Before I moved in with my partner I had never used Cif cream cleaner but she insisted one day that I use it to clean the sink and the top of our cooker as it would do a better job of removing the dirt than hot water and washing up liquid or flash bathroom spray.
At first I was a little hesitant about her claim but I was pleasantly surprised after using it. It definitely did a better job than other cleaning products that I had used. It was thick and it smelt pleasant, and more importantly it lifted off the dirt.
It required a little bit of elbow grease to get all the dirt off but when using this product it doesn't take much effort. A sponge, hot water and Cif. It is a great combination for cleaning. It also had great results when my partner used it to cleaning her eldest two children's shoes, and a pair of white trainers were made to look spectacular again after a bit of a clean with some Cif.
This is a great products for cutting through grease after doing a Sunday roast or frying up some bacon. I would highly recommend using it when it comes to that arduous task of cleaning the oven before using oven cleaner.
All in all this is a cleaning essential that deserves a place in everybody's house.
I used to use Cif all the time but now that I have found bathroom cleaner sprays I find them to be much more efficient than Cif.
This cif cream comes in a tall white bottle which doesn't look all that appealing but then I don't suppose bathroom cleaners should do really. There isn't a safety catch, the lid comes up by flipping up a flip cap and so this should always be kept up high out of reach of children so they can't get it.
To use it I pour a bit onto a damp cloth. It's called a cream but it's really quite runny so it is easy to come out, you don't even really need to squeeze the bottle apart from when it's beginning to run low. Once on my cloth I wipe it around the surfaces that need cleaning. I don't need to rub hard, it works well at removing any lime scale and marks without needing a lot of elbow grease. I then leave it for a few minutes before rinsing it off. I find though that you need to give it a helping hand, you simply cannot just give it a rinse, you need to scrub it a bit with a different cloth to make sure it all goes other wise you are left with a gritty like residue which when you run your finger along it comes away a bit like chalk.
The result is a nice sparkly bathroom which looks and smells very clean which is really nice.
It does work and clean well which is good but I think it does take longer with this product than it does with the bathroom sprays so I don't tend to use it very much anymore.
Cif has been around in various guises since it was launched by Unilever in 1969, depending on where in the world you live it goes under the names Cif, Jif, Vim, Viss and Handy Andy. Cif was marketed against abrasive powder formulations, which were common until Cif, but used to leave scratch marks on the surfaces people were cleaning. Cif can be used all around the house for a number of different tasks, such as; Cleaning burnt-on food, tough grease, soap scum and watermarks. It can be used on ceramics, stainless steel, plastic, and enamel and will not scratch your surfaces.
I own lots of a pairs of white shoes, some canvas and some leather(I probably own more pairs of shoes than a man should have, but we all have our weaknesses). Some of my shoes have got quite through time and I always take pride in having them sparkle like they were when I first bought them. I looked online for a solution on how to restore my shoes to their former glory, I read a few peoples comments on various sites and a lot of them said that Cif was a brilliant product for that. I already had a bottle of Cif cream in the cupboard (You can purchase it from most supermarkets and it usually retails from between £2.00 and £2.50), as I use it for cleaning the kitchen sink and the bathroom.
==What I Did==
I got my shoes and decided to try it on a little bit of the shoe first (Just in case it discoloured them), so I poured some Cif in a little bowl and got an old toothbrush(make sure it is an old one, I wouldn't imagine Cif would do your teeth much good, although I have never used it instead of toothpaste). I dabbed the toothbrush in the Cif and applied it to a little of the shoe, brushing in a circular motion I rinsed it off and low and behold it actually worked! I scrubbed the rest of my shoes and set them out to dry. When they were dry I noticed they were almost like new, the Cif hadn't destroyed any part of the shoe, it had only taken the layer of grime off them(a quick touch up with trainer whitener was all that was needed to have them looking brand new again). It is a bit more hard work than putting them in the machine but I would rather brush with Cif than risk damage to my washing machine drum. It does say on the bottle "Do not use on linoleum and textiles", it did wonders on my canvas shoes though.
