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Fantastic product - bit more pricey than the others on the market but well worth it ... it works and brilliantly!
I bought this product when it was on special offer. It usually retails at around £4 - £5, but I got it half price. I've used a range of spray cleaners in my house, but never found one that I would recommend - until now.
The cleaner comes in a 500ml spray bottle. It has a turn nozzle so you can vary the power of the spray or lock the trigger.
The cleaner does not contain chlorine or ammonia, but is based on a "mild natural plant acid". It has a natural orange fragrance. I personally find this a bit over powering, but at least it's not chemical.
The bottle is emblazoned with the phrase "SHOCK! KITCHEN POWER ACTUALLY WORKS!". I was a bit dubious when I read this, but I have to completely agree.
You simply squirt the cleaner on to the surface to be cleaned, leave it 30 to 60 seconds and wipe off. It cuts through grease and dirt with minimal effort (you very seldom have to scrub at anything) and it leaves my kitchen gleaming. In my book, that makes it the perfect cleaning product.
Whilst this product is a little more expensive than other cleaners on the market, a little of it goes a long way. As it cleans so well, I think it is very good value for money.
Unfortuantely there is nowhere for me to rate Bath Power on here, at the moment. However, I love this product even more. We live in a very hard water area and I have tried every product on the market designed to remove limescale from my shower. Nothing works anywhere as well as this product.
I never thought I would rave about a cleaning product, but this one (and the Ozkleen Bath Power) are worth every penny.
I have decided it's high time I introduced you to the fabulous world of OzKleen since, frankly, I live in fear that this wonderful company will go bust or sell up and when it does my life will never be the same again. However, in order to review this product properly I must first tell you about the bane of my life so that you fully understand what a complete godsend it has proved to be.
I think I may have mentioned, before, that I am absolutely crap at housework. My place often looks worse, after I've dusted then hoovered, than before. I am really not the kind of woman who is prepared to spend her life scrubbing in order to try and make her house look so clean her visitors will believe no one could possibly live there full time... in other words, I'm a complete scrubber.
That said, for all my slatternliness, I don't like scabby bathrooms and kitchens. I don't like that special mould that gets under the clear plastic sealant in the bathroom and goes yar-diddle-y-ar-dah at me.
I don't like the lime-scale coral reef that collects around the shower head and all of the taps - even if it is a fragile environment full of rare and newly evolving species.
I don't like that baked on brown that sticks to the inside of the oven door and resists all efforts to clean - if they built a huge oven round the Fourth Bridge and cooked lots of roast lamb in it for a year it'd be painted brown for ever, otherwise they could bottled and extract it from my oven. Either way be assured they'd only have to paint it the once.
I don't like that greasy gunk that appears all over the kitchen extractor so that the woodlice and spiders get stuck, bird lime style and die, their lifeless bodies hanging perilously by one leg above my saucepans of tasty food, spinning gently in the convection current.
Until recently I, like everyone else, found that vinegar removes lime-scale far more effectively than any bespoke products if you can leave it for the prerequisite number of years and the evil sticky extractor would get a bit of a scrub with a vile-smelling cocktail of all the kitchen cleaning chemicals I could find mixed together - the more the merrier and if it goes fizzy and lets off a cloud of weird gas, even better. Nothing much happened but at least I was doing something.
The trouble is I don't like using products that introduce dodgy chemicals to the environment - especially chemicals it may not be suited to deal with. It doesn't mean I don't use them but as I watch my wonderful fizzy concoctions trying to eat their way through the crap on the oven door I feel well... guilty. On the whole I get by - I can't do much about the loos without poisoning the cat (yes, it's not just dogs who see a lavatory as a glorified water fountain) and everything else is sprayed liberally with whatever's on offer that week and scrubbed lethargically on the grounds that at least if I can't get the dirt off it's now "clean".
Logic's not my strong point.
But the thing I really hate is the special indelible smeal that super-glues itself into the filters of my dishwasher.
THE TEST AREA
Inside my washing up machine is what must be the most stupid, moronically configured set of filters I've ever clapped eyes on. They are supposed to collect the eco-unfriendly grease and gubbins which would otherwise pollute the sewage system and they were clearly designed by an engineer - most likely a man and definitely the main earner - to protect my drains from all evil at any cost. In this case the cost being any chance of getting the grease off the filters, ever, without nanobot technology. Yes, a lot of thought has gone into trapping the grease but absolutely none into getting it off again afterwards.
This is how I know they are designed by the main earner of course - any "home maker" would have designed something you could rinse out in a few seconds because we have better things to do with forty minutes of our time every other day than trying to clean part of a dishwasher. The main earner, on the other hand, especially if he's a chap (sorry guys but you know this is true), on the rare occasions they stoop to a task like this, really likes to feel they've DONE something. They want it to take ages, partly because this kind of work is a novelty to them and partly so they feel suitably virtuous and their beloved notices what a kind soul they are being. Even so, this particular designer must have been a dunderhead of monumental proportions - you'll have to take my word for it until DooYoo lets me add pictures for confirmation!
The filter comes in three parts; a thin plastic tube with small perforations which has a special rim designed to collect scum and hold it against all comers and some equally vile plastic lugs, ditto. This fits into a large metal tube which is molded onto a flat piece of plastic - similarly perforated with holes - which keeps it in situ in the bottom of the machine. There is a handle to make it easier to remove which has a recess of about a quarter of an inch to give it rigidity and a nice inaccessible place to collect the maximum amount of smeal. The flat plastic surround comprises several pieces molded separately and fused together - more excellent grease collecting crevaces here and again, just like it's plastic cousin, the metal tube has a special acute angled end to make cleaning it more of an interesting challenge. The angled end is also the end with the handle which blocks sensible access, forcing you to stick your hand up the tube so you can lacerate your knuckles on the rough metal edges as you scrub. The metal has holes of just the right width to catch the maximum amount of cabbage and rip all the bristles out of any brush you choose to use and hang onto them for dear life. This evil duo fits into a final piece which is all white plastic and gauze and designed to trap as much grease as possible - preferably in places you will never be able to remove it from... EVER.
- You can see I feel strongly about this thing, can't you?
Worse - let it get too scummy and the your entire dish washer becomes smeal heaven. There are THINGS YOU CAN DO to prevent this - I mean as well as trying to get the wretched filter thing clean - but as discussed they may affect the environment more than I want to. The only alternative is to keep the filters clean, properly clean.
- Whoever designed it deserves to be put up against a wall and shot!
Presumably there are detergents that would enable me to do this but I'd guess most of them are only commercially available to people with a certificate or who clean up oil spills. People with names like Red Adair. So since it's tricky to source nanobots, which I still believe are the only thing that will ever clean them in less than 20 minutes, the test was to find a product which was reasonably eco friendly which could clean anything off them, at all.
It is this VILE piece of equipment, then, this bane of my life, which is on my mind as I cruise the aisles of Waitrose trying to find something that will emulsify the bright orange spaghetti bolognaise and Portuguese bean stew fat it is currently harbouring.
A challenge then.
Kitchen Power comes in a container with a mister bearing the legend.
"Shock! This Product Actually Works".
Across the bottle is emblazoned the word "POWER" in huge letters which, if you look very closely is preceded by the word "kitchen". It can also say "bathroom" depending on which of the two it's designed for. The legend about the product working is what catches my eye initially because it's so darned cheesy. Since none of these things ever work I have always pursued a policy of buying the ones with the most laughable names or packaging. At least that way Mr Sweary and I get some amusement out of it even if we don't get a clean bathroom or kitchen.
Crap-o-meter in overdrive I pick it up to read more.
It's made by a company called OzKleen. This changes my view at once. I have a great admiration for our practical antipodean cousins and have discovered that what is marketing bullshit to the rest of us is often a mere statement of truth from them. I examine the bottle more carefully and discover that OzKleen are based in Yatala, Queensland.
WHAT'S IT MADE OF?
It's made from "a mild natural plant acid" and contains no trace of Chlorine, Ammonia or Phosphates the bottle tells me, it's not tested on animals and it contains a "rich surfactant system". It's safe to use in Sceptic Tanks, which is probably A GOOD SIGN - regular use can also help keep drains unblocked - EVEN BETTER! I've just spent a morning at the kitchen sink in the company of Mr Plunger and Mr Muscle-Foamer. Some of Mr Muscle-Foamer's over excitable foam has spattered my nice new jumper leaving nasty new purple bleach stains for ever. Arse! Where was I? Oh yes. The bottle is recyclable but no indication is given in the blurb as to whether it's eco friendly - but since sceptic tanks like it I assume it must be - and joy oh joy, "no hard scrubbing is needed". Once I get to the bit where it recommends itself for flyscreens the gauze section of my evil dishwasher smeal collectors springs to mind and I know I am on to a potential winner.
Despite the fact it weighs in at a hefty £3.45 I decide to give it a whirl and lob it into the trolly. Let's freeze frame, leave me there a minute and take a break.... we'll join me again when I get home.
THE HISTORY OF OZ KLEEN
OzKleen are, indeed, Australian. If the newspaper clippings on their website are to be believed current staff levels stand at 20 but I'm not sure how up to date that figure is. It calls itself a medium-sized company and I believe, if they have the same criteria there as here, that means it employs 150 people or less. The company produced a successful range of cleaning products in Australia for some years. However, in the early 90s, they decided to specialise. Having conducted some market research they decided to concentrate on the one area of the house that was most unpopular to clean amongst Australians, the bathroom.
After conducting further market research they decided that what the public wanted was a bathroom cleaner that would actually work properly and which would have to be:
1) "A technological breakthrough" which was head and shoulders better than any other product in that particular market ie marketing-speak for "it must work."
4) Free of chlorine
5) Effective with the minimum amount of user-effort. That's right there must be NO scrubbing.
6) It should smell nice
Over a year later, Bath Power, or at least, it's Australian equivalent, Shower Power was born. It hit the market in 1995 and by October 1997 it was Australia's number 1 selling bathroom cleaner - not bad considering it only achieved full Australian distribution in March 97. We wait with bated breath to see what results Kitchen Power and the newly launched Carpet Power cleaner can achieve.
Bath Power is the UK's 4th bestselling bathroom cleaner - not bad for a product that has only been on sale here for 2 years - even better for a product which doesn't have a multi-national marketing budget behind it. I've never seen an advert for an OzKleen product on TV, for example, although if the fabulously cheesy advert on their website is anything to go by it's probably because I don't watch enough day time TV. I can see it airing during the breaks in Trisha back to back with adverts for National Express, Saga Holidays and walk in baths. Apparently they are flooded with e-mails from grateful people like me every day and their main marketing tool is customer recommendations. Sadly the website is mostly about Bath Power and gives no statistics for its useful kitchen orientated sibling but since it works, too I would assume it's a similar story. I've been using Bathroom power for about 2 years and Kitchen Power for about 9 months - I'm guessing I must have picked up both when they were pretty new to the UK.
The dish washer is still on when I arrive home so I turn, instead, to the gooey spider/woodlouse "lime" on the extractor over the cooker. The Kitchen Power instructions tell me I just spray it on, wait 30 or 60 seconds and wipe it off. They also tell me it is imbued with a "pleasant smell" - it comes in lemon or pine. I have lemon which smells inoffensively lemony. I'm ambivalent but it doesn't make me cough and using it in a confined space I don't feel the need for breathing apparatus. I discover, to my delight, that it also wears off reasonably quickly.
Later, in order to conduct a proper test I buy a bottle of pine scented Bath Power . It smells like a cold cure, menthol, Olbas oil or the like. A little overpowering but again not unpleasant. I think I prefer the lemon though.
Having squirted some kitchen power onto the offending area I am able to wipe the sticky goo off straight away, no scrubbing with washing up liquid for 20 minutes... There are a couple of stubborn bits left so I spray again, wipe and clean it down with a dry cloth. Result: Sparkling.
With 20 extra minutes to waste I decide to try something else and turn to the oven door. The oven is still hot from earlier but undaunted I spray straight onto the glass. The lemon fragrance is tested to destruction point and a cloud of distinctly un-lemony (but still pleasant) steam hisses into the ether. Instead of waking up in casualty with caustic burns to my nasal passages I scrub at the door. This one does take a bit more elbow grease but to my delight most of the caked on brown comes off. I have to spray a couple of times and I do actually have to scrub a little but soon all traces are gone. By now I'm practically delirious with glee! I wander round the kitchen looking for skanky things to spray and scrub, giggling to myself when they come up clean until, eventually, the dishwasher finishes and I am able to conduct the acid test. I dive in, rummage about in the bottom and produce the smeal traps. They are even slubberier than before and still orange.
I put them in an empty washing up bowl and zap them with liberal quantities of Kitchen Power - some might say I swamp them - I'm so excited at the prospect of this working that I have to have a wee so I leave them for a few minutes while I go to make myself comfortable. On my return, I wipe them with a washing up sponge. Most of the fat emulsifies and wipes off rather than in.
Not quite believing what is happening I add more kitchen power and the most amazing thing happens. The remaining fat comes off. All of it.
I now use this stuff on everything, not only does it work but it seems to leave a kind of residue that stops more gunk from building up for a day or two afterwards. This is another fantastic boon.
If you're one of these people who enjoys cleaning then this product is clearly not for you. It'll make it easy and quick so as far as you're concerned it'll take all the fun out of it. Then again, if you do enjoy cleaning you should probably seek psychiatric help and if you do that you'll need to buy a bottle of Kitchen Power so your family can keep the house clean after you are committed to an asylum.
For the rest of us. I wholeheartedly recommend Kitchen Power for these three reasons:
1. It's eco-friendly
2. It works
3. It's the underdog. It's made by 20 people in a shed in Australia and it's whupping the arses off the competition with an advertising budget of... um... probably not very much... in a market dominated by multi-nationals.
Home makers, if you want a life outside cleaning get a couple of tubs of this and a Dyson and you'll begin to feel you're half way there.
Buy it. It's bloody brilliant.
Thank you for your time.
The Boring Info:
The marks.... I'm not sure if Kitchen Power disinfects so I've said no.
Kitchen Power is on sale in these fabulous stores:
* Robert Dyas
* Booker Cash and Carry (5 litre pack sizes available at Booker or by contacting OzKleen direct)
Price - usually around £3.50