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Vanish Gold for Whites Oxi Action Stain Remover Powder 1.41 kg
Vanish Gold for Whites Oxi Action Stain Remover Powder 1.41 kg

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Useful, 12 Feb. 2015
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I have found that using this as a spot treatment with a little water or as a pre-wash soak (one scoop 4litres water) is far more effective than just adding one scoop to the wash cycle as advised. It does improve whites but not as 'brilliant' as claimed on the tub or in the tv adverts and you should check for colour fastness of the fabric beforehand. Unfortunately it's not recommended for use on your sparkly white wool and silk lined leather trousers from the 70s, so you'll still have to use a specialist cleaning establishment for these relics of yesteryear.


Dettol Antibacterial Laundry Cleanser Powder 990 g (Pack of 3)
Dettol Antibacterial Laundry Cleanser Powder 990 g (Pack of 3)
Price: £22.50

1.0 out of 5 stars OCD cleaning nonsense, 12 Feb. 2015
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I can't say I've ever been troubled about the thought of bacteria on my clothes and it's hard to confirm the claim of this powder killing 99.9% of bacteria, without access to copious quantities of agar gel plates and a microbiology lab, so this claim will remain unchallenged for some time by most end -users. Aside from this there really isn't much to say about the product other than that it smells nice and is a great way to waste money.

1 scoop to 4litres of water and soak for five minutes prior to washing and hey presto you apparently have bacteria free clothes, which of course is nonsense as there are naturally occurring bacteria everywhere, unless of course your washing machine has a gamma irradiation wash cycle and you live in a hermetically sealed bubble. Sorry but this is just another example of mass market fnord profiteering, from the general misconception of hygiene and paranoia in relation to our microscopic companions.


Finish All in One Max Original Dishwasher Tablets (Pack of 74)
Finish All in One Max Original Dishwasher Tablets (Pack of 74)
Price: £20.00

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but still doesn't beat elbow grease for tough oil & protein stains, 27 Jan. 2015
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Ok so they're not as good imho as Fairy's offerings but they do come a close second and its just a case of shopping around for offers as to who offers the best value. Currently the lemon sparkle 78 pack offer the best bang for your buck. The glasses come out nice and shiny and there's a pleasant residual odour left in the machine that doesn't linger on the glassware/china, like some of the cheaper brands. Things like baked on grease/oils/protein stains, on a ceramic dish or pan after roasting veg or meat are still resistant to the cleaning action, but this is true of all dishwasher tablets and the only thing I've found that shifts this is good old elbow grease.


Bahco 9770 BE-9770 1.5 - 10mm Hex Key Set
Bahco 9770 BE-9770 1.5 - 10mm Hex Key Set
Price: £10.58

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent quality and value with a secure plastic holder, 18 Jan. 2015
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Excellent quality and value with a secure plastic holder. For those that have difficulty getting them out of the holder simply twist about 45 degrees and slide them out, simples!


Polti Vaporella Forever 670 Steam Generator Iron
Polti Vaporella Forever 670 Steam Generator Iron
Price: £124.99

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars DANGEROUS FIRE HAZARD- Sorry Polti but this machine needs to be recalled for product safety testing - Amazon please take note!, 15 Jan. 2015
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The transition from using an ordinary steam iron to one of these dedicated steam generator machines is like going from tinder & flint to matches, i.e. both will do the job you ask of them, but one is a lot more effective and easier for the desired outcome. My first foray into the steam generator world was nearly ten years ago when I used the superb Philips GC7330 Iron 4.5 Bar Steam System With Variable Steam and found it a worthy successor to my old hand held steam iron. Then came the Philips GC7330 and the GC8460 models which were again major advances in performance but that was 6 years ago and although my trusty machine has served me well it's time to see if there really has been much improvement in the tech since then.....

I've used Polti steam cleaners in the past as they were one of the first to market back in the 90's and VERY expensive but I have never used any other products in their range and had no idea that they made steam irons. The brand is Italian but like most electrical goods these days the manufacture is outsourced to the Peoples Republic of China.

The footprint of the Polti is 38 x 25 x 27.5 cm and weighs approx 4.5kg. This means that when filled to its maximum capacity of 750ml this will add another 0.75kg to its weight, making a total of 5.25kg (approx 11.5lbs in old money), so make sure that your ironing board support stand is strong enough to take this weight, or you'll have to use a separate table to rest it on. I use a heavy-duty Vileda board, but even the support stand on this struggles, hence why I mention it.

