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Brand: Windolene / Type: Window & Glass Cleaner / Category: Cleaning & Disinfectant

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      21.07.2011 21:03
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      Old faithful!

      I spring cleaned my bathroom today, and since it is tiled from floor to ceiling I used the remainder of an old bottle of Windolene (from my overflowing cleaning supplies cupboard!) to clean and polish all those blasted tiles and do the mirrors and shower screen.

      The bottle I have just finished was a 50% extra free one, so was 750ml for the price of 500ml - at the time of buying it was less than £1, but I can't remember for sure as it was a really long time ago! It comes in a transparent plastic trigger spray bottle (with lockable nozzle), and the liquid itself is clear too. It's quite a thick, viscous liquid which comes out in a fine spray, giving excellent coverage. Since it is quite thick it doesn't start running down a vertical surface before you've started buffing it. I think this is brilliant, and is the one thing that sets this aside from any other glass cleaner I personally have encountered.

      Now, the bottle I have claims to have a "3 action system", while I see it now has 4 actions. The one missing from my older bottle is the added vinegar. The other 3 promises it makes are standard for glass cleaning sprays - dissolve grease, lift dirt, leave a streak free sparkling finish. With or without vinegar, it does these things and it does them well. The other info on the label includes the usual directions, safety and product information. Within this, suitable surfaces for use are mentioned, including windows, mirrors, fridges, taps and worktops; it also states TV screens but I think it's safe to assume it does not mean the now standard LCD TVs. It also doesn't state tiles, but works fabulously on mine!

      To use it, all you do is spray sparingly from around 25cm away and wipe with a soft dry cloth or paper towels to polish. I use a non fluffy type tea towel as I find that paper towel can often leave little fluffy bits (industrial blue roll is amazing for glass cleaning though). I tend to be a bit heavy handed with almost everything, so I didn't exactly use 'sparingly'! I gave a generous spray over my tiles, one area at a time, then buffed them to a brilliant shine. The dirt and dust that gathers on tiles is surprising, and the colour of my tea towel when I was finished was a bit shameful. The difference in my tiles was great though, they look so beautiful now with their mirror shine.

      This worked equally well on the bathroom mirrors and the shower screen, lifting slight water marks and leaving them wonderfully clean and sparkly. The only thing I've ever found that lifts old water marks relatively easily though is Cillit Bang, so don't expect this to lift those. It doesn't have much of a smell, just a slight chemical smell to my nose. Nothing offensive, and it hasn't lingered in my bathroom even though I used it floor to ceiling all round the room this morning (window has been open all day though).

      For the price I paid, this has been fabulous value. Even though I'm a bit over zealous with cleaning, you genuinely don't need much and it works wonders. I am not loyal to any particular brand of glass cleaner, and will buy whatever is on special offer or a value brand if nothing else offers good value at the time. And to be honest I do find with glass cleaners in particular, it's largely all much of a muchness - the ones I've had all clean well and leave steak free finishes, so long as you buff them properly with a suitable fabric or the old favourite, newspaper.

      Windolene certainly does fulfill all its promises, being just as good as any other cleaner and as I mentioned it's thickness is a big advantage (giving it an extra star over the Mr Muscle I reviewed recently). I see it's currently selling in Tesco for £1, this is definitely worth buying at this price if you are needing some glass cleaner. Even just to leave in the car for clearing your windscreen if you don't need it in the house. I can testify it keeps brilliantly and doesn't go off, I really couldn't say with certainty how old the bottle I used today was! Definitely recommendable in my book.

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      04.07.2011 14:56
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      a fab window cleaner

      Windolene is a household cleaning product which is offered to us by Reckitt Benckiser. It is available in liquid, cream and wipe form.

      ===Windolene Spray===

      This review discusses my use of the Windolene Glass and Shiny Surfaces Spray. This spray has 4 intentions rolled into one liquid. It claims to :

      *dissolve grease
      *lift of dirt
      *cleans with vinegar
      *leaves a streak free shine

      This spray is suitable for most glass surfaces including worktops, mirrors, windscreens, taps and most importantly, windows. Care should be taken to avoid contact with eyes and wooden/marble surfaces and this should kept away from children and pets.

