Product Type: Cif household products
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A review about Jif ....Er I mean Cif
Cif Cream White
Member Name: l500589
Cif Cream White
Date: 09/10/12, updated on 15/04/13 (188 review reads)
Advantages: Great cleaning power
Disadvantages: cheap and lasts a while
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.
Thanks for reading.
Copyright © L500589 2012
Summary: A very handy bottle to keep in the house