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The Big Clean Up With Dettol

There are five people in our family. Four of us don’t care about the state of the kitchen and bathroom. Add to that the fact that it is Winter, with bouts of the sniffles going round school, work and kindergarten and you can imagine that we have a reasonably-sized germ population in the house. 

Hygiene is not in the children’s vocabulary. Not in English. Not in German. While neither The Bavarian nor I grew up in the kind of sterile households some people keep, I do think that a little bit of a germ-killing scrub of the kitchen and bathroom surfaces is in order from time to time. 

When I was asked recently to try out a few of Dettol’s range of wipes and sprays, I knew we’d really be able to put them to the test. And so we did.

During the Summmer I brought my lovely white tray table out to the garden. It was so handy to have out there. But then Autumn came and we spent a bit less time outside. The table got forgotton and when I finally remembered it, it was in need of a serious clean. 

The Tray Table In The Garden

In true 1980s detergent TV advert style, let me reveal to you the cleaning power of Dettol all purpose cleaners.


I was pretty impressed with the results on the tray. So I decided to put the tougher of the two sprays to the ultimate test – cleaning the dried on food off the high chair. Number Three’s high chair had not been cleaned in a week in preparation for this. Food crumbs had been brushed away, but squashed banana, mashed vegetables, gravy dribbles and porridge had been left to dry and harden.

Normally I take the blade for cleaning the ceramic hob to the high chair when it needs a thorough cleaning. This time I sprayed it with Dettol spray and left it for three minutes. One wipe with a warm, damp cloth and the chair was clean. I was pretty speechless. I never knew that cleaning a high chair could be this easy! I am a convert. My elbow grease days are over. From now on I will live the life of a TV detergent ad housewife. 


[Disclaimer: I was asked to test and review some Dettol products and was provided with the above-mentioned products free of charge in exchange for writing a review. All photos and all opinions expressed here are my own.]


2 thoughts on “The Big Clean Up With Dettol

  1. Love the blast from the past with the old style ad. Will definitely try with the high chair, I don't like to use cleaning that has too much of a chemical smell but sometimes end up having chip things off with a knife!

  2. Thank you! I loved filing it.
    The chmical smell is not bad and fades fast. I am usually not keen on using chemicals on the high chair either, but I was amazed at how easily the spray lifted the dried on food.

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