      ===Packaging===

      The spray is housed within a tall, slim clear plastic bottle which is has convenient finger indents near the top for easy handling. The liquid inside is aqua blue and transparent allowing us to see the information on the inside label. The spray is dispensed through a trigger top which is blue and red and offers an on/off nozzle.

      ===Directions For Use===

      This should be sprayed onto surfaces from a distance of around 25cm before being wiped off with a soft cloth or dry paper towel. You should then buff the area if required.

      ===Availability and Price===

      Windolene is available from various supermarkets in a 500ml bottle which can be recycled. It is priced around £1.30. Tesco currently off it at £1.00.

      ===My Experience===

      I like to keep a clean home but 2 household jobs I hate doing include cleaning the oven and washing the windows. We are on the 1st floor of a block of flats and have 7 single or double windows to keep clean! The larger windows in my livingroom are easy enough as I can do them from my balcony but with all the other windows, I need to either climb up onto the work surfaces or bath or roll the blinds away up and open the windows up to clean them that way..takes too long!

      I try and clean them every 8weeks or so as I find they start to look a little dull and dirty after this time. The area I live in...people set bins on fire for the fun of it and the smoke makes my windows dirty..combined with pollution and the day to day stress of being a window..they don't stay clean for long! In the past, I have tried various window cleaners including Mr Muscle and store own brand. A few months ago, I picked up a bottle of Windolene either from my local shop or pound shop in town..can't quite remember. I have used it lots of times over the last few months and most recently today.

      ===Shine Me Up===

      The bottle design is perfect for me to grip and spray though I don't have the need to hold it for any length of time. The trigger works perfectly releasing sharp bursts of liquid without dribbling down the sides and making my hand damp! The liquid comes out clean on my windows with a clean and chemical induced aroma which isn't too harsh though not the nicest of smells either. Whilst this is mainly used for my windows, I also use it on the bathroom mirror and the mirrors of our wardrobe in our bedroom. I don't have any other glass surfaces and to be honest, I prefer a proper kitchen cleaner for my work surfaces and fridge.

      I don't need to spray much of this for effective results. I usually scatter the sprays around the window I wish to clean and it has quite a runny consistency so I need to be quick of the mark. For cleaning the windows, I use a cheap Tesco all purpose cloth. The liquid already on the window, spreads evenly and almost lathers up when provoked by the cloth allowing me to cover every inch of the window. I don't need to leave it any length of time to work as the force of the spray and the ingredients is enough to lift the dirt and marks from my windows.

      The cleaner is quite powerful and combined with a quick sweep of the cloth, the windows come up perfectly clean. I did have to put in a little elbow work on the toy room window today though as some dirty big bird has left me a present but an extra spritz and a minute to work, lifted the mark off. When it comes to do my mirrors, a need only a tiny spray and a cloth and they come up lovely.

      ===Don't I Look Buff?===

      With most window cleaners, I've needed to spend copious amounts of time with my dry duster or kitchen paper buffing the window and ensuring no marks or streaks are left. I don't need to do this with Windolene. Today for example, I cleaned it, went to get my duster and came back to a dry, streak free window. I decided to try and buff it somemore but this resulted in the cleaner turning liquidy again so I decided it was best to leave it how it was. I'm not sure if it was down to the heat outside but it dried very quickly and although not shiny and sparkly, my windows were clean and streak free.

      ===Conclusion and Recommendation===

      Whenever I use this window cleaner, my windows remain clean and see through for a few weeks and then the dirt starts to show but not enough to require a full clean. I love the streak free finish this cleaner offers and for that purpose, I will continue to purchase it. When I do the full house windows, I use around 1/5th of the bottle which isn't bad at all considering how much it needs to clean so very cost effective.

      I highly recommend this glass cleaner and thank you for reading :)

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        28.02.2011 23:30
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        Streaky Windows.

        It's not often that I feel the urge to clean my windows, as it's such a job when I do, but I felt it this weekend and clean the windows I did. Well attempted it anyway. I didn't have much in the house that staked any claim to be able to function as a window cleaner, but I did have a bottle of Windolene spray lurking in my cupboard. I had bought it mainly to clean my mirrors but had reverted to simple glass wipes for this job, so thought I'd give it another go.

        The spray is actually a clear light blue in colour and comes in a clear plastic trigger spray bottle, where you twist the nozzle on and off. The bottle claims that it is a four action system spray, it:
        *Dissolves grease.
        *Lifts off dirt.
        *Cleans with Vinegar
        *Leaves a sparkling shine
        It can be used on glass and all shiny surfaces.

