Zoflora - what can I do with it?

(44 Posts)
NorbertDentressangle Fri 01-Mar-13 11:36:32

I've seen Zoflora mentioned on here a lot but never really known what it is so, today, when I saw it on the shelf in the supermarket I bought some on a whim (Fresh Linen fragrance I think it is?).

Whats the best way of using it?

PolterGoose Fri 01-Mar-13 13:22:33

It is just a highly fragranced disinfectant, it doesn't have any cleaning properties. Don't use it on food prep areas though. I hate the smell grin

GetOrf Fri 01-Mar-13 13:23:28

It stinks to high heaven. I clean the loo with it though. I have no idea why I buy it other than I always have.

NorbertDentressangle Fri 01-Mar-13 14:16:20

GetOrf -is it one of those products that your Mum or Gran used so you've always used?

I'm sure my mum had a bottle gathering dust in our undersink cupboard throughout my (same bottle, never used!) so it seemed familiar when I heard it mentioned on here.

Do you just put a capful in the water for the fragrance? Or actually use it for cleaning/scrubbing the toilet clean?

NorbertDentressangle Fri 01-Mar-13 14:16:54

*throughout my childhood

GetOrf Fri 01-Mar-13 14:22:19

No, my gran used Vim, nicked from her chambermaiding job grin

I remember buying a bottle of zoflora for my first flat when I was 16 because it was a kind of luxury. That and ribena, findus crispy pancakes and coloured loo roll. grin I don't buy the other shit now but still put zoflora in my basket when I go shopping, insanely.

For some reason I think it's just really nice to clean the loo with it. Madness. grin

NorbertDentressangle Fri 01-Mar-13 14:33:50

Loyal to the brand then!

I bet your Gran's Vim was in one of those sprinkly tins with a slightly rusty top? (another childhood memory of mine from the cupboard under the kitchen sink)

Mooycow Fri 01-Mar-13 16:16:04

I put this in a squirty bottle, diluted to wash the floors, great smell, just squirt and mop, job done

GoSuckEggs Fri 01-Mar-13 16:29:08

i also use it to do my floors with.

Mynewmoniker Fri 01-Mar-13 16:32:12

I put a tiny, tiny bit in the water before I steam clean the kitchen floor. Have loved Zoflora for years!

It reminds me of my first house and when my kids were little.

DesiderataHollow Fri 01-Mar-13 17:21:54

I put a capful in with the laundry.
And use it to disinfect where there were dead mice.
Dilute it into a spray bottle for general disinfecting.

I get through a surprisingly large amount grin

fuzzysnout Fri 01-Mar-13 17:32:50

A small piece of J cloth soaked in zoflora & placed in the vacuum emits a nice smell & stops stinky hoover syndrome.

KatyTheCleaningLady Fri 01-Mar-13 18:35:37

It's the same as Dettol, I think. Oh, I'm too lazy to Google it, but the sort of disinfectant that goes cloudy in water is pheno-something. Anyway, it's just highly fragranced, highly concentrated disinfectant.

KatyTheCleaningLady Fri 01-Mar-13 18:36:04

Also, it's toxic to cats. Don't spray it around or use it on surfaces that your cat might come in contact with.

Mynewmoniker Fri 01-Mar-13 18:47:58

Unless you don't like your cat Katy grin

KatyTheCleaningLady Fri 01-Mar-13 19:53:49


NorbertDentressangle Fri 01-Mar-13 20:06:00

Thanks for the tips.

I think I might get a spray bottle tomorrow and use it for bathroom surfaces, utility room etc.

Like the tip about the hoover too as I really hate that 'warm dust' type smell you get when vacuuming.

Mynewmoniker Sat 02-Mar-13 17:16:47

Loved the hoover tip too. I used it today and got high on the fumes whilst doing housework smile I actually traded my smelly Henry and bought a new one 'cos I couldn't stand it any more. My current Henry was getting smelly so he can stick around a bit longer now wink

AmberLeaf Sat 02-Mar-13 17:38:47

I love the rose scented one.

I use it to wash my floors, it makes the whole house smell nice.

KatyTheCleaningLady Sat 02-Mar-13 18:15:57

If your Henry gets smelly, a new filter is cheaper than a new machine.

Pancakeflipper Sat 02-Mar-13 18:18:06

I love the citrus one. I use it for the loo but now going to do the floors with after reading this thread.

SwedishEdith Sat 02-Mar-13 18:20:36

Good for cleaning the nit comb. I love it.

SwedishEdith Sat 02-Mar-13 18:22:04

Mine's Springtime but I'm inclined to buy more now thanks to this thread

NorbertDentressangle Sat 02-Mar-13 18:33:32

I didn't realise that there was a citrus one.

I went for the Linen Fresh one as the others all seemed a bit too floral.

ooh, just had a look at the website and seems they even do/did a limited edition
Warm Cinnamon one. I'd love to try that one!

Mynewmoniker Sat 02-Mar-13 19:54:38

I wish there was a scratch n sniff section here hmm

Seabright Sun 03-Mar-13 09:15:30

Their website is very good. Has a section on pets, apparently OK so long as they don't lick it or walk on wet Zoflora'd areas

reliablemillipede Sun 03-Mar-13 20:14:09

Put undiluted on a damp cloth and wipe over kitchen tops, will eliminate even the smelliest of curry smells and leave the kitchen really fresh,have also put a capful in the sink with a drop of boiling water from the kettle, also acts as a great cooking smell cover-upper.