When I saw how good my trainers looked after washing them with Cif, I decided to put it to the test on other things around the house. My daughter had a plastic sit and go car that she is getting a bit big for, and it had been left outside in all the elements; it was absolutely filthy. I thought if I could clean it up I could give it to a friend who had just had a little girl. I used the same method(toothbrush and Cif), followed by a wipe over with some milton sterilising fluid, although it didn't restore to look like new, it did make it look 80% better than it was and good enough to give away for someone else to have use out of it.
When cleaning bathrooms/sinks etc, you just need to apply with a damp cloth and then rinse it away, it usually leaves my bathroom sparkling.
I absolutely love this product, I love the fact that it is so versatile and can be used to clean a multitude of things (even shoes!). I think from now on, the bathroom and the sink will be down on the priority list when buying Cif, I'll be buying it mainly for my shoes and any other use I get out of it will be a bonus. At under £2.50 for a 500ml bottle, that's a bargain in my eyes!
Produced by a company called Unilever, Cif formerly known as Jif, and prior to that known as Vim, is a household product that always has a place in my kitchen cupboard.
It was launched in 1969 in France as a creamy, protective but powerful domestic cleaner. As mentioned above it started off as Vim, and then was changed to the name that it is most commonly referred to by my generation today, and the name that I still refer to it as today 'Jif'. In 2001 however ( I can't believe it was that long ago!) it was changed again to the name that still remains - Cif.
Cif comes in a long white plastic (recyclable) container with a hand grip cut out at the sides to make it easy to grip the bottle and to squeeze out the contents. The upper part of the bottle is curved and it is topped by a bright green click open top which fastens very securely. On the front of the bottle is a label with the green, red and white Cif logo along with a couple of pictures of sparkly clean ovens and bathrooms which gives a big clue to the intended use of this substance.
As I mentioned above Cif is a creamy liquid product that is used to clean kitchen and bathroom surfaces. It is a creamy looking liquid which contains micro particles, which give it a very subtle gritty texture which works it's way into grease and grime to help remove it from most surfaces. However, due to this rough texture it is not suitable for soft or delicate surfaces such as plastics, aluminium, or painted surfaces, as it would scratch into the finish.
It is recommended that Cif is applied with a damp sponge or cloth, and wiped over the required areas before rinsing or wiping with a clean damp cloth. If the Cif is not removed correctly it will leave a kind of streaky finish especially to stainless steel taps and fittings, but this just needs a bit more clean water rubbing onto it to get it looking like new.
Apart from the kitchen and the bathroom where it leaves the sink, bath and taps sparkling, it can be used on stainless steel hand rails and fittings where it will make short work of light rust. It also (according to my mum) works well on white trainers to remove stains and get them looking nice and white again.
Overall I consider Cif to be a great versatile cleaner which if used correctly will be a good helper for all sorts of jobs around the home. It really does make things shine, and it really can clean the uncleanable (as stated on the bottle).
It is readily available from most supermarkets and convenience stores and generally retails for around £1:50 for the 500ml bottle. In my house a bottle of this lasts the best part of a year, as a little bit does go a long way. It is also available in larger sized bottles up to and including a 2 litre bottle which works out as a better value purchase, but it is bulkier to store, and as a small 500 ml bottle lasts me such a long time I have never needed to purchase anything bigger.
There are some cheaper brands available, but I have never needed to try them, as I think Cif is great value for the results that are easily achieved.
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==Cif Cream White=
I seemed to have a collection of old bottles of cream cleaner in my cupboard when I moved house and they were all nearly empty and all very crusty therefore they all ended up in the bin. I couldnt' remember the last time I had used them anyway. Sicne moving into my new hosue however I realised I needed to use the cream cleaner and that in fact it had a lot more uses that I gave it credit for.
