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Comes in a plastic bottle with a flip top. There is a picture of a yellow star with a smiley face at the top of the bottle.
I am reviewing the Star drops original all round cleaner. Star drops is made in the U.K. and has been going since 1946. It is non abrasive and makes everything sparkle and smell divine.
Star drops can be used for near as anything:
Baths, hand laundry, carpets, Melamine, cars, china Floors, paintwork, hobs,Windows, doors, sinks,upvc, tiles, upholstery, washing up, mirrors, glassware and work tops.
I love to have a nice clean and tidy home, even though I am in very bad health at present that is going to get a lot worse. I spend a lot of time in my house and want to be as comfortable as I can, being assured I have the right cleaning products to hand.
I use this product for nearly everything in my home. It has a smell I can only describe as citrus with floral notes. I once ran out of washing up liquid and used this to wash up with. It removed stains and grease with ease. I recently went on holiday and used it to wash out a few items of clothing, it worked wonders removing wet sand stains from my shorts that I was wearing on the beach that day.
I use star drops to clean my kitchen sink, work tops and even in a bucket of warm water to mop my ceramic tiles in my kitchen and bathroom.
It works wonders on my conservatory glass, it left the glass that clean you could see straight through it as though no glass was there. I used warm water with a few skirts and a dish cloth and micro fibre cloth to dry it leaving no smears at all.
I recently used it on my upvc front door as it was looking very mucky. I added a few skirts to a bucket of warm water and used a sponge and the muck came off with no effort whatsoever.
I have a bath with a shower over. I simply fill the bath slightly with cold/ warm water and add a few a couple of skirts to the water. Then I use a sponge or cloth and clean my stainless steel taps and bath. I then empty the bath and rinse with clean water. the taps and bath shine and smell fantastic too. I do the same with my sink leaving it nice and shiny.
Once a week I clean my tiles in my bathroom with warm water star drops and rinse. My bathroom looks amazing.
I purchased this from my local savers store for 89p. A real bargain. A must for everyone who are looking to save money or love a lovely clean home. Once you use this you won''''t buy anything else, fact.
I bought this bottle of 'all round cleaner' from Asda after hearing good reviews about it on a well known money saving expert.
I bought the 1l bottle size for £2, which you cannot argue with
*** Appearance ***
It's an ugly ol' bottle that's for sure! But who cares? You just know that a very little proportion of your £2 is going on the packaging, but personally I see that as a good thing
It is a clear plastic bottle with a white flip top lid. The label claims it to be an all round cleaner. The back label carries the normal warnings that you get with cleaning products and tells you that it is pretty much safe to use anywhere.
The liquid inside is orange in colour and is very much a liquid, not a cream or gel. It is pretty much like water!
The smell is very soapy. Think original fairy washing up liquid back in the day - and again, you know that not much of your £2 went on perfumes.
*** Use ***
I read on another site that this cleaner has 101 uses - that you can even use it for washing laundry - but I must confess so far I have only ever used it on laminate and tile floors (diluted in some water and then swished about a bit) and neat on a sponge going over my stainless steel cooker hob and kitchen surfaces.
Both times stardrops has worked a treat for me.
The only downside I have is that you do know that you're using a budget product with this. It does look and smell cheap but then it IS cheap!
After reading so much about Stardrop on forums, I thought I would give it a go. I am delighted to say it is fantastic!
Before I started using Stardrops I was using all sorts of cleaning products. I had used all the leading and supermarket brands of bathroom cleaner and kitchen cleaner. But now I only use Stardrops. I dilute Stardrops in a spray bottle with water and use it as kitchen cleaner. I do the same for cleaning the bathroom. What I love is that stardrops can be diluted and fill up the spray bottle 10 times or more.
I have also used Stardrops neat on stains on clothes it has worked. It beats Vanish hands down. I put Stardrops on for five minutes before washing a stained piece of clothing. The stardrops absorbs into the fabric and lifts the stain out. The items comes out spotless.
Stardrops is a fantastic all round cleaning product. You can virtually use it to clean anything and it will come up trumps. I am still amazed that Stardrops can still be used for so many things. For £1.10 in Wilkinsons you can't go wrong. If you have never used Stardrops, give it a go today, trust me, you will never look back!
My ex partners dad is a tradesman and recommended 'Stardrops' to me as he uses it a lot on his jobs when he 'cleans up' after fitting kitchens and bathrooms.
He has used allsorts of products in the past due to his job but one of his favorites will always be 'Stardrops' because of this I had to buy a bottle and try it out.
