I love to clean just not to tidy my home sadly! One of the things I do spend rather a few on my pennies on, on a regular basis is cleaning products.
This one I bought because of grease of grime building up particulary on my stainless steel sink and drainer and for cleaning my cooker with and when I spotted it this in Proper Job it only cost me 49p a large container of it (and so I bought a couple of them!) instead of paying aroundthe £1.00 mark usually whihc was great in my opinion!
This large cylinder, white plastic style container holds 500g in the product and to the top of it there is a sticky label that covers a few holes that is a sprinkler style (it isn't resealable though for veyy long which is actually a negative in my opinion). On the front of it we are told that it is Extra Whitening Vim Classic Scourer 'Removes dirt & germs' and we are told that it has been 'Cleaning homes for over 100 years'. On the back of the container other information listed includes being told a bit about the product and where to use it and how and contact details for Guaber UK Ltd (the manufacturer of the product) are given. Nice enough informative packaging this is however I don't like the fact that this isn't a resealable product but I just simply store mine in a dry place and its fine though I do have to be careful not to knock it over or the powder goes everywhere!
Well according to the information on the container we are told that this can be used on a variety of places in the home such as sinks, baths, wash basins, toilet bowls, ceramic tiles, cookers, pots, pans and work surfaces and to do this you simply sprinkle on a little of the white powder which is the Vim of course and then wipe it off with a damp/wet cloth and rinse it away or for deeper stains sprinkle it and then allow it to pentrate for a short while and then wipe it off and rinse.
The powder is fine in consitency and has a slightly citrus aroma to it but that fragrance is very light and fresh and not one bit in your face. I find this gentle on my skin and that I don't need to wear gloves or anything (we are not advised to wear gloves on the packaging anyway) and it is slightly gritty in feel.
This is an absoloutely brilliant product and one that I am known to rave about!
Using it is really rather simple. On my bath and toilet and sink in my bathroom which are not ever that dirty as I clean them often I simply sprinkle and wipe it away, it cuts through grease so easily and removes dirt and scum just as easily and leaves a nice shine to things and a little fragrance that lingers for a good couple of hours.
The best way to use this though really is on really dirty and greasy things! This I sprinkle in and on my really dirty cooker and then I give a gentle rub with a sponge scourer and rinse and once again it really brings things up looking and feeling clean.
This though has been a Godsend to me! I bought a £200 pan set recently which is stainless steel and not none stick. I boiled some rice in it and allowed the pan to boil dry meaning my rice got burnt and ruined. After disposing of the rice my pan was black inside and I was gutted. I left it to soak two nights and kept adding hot water and washing up liquid to it and kept wiping it but no the burn marks wouldn't budge!
This though came to my rescue big time. I sprinkled a little of this in it and wiped it with a cloth and couldn't believe it really did remove alot of the black just by doing that and with no elbow grease at all. The second time I used it I let some soak with boiling water, used my sponge scourer on it and that was it, it came up marvelous and as good as new and although this is a slightly abrasive product it really didn't put a scratch on my new pan thankfully and my pan was left so shiny!
All in all this is amazing stuff and theres pretty much no where I won't use it now! Ok I do have to rinse it off but for the results it gives it is worth that. A little goes a very long way indeed and it really is just so effective with not too much effort required from us which I'm greatful for cos I really am a lazy so and so lol!
Available in all good supermarkets etc.
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In one of our small shopping arcades in the centre of the town there is a little store that sells umpteen cleaning products that are all priced at £1 each.
The store itself is akin to Aladdin's cave, each and every square inch of shelving is filled with cleaning products that seem to have been resurrected. If you are searching for some of the traditional cleaning agents that we used to use then look no further they are there en masse.
Among the boxes of moth balls I espied some Vim, I will admit to feeling a sweep of nostalgia because I have not seen any Vim or Ajax on the shelves for some time now.
There was one subtle difference though, the Vim of yesteryear always came in a thick cardboard cylindrical cannister that had a pierced metal lid that allowed the powder to flow out.