I had to pick up a bottle of the cream cleaner in my local Poundland store as this seemed the cheapest place to get a bottle of the branded cream cleaner. Most supermarkets do their own version but these are often coloured yellow and this I find is not ideal for the jobs I have in mind for the cleaner. The supermarkets own version is usually around the 80 pence price range so it is cheaper but I find for the few extra pennies it is worth having a bottle which contains a white coloured product and a branded product such as Cif really does give a better clean.
Cif recommend that their cream cleaner is suitable for use in every room of the house and is ideal for burnt on food and grease but I have to admit to mainly using it in the bathroom and on my shower screen. I find this screen a really pain in the backside to clean but when using a soft scourer sponge and a bit of this Cif cream cleaner it doesn't take much scrubbing for all the water marks to be erased and the screen to look as good as new. I would say I probably use most of the product purely on cleaning the glass of this screen. It brings of the water marks with real ease like no other cleaning product I have used and I can't recommend it enough.
Another great way to use this Cif cream cleaner is on the walls of the house. I have most of my walls painted with a magnolia emulsion paint and I find that the little dirty hands that tend to make the walls look grubby can be easily erased with a damp cloth and a small amount of this cream cleaner. The white colour of the cream cleaner is really needed here as a yellow colour will often leave a different shade left on the walls whereas a white just brings the walls up nice and clean without taking much of the paint off.
I think the main reasons for this cream cleaner working well on these two tough tasks is the fact that the product is a cream which is filled with grainy product and it has a rough feel which is what works off the water marks on the shower screen and helps gently remove the dirt from the walls. There isn't much of a smell with this Cif cleaner or nothing really that I can pin point. It does have an aroma which is not entirely unpleasant but its not the most appealing of smells either.
However I can't say that the lack of wonderful fragrance really puts me off because of the fact that this product really does clean well and does the job I need it to do. The price is cheap for the product you get and a little bit of the cleaner really does go a long way. It has to be yet another 5 star product and I would highly recommend it (especially those who have awful shower screens to clean!).
I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you
Many thanks for taking the time to read.
I do my fair share of cleaning around my home. Using a good cleaner does help to do the job quicker and the hard work is taken out of the cleaning when the product is a good one. I have been buying this cleaner for a number of years.
It is housed in a white plastic bottle with a flip top. The bottle is tall and thin and is easy to get a good grip of it and to hold it. The cleaner is a white liquid and isn't runny, it has a nice consistency that just pours from the bottle nicely without it running all the way down the bottle.
It has a nice smell and one that smells of perfume. The smell is really pleasant and all that is needed is to squeeze a small amount on a damp cloth and then gently rub the area that needs to be cleaned. I like to use it for cleaning my sinks around my home. I don't need to use very much to get good results. My white bathroom sink scrubs up nicely using this cleaner. It does leave a residue on the sink while cleaning it but once rinsed it just looks spotlessly clean.
It rinses well but I do find I have to rinse it for a minute or 2 to completely remove the residue. I find my sinks have a nice shine to them after they have completely dried. It does dry in no time at all.
It is an abrasive cleaner and so it is wise not to keep on scrubbing sinks too much, so not to scratch the surface. If used with a gentle scrubbing action it is absolutely fine and to let the cleaner do all of the hard work. There is no need to be too continually rubbing because it isn't necessary with this cleaner.
It cleans my bath well and removes any scum marks that may be around the bath. I clean the taps with it and also my cooker. It does remove food from my cooker using just a gentle rub and it hasn't scratched the cooker at all. I clean my pans with it sometimes if I have some food that needs extra help to part company with the pans. It removes the food well with a gentle rub. Again once rinsed the pans looks as good as new again.
It gives for a good shine to sinks and anywhere around my home that I have cleaned with this product. It gives the rooms a good smell after cleaning too. A really nice fresh smelling cleaner for household cleaning jobs.
It is of a good quality and good value for money cleaner and for a 500ml bottle it is only priced at around £2.30. A good sized bottle for the price. A little does go a very long way. The bottle can last for a good 6 weeks or so, depending on how often it is used. It is a reliable cleaner that just removed grime and dirt in a flash.