        As well as windows and mirrors, it can be used on TV screens, Taps, Glass Surfaces, Windscreens, Worktops, and Fridges. So, a pretty versatile cleaning product. The spray does have quite a strong smell to it when sprayed, which I think is the vinegar content. Although not especially a smell of vinegar, it has a more chemical smell than that, it is quite overpowering.

        To apply, I followed the directions on the bottle, which simply state to 'spray sparingly from a distance of 25cm. Wipe off with a soft dry cloth or paper towel and polish'. It sprayed easily enough, each spray distributed a decent amount of liquid across the window. I sprayed three times per window, which looked plenty enough, and promptly proceeded to wipe them with my soft cloth. Initially, I used a clean duster as my soft cloth of choice, however I quickly noticed that this left bits of fluff all over my window so reverted to a shammy we use to clean the car. This stood up to the job a little better. I could see visible evidence on the cloth that dirt and grime had been removed from my window as the cloth was changing colour.

        It actually took quite a lot of time, and elbow grease, to fully remove all the spray from the window. At first, it felt like I was just pushing the liquid around the window and causing it to smear rather than cleaning it off. I had to press quite hard and run the cloth up and down the window several times to feel like I was getting a clear, rather than smeared, finish. It was harder work than I would have liked, but as long as it did the job, I was happy.

        So I proceeded to continue on my quest for clean windows and this took me a good length of time (and energy) due to the amount of wiping and polishing each window required to fully rid it of the windolene spray. By the time I had finished, the cloths I was using were very dirty, so I was satisfied that the spray had cleaned them. However, I keep passing windows and noticing that they appear streaky. This is particularly evident when the sun shines through them, and is really irritating! I have to keep grabbing a cloth and re-wipe them. Now, I am sure this is partly my lack of skill in the window cleaning department, but I would also have hoped that a product designed specifically for this purpose would have been easier to use and would achieve a streak-free finish.

        Overall, I am happy that this spray does it's job in cleaning my windows and removing grease and dirt. However, it is a hard product to use, requiring plenty of elbow grease and it still didn't give me the sparkling results that I'd hoped for.

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          21.08.2010 10:26
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          a gr8 product

          ==Windolene==

          I had been using a cheap window cleaner from Tesco and was using it on my windows and mirrors in the house but found it was really hard work to bring the finish up to a good shiny standard so in the end decided on throwing it in the bin and buying a true classic.

          The Windolene spray bottle cleaner has been around for a good many years and this alone is enough to make you feel like the product you are getting is both trusted by many and that it is going to do a pretty good job. Another reason for me choosing this brand over the whole load of other brands that do the same job was that a whole bottle containing 500 ml was on offer for £1.

          The bottle is a good design and I have found no problems in using it as the pump action spray works well and gives a good amount of the product out at any one time. A find that two squirts is really enough to do a standard window pain or either our good sized bathroom mirror.

          The claims of the Windolene are that it dissolves grease, lifts off dirt, and leaves a streak free shine. This has got to be the fact that it uses vinegar in its ingredients which is a well known product that cleans windows and glass well.

          Not only can you use Windolene on windows, but it is suitable for use on all glass surfaces, worktops, taps, mirrors, fridges and windscreens. I have to say that I have used this product on most of the items listed and it has been nothing but a great cleaner and I find that only a little bit of the product is needed to give a great result.

          Taking into account that I didn't spend much less when I purchased the cheaper Tesco own brand of the widow cleaner and that it was completely useless and a waste of money, I don't think I will buy anything other than this Windolene ever again. I have had this particular bottle a good few months now and not only does my whole how shine, but also there is still over half of the bottle left to use up!

          For these reasons I feel that the product represents a great value for money and I can only award it a top score of 5 out of 5 star rating and an exceptionally high recommendation!


          I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you.



          Many thanks for taking the time to read.

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          20.03.2010 11:32
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          a good little product

          I am a sucker for new cleaning products buying them fills with the idea that I will clean my house and have a Anthea Turner worthy home!

          So on my recent shopping trip to Sainsburys they had Windolene on special offer and as everyone knows Windolene has been around for years and years so I purchased the new 4 action system which was on special offer at £1 what a bargain!