NaturalBaby Sun 03-Mar-13 21:37:37

No good for my cats who follow me as I mop!
Our house smelt of dettol when we moved in, after potty training 2 boys I think my toilets need a good dose.

Melfish Mon 04-Mar-13 18:34:34

I hate the smell of bleach so I use Zoflora for those sort of jobs (except cleaning the loo). I like the springtime fragrance. One thing I remember is that you shouldn't mix it with Stardrops, not sure why.
For those of you advocating putting it in the hoover, where should I put the j-cloth soaked in it? I have a henry, should I put it in the vacuum bag?

higgle Tue 05-Mar-13 15:59:01

In the mop bucket for final rise over when dog has had unexpected diarrhoea and the place stinks to high heaven. Warm Cinnamon is best as it replicates a more healthy kitchen odour.

Mynewmoniker Tue 05-Mar-13 17:12:24

I put it inside the vacuum bag Melfish.

CaptainMartinCrieff Wed 06-Mar-13 08:34:38

I just cleaned my floor with it because of this thread. At 8am on my day off. What am I thinking?

NorbertDentressangle Wed 06-Mar-13 17:33:30

Blimey Captain. I wish it had that sort of effect on me! My house could do with a good mop.

I bought a small plant spray bottle for 80p from Wilkinsons and put a small amount of water in it with a few drops of Zoflora. Great for using on the table (oil cloth type cover) after we've eaten and all sorts of other quick clean-up jobs.

nothruroad Wed 06-Mar-13 18:24:07

I used the warm cinnamon one to wash floors and wipe down kitchen and bathroom surfaces at Christmas time - made my whole house smell very festive.

GetOrf Wed 06-Mar-13 18:33:34

Ooh at warm cinammon.

Yes my gran's vim container was all rust speckled. I wonder if they still make vim - god that cleaned the bath well. Probably caustic soda grin

I had no idea it was harmful for cats, mop the bathroom with it and my 4 cats also follow the mop - I do dilute it a lot for mopping though.

The lavender one is a bit bloody strong. But the others are good.

Re festive smells my mil had clove oil in a burner the otjher day - her house smelled wonderfully christmassy.

KatyTheCleaningLady Thu 14-Mar-13 21:09:39

This thread inspired me. I have wanted to do something to leave a "signature scent" in the homes I clean but I didn't want to just spray crap around. Another cleaner told me that he uses Zoflora on the door frames (? Yeah, weird,I know) to leave a scent that greets the customer when they come home. I figured I'd use it on my dusting cloths. You know how you slightly dampen them to dust? Well, I spritzed mine with a Zoflora solution.

I tried the Lavender scent, first, but didn't really like it. Then I found Warm Cinnamon one and tried that. I love it! I use it on my duster and I also spray the Henry filter and bag with it. And, I put a little in the mop water when I cleaned the kitchen floors. I also sprayed some inside waste baskets and onto toilet seats and flush handles. Both of my customers came home as I was finishing up and they both raved about the smell.

NorbertDentressangle Fri 15-Mar-13 19:44:39

I've been desperately searching for the Warm Cinnamon but can't find it anywhere.

I have discovered that the Pound Shop sell (other fragrances of) Zoflora though.

Ohhelpohnoitsa Fri 15-Mar-13 20:01:41

I am so sad I made a special trip to the supermarket the day warm cinnamon was launched. I found it a real let down. I LOVE Christmas & associated smells but this was really sickly, like a fake gingerbread smell - reminded me of an equally sickly yankee candle I got last year. I love zoflora. Use it watered down as a general disinfectant, yy to kitchen towel in the hoover trick, floor mopping, loo, kichen towel with a bit on in the airing cupboard.

Ohhelpohnoitsa Fri 15-Mar-13 20:03:02

warm cinnamon was a special Christmas edition

KatyTheCleaningLady Sat 16-Mar-13 16:10:58

Yes, I think I just happened to find one last bottle in the shops. Which means I will have to find another fragrance to be "the one." This is a pitty!

I didn't like Lavender. I will try "bouquet" next. If I like it, I will buy several bottles.

Ohhelpohnoitsa Sat 16-Mar-13 19:22:24

I am using hyacynth right now - i like it but Dh cant stand it

CheungFun Sat 16-Mar-13 19:28:53

I use it to clean the kitchen and bathroom floors. DM says the nursing homes she worked in also used it to clean the toilets.

DCIlouisemonroe Sun 17-Mar-13 15:20:03

Is it really toxic to cats?

I have used it for years and I have cats...

Bloody Nora.

Tinamoo Fri 22-Mar-13 18:40:40

I love it. I put a few drops in my steam cleaner to do the floors. I found a couple of days ago that it is fantastic for cleaning windows, mirrors etc. I have always struggled to get my windows smear free. I mixed a little bit with some water in a spray bottle. I used microfibre cloths to wipe on and then a dry one to dry off. My windows are smear free for the first time ever. Normally I spend more time trying to get rid of the smears than cleaning the windows and I have tried all sorts of different cleaning products/methods. smile

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