“ Brand: Swarfega / Product Type: Household Cleaner „
I'm reviewing our Swarfega Gel hand cleanser.
It comes in a 275ml pot and cost me £2.
There is no point in listing ingredients for something like this. Needless to say it contains chemicals and should you get any in your eyes then rinse them under running water for at least 10 minutes and then seek medical advice
When we were planning the repainting of the exterior of our house I made a list of everything that was needed but it never occurred to me to buy Swarfega. Yes, I recall my car crazy brothers and dad using it , but to me that put it in a category I would be unlikely to buy a product for , since neither myself nor my husband gets involved in anything other than the most basic of car care. So I opted for buying our usual bottles of paint thinners to clean paint brushes used for oil based paints and paint encrusted hands.
This was going OK till we ran out of thinners. Having bought three bottles I couldn't understand this till I watched my husband clean his hands and saw that his 'technique' involved pouring the liquid generously over each hand before massaging it in to clean away the paint. The wastage of thinners running down the sink was shocking, so when I spotted this in our local Home Bargains I had a read of the packaging, discovered it is suitable for paint removal, and put it in my basket.
This jar is made of plastic and so is the lid and the whole thing is recyclable. The instructions,name etc are printed on a tight plastic sleeve that surrounds the jar . Not sure if there are other instructions underneath this wrap, but I doubt it .
The lid unscrews easily and replaces easily .
The product itself is bright emerald green and is a gel substance. Looking into the jar you get the impression that it contains beads, but it actually doesn't, so I presume those are air bubbles .
The gel itself smells (oddly enough) of motor oil or similar ,but has just a miniscule hint of a more pleasant aroma too, so I suspect something has been added to make it more user friendly to the nose. Hasn't worked though to be honest.
Using Swarfega is very simple. You scoop out a small amount and massage it into your hands until you see the paint (or oil) start to shift. After a minute or so you can rinse your hands under running water until all the product has been rinsed off . If not all the paint has shifted from problem areas , for instance around nails, then use a second application and use a nail brush to get into all the creases and crevices .
The smell is not nice, but really not as vile as thinners and it dissipates much faster from the bathroom than thinners as well.
It isn't exceptionally drying to the hands, no more so than any thorough hand washing and nail scrubbing . Of course using something like this will dry out the skin , but a blob of hand cream immediately after using this is usually enough to deal with that issue. Plus, it is far less drying than using thinners .
Like I said, we were never going to need this for hand cleaning after car maintenance, but it HAS been used after my husband repaired my nephew's bike before donating it to another child on Freecycle a few weeks ago . It was very effective in removing the mixture of oil and filth from his hands on that occasion . It DID need a second application, but that was to be expected with bike oil being involved. I also put some on a rag and wiped the bike down to remove all oil and grubby handling marks, and then washed it down with soapy water and it came up looking like a new bike. I was very impressed and would recommend using this lightly (and then washing off thoroughly) to spruce up well-used bikes or scooters .
I'm really pleased I picked this up because it is a much easier thing to use for cleaning hands than thinners . The gel formula is a more sensible way of applying this kind of cleanser and means there is no wastage .I can understand now why there always used to be a jar of this under the sink at my parent's house.
Like I said , we got ours in Home Bargains about three months ago (August/Sept 2013) and it cost £2, but I think I've seen it costing rather a bit more in DIY shops. On amazon you can get this size (275ml) for £4 which includes delivery .....which would be handy if you have none of the more recent crop of bargain stores near you.
On checking amazon's prices I notice this comes in an orange fragranced formula in a 450ml pump bottle ! At £5.11p with free postage that is not a bad deal.
Would I recommend Swarfega ? Yes, and I see no reason not to give it 5 stars.
Thank you for reading and I hope this was helpful~~~myloh
Living on a farm, we always have a tub of Swarfega in the utility room cabinet, as the men often need it to clean their hands after working with tractors etc. Swarfega is a gel substance, used to remove paint, grease and oil from the skin, making it perfect for mechanics, farmers etc. It has been produced by Deb Limited since 1947.
Swarfega works by thinning and separating hydrophobic substances (ones that do not like, and will not dissolve in water, like grease and oil based paint).Thanks to my uncle getting grease and oil all over the spanners which I have just used this morning to fix the toilet (the water wasnt running into the cistern, due to a frog's leg being stuck in a pipe! We have well water and the toilet is the first stop in the house, so that is where any debris that gets through the filter ends up.), I have had to use Swarfega today.
It is applied to dry skin, rubbed all over, as you would with soap, until the problem substance is loosened (which doesn't take long at all) and washed off with warm water. Only a small amount of product is needed to clean the hands, so one tub lasts quite a while. I love this product, as it makes cleaning my hands so much easier, and the men in my family love it as it is quick, easy to use, and means that they don't leave the bar of soap filthy!
