Product Type: Mr Muscle Household Cleaning
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Mr Muscle All Purpose Cleaner Frozen Lime and Vinegar
Member Name: jmaria01
Mr Muscle All Purpose Cleaner Frozen Lime and Vinegar
Advantages: Cleans easy spills, smells nice, cheap
Disadvantages: Not good on stubborn stains or dried on food
Ok, so maybe the heading was harsh, but I bet it caught some attention!
Until I discovered the new Cif, Mr Muscle was my usual way of cleaning the kitchen, although I've found it doesn't do as good a job as everyone says it does.
This variety of Mr Muscle comes in a clear spray bottle, showing off its dark green liquid inside it. 'Mr Muscle' is splashed across the label, and the nozzle of the spray has one of those ends you have to twist in order to get it spritzing. A quick turn and we're off to clean the kitchen, the wonderful kitchen of muck... It also smells really nice; the lime and vinegar interact very well, and the smell is not only nice but lingers for a while afterwards too - you can't miss it sometimes! I think most Mr Muscle spray cleaners are around £1 now, this one certainly was, and there are quite a few to choose from too; lemon, orange, and also one in a blue bottle I haven't looked at yet.
At my mum's this is used every day and everything is always sparkling clean. As students, my boyfriend and I don't do this sort of thing every day unless absolutely necessary; if the food is dried on, we'll use it, but if it's a fresh spill and goes away with a wipe, we leave it. It may sound wrong but to be honest, I'm not that uptight about having a clean house every single day; as long as I'm not stepping on bits everywhere I walk or chopping the onions up in crap, I'm happy!
Obviously this cleaner was chosen because I was so used to it; it did the job well enough, it smelled ok although could sometimes be overpowering if cleaning in the morning, and it didn't take too much to wipe spills and things away. On our kitchen surfaces at least it takes a couple sprays, a couple seconds, bit of a scrub and it's as good as new again. On our cooker though it just doesn't work. I don't know why, it could be because the top of it's some sort of metal whilst it works perfectly on mum's because hers is enamel, or it could just be because it doesn't work well on really tough and stubborn stains. Either way it dropped popularity points for me once I had problems using it on the cooker.
We're not that messy the two of us, but you know what it's like when you're cooking spaghetti bolognese or curry or chilli, and the pasta or rice boils over leaving its starchy water to solidify, or if the sauces drip everywhere because the spoon fell out the pan. We can't really clean as we go along because let's face it, sticking your hand on a hot cooker is stupid, but once we've eaten a meal we really just can't be bothered cleaning up. It's the very last thing we want to do at night, so things get left overnight sometimes, maybe a few days if we're really feeling lazy! Wrong I know, but it's how we live, and it doesn't attract anything it shouldn't so it's so far so good.
The first time I used this Mr Muscle on my cooker wasn't too bad, it cleaned up well enough and I only went through one sponge. The cooker was left alone until it was dirty again, but this time it took 2 sponges and me giving up and using hot soapy water! This happened each time after that; I'd start off on a very dirty cooker with Mr Muscle, then after removing the water marks but getting nowhere with anything else, I had to start really getting in there and scrubbing with water and soap. Not good! Then I got the new Cif through the post and haven't used Mr Muscle since.
It's not that I don't like the stuff, it smells great and works on some surfaces, but I would prefer to buy one cleaner that can tackle both stubborn and minor dirt rather than one for spills and upsets and one for really stubborn stains. It just seems pointless having a dozen cleaning products in one house when one will do the job of all 12!! It's safe to say we've now replaced our Mr Muscle, but it will always be our second choice when Cif decides to up the prices! Despite my rating and comments it's definitely s god cleaner, just very good when it comes to the stubborn stuff and you won't want to have that in your cupboard if it can't take the heat!
Summary: Great little cleaner for your cupboards and surfaces but not as effective on tough dirt and stains
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