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      26.01.2014 11:16
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      Now I'm not one for constantly using antibacterial sprays or disinfectants and I tend to wipe my worktops down with my dishcloth after I have rinsed it out in hot soapy water and twice a week with a regular all-purpose spray cleaner. However, before baking and after I have been using chicken I do think it needs a deeper clean so I do have a bottle of this on standby. It costs in the region of £2 for a 500ml bottle when not on offer. As I use this once in a while a bottle lasts me a long time so it isn't a massive expense.

      Now I'm old enough to remember when this was called dettox and the original advert where a mum is cleaning her table with it then calls out that "dinner is on the table" cue family walking in arguing then silence as the are looking in shock as mum is putting the dinner directly on the table. Tag line - "makes surfaces so clean you can eat your dinner off them" Although the bit where 'mum' says "now, who's for gravy" still tickles me many years after it was last on.

      What they claim:

      The claim is that it kills 99.9% of bacteria - so not bad. However, it is likely to kill all the bacteria but as there will always be some, all be it dead, bacterial matter remaining this is picked up by those electronic testers and it is hard to prove if it is dead or not so they can't claim 100%. The label also claims that it kills viruses, now I have a slight problem with that as a virus is not actually alive in the first place so how can you kill it? Still it is only a technicality and the cleaner probably does destroy viruses so it can be used with confidence for this as well.

      My own 'Testing':

      When I last taught the microbes topic we did include this in a test we did. Firstly we took a swab of a taped area of a desk and prepared an agar plate. Then sprayed the area with this wiped it down and after it dried took a second swab and made the 'after' plate. The results were that the before grew bacteria colonies where the after did not. Now I know this isn't a real lab test done under proper test conditions and it should not be treated as such but it did prove the point to my class at the time.

      In use:

      The solution in the bottle is colourless and it does have a mild antiseptic smell to it as you spray it but it is not that overpowering 'hospital' smell you used to get when visiting a relative in hospital nor does it smell as strong as the regular concentrated Dettol disinfectant. When wiping the surface it has been sprayed on it doesn't foam up but it does shift the surface dirt and the smell does not linger and you don't have to wipe it down with a damp cloth after to remove it. As soon as it is dry you can prepare food on the same surface. When making things like shortbread or shaping bread rolls on a surface I have used this no taint or taste has been transferred to these items. Now I know the oven temperature would kill any bacteria that these items would pick up but as I tend to give these types of things for others to eat as well as eating them myself it is always better to be safe.

      With my chopping boards again I tend to just wash these in hot soapy water and give it a good scrub. However, after using it for cutting up things like chicken on them when washing up I tend to wash it last then spray it with this and leave it to be dry again not taint or taste is transferred to the next thing I cut up on it. Now yes I know this can be avoided by getting a different chopping board for different things but this cleaning method works for me so why change?

      Another advantage is that the spray mechanism is well made and unlike some I have come across it doesn't start to leak and cover your hands in the solution every time you use it. Also the spray does cove quite a large area in one go so this helps to reduce the amount you need to use. According the list of ingredients it does not contain any parabens but as it is antibacterial these are not needed.

      It does, however, contain benzalkonium chloride which can cause irritation to those with very sensitive skin and it is also highly toxic to fish. The amount in the spray is, however, very small but it would not be advisable to clean the inside of fish tanks with it just to be safe. As I don't have any fish nor suffer from sensitive skin then this is not a problem for me.

      Summary:

      It does the job it says on the bottle and it gives the confidence that surfaces are hygienically clean. Although I don't use it every time I clean it is always in my cupboard.

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      22.01.2014 21:29
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      A good product for your cleaning needs

      When it cleans to cleaning products, I don't have one certain name or one I buy, I normally just buy whatever is a £1 or closest.

      The price varys in this range from £1-£2 for the 500ml range, but you can normally pick it up on offer for a pound, or sometimes its available in the poundshop. The bigger bottle which is 750Ml normally retails for around £3.

