Product Type: Stardrops Household Cleaning
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Stardrops All-Round Cleaner
Member Name: cha97mw
Stardrops All-Round Cleaner
Advantages: british product, can be used in many different and surprising ways, cheap
Disadvantages: not strong enough for tough jobs
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.
Summary: A fairly gentle and inoffensive cleaning product that works fairly well in day to day cleaning.
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