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Cif Cream reviewer feedback thread - £250 voucher prize draw for feedback NOW CLOSED

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MichelleMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 14-Oct-13 09:58:32

This thread is for the 150 Mumsnetters trying out Cif Cream. Seven Mumsnetters will also be providing us with video feedback, so keep an eye out for the video on Cifs page on Mumsnet.

Here's what Cif have to say about the product, "Cif Cream removes all kinds of dirt. The millions of micro-particles contained in each drop will clean kitchens, bathrooms and more, delivering beautiful results every time! You'll be amazed at what you can rejuvenate with our multipurpose cream!"

Below are a few questions we'd like you to answer but please feel free to add your own comments too.

Q1. Where in your home did you use the Cif Cream to clean?
Q2. What was your overall impression of Cif Cream? What did you like most about it? Was there anything you didn't like?
Q3. How effective did you find Cif Cream compared to your usual cleaning product?
Q4. The RRP for Cif Cream is £2.50 (500ml bottle), do you think you'll be likely to buy it again or not? If so, why? If not, why not?
Q5. If it came up in conversation, would you recommend Cif Cream to your friends/family? If so, why? If not, why not?

We would also love to see some before and after pictures so please feel free to add these to this thread. Please note that Cif may use comments and photos posted on this thread in their marketing and promotional material so please only post if you are happy with this.

All selected MN testers who add their feedback will be entered into a prize draw to win a £250 Love2Shop voucher as a thank you.

Thanks and good luck,

MNHQ

Q1. I used it all around my kitchen.
Q2. Quite impressed actually. It cleaned really well, and removed old manky cooked on bolognaise sauce from my hob really easily. The best thing is as it isn't a spray it doesn't take my breath away when using it.
There's nothing I didn't like. I didn't really find there was much of a residue left, but then I rinsed it off quite thoroughly as I was using it on food prep areas.
(just to add, now I've dried off a bit more my hands are quite rough feeling. Not as bad as after using bleach but more than just washing up. I know, I should have worn gloves)
Q3. Very effective. No scrubbing needed and cleaned off old stuff on my hob that other cleaners had left behind.
Q4. Yes, I would buy it if it was on offer at a cheaper price. But then I am tight. Personally I reckon £2.50 is pretty steep for such a small bottle, and as it doesn't have any type of flow valve I was pretty heavy handed with it so it wont last long.
Q5. Yes. I would. I have never actually bought a cream cleaner because they strike me as a dated type of cleaner. But now I've used it I will most definitely carry on with it. Never know, I might even clean the bathroom...

hotbot Tue 15-Oct-13 20:49:07

Used it everywhere, very pleased, Greg fresh smell, but you will have to do better than 2.50 for me to ditch aldi cream cleaner.

HappySunflower Tue 15-Oct-13 20:56:18

Q1
I've used it in the kitchen, bathroom and shower.

Q2
I liked the fact that I didn't have to scrub to get surfaces clean. It has a nice, fresh smell a d isn't too overpowering. I also liked the fact that it is quite thick-little goes a long way so I expect it to last a good while. smile
There is nothing I dislike about it.

Q3
I am so impressed. I usually use a kitchen cleaner spray from Aldi. Cif removed a beetroot stain from my kitchen work top that nothing else I had tried had managed to.

Q4
The price is a bit higher than I was expecting, and certainly more than the cream cleanser sold in supermarkets. I will see how long this bottle lasts for-if it lasts as long as I expect it to, then I feel that £2.50 would represent good value.

Q5
Yes, definitely, and in fact I have already sung it's praises to a friend who came for coffee this afternoon!

Crocklebog Tue 15-Oct-13 22:21:33

Q1. Where in your home did you use the Cif Cream to clean?

Everywhere! Mainly in the bathroom and kitchen but I also tried it on the walls (lots of dirty fingermarks, particularly going up the stairs)/

Q2. What was your overall impression of Cif Cream? What did you like most about it? Was there anything you didn't like?

I love the smell and that it I quite thick so you don't need to use too much.

Q3. How effective did you find Cif Cream compared to your usual cleaning product?

I usually use a non branded cream cleaner. I found the Cif was thicker and so I didn't need as much and it did clean more effectively.

Q4. The RRP for Cif Cream is £2.50, do you think you'll be likely to buy it again or not? If so, why? If not, why not?

I would not pay that price for the size of bottle I received but I would if the bottle were bigger and I would be prepared to pay more than the usual cream cleaner I use as it was better.

Q5. If it came up in conversation, would you recommend Cif Cream to your friends/family? If so, why? If not, why not?

I would recommend it as an effective and safe multi purpose cleaner.

Oops. It arrived on Saturday and I slung it in a cupboard because I was in flat out panic mode. Now I am not home until Friday. What is the deadline for feedback? I have some good "before" pictures in mind wink

tunise Wed 16-Oct-13 08:31:57

1) kitchen, bathroom and on walls where toddler had got creative with a felt tip!
2) quite liked the smell, was not as chalky as I remember when my mum used to use it.
3) better than my usual sprays, very impressed with the shine. Got the felt tip off easily.
4) for a small size that sounds a lot, but I think I would, not as a everyday cleaner but just for baths, cooker top and felt tip.
5) yes I would, it did the job, cleaned well and smelt nice and clean without being too overpowering.
Cheers cif for the free sample!

meep Wed 16-Oct-13 09:05:51

Q1. Where in your home did you use the Cif Cream to clean?
Ensuite shower room - which has annoying black shiny tiles that show up everything

Q2. What was your overall impression of Cif Cream? What did you like most about it? Was there anything you didn't like?
Cif left not many streaks - smelt nice and cleaned well.

Q3. How effective did you find Cif Cream compared to your usual cleaning product?
I normally by shop brand cream cleaners. Cream cleaners are the only ones that shift the grime that accumulates at the bottom tiles of the shower/shower door. This normally leaves streaks even when rinsed thoroughly.

Q4. The RRP for Cif Cream is £2.50, do you think you'll be likely to buy it again or not? If so, why? If not, why not?
Tough one - i can get a huge bottle of own brand for £1 or less - so i think £2.50 is really steep - especially as you see the majority of cleaning products on special offer at around the £1/ £1.50 mark. Even being streak free I would be loathe to spend more than around £1.50.

Q5. If it came up in conversation, would you recommend Cif Cream to your friends/family? If so, why? If not, why not?
Don't see why not - but would be happy to recommend cheaper cleaners as well.

KatyMac Wed 16-Oct-13 09:22:02

Q1. Where in your home did you use the Cif Cream to clean?
A1. Anywhere that is dirty
Q2. What was your overall impression of Cif Cream? What did you like most about it? Was there anything you didn't like?
A2. It works; but it should be called Jif
Q3. How effective did you find Cif Cream compared to your usual cleaning product?
A3. It's my normal cleaning product
Q4. The RRP for Cif Cream is £2.50, do you think you'll be likely to buy it again or not? If so, why? If not, why not?
A4. It is what I use - so I will buy it
Q5. If it came up in conversation, would you recommend Cif Cream to your friends/family? If so, why? If not, why not?
A5. Probably not; but I do recommend Jif

Even my 15yo daughter calls it Jif

KatyMac Wed 16-Oct-13 09:23:06

Opps should have read the OP - ignore my answers wink

But I feel very strongly about "Jif"

MichelleMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 16-Oct-13 10:15:29

stealthsquiggle just add your feedback when you're back and it should be fine.
The RRP listed is for a 500ml bottle, I've made the change in the OP.

WowOoo Wed 16-Oct-13 10:44:58

1.In the kitchen and bathroom.

2.I liked it a lot. Everything was much shinier than usual. My taps looks super. I don't think the bath has ever looked so clean.

3.Seemed perfectly effective to me. I like the fact that it cleans without a very strong smell.

4. I'd buy it if it was on offer. I was impressed so I'd be tempted to buy it again. I'd have to do some maths to compare prices first.

5. Yes - for lack of strong chemical smell and the shine it creates.

mawbroon Wed 16-Oct-13 11:13:15

Q1. Where in your home did you use the Cif Cream to clean?
In the kitchen

Q2. What was your overall impression of Cif Cream? What did you like most about it? Was there anything you didn't like?
Overall I would say I liked it. It wasn't a chalky as other cream cleaners I have used.

Q3. How effective did you find Cif Cream compared to your usual cleaning product?
On the glass from the oven door, I found it much more effective that what I would usually use. On the worktop and cupboards, I found it to be about the same

Q4. The RRP for Cif Cream is £2.50 (500ml bottle), do you think you'll be likely to buy it again or not? If so, why? If not, why not?
I might buy it again, but it does seem quite expensive

Q5. If it came up in conversation, would you recommend Cif Cream to your friends/family? If so, why? If not, why not?
I would mention that it was good for certain jobs but not a miracle product!

Thanks for the sample. Receiving it spurred me on to clean some of my kitchen which has been badly neglected for the past couple of years due to illness (and laziness blush)

RunsWithScissors Wed 16-Oct-13 12:18:57

Q1. Where in your home did you use the Cif Cream to clean?
Kitchen and bathroom

Q2. What was your overall impression of Cif Cream? What did you like most about it? Was there anything you didn't like?
I like it. The smell is very subtle and gentle. I find other cleansers can be very strong smelling and cause me to cough. It is a bit more runny than I expected from a cream cleaner, so more came out than I expected. I found it isn't as grainy/chalky as other cream cleaners. Rinses away, much quicker/easier.

Q3. How effective did you find Cif Cream compared to your usual cleaning product?
Worked really well on the tub and faucets (did a great job on the hard water scale, with minimal effort/scrubbing). Also found it worked better on the grease on my cooker hood than a kitchen cleaner/degreaser I use.

Q4. The RRP for Cif Cream is £2.50 (500ml bottle), do you think you'll be likely to buy it again or not? If so, why? If not, why not?
For 500ml, and now I know it doesn't need a lot to do the job, yes I will.

Q5. If it came up in conversation, would you recommend Cif Cream to your friends/family? If so, why? If not, why not?
Yes, as a general cream cleanser that works well in both bathroom/kitchen I think it's a good, versatile product.

Thank you for letting me participate in the trial!

BellaVida Wed 16-Oct-13 13:12:54

Q1. Kitchen and bathroom.
Q2. Runnier than I expected, but less grainy. I thought it would be more abrasive. Pleasant smell, not at all chemical or overpowering.
Q3. I normally use a spray cleaner which requires very little if any scrubbing. I found this took a bit more pressure to get the surfaces clean and more rinsing. It did well on the lime scale, but didn't get all of the stains off the kitchen sink- tea stains and stains from a lasagne dish I had been soaking. It was good on the granite surfaces but left a bit if a film, but so does the other surface spray I use.I think the real plus points are the lack of strong chemical smell and the fact I could use it on surfaces I can't use the other very powerful spray cleaners on.
Q4. I think I would keep some alongside my other cleaners for specific jobs, but I wouldn't use as a replacement. At that price I would probably only get it if it was on offer.
Q5. It's a good product, but as I haven't used a cream cleaner before, it is difficult to compare. I would recommend to someone looking for a general cleaning product without the harsh chemical smell, but not as a 'wonder' cleaner.
Thank you.

CointreauVersial Wed 16-Oct-13 13:14:54

Q1. Where in your home did you use the Cif Cream to clean?
Kitchen sink so far! Will be testing on the bathroom tomorrow and report back.

Q2. What was your overall impression of Cif Cream? What did you like most about it? Was there anything you didn't like?
Seemed quite thin compared to usual cleaners, but you didn't need as much. Lovely smell! Nice neat bottle.

Q3. How effective did you find Cif Cream compared to your usual cleaning product?
Just as good, maybe better. Didn't have to rub too hard to remove stains, and no "grit" left after rinsing.

Q4. The RRP for Cif Cream is £2.50 (500ml bottle), do you think you'll be likely to buy it again or not? If so, why? If not, why not?
Probably not at that price, would stick to supermarket own brands.

Q5. If it came up in conversation, would you recommend Cif Cream to your friends/family? If so, why? If not, why not?
Unlikely to discuss, as it isn't drastically new/different from what's out there already.

Q1. Where in your home did you use the Cif Cream to clean?

In the bathroom

Q2. What was your overall impression of Cif Cream? What did you like most about it? Was there anything you didn't like?

I thought it cleaned very well and left taps shiny. The smell was nice enough and not overpowering. I preferred it in the bath where I could blast it off with the shower than in places where I had to just wipe it away and couldn't rinse as it has a slightly gritty feel. I also found it difficult to rinse fully from my cloth.

Q3. How effective did you find Cif Cream compared to your usual cleaning product?

It is on a par with other similar branded products.

Q4. The RRP for Cif Cream is £2.50 (500ml bottle), do you think you'll be likely to buy it again or not? If so, why? If not, why not?

I wouldn't buy it at that price but I would consider it if it was on special offer.

Q5. If it came up in conversation, would you recommend Cif Cream to your friends/family? If so, why? If not, why not?

I think I would but again, price dependent. I would recommend if on special offer.

ontheallotment Wed 16-Oct-13 14:29:20

Q1. Where in your home did you use the Cif Cream to clean?
Kitchen and bathroom so far.

Q2. What was your overall impression of Cif Cream? What did you like most about it? Was there anything you didn't like?
It seemed to be effective, cutting through grease and grime easily. Surfaces cleaned quickly and sink/taps left shiny. A little goes a long way so that was nice. Nothing I didn't like.

Q3. How effective did you find Cif Cream compared to your usual cleaning product?
At least as effective, probably a bit better.

Q4. The RRP for Cif Cream is £2.50 (500ml bottle), do you think you'll be likely to buy it again or not? If so, why? If not, why not?
Yes probably.

Q5. If it came up in conversation, would you recommend Cif Cream to your friends/family? If so, why? If not, why not?
I'm not sure I'm very likely to have that kind of conversation, but if I ever did then yes.

WitchOfEndor Wed 16-Oct-13 15:26:58

Q1. Where in your home did you use the Cif Cream to clean?
Kitchen and bathroom

Q2. What was your overall impression of Cif Cream? What did you like most about it? Was there anything you didn't like?
Effective, not sure i like the scratchy ness either

Q3. How effective did you find Cif Cream compared to your usual cleaning product?
As effective as the one I use and doesn't seem as scarily chemically

Q4. The RRP for Cif Cream is £2.50 (500ml bottle), do you think you'll be likely to buy it again or not? If so, why? If not, why not?
Probably, they all seem to be expensive these days

Q5. If it came up in conversation, would you recommend Cif Cream to your friends/family? If so, why? If not, why not?
It would only come up in conversation with DM and MIL and I probably would suggest they try it.

Tinlegs Wed 16-Oct-13 16:14:21

Q1. Where in your home did you use the Cif Cream to clean?

We had been away so used it everywhere for a really huge spring clean. Bathrooms, kitchen and on the sticky table where the children seem to put food while watching telly (even though they have been banned, are never caught, it is always sticky)
Q2. What was your overall impression of Cif Cream? What did you like most about it? Was there anything you didn't like?

I was pleasantly surprised having sworn off cream cleaners because of the residue. There was still a residue but it really did a good job and I will buy it from now on, particularly for more stubborn places (toothpaste dribble).
Q3. How effective did you find Cif Cream compared to your usual cleaning product? Better at tough stuff, needed less elbow grease.
Q4. The RRP for Cif Cream is £2.50 (500ml bottle), do you think you'll be likely to buy it again or not? If so, why? If not, why not? Yes, it was really good.
Q5. If it came up in conversation, would you recommend Cif Cream to your friends/family? If so, why? If not, why not? Yes, for reasons above.

Reastie Wed 16-Oct-13 16:34:34

Q1. Where in your home did you use the Cif Cream to clean?

I cleaned the bathroom

Q2. What was your overall impression of Cif Cream? What did you like most about it? Was there anything you didn't like?

I have used cif but not for years, and I remember it as being something which doesn't clean that well and leaves a bit of a residue. I was expecting not to like it but I have to say I was proved wrong and actually impressed by how well it cleaned. It seemed a little abrasive which rubbed off dirt very well (but not overly so - I have an antique roll top bath which needs alot of tlc and it was fine on this). The thing I didn't like about it was I have to wash it away afterwards which puts me off using it in the kitchen (apart from the sink) as it's a faff to clean off. In the kitchen I prefer a spray and wipe cleaner.

Q3. How effective did you find Cif Cream compared to your usual cleaning product?

I usually use limescale cleaner and/or mr muscle or flash cleaner and then hg bath shine on the bath. It was as effective as the other cleaners pretty much (i'd say I found it better than flash and mr muscle on the sink but not as good as the shine I get from the limescale cleaner <overthinks things>)

Q4. The RRP for Cif Cream is £2.50 (500ml bottle), do you think you'll be likely to buy it again or not? If so, why? If not, why not?

Ohh, that's more than I was expecting. I would say I might consider buying it occasionally but I used quite alot to clean the bathroom probably too much blush so it would work out quite expensive in the long run as a regular cleaner.

Q5. If it came up in conversation, would you recommend Cif Cream to your friends/family? If so, why? If not, why not?

yes I would, it cleaned well (see picture of the shower - that took less than a minute and not much elbow grease at all). Could I add at this point the shower is Dhs domain and as such he is in charge of cleaning it (hence it's very mucky initial picture). I'm quite pleased with how the shower came out though, almost made me want to take over cleaning of it so it looks all nice all the time (almost, but not quite grin )

Preciousbane Wed 16-Oct-13 16:40:11

Q1. Where in your home did you use the Cif Cream to clean?
kitchen

Q2. What was your overall impression of Cif Cream? What did you like most about it? Was there anything you didn't like?
Liked the smell, clean but not too strong, I get really bad sinusitus and lots of perfumed products trigger sneezing but this was fine. That is a huge plus point for me. The industrial cleaning products at work make me feel sick.

Q3. How effective did you find Cif Cream compared to your usual cleaning product?
I found it really good, I cleaned the top of my cooker hood extractor fan and it buffed it up better than anything else has before. I really should do it more often, I'm hoping that the grease may stick less as well. Made my hob shiny too with not too much buffing.

Q4. The RRP for Cif Cream is £2.50, do you think you'll be likely to buy it again or not? If so, why? If not, why not?
It did seem quite small, but suppose quite concentrated and didn't need too much, yes I would buy.

Q5. If it came up in conversation, would you recommend Cif Cream to your friends/family? If so, why? If not, why not?
I'm not sure if I'm domesticated enough but if it did come up then I would say yes fine to buy, especially for neglected cooker hoods.

jaamy Wed 16-Oct-13 17:05:25

Q1 Where in your home did you use the Cif Cream to clean? Kitchen sink, kitchen worktops, shower tray, bath, oven tray (!)
Q2. What was your overall impression of Cif Cream? What did you like most about it? Was there anything you didn't like? Not at all as I remember - a thick cream that cut through virtually any grime, including baked on grease. In fact when I recently moved house, I used an old bottle to clean grease from the oven housing, it was brilliant but sadly a totally different product from the one we have been asked to trial. This seemed pretty ineffective on grease.
It did however, give the kitchen sink a good shine, think due to the abrasive effect.
The consistency was neither cream nor liquid but somewhere in between which made it difficult to direct. The grittiness meant that it needed more rinsing than other cleaners just to get rid of the residue. This made it pretty messy for cleaning any flat surfaces and impossible for anywhere without a plughole! The cleaning cloth also needed lots of rinsing to remove the Cif from it.
The smell is similar to a well known anti-dandruff shampoo (named after parts of the body) - ok for the bathroom but not really suited to the kitchen.
Q3. How effective did you find Cif Cream compared to your usual cleaning product? Not as good on grease as liquid kitchen cleaner but good on stubborn marks in bath and kitchen sink. Since it is so difficult and time consuming to rinse away, I would only use once a month or so for deep clean rather than for daily use.
Q4. The RRP for Cif Cream is £2.50 (500ml bottle), do you think you'll be likely to buy it again or not? If so, why? If not, why not? Would prefer the 250ml size bottle just to have on standby. Would probably not consider buying at £2.50.
Q5. If it came up in conversation, would you recommend Cif Cream to your friends/family? If so, why? If not, why not?
Would mention the fact that it's not as most of us may remember. That might appeal to some but not to me, I'm afraid.

Reastie Wed 16-Oct-13 18:36:24

Oh, and it came up so shiny I've just spotted you can see my reflection in the picture just as well I wasn't naked cleaning again grin

MadMonkeys Wed 16-Oct-13 20:09:00

Q1. Where in your home did you use the Cif Cream to clean?
Cloakroom sink

Q2. What was your overall impression of Cif Cream? What did you like most about it? Was there anything you didn't like?

I usually use supermarkets own cream cleaner and didn't expect to notice a difference. However I liked the fragrance and it cleaned with less effort than the supermarkets own and is less gritty. I liked it. The sink looks very shiny!

Q3. How effective did you find Cif Cream compared to your usual cleaning product?

See above!

Q4. The RRP for Cif Cream is £2.50 (500ml bottle), do you think you'll be likely to buy it again or not? If so, why? If not, why not?

It is a lot more expensive than supermarkets own. I don't think I can justify buying it unfortunately.

Q5. If it came up in conversation, would you recommend Cif Cream to your friends/family? If so, why? If not, why not?
Yes, to friends who aren't on a tight budget.

littlestressy Wed 16-Oct-13 20:30:32

Q1: Kitchen, bathroom, highchair and the UPVC front door
Q2: I liked the smell and the way it poured easily, I only needed a small amount of the product but I found it a bit gritty.
Q3: Very effective, compared to the kitchen/bathroom spray I normally use. It cleaned my bath, taps and basin very effectively and I used less of the Cif than I normally do of the spray.
It was brilliant on my front door and highchair for cleaning to a bright, white finish.
Q4: Yes I would buy it again
Q5: I would recommend it as a highly effective cleaner for all around the house

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