It is a multi purpose-cleaning product. When you read the bottle you will be very surprised at the many uses for this product. These purposes include:
Makes everything sparkle around your home. Ideal & safe to use on... Baths, Carpets, Melamine, Hand Laundry, Cars, China, Floors, Windows & Doors, Hobs, Sinks, Mirrors, Tiles, Paintwork, Upholstery, Washing up, UPVC, Glassware, Worktops. Not many cleaning products are on the market that you can use for hand laundry and cleaning around the home. It is definitely the most versatile cleaning product I have used.
I tend to just use this product for cleaning the kitchen, sink, hob and bath. I haven't used it for laundry or my car however; I would happily try it out on my car but maybe not on laundry, as I do like them to smell like proper laundry products, nice and fresh.
I bought this product in a 1-litre bottle. My first impressions were not extremely high. I mean to me it looked very plain and didn't stand out much from the other cleaning products on the shelf at the supermarket. It comes in a plastic bottle with a screw lid
The bottle is clear so you can see the colour of the cleaner, which is like an orange kind of colour. The product is usually used diluted however can be used concentrated. I tend to mix it with water. It does have recommendations at the back on how much water to mix it with. The smell isn't too strong; it is fairly fresh which I didn't expect because of the colour and packaging of the product. It almost looks like a product used by tradesmen.
I was surprised at how little my hands dried up after using the product. I do tend to wear gloves when cleaning, however when I'm just cleaning the kitchen hob and worktops I tend to go without unless I'm giving it a thorough clean. My skin didn't dry out as much as normal when using the product. My hands get dry very quickly so this was a huge surprise for me.
I was very happy with the results of this product, much happier than any of the other cleaning products I use in my kitchen cupboard. The product cleans my hob really well even when food gets hard and sticks to it, which can usually be a nightmare to take off and very time consuming. The product was great for getting stains off my carpet and I highly recommend solely for this reason as it removed stains out of my carpet with not much elbow grease at all. The cleaning capabilities are definitely high and I can see why tradesmen like my ex partner's dad tend to opt for this product.
Star drops is great for cleaning glass, I have always found cleaning mirrors a bit of a chore because they can easily streak when you use the wrong products. However, when I used Star drops my mirrors were really squeaky clean. It is also great at giving a high shine on my sink, which once used it looks brand new again. I cannot recommend it enough.
The product is £1.39 for 1 litre at ASDA. However, you can find this product at other stores such as Home bargains, which may be even cheaper. I cannot remember how much it was there and couldn't find the price online but to be quite honest if it isn't cheaper there it is still very reasonably priced at £1.39 for a litre bottle which is usually used diluted so lasts a very long time. It is one of them products you don't have to buy often.
I highly recommend the Star drops multi purpose cleaner.
It seems to clean everything so well, which is very rare with multi purpose cleaners- they tend to be too good to be true. It saves a lot of bottles been stored in your cupboard as you don't need a product for everything you can just get Star drops that covers nearly all the aspects of cleaning around the home and even the car. A little goes a long way thanks to it been a product you can use diluted. So it is fantastic value for money. Not a lot of elbow grease is needed, it is a very effortless product, which is fantastic and saves a lot of time cleaning and a lot more time putting your feet up and watching the television! The product is a great price and definitely is a product I will keep on buying. I love its cleaning capabilities and nothing cleans my mirrors, worktops and bath as well as Star drops! Highly recommended!
Before you read the rest of this review let me assure that I do not in fact work for the manufacturers of Stardrops, or any company that sells it. Yes, I really do just love it this much!
I was introduced to Stardrops about a year ago and I have never been without a bottle since. It takes pride of place among my cleaning products and is my favourite by a very very wide margin.
Basically, Stardrops is a wonder product, you can use it for pretty much everything and in most cases it will do the job better than any purpose made specific product out there. I use Stardrops to clean my laminate floors, my carpet, my bathroom, my kitchen, my leather sofas, pretty much everything really. It describes itself as an all purpose cleaner and it most certainly does what it says on the tin.
A few (star)drops in the mop bucket leaves laminate floors looking brand new, and on a Sunday I can often be found with a bucket of Stardrops giving my leather sofas a good clean with it. I have two dogs and they tend to make everything slightly mucky and Stardrops really refreshes things and helps me to keep on top of the dogs' trail of destruction. Especially in winter when it seems to be about twenty times worse! I've used Stardrops to clean up when one of the dogs had an 'accident' on a carpet and where a purpose made product specifically designed for cleaning up after dogs failed to do much good, a good scrub with Stardrops had the carpet looking as good as new. I also use Stardrops instead of buying washing up liquid now as I have a dishwasher so I don't need to do a lot of washing up but Stardrops is great for when you have something you need to soak or if you accidentally burn food onto a pan or dish.
