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Oh Windolene, how I love thee....
Everytime I see this product, whether in shops or supermarkets it always makes me smile. I (as so many others have mentioned) love this product, for so many reasons, the main one being the instant jolt back in time it gives me. It reminds me of my Auntie cleaning her windows, while I sat in awe of this amazing lilac/pink liquid which smelt so good. The results on her windows were equally as good, after all if I remember the windows as well as the product 20 odd years later, thats got to say something.
Another thing I love about Windolene, is the way they haven't tampered with the design of it. They still use the instantly recognisable pink bottle with hand grips both sides and the white twist lid. The blue label remains as does that smell; I used to spend more time sniffing it than I did actually helping with the cleaning of the windows. In fact I have been known to smell the bottles in Sainsburys, I can't help it, brings a smile to my face every time.
That said, I do tend to clean my windows with vinegar and newspaper. My Nan used to do it that way as a kid, and apart from the horrendous smell of the vinegar and the newspaper print all over my hands, the shine and lack of smears is second to none. If I do buy any products for my windows as all, it is Windolene that I use. The results are the same as vinegar and paper and smells so much better.
Sometimes I buy this just for the nostalgia value.
The Windolene Original Cream window and glass cleaner is what my mum used when I was younger to clean all the windows/mirrors and other glass surfaces in our house. The smell of it is enough to take me straight back to being tucked under a blanket on the sofa, suffering from chicken pox and watching my mum clean the living room windows! Because of this, when I moved out of home it never even occurred to me that there were other products you could use to clean windows and I always always use Windolene now too.
It's usually reaily available in supermarkets and other grocery shops, although I haven't been able to find it in Tesco's lately, so I hope the're not planning on stopping it. The last bottle I bought came from our local DIY/Ironmongers store and was £3.50 for a 500ml bottle and a quick look online shows it is still widely available online atleast for around the same price.
It should stand out and catch your eye from the shelf as unlike other window cleaning products it comes in a pretty pink bottle! Apart from that the packaging is quite basic really, but with things like this I'm really more bothered about the product inside than what the outside of it looks like. With a small white screw top lid and quite a minimal looking front label it merely tells us the name and that it's for glass and shiny surfaces. The label on the back is full of much more information including how to use it, ingredients, the company contact details and the usual cautions about not swallowing it and keeping it away from children.
Other window cleaners that I've seen have all been squirty liquid type products and that is where Windolene is different from other brands on the market. This cleaner is a cream rather than a liquid and always reminds me of calamine lotion in it's consistency. To use it you empty a little bit onto a clean cloth and apply this to the window. I always use circular motions but, again, this is because my mum does, not because it tells you to on the bottle! Once your window is covered in the cream solution use a different clean cloth to wipe it off and then I always use a third cloth to buff it up, give the window some shine and get rid of any streaks.
A little of this cleaner really does go a long way and I've now cleaned all the windows in our house (10 large windows, 3 tiny windows and a fully glassed front porch) 3 times from this bottle and judging by how much is left I estimate I'll get another 2, if not 3, cleans from it which means it would work out at just over 50p to clean all the windows in my house...much cheaper than the window cleaner charges for doing the outside!
So how does this perform on windows and other glass surfaces? I find it cleans my windows and mirrors really well. I think of it as a more "traditional" cleaning product in that you actually have to use a little elbow grease as well as Windolene to get your windows sparkling but a) it does leave my windows really clean, shiny and sparkling (I love sitting in my living room having cleaned the window and watching the sun shine on it!) and b) it gives you quite a work out when cleaning too...bonus! Not only do I use this in the house but I also use it on the insides of our car windows too and it works just as well on those.
Is there anything bad about it? Well, judging by reviews I've read of liquid "squirt" cleaners then this would probably be too much like hard work for people who are used to just spraying something onto your window and simply wiping it off,as it does take effort to get your windows gleaming but I find cleaning with Windolene quite therapeutic really and I lose myself in the process of applying it, wiping it off then buffing it up. It's a good job really because you can buff the window up thinking you've done a great job then stand back and see nothing but smears, so it does take a lot of work to get rid of them all.
