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Having a belated spring clean this week in anticipation of stay-over visitors. One of the tasks on my list was to make a really good job of my windows, which I always do myself rather than have a window cleaner. I had not bought Windolene in a long time as I have always managed with soap and water, drying off with old scrunched up newspapers. I decided to reacquaint myself with the product to see if it makes window cleaning an easier task. Currently £1.50 in Sainsburys for a 500ml pump action spray bottle.
Windolene's four action system dissolves grease, lifts off dirt, cleans with vinegar, leaves a streak free shine.
It says it is suitable for use on windows, windscreens, fridges, glass surfaces, worktops, taps, mirrors.
Warnings: Keep out of reach of children. Avoid contact with eyes/damaged skin. Do not ingest. Avoid contact with marble and finished wood surfaces.
Contains: <5% Anionic Surfactants.
Testing it out:
I tried it on my windows first - the main reason why I bought this product. Turning the nozzle to the ON position I applied a few squirts of the pale blue, watery liquid and wiped over with a soft dry cloth. I could see a few spatters and streaks from an earlier attempt at window cleaning about 2 weeks previously. These were soon history with this product. Smears wipe easily away and the residue liquid on the window seems to disappear before your eyes. It made short work of the message a bird had left for me, and the grubby marks where the dog presses his nose against the back door when on the look-out for cats.
Is this product a boon when it comes to doing windows then?
In short - yes. I normally do a very good job of my own windows but it is time consuming to get them shiny. Using the Windolene, I have cut out the 'scrunched-up newspaper buffing' part of my cleaning routine. It has certainly saved time and elbow grease.
I also tried this product on:
my taps - they came up shiny.
my fridge - removed smears and produced a good shine on my fridge door.
mirrors around the house - smear free with little effort.
(My work surface has a dull marbled effect and I don't want it to shine, so I didn't bother with that.)
The case for using this product on glass and mirrors is clear. (Pun fully intended there.) Regarding my taps and fridge, however, I can't see the point of using Windolene instead of my normal cleaners. I get a good clean, shiny finish from my usual products and I'm still happy with those.
In short - this product cuts down the workload when cleaning glass and mirrors as it produces a streak-free shine with minimum effort. You could, I'm sure achieve similar results (and I have done) from soap, water, vinegar, cloths and a load of old newspapers - but I have to admit as the years advance and my recurring aching back starts to niggle, that this is an easier option and I will be buying it again.
Cleaning is a job I don't mind doing if it is made easier for me. Cleaning windows was never a problem really in the past as I rarely had to do them.
Recently a new cat to my home has decided to use my windows as a way to climb up the home and leaves terrible paw prints everywhere and this has resulted in me needing something to use to clean the windows quickly.
In the past an old remedy I had was using hot water and lemon juice and this did work but if left behind either a lemon scent which was quite strong or it would leave smears everywhere which looked kind of stupid.
This Windolene was actually on promotion and I decided this 500ml bottle might be worth having a try with.
I sprayed a small amount on the window and it is a clear liquid with a slight smell and as it dripped down the window the actual dirt came with it and that was a nice sight. I got a small cloth and just went along the sprayed area and the dirt came off straight away.
I found no smears at all but it did take a few wipes to remove all the liquid and the window did come up sparkling and looked very clear and clean which was excellent. I thought it did an excellent job and I decided to try this on a mirror next.
I have a huge hallway mirror which has marks on but I never pay much attention to them as the part I use to do my hair never seems dirty but the marks have been there for a long time. The marks include finger prints and chemicals like sprays from the past.
I had to use a bit more of this window cleaner to remove these marks but again it managed to remove them without any fuss at all. I have used other top cleaners in the past and they have either left smears on the window or required me to work extremely hard to get the stains off.
This product is available from many places and I am not sure how long this has been on the market to buy as it is not something I remember seeing in the past. The product apparently uses vinegar to remove the dirt so again it is using a strong acid product to remove that dirt.
You can also use this apparently for fridges, taps and windscreens so my next place to use this is perhaps my car and see how I go. The price for 500ml is around £1.50 but it can be found cheaper I am sure if you are looking out for this item.
A great product which assists people when cleaning those stubborn glass marks.
Windolene has always been the only thing I use for cleaning windows, mirrors and glass surfaces. I have just noticed that the Windolene I have states that it also cleans Fridges and Taps. This is something that I wasn't actually aware of! So perhaps I will give this a try on those things although I do have other cleaners for those purposes.
