“ Brand: Sainsbury's / Type: Wipes / Category: Cleaning Products & Utensils > Wipes, Towels, Tissues „
I don't often shopping Sainsbury's because there isn't one in my town, so when I do visit I like to try few new Sainsbury's own brand products, including this pack of 40 Sainsbury's Basic Household wipes. Like with TEsco value products, I am happy to try Sainsbury's basics, because there are some gems to be found. At times, I go through wipes very quickly so it was good to be able to use basic wipes to basic jobs such as giving a the kitchen bin a little clean before putting a fresh bin bag in.
There is nothing fancy about the packaging of this product, and in this case, that is reflective of how unfancy the product itself is. It claims on the front of this pack that these houseshold surface wipes, which costs 75p for 40, 'clean (with) no added promises'. I'm not looking for anything particularly fancy, I simply want a wipe to clean a dirty area, and clean it properly.
These wipes have a little tab to keep the wipes from drying out, however, I found when I got to the last two or three in the pack, they had dried out, despite me keeping the tab down when they were stored. The first few things you notice when you pull out the wipe from the pack is the small size, the dryness and the thinness. Not a good sign from the start and it didn't get any better!
I tended to use these for basic jobs such as cleaning around the bin, cleaning in those awkward places between the toilet seat and rim etc. As soon as you go to use one, they just don't seem to last long. None of the wipes ever tore with me but I did feel that given how small they were I wasn't getting very much out of each wipe, whereas bigger, higher quality wipes could have been used for a few things as they could have been folded, turned over etc.
I think these wipes are what you call a false economy. Yes, they are only 75p, but you end up using at least a couple for one small job. I have to say as well that I kind of missed the fresh scent that some of the better quality wipes had, and I love the lemon and apple scent that lingers when you use them - there just isn't anything with these wipes, so it doesn't seem as clean! All in all, I will not be purchasing these wipes again - they are too small, too thin and too dry.
I have recently gotten a new washing machine, which I keep in the garage. Naturally garages can be dirty, dusty places, and so I wanted a pack of cheap cleaning wipes so I could keep the exterior of the washing machine clean; the idea being I'd give the outside a wipe each time I had finished using it.
Because my intention therefore was to keep a pack of wipes in the garage for handiness' sake, these household surface wipes from the Sainsbury's Basics range seemed ideal. I briefly toyed with the idea of buying a slightly more expensive kind, but was feeling particularly frugal that day and plumped for the cheapie version.
These come in a flat plastic pack, with a re-sealable sticker on the front so you can open and close these, supposedly so the wipes do not dry out (hah!) during times when you are not using them. Each pack contains 40 wipes.
SMELL, SIZE AND APPEARANCE
The individual wipes were a lot smaller than I had expected them to be - resembling a facial wipe that you'd use to remove make-up rather than a proper cleaning wipe. There was a slight antiseptic kind of smell to each wipe, but my immediate impression upon taking the first wipe out was that they were fairly dry, not loaded with moisture like some dearer brands can be.
While the wipes DID clean surfaces, each one is simply too small. A few wipes and you have to get a new one. I must have used about 4 wipes just to clean the outside of my washing machine which is simply too many in my opinion, considering it wasn't even a big job. I brought these into my kitchen and used them on my work surfaces, and again it took several wipes to complete the job.
These will clean small surfaces with minimal dirt on them. However, if you rub too hard with these in order to remove grime or stubborn stains, the wipe will just end up in a tiny ball which renders it basically unuseable.
I used this pack in a couple of days - the 40 wipes are bunched together very tightly in the packet and so it was difficult to remove one wipe at a time. If I took too many out at once, it was just less hassle to use the lot rather than try to stuff them back into the packet. Sigh.
These cost 75p, which at the time of buying I thought was a great price. But they are not cost effective whatsoever - I raced through the pack so quickly that I do not think these are worth just under 2p per wipe.
WOULD I BUY THESE AGAIN?
No, I wouldn't buy these again. I would rather pay a bit extra for a pack of wipes that are actually going to last me for several weeks rather than just one!
In general I am not a big fan of cleaning wipes. Most brands aren't biodegradable, so they're not good for the environment and I think it works out much cheaper to buy a bottle of spray and a packet of cloths in the long run. This said, I do find wipes hugely convenient, especially when it comes to smaller jobs, so I do tend to keep a pack in the cupboard.
Although I never stick to one brand, I tend to pay on average around £1 for a pack of wipes, whether this be shops own brand or branded wipes on offer. Whilst doing the weekly shop in Sainsbury's I spotted their basic wipes at just 75p. I felt that at that price they were probably worth a go and I wouldn't be too disappointed if they didn't work well.
The wipes comes packaged in the standard plastic packet with a sticky label on top which is used to open and close the pack. The tab hasn't lost any of it's stickiness over time, so the wipes should stay fresh and moist. The pack is plain in design being the orange and white colour which adorns most Sainsbury's basics items and the front says 'Cleans, no added promises'. That's fine by me, as clean is all I want from these wipes.
When I removed the first wipe, my first impressions were simply that these were smaller than most other brands I have tried and substantially thinner. They really did not look as though they would be much use at all. I also noticed that the wipes have quite a strong smell to them. It's a sort lemon/pine fragrance, quite generic in a way, but it's not too bad and I can certainly live with it.
I mostly use these wipes for smaller jobs around the house. They seem to be suitable on most hard surfaces - the packet doesn't specify any surface you can't use them on, but recommends testing on an inconspicuous area first, just in case.
I have used these for wiping down the front of the washing machine and the inside of the door, as it tends to get soap scum marks on it, and they work well for that, getting rid of any marks and leaving the white front of the machine looking clean. I have also used them for wiping down splashes from the front of my kitchen cupboards, which again, they are fine for they get rid of any marks and don't streak. My fireplace is another area I've used these on - I'm not sure what you call the material it's made from, but it's a sort of mock marble I suppose (it sounds horribly tacky when I say that, I just can't find the words to describe it!), anyway, it comes up shiny and again no streaks. Also things like door handles, the top of my bin and light switches come up well. They don't leave any sticky residue behind either, which is a problem I have encountered in the past with products of this nature.
I wouldn't really use wipes on tougher jobs full stop, but my hob was looking a bit of a state since I let a pan boil over by accident and I did try these, but as suspected they got rid of some of the marks, but a good squirt of flash and a cloth was needed to make it look thoroughly clean again.
Although these are adequate for most of my needs, I have encountered some problems with them. The first is that they are quite drying to the hands. It could just be me because I tend to have dry skin on my hands anyway, but if I have used a few of these wipes consecutively my hands often feel uncomfortable and a dab of hand cream is required. The second problem with these is that being so thin, although I've never had one tear, they do seem to scrunch up quite small and I sometimes find I need several wipes to complete a job which would normally only take one. Since the whole point in buying these was to save cash, that makes it a bit of a false economy.
Overall these wipes were OK, but I'm not sure I would buy another pack. Although at just 75p for a pack of 40 these seem good value, they are very thin and small and do not tackle tougher jobs well. I would rather pay a few pence extra for a brand such as Wilkinson's which are better quality and would tackle a bigger range of jobs.
Sainsbury's / Type: Wipes