“ Brand: Jeyes / Type: Disinfectants / Category: Cleaning & Disinfectant „
With a young baby in the house, we have found that we generate a lot of rubbish. With weekly bin collections, some of this rubbish can be hanging around for quite some time and, as you can imagine, dirty nappies and food waste are really not the most pleasant of things. I empty my inside bins daily and the dustbin outside tends to fill up every 3 days but, in between empties, I don't like the thought of my bins smelling of, well, rubbish.
I came across this Jeyes Freshbin Disinfectant Powder in a Lemon scent in Robert Dyas, priced at £2.50. It was said to be 'the answer' when it comes to keeping your bins smelling fresh. This sounded great to me, so I purchased myself one.
The powder is packaged in a cylindrical cardboard shaking 'pot' (for want of a better way of describing it). On top of this there is a bright yellow plastic disc which acts as the lid. On this there is a part that can be rotated to allow you to choose whether you pour or sprinkle the powder out (much like for table salt). On the front of the pot there is the 'Jeyes Fluid Freshbin' labelling and a picture of a black wheelie bin, and the boast that it is 'tried and tested'.
When you turn the disc on the lid, you can see the powder in the pot. I would say the pot is about three quarters full - this annoys me as it is a) deceptive and b) a waste of packaging. The powder is a bright yellow colour and quite fine in texture. If you sniff the pot, you can detect a slight lemon smell, but it is not strong or overpowering. The powder is a disinfectant powder that kills germs and eliminates odours from your outside bin. To apply, you sprinkle over the bin sacks and in the base of the bin to absorb moisture and odours and kill germs.
I was unsure how much of the powder to apply to my bin as the instructions just state to 'sprinkle' and this does not quantify it enough for me! I started by using the sprinkle setting and applying a fairly generous amount to my dustbin. However, when I next went to put rubbish into the bin, it smelt no fresher to me. Therefore I applied quite a bit more - using the pouring option.
Again, the bin didn't seem any fresher than usual when I next went to it. I'm not sure if my expectations of the product were too high or if it just didn't do anything. Perhaps I was expecting a lemony scent to be emitted and it simply removed a little of the odour - even though I couldn't actually detect that it had. I would have expected to have noticed some improvement in smell, even if it was not dramatic.
For me, this product was not cheap and I would have expected at least some results. I found it incredibly disappointing and for me, a complete waste of money. The packet quickly joined my rubbish in the bin (and that bag smelt no fresher either!). Just giving your bin a quick wash out every so often would give better results. Not recommendable.
I bought Jeyes Fluid Freshbin about 9 months ago as our bin tends to give off odours which we cannot get rid of and this is meant to eliminate them. We preferred not to have to buy a completely new bin so we thought we woudl give this a try.
For a tin which has 680g it costs around £2. and was bought from Home Bargains so I am guessing it probably costs more in a supermarket.
The lid was initially very hard to open and I spilled a lot of it before it even got into the bin which wasn't great it was very stiff and hard to manipulate.
There is a definite overriding smell of chemical lemon which I don't particulaly like and it did nothing at all to eliminate any of the odours from the bin.
I used more than the tin suggested hoping that this might make a difference but it made no difference at all and the bin was still smelling the following day.
It is a talc like format and you are meant to sprinkle a liberal amount in the base of the bin, which I did, and also into the bag but it just didn not work for me personally - there was no change at all and a real disappointment. All it did was make a mess of the bin and then the bin had to be cleaned out and we ended up actually buying a new bin in the end.
I would not buy this again and would not recommend it.
Review also posted on Ciao as sorehead
After going through my finances to see what could possibly be dropped in search of extra money, the one thing that got dropped quite quickly was the wheelie bin cleaning, saving me a whole £5.00 a month!
After a few weeks however ( and a while before my husband invested in a power hose), my bin had started to really smell, which is ok if the bin is situated away from the house, unfortunately mine is situated next o my back door, with relocation not an option.
After thoroughly cleaning it out myself (which I never intend to do again by hand!), I wanted something that would freshen the scent of the bin up, not a mean feet when there is a bin full of decaying food.
This product (I had already decided!) was going to be good, being part of the whole "Jeyes" brand, and being an avid fan of the Jeyes fluid for my drains, I just assumed this would work.
I am pleased to say I was right!
This product comes in an cardboard container, complete with plastic twist applicator lid (to either pour or sprinkle said contents out).
Within the container there is 680g of lemon scented granules, which you simply sprinkle into an outdoor bin to deodorise and neutralise nasty scents left from decaying food, pet waste etc with the granules also absorbing small amounts of residues too, I use this in both my outdoor and kitchen bin (the kitchen bin more for when a bag splits and leaks), and I usually end up with sweet smelling sand in the bottom of the bin, which I simply tip away after a few weeks and replace.
The scent is a very fresh almost sour scented lemon, which more than adequately covers the bad smells, but isn't so strong that it gets to the back of your throat like the fluid for drains can sometimes do.
This can even be sprinkled over rubbish that has gone a bit pongy in the summertime heat for extra freshness, which then does keep everything smelling nice until the bin men come (though I can't vouch it will work if the bin collections change to once a fortnight!).
There are the usual precautions to be taken with this product, no eating, drinking or rubbing over your body instead of using a deodorant (I made that one up!), and should be used only in the manner instructed.
This stuff does work, but not for any great length of time, with the instructions actually recommending daily use to keep things fresh, this mean a fair amount of the product is used in a short space of time, but as this works out at about £1.30 a week I am not actually saving any money compared to the bin wash method, so tend to use a sprinkle every couple of days, or when the bin is at it's ripest!
Availability is reasonably wide spread, with this being purchased with my food shop from my local Asda.
For more information visit - www.jeyes.co.uk
I would give this a solid 3 stars, as it does work and freshens bins effectively, but due to it not lasting very long and not really being that cost effective if used every day it doesn't get full marks!
Thanks for reading x