Stardrops isn't generally sold at the big supermarkets, I have no idea why, but you can get it at Wilkinsons and some pound shops. Its great value for money as a quick squirt goes a really long way. Its much better value for money than some of the trigger spray type products and I prefer to use it as you don't spray loads of chemicals into the air for the pets and any children to breathe in. I'm also a big believer in not using too much anti-bacterial stuff, so I prefer the 'soap and water' approach of using Stardrops for pretty much everything! It doesn't have a strong smell, it certainly doesn't have that 'cleaning product' scent to it that can linger after using other things.
So if you don't already have it, go out and buy some now, happy Stardrops!
Just before our kitchen was renovated, I had the "pleasure" of cleaning out every cupboard to leave the builders with a blank canvas. This lead me to realise just how many cleaning products I had accumulated in the cuboards under the sink. It took 5 cardboard boxes to pack it all up! I mentioned this to a friend, who told me she used to be the same - until she discovered Stardrops. I remembered vaguely hearing the name before and I thought it was some kind of disinfectant. 10 minutes later I knew better, as my friend had told me everything that the product can be used for. I decided to buy a bottle of the wonder liquid to try for myself, especially after she told me I could buy it in Poundworld!
WHAT IS STARDROPS?
It is a concentrated all round cleaning liquid, although this brief description doesn't really do it justice. The number of usage suggestions on the bottle is high and ranges from the expected - cleaning surfaces, floors, windows and paintwork - to the more unusual - handwashing laundry and washing dishes. I couldn't do the last two with any of my other cleaning products that's for sure. You can also use it as a carpet and upholstery cleaner, on tiles and melamine, on cars...the list is endless. I liked having a multi tasking liquid as it is space saving but I was also worried it coud be a jack of all trades and not very effective at any of the individual tasks. It has been made since the 70's at least, according to my mum. I thought therefore it must be good for at least some of it's task list so I decided to give it a trial. There is no mention of the cleaner having any specific antiseptic or disinfecting properties, although I think even plain soap and water gets rid of at least some germs.
I bought a 750ml bottle, and as it is mainly used diluted, I thought that this represented good value for money, always supposing it worked of course. It looks like a disinfectant because of it's amber brown appearance, and because of that, I expected the scent to be similar. Thankfully, it is much nicer than that - a fresh lemony smell, and one that I wouldn't mind hanging around in my home. It doesn't have a very strong aroma though, if just used for the odd bit of cleaning. It is only after I had used it for muliple tasks in one room that I noticed the scent really lingering despite the windows being open. As the scent was far nicer than any other cleaning liquid I have, that is fine by me.
The bottle lists suggested strengths of dilution for certain tasks such as hand laundry, general cleaning and carpet cleaning, but for other tasks such as washing up it is more down to guesswork. I have found trial and error hasn't produced any disasters. The only mildly annoying thing is the directions suggest using a certain number of mls per litre of water. This meant I had to find a measuring beaker I could use with it - if the cap could have been marked for use as a measure this would have been helpful.
WHAT I HAVE USED IT FOR
I normally only handwash the odd delicate item unless I am camping. However, as my washing machine wasn't available due to the works in the kitchen, I decided to give Stardrops a try. The bottle said it was safe to use on any washable colourfast fabrics, even delicate wools. I decided to play it safe and just use it on some old t -shirts first. I followed the directions and used 30ml diluted in 4.5l of warm water. I then left the t-shirts to soak for a few hours before rinsing. The liquid smelt lemony and produced quite a few bubbles when I swished it around. I was really impressed with how clean the t-shirts were as I had got a lot of dirt and dust on them when I was moving a compost heap in the garden. They were spotless once rinsed, fresh smelling, and wearing them afterwards caused me no skin irritation. After that success, I used the Stardrops on a favourite but not-to-white-any-more bra, that I usually handwash, and yet again it cleaned far better than the other remedies I had tried. These ranged from lemon juice to Vanish sticks. It wasn't good-as-new white, but not far off. After that, I used it diluted on all my washing until the washing machine was re-connected and it never let me down. I loved the fact I didn't need to scrub away at the clothes either. You can use the product neat on tougher stains, but I have only tried this once - on a fresh tomato sauce stain and it did come right off. I haven't tried it on older marks, but I will update this review when one presents itself!
