple to use. overall, it is a very good cleaning product on certain surfaces, i would just reccomend testing on a small area first before you use it.
Whilst out shopping some months ago in my local Tesco I was cornered by a rather pushy sales assistant as I walked down the cleaning aisle. She had obviously been told to sell a certain quota of products and sell she did as if her life depended on it. The product in question was the new Flash Clean and Care range. As Flash can normally do no wrong in my house and more importantly the fact that the product was reduced, I duly put two spray bottles in my trolley. I felt obliged by her convincing sales pitch, plus the fact that I'm useless at saying no. The main focus of her argument was that unlike its more chemical rivals, this new product was more gentle and natural because it contained the magical bicarbonate of soda. If anybody has seen the rather irritating adverts with Anthea Turner the main benefit of bicarbonate of soda is the fact that you can use the cleaner on even delicate surfaces without damaging them. After unpacking my shopping and putting the spray bottles away in a cupboard I completely forgot about them until about a week ago. However, I really wish I hadn't remembered they were there and after trying them have since condemned the bottles to spend eternity in my cupboard, relegated to a 'just in case I run out' status.
Flash Clean and Care with bicarbonate of soda comes in two different type's bottle, either a large screw cap bottle or a smaller trigger spray bottle. As I have the trigger spray bottle this is what the review will be based around. In my opinion the Clean and Care range is slightly more upmarket when it comes to the packaging as the bottle is not made out of the stark white plastic like my Flash bathroom cleaner. Instead the bottle is a lovely pearlescent creamy colour. Unlike the bathroom spray bottle the pearlescent material means that you can just about see the liquid inside. This is useful so you can see how much you have used, however as the bottle is not completely translucent you have to be in the right kind of light to be able to see it clearly. This is certainly an improvement from the bathroom cleaner but one that could be improved further.
As you can faintly see the duck egg blue coloured liquid inside, the bottle then takes on a bluey tinge. The label on the bottle is also a similar colour and works well with Flash logo which is written in the standard yellow typeface. The label is embellished with lots of natural motifs like trees and leaves, which highlights the natural ingredients in the product. On the back of the bottle the label explains all of the different surfaces that the product can be used on, including marble, steel, granite, wood and enamel. Despite containing natural ingredients the bottle still carries a lot of safety guidelines, like keeping the product away from children and keep away from the eyes. The label also states that the product may be an irritant to sensitive skin, so all sensible information really.
Using the Product:
To use the product all you have to do is twist the nozzle onto the 'on' position and then pull the trigger. This is a practical safety feature as you can twist the nozzle back again so that the trigger is locked and no product can escape unless you want it to. The only downside to this is the frustration caused when you forget to turn the nozzle on and you wonder why the spray is not working! In my opinion the top of the bottle is extremely well designed as it is made out of a durable smooth plastic that is moulded to fit your hand perfectly. Compared to cheaper spray cleaners I would not hesitate to hold the bottle from the top, it feels so secure that it would even withstand my heavy handedness. In a weird kind of way both the design of the trigger and bottle are quite beautiful and really look like some thought has been taken in the design process. Despite admiring the beauty of the packaging, my high opinion had vanished when I actually used the product.
My problem was not so much with how you use the product but instead the actual liquid itself. As the product has a trigger spray it is really easy to squirt the desired amount onto the surface you are trying to clean. In fact the very nature of the trigger spray makes it easy to control the amount of product you want and exactly where you want it. However, as soon as you pull the trigger the liquid is released very quickly and as soon as this happens a strange odour permeates the air around you. The smell is really difficult to describe, I would not say that it is particularly strong or overpowering. In reality I'm quite reluctant to call it a 'smell' as it doesn't really smell much at all. However, every time I spray even a small amount it immediately goes to the back of my throat and really makes me cough. It is slightly citrusy and chemical in a harsh kind of way and I guess it is the bicarbonate of soda that is creating the smell. I'm not normally sensitive to any kind of cleaning products so this really took me by surprise. What I found even more irritating was that this cough did not stop after using it or even going out of the room, it lingered even after the smell had disappeared.