The name Swarfega comes from "swarf", being the old engineering term for oil and grease, and "-ega", as in "eager to clean". It comes in a red plastic tub, with black plastic screw on lid. The product itself is a green gel, and it is easy to scoop a bit out of the tub.
Swarfega comes in several sizes, 275ml-priced at £2.86 on Amazon, 500ml priced at £4.45 and 1l at £6.49. Also available to purchase from hardware stores and garages. This is the original classic Swarfega, but there is also a heavy duty version available.
It isn't that often that a brand becomes so synonymous with a product that it usurps the name. The most famous example of this, I guess is Hoover rather than vacuum cleaner.
Similarly, we may not enquire as to whether you have any gel-based industrial hand cleaner - we say, do you have any Swarfega or something?
Swarfega is made by Deb in Derbyshire. It's been going as a brand now for over 60 years and the manufacturers claim it was the first hand cleaner of its type in the world. It is available in a range of sizes.
Swarfega is seen as very much a man's product - for real men. There's something very macho about being dirty and oily, dipping your fingers into a tub of emerald green gelatinous gunk and then rubbing it all over your hands to remove all traces of dirt, oil and grime.
Part of the appeal is the squishy feeling of the stuff as you use it - also the fact that you can see the product change and the dirt coming off as you drip the dirty brown liquid into the sink and get told off by your partner for messing up the kitchen and making it smell awful.
It feels good to get clean after being dirty. The fact that it's a gel seems to help - I don't get the same feeling using white spirit to get paint off my hands for example.
Because the tub containers are wide-mouthed, it is easy to get some product onto your fingers, but for the same reason, there is a lot of waste and this stuff tends not to last long if you get yourself mucky on a daily basis.
Anyway..... in terms of getting the job done, Swarfega is very good. The downside, I suppose, is that it has a very strong smell and when you have washed it off, you really need to wash your hands again in something whose smell is a bit more acceptable.
Swarfega is widely available in DIY and hardware stores as well as some supermarkets. A whole range of complementary products have been developed around the powerful brand name.
New to the Swarfega Hand Cleaner range is Swarfega Orange, a natural hand cleaner in a pump action dispenser. The container is bright red, much like the other products in the Swarfega range, with an orange label which simply states Swarfega Orange and goes on to say its tough on dirt, gentle on skin and removes oils, greases and general dirt and grime.
Our dispenser usually lives under the kitchen sink where the other 'alf uses it to rid his hands of all manner of slimey things after working on his car. Recently its migrated to the bathroom where I discovered the gent in question using it to remove temporary tatttoos from the offsprings arms after they'd stubbornly refused to wash off with anything else or wear off even though it was over a week and several baths, showers and swimming lessons since application. With a family wedding the following day the tattoos had to go. It was that or a scouring pad.
A single pump of the dispenser dolloped a bean sized blob of lurid orange gloop into the palm of my hnad. It smelt incredibly citrussy and had a very thick, gritty consistensy. It was duly applied to the demonic daughters arms, gentlly massaged in and rinsed off. Hey presto the tattoos were gone leaving no trace or any redness from the Swarfega.
Since it was still there when I had a bath I treated myself to a foot scrub (not an intended use on the label I might add). A little went a very long way, was really easy to use and left me with smoother fruity smelling feet. Its a definate improvement on the Boots Natural Collection foot scrub that I usually use. Surprisingly my feet felt rather moist afterwards too.
It turns out thats because Swarfega contains added moisturiser, wheat-germ extracts and citrus oil. The blurb on the back of the dispenser claims that Swarfega is extremely pleasant to use, highly effective and non-damaging to skin. I wholeheartedly agree.
You'll find the £4.49 400ml version lurking on the shelves at Tesco with the car maintenance products.
My other half works as a tyre fitter repairing huge plant and wagon tyres. Most of his work is based around construction sites, farmlands and rubbish tips. His job is very manual and very very dirty. Due to the nature of his work he gets all types of dirt ranging from quarry mud to hydrolic oil over his hands. Thus when he gets home, he used to use a bar of soap or half a bottle of hand wash just to get them clean.
A friend of ours reccomended Swarfega rapid hand cleaner. So off we went to Wilkinsons where we found a 250g pot for around £4. Which is quite expensive, but on our friends reccomendation we bit the bullet and deceided to give it a go.
I could not recoomend a better hand cleaning prduct to anyone. Swarfega is amazing, and a little realy does go a long way. The product is in a gel format, and resembles a very cheap hair gel. My partner uses about half a teaspoon full (if that), and his hands are sparkling.