I recommend this cleaner and it gives good results for around the home and I will keep on buying it in the future to clean around my home.
I rate it 5 stars.
Cif Cream is always something we have in the cupboard, probably because it's something my Mum always has in the cupboard too. We use lots of different brands of sprays and wipes when it comes to cleaning the bathroom and I like to give it a once over every day but if I'm doing a proper clean I follow this up by also using Cif. I usually buy Cif Cream when it's on offer in the supermarkets but it's available from B&M at the moment for 99p a bottle.
The cream comes in a tall and thin white plastic bottle which clearly displays the Cif logo along with a couple of pictures of where the cream can be used such as a hob and a shower. The lid to the bottle is a basic green flip cap one and the cream is easily dispensed through the hole at the top. Cif Cream is said to rejuvenate your favourite things with its cleaning power in the kitchen, bathroom and beyond.
The main places I tend to use Cif Cream is on the ceramic surfaces in our house. In the kitchen this means the sink and the hob. I give the surfaces a quick wipe over and apply the cream with a dry cloth or sponge making sure I get a good covering. I usually tend to leave the cream for a few minutes before wiping it off with a damp cloth. The sink always comes up lovely and clean, even on the grimy bits around the tap which has built up over the years as it's quite an old kitchen and the tap has got a little leak. When we first moved in the hob was quite black around the rings but after continued cleaning its looks as good as new. The micro particles really have a very fine sandpaper effect and get rid of even the most burnt on stains.
In the bathroom I used it on the bath and sink and again, it brings them up lovely and clean. There is a slight residue left after using the cream but this can easily be polished off with minimal effort. It says on the bottle that Cif Cream can also be used for trainers, my partner does clean the white soles of her shoes once every couple of weeks and she used to use baby wipes but she now used a little of the cream on a childrens toothbrush and the soles do come up looking nice and white.
CIf Cream is something I've always used and my Mum has always used before me. It's a great cleaner and leaves surfaces with a lovely shiny, clean finish and is great to use when cleaning the kitchen and bathroom.
Sometimes you get so familiar with a product that you lose sight of how good it is! I have been using Cif cream cleaner at home and professionally, where I care for boats, for so many years that I thought it merited a review.
Made by Unilever, this all purpose cleaner comes in a variety of sizes from 500ml to a whopping 2litres but the 500ml size is my favourite as it is easy to handle and does not wear you out as does the large size, if you are having to lift it repeatedly or run around a boat all day with your bucket full of cleaning goodies. It comes in a white plastic container whose sides are slightly flattened to make it easy to grip and to squeeze the last bits out accompanied by a vigorous shake. This size is also ideal for chucking across to your work mate or sliding along a fibre glass deck. The upper part of the bottle is curved and it is topped by a bright green click up top which fastens very securely. You should, (and I don't), clean the top of the bottle after use as if there is a build up of the product around the small exit hole, the top will not close properly and might leak.
On the front is the green, red and white Cif logo and on mine is a picture of a shiny sink, a trainer and a childs bicycle. This strange assortment of objects is to show, as it claims, that the cream micro particles, or, as mine is in Spanish, "microparticulas", which leave what ever you are cleaning, as good as new and to be honest, they are not far wrong. On the reverse it enforces this by saying that you can clean lots of thing besides your bathroom and kitchen with this versatile cleaner and to apply with a damp sponge or cloth and then rinse or wipe with a clean damp cloth.
The cream itself is a bit runny so watch out you don't get too much on your cloth, white in colour it has a nice fresh smell that is not at all strong, neither does it irritate my hands and sometimes have used this cleaner for hours on end with no ill effects at all,
Apart from the kitchen and the bathroom where it leaves the sink, bath and taps sparkling,I use it on stainless steel hand rails and fittings where it will make short work of light rust. It is great on PVC (Poly Vinyl Chloride) cushions that have grease or suntan cream marks on them.Semi rigid dinghies clean up really well with Cif as do fenders which tend to get all kinds of marks on them. In the home all manner of things clean up well with Cif , from the stapler to the telephone, the mouse (compute, not the squeaky type!), and the plastic light switch fittings to name a few. It also works really well on ceramic cooker tops and is cheaper than some of the dedicated hob cleaners and is good on hard surfaces like tiles, ceramics and glass.