After experiencing this terrible coughing fit the first time I used the product I was understandably cautious about using it again. However, I persevered with it thinking that it was probably just because I used it in a small unventilated room or maybe it was just a coincidence. I was sadly mistaken and every time I use this product I end up coughing to some extent. I have tried using the product sparingly and in a well ventilated room but this makes little difference as I always end up coughing. Not particularly pleasant when you have been led to believe that this product is 'natural'.
Aside from the coughing I did get to test the product out on a few of the different surfaces in my kitchen. My overall feeling about the cleaning ability of the product is that it is ok but definitely not anything special. As I don't yet have the money to have granite worktops, I could only test the product on wooden surfaces and on my stainless steel appliances. It did clean them both without damaging them, and I guess that is what all of the promotional hype was about. So, in that respects the product is a success because it does what it says on the bottle. However it fails to warn you about the side effects! Despite being a bit of a 'Monica' when it comes to cleaning I am still not willing to sacrifice my health for the sake of saving my delicate surfaces. Maybe if I had an extremely large, well ventilated kitchen with tons of expensive granite worktops then I would be more convinced but as it stands I haven't and I'm not.
The moral of the story:
Overall, I would definitely not recommend this product to anybody at all. I consider myself quite healthy so the effect this had on me surprised me. I dread to think of the effect this could have on anybody else who is of delicate disposition. I don't really like the fact that these products are being marketed as being 'natural' when they obviously have some amount of chemicals added. I would recommend that if you were looking for a natural product then go right back to basics yourself - it would probably be cheaper and you would know exactly what was in it. With this product you are led to believe it is back to basics yet I cannot be sure.
Cleaning my bedroom is something I do with regularity. I live with parents and so my only really private space is my room and I like to take pride in it as I do my appearance. I also (if I'm not in the pub or bathroom) am mainly in my room and sitting in a dirty, messy rotten pig sty really gets me down and simply isn't good for my frame of mind. Today in fact I'm having a good clear out of stuff and am at the minute sat in a bit of a mess taking a hard earned break!
I do like my cleaning products. Like toiletries I buy my own and I really do get through stuff! Like I say though I really enjoy everything about cleaning and I love trying out a new multi purpose spray just as much as a new foundation lol
Flash is a brand I buy alot. Like with other things in my life I do like decent brands and when it comes to stuff to clean with I very rarely deviate from brands I know of because I want to get clean with minimal fuss. Although I like cleaning I'd rather not break my back (and bank) doing it, if that's at all possible!
500ml opaque white plastic (you can partially see the light yellow liquid through) bottle with a spray trigger situated at the top in blue and white plastic (not aerosol). On the front there is a yellow label on it and I'm clearly told it's Flash, Clean & Care For All Surfaces. Under that I'm told 'Even On Delicate Surfaces Like Natural Stones. Steel. Aluminium. Wood. Enamel' and that it contains 'White White Vinegar & Citrus Extract' and finally there is a little drawn on picture of half a lemon and a pouring jug of it. On the back there is a blue and yellow sticky label on there and once again I'm told it's Clean & Care and once again told what it's good at cleaning and shown little diagrams of these surfaces, I'm then told a bit about the product, directions for use, warnings are given, ingredients are listed, contact details for Procter & Gamble UK are given (the manufacturers of Flash products), the size is stated, the recycle symbol is on there and finally there is a bar-code displayed. It's nice informative packaging and looks sort of clam and trustworthy..
A Bit About The Product According To the Back Of the Bottle....
Flash Clean & Care formula has been inspired by traditional cleaning ingredients such as white vinegar that has been historically used to cut through grease & dirt, to remove all types of stains and to leave surfaces with a beautiful finish.
Directions For Use....
Spray the soiled surface and wipe with a dry or damp cloth. Tougher soils: leave the product to act for up to a maximum 3 minutes before wiping. To obtain perfect shine: rinse and/or wipe dry with a cloth. Not suitable for use on non-washable surfaces (e.g. untreated/waxed/oiled wood and waxed marble), copper, brass and black rubber. Always test on an inconspicuous area before using this. Always keep bottle upright.
My Experience with Using It....
Well not only will I use it in my bedroom the other day I cleaned our bathroom and kitchen with mixed results.