The other slightly annoying thing is that even though I absolutely love the smell of this it does tend to get embedded in your cloths so I have special cloths just for cleaning the windows with. But I still have to leave them to soak overnight and wash them separately to anything else because anything you put in the washing machine with cloths seeped in Windolene will also end up smelling like it and whilst I like the nice smell on my windows it's not really so great on towels! You also have to be careful that none of the cream ends up on your woodwork/windowframes and dries there as it can be quite difficult to get off and tends to need a bit of a soak before it will budge.
All in all though I really like using Windolene and, as long as they continue making it, I'll continue buying it. I can't compare it to other liquid based window cleaners as I've never used one, but personally I find this leaves my windows sparkling clean, shiny and smelling just like childhood! The fragrance of this cream is really distinctive and once you've smelt it you'll realise what I mean. It's impossible to describe, but I really really love the smell of it and, to be honest, if they kept making the product but changed the fragrance of it it would probably be enough to make me try something else. How sad am I, choosing a cleaning product solely on smell?!!
On a personal level I want to award Windolene Original 5 stars just because of nostalgia and the smell, but as a consumer I suppose I have to rethink. Whilst it does clean really well there's no doubt in my mind that there are quicker, more effective ways of cleaning windows nowadays and it does take quite an effort to get rid of all the smears. The smell also will probably put some people off as it is quite strong and you can smell it through the whole house when you've cleaned the windows. I know most people will probably want the quickest and easiest method for cleaning their windows rather than viewing that particular chore as therapeutic and a trip down memory lane like I do, so for these reasons I realistically can only give it 3 stars. Sorry Windolene :( But I still love you!
One item of cleaning product which I am very loyal to is Windolene glass and window cleaner.
It comes in a plastic pink bottle with a white screw top lid, it is very easy to spot on the cleaning aisle at the supermarket as I cannot think of any product similar in looks.
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In the supermarkets it is around £3 for a 500ml bottle however I always buy mine from Home Bargains for less than £2.
*How to use:*
Before using I always give the bottle a good shake as the liquid is quite thick and it does have a tendency 'clump' at the bottle of the bottle.
Then you need to pour a small amount onto a clean dry cloth and apply to the window, once you have done this, get another clean & dry cloth and rub it off.
The liquid is pale pink and when you apply to the glass.
For me, out of all the glass cleaners I have used, this delivers the best results.
As the liquid is pink, it is quite easy to see where you haven't removed and where any potential streaks or smears are.
I use Windolene on all the windows (including the car), mirrors and glass shelves.
The only downside if you need to be careful not to be it on other surfaces as it can be quite tricky to get off if not spotted straight away. I have never had a problem on the PVS windows but when cleaning the windows in the car, I accidentally for a smudge on the dashboard and it took a fair few cleans to remove all traces.
I have found a little does a long way with the product, we have two sets of patio doors and with Lauren, you can imagine how many little finger prints are left on them! I found with regular use, the product last me at least 6 months.
The bottle does say don't let the product dry however I have done this a couple of times and found it not to be a problem removing.
5 out of 5 from me
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We all have our own personal standards when it comes to cleaning our home, and I think a lot of what we like to use to do certain jobs comes from what out parents used, and what we are used to.
For me, window cleaning is a bit of a thankless task, as when I do the job, you can guarantee that the kids will touch the windows, and then the cat will come and jump up on the outside of the patio doors and leave streaks on it.
Whichever cleaner I choose needs to be good enough to remove the streaks of dead bugs on the outside, and the smeared handprints (which can also have some hardened food residue) on the inside.
This cleaner is definitely not one of the popular ones anymore as it is much easier these days to buy a glass cleaning spray, but it remains my favourite cleaner. This is no longer being made, which is a real shame. I didn't actually know this before today, so I am going to have to go and try and find some extra bottles of it to use, as I don't like the other versions on the shelf any where near as much.
It is made by Reckitt Benckiser, who bring us other household products such as finish, oxi, airwick, dettol and harpic, so a big name in the cleaning industry.
What is windolene?
For those of you who have never come across this product, it is a cream based cleaner for your windows. It is a pink heavily perfumed liquid which is designed to be used as a cleaner for glass and shiny surfaces. It comes in a screw top bottle with no child proof mechanism. When you buy it, it is sealed with a layer of plastic under the cap, a bit like a ketchup bottle.
It contains a mixture of hydrocarbons derived from petroleum, colorants, preservatives and hydrochloric acid. The product can settle a little in the bottle, so it is essential to shake it before use.