      Dettol says:
      REMOVES 90% OF ALLERGENS.
      KILLS 99.9% of BACTERIA & VIRUSES.
      TRUSTED BY DOCTORS TO KILL BACTERIA.
      THE BRITISH ALLERGY FOUNDATION.
      SEAL OF APPROVAL.
      Kills E.coli, Salmonella, MRSA, Rotavirus, Flu virus (H1N1).
      No bleach, no taint, no odour.
      Safe to use where food is prepared.

      Dettol Anti Bacterial Surface Cleanser is proven to kill:
      Bacteria:
      E.coli. S.aureus. Listeria. Campylobacter. P.aerughosa. MRSA. Salmonella.
      Viruses:
      Influenza Type A H1N1.
      Dettol Anti Bacterial Surface Cleanser is proven to remove:
      Allergens:
      Pollen Particles. Dust Mites. Pet Dander


      It comes in a see-through bottle, with the spray lid being blue and red. The bottle does stand out on supermarkets shelf's as I find it quite plain looking compared to other bottles. The spray lid is just a push lever which you press and the Dettol liquid comes out. On the cap there is a little twist turner which indicates a stop and the sprayer.
      Also on the bottle it says that Dettol can be used on high chairs, changing mats, fridges, bins, chopping boards, and in bathrooms.
      The spray is clear and has no odour what so ever which is great if you don't want your house stinking of bleach.

      I have used this in the kitchen such as cleaning the worktops, the kitchen sink, fridge, or wiping over microwaves or my kettle.
      I have used this all over in the bathroom aswell, for the bath, sink and toilet lid. Also on my high chairs

      I normally just spray this straight onto the surface I want to clean then wipe over with a damp cloth, sometimes if it is a smaller item I'm cleaning then I will spray it on the cloth first then wipe. Also you don't have to keep wiping to get rid off the produce, as it claims its no rinse.
      I have found it removes stains quite well, harder, stubborn, stains you do have to scrub when using this.

      I have found sometimes that if I spray this too much or hold it to a angle, the Dettol will start to leak over my hands, which if I do get too much on my hands I find they go quite dry a few hours later, even if thought I wash it straight off

      this product is as good as the other surface cleaner, however I do like how there's no after smell. I will be still sticking to what produce I can find for a £1.

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        08.10.2013 16:07
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        A great anti bacterial surface cleanser

        I have lots of different cleaning products in my kitchen cupboards and this is one of my favourites. Because it is a multi surface cleanser it means I can use one product on different surfaces rather than having to get lots of different bottle out of the cupboard. I always make sure I have 2 bottles, one downstairs for the kitchen and one upstairs for use in the bathroom.

        The packaging.
        The product comes in a clear plastic bottle with a blue and red plastic trigger spray lid with a red plastic nozzle. On the front of the bottle it has the Dettol logo and directly underneath it tells you that it kills 99.9% of bacteria and viruses. It also shows 2 different symbols on the front, one confirming that it is trusted by doctors to kill bacteria and the other one is a seal of approval by the British allergy foundation. It tells you that it is an anti bacterial surface cleanser that has no odour, no taint and contains no bleach. On the back it gives some product information, directions of use, bottle size, lists ingredients and some brand contact information.

        Product and use.
        The product is a clear liquid and has no odour. To use turn the red nozzle to the on position, pull the trigger and spray directly onto the surface then wipe over with a clean damp cloth and allow to dry. There is no need to rinse afterwards. If you are using on electrical equipment it does advise that you spray onto the cloth first. It also says that it can be used on chopping boards, high chairs, changing mats, fridges, bins, kitchen sink, baths, taps and toilet seats.

        Benefits.
        Kills E.coli
        Salmonella
        MRSA
        Rotavirus
        Flu virus (H1N1)
        No bleach
        No taint
        No odour
        Safe to use where food is prepared
        Removes 90% of allergens

        Price and availability.
        It is widely available both in line and on store. Price can vary and does depend on the bottle size (available in 440ml, 500ml and 750 ml.) Asda currently stock it at £1.80 (500ml) but currently have an offer on at 2 for £2. It is also available with a lime and mint scent.

        My experience and verdict.
        I have been using this product for a long time, it has so many benefits and can be used on many different surfaces, for me it is definitely number one when it comes to cleaning products and especially good if like me you have small children in the home. I would recommend this product.

