I had a (very sad) eureka moment this morning

(58 Posts)
mermaidbutmytailfelloff Sun 12-Jan-14 14:43:15

I rediscovered old fashioned cream cleaner. For years I splashed out on expensive spray cleaners for the bathroom and kitchen and decided I was just a slatternly bint because nothing ever felt really clean.

Today I spent 99p on a bottle of cream cleaner, what a revelation! my sink sparkles, my bath is a different colour I am sure, miraculous. Yes I had to rinse but nothing that caused any problems.

I am stupidly pleased and thought I would share.

anothernumberone Sun 12-Jan-14 14:46:38

My mother aka my cleaning product researcher has been returning to cream cleaner for years after tyring out the new fangled product of the moment. Ergo I have never left the cream cleaner generation, cheap and it does the job.

UsedToBeNDP Sun 12-Jan-14 14:49:06

Doesn't it scratch modern plastic baths though. I remember them bring a bit gritty/abrasive.

UsedToBeNDP Sun 12-Jan-14 14:49:11


mermaidbutmytailfelloff Sun 12-Jan-14 14:51:45

I was surprised, I always imagined new improved had to be better! I even had cilit chitty chitty bang bang for the limescale which just laughed at it. My shower screen sparkles now with my new friend.

I need wine, I have been overcome by bleach fumes I am sure.

mermaidbutmytailfelloff Sun 12-Jan-14 14:53:51

It is a little gritty Usedto, but I rinsed well, and I guess I wouldnt use it every time.

It is so brilliant though on the nasty horrible soap ring on the bath that I actually scrubbed less than usual

OpalQuartz Sun 12-Jan-14 15:02:25

I've always used it. I didn't even realise it was old fashioned. grin It works really well. It does contain bleach I think as if you accidentally splash it on a towel it bleaches it. Works brilliantly though.

ohmymimi Sun 12-Jan-14 15:28:01

Oh dear, I'm a lazy slattern, anything which you can spray and leave is my friend and accomplice in my slovernly ways. Is much elbow grease required? A sparkly shower sounds so enticing.

JeanSeberg Sun 12-Jan-14 15:32:45

Anyone else old enough to remember Vim???

JeanSeberg Sun 12-Jan-14 15:33:35

... in the powder form.

Cinnamoncookie Sun 12-Jan-14 15:37:14

JeanSeberg I miss Vim. Can't get anything even approaching it now :-(

Thewhingingdefective Sun 12-Jan-14 15:38:24

Vim and Jif/Cif - both great.

I got a tub of Duzzit baking soda in a discount shop recently and it's the dog's bollocks at cleaning caked on grime.

Denture tablets are great for cleaning lavs and tea stained mugs etc.

UsedToBeNDP Sun 12-Jan-14 15:39:09

I thought you could still buy scouring powder?

UsedToBeNDP Sun 12-Jan-14 15:41:10
UsedToBeNDP Sun 12-Jan-14 15:43:08

Lakeland do a similar thing to Vim/Ajax, I think. Though probably at a vastly inflated price!

My search said that Wilkinson's sometimes stocks Vim

I'll stop posting about Vim now

Vim vim vim vim vim vim vim vim vim

tinypumpkin Sun 12-Jan-14 15:45:26

You can buy Vim, I have it in my cupboard. Bloody good stuff for my kitchen sink.

blibblibs Sun 12-Jan-14 15:47:01

Cream cleaner is great but you don't have to spend a whole £1 on it.

Sainsbury's basics is just as good and about 30p smile

alwaysneedaholiday Sun 12-Jan-14 15:47:29

It's brilliant stuff! The only thing that really gets built-up grease off in the kitchen, and restores things to proper white.

I'll have to have a look for Vim - ooh, the excitement!