How to use it.
I have a two cloth system to use windolene to its best effect. Firstly, I hold a cloth at the top of the bottle, and tip some of the cleaner onto the cloth. I use this first cloth to apply the cleaner to the window. It can be hard to judge how much as if you apply too little, you will find it starts to evaporate before it has removed dirt and smears and is then very hard to rub off. If you put too much on though, you then have to spend a long time buffing the window to get all the residue off.
Applied in a reasonable amount, I tend to work on a small area at a time applying the cleaner then buffing it off. It can be a pretty good work out for bingo wings as it is not an easy process, but for me the way my windows are streak free is worth it. Although this effect does not last long enough in my household, it is the most effective cleaner for end results that I have personally used.
I tend to time when I do my windows. The product needs to evaporate a little to work, but if I work on a window that is fully in the sunshine, then it evaporates too quickly and it is really hard work to achieve the streak free finish I desire. Also, if it is too cold, it does not evaporate well at all, and it is hard work removing the residue.
I can certainly understand why my mum used to get so cranky with us as kids when we touched her windows because it requires effort to get them looking so good.
One thing that can possibly classify me as odd is that I really like the scent of this one. It doesn't have an attractive scent by any means. It is chemical in its scent, and in some ways reminds me of germolene, but it makes me happy when I can smell it and I know that my house is sparkling and clean.
This probably does have some sort of link to childhood. I remember my mum using this, and also whenever she decorated she would take down the curtains and nets, and then put this all over the windows so no-one could see in. Memory and scent are so strongly linked for me.
Is it Harsh on your skin?
I have mild eczema, which can be irritated from using a lot of cleaning products. Not helped because I hate wearing gloves to clean in. I can use this without it doing much to my skin. It can feel a little dry, and I can still smell the product on my skin afterwards. This doesn't bother me but some people might not like it.
How long does it last?
Before kids and cats, I could clean my windows very infrequently, maybe 2-3 times a year. We have window cleaners for the outside, so the inside is the only bit I have to clean. Nowadays, I am happy if they stay clean for that day.
The scent of cleaning the windows remains in the house all day. If my husband comes in from work, he can tell I have been window cleaning just from the way the house smells. Again, it might not be to everyone's taste, but I like it when my home smells like I have been cleaning and it certainly helps my husband know what I have been doing all day.
Where can I still get hold of it?
I have just looked online to see if you can still buy it anywhere, as personally I am really sad it is discontinued. It was available at Ocado for £2.50 for 500ml. This is great value as I am only on my 2nd bottle in 7 years in this house.
It can still be purchase on ebay and amazon. I think I am going to have to stockpile this, as it has genuinely caused me a twang that I might not be able to purchase it anymore. Before I look online though, I am going to check smaller local shops and places like home bargains and wilkinsons to see if they have any stock I can buy.
This stuff has been around for ages and we bought a bottle of this about a month ago. We have a lot of south facing glass in our barn conversion, which is lovely in the summer and which helps to heat the house through but which shows all the dirt when the sun comes streaming through.
I do the outsides with cloth and bucket, hose and squeegee and ordinary household detergent. As regards the insides, I use mostly damp newspaper, polishing off with dry newspaper. However, remembering my Mum using Windolene and not having used it for a good few years, I thought I would buy some when I saw it in Home Bargains......so I did!
So many of the current crop of cleaning products are colourless liquids generally sold to us in trigger sprays (indeed I have also seen Windolene sprays like this). The big advantage of proper old-fashioned pink Windolene is that it goes on pink and stays pink on the glass, so not only can you see where you have applied it, but as importantly, you can also see when you haven't polished it all off.
This very benefit allows us to overcome one of life's biggest frustrations - that of trying to wipe off marks from the inside of the window when they are actually outside and vice versa. By using different methods for the inside and outside glass surfaces, this frustration is overcome. Simples!
The pink cream is actually an emulsion. It contains white spirit which can be damaging to other surfaces, so take care when you use it. It also contains more then 30% Aliphatic Hydrocarbons... so there!
It doesn't take much effort to smear it on, but you do need a lot of elbow grease to polish it all off and get that lovely gleaming shine. Because you need to polish this off with a soft dry cloth before the emulsion dries, do one window at a time, otherwise you'll end up with a helluva job cleaning the stuff off. Better still, persuade your wife that it's a really good workout for her bingo wings!