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          13.03.2013 08:44
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          I clean my kitchen several times a day and I like to use a cleaner which doesn't have a strong smell but is very effective. I bought this Dettol spray for the first time about four years ago when the swine flu panic was around. I liked the fact it was advertised to kill lots of bacteria and I'm glad I bought it as I find it to be very reliable.

          It's a standard bottle with a spray nozzle. It is see through so you can see how much you have left and I always think the see through bottles look a bit better than those that are not.

          It's very easy to use. I can hold it in one hand and spray it with that same hand no problem at all. There is a safety catch on the nozzle so you can make sure it can't be pulled when it is on. This is useful to have although children can still fiddle with it and manage to open it so I still keep this out of reach of small people.

          I spray this direct to surfaces. It sprays well, not too wide but also not too concentrated either which makes it easier to spread. I then wipe it using a damp cloth. It dries quite easily although sometimes I do dry it with a tea towel. There is very little smell with this, nothing that I really notice, just a light smell of cleaning product in general and it doesn't linger which I like as I don't want my kitchen to smell of cleaning products.

          I find it is really reliable, I use it to wipe down the high chair and door handles and things sometimes too.

          A bottle lasts about 2 months even though I use it every day several times. I highly recommend it.

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            24.09.2012 16:47

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            Dettol's version is worth a buy

            This is the branded version of the many anti-bacterial surface cleansers that you can find on supermarket shelves. It is an essential item for every kitchen and a couple of sprays can be used to clean all your surfaces. I find it easiest to wipe off the crumbs and use a damp cloth to wipe over first. Then you can use kitchen towell with the surface cleanser for sparkling and clean surfaces. It removes 90% of allergens and 99% of bacteria and viruses. This level of disinfection is the reason why it is also used in the cafe in which I work.

            It suggests many different places where you can use it such as chopping boards, high chairs, changing mats, fridges, bins, kitchen sinks, baths, taps and toilet seats but kitchen work surfaces are the places where I find it most useful. This is helped by the fact that it is safe to use in food preparation areas and can remove dust mites, which I find appealing because of my dust allergy. Unfortunately, you cannot use it for windows, mirrors, varnished surfaces and baby bottles but it is still a versatile and essential product. There is no odour in the standard Dettol bottle but many other bottles and brands have interesting and appetising scents such as apple and pink grapefruit if you prefer. Perhaps the unique selling point of the Dettol bottle is its peace of mind with the brand and that it is tested by doctors and given the British Allergy Foundation Seal of Approval. It also has an ergonomically pleasing bottle shape with a wide base to contain lots of the liquid. It also has a reliable nozzle that is easy to operate and does not jam as often as other anti-bacterial sprays.

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            10.04.2012 17:50
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            A safe and easy to use clean formula - great for pre-schools, nurseries & peace of mind.

            I remember the year Dettol came out with their surface cleaner spray! My parents brought me up on Dettol- whenever I had fallen playing football or just outdoor pursuits climbing trees and generally having fun as a child (do children these days ever go outside, other than to credit their mobiles?) but putting up with the awful smell of Dettol. Long before the company ever brought out a way of keeping surfaces clean with a likeminded hygiene spray, my dad used to water down Dettol in a spray bottle and go about the kitchen quite liberally - you never put down food such as a bread without a plate - for fear of it being tainted with Dettol and looking back on it now, no wonder I became less of a fan of Dettol over the years as a result - but also bringing me up well to tidy up after me and always use a plate when eating a snack! When Dettol began to advertise baby sitting at chair with food on a high chair after mother sprays the plate with Dettol surface spray to infer that it is 100% safe and hygienic to do so, parents must have been beside themselves to rush out and get the product in question. I was no longer a baby when the product came out but my Dad loved the concept, being the scientist at heart and bought this product, hook, line and sinker!