The next point is purely one of preference and habit, as I traditionally liked to stand the iron on its heel end, in between moving the clothes on the board, but with these steam irons that habit has to be forgotten. My old 8460 comes with a separate heat resistant plate to rest on which means that you have to find the extra space on your ironing board for the resting plate to sit. Thankfully the Polti uses the base unit as a resting stand by virtue of having heat resistant rubber resting pads which means more space and less clutter.

The 'ergonomic design' of the Polti or any other manufacturer is no gimmick and it really does improve the comfort of what I fondly (?) call the Sunday Slog as I wade through the kids' uniforms and hubbies work shirts. Essentially the handle is angled upwards as opposed to the traditional horizontal, which means that your shoulder is in less internal rotation and hence a more comfortable position. I prefer the Poltis handle trigger for steam generation, compared to my old machine (which doesn't have a lockable top button for this function) although there is no separate water-spray function present which seems to be something that has been designed out of these irons over the years.

Another useful feature of the Polti is the iron 'lock-in' system, which allows you to carry the iron one handed if you're strong enough, or at least secures it in place when storing/moving it around. It's just a shame that there is no retractable powercord on the base unit, which might be a consideration for future designs?

The Polti has an impressive steam generation capacity of 110g, but this is where it falls down in comparison to my old machine which has a HUGE steam boost of 170g which could literally have your wallpaper coming off the walls! I know there are even larger steam boost machines around now but you really do need the 170g boost as a minimum to make short work of any heavy weight clothes/soft furnishing items that you may tackle.

The start up time from cold is still approximately 2 minutes, but the Polti is noticeably a lot quieter when filling the steam tank, as my husband will no doubt testify due to there being far less cursing during MOTD than previously. The removable tank is simple to remove/fill/fit and more importantly does not leak, which is always my biggest concern although the low 750ml capacity does mean you wouldn't do a marathon ironing session without refilling. There is a little spout along with a supplied funnel to facilitate this. Heat control is with the usual iron based dial and there are four steam control levels on the base unit along with an 'eco' mode that is supposed to save energy and gives it an A rating.

Now comes the bad bit unfortunately, which is that the machine began to stink to high heaven within ten minutes of turning it on, emitting a really powerful acrid smoky aroma to the steam it was producing, before I literally had to turn it off for fear that it was going to burst into flames any minute! The heat regulation was very poor with the iron getting uncontrollably superhot on a cotton setting that actually caused a yellowing of several items including my husbands favourite shirt which went down like a lead balloon when I told him and burnt through the ironing board cover. To top it all, it has also started oozing a red liquid from the rim of the ceramic hotplate where it meets the body and the heat control dial is white hot and quite frankly dangerous and potentially a massive fire hazard. On closer inspection of the iron it looks like the plastic has melted and deformed around the ceramic plate and a spring popped out of the side which you can see in the pictures I have taken. The finish around the handle is also very poor and looks to me like it was damaged before packaging, again as you will see from the pictures.

My overall impression of the Polti is that it is dangerous and should not be on sale here on Amazon until it has at least had further safety testing and investigation by the Trading Standards Authority. It is certainly not the massive advance I was expecting in terms of performance over my 6yr old Philips machine, which is still going strong and has some handier features like a 1.6litre water tank and retractable cord, but more importantly doesn't overheat,smoke and burn my clothes!! Ok perhaps my unit is faulty but it's not a good first impression of the brand and certainly not one that's going to make me consider buying anything from their range in the future.
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Philips 5W (50W) GU10 Master LED Value Spot Light, 2700K Warm White, Dimmable
Philips 5W (50W) GU10 Master LED Value Spot Light, 2700K Warm White, Dimmable
Price: £12.26

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Probably the best GU10 LED yet, 13 Jan. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This is the third generation of 50W equivalent LED's from Philips and they have somehow managed to reduce the power usage by 0.2W whilst improving the high luminosity index by almost 5%, although there is a trade off in that the average life is reduced from 40000 to 25000 hours. It's a bit of a design deviation from the older Master LED version in that it has 8 separate round light spots as opposed to the single lens surrounded by the vents, and whilst this reduces the claimed beam angle by 4 degrees, it really isn't noticeable in use. The best thing about this bulb is the greatly reduced price compared to what its predecessors cost when first introduced to the market a few years ago, which means that it is a much more accessible and viable upgrade that everyone can do to save energy, protect the environment and save some pennies.

As with the other master led bulb range, the light is a warm white akin to the original halogens which I prefer for areas outside of the kitchen, with the spread being slightly wider and more uniform. The bulb itself feels well made and is identical in size to the traditional halogen it replaced, which means no problems with retrofitting into older down-light fittings. A lower heat output, lower frequency of 'blowing' and the advantage of not tripping your fuse box MCB's makes these bulbs the ones for the future.