As directed I spray it where I want to clean. It comes out of the trigger as wet spray and smells of an oddly sweet sugary lemon smell. It's ok but it is quite strong and to me smelt a bit cheap really. It went on well as I said and had a tiny bit of a yellow colour to it and had a bit of body to the liquid although it isn't a thick and greasy spray at all.
Then you gently wipe it of with a dry/damp cloth (in my case dry) and that is really simple. I used it everywhere really I went cleaning mad lol. Firstly I cleaned my bedroom which consisted of my pvc windows (not the glass), my wooden varnished skirting boards, the insides of my plastic drawers and wardrobes, light fittings the lot. It cleaned exceptionally well but of course I wasn't facing any grease and grime really just dust and little bits of dirt. I found it very simple to use and it left my things ungreasy to look at or to touch and left alot of the things shiny and looking clean. I had no issues with it at all and it cleaned very well indeed. My room smelt fresh and clean for a good couple of hours and then the smell faded. All in all it was simple and was as I said clean.
Bathroom was the same. Again we clean our bathroom regularly but I gave it a quick whip round and around the taps and toilet (which were a bit grubby) I simply sprayed the dirtier areas and left it for 3 minutes(ish) and went back to that and again I found tougher marks easy to remove if I saturated it in the product. It is rubbish however on mirrors and glass in which case it smears and I found that out to my peril. I used it to wipe our tiled floor as well and once again found it wasn't greasy and completely safe to walk on without breaking your neck soon after cleaning it. Pleased? Yes once again the bathroom looked great and shiny and clean. I then walked down my stairs and cleaned our wooden painted handrail as I walked and yep that shined and was cleaned as well!
Kitchen cleaning is slightly different though. Again this is fine if you have a really nice, cleanish kitchen and we do as a rule. However we don't when we've had the toastie maker out making cheese and onion toasties for the masses. The toastie maker drops out grease all over surfaces and I was left wishing I hadn't said I'll get that all up for you Mum do you want a cuppa??? lol
I found it tougher to use. It wipes over the cleanish surfaces etc as well as expected. However the greasy surface took some work and cloths! It didn't smear the mess or anything it just struggled to get the last bits of grease residue away from worktops or wherever it was. The sink was oily from utensils and in the end I gave up with this spray and used fairy liquid instead to cut through the grease. It buffed up my stainless steel taps etc and tiles and things like that (basically the easier jobs) but when it came to grease busting, yes it did it but I had to work me ass off to achieve good results even with the spray on and leave for a few minutes technique.
All In All....
Great on light jobs, every day type of use. Not so great when it comes to filthy, nasty jobs. However when it does a good job it does it exceptionally well. The smell fades and the results don't. I like it for my bedroom and will buy it again and again for ease of use and the fact that in this room I didn't need a lot of product thus making it economical but as for the kitchen I've used better types of product that this! However if you have light jobs such as wiping stones and marble etc this is great as it seems very mild and gentle and what's more even after cleaning what felt for hours this didn't make my hands sore or dry at all.
I bought mine for £1.49 in Sainsbury's a while a go but it is in all good supermarkets. Definitely recommended if you want a unharsh approach to surfaces and something a bit more natural feeling. It doesn't contain bleach and as I said the smell when first sprayed does evaporate and leave after a few minutes leaving a fresh lemony scent.
Living in a student house means that the kitchen and bathroom can get really very manky! Especially the oven hob and the bathroom sink. At the end of last term we had an inspection coming up and thus a mega house clean was in order. This stuff was on offer in Sainsbury's (who seemed to have every Flash cleaning product for half price, so we stocked up!), and was over half the price of Cillit Bang, which we had previously used on our oven hob!
We used a liberal spray of this on our oven hob and left it overnight. The cleaner was easy to spray and use, and like many Flash products could be used on almost all surfaces and even floors and sinks if need be! The next morning the hob was SO easy to clean off! There was a good layer of burned on gunk, and this lifted it off easily. It also left our sinks shining and smelling fresh and clean!
A fab cleaning product, and does what it says on the bottle!
Flash Clean & Care formula has been inspired by traditional cleaning ingredients such as Bicarbonate of Soda that is known to be effective on tough stains and to clean easily all types of surfaces.