            When I moved into my own flat, my mum went out and bought this immediately for me and over the years she always seems to bring Dettol's Antibacterial Surface Cleanser with her, thinking that it's a good product back by the name she thrust upon me when I was little! Over the years whilst I have gone from major brand to budget brand and homemade remedies to cut the cost of chemicals in the home, Dettol's Antibacterial Surface spray retails around £1-75 to £2 for a 500ml spray bottle and £2-98 for a 750ml bottle (Asda). For those who don't like the smell of normal home disinfectant Dettol, they will adore this product. The product claims to contains no bleach, no odour and no taint - all three claims you'll find proudly displayed at the front of the bottle to the bottom left hand side of the blue sky blue and white label backed onto a clear bottle that shows off the clear water like liquid. This product is therefore a very safe cleanser to use around the home and Dettol go to the bother of pointing out that the product is suitable for use on chopping boards, worktops, fridges, microwaves, taps, bins and all kinds of aspects including children's play pens and work areas. It also claims to kill 99.9 % of bacteria, viruses and the whole gamut of germs ranging from E Coli, the flu virus, Salmonella, MRSA and the rotavirus. Well, it would have so many claims - it is a Dettol product after all!


            So in terms of general use, this product does have an odour that is detectable - it is very understated, quite pleasing and has an air of familiarity about it - basic and original Windowlene glass cleaner! Some would say that it smells like the original version of Fairy liquid but to my nose, it's not as flowery and has a stronger clinical, medicinal scent that plays more of its scientific card here and plays up to the Dettol branding and reputation promise. The liquid however mirrors water and I can see Dettol's point of view here whereby if the liquid didn't have a smell, children could easily think this was a safe product to try since it does look like water to the eye! The variable twist spray dispersal tap at the top of the bottle easily controls the amount of spray when you squeeze the trigger.


            In terms of general performance, when it comes to shifting stains on worktops, I find Dettol Surface cleanser to be highly effective with only few downsides. Coffee, tea or light liquid stains isn't a problem - once sprayed the solution easily breaks down the light stain and can be wiped up immediately. Give it something like jam or honey that is stuck on a surface and you'll need to apply a bit more elbow grease to get it off. Likewise with coffee droplet stains that can be sticky to the touch anyway. Whilst this isn't the kind of cleaner to have bicarbonate of soda powder added so that it bubbles on a stain and breaks it up faster, I find Dettol's cleaner here to be good provided, that half the time you're aware that you may need to apply pressure with the cleaning cloth you use in tandem. Using paper towels with this product is not recommended as I find the solution tears up the paper more and I spend more time clearing up the screeds left over!


            On a lot of surfaces, Dettol Antibacterial Surface Cleanser works very well. Glass, stainless steel and plastics prove no problem at all - in so far as layering down the peace of mind "no rinse" claim and for the fact that you're sanitizing as you go, often inferring that you won't have to wipe down surfaces again if they are clean. It is true that whilst you don't need to rinse or dry up the product once you've sprayed this formula, I find that I'm never far away from wondering if a worktop looks clean just because I can't see the dirt because of this very formula and its promise. Whereas Dettol's surface cleanser doesn't allow your home to harbour germs and bacteria, it certainly harbours an almost OCD condition in its owner to spray everything insight to ensure everything is 100% clean and hygienic! Good for new parents I suppose, or for nursery teachers who need optimum 100% cleanliness in the work and teaching environment; it certainly came in handy when I taught at nursery and pre-schools with my music instruments.


            There is virtually no fear of aftertaste here since the product has been developed to be used around food areas. However, because of its cleaning performance, one of the better aspects I like to use this product on more often than not are the music instruments or audio equipment I have, where unless I've washed my hands and fingers beforehand, the keys and buttons get cleaned using this spray, especially if others have tried my instruments. Another material that this cleanser works well on is mouse pads that have a plastic/glossy touch to them, where they often appear with black oily spots due to the dragging of the hand on the mouse, to the extent that even washing the cradle and handset of your home landline phone also sanitizes and cleans it. I have also used this product on my PC and general computer equipment and thanks to the lack of bleach in this product, none of the transfers or decals have rubbed off.


            In continued use I find that Dettol's Surface Cleanser can be painful on dry hands, especially if you have dry skin in general. I noticed this aspect after a few times when using this product and if inevitably if the product gets on my hands, my palms get quite red and start to feel painful. For a product that looks and claims to be largely, chemical free, this isn't an aspect that I was expecting. As such whenever I use this surface cleanser product, I have to be very careful as over use of the trigger can result in leakage of the product onto the hand!