What I use Windolene most for is Mirrors. All I basically do is spray a few separate sprays onto the mirror and then wipe clean. You need to make sure you rub the windolene in properly. I usually rub it in smallish round circles and I find that this ensures no smearing. The mirrors really do come up sparkling clean with Windolene. I also use it on windows; and whilst the windows don't sparkle; they really do come up very clean.
This original Windolene has a '4 action system' which the makers state 'dissolves grease', 'lifts off dirt'. 'cleans with vinegar' and 'leaves a streak free shine'.
Windolene contains 5% Anionic surfactants
You should avoid any contact with the eyes or damaged skin and also avoid any contact with Marble and Wood surfaces. Do not ingest Indolence; seek medical advice if contact is made with the eyes or if product is ingested.
It is important that Windolene is kept out of reach of children
Windolene currently costs £1.27 at Asda for a 500ml bottle.
Windolene is a classic cleaner and deserving of 5 dooyoo stars in my view.
One of my dreaded chores as I was growing up was cleaning the windows. This was probably something we did around once a month but whenever my mum asked me to do this my heart sank. My mum used to hand me the Mr Sheen and tell me to get going. Now Mr Sheen is a great product for polishing wood and removing dirt and grime but it's not so great on glass. I would spend ages trying to get rid of the streaks that would remain on the glass and my poor arms would ache for hours afterwards. Fast forward a few years and my mum tried out a new product that had launched onto the market - Windolene and we haven't looked back since!
Windolene is a product that has been formulated for cleaning glass and shiny surfaces. It claims to dissolve grease, lift off dirt and leave a streak free shine all with one magical ingredient, which has been added to the spray - vinegar! Now I know that vinegar has long been used as a cleaning aid but it's never been something that I have personally tried.
Windolene comes as a liquid spray housed in a plastic bottle. The spray itself is a turquoise coloured liquid and as the bottle itself is transparent it can be seen quite clearly. At the top of the bottle is a nozzle attached to a trigger pump through which the spray is dispensed. The nozzle has one of these twist 'ON' and 'OFF' mechanisms which is great both to prevent wastage but also as a safety feature if you have young children. Windolene is suitable for use on windows, windscreens, fridges, glass worktops, taps and mirrors.
I firstly started off cleaning the kitchen windows. They were a bit grimy from the inside but had white marks on the outside due to dried off raindrops. I used a couple of squirts of product, which I sprayed directly onto the window in an even layer and then took a clean, dry cloth and started to wipe this off. The spray smells quite soapy and I could definitely tell it had vinegar in it! This is not a smell I am too keen on but thankfully it doesn't last long after cleaning.
Even after using this for many years now I am always surprised at how little effort it takes to wipe off and remove marks and grime. There's no real rubbing involved - I usually have to wipe over the area a couple of times and am left with a clean and shiny window. Previously I would spend ages trying to remove streaks that had been left by the product but with Windowlene I get a streak free clean every time and with minimal effort! Cleaning windows now is not such a chore and I can clean all the windows in the house in a fraction of the time that it took previously and my arms are grateful too!
Overall this product is something I am really impressed with. It's one that really does make life easier. Cleaning windows is no longer a chore, though still not something I particularly look forward to! Windolene is available at all major supermarkets priced at around £1.30 for a 500ml bottle.
Now I have to confess, I do tend to usually buy the supermarkets own version of window cleaning products! But, this one was on offer at only £1.00 for 500ml making it only a few pence more expensive than the above so thought... I will give it a go!
The product comes in a clear plastic and widely recycled trigger spray bottle. It is clear so that you can see the pale blue liquid and the trigger is blue and red in colour. The plastic is moulded to thwe shape of your hand so it is comfy to hold and use. The trigger action is smooth making application quick and easy.
**WHAT IT SAYS IT DOES**
Windowlene is for glass and shiny surfaces which include:
- fridges and
Making it a very versatile and useful product at home, work and in the car!
This particular product has a four action system which:-
2.lifts off dirt
3.cleans with vinegar (the old fashioned ingredient for cleaning!)
4.leaves a streak free shine!
**HOW TO USE!**
Instructions to use this product are very simple.