Laundry aside, it works well as a surface cleaner. There are some circumstances when I want to use a disinfecting spray, for example cleaning around a toilet, but for everyday cleaning of worktops and paintwork, it works fine. I have always used it at the recommended dilution for this. It is so easy to be able to make up one quantity and then work your way around the house with an assortment of sponges and clothes, knowing one liquid will deal with every area you want to clean. It doesn't leave any residue or smearing behind, which also helps to make using it quick as there is no need to re-wipe everything over. I love how shiny it makes my bath taps which develop those white water marks in the blink of an eye. Stardrops leaves them clearer for longer than plain water cleaning does. Most of the marks I have wanted it to deal with are quite fresh, such as cooking splashes and dirty fingerprints on door frames, but it has also made a great job of cleaning an old plastic storage bunker that I use in the garden to keep flower pots in. This is outside in all weathers so it was very mucky and also had green weathering marks on it. The plastic is textured so it is hard to clean, but a stronger than average mix of Stardrops made it look presentable again. It also removed some old residue left behind when some stickers were peeled off the bunker, which I thought nothing would shift after scraping at it kept scratching the plastic. [I used the Stardrops neat for the last task.]
As a washing up liquid, I think it is fine on items that aren't too dirty. I thought that it made hard work of dealing with a dish that had burnt on lasagne sauce round the rim. My normal washing up liquid would have dealt with it faster and with less soaking, so Stardrops won't be replacing that.
I have yet to try Stardrops on my carpets, because I have other products to use up first. I have used it to mop a tiled floor though, and it removed the builders dust and dirty footprints excellently, with no marks or streaking left behind.
WOULD I RECOMMED IT?
Yes, it is great to find a multi tasking cleaning liquid that actually performs all of it's tasks well. The fact that it is concentrated, and you need to use so little at once, makes it amazing value for money. What really surprised me, is the fact that it actually cleans some parts of home, such as my taps and my tiles, better than a specialist product does, and with less fuss. I haven't needed to scrub away at any surface to make it work, except the burnt on cooking on my dishes. The fact that it smells nice is another blessing. I haven't suffered any irritation when using it, but I wear gloves for most tasks and I don't have sensitive skin. I am going to use up all my half started and never opened cleaning products, but I will be replacing most of them with Stardrops only. A disinfecting spray, and washing up liquid can stay, but everything else is going to have to work hard to earn its place.
You can buy Stardrops in the 99p store, Poundworld and Poundland, as well as some larger supermarkets, Wilkinsons, Savers, and Poundstretchers. It is a shame that not all shops stock it, but I suppose it wouldn't be good for trade as you wouldn't need to replace it too often!
[This review also appears under my username on Ciao.]
We all have our particular favourites and this just so happens to be one of my favourites things for cleaning my home. It is not something that I was really familiar with until I started looking at the forums on www.moneysavingexpert.com. A lot of the regular forum users absolutely raved about this wonder liquid for being a multi purpose cleaner in the home.
I think I must be a bit susceptible to peer pressure, as eventually I could resist no longer and had to pick myself up a bottle, and what a pleasant surpise to see I could pick up a bottle in the supermarket a few years back for less than a pound. Bargain. I see in todays prices, 1 litre costs £1.98 at Asda (and it isn't on mysupermarket in other shops to compare), but this is still cheaper than some other brands of cleaner. (My particular bottle was 79p for 600ml from a local shop.)
I was curious straight away to see this in action, so I read the instructions. It can be used either neat or diluted in water on many of the household surfaces. Baths, carpets, melamine, cars, china, floors, fridges, glassware, for doing hand laundry, hobs, mirrors, paintwork, sinks, tiles, upholstery, as washing up liquid, for uPVC windows and doors, and work tops. Wow, what a list, and I cannot claim to have tried them on all of these surfaces. My neighbour also made up some bubble mix for my kids with this and it worked really well.
The liquid is a pale yellow colour. It reminds me of baby shampoo in many ways, including the smell. It is really mild and slightly soapy to me. If you are diluting this concentrated liquid it is recommended to add 1/2 to 1 tea spoon to 4.5 litres of water.
I do like this cleaner. I tend to make up a solution of it when I am cleaning the uPVC door and window frames mainly, as I don't find it too harsh on my hands, and I also find it is really effective. My downstairs doors and frames get really quite grubby from 2 small boys going in and out all day and from the cat jumping up at the back door to let me know he wants to come in.