            The original formula as shown here on Dooyoo has the understated scent value that some buyers may find off-putting. Certainly from a cleaner point of view, I don't mind products that don't have that long-lasting "clean" smell - why else do you think I love scented candles and their associated products?! Dettol have obviously recognised that some buyers may be after an extra scent - so you'll be pleased to know that there's a new Lime and Mint version also available!


            If you are a parent of young children, work in a nursery or even a school, then perhaps yes this is a great product to consider - certainly from the point of view that around food places and the kitchen with likewise children around and their paraphernalia, this product will keep them safe from harm's way. Certainly from a steam cleaner point of view, Dettol's Surface Cleanser is a heck of a lot faster to sanitize areas. It certainly does shift dirt and grime and with a few more pressures from your own hand, will shift stubborn dirt aided with a hot, damp cloth. Certainly for those looking for a protective surface cleanser, you won't get any better than Dettol's product here. For those however who prefer bleach-based products that shift all manner of dirt quicker, you may find it best to look at other alternatives and if it wasn't painful on dry skin, I'd easily apply top rating here. Thanks for reading. ©Nar2 2012

            www.dettol.co.uk
            A list of ingredients and general warnings: http://www.pilgrimfoods.co.uk/V2/C4015.pdf

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              16.07.2011 23:41
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              5/5 a great cleaning product for a great price.

              We have a lot of different cleaning products under our kitchen sink; most of which come and go when different things are on special offer. A constant in our cleaning cupboard though is Dettol Anti- Bacterial Surface Cleanser, we always find it meets our cleaning needs and is usually on offer.


              Dettol Anti- Bacterial Surface Cleanser is something we usually pick up with our weekly shop at the supermarkets. At most places it's priced between the £1 and £2 mark for a 500ml bottle, however we usually find it's on offer at Asda quite often for £1. As we only shop at Asda once a month we usually buy a few bottles for £1, it's something we use every day so stocking up on offer does save us some money.


              The surface cleanser comes in a clear plastic bottle which makes it handy for seeing how much of the cleanser you've got left. The bottle has a trigger action spray to dispense the liquid, there's also an on/off nozzle as there is with most of these products which stops accidents. The spray top does unscrew, the bottles always come in handy when empty and washed out, especially for watering house plants.


              The spray is said to kill 90% of all allergens and 99.9% of all bacteria. There's no bleach, no odour or colour to the spray which means there's no nasty chemically smell around after cleaning surfaces. The surface cleanser is also safe to use on surfaces where food is prepared with no need for rinsing, a quick wipe down does the trick. This spray is the ultimate in convenience, as it doesn't need rinsing all surfaces can be cleaned very quickly and you know you've done a proper job. I especially think this spray is handy for cleaning chopping boards as I know it's safe but still cleans thoroughly. The spray is also great for tough stains, I often spray this onto the hob and leave it for a couple of minutes after which any bits of boiled over sauce and water marks are removed quickly and effortlessly.


              I am always impressed with the cleaning that Dettol Anti- Bacterial Surface Cleanser provides. It's great for every surface in the kitchen whether it's a simple clean or a burnt on mess it does the job quickly and easily with no need for elbow grease.

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              13.11.2010 20:46
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              We trust it, so we use it.

              In what has become known as the Consumer Society, it's amazing how much we are all prepared to pay for convenience.

              This is exemplified by products such as Screen Wash where some of us pay a huge premium for the ease of use arising from a ready to use product.

              Dettol Surface Cleanser is one such product. Whilst Dettol do produce a concentrated disinfectant and at the recommended dilutions this goes a long way, they have also joined their competitors in producing ready to use products wherein a very high proportion of the product content is water - or, as it is euphemistically often referred to - AQUA - who are they trying to kid?

              On the trigger spray bottle in which the product is contained, we are not given anything other than an obscure website reference to find full details on the ingredients list (www.rbeuroinfo,com) There must therefore be no legal requirement for this product classification to provide full disclosure on the packaging such that it informs our purchase. I think this is wrong. OK - rant now over.

