Product Type: Tesco Household Cleaning
Newest Review: ... very similar to other spray bottles I have but it is the only green one so it's easy for me to spot in the cupboard and know it's the wind... more
'Confessions of a Window Cleaner'!
Tesco Window Cleaner Spray
Member Name: deesum
Tesco Window Cleaner Spray
Advantages: Effective and affordable glass cleaner
Disadvantages: Some unnatural Ingredients!
~~The Product: 'Tesco Window & Glass Cleaner' ~ 'A Window To The World'!~~
The product comes in a 500ml transparent plastic container that curves just past midway to enable the index finger to hold the nozzle with the middle and ring finger placed on the finger grooves to hold the container. The nozzle components are a deep green with the fluid contents being a gorgeous olive green colour. On the front label are the product's content details along with a couple of ticks next to the wording 'with vinegar' and 'non smear shiny finish'.
On the reverse of the bottle are the window cleaner manufacturer's promises on what using the product will afford the consumer, along with the directions for use, care instructions, ingredients list, storage advice and warnings on usage. A couple of symbols denote that although the trigger is non-recyclable, the actual container is! 'Amongst other ingredients' the window cleaner contains 'Non-ionic Surfactants Less than 5% also contains: Benzisothiazolinone (and) Methylisothiazolinone, Methylchloroisothiazolinone (and) Methylisothiazolinone, Perfume, Limonene'.
~~My Usage Experience ~ 'Windows 7'...and more!~~
I find many brand named window cleaners to be particularly expensive if not on offer. Therefore, I purchased this product from Tesco as it was well below the current glass cleanser product cost at the time. As with the majority of this type of containers with a spray nozzle, the spout has a square twist opening that has the clear lettering 'on' and 'off' on each section. Turning the disc is very easy and immediately ready for use.
The trigger affords a good half a meter spray length but the closer I hold the container toward the surface, the more concentrated the aim and amount of droplets. Following the manufacturer's instructions of 'Directions for use:' I 'Turn spray nozzle to the 'ON' position. Spray sparingly, directly onto surface. Wipe with a clean, soft cloth or paper kitchen towel. Turn cloth or towel repeatedly and polish to a sparkling smear-free finish. Return spray nozzle to the 'OFF' position'!
I generally start with my lounge, beginning at my glass office desk. I clear the unit of all paperwork etc., and then, as instructed, 'spray sparingly'. I find one brief squirt at around 6" from the surface furnishes me with an approximate area of 10x10" of spray. The fine mist comes out clear and much alike water. At the ready I have two soft dry clean cloths. With one of the cloths, I use for the initial wipe, and then the second is used to buffer the surface. The odour of the liquid is a strong chemical scent that can be quite over powering so I tend to hold my breath as I spray and always ensure the room is well ventilated.
The manufacturer promises a 'smear proof' shine. Well, that's exactly what I get. The surfaces are left beautifully smudge free with a real sparkling gleam to them. I use this product on windows too. Though to avoid wastage, I wash the outside of the windows first, and then use the window cleaner after. I often alternate between furniture polish, baby wipes and window cleaner on certain surfaces like chrome. I will say that spraying a small amount on a clean dry cloth then applying to chrome plated surfaces brings up a wonderful radiant shine, removing all tarnish.
I love using this on the bathroom and kitchen tiles. After washing the tiles with warm soapy water, I dry them with a soft towel than spray them with the window cleaner. The tiles are left with a dazzling lustrous shine. When I apply this effective cleanser on my mirrors, they come up so clean and streak free that they look as new.
Although I have never applied it for the following, I have heard that it is very useful in reducing the 'swelling from bee stings. Spritzing some window cleaner on a bee sting is a quick way to reduce the swelling and pain. But first be sure to remove any stinger. Flick it sideways to get it out -- don't tweeze it -- then spray. Use only spray-on window cleaner that contains ammonia and never use a concentrated product. It is the small amount of ammonia that does the work, and beekeepers have known for years that a very dilute solution of ammonia helps relieve stings' http://www.rd.com/home/the-wonder-of-win​ ;dow-cleaner/
I like to put the window cleaner to other uses such as attacking the oily surfaces that tarnishes the surfaces in my kitchen. For instance, on the sides of my fridge where fingerprints can leave grease, this cleaner is non- abrasive and removes the grease with ease. I use it in the same manner I apply it for chrome surfaces.
The vinegar that is contained in this product will help in destroying bacteria and fungus, so I find using it around the window sills promotes a most efficient anti-bacterial cleaner that is gentle on the surrounds but leaves them dirt and grime free whilst also as a protection in the form of a bactericidal!
The downside to this window cleaner though, is that it contains ingredients that are not conducive to health! Such chemicals can be harmful, not only to the environment but also to us. If a consumer has concerns over this then of course, there is always a more natural method! 'The best window cleaner. Make a great all-purpose window cleaner by combining 1/4 cup vinegar, 1/2 teaspoon liquid soap or detergent, and 2 cups of water in a spray bottle. Shake to blend and spray on your windows!' http://www.care2.com/greenliving/the-bes​ ;t-window-cleaner.html
~~Would I recommend? ~ 'Window of opportunity'!~~
This is another quandary for me. On one hand, I would say an unreserved yes because of the effectiveness of this product. The window spray is simple to use, can be applied to various surfaces, and furnishes a brilliant smear free shine.
But, on the other hand, I feel it is only responsible to note that a fair amount of the product's ingredients are anything but natural. And as such, can certainly be harmful to our environment and to humans. So I will give the product three stars, preferring 2 1/2 really! I will leave the question of recommendation as undecided. It is very much a personal choice on whether the consumer would use this product considering all the facts; it remains a chemically enhanced product! :~(
The window cleaner is available throughout the larger Tesco stores and on their online grocery site. There is currently a two for £2 offer on this normally £1:40 product.
Thank you for taking the time to read my review on this window cleaner :~)
Summary: An effective cleansing agent that can be used on a wide variety of surfaces