This liquid foams in the water like washing up liquid, and I find it brings off mucky marks really well. I found it a bit harder when my husband stained the decking, then the cats walked over it and left brown stain marks on the door. This required some neat stardrops and also some elbow grease, but it all did come off. I do find that the uPVC gets some black marks on it which I am not sure what the cause is, but the stardrops is pretty useless with this. I also once left one of those charity bags on the outside sill of my porch, and blue ink went onto the white sill, and this failed to bring it off.
I have used it to clean my floors, as I don't like to use anything too harsh round where the kids are playing and the cats are walking, and I found it dealt with my laminate flooring well leaving it clean and streak free.
It has also been used to wipe wooden paintwork on the inside of the window sills, and the radiators without any difficulties. It also cuts through dirt around the batrh and sink with no problems.
I am a bit reluctant to attempt to use it on carpets and soft furnishings as there is a warning to test its colour fastness first, and a warning not to use it on velvet fabrics.
I have also not used it for washing up, as psychologically I just cannot bring myself to wash up my plates in the same stuff I use to do all my cleaning. I don't know why though, it is just me.
Overall, I am glad I did discover this as if I am fairly on top of my cleaning then a whizz round with some of this is more than effective. Where it struggles is when you encounter more heavy duty cleaning like dealing with limescale, or removing tough marks.
It leaves my home clean, but without the noxious whiffs that can aggravate the lungs that hang around hours after you were cleaning.
While I cannot be as absolutely dedicated to its use as some frugalers, I am happy to have it and use it in my home. My mum thinks it is terribly old fashioned and something people used to use before they knew better, but I am happy to support the Huddersfield firm who make it and keep a bottle in my home.
The only thing I don't like is it comes in a flip top bottle which isn't very safe in a house with small children. I am lucky that my kids don't really touch this sort of stuff, as it is very easy to open. However, it is fairly mild. It wouldn't burn their delicate skin, and it has got a bitter substance added to it to stop them accidentally deciding it would be a good thing to drink. It is not one of the nastiest substances to have in my home so I am not concerned to have it under the sink.
Hi everybody and welcome,
this is my first review! even though i have read ciao for three years!
WHERE I FOUND STARDROPS
i first started to use stardrops 2 years ago when i found it in a local shop, but on tuesday a few weeks ago i found my beloved cleaner in wilkinsons for a bargain 90p for 600ml
stardrops comes in sizes of 600ml, 750ml and 1.5ltr
the bottle is clear with an orangey appearance to it. it looks like a cross between apple juice/disinfectant.
stardrops claims to be very versatile, to not dull your surfaces and to be kind to your hands. all of these three claims are very true.
stardrops says the cleaner is ideal and safe to use on...
baths, carpets, melamine, hand laundry, cars, china, floors, windows and doors, hobs, sinks, mirrors, tiles, paintwork, upholstery, washing up, UPVC, glassware, worktops.
phew! what a list! out of all of these 19 uses, i have used about 9 of these, but my mum told me she used to use it to clean the car and she said it cleaned very well, so there is 10 out of 19 uses!
MY EXPERIENCES WITH STARDROPS
one of the first uses i used stardrops with was to clean the floor with it bearing in mind i only cleaned the floor the previous week with some flash i decided to use some stardrops to clean my floor instead.
stardrops say for general cleaning (floors, tiles etc.) is to dilute 8 - 15ml into 4.5ltrs of hot water. i just decided to squirt a bit in to my mop bucket and fill it up to the 6ltr mark with hot water. as i wrang my mop out their was a lovely layer of bubbles on the surface of the bucket but they dissapeared when i began to mop my floor. when i was finished and i emptied my bucket the water was a filthy colour bearing in mind i only mopped last week. this product must be stronger than flash!!
stardrops also say you can use it neat for tougher stains as long as you riinse where you scrubbed.
stardrops is great for the bathroom as it gets the toilet, basin, bath and shower nice and squeaky clean.
i have also used stardrops for cleaning the carpet mats by our doors and it has done exceptionally well, just vacuum the area thoroughly to remove all lose dirt, then mix 45ml of stardrops per 500ml water, mix to a foam, use a damp cloth and the foam and massage in the area, then use another damp cloth and move in the direction of the carpet pile, this picks up dirt and foam and then vacuum the area when dry, your carpet should be revitalised and looking vibrant again.
in my opinion stardrops is the best cleaner money can buy, think of all of the products that you have under the sink...
floor cleaner, kitchen cleaner, bathroom cleaner, carpet cleaner, list goes on and on
which probably add up to probably £10 or more and still dont do as many jobs as stardrops does.
multi purpose wipes
stain remover powder
Stardrops has been around for donkeys and I can remember my mother using this for the first time many years ago. It costs under pound and you can get hold of a bottle just about anywhere and every supermarket I have ever been to.