              We buy Dettol Surface Cleanser because we believe it is effective in keeping surfaces clean and safe, but we all rely so much on the power of marketing and the reputation of the brand.

              Dettol Surface Cleaner is an anti-bacterial surface cleanser that claims to kill 99.9% of bacteria and viruses. It is non bleach, has no taint and no odour. These latter points are probably good ones; however, lots of us like our work surfaces to smell clean, so even though we don't want to taste it on our sandwiches, the lack of odour may disappoint some in that they smell no proof.

              It is a clear colourless liquid and there is no need to rinse after use. It comes with a safety mechanism on the trigger spray, is to be sprayed directly on the surface and allowed to dry. It shouldn't be used on windows, mirrors, fabrics, painted or varnished surfaces.

              We have no evidence through usage that the product does not achieve what it claims to achieve in terms of the elimination of bacteria and viruses and it is a brand we trust. On that basis, we continue to buy it and use it and I would give it 5 out of 5.

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              The only cleaning product I need in my kitchen

              I have been using this for a few years now and wouldn't be without it in my kitchen. With it being a dettol product it really makes me feel secure in the knowledge that it kills 99.9% of bacteria. I use this all the time to clean my chopping boards, kitchen worktops and table and after using it I really feel that things are clean and safe. I also use this most importantly to clean my son's highchair which I can imagine would contain a lot of germs so like to make sure that I kill anything nasty that is lurking there.

              I think this product is a must for everyone and especially those with kids. One of the best things about it is that it is odourless and tasteless so it doesn't leave surfaces with a chemical taste so I can put food straight onto my son's highchair or chopping board and know it won't pick up a horrible taste.

              The bottle has a trigger action and is very simple to use and you don't have to clean it off so it is very quick to clean surfaces with no messing about. It is also really good at removing spills and even dried on food like that stuck to my hob is removed quickly and easily by using this so this is the only product I need to use when cleaning my kitchen. It does all the jobs I need it to.

              I normally pay £1 for this although it is a little more expensive in other shops but I think it is definately worth the money. The bottle is a good size and lasts a long time so is excellent value for money.

              I would recommend this 100% and I trust it 100%.

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              a good bathroom cleaner

              I'm not overly housetidy but i always like to keep the kitchen and bathroom clean. In the bathroom i have recently picked up this bottle of dettol multi-action bathroom cleaner. It comes in a 750ml white bottle with a red spray head and cost me about £1.50. The bottle has instructions and precautions on the back, and tells you that it kills 99.9% of bacteria, dissolves limescale, cuts soap scum, removes bathroom dirt and leaves a fresh fragrance.

              I've used this today for my weekly bathroom deep clean. I normally wipe around before i go sleep with the cleaning wipes. I used it to spray down the shower, bath, sink and the outside of the loo. The smell is very strong of bleach so you will need to ventilate the room when using it. I tend to spray down all the surfaces and then going from shower, to bath, etc. I find this gives it sufficent time to fizz at any dirt so alls needed is a wipe with a clothe. I also love that this product kills all the yucky bacteria. Nothing like a freshly cleaned bathroom. One thing that i find is that the spray sometimes leaves the cleaner dripping down the bottle, and thus hands. I now use it wearing gloves. Most of the time it works fine though.

              I never tend to stick to one particular cleaning product so i won't go out my way to buy it again, but i'd know to look for this when doing any offers in the shops. It has left my bathroom looking sparkling clean and white and smelling clean too, which i rather like in a way.

              4 stars

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              I love this product and always have a couple of bottles in my cupboard

              The Dettol Surface Cleanser Trigger is a multi-purpose cleaner that you can use all around the home to kill 99.9% of bacteria that can cause tummy upsets. It does not have an odour so you do not have to worry about unwanted scent and there is no need to rinse. It is safe to use where food is prepared, around baby areas and generally pretty much anywhere in the home.

              It comes in a clear spray bottle with a white, blue and green label and it has a twist on/off point at the top of the bottle by the spray trigger to prevent children using it or to prevent you from pressing it accidentally. Dettol is reasonably priced and can be found easily in nearly all supermarkets.