Things to avoid.
It is my experience that,although it is very versatile, it is better not to use on any type of soft plastic or makralon as it can scratch it. The same goes for high gloss fibre glass or varnish work, too much elbow grease and you will get a dull patch and a black look from the Captain and Owner. Don´t use on fabrics either as the bleach content will take out the colour, my work jeans have many pale patches on them, and don´t let it fall over onto a carpet, unless it is highly patterned and no one will notice!
A great versatile cleaner, used correctly it will be a good helper for all sorts of work and rightly earns its place as the most popular brand of cleaner of this type. I have tried own brand versions and although a little cheaper, they have never been as effective as Cif and so have always returned to my trusted old favourite.
5stars from me.
The 500ml sells for around 2.40pounds and is readily available at supermarkets and hardware stores.
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Even though Cif is basically a white cream from a very ordinary looking white bottle with a green cap it is a tremendously versatile cleaning product and has been around for a number of years. I remember my mother used to use this and probably still does although at that time it had its former name Jif. I have used less expensive own label versions of this type of cream but at £1.36 currently for 500ml on the Tesco website I think this price is very competitive for such a trustworthy and reliable brand.
Depending on how sparingly you use this product and what is cleaned with it I think a bottle like this could last you for a good amount of time and is a useful item to have under your kitchen sink. To apply this cream you simply wipe it on to whatever you want to clean and you will notice how it really cuts through all sorts of dirt and grease. After you need to rinse and wipe what is left away. The only minimal downside with this is that if you don't make sure you rinse completely you can be left with residue which looks unsightly and may lead to you having to attempt to clean the item again. This issue is down to the person who is making use of Cif however and not a fault with the cream.
Traditionally folks would use this kind of cream to tackle cleaning tasks in their kitchen and bathrooms, I myself have used this to clean up stains and dirty mark in my kitchen cabinets and more so in the bathroom to make the porcelain and the metal fittings shine. You do need to make sure especially you rinse well when cleaning the fittings as otherwise aforementioned watermarks and residue can be left.
I have been working in a petrol station since the end of last year and we use a large bottle of Cif to clean down the plastic casing and also the nozzles from which the fuel is dispensed. It is testament to the power of this product that it able to shift petrol and diesel stains leaving the pumps shining in the erratic and occasional sunshine. The label on the bottle also gives the suggestion that this can be used to whiten and rejuvenate a pair of your trainers, I have never done this as far as I can remember but it sounds like a good idea which I will have a go at in the future.
Cif cream is one of the cleaning products that you will always find in my cleaning cupboard. One of the main reasons is that, when I was younger, my Mum would always use it when she cleaned around the house. This meant that Cif was one of the main products I was exposed to whenever I was charged with chores in the family household! It is now 8 years since I have lived at home but I still carry on using Cif for its fantastic cleaning properties.
Cif as a brand has come on leaps and bounds from when I was younger. The first main difference is that the brand used to be called 'Jif'!! This was very confusing for me when it was changed and I still sometimes call the product 'Jif'. Cif used to just mean 'Cif cream' but they also make a range of different products now, such as stainless steel and kitchen sprays and also a cleaning mousse.
I use this product in my bathroom(s) and my kitchen, mainly on the ceramic sections such as sinks, toilets and ceramic tiles. I spread the product around on dirty surface and then proceed to clean with a damp cloth and then finally rinse away. I would then generally use a dry cloth or kitchen roll (whatever I have at the time!) to wipe away the remainder from the surface to leave a really nice, gleaming finish. This, for me, is one of the best features of the product......once you have finished cleaning a bathroom or a kitchen, it bloody looks clean, shiny and awesome!!