It is an nicely coloured orange liquid disinfectant in a clear plastic see through bottle, so you can clearly see how much you have used and how much you have left.
It has not got a child proof top so you need to be careful. This is probably the only downside if you do have children for me personally.
It smells pleasant and clean and fresh and not as strong as you would think it would be.
I use it neat on all hard surfaces, including the kitchen, bathroom and conservatory floor. I pour a couple of capfuls into a bucket of very hot water and watch as it cuts very easily through grease and grime, leaving a pleasant smell behind.
I personally find it dries very well and quickly and the smell fades away fairly soon.
It can be used on glass and wood that is not polished and I also use if in my bathroom sink and loo and also on the kitchen worktops.
It leaves a great smear free sparkle on everything I have used it on and I would greatly recommend it. It is both very effective and very cheap.
Review also posted on Ciao as sorehead
I have bought Stardrops for many years and always found it to be an excellent product for cleaning around the home. It is such a versatile product and is always handy to have in a cleaning cupboard.
I bought my last one for only a £1 and it has not gone up so much in price over the years considering it is such a good product and lots of people buy it. I think it is an excellent price and one that is worth it.
It comes housed in a plastic bottle of which is quite tall and the amount in the bottle is 1 litre and so a good amount. The liquid is yellow in colour and is quite a rich consistency and one that does not drip while pouring from the bottle. The bottle also has a flip back top. Which is easy to open and close.
This liquid smells of perfume and smells lovely. It is quite a strong smell too. It is a concentrated liquid and so only a small amount is needed for it to clean nicely. I used to use this to clean my carpets many years ago but those days are over now but I have used it in a solution of water just to clean a carpet stain or just to remove a mark that has appeared on a carpet around my home.
This liquid can be used for lots of tasks around the home. I use it to clean my paint work, tiles, worktops and my sinks. I like it also to clean my car sometimes when I have ran out of my car shampoo and it has worked well as a quick fix. It is also nice to clean glassware and window frames and windowsills. I find it leave them nice and clean with a nice smell in the room after cleaning. I have also used it plenty of times to clean my kitchen and bathroom floors. It leaves no streaky marks and just leaves them looking clean and fresh.
This is also nice for hand washing clothes because it creates a lot of bubbles in the water and cleans them well. It is not a liquid I use a lot for hand washing but it does the job nicely. It leaves the clothes smelling nice and perfumy and clean.
It is fine to use on upholstery but I would check the label first if you are not sure it would be suitable or not. I have used it on a few of my old chairs in a spare room and it has not left them with any problems at all.
I love this liquid, it is a good all round cleaner as it states on the bottle and I highly recommend it to anyone who has never bought it before because I think it is a good quality cleaner and worth every penny. I will always buy this cleaner because I like it so much.
I rate it 5 stars.
After reading a few money saving forums i heard about stardrops all purpose cleaner. I looked up reviews and saw how highly rated it was.
I purchase a bottle from co-op for 99p but co-op generally isnt the cheapest of places but even at that price for 750ml of cleaner wasnt bad.
Eager to try it i scrubbed the bathroom down. Firstly i diluted it in warm water to wash down the tiles and floors and wooden bits. I then used it neat on taps and sink and bath. I was incredibly impressed with the way it brought my taps and sink up to a sparkling shine. I am ever the pessimist when it comes to believing the promises made of cleaning products but it really was super. My toilet sink taps have been dull and grubby looking despite scrubbing with cleaner with bleach numerous times yet one quick scrub and they really do sparkle like new taps.
The bottle is quite basic and i have to admit would not have been something i would have just bought as it looks like a no frills sort of product. Clear bottle with just a label on. Nothing fancy. The product smells like disinfectant but not too strong or overpowering. It is a thick liquid thicker than a good bleach or washing up liquid. It is a goldy amber colour. I have sensitive hands with little cuts on and even having my hands in for a good while i never got sore hands. I have also mopped the floors with this (diluted in hot water) and been equally impressed with it. My cleaning cupboard will now contain this and bleach im not bothering with bathroom cleaner spray with bleach etc!
I'm always on the look out for cleaning products with more than one purpose. Especially when it comes to floor cleaners. In my home there is a variety of wood, laminate, slate and tile floors and walls. I still yet haven't found a product which doesn't leave slight marks after drying which I find really irritating! Recently in Wilkinsons I picked up a bottle of Stardrops after hearing great things about this lovely golden liquid and at less than £1 I thought it was worth a try!