              I have used Dettol Antibacterial Surface Cleanser Spray for some time now. I started using it just on the kitchen surfaces after preparing and cooking food to ensure that they were clean. However, after having had a baby I use it on her toys, highchair, changing mat and most surfaces she will be in contact with that is suitable to be cleaned with this product.

              Tesco are currently selling this product for half price up until 14th September 2010, so stock up now - I have!

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              A good product for killing off nasty bacteria and viruses where you don't want them

              My daughter's high chair and all in close proximity to it, must be heaven to all things nasty for procreation. She likes to feed herself and shall we just say that she is not very good at it. Our dog loves her - a constant drip, drip of food to the floor, and sometimes we even catch the dog with her paws up on the highchair, just finishing off what has been left. Absolutely disgusting I know and hence our purchase of Dettol Anti-Bacterial Surface Cleanser.

              The surface cleaner claims to kill 99.9% of bacteria and viruses which is good enough for me and Dettol is a brand that I trust to do what it says on the tin.

              The spray comes in a transparent plastic bottle with a blue lid and red spray trigger. The liquid contained within is also transparent and it looks like a bottle of water. The label on the front clearly displays the word Dettol and the Dettol brand logo.

              The spray is a surface cleanser and can be used on chopping boards, work tops, fridges, microwaves, taps, bins, baths, wash basins, showers, toilet seats, door knobs, potties, changing mats, playpens, highchairs and I guess anywhere else similar. It is not recommended for windows, mirrors, fabrics, painted or varnished surfaces.

              To use the spray, you turn the red nosel on the top to the 'on' position. This is easily idenfifiable as is has the word 'on' on display when in the correct position and the opposite position which is off, has the word 'off'. You press the red trigger to spray the surface cleanser out of the nosel. There isn't any way to set the force at which the surface cleanser is sprayed, but I find that holding the nosel closer to the target surface gives more spray and less coverage, further away gives more coverage of the spray and therefore a thinner application of the spray. This method works well and I find the spraying action to be perfect for my needs.

              The surface cleanser is advertised as having no odour. I would disagree with this as the cleanser does have a slight odour of cleaning fluid but nothing unpleasant, although personally I do prefer products that are lemon scented or something pleasant like that.

              The surface cleanser is also a non-bleach product which is perfect for my usage. I don't know about you, but I have a terrible habit of cleaning in my nice clothes and so sprays containing bleach are a no-no in my household (too many accidents you see).

              I find that the product works well enough. I assume it kills all the bacteria and viruses which is why I buy it, but I wouldn't say it is one of the best multi-surface cleaners out there. It doesn't cope overly well with greasey food residue or dried, stuck on food. Don't get me wrong, it does work, but I think other sprays like flash multi-purpose work a little better and smell nicer too. I find that the Dettol Surface Cleanser doesn't bubble up or foam up when sprayed plentifully which I would expect a cleanser to do. When sprayed sparingly, it is almost just like spraying water, the cleansing action is just not that great.

              Would I buy it again? Yes definitely. I like to use this spray on the highchair as I said earlier and the fact that I sometimes have to wipe a little more than with other sprays, is more than compensated for by the fact that I trust Dettol to kill off the nasties for me and keep my daughter's tummy safe.

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                12.02.2010 18:25
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                Good product, fair price, try it!

                This is a review of Dettol Anti Bacterial Surface Cleanser. My bottle is 500ml and cost around the £2 mark from the supermarket.

                **Normal daily use***
                I use this spray in the kitchen on all my work surfaces to make sure they are clean and safe. The front of the bottle claims that it kills 99.9% of bacteria and viruses and it's a non bleach, no taint and no odour formula.

                **No smell***
                I've read a few other reviews on here about the same product but I can honestly say it doesn't smell of anything to me.

                **Packaging**
                The bottle has a spray top so it's easy to apply and a single bottle lasts a week. We recently had a bottle with a faulty lid but I suspect my husband may have dropped it or squeezed it to make it this way. No matter, we use this all the time so could decant it into another bottle when it was empty.

