Advantages A Pleasant Smell
Disadvantages Could leave a residue
|Value for Money||Good value|
|Do you need to use much for each clean?||A little goes a long way|
|Irritable to skin?||Harsh|
|Longlasting effects?||Keeps things looking clean for longer than average|
After my experiences with other bathroom cleansers, I thought that I would give Cif a try. I have used a great many spray cleansers but I thought that I would give a good old-fashioned cream cleanser another try. My Mum gets through bottles of this product and swears by it! I had always known this in its previous life as Jif. Why they had to change the name, I don't know?! but, anyway, here goes!Cif is an Active Cream Kitchen and Bathroom cleanser with bleach (met bleek), as it says on the bottle.
The Packaging.It is packaged in a green plastic bottle with the word 'Cif' in white bold script on the front. Underneath is a star and the words Active Cream - does this mean that it will do the cleaning for me? I hope so!
A list of ingredients and Precautions.
This writing is very small so you do need to have really good eye-sight or a strong pair of glasses to read them. They do seem to be very thorough and it is useful to have them written down for reference.
They do advise you not to use this product on worn enamel, Formica appliances or varnished or aluminium surfaces. It also states very clearly that you must not allow the product to come into contact with amongst other things including metal, rubber, wool, clothes or carpets. I have had experience of splashing my skirt when I've been cleaning the bath too vigourously and the cream staining it. It will leave little white bleach marks. So cover-up well!If you do get the cream cleanser on surfaces that they should not be on, you should rinse immediately with clean water.
Some other useful advice is that if you have sensitive skin, to avoid long contact with the product. I would advise wearing some cotton-lined rubber gloves. these can be useful if you do suffer with sensitive skin, as I do. (You can buy the gloves from Boots).They even have a Cif Careline to ring with any comments or problems. I do not think that many cleansers have that on their packaging!
So after this long list of what you CANT use the product on, you must be wondering, what CAN I use this product on!?Kitchen and bathroom tiles, your bath, sink, and toilet, as long as they are not 'worn' enamel, cooker top, and any other kitchen appliances, as long as they are not on the above list of 'no, no's!'.
Because Cif is an Active Cream with Bleach the bottle does come with a warning and explains that it is an Irritant and should be used with some care.
It says that it is irritating to the eyes and skin, and to keep it out of reach of children. If you do get some of the cleanser in your eyes, you must rinse immediately with clean water and seek medical advice.
It also advices against using this product with other cleaning materials as the mixute of the two, may give off harmful fumes.So after all of this advice and you are still brave enough to use it, give it a try!
What Happens Next?The cleanser comes in a 500ml plastic bottle and the liquid inside is a thick white cream. If you squeeze the bottle gently you can get sufficient for your needs. Do not squeeze too much onto your cloth because the cleanser seems to go quite a long way.
I usually squeeze mine onto a damp cloth
( a 'blob' about the size of a two pence piece) and then wipe around where I am cleaning. You add more cleanser as required. If you squeeze it directly into your wash-hand basin, unlike a spray- cleanser which covers a wider area, this will only go where you put it. As it says on the packaging, leave for two minutes and then wipe off. I have tried this method and it will get rid of stubborn stains much easier. You don't have to use a great deal of elbow grease to achieve a sparkling and fresh-smelling bathroom/kitchen.
Because of the bleach, you do get a pleasant clean smell as you clean your kitchen/bathroom and the bleach ingredient does help to remove any stubborn stains.When you have cleaned your basin, I always wipe over again with a dry cloth, which gives a sparkling finish, which looks great until my teenage sons get into the bathroom again and ruin all of my cleansing and 'buffing' efforts!!!!
I have used this product in the kitchen and bathroom and I have found it a good alternative to spray cleansers. It does leave your house smelling clean and fresh, so give it a try!
My Mum MUST be right!
The bottle can last quite a long time, depending on how often you clean!
So if you've never used this product before, give it a go!The product is made by Lever Faberge Ltd based in Kingston-Upon Thames
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