I always keep disinfectant in my cleaning cupboard as I do like the smell and also the cleansing properties. I bought this Tesco disinfectant for just 95p which is a good price. It definitely has a very distinctive smell which is quite medicinal but also very fresh and had a lemon scent. It may not be to everyone's taste and the smell does linger for a while afterwards.
The liquid itself is a yellowy golden colour but as if by magic, when you pour it into water it turns into a cloudy white mixture. I use it regularly to wipe over my kitchen but I will wipe over the worktops afterwards with a clean cloth as I said the smell does linger and I think you could taste it on your food if you didn't do this. I also use it in my mop bucket and will pour about two or three capfuls and dilute it with water. I understand that it is not very pet friendly but as my house is definitely pet free this doesn't affect me.
When my children were younger and were ill on the rare occasion when they 'missed' the bowl or toilet I would dilute a capful of Dettol and clean the carpet or floor around that area with a cloth. I always felt afterwards that I had done the best job possible of getting rid of any remaining germs and stopping them spreading to other members of the family.
I also use Dettol as an antiseptic for cleaning wounds such as cuts, grazes, bites and stings. I last used it recently on my foot after I trod on a rusty nail when my husband eventually managed to pull it out. I poured a small amount into a bowl and mixed it with water and then dabbed my foot with cotton wool.
My current bottle is 500ml which I bought from Tesco for £3 and is also this price in Asda and Sainsburys. This larger bottle does last me a long time though and I would say I only buy it every six months or so. I love the smell of disinfectant and the confidence it gives me that I am eradicating the vast majority of germs in my house and I will always keep a bottle in as you never know when you may need to use it.
I was carrying out a coursework study on many different disinfectants, and believe it or not this brand came out particularly high, killing all three types of bacteria I tested on (E.Coli, S.Epidermidis and B.Subtilis) at least, if not more, efficiently as brands such as Dettol and Savlon. I thought this outcome was quite interesting given that this is a supermarket brand!
Tesco Antiseptic Fresh Disinfectant seemed like a bargain buy at the time. I needed something quickly to use to get rid of a nasty patch of sick in the back of my car, and as far as I was aware, disinfectant is disinfectant - surely there can't be a whole lot of difference between Tesco own brand and a big name like Dettol? Wrong again cheapskate Dave.
A bottle of this set me back only 56p for a 500ml bottle (now showing as 55p on the Tesco Online website). That's compared to £2.67 for a 500ml bottle of Dettol disinfectant, which is probably the best known brand name for this kind of product. I thought I was saving myself over £2 by buying this Tesco own brand instead of the Dettol I had been instructed to purchase.
I realised my mistake almost immediately, as when I opened the bottle, I got a very faint whiff of watered-down Dettol. When I open up a bottle of disinfectant, bearing in mind the powerful cleansing properties you would expect it to have, I expect an overwhelming chemically-hospital-type aroma to come wafting out. But as I said before, I was sadly disappointed.
Pouring the liquid out I found that it was thin and just watery as it smelled. For some reason it's a grass green colour, and it reminded me of flat limeade - only flat limeade would have probably done the job a lot better than this did. After use, I couldn't really smell anything of this product, despite the fact that I used it neat. The label recommends that you use it watered down, but I felt that they'd done that enough for me already.
I poured what remained of this down the sink and returned to Tesco for a bottle of Dettol. I can't possibly recommend this to anyone, it's cheap for a reason. Maybe it does have some disinfectant properties, but if it can't even get rid of the smell from a bit of sick, I can't be too hopeful about that.