                **Put it to the test**
                Our elder cat has taken to disliking being fed next to the younger cat, namely because he wolfs his down then stares at her so he can eat hers too. So we started feeding her in the utility room so she could have some peace. A few weeks of this and I noticed there was a dreadful build up of cat food on the granite flooring we have in there so I thought I'd better tackle it.

                I used this cleaner on the floor and also on the wall and radiator surrounding and it cleaned up all the cack beautifully. I just sprayed it on and then used a bit of hot and soapy water to get it all shifted. I felt happy that it was hygienically clean afterwards.

                **Verdict**
                This is a clear liquid that gives you peace of mind that there are no nasty germs building up in the kitchen. Dettol is a trusted brand and you can use it around where food is prepared too. I use mine on surfaces and chopping boards (and bits of floor!) and there's no need to rinse it off afterwards. I have got through several bottles of this and would definitely buy it again. I think our faulty bottle (the lid kept falling off) was not the norm for this quality packaged and performing product.

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                23.05.2009 15:35
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                a safe bet for cleaning surfaces

                I'm afraid that I'm not very loyal to specific brands when I'm buying household cleaners & tend to opt for the cheapest on offer. However, I've had a bit of a re-think since the scare about swine-flu so I had a good look around our local shops to find something that was antibacterial & came accross Dettol Anti- Bacterial Surface Cleanser.

                It cost me £1.95 for a 500ml trigger spray bottle but they sell it in 750ml for £2.26 (probably cheaper if you shop around). The bottle is full of clear liquid & has the famous Dettol logo & sword on the front so there's no mistaking what you're buying.

                It claims to kill 99.9% of bacteris & viruses including ecoli, salmonella & flu viruses plus MRSA. Obviously I can't scientifically prove this fact but Dettol are a well-established & trusted company so I've no reason to doubt this.

                I always find trigger sprays hard to get going initially but once started it was fine & very easy to use. It's easy to squirt so you can use as little or as much as you need. Personally I've found that I don't need to use much of the product to make my surfaces etc look clean & bright.

                So far I've used the spray on kitchen surfaces, the microwave, fridge (inside & out), chopping boards as well as in the bathroom on wash basins, the bath & loo etc all with good results.

                I like the way you don't have to rinse the product off once used as it's much less time-consuming & it's good to know that you can use it around food as there is no bleach in the spray. It seems to 'cut through grease' as claimed but I'm not sure it would tackle really nasty messes very easily?

                Dettol claims that it's odourless but I've noticed a smell which isn't all that pleasant but which disappears quickly enough.

                It's not recommended for windows, mirrors, fabrics or painted/varnished surfaces which means that you may have to buy other cleaning products. However, I've found it really good to use on the areas recommended ( listed on the reverse label of the bottle) & would buy it again.

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                - tried & trusted brand.
                - easy to use.
                - claims to kill 99.9% of bacteria etc.
                - although not the cheapest it lasts a long time as you don't need to use much of the product.
                - recommended if you're worried about hygiene in the kitchen & bathroom.

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                10.10.2006 22:21

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                A well priced effective cleanser

                After having my new born baby I wanted to find a product i could trust to kill the germs I couldnt see. Dettol I remember this being around when i was a kid. It has a pleasant smell not overpowering and i often clean down my chopping boards and cupboards even inside my fridge.

                With the bottle stating it kills e.coli, salmonella , listeria , campylobacter and rotavirus. I put my trust in dettol anti bacterial surface cleanser I paid £ 1.49 for a big bottle from my local supermarkets and now it has a permanant place inside my home used daily to make sure that I can cut down the risk of bacteria infection passed to my family

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            • Product Details

              Dettol Anti-Bacterial Surface Cleanser kills bacteria without taint nor odour and is safe to use where food is prepared. It comes in a very convenient trigger, and does not need to be rinsed / It kills safely E.coli, Salmonella, Listeria, Campylobacter and Rotavirus. It can be used in the kitchen (worktops, chopping boards, refrigerators, microwaves), in the bathroom (baths, bathroom, wash basins, toilet seats, shower liner and curtains), in the nursery (baby's highchair, potties, door knobs, changing mats, playpens). 500ml trigger. For detailed usage instructions see back label of product.