Product Type: Sainsbury's household products
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Sainsbury's Basics Disinfectant
Member Name: ryeb
Sainsbury's Basics Disinfectant
Advantages: Low price, effective, easy to use.
Disadvantages: None for me
I usually buy my cleaning supplies in shops such as Poundland and Poundworld, because they have a good choice of branded products available and at a hefty discount too. When I saw that Sainsburys offer a number of disinfectants and cleaners in their Basics range for far less than £1, I was keen to see whether they were worth buying.
It was the own-label Basics disinfectant that first caught my eye, as it is just 31p for a litre. I use this kind of product in circumstances where it is hard to use a spray disinfectant such as in a toilet bowl. It is also better value for money than ready-to-use products if you think you will need to use quite a bit, for example when cleaning drains. The product comes in a basic plastic bottle with a child proof cap. You need to both squeeze and twist the lid to gain access to the liquid, which is not very easy to do if like my mum you have joint problems. I don't have too much trouble opening the lid myself, and I do understand that for the sake of those with children, opening can't be made too easy. The bottle is as simple as you would expect for an own label product, which does not bother me at all, as it is something that is purely functional in my eyes. It is clear, so you can easily see how much you have used up. There is a helpful moulded handle which is easy to grip. It can be difficult to pour larger bottles like this, so a proper handle is a big advantage. I do not want to spill something that I need to measure carefully.
It smells the same as other disinfectants, a "hospital" type smell which seems to me to have a citrusy element too. It smells no worse than branded disinfectants that I have tried. In fact, I would rate it as relatively mild compared to some, especially once diluted. I always use it in a room with the windows wide open, but even so I do not think it's scent is especially lingering.
Like most similar products, this needs to be diluted prior to use in most cases. The measurements are the same whether you are using the product for cleaning surfaces, pets accessories, or mopping the floor which makes it easy to remember after a few uses. The cap is used for measuring and you need 6 per 5 litres of water. I have used it chiefly for cleaning floors in the bathroom and kitchen, as well as tiled surfaces in an outbuilding. I have always been happy with the result. Whilst I can't see whether germs are being killed or not, I like the fact the disinfectant is quick to make up, and easy to use. There is no residue left after cleaning, and no streaking on the tiles or surfaces. I also use this to wash out our wheelie bins, especially the one that takes food waste that can't be composted. Since I began doing this regularly, I have noticed a sharp reduction in the number of flies and maggots that can be seen. Lastly, I pour it undiluted into the toilet bowl overnight, as an added precaution if a family member has a sickness bug. It doesn't leave any stains in the toilet bowl. I have not tried using the product on laundry, but should you need to there are clear instructions on the bottle. All in all it is a versatile product, and one that earns it's keep under my sink.
I was impressed to see that label claims this disinfectant kills 99.9% of germs, including E.Coli, listeria and salmonella. When I used to see a statement like this on a branded product, I thought it was due to the particular "recipe" the brand had developed. This has been an eye opener for me! I would recommend that anyone gives this a try. I can't think of anything that a more expensive product has done for me that this one hasn't. It is great value, and I will continue to buy it in preference to any brands offering.
[This review also appears on Ciao, under my user name.]
Summary: Not worth paying more for a branded version.