Obviously the bathroom and the kitchen are the main uses for Cif cream but it also says on the packaging that it can also be used to 'rejuvenate your favourite things'. On further investigation into these claims, it states on the back that you can use Cif to 'give your trainers a new lease of life'!
This is interesting as I have never even considered that Cif could be used for that purpose! I am pretty sure that I have a really old pair of white trainers kicking about somewhere so I will probably try it out on them first before trying it on one of my more valuable set of footwear!
The product doesn't have many disadvantages but one of the main ones that I can think of is that is can leave a thin residue on surfaces if it is not wiped away properly after cleaning. This is probably due to the fact that the product is quite thick with microparticles to help cleaning and while it can be a bit annoying, it can be easily wiped away once you are aware of it.
A 500ml bottle of regular Cif cream (in a tall, white bottle) usually retails for anywhere between £1.50 and £2.00 but it is often on offer in supermarkets for as little as £1. I generally buy 2 or 3 when it is that cheap as I use it regularly and it willl last be quite a bit longer. You can go through a 500ml bottle quite quickly if you have two bathrooms and a kitchen!!
Overall, I would give this product 5 stars as it always leaves my surfaces clean, shiny and happy! A thumbs up from me.
Cif Cream has always been a cleaning product which I've automatically bought, it just seems to be one of those products to always keep in the cupboard. A bottle of this costs in the region of £1.50 for 500ml, I usually purchase mine in Tesco for £1.48.
The cream comes in a white bottle, with a green flip top lid. The bottle is relatively tall and thin, meaning it can easily be slotted into a cupboard or left in the bathroom without looking too unsightly. I've always had a bottle of this around, and it's such a versatile cleaning product that you could probably get away with having it as your only one if you really wanted to.
What I like about cif a lot is the smell. I find that a lot of cleaning products, especially those which actually work, have a very strong smell. Not only are their smells strong, but also very irritating for your nose and they seem to longer for far longer than necessary. Cif's smell is very fresh, and very clean, but not at all over powering. I actually rather like it when my bathroom smells of it.
It is advisable to give your bottle of cif a good shake before you use it. As it's a cream product if it doesn't get shaken you risk getting a thicker amount of cream at the bottle of the bottle when it's nearly finished. This can also mean that you might not get the full benefit of the rest of the bottle of cream.
The cleaner is extremely easy to use. You simply squirt some of the cream onto the surface and rub it over the area. I find that it's particularly helpful to leave the cream on for a good ten minutes if there's anything with grease or harder things to clean on. As I live in a soft water area I don't have too many problem with lime scale, but I used to live in a very hard water area and this cream was fantastic at brightening up taps and anything which had the dreaded lime scale. Cif isn't suitable for use of aluminium or linoleum surfaces.
The result? I have a sparkling bath, toilet, sink, cooker, work tops and practically every other surface which this cream has touched! It's an absolutely saviour when it comes to cleaning and I really wouldn't be without a bottle now. I highly recommend Cif cream, especially over cheaper versions which just don't cut the mustard.
Cif is a brand of cleaning products by Unilever, The product was known as Jif in Great Britain, Ireland, the Netherlands and Hong Kong until 2001 when the name was changed to Cif in order to harmonise marketing and product inventories across the continent.
I generally use the Cif cream with the lemon scent but last week they had run out in the supermarket and so I decided to go with the Cif cream white with microparticles. This one obviously does not have the lemon scent. Instead I would say its just a fresh, clean bathroom clean kind of smell which is not too chemically smelling which is nice. I find it doesn't get into your nostrils or leave you with a harsh bleach smell that I, with asthma, cannot tolerate very well. In fact, what I actually like about Cif is that it's a really simple product that is easy to use and does the job. I really like the fact that when you look at the list of ingredients it's very small and does not contain a lot of the harsh chemicals that a lot of other cleaning products do.