JeanSeberg Sun 12-Jan-14 15:48:02

I think we used to bathe in Vim in Lancashire in the 70s smile

StripyPenguin Sun 12-Jan-14 15:52:35

Ah powdered vim, added bonus of a free exfoliation when mother didn't clean it out of the bath properly! grin

ohmymimi Sun 12-Jan-14 16:00:56

Stripy Yes, gritty bum syndrome happy days. smile

I get my vim in wilkos.

mermaidbutmytailfelloff Sun 12-Jan-14 16:04:08

ohmymimi - a little scrubbing granted but it was SO satisfying then just a rinse and sparkles...

I remember vim too (old gimmer) I remember being horrified when the pool attendant used it to scrub the suntan oil ring off the pool. He said the formulation was very similar to the stuff that was used to chlorinate the pool.

I used to find a mixture of vim and washing up liquid was very effective at making ammonia. Should you want to of course.

DramaAlpaca Sun 12-Jan-14 16:05:42

Bar Keeper's Friend is similar to good old Vim. Lakeland sell it & I've seen it in hardware stores too. It works wonders on sinks.

Guiltypleasures001 Sun 12-Jan-14 16:09:31

Vim am I the only one who remembers it being called Ajax ?

Quangle Sun 12-Jan-14 16:10:52

oh yes to vim and the totally lo-fi holes in the top covered by a piece of paper. It's not a spray gun - but it probably is better.

SirChenjin Sun 12-Jan-14 16:13:47

Oh yes - I remember Ajax/Vim! I used cream cleaner on our enamel shower tray which was manky - couldn't get it clean with the spray stuff, and it came up brilliantly clean. I'm actually very excited that you can still get Vim hmm

WhinGin Sun 12-Jan-14 16:17:19

Oh Vim! I remember having the shaky shaky cylinder of Vim on the classroom sink in infants AND being allowed to use it to clean up after painting!!!! would never happen now grin

RustyBear Sun 12-Jan-14 16:24:14

Vim and Ajax weren't the same thing, Guiltypleasures, they were made by different companies. My mum always used Vim and said it was much better than Ajax. Actually I doubt if there was much difference, but my mum was always one for sticking to her favourite brands.

Lilymaid Sun 12-Jan-14 16:29:53

My DM always used Vim in preference to Ajax. She also used Persil or Fairy Snow rather than Daz (Daz being considered down market and only suitable for workmen's' overalls).

RustyBear Sun 12-Jan-14 16:36:13

Oh yes, definitely Persil not Daz! (you're not my sister, are you Lilymaid? grin)

LyndaCartersBigPants Sun 12-Jan-14 16:40:36

I use cream cleaner and also wear those exfoliating gloves to clean the lime scale off the shower glass every few months

ChippingInWadesIn Sun 12-Jan-14 16:44:43

I still use cream cleaner on my stainless steel sink, but I'd never use it on any 'white' things - I really don't think (modern) white 'things' (baths/sinks) will stand up to it and in no time you will take the surface off them sad

Lilymaid Sun 12-Jan-14 16:45:06

Rusty I think our DMs may have been fellow middle class mothers "keeping up appearances". I could list a load of brands that were "nicer" than others!

BankWadger Sun 12-Jan-14 16:45:41

Why do I know want to go and clean my bathroom? I've been using cif cream stuff for ages because yep, spray bubbles stuff is shit. But really I have an over whelming urge to go clean my tiles!

SirChenjin Sun 12-Jan-14 17:03:02

Know how you feel...I have an overwhelming urge to go an shake some Vim at my bath from a cardboard container with a metal lid grin

JeanSeberg Sun 12-Jan-14 17:19:54

Aah nostalgia.

e1y1 Sun 12-Jan-14 20:07:33

Good news - you can still buy Vim.

I have 4 bottles of it.

It's 69 (or 79p) not 100% in home bargains.

Crikeyblimey Sun 12-Jan-14 20:12:43

Slightly off topic but I used to work with a woman whose aunt murdered her (the aunt's) husband by putting vim in his mash potato.

SirChenjin Sun 12-Jan-14 20:30:44

Brilliant - thanks e1y1 smile

Wow Crikey shock

poopooheadwillyfatface Mon 13-Jan-14 20:47:27

You bastards made me go to Home and Bargain today.

I got a bottle of purple Windolene for £1.99 (500ml) and looked at the Vim (69p) but didn't buy it as my bath is plastic.

I also got loads of tat and sweets we didn't need

SirChenjin Mon 13-Jan-14 20:52:35

They still make windolene? shock I'm off to Home Bargains, this is brilliant - Vim and Windolene <happy place>

JeanSeberg Mon 13-Jan-14 20:52:58

Ooh was it proper vintage-style Vim in a cardboard tube? <hopeful>

runningonwillpower Mon 13-Jan-14 20:57:08

Vim - I can close my eyes and smell it.

But I'm not rushing out to buy. I'm into e cloths. Bloody fantastic and no nasty chemical smells or residue.

Pumpkin567 Tue 14-Jan-14 07:05:27

Ajax! Surely I'm not that old.

minniebar Tue 14-Jan-14 07:27:49

Our bath has jets in it (which, of course, we never use). Said jets are skanky with limescale and of course the spray stuff just falls out again. I've tried soaking cotton wool in limescale remover stuff but no joy. Would you recommend cream/Vim or do you think it'd be too abrasive? Plastic jets, obv.

poopooheadwillyfatface Tue 14-Jan-14 07:50:00

yy the Vim appeared to be in a card tube with big holes in the top to shake it out of, very retrogrin
I also bought a tube of denture tablets for the limescale in the toilet.
Felt like my shopping basket was totally outing me
Esp when I also called at Aldi for pasta bake sauce afterwards. Aldi doesn't seem to do a cream cleaner though? Jif type?
I really like another Home Bargains product for my sink, the blue tub of Astonish oven and cookware paste. poundshop or home bargains IIRC

JeanSeberg Tue 14-Jan-14 07:53:01

Woah poopoo I might be a tube of retro Vim for my mantelpiec!. That would be ok wouldn't it?

JeanSeberg Tue 14-Jan-14 07:54:16

Ps. You shop at all the right places, keep up the good work.

Weelady77 Tue 14-Jan-14 08:55:37

Lyndacarter thats a fab idea about the exfoliating gloves smile will definitely try that

RudyMentary Tue 14-Jan-14 08:58:53

Ajax - I remember Ajax grin

Seabright Tue 14-Jan-14 10:00:41

If you can't use Vim (plastic bath) then try HG Bath Shine, it's fab & lasts forever as you only use a tiny amount.

You can get it from Lakeland, Amazon or little hardware shops.

poopooheadwillyfatface Tue 14-Jan-14 10:05:40

Well I am mning in the bath and a bottle of Cif I found in my garage is on the side for when I get out grin got a buffing cloth and Windolene out in the kitchen and I might even open the box of oven prideshock later.
my house is well overdue a good sort out so this might spur me on a bit

Rooners Tue 14-Jan-14 11:31:45

Be careful, I'm not sure but think some surfaces can be damaged by certain cleaning agents.

I never use anything on our enamel bath except water. I may use a little limescale remover at some point but am nervous about it....

iggymama Tue 14-Jan-14 11:58:34

Minniebar, have you tried dishwasher tablets to clean your bath jets? Kim and Aggie did this once with great success.

Catilla Tue 14-Jan-14 12:19:51

On the reminiscing theme... whenever I see "Ajax" I remember an advert where they said the name backwards "Xaja Diquil" - wondered if I was imagining it but found it here www.youtube.com/watch?v=3tiPpdSkEIA
The idea seemed to be it made your surfaces so shiny it reflected the name on the bottle into mirror writing! Anyone else this sad?!

chocoluvva Tue 14-Jan-14 12:24:47

Wow - what a blast from the past! smile

I bathed in Vim too.

Does that mean that bath cubes would be good at cleaning? grin

cantthinkofagoodone Tue 14-Jan-14 12:25:27

It is the best thing on the kitchen hob too. I just alternate between that and dettol spray to avoid a build up.

Join the discussion

Join the discussion

Registering is free, easy, and means you can join in the discussion, get discounts, win prizes and lots more.

Register now