The `New Look` Vim was dressed in a smart white plastic container with an orange plastic flip top.
There was one consolation though, the Vim powder still had the same clinical smell as it did all of those years ago.
Now, you cannot knock this cleaning agent until you have tried using it, though I well imagine that there are some that will cock a snoop at it.
This high powered powder is strong but there is little about it that could be considered as gentle.
The roughly textured white powder is flecked with greeny black speckles, it has a hint of lemon but from my point of view the most outstanding smell just has to be bleach.
There is nothing refined about Vim, it is basic but it can knock spots off of some of its contemporaries.
We must not forget this is the new and improved Vim with extra whitening power. Vim can remove tough stains and greasy build ups.
It knocks germs for six and leaves surfaces sanitized and it has been on our shelves for over 100 years.
I notice that the manufacturers have listed the things that Vim powder will clean, they include kitchen tiles and work surfaces, baths, sinks and toilets, cookers and pots and pans.
The course white powder does have a bleachy smell. When you wet the powder the smell becomes even stronger. The powder is abrasive and when you add water to the Vim powder it forms a thick powerful paste.
As you move the cloth along the surface that you are cleaning you can actually feel the powder getting to work underneath the cloth.
The paste starts to turn a slightly different colour, a pale blue/green.
If you apply extra pressure then any really stubborn stains will usually lift.
There may be some of you who have never even heard of Vim let alone used it, so I thought it could come in handy if I just told you what I would consider using Vim for.
In the bathroom the Vim powder is brilliant, a liberal shake of Vim poured into the toilet pan combined with a bit of elbow grease will easily shift stubborn marks and scale on the china.
Again the Vim powder works really well on tide marks in the bath or handbasin.
I find that Vim is an ideal bathroom cleaner and it also excels itself on outdoor sinks and greasy barbecues.
I would use it to clean some surfaces but I would not use it to clean my saucepans or the top of my cooker, I feel that there are more sophisticated cleaning products that are especially designed for those jobs.
Unless my kitchen tiles were very greasy I would hesitate to clean them with Vim powder, when you have wiped the powder away and you think it has all disappeared you will turn you back and find that the Vim has left a fine white residue in its wake.
This means that you have to give the surface a polish after cleaning.
If I use Vim then I will wear rubber gloves, the strong cleaner is tough on your hands and if it finds a way into any areas of broken skin then it will sting too.
I am chuffed with my can of Vim powder and I know that it will come in very handy.
If you have any stubborn bathroom or kitchen stains that refuse to budge then it may well be worth hunting for a can of Vim powder.
Many of you may look at this review and wonder what `Vim` is!
Vim scouring powder was one of the first cleaning products created by William Lever and was introduced to the market in 1940.
Vim is made using a domestically produced ash and is a tough abrasive multipurpose cleaning powder that offers hygienic and effective cleansing.
Used for cleaning very dirty surfaces, ovens, barbecues, practically anything that you want to give a good clean, but bear in mind it has abrasive qualities!
Vim powder is a product that needs to be hunted down these days, it is classed as outdated and old fashioned.
The scouring powder is stocked by the odd supermarket, but I have more often than not been able to buy a couple of tubs in the discount stores or the £1 shops.
I have just read this snippet of information on Wikipedia, Francis Bacon the painter is reputed to have used Vim as a substitute for toothpaste! The abrasive element of Vim must have stripped the enamel from the surface of his teeth. Please do not do this at home!
Many of the cream cleansers on the market are much less abrasive so are obviously far more popular than Vim.
If you decide to clean using Vim it would be advisable to wear rubber gloves, the powder is definitely harsh on your skin.
When you first shake the Vim powder into a sink it undergoes a change in colour as it reacts with the water. A chemically perfumed smell is created, combined with a strong smell of bleach.
