“ Brand: Sainsbury's / Type: Cream Cleaner / Category: Cleaning & Disinfectant „
When it comes to cleaning some areas of my house, I have a whole variety of different bottles of product. One thing I love using in my bathroom is cream cleaner. Living across the road from Sainsbury's means that I get a lot of my cleaning products from there and because of this, I ended up with a bottle of Sainsbury's Basics Cream Cleaner. Cream cleaner isn't something I will ever pay a lot for and this 500ml bottle costs only 30p which is a fantastic price.
The cleaner comes in an extremely basic white, plastic bottle which doesn't really look all that nice on the shelf. The top of the bottle has the Sainsbury's Basics logo in an orange box, the name of the product under that and then a large box which gives ingredients etc. As this bottle was only 30p, I cannot complain at all at the horrible packaging. We all know what we're getting with a basics product, no matter which supermarket it comes from so packaging is something I overlook.
What really matters is how well the cleaner works. Once the flip top cap is opened, the white liquid pours out easily. This one is quite thin in comparison to a more expensive cream cleaner and you will need quite a bit on a cloth or surface in order for it to clean at the best of its ability. As I said before, I use this mostly in my bathroom and I find it works really well on wall tiles. With this particular product, I use a wet sponge and then pour on the liquid. After this, I smear it all over my wall tiles, making sure I pay attention to the grout which never stays completely white no matter what I do to it.
Although the packaging gives no instructions to do this, I leave the cream cleaner on the tiles for a good half an hour. I find that after leaving it this length of time and then washing it off with the shower and a clean cloth leaves my bathroom tiles looking nearly as good as new. They shine brilliantly and also feel clean and smooth. The grout also looks slightly whiter each time I use this product although I know it will never be perfect again.
For 30p, I love this bottle of cream cleaner. While I do only use it now and again, it is well worth what I pay for it.
I love keeping my house nice and clean and I am always trying different cleaning products, in fact I am a bit of a cleaning product junkie. I picked this cream cleaner from Sainsbury's basic range a few weeks ago when I was perusing the cleaning aisle in my local store and couldn't believe how cheap it was, 30p for a 500ml bottle so decided I needed to at least give it a try.
The product comes in a white plastic 500ml sized bottle with a white plastic flip lid. It has a label on the front with the Sainsbury's basics logo on the top and underneath it tells you that it is a cream cleaner and that it 'cleans, no added promises.' Underneath that it gives you the directions for use, care instructions, recycling information,composition, warnings, and some brand contact information. There is no label at all on the back, all the information is printed on the front label. The bottle does match the product in the way that it is a very plain and basic looking bottle. I like the fact that along the sides of the bottle it has a bumpy surface which makes it much easier to grip and much less likely to slip out of your hand whilst cleaning.
The product and usage
The product is white in colour and has quite a thin consistency. It does have a chemical smell to it but it isn't too overpowering. Shake the bottle before use and squeeze the bottle to release the cream cleaner. It can be put directly onto the surface or onto a damp cloth. Once applied, wipe over gently and rinse immediately. It does advise not to use on soft plastic surfaces, aluminium or glass.
Price and availability.
It is available from Sainsbury's both in store and on line priced at 30p for a 500ml bottle.
My experience and verdict.
This is exactly what it says which is a basic cream cleaner. I have used it to clean my bath and sink and it has given good results. It doesn't leave a nice fresh smell like other products but it does clean well and I would recommend this product. It is great value for money.
In the interests of frugality I thought I'd give this cleaner a whirl and give it the jobs I normally give to my good friend Cif cream cleaner, with whom I have a long and successful acquaintance.
Cif cream cleaner (white) is currently (14/07/13) £2.50 for a 500ml bottle at Sainsburys whilst this Sainsbury's basics cream cleaner is 30p for 500ml. I am fully aware that there is such a thing as a 'false economy' and I hoped this wasn't it. Surely the gulf in price difference would reflect a gulf in performance. the bottle itself declares 'cleans, no added promises.' I didn't have high expectations.