          .........Claim.............
          4 action system will dissolve grease, lifts of Dirt, cleans with vinegar and leaves a streak free shine. wow oh wow only wish game with a cleaner!

          .........Suitability...........
          This product can be used on
          Windows (thats lucky!)
          Glass surfaces
          Taps
          Mirrors
          Windscreens
          fridges
          ........The Test..............
          I have two toddlers who believe it is very important to touch their favourite characters on the television and as is the norm with toddlers they smear greasy fingers everywhere! and so with baited breath I sprayed and then wiped and voilla a lovely clean television screen (for 5 minutes!)

          ................use.................
          The product was easy to use sprayed well and cleaned off easily and did not cleave a smeary finish I would buy this product again.

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          30.01.2010 14:11
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          pretty good stuff

          There is nothing more satisfying than having a clean and sparkling house and great pride comes with clean glass, clean windows and indeed clean furniture. There exist many products which can assist you in getting a good streak free shine for windows, including vinegar, but if you want to use an actual designated product, then this one is a good place to start.

          Windolene has been around for a few years and is available in a range of scents. The original version still works for me though. Arriving in a see through plastic bottle, it has a pump action nozzle which means the spray comes out finely and can be targeted at stubborn areas.

          It is best applied directly onto the surface or perhaps onto a duster. Three squirts would suffice for one window I would say. It effortlessly glides through dirt and smears and quickly leaves behind a clearer picture for you to see. Smear marks are visibly reduced and there is little scrubbing involved, as the ingredients cut through the grime with aplomb.

          While it is designed for glasswear and windows, I have been known to use it to clean skirting boards, banisters and even parts of my car with it. It is good for car windscreens and also helps buff the bonnet to a great shine.

          A bottle has a long shelf life too, provided you dip into it once a week, it should see you through three months or so, particularly as windows and glass do not need cleaning as much as other areas in the house. Price wise, a bottle comes in at about two pounds fifty and it is widely stocked in all good supermarkets.

          The smell might be a bit keen, but it soon subsides and you can be assured of a lovely sheen afterwards.

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          22.05.2009 17:27

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          Good streak free finish

          This is a product that I have been using for a good few years now and I have honelstly found that is the only window-cleaner (apart from a man up a ladder!) that leave a streak free finish. The bright blue and red of the trigger spray are eyecatching and the claims on the front of the bottle "dissolves grease, lifts off dirt and leaves a sparkling shine" I have found to be right.
          No one wants to spend hours upon hours cleaning windows, but those of us with either cats and dogs nose prints on the windows or small people's hand prints know the elbow grease that goes into it! Windolene has cut down alot of time and exercision (and bad language!) for me. The fragrance is fresh, not too chemically pungent and not overpowering like some. The label states that it does not only have a use for windows but TV screens, taps, worktops and fridges. You just spray it on from a recommended distance of 25m, polish it off and watch you windows sparkle!

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          13.05.2009 14:31
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          great if you need a little help with windows, glass or mirrors

          We're lucky enough to live in a house that has more than it's fair share of windows which is great - until the sun comes out that is! The sunshine seems to highlight every smear & any area with grime including fingermarks & pawmarks etc.

          Cleaning window is the worst chore I think & as soon as I've finished doing them they all need doing again so I'm always on the lookout for a good but reasonably-priced spray. To date the best one I've used is good old Windolene which is usually on offer at one of the large supermarkets or in Qualitysave-type shops. I usaully pay around the £1.49 mark for a 500 ml bottle.

          The bottle itself isn't very exciting & has clear liquid inside the trigger spray container (not as shown in the picture). Windolene make different types of cleaner which can be found either in sprays, cream or wipes but I always opt for the original which claims to clean both windows & glass surface areas.

          I hate these types of trigger action bottles as initially they're so darned fiddly to get going but once done there isn't a problem & the spray comes out easily enough & you can squirt it onto the offending area directly or onto a cloth.

          It works well & is one of the top streak-free products I've used but it still requires a good rub with a cloth/ paper towels/ newspaper unfortunately.

          The smell is a bit on the chemical side but makes the rooms feel fresh & at least the family can tell I've been cleaning.