Take the scouring pad or cloth, whichever you prefer and gently work the Vim powder into the stained surface you are trying to clean and whiten. You will notice that as you rub the powder in you feel as though there is grit on the cloth, but this is the abrasive ingredient that you can feel.
Once you are sure that you have cleaned the stained surface as best as you can then the Vim powder needs to be well rinsed off, if you leave any behind the surface will not only feel gritty but it will leave a white film behind.
Vim certainly wont suit many modern kitchen units and work surfaces as it may take the surface off of them. Likewise with stainless steel sinks. Vim is a cleaning agent that many wouldn't choose to use because of the abrasive agent, but there are many household tasks that it excels at, cleaning outdoor sinks and barbecues and its also marvellous for scrubbing dustbins out.
As with most household cleaning agents always remember to store the product well out of the way of children.
How do you clean your toilet? It's not a question you ask your best friend let alone a friend in the street and these days Harpic and so many other companies seem to be hell bent on offering any cleaner which doesn't allow the owner get their hands dirty. Who would want to? I remember having to clean the toilet when I lived in rented properties in London when everyone had to do it on a cleaning rota and despise anyone who had left the toilet bowl in a disgusting state never mind have to wear rubber gloves and get down on my hands and knees with a bowl of hot water, bleach and a stiff brush.
The problem is, and if you have one of these gel packs which you fix onto the side of the toilet rim where the area is only reserved for gentleman folk the chances are that whilst it keeps your toilet fresh smelling, the gels in most packs don't actually shift stains which I shall refer to them as being burnt on rather than any other adjective which comes to mind. Children inevitably pee on them (well I did as a child and so have half of my friends during weird conversations of useless contraptions) and they end up having to be picked up with god knows how many germs left on the plastic wire handle! Then there are the sprays which will happily clean up the limescale and any water impurities left on the rim and the main bowl of the toilet, but there are few which have the strength to shift the shi* stains on their own.
Sometimes then the most old fashioned ways of cleaning a toilet are better than most and whereas bleach inevitably threatens clothing by a mere splash or drip near you - unless you dress like a tramp when cleaning your bathroom - and no, not by a steam cleaner either - good old faithful comes calling in the form of Vim powder.
The problem with Vim powder is that it seems to last a lot longer than stocks in this country because whilst I've read somewhere that Vim is no longer on sale it seems to be in plentiful supply in my local Co Op amongst more modern alternatives which you don't have to bother close contact with your loo when they do it for you. Private newsagents and the like may even try and sell you an old fashioned cardboard cylinder tube with a metal top in the hope you'll just buy it, even if it has a relatively longer shelf life than most products. Although you'll find a year or two years (depending on the fabric of the container) best before date, we still have Vim scourer powder from three years ago and still smells of a lemony citrus fresh scent whenever it used on tiles and porcelain in the bathroom.
The designs of present containers are white and green with a green label in the middle and yellow letters which proudly displays the name "Vim." The traditional adjustable metal ring at the top has now been replaced by a cheap red or yellow plastic top which flips up and reveals a pepper like series of perforated holes.
The content however is extremely hazardous, carrying warnings about the powder if it is accidentally swallowed. Although it contains bleach it doesn't contain a high percentage but the powder itself is an irritant and it does carry strong warnings as well as directions to avoid use on naked flesh - Vim is extremely strong powder but if you have common sense you will use it the way the company intend it to be used. Although it isn't antibacterial its bleach content guarantees a degree of disinfectant additives.
Which brings me onto the next issue; who makes Vim? Surprisingly it is Cif/Jif who own and make Vim powder and against Cif/Jif cream cleanser which I find too chalky in use its no wonder that Vim powder has disappeared in lieu of Cif/Jif's large product range now when only a few years ago all you could buy was the cream cleanser! One of the reasons to why Vim has disappeared it simply because of its more old fashioned origins and because there are tons of cleaning sprays, creams and potions which promise to shift poo stains without additional help by the buyer.
