Product Type: Wilko Household Cleaning
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Wilko Anti-Bacterial Lemon Wipes
Member Name: jo1976
Wilko Anti-Bacterial Lemon Wipes
Date: 06/04/11, updated on 08/09/13 (94 review reads)
Advantages: Easy to use, versatile, economical, pleasant smell
Disadvantages: Not effective on dried on dirt
With three young children to look after, including an eight month old baby, it's important for me to keep the house clean in as little time as possible! My ultimate weapon in the constant battle against dirt and germs are disposable anti-bacterial wipes. There are several different brands on the market, including several premium brands from familiar household names, but I find these own brand version from Wilkinson hold their own against the brand names and are a far more economical option.
These cleaning wipes are available in any Wilkinson store and come in either a lavender or lemon fragrance, with the different fragrances being easy to distinguish thanks to the colouring of the packets (purple for the lavender, yellow for lemon.) I tend to buy the lemon variety which gives off quite a subtle but fresh and suitably 'clean' smelling aroma after use. Unlike some other brands (most noticeably Flash) the scent doesn't smell overly strong and doesn't linger for too long, either on surfaces or on my hands after use. I'm not a huge fan of lavender but even the lavender scented wipes are fairly pleasant and inoffensive too and I am willing to buy them if need be.
Like most cleaning wipes, these come packaged in a flexible plastic dispenser with a resealable flap, allowing for easy access to one wipe at a time. I find it easy to pull out a single wipe, without dragging out half the contents of the packet, even single handed. Each wipe is single use only and then needs to be disposed of in the bin, to avoid cross contamination and to maximise the anti-bacterial qualities of the wipes. The wipes offer the reassurance of being effective against a range of potentially dangerous bacteria such as E.Coli, Listeria and Salmonella.
I use these literally all over the house as I can just have a wipe in one hand and a baby in the other and just wipe down as I go! These are ideal for areas that I want the extra reassurance and where I know that lots of bacteria will be lurking, such as my baby's changing mat and that hotbed of germs otherwise known as his highchair. The wipes are strong and durable and are a decent size so a single wipe covers a decent area. They have a good level of moisture but not too much that they leave surfaces wet after use. They aren't particularly abrasive though so these aren't really effective on any dried on dirt or mess. So long as I wipe down the highchair immediately after feeding, these are quick and easy. If I haven't had the chance to clean around straightaway and any weetabix has set solid on the chair, these are totally ineffectual though and I find I need a scourer or old-fashioned cloth and some anti-bacterial spray to loosen and remove the dirt properly. Otherwise, these are ideal for quick wipes around worktops, sinks, bathrooms and even floors to clean up odd spills and food debris!
I do have a tendency towards dry and sensitive skin and am prone to the skin between my fingers becoming sore and cracked from time to time. I am my own worse enemy though and never use gloves when cleaning with these kind of disposable cloths. Fortunately, I've never experienced any irritation when using these wipes, even when my skin is already sore and broken. It's nice to find a product that is tough on dirt and germs but still gentle on my skin.
I find that the wipes are frequently on some sort of promotion and I tend to bulk buy, although they don't seem to last long in my household, considering how many I can get through in a single day! Generally, each pack of 40 costs just under £1 and there is often a multibuy discount offered where two packs cost around £1.50.
Providing you have a Wilkinson store locally, I can't think of any reason not to at least give these wipes a try. Not only are they considerably cheaper than premium brands but they actually smell much more pleasant and perform equally well when it comes to the job, quite literally, at hand!
Summary: A great budget buy for quick cleaning