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A flashy little cleaner
Flash Spray with Bleach
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Flash Spray with Bleach
Advantages: cleans quickly and easily; smells great
Disadvantages: none I can think of
I know someone who does 3 hours of cleaning a day. After they get home from work. Now, I'll say upfront, that's never going to be me. Life's too short to spend any more time cleaning than you have to - and whilst I don't want to live in the type of house that's going to feature on Life of Grime, I also don't want to look back when I'm on my deathbed and think, 'Crikey, if only I'd put down the Mr Muscle once in a while and had a bit more sex or something'. So, my aim, with any cleaning product, is to find one that's effective - providing the greatest return for the least effort.
OFFICIAL PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: 'Power & hygiene; fresh eucalyptus scent; cleans tough soils and stains; fantastic cleaning on surfaces like cooker tops, sinks, work surfaces, ceramic tiles, and surfaces made of porcelain enamel.' It contains chorine and bleach (there's a bit of a clue in the name!) and you're advised to rinse immediately after use on things like rubber, vinyl to prevent possible damage. It also advises you to avoid spraying it on varnished surfaces and things like copper, brass and aluminium - and of course, try not to get it on your clothes etc.
PRICE: Incredibly variable - it's £2 at Tesco (500ml) but I've got it in the Pound Shop before (I'll let you guess how much I paid for it there!).
HOW LONG DOES IT LAST? Well, that depends. If, for example, you're applying for the next series of 'How Clean is Your House?', then it could last you a good two years! I use it daily (in the kitchen) and it lasts me about 4 weeks (I have an average-sized kitchen). I also use it in the bathroom too and it goes slightly quicker in there because of the larger surface areas - also if we have more than one bath a day, it gets used more often in that room.
MY VIEW: Bottom line - this thing cleans brilliantly! I use it on my kitchen surfaces and also my hob top (and, as mentioned above, in the bathroom too). It's advisable to let hot surfaces cool down before spraying - I've found that if they're still too warm, the foam congeals, like nature's way of telling you you've done something you shouldn't! If something's particularly grotty and there are stains round my hob, I leave it to settle for a few minutes whilst I clean my surfaces. When I go back to clean the hob, it's literally a doddle to remove the grime. There's no futile scrubbing or having to resort to using your fingernail to chip away the last of the dinner.
I also love the fact that even though it's a spray, it comes out looking like a foam (which then disappears gradually). It's great because you can see exactly how much you're using - and you can spray a few tops at once but it sits there, so by the time you get round to wiping the last one, you can still see where your product is.
In the bathroom it's equally effective. My toddler uses bath crayons and most nights our white bath is left splashed with the sort of red, blue, green and black cacophony that would do Salvador Dali proud. I simply spray the Flash Spray with Bleach and leave for a few minutes - most of it comes away without even wiping it, but if I do wipe, it's literally one pass with the cloth.
The smell is great too. I can't claim to smell the eucalyptus scent it contains - but, equally, it doesn't have an overwhelming bleach-y smell. Personally, I find the smell of bleach distasteful - there's an undertone to it that's quite off-putting, and it tends to remind me of hospital corridors and communal toilets. However, the bleach in this spray is very fresh smelling - it's not too pungent and everything smells so clean after you've sprayed. The scent also lingers in very pleasing manner.
Finally, I don't use rubber gloves when I clean but I've never had any adverse reaction to this product (and my skin is slightly on the sensitive side). That said, because it does contain bleach, if you do want to protect your skin, it's probably best to cover your hands, especially if you're doing a big clean with it.
CONCLUSION: One of the best household cleaners I've used, with a very clean scent.
Summary: For people who can't be bothered to scrub too hard!