I use Vim powder to specifically clean toilets when burnt on stains won't shift but I also used it in London when limescale used to cling to the top of the rim badly and would stop the jet holes whenever the toilet was flushed. With use of a mixture of vinegar and Vim, it is possible to scratch away limescale but with Vim alone it doesn't really work well when it comes to limescale. As such you can sprinkle a little powder to form a short crumbly paste in a bowl before transferring to the surface you are cleaning. Or as I do, just sprinkle on the stain, add some water and scrub away; but with hot water it doesn't actually need much human interaction.
The nature of the powder of course it that its natural consistency when added to water provides a scrubbing nature and only a few burnt on stains only remain stubborn if you dump the power, add water/flush and walk away - sadly with Vim you do have to add your own muscle power sometimes. Whilst you can use it on all types of tile you can't use it on porous materials such as Marble which is probably one of the reasons to why consumers no longer buy Vim powder as it can't clean one of the more moderns materials found in homes today. At least the "puffer" nature of the can means a slight squeeze is all that is required to deposit some of the powder down although it can be cloudy if you inhale or put your face in front of the canister.
We have porcelain white tiles in our kitchen and bathroom walls and Vim surprisingly gets all the grout up but it does take some degree of scrubbing to take stains out such as grout and general food stains. If there is one consideration for Vim nowadays it is its scent, which is still citrus lemon from its original branding but still has undertones of bleach when the powder is rinsed away. For some consumers the smell of bleach is enough to give them the turns but here there is only a slight undertone of bleach once the solution is washed away and gives a clinical smell which in turn portrays the image of a clean smelling and safe bathroom/kitchen.
Although the powder itself is white in colour it has green or black granules seen through it so it is always viewable when the solution remains on white backgrounds. Whilst Vim has cleansing agents it is not antibacterial - the formula went as far as the 1920's - and whilst countless companies who took over the firm who made it originally have updated the fragrance - it is no surprise to learn that it isn't antibacterial by today's standards although on its contents alone, for some consumers the fact that it has bleach is enough.
However another great advantage of Vim is that it really brings up shiny metal cooking pans, or way back when I was born when my parents had a silver chrome kettle, Vim could be scrubbed into the metal to bring the metal nice and shiny before being rinsed off (even if I like using toothpaste). And indeed, use on taps and chrome accents in bathrooms and kitchen sinks brings metal up clean and shiny - it does however appear to have a mared improvement because of its "extra whiteness," formula. As with Cif/Jif cream cleanser if you attempt to clean any dark porcelain or general tile materials that are dark in colour yet non-porous the powder can leave a chalky residue to the touch, which is a downside to its original, content. However as with most proper cleaning products a couple of rinses of water or wipe downs ensure that the product is finally taken away. That is why I prefer to use Vim.
Since its a world wide known name and being so old, people instantly know what to do, especially if they use your toilet and as a guest want to get rid of their personal symbol left behind in the pan!
For their standard 500g-cylinder tub it only costs a mere 99p. A smaller 250ml cylinder costs around 58p to 65p depending on stockists which makes the larger tub all the better value wise. Also I've kept this powder from time to time for more than 2 years without worry of it going "off," or losing its power. I find that generally it will last longer if it has been stored in a dark and dry cupboard.
For stalwart fans of traditional means when it comes to cleaning Vim powder is one of the last remaining ways of cleaning tiles and toilets. Whilst it cleans tiles and general porcelain extremely well it has no antibacterial agents and in some cases of heavy stubborn stains hot water is all that is required to get rid of any unsightly excrement left in your toilet that the designated spray or toilet bloo fails to move. Vim scourer powder isn't just for toilets but for any type of tile where it magically restores tiles looking fresh and new whilst on chrome and general metal it can also be used to bring up a brilliant shine. For some consumers who prefer putting in the work to do jobs themselves, Vim is a good helping hand. Thanks for reading. ©Nar2 2008.
Great for the kitchen and the bathroom / Effectively removes grease and stains, while sanitizing to kills germs, leaving surfaces hygienically clean / /