*~* What is it *~*
Stardrops is classed as a multi-purpose cleaning product which is suitable for all sorts of surfaces in the home such as floors, carpets, clothes and upholstery not to mention tiles, ceramic items etc.
Stardrops was on the first soapless detergents which was launched in the UK way back in the war years and according to the website it is the one of the best known products in the northern regions - whether this is true or not I don't know especially as I am in the East of England. However, my mother who is Warwickshire born and bred had never heard of it.
*~* The Company Behind Stardrops *~*
Stardrops is manufactured by Thornton & Ross Ltd which was founded in 1922 where they started out creating soft soap and packing household ammonia. The company is the largest independent pharmaceutical company in the UK. They are based in Huddersfield and are a family owned business still to this day. They manufacture a variety of products well known in households such as Covonia, Zoflora and Setlers.
*~* Packaging *~*
Stardrops comes in a clear bottle with a white screw on top. The bottle is slightly shaped at the top but is still narrow enough to be fit into any cupboard easily. The bottle has embossed stars all over the plastic which is a nice touch. On the label there is a cartoon star with blue and red imaging. Personally I do find that the bright, primary colours make the label look a bit too busy but Stardrops is clearly written in white, bold front across the front of the bottle.
*~* In Use *~*
~ Consistency ~
Stardrops has quite a thick, gloopy consistency which does drip out of the bottle slowly so you don't get too much which is a good thing. It certainly isn't runny so you do avoid wastage.
~ Aroma ~
What first struck me about it was that it reminded me of citronella but with more of a stronger scent which I found perfectly pleasant and not at all horrible. But it certainly does remind me of a household cleaner which is exactly what it is! The citronella scent certainly doesn't stick around for long and once it is diluted I found that it pretty much lost its overall aroma.
~ How to use ~
I use Stardrops mainly for my floors and tiled walls so I simply pour a small amount of it into warm running water mainly in my mop bucket where it froths up slightly giving a few white bubbles but certainly nothing major and as soon as you start to use a mop or cloth the bubbles are quick to disperse and disappear.
As I said above Stardrops can be used throughout the house and instructions are given on the back of the bottle. As I only use mine on floors and walls I just dilute Stardrops in water.
~ Results ~
Hoorah! A cleaning product which doesn't leave streaks! I find that Stardrops manages to clean my tiled walls a treat as it doesn't leave water marks or streaks after drying. I also use it on my glass mirrors which come up perfectly. Floors also come up amazingly clean and again no marks are left at all. I can't really ask for more than that! It is also great having one product which does a variety of jobs around the house and as soon as my various kitchen and bathroom cleaners have run out I will be using the spray bottles and just diluting Stardrops and using that as it really does manage to get everything clean.
After the Stardrops has dried it doesn't leave a scent which is great as even though I like citronella I don't want my whole house smelling of it! It is also nice using a cleaning product which doesn't have a strong, offensive scent to it.
*~* Ingredients *~*
Water (Aqua), Sodium dodecylbenzene sulphonate, Alkyl ether sulphate, Alcohols C9-11 ethoxylated, Bitrex (Denatonium benzoate) solution, Perfume, Limonene (Dipentene), Bronopol (2-bromo-2-nitropropane-1,3-diol), Colour
*~* Price & Availability *~*
Available in most discount stores and supermarkets and costs generally under £1.00 for a 750ml bottle.
*~* Overall *~*
A fantastic household cleaner which can be used for most if not at all areas in the house from walls to ceilings. It really is versatile and manages to do a great job leaving everything clean and streak free. I have already recommended it to my mother who has since bought a bottle and is just as impressed with it as I am! Definitely a recommendation.
Brilliant stuff, but they also make lots of other stuff too.Stardrops, glass cleaner etc, been around since th 1940's long before I was born, sammy star drop the little cartoon character on the front.Cheap to buy, around West Yorkshire about £1.00 a bottle but quite hard to get as Morrison's have stopped doing it, have looked in Tesco's can't find it there either.Cleans my van brilliantly and then The Pink stuff for the wheels, who I think is made by the same people.
I'm a massive Martin Lewis fan and am an avid reader of his web site. Most people on there are always on about Stardrops. Now I had never heard of this before and my mum had never used it either.
When I moved into my new home about a year ago my fiancé and I took one look and realised some serious cleaning was in order. Living with your own grubby paint work is one thing but I'm certainly not living with someone else's!