Firstly you spray sparingly from a distance of 25cm onto the surface which requires cleaning and then you gently wipe with a soft dry cloth or a paper towel and then polish to a shine.
In my experience it works far better WHEN used sparingly as I find if I do use too much of the product then although it will remove finger marks, dust and dirt it is far more time consuming to buff up to a shine!
I have used this product on windows, fridge and mirrors and have to say it is the best product I have ever used for this purpose!
Buy a few when they are on offer and you wont be disappointed with this product!
I remember, when I was a kid, how much hardwork cleaning windows used to be for my Grandma. She used Windowlene in it's original form, a pink bottle containg a chalky pinky/white emulsion type of cleaner. It took a lot of elbow grease to get that bad boy off your windows. But I did love that smell and it does bring back some great memories.
Windolene has come a long way since those days. It's now available in a handy trigger spray and can be used on glass and other shiny surfaces. It has a 4 action system which dissolves grease, lifts off dirt, cleans with vinegar and leaves a streak free shine. The product usually retails at £1 for a 500ml bottle and can be found in most supermarkets.
I find Windolene really easy to use, and it does exactly what it promises to do with minimal effort (elbow grease!). I use it to clean my bathroom and kitchen tiles to give them a lovely shine.
I also use it on the glass on my wardrobes. I have a sliding door wardrobe which takes up the full lengh of my bedroom. The glass is sprayed to give it a lovely rich cream glossy look, but they are a devil to keep smear, finger print and hairspray free. But Windolene to the rescue. It literally takes a minute or two to spray all 3 doors and wipe down with a few sheets of kitchen towel and voila - lovely fresh scent (no hint of vinegar anywhere) and gleaming doors!
I use it on my lap top screen, my TV screen and my mirrors and it works really well. There is no smudges or smears just gleaming glossy glass.
Well worth £1, and always on my shopping list.
Windowlene 4 action system is a spray window cleaner which comes in a botle with a trigger for spraying. The bottle is clear with a blue and red trigger and the liquid inside the bottle is blue. The label has Windolene across the front in red and it has a sign above saying Only £1. We buy ours in 99p store usually but I think they do it in Wilkinsons as well.
The 4 action systems are 1. Dissolves grease, 2. Lifts off dirt, 3. Cleans with vinegar, 4. Leaves a streak-free shine.
We use this window cleaner all the time for indoors, outdoors and for the car. It does not just do the windows, we use it for mirrors, glass doors, the glass tv shelves and the glass lid on top of the cooker. We also use it for other everyday things like our dining table which has a highly polished surface, and for any other item of furniture that needs polishing or just wiping the dust off, so it is very versatile and saves us buying lots of different sprays. I must say that it says on the bottle that you shouldnt spray it on to finished wood so I wouldnt recommend you do this unless you try it somewhere on the furniture where it wouldnt show even though I use it all the time on mine and it hasnt harmed it in any way. It also says not to use it on marble surfaces.
When my OH uses it on the car it cleans the windows lovely and he doesnt really need to do a lot of wiping, he just sprays and wipes it off with a piece of kitchen towel and then there are no smears left and he can see to drive perfectly. He also uses it to wipe down the body of the car and it comes up really shiny and gets the dirt off.
When I use it indoors on the mirrors it gets off all the finger marks (from having a teen age daugther who likes to get inside the mirror to put on her make up) and again it doesnt leave smears. It smells nice too, not really chemical, just a nice clean smell. On the tv shelves it gets all the dust off really well and leaves them nice and gleaming.
There is 500ml in a bottle and it last us a good few weeks even though we are using it for just about everything (it is nice in the bathroom too as it brings a nice shine to the tiles). The back of the label is a bit hard to see as it doesnt have a separate label on the back of the bottle but the usual blurb is printed on the other side of the main label and you have to look inside the bottle to read it. It says on the back that it is suitable for windows, glass surfaces, taps, mirrors, windscreens, worktops, and fridges.
You have to remember to turn the red nozzle on the spray to the on position before spraying otherwise you will be thinking that it is not working. You can turn it to off again after use which is handy if you keep your bottles in a basket or box and it might get tipped over as it wont come out.
It says on the bottle that you shouldnt spray it on to finished wood so I wouldnt recommend you do this unless you try it somewhere on the furniture where it wouldnt show even though I use it all the time on mine and it hasnt harmed it in any way. It also says not to use it on marble surfaces.
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