The makes claim that, "Cif cream tackles the toughest cleaning jobs in the kitchen, bathroom and all around the home including garden furniture and barbeques." I do find this cream awfully versatile, you can basically use it on anything and it's safe on most surfaces too including enamel and ceramic. It's great because it's really the only cleaner you need around the house. I find it works especially well on sinks, definitely the bathroom sink and is really good on lime scale too. It is actually written in the instructions that it works on lime scale and I do definitely agree. My taps always coming out really gleaming with this product which is great and gives it, like it says on the bottle, "a brilliant shine."
On this bottle they are marketing it a little it differently from the lemon scent one by saying that you can use it to rejuvenate your favourite things such as old trainers, bikes, etc and that you should discover its excellent cleaning power beyond the bathroom and kitchen. I haven't actually used it for anything like this yet but it's nice to know that it is quite a versatile product.
This Cif is just as easy to use as the lemon scented one. With some cleaners I find you really have to scrub and scrub to get your surfaces up to scratch but with this its minimal effort, perfect for someone who does not like cleaning much! It's very easy to use. You basically just apply it to you surfaces with a damp cloth and then wipe over and rinse away. What could be easier than that?The cream itself is a white colour and has a bit of texture to it. To me it almost seems like a paste with a bit of content to it rather than a smooth liquid.
All in all I find this white Cif product a great addition to the Cif family of cleaning products. What gets also is that it is a very inexpensive cleaning product, a 500ml bottle which does last quite a long time is only £1.59!
I am a busy mother of four and when they are at school and nursery I find myself spending my days ensuring that the house we live in is kept clean enough to protect us all from germs and dirt.
When I spotted Cif cream reduced from £1.69 down to £1.00 in my local Tesco I couldn't resist what I deemed to be a bargain and I always remember my Mum being a fan of this so decided it would be worth a go.
The bottle is nothing special just tall, white and with a flip top lid. There is all the usual information on the packaging, nothing special really, just everything you'd expect from a cleaning product. The only bad thing I could mention is that there is no child safety cap but I always keep my cleaning cabinet firmly locked to prevent little hands accessing something that they shouldn't.
The Cif liquid is incredibly easy to use you just need to flip the lid (easy enough to be done with your thumb) then pour it on to the surfaces in your bathroom, kitchen or anywhere else that you can use it (full surface details on bottle). Then I usually just wipe it around a little bit with a cloth, leave for a few minutes and then rinse the bath or sink with a shower head or jug of water. I do find that the Cif white cream works very well at removing all the dirt that can get left around the edge of the bath or sinks in my house. Having children they never bother to wash the bath out properly and this is something that I don't always get time to do between bathing each child so over the course of a week it just begins to look a bit grimy and horrible. Cif always leaves everything sparkling clean in my bathroom and because all my surfaces are white I can use this to bring a sparkle to the windowsill as well as all of the bathroom suite.
Other things that you can use Cif for cleaning are plastic garden furniture, barbecues, worktops, tiled surfaces and lots of other things. It's coming up to the time of year when I'm going to be having guests over in garden enjoying a nice meal together and I want to have everything looking sparkling clean. This can also be used to keep white trainers sparkling clean.
The smell is not too overpowering but is a little heavy so just ensure that you open windows and wash your hands thoroughly after use, or better yet, use some gloves in the first place. I always say this to other people but I never remember to practice what I preach!
I've been very pleased with the quality of this product, it's easy to use and works well. It took me just a matter of a couple of minutes to get my bathroom looking clean and refreshed which is ideal with my busy day to day schedule getting everything sorted before the children come home again.
If you are looking for a versatile product to help you keep the house clean then why not pick up a bottle of Cif white cream, the price is reasonable and it's very easy to use. The only bad point I found was that there was no child safety cap.
When it comes to cleaning the dishes I try to use gentle but effective cleaning products. Usually the washing up liquid is not enough when something is burnt into a dish. It doesn't happen too often but I'm just one person running after 2 kids while cooking...