So I went to Netto and got myself a bottle of this famous Stardrops that Id read so much about.
Stardrops usually costs 89p for a 1 litre bottle. Although at the moment Netto have got bottles with 33% free so now would be a good time to buy if you've not tried it before.
Stardrops is simply a concentrated multi purpose cleaner. Its been around since 1946 and remains popular today despite all the modern cleaners for every different room and surface you can think of. When it was first launched during WW2 it was one of the first soapless detergents around.
Stardrops comes in a simple clear recyclable plastic bottle with a flip top lid. The label on the front has Stardrops concentrated all round cleaner written on it along with the little teardrop shaped man logo. Star drops claim on the front of the bottle that it will not "dull or scratch your surfaces" And is "kind to hands", now I have to say that on the back of the bottle they have a Precautions list and in this they recommend the following:-
Avoid contact with skin and eyes
If in contact with skin wash immediately
Wear hand and eye protection
So I don't quite get the kind to hands bit at all. I do find though that if I use it for a long time it does make my hands very sore.
The Stardrops is golden in colour and always reminds me of Golden Syrup. Its quite a thin liquid although thicker than water and for some reason the smell reminds me faintly of menthol and lemon flavoured cough sweets. I should say it doesn't make your house smell of this when you use it.
As Stardrops is concentrated you only need a tiny drop in a bowl of water to get a nice foamy solution. You can use it to clean just about any surface from your carpets, kitchen, walls, paint work, bathroom, just about anywhere really. I use it to soak tins and saucepans in if they have food stuck to them. I've even used it in the washing machine when I ran out of liquid. It worked fine in there but I would recommend only to put the tiniest drop in there.
As I said at the start of this we needed to give our home a good clean and Stardrops did a brilliant job.
You could argue and say that any soapy cleaner would do the same but Stardrops is so concentrated therefore very economical and also in my opinion it is better than just a squirt of washing up liquid in warm water.
Stardrops all round cleaner
A recent foray round my local bargain store found me buying this for 99p. I have had the products before and consider it a real old fashioned kind of cleaner- reading the blurb tells me that the stuff has been around for more than 60 years.
**What's it for?**
I had originally bought the product for my floors but when I read the information there is a rather long list of places it can be used (truly all round). Areas include:: baths, carpets, hand laundry, cars, china, windows, doors, UPVC, tiles, paintwork. In fact, there seems to be no area on which this can't be used!
**Product and Packaging...**
The product comes in a clear 1 litre plastic bottle with all the information on the back of the bottle. The product itself is orange but when added to water it doesn't stay orange, so I don't have an orange coating over all surfaces. When I flip up the lid and take a sniff, I find that it doesn't, as expected have a pine of disinfectant kind of smell, but rather smells a bit fruity which for a cleaning product was quite a surprise. The cleaner is a liquid but slightly thicker than water so that if applied to say the sides of the bath, it doesn't immediately run straight down the sides but clings for a while
There are quite clear instructions about using it, with amounts of the product compared to amounts of water. Generally, for general cleaning the solution should be less concentrated than say for laundry. I really can't be doing with all of this measuring out and have used it only for the wooden floors and general surface cleaning so I tend to make up my own solution in either a bowl or the mop bucket and this seems to work well for me. One important thing to remember is that unlike many of the cleaning spray products, this does need to be rinsed off with a damp cloth or there will be a slight residue left on the surfaces.
As with all products of this ilk, there are warnings:
* Keep away from children- the lid is not a child safety one so this is a must
* Wear suitable gloves although it states that it's kind to hands it is a cleaning product
* Avoid prolonged skin contact
* Don't get in eyes
Most of the warnings are common sense but I presume they have to be added for all kinds of reasons.
I had heard of Stardrops before and used some of the other products so I did expect it to be a good quality and reasonably priced product and I wasn't disappointed. Although it smelt different to the products I usually use to clean my floors (pine) I did quite like the faintly floral smell, and after a good old mopping the house did smell fresh and clean. I have also used it as a general purpose cleaner and find that it easily removes any of those horrible lines on the bath- for this I squirt the product round the sides of the bath and use the flowing tap water to clean and rinse (lazy cleaning!).
The only grumble I have is the rinsing off of the product when cleaning work surfaces. I find it quite strange and time consuming that I clean the surfaces and then wipe it all off with another damp cloth- twice the cloths and time. For this kind of cleaning I will stick to my spray cleaners.
I would recommend this as an effective cleaning product especially for large surfaces like floors as it is cheap and does the job.
Thanks for reading