On the plus side, it does do a great job. No need to worry because it sails through any smear test (!), without any discomfort or pain. However, even applying sparingly, you do use a lot of product when you have as much glazing as we have. I used half a 500ml bottle in one application. I probably will only use it every other clean.
I like it. You don't see this pink Windolene in many of the major multiples and you may have to work hard to track it down.
This is the best windowlene I have ever used and the only one I ever buy. It really helps to keep your windows completely free from smears or marks and even sees them shine brilliantly.
It's really cheap and easily affordable, as well as being readily available in all supermarkets and pretty much all co operatives and corner shops. At about two pounds fifty pence per 500ml bottle this stuff is great value for money that you really don't want to miss out on. It's also quite dense and the bottle is filled to the very top so its long lasting and you get an awful lot of use out of it.
The packaging is really very ugly though and doesn't look in the least bit posh or reserved, rather it appears like the cheapest, tackiest lowest common denominator window cleaning fluid, but considering that its only going to be sat under your kitchen sink, who cares?
Its also fast acting and can be used to clean things like mirrors and glass coffee tables (it does wonders on mine) and the shine is always fantastic.
At its price, this has to be the best of its kind on the entire market, affordable, dependable, powerful, long lasting and super cheap, you really can't go wrong with Windowlene Emulsion. Give it a try!
After trying many different glass wipes and sprays, from cheap supermarket brands to more expensive ones, i cannot rate this windowlene glass cleaner enough!
I tried many different ones to try and get one which cleans my windows as good as this one as sometimes it can be very hard work using windolene. I wanted something that was easier and less exhausting, but nothing works as well.
Windowlene has been around for many years, i know about this product as my mum has always used it whilst i was growing up.
It is available in all the local supermarkets and prices range between £2.30-£2.50 depending where you get it. This is excellent value for money as it lasts for ages and it is very high quality.
Windowlene comes in a bright pink bottle, so it is always really easy to spot on the shelves in the supermarket. The bottle is very plain, there are no pictures or anything, just a big blue label on the front saying non smear windolene for glass and shiny surfaces.
This really is all the bottle needs to say! As it is already known as a great window cleaner brand it doesnt really need much advertising on the bottle to stand out from the rest! I supose it relies on its loyal customers using it time and time again.
It comes in a 500ml bottle, which you need to shake thoroughly before you use it. To clean your windows, all you need to do is apply some windolene cream to a duster sparingly, and wipe down your windows with it. You will need a new clean duster to rub the windowlene in properly and get rid of any smears.
This is where i find windolene hard work! You need to really get rubbing your window with the duster to get rid of the smears, and after one window i find it exhausting! My arm aches too much! Maybe its just me, im probably too unfit!
You need to keep stepping back from the window to get a good look at it, to see if you have missed any smears. I find it quite time consuming.
Once you have finished though, the results are excellent. My windows are always so sparkly and clean, it makes all that effort worth while!
I also use this product to clean all the mirrors in my house, as it brings them up shiny and clean too.
You should wear old clothes whilst using this product, as it could stain them. Also avoid getting it on your skin and other surfaces.
I use this product every week and the bottle lasts months. Im always using it during the week too just on the bottom of the windows to clean my cats nose marks off, they drive me mad!
I highly recommend this product for its quality and price, but if you dont like cleaning to be hard work try something else!
Over the years I have tried quite a few of the new spray window cleaners and even window wipes but I'm afraid I can't get on with any of them! I always end up with smears all over the windows no matter how hard I try.
So ... I go back to the old fashioned Windolene - you know the thick pink stuff with the strong smell it takes a while to get rid of.
It's actually called Windolene Original Cream and is for 'glass and shiny surfaces'.
It comes in a very plain pink plastic bottle currently costing £2.15 for 500ml in Wilkinson's. It is easy to spot on the shelf of the shop as it is very pink!
When you unscrew the cap of the bottle the first thing you notice is the smell. It is quite a strong chemical smell and it will take a little while to disappear after you have finished cleaning the windows but that's a small price to pay.
The liquid itself is also pink, although not as bright as the bottle, and dries almost on the glass. The colour and the way it dries remind me of that old kaolin and morphine mixture that we used to take to combat sickness and diarrhea when we were children. Come on then who else is old enough to remember that?
