Newest Review: ... tried some cheaper brands but found they didn't clean as well so now just stick to using Domestos. Bleach is dangerous, it can burn and ... more
Member Name: rji0907
Advantages: Does a good job
Disadvantages: Very thick consistency, quite expenisve
When shopping for bleach, I tend to just purchase the Tesco own brand of bleach as it is the cheapest by quite a way in comparison to brands such as Domestos. However, a couple of months ago I did end up purchasing Domestos as it was on a half price offer and thought I would see how it fared against my usual Tesco one.
The price of my usual Tesco thick bleach is £1.86 for a 2ltr bottle compared to Domestos which is £3.00 for the same sized bottle so there is quite a large price hike. I had always got on perfectly fine with Tesco's so wondered what possible reason there was for Domestos to be so much more expensive, besides being a named brand.
When I first unscrewed the safety cap (something which for me is very important on a bottle of bleach with having children in the house), the first thing I noticed was the smell. It was rather potent but as much as it wasn't a particularly nice smell, it made me think this was going to be a good, strong bleach and not a cheap watery bleach so the potent smell was a positive rather than a negative.
When I poured it out I was quite surprised at the consistency. Although this was a thick, not thin bleach, I still expected it to pour quite evenly out the bottle, but this was really gloopy and didn't glide smoothly out the bottle at all which I found a little disappointing as although this meant the bleach was obviously extremely thick, I found it quite difficult to get the bleach to land exactly where I wanted it to as it just fell out the bottle and I also found it a little difficult to get the amount I wanted due to it being this gloopy too.
Don't get me wrong, it did a great job. I used it for the usual cleaning purposes and it left my toilet, sink etc looking sparkly, clean and fresh and although the naked eye can't actually see the germs being killed, I had no hesitation that the bleach had killed any lurking germs and left my home germ free and clean.
For me though, as much as the bleach did a decent cleaning and disinfecting job, I personally found no real reason why this should be more expensive than my standard Tesco thick bleach. I prefer the fact that the Tesco one is nice and thick, but slightly thinner than the Domestos as it pours easier and more consistently and yet it does the job just as well. It has the same potent smell as the Domestos so you feel confident that your home is germ and bacteria free after using this stuff yet the smell doesn't linger and the bleach doesn't leave any hideous marks behind.
The Tesco one also has the safety cap on top and so for me, they are both on a par with each other and makes me wonder what you are paying the extra £1.14 for apart from the name. Personally, the brand name doesn't particularly bother me, I am more interested in the product itself and if I can get the same product that bit cheaper but without the brand name, then I will do so.
Overall, this is a great bleach, but I personally prefer my Tesco thick bleach as it is much cheaper and does the same good job as Domestos. I wasn't keen on the 'gloopy' consistency of the Domestos and the only real thing which gives an indication that Domestos may be a tiny bit stronger is that it is a stronger yellow colour than the Tesco one but in terms of performance, I have personally found no difference and I will be sticking to my Tesco one in future.
Summary: A good bleach but overpriced for me