So I like to have a bottle of Cif Cream in my kitchen for these accidents. Cif Cream comes in a white plastic bottle with dark green lid. The bottle contains 500 ml Cif Cream. Its label is mostly blue with huge Cif logo on it. When you pour out a little bit on a dish or surface you can see that it is white and quite thick. If you try it with your finger it has a creamy texture with some very fine granules in it. You can find them in most of the supermarkets close to the washing up liquids. I bought mine in Sainsbury's for 1.69 pounds for 500 ml. It has very pleasant scent.
The ingredients are as follows: 5%-15% Anionic Surfactants, <5% Non-ionic Surfactants, Soap, Perfume, Limonene, Butylphenyl Methulpropional, Hexyl Cinnamal, Benzisothiazolinone. Although my hands are quite sensitive I haven't realised any ham on my hands which would be due to Cif.
This product is manufactured by Unilever UK (Unilever House, Springfield Drive, Leatherhead, Surrey, KT22 7GR).
What to use it for?
As a general cleaning cream it can be used for loads of things. I use it mostly on dishes but I like to apply a little when I clean the gas. If you have greasy spots on the tiles or on the gas just put a teaspoon quantity of Cif Cream on your dump wipe and you can clean it easily. I like that it does take care of surfaces. It can also be used in the bathroom. It cleans well the soap spots and also the limescale. It leaves the surfaces shiny. You have to rub the surfaces with limescale on them but you can be sure it will remove the limescale. I use mostly on large surfaces in the bathroom. Otherwise I use Cif spray made definitely for removing limescale.
It is suitable even on tough dirt on the windows. There are everywhere surfaces and objects that have to be cleaned and Cif Cream and a little rub will result brilliant sparkle.
What to take care of?
First of all don't forget to shake your Cif before you open its lid. Then after using it clean its lid and take care to be well closed. Its lid gets dirty all the times and if you don't clean it the Cif cream will dry on it and next time you can hardly open or close the bottle. The other thing is that the bottle has such a shape which allows you to pour very much of it. So take care because once you poured it out it cannot be poured back into the bottle.
I think Unilever made a wonderful product. I love using it because it is easy and it doesn't heart my hands. I can clean half of the house with it and I don't have to put on gloves. Its texture is creamy and is very effective when it comes to rub dirty surfaces. A little is enough for long time so for me a bottle of Cif lasts 3-4 month minimum.
I like that it is a multi-purpose cleaning product which can be used on very large scale of products and surfaces.
I tend to go for spray or gel when I'm looking for cleaning products, but I know my mum always uses this Cif cream, so I thought I'd try it out. At £2 for 500ml, it didn't seem too bad, and I figured with a cream I'd probably end up using less than a spray.
This comes in a tall, white plastic bottle with convenient flip lid that's really easy to open with one hand- useful when you're cleaning. The label says it's 'tough' on food, limescale and stubborn dirt, and can be used on everything from the bath to the barbecue. This is definitely a bonus as it means you don't have to buy separate cleaners for the different rooms in your house.
The white cream inside is very thin and watery, which I find makes it good for using on small areas like the hob, but not so great for baths etc, as you have to use a lot of it to cover the area. It smells alright as cleaning products go- fresh and not too bleachy, but pretty strong.
The instructions sound blissfully simple: apply using a damp cloth, wipe over and rinse away. I didn't find it so easy unfortunately- the stubborn dirt on my washbasin and bath took a lot of elbow grease to get rid of, and I resorted to squirting this all round the area and leaving for a few minutes before scrubbing to see if it would help. It did make the dirt easier to remove, but it used up a lot of cream, and because it's so watery, it dribbled down to the bottom. It was good for cleaning around the taps though- the cream acts as an abrasive for getting rid of the nasty scaley bits.
After use, I did find it aggravated the skin on my hands, so I'd advise wearing gloves when you use it. I definitely still prefer the gel and spray cleaners for bathroom use, and I like the specific piney smell you get with these. This smelt quite heavy duty, and the smell lingers for a long time afterwards. My overall verdict is that this is good for cleaning on small, targeted areas, but not so good in the bathroom.
500 ml / Brand: Cif.