          The product claims to do the following -
          - dissolves grease
          - lifts off dirt
          - leaves a sparkling shine
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          - Well, we don't actually have greasy windows but it works well on the bathroom mirrors & helps remove the usual soap/toothpaste/mouthwash/shampoo that somehow lands on them.
          - It does lift off the dirt as I've seen the evidence on the cloth.
          - Sparkling shine? - well everything does look cleaner but I wouldn't say sparkling clean.

          I'm pleased with the results overall as you can tell I've done the windows & any smears which may be left are probably due to my impatience & lack of rubbing clean.

          The only thing I can say I'm surprised at is the way the ingredients & directions for use have been printed they're on the inner side of the lable so you have to peer through the other side of the see-through bottle & they're difficult to read.

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          - a great help when you're doing the dreaded windows.
          - not a great smell but does a good job.
          - on the whole I think the product results in clean & generally smear-free windows.
          - quite economical to use as you don't need much.
          - easy to use once opened.
          - recommended product if you have to do your own windows etc.

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            12.05.2009 17:14
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            It was my mum who got me using Windolene, I seen her using it one bright, sunny morning on her windows and she never had a bad word to say about it, she never had a good word to say about it either mind you. So because I'd seen my mum using it whilst in Sainsburys shopping one week I decided to purchase some.

            Windolene comes in a few different forms, some offering added extras, you know the types of cleaners which promise added sparkle? Instead though I opted for Windolene Original, as it was the one I had seen my mum using. It comes in a clear plastic, gun trigger bottle and has a blue sticker on the side. The sticker gives off a glistening glass surface effect which looks rather promising. It would definitely be an appealing plus to somebody who had not tried it before. Along the sticker it says Windolene in bright red writing - so easy to know the brand if browsing amongst many. The liquid however is different to the liquid in the picture above, instead the liquid is actually clear. The liquid itself almost reminds me of bubble solution, it looks like it has a slight grease to it.

            It's apparently a non smear solution for glass and shiny surfaces such as windscreens, tv screens, glass tables, mirrors and windows. It tells us this on the sticker on the front.

            To use it you need to turn the red nozzle and spray sparingly from a distance of 25cms and wipe clean with a soft dry cloth or paper towel and polish off - in circular motions I found best.

            When spraying it the first thing I noticed was the smell, it wasn't refreshingly clean like I'd hoped it to be. Don't know why I hoped for this mind, I mean it's not everyday I find people standing with their noses against my windows lol. Instead the smell was more of a 'chemically clean-ish' smell which lingered around my kitchen too which wasn't too pleasant.

            I have found this spray can actually be more hassle than what it's worth if not used the way it says on the bottle. Paper towels have got to be the BEST option - NOT tissue though .. I have tried this and it got rather messy!!

            Using cloths can work, so long as you have at least two clean cloths to use. Your first clean one being the one which wipes the dirt and the solution off and your second cloth being the one which polishes away the smears and smudges of the grime you've just wiped. This becomes alot of hardwork though as the original clean cloth that's meant to clean the dirt off begins to soak in the liquid and dirt which means it can no longer wipe windows clean instead it wipes windows dirtier than what they were before. You now have to use ANOTHER two cloths, as the clean polishing cloth ends up dirty and wet too, creating more smudges and grime. Overall this way of cleaning is annoying, can create more dirt than what you begin with and overloads your washing machine with dirty cloths. Pain in the Butt !!

            As for using paper towels so long as you have a few handy they work wonders - you have no washing to do afterwards as the dirty and wet ones just get thrown in the bin. They soak up the liquid perfectly, wipe the dirt off, and you can polish your windows in that circular motion without having to worry about them ripping and sticking to your windows (like I found tissue does lol). One problem though - I'm not entirely sure where you can purchase paper towels too? My mum got me some months ago, but I don't use Windolene anymore as I wasn't too impressed with the work it had me doing nor the washing it provided me with.

            This particular bottle of Windolene costs over £2.50 in Supermarkets, and my overall opinion of it is not very high. I would personally say it's not worth the money. A bottle of washing up liquid and clean cloths or paper towels could probably do the job just as good and also leave a better scent afterwards rather than having your room smelling like some sort of lab. To be honest I found even after using paper towels with this cleaner it didn't leave me with the best results and there were often smudges left. I now usually have window cleaners clean my windows, they do a better job :).

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            For sparkling clean and smear free windows and glass.