Well, here's how it got on in various parts of my home: (As a fairer test I made sure I only used as much as I would normally with Cif cream.)
Ceramic bathroom sink with chrome taps - a small amount on a cotton cloth and a good rub brought the sink and taps up shining. It didn't seem to make any impact to the ring of limescale that soon forms around the base of our taps - but sometimes Cif doesn't either. Needed twice as much rinsing away than with using Cif. After my normal rinse I could still see grainy residue in the basin - but result rather pleasing overall.
Stainless steel kitchen sink - as previously; a pound coin sized blob on a cloth, a good rub and the sink is left shining. Again, I needed to rinse off the residue far more than with Cif - I didn't do an A1 job first time and was left with streaks on the draining board. Nevertheless, not a bad result.
Plastic bath - a good squirt of this stuff and a rub with a cloth makes short work of the tide mark and leaves the bath clean and shiny - after MUCH rinsing. End result though is good.
The dirty scuff marks on my PVC doorstep left by marauding kids and dogs - sorted. The residue left behind took another three rinses of the cloth to disappear, however.
Sainsbury's basics cream cleaner is white-ish in colour, a little less thick in consistency than Cif and smells to me a little like the old-fashioned cleaning powder my grannie used to use. It contains 'amongst other ingredients' less than 5% Anionic Surfactant, Non-Ionic Surfactant. Also contains: Sodium Hydroxymethyl Glycinate, Benzisothiazolinone (and) Methylisothiazolinone, Perfume, Limonene. Not having a chemistry degree that means precisely nothing to me. The product is produced in Poland. The bottle and cap are recyclable.
Overall, I was pleasantly surprised by this cleaner. Despite the extra rinsing it demands it actually cleaned quite well - not quite up to Cif standards of dirt removal and shine maybe, but still quite acceptable. I am not going to recommend this product to anyone with a water metre, however.
Will it replace Cif in my cupboard permanently, then? No. The rinsing is too much of a downside for me. But I will keep a bottle on standby for those jobs where rinsing is not so much of an issue. If you are on a tight budget then this product is an adequate alternative to pricy cream cleaners. I am going to give it 4 stars because in my opinion the gulf in price between it and premium cleaners does not mean there is such a gulf in cleaning performances.
Would recommend as a budget buy.
Cleaning is something I do try to maintain around the home although I don't always find I have the time to be as nit-picky as some but keeping everything spick and span is a priority of mine. I recently was doing a Shop around Sainsburys when I remembered I had no Cif and as I wandered down the aisle I saw this Sainsburys Basic cream cleaner for only 32p and I thought "how bad can it be?"
It comes in a very basic white plastic bottle with just a simple white label on the front with the usual orange basic design. It is slightly ridged down the side of the bottle making it easy to grip and hold when working away cleaning the bathroom. There isn't much description on the bottle apart from "cleans, no added promises". The cream cleaner itself is exactly that, it has a similar smell to Cif which is a slight lemon scent but is smells nice and is really subtle. It is not quite cream in colour but more an off white. The consistency is slightly thinner and runnier than normal cleaners so when squeezing out I did at first get a bit too eager and released too much!
The directions are simple - shake bottle, squeeze cream cleaner onto damp cloth or directly onto surface. Wipe over gently and rinse immediately. I tend to use this by just squeezing it straight around my bath or around the sink and with a damp cloth give a gentle wipe. I find that combined with some warm water and a cloth it works just as effectively at removing dirt and grime as any more expensive brand of cleaner I have ever had! It doesn't leave my bath/sink glistening or gleaming but it leaves them looking clean and smelling lovely which is really all I ask for! To be honest when I used Cif prior it didn't do anything amazing to my bath/sink that this doesn't do for a fraction of the price!
It should be noted it cannot be used for plastic surfaces, aluminium or glass and as usual should be kept well out of the reach of children!
Overall I think this is an absolutely fab product and can't recommend it enough! For 32p it more than gets the job done as good as any name brand cleaner I have bought in the past. Only a little is needed to go a long way so we have had this a good few weeks down and there is loads in the bottle left. Sure the packaging looks basic and garish but who cares?!