Light output is instantaneous with the added bonus of being dimmable, which the majority of LED bulbs haven't been up until now. On this point please be aware that most older style dimmer switches require a minimum load to function eg 40- 220W without causing any flickering or other issues, so if you intend changing your bulbs then make sure that your existing dimmer switch is up to the job of handling a lower load. (eg if you have a dimmer of load handling 40-220W and there are 4x50W existing halogens then the load is 200W whereas if you change them to 4x6W LED's then you only have a load of 24W which would cause problems as its below the recommended load handling of the dimmer switch) Thankfully there are now specialist Low Load Trailing Edge Dimmer Switches that are made to accommodate the lower loads from LED bulbs, so just be aware that you may have to factor in the cost of a replacement dimmer switch/electrician to get the use out of these new bulbs.

It is also worth remembering that LEDs cannot dim as low as halogen bulbs, while a typical halogen bulb will dim to about 5%, an LED will only dim to 10%.


Microfibre Towel Large Size ~ 130 x 80cm ~ Ultra Absorbent and Fast Drying ~ Lightweight and Compact ~ Great for Camping, Backpacking, Sports, Beach or Bath. A Great Travel Towel (Purple)
Microfibre Towel Large Size ~ 130 x 80cm ~ Ultra Absorbent and Fast Drying ~ Lightweight and Compact ~ Great for Camping, Backpacking, Sports, Beach or Bath. A Great Travel Towel (Purple)
Offered by ZigZed
Price: £12.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The ideal travel towel, 13 Dec. 2014
I'm a new convert to the use of large microfibre towels & I was fortunate to receive this towel for review purposes.

Nobody loves a large, warm & fluffy towel straight off the towel radiator more than me, but there are instances in life where this luxury is less practical and awkward ie at the beach, gym, camping trips or swimming baths, where you want maximum efficiency with minimum bulk and weight. This is where large microfibre towels come into their own and quite frankly rule the roost, as there is nothing better for these situations and I wish these had been around in my backpacking days as it would have saved so much room and weight in my pack.

The towel comes in a compact nylon meshed travel pouch that gives ventilation and makes it easy to store in your kitbag. It is a lovely duck egg blue colour that my children absolutely love and has a large hanging label on one corner that could do with being halfway along the length, as it is rather long when suspended in this way. The drying sensation is a little quirky, as it sticks to you like a second skin and feels like you're using a chamois leather but you soon get used to this and you'll be amazed at the efficiency of drying. The towel dries really quickly if left out to air and cleaning is a simple cool wash cycle with good colour fastness after washing so far. It's not recommended to hotwash, dryclean or tumble dry this item so please be aware of this, or it will shrink and fade.

If they could find a way of making these towels thick and fluffy, the normal cotton towels we use at home would be swiftly replaced but they are safe for the time being and fill a niche of their own. I do however highly recommend this towel from Zeds as the ideal travel/activity towel.


Diplomacy [DVD]
Diplomacy [DVD]
Dvd ~ Niels Arestrup
Price: £17.13

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An interesting take on debateable events, 9 Dec. 2014
This review is from: Diplomacy [DVD] (DVD)
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I'm not a fan of subtitled films as in my view it is an annoying distraction from the appreciation of the actors' art, if I'm forced to read the dialogue throughout. Needless to say prior to ordering I didn't realise that this film is subtitled and being a hopeless monoglot I was forced to submit to my pet hate, which was only exacerbated by the fact that some of the dialogue is rather swift moving. However it is an interesting depiction of the self-professed German 'Saviour of Paris' Dietrich von Choltitz and his controversial and highly debated account of true events. The main characters' are convincing in their portrayal and overall the film is worthy of commendation but it is a hard slog if you are not fluent in French and German.


Trendiy Art Beaded Chain Bracelets
Trendiy Art Beaded Chain Bracelets
Price: £8.77

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Ideal for precocious and aspiring little madames only, 7 Dec. 2014
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There really isn't one endearing feature of this item that my craft loving daughter can comment on and that is pretty unusual for her as she hates to be negative about anything. After wasting a few hours trying to make a bracelet with poor instructions, that required a non-supplied clipboard she gave up and it was tossed into her box of miscellaneous craft wares to be utilised in other more inventive ways.

The glossy Cosmo style magazine that comes supplied with it is pulp fiction at its very worst with sickening Americanisms and female stereotypes that would have the Suffragