If you are anything like me, then shopping for household items such as detergents and disinfectants leaves you standing zombified mid-aisle in the supermarket, staring at the bright colours and trying to read labels to find that one magical product to address your cleaning needs. You eventually give up and purchase something that seems vaguely familiar from a TV advert, and that when you get it home smells like one of those tree-shaped air fresheners that the guys at the hand-car-wash sling around your rear view mirror before you get time to protest.
But not all cleaning products are equal, and not all cleaning products smell like your grandma’s potpourri.
Zoflora is the UK’s number 1 liquid disinfectant brand (Kantar volume data, 12m, ending 31 Jan ’16). It’s made by a UK company founded in 1922, based in Huddersfield and is a concentrated disinfectant which, like its competitors, claims to kill 99.9% of bacteria and viruses. It’s safe to use around pets (let it dry, and not for fish), and is available from Sainsburys, Tesco, Morrisons, and ASDA.
The bottle that Home & Decorating Magazine was sent for product review was small, well packaged, and refreshingly lacked the kind of marketing-led packaging that screams how quickly it works or how many germs (that don’t exist in your kitchen) it can kill.
As it happens, we had an immediate need to test the disinfectant product due to a catastrophic bin-bag-collapse/bin-juice emergency. The bin needed a thorough clean and a refresh, along with the tell-tale trail leading across the kitchen floor.
We mixed the solution as directed, diluting the disinfectant with water to the desired volume. Pouring it into the bottom of the bin, we left it to work it’s magic and turned out attention to the kitchen floor and worktops. Using a small bowl and washing-up sponge, we applied, rubbed, and scrubbed, and the results were genuinely impressive.
As far as cleaning power goes, we can’t fault Zoflora. It works as expected, and lacking scientific equipment to give an actual bug-killing-percentage, all we can say is: it does the job. The fragrance needs a special mention; Zoflora smells fantastic – like no other pine or ‘aqua’ labelled cleaning products, Zoflora has a unique fresh smell and one that continues to work for some time after.
Our only reservation about Zoflora disinfectant is the lack of child proof cap. The bottle size and product colour risks being quite attractive to small children. Obviously all cleaning products should be kept out of reach and sight of children, but a child-proof cap would have secured the missing review point here to achieve a 10 out of 10.
We highly recommend Zoflora – support a British business, support a product that works more than it screams, and support a product that is effective and seems better than all the other cleaning products we’ve tested.
Green Valley is available now in Sainsbury’s, Morrisons, Tesco and Asda. RRP £1.45.
For more information on Zoflora visit www.Zoflora.co.uk