The instructions on the back of the bottle tell you to shake the bottle before use and then suggest that you 'Apply sparingly over the surface area. Polish off with a soft, dry cloth before it dries.'
I do mine in a slightly different way - the way my mom taught me all those years ago when I used to help her round the house.
I actually use three different cloths to make a really good job of my windows. I apply the Windolene using the first cloth, being careful not to use too much or it will take ages to get it all off. I use a scruffy cloth for this bit as the Windolene makes a mess of it.
I then rub the majority of it off with the second (duster) cloth and use the third (duster) to buff it up and remove all the remaining smears. Hey presto an excellent shine and a perfectly clean window.
The only word of warning I have is not to try and clean your windows when the sun is shining directly onto them. It really does make it difficult to remove the cleaner as it dries on too quickly and it is also near impossible to see any smears too.
I can hear you all saying 'I'm not doing all that' but actually it is really quick, easy and it leaves the windows shiny and smear free.
Once I have finished I rinse all the cloths straight away and then leave them to soak in some washing powder. They smell a bit with the chemical smell mentioned earlier as they dry but it soon disappears.
Now that we have the log burner my windows do get quite dirty and so I have to clean them more often that I would otherwise have done but Windolene always gets the job done quickly and efficiently and the windows look lovely and bright when I have finished.
I also use Windolene on my mirrors and again they come up like new.
So there you are then, this is one old fashioned product - my mom was using it when I was a little girl and I am 54 now - that is still much better than all the new so called improved alternatives.
No one in our house could relax last week as my daughter was sitting exam number 64 out of 65 on her final journey to become a vet. With this in mind I set about some late spring cleaning - Kim and Aggie would be absolutely thrilled, and it helped pass some time for me, at least giving me sparkling windows from which to view the world! It also stopped me biting all my nails and eating too many biscuits/comfort food, and my husband became a gardener planting, trimming and brushing everything in sight!
I stumbled the other day whilst stocking up for this venture some lilac/pink fluid in a bottle. This immediately transported me back to my childhood when mum would clean the windows on Mondays after she had emptied the twin tub washing machine, so we could see the clothes drying in the wind through the sparkling panes. She always used this lilac/pinky cream we still know today as Windolene. Though many other products exist for the job I decided to purchase this for the first time in over 20 years, and I am now left wondering why I never continued to buy it-it actually does the job better than anything I have tried since. I actually believe I had simply forgotten its existence.
The cost of 500 mls of this emulsion like fluid will cost about £2.45 and it is available in most supermarkets.
The product is a creamy emulsion which in some ways resembles paint and to apply you smear it over the window sparingly, and then buff up with a dry cloth. You need to be careful of your clothing as it does contain white spirit, but it wipes off really easily and it is absolutely brilliant for not leaving smears. I can't actually believe how clean my windows are, the colours through them are much brighter and there is a lovely fresh distinctive Windolene smell which says" I've been cleaning!"
For so many years I had been buying other glass cleaning sprays, which seemed to have over powered the market share dominated by this basic product for so many years. They work well too but this is in a different league.
To use is actually almost a pleasure. I remember when I was small people used this to cover their windows in it when they were decorating or moving in, and a window smeared with Windowlene offered privacy, and when removed would provide a clear and sparkling view of the world beyond.
My indoor cats who enjoy what I call "Bird TV" through my patio doors have never been such avid subscribers, taking every opportunity to watch through this much improved vista!
I think the best attribute for this product has to be the way in which it is completely removed leaving no smears or residue. I don't use it in sunny weather because it makes cleaning windows really difficult, not to mention exhausting, but on a cloudy day when you can really picture the window it makes the job effortless. Being lilac/pink and an emulsion it is so easy to see where it is and to remove every last trace. It is really good for removing the little nose marks made by my dog, and I am sure that if you have little ones those hand marks, which always seemed to be on my windows when my children were tiny, would be removed really thoroughly as well.
It also works really well on any glass surface and mirrors benefit for this immensely.
This old fashioned product is certainly coming back to do my windows from now on, and the only down side in my opinion is the risk it poses to clothing as it can mark things due to the white spirit in contains. Better to clean in old clothes and then it's fine.
On example of a product which although dated is as effective, if not more, than any competitor on the market today.
For brilliantly clean and smear free windows.