The product is fairly easy to use, you rubb it into dry hands, work it well to loosen all the dirt, rinse with water and dry thouroughly.
Although my partners hands were very clean afterwards, the only downside (other than the cost!) is the fact that using it on such a regular basis it does tend to dry out his skin, but he just uses a bit of moisturiser after using the product!!
All in all this is a fantastic product but it only gets four stars from me because it is a tad expensive!
Thanks for reading
Swarfega Rapid Hand Cleaner, quite an expensive product in one way at around £4 for a 500g tub but it does live up to expectations.
Once upon a time I had a relative who worked for Deb Chemicals who manufacture Swarfega, so we were used to having an unlimited supply at a vastly reduced price. All good things come to an end, my relative retired and nowadays we have to pay full price for the hand cleaning gel.
One thing is certain, I am not afraid to get my hands dirty and in the past I have been roped in to help with lots of projects. Every year at the end of the season our lawn mower gets taken apart for its annual service, if we send it to the garden centre to be serviced then they charge a small fortune and why pay out good money when it is a job that you can do yourself.
The mower in question is a relatively old petrol one with a Briggs and Stratton engine, once it has had that annual service it goes like a bird.
After the job is done both of us have blackened greasy hands ( I could wear gloves but I cannot feel my fingertips and that makes the task ten times harder!)
So we automatically reach for the pot of Swarfega cleaner.
The packaging is very basic, a red and green plastic tub with a screw on lid. The cleaning gel has a strong smell and one that I cannot say that I like, but if the cleaner is effective then the smell has to be ignored.
Using the Swarfega gel is pretty simple, just dip your fingertips into the plastic pot and scoop out a little gel, then rub the gel into your hands. Make sure that you work the Swarfega cleanser into any oily patches and as you rub you will see the oil and grime lifting.
Once you have used the Swarfega and lifted all of the dirt then you need to head off to the sink and rinse it off.
When you have rinsed the gel off of your hands then use some soap and give your hands a good lathering. I say this because the strong smell will stay on your skin if you let it, I always give my hands a couple of good washes with hand soap to clear the odour.
Swarfega may clean away any stubborn oil, grease or paint marks and give the impression that it is also tough on your skin but once the gel has been washed away I have never noticed any skin reactions. If you suffer from any skin problems then it may be wiser not to use Swarfega, if you have any cuts or abrasions on your hands then I would imagine that it may be safer to find another way to clean your hands.
This would be one product that I would store on a high shelf way out of the reach of children.
Do not take my word as gospel but I have seen a comment about Swarfega on the Money Saving Expert website, I am a regular visitor ! Someone suggested that a dab of Swarfega will remove grease stains from clothes. I have not tried this trick and will probably shy away from it, I am sure that the strong smell would cling like a leech.
Swarfega can be purchased from any good hardware or DIY store and many discount stores stock it too. A 500g tub will last you for months, you only need to use a tiny amount to clean away oil and grease stains.
This really is a must in the kitchen. I keep a tin of Swarfega in the cupboard just in case. It is excellent for removing grease, oil, paint and even grass and soil stains (plus lots of other hard to shift stains). It comes as a slimey green gel which you apply to dry hands.It feels squelchy rather like hair gel but not as sticky. Rub hands together and wash off. If you often get your hands very oily you might like to keep a box of sand in the cupboard too. Sounds stupid, but if you rub your hands with sand before using Swarfega if is more effective on oil.
I have used swarfega for over 10yrs now, it isn't a new product, the building trade and mechanics have relied on it for a long time. It is a really good product for removing oil, grease and most in-grained dirt from hands and arms. It is to my knowledge not harsh so can be used on any area although I would read the instructions before facial use. The product itself has a hair gel like consistency and is usually green, apply to dry hands and massage thoroughly over dirty area, then rinse off with warm water. It's main advantages are obvious in that no scouring is required, it moisturises the hands as well as cleaning them. However I would like to add that in dirty industries you need to use a barrier cream which not only protects your hands, but also makes cleaning them easier.
It doesn't work on your clothes, but this new hand-cleaner from Polycell does a great job of removing that sticky stuff from your hands. Forget meths or turps which leaves a foul smell, makes your eyes water and gets a greasy sludge all over your sink - this stuff is the business! Not only does it clean your hands, but it has an added conditioner which leaves them feel soft and smooth as a baby's bum. This product contains micro-polymer granules which when rubbed into your hands takes off even the stubbornist paint, glue, varnish, resins or sealant residues. It has a pleasant lemony-smell and could probably double as an ordinary hand soap. It comes in a handy 400ml pump dispenser and is available from all good DIY stores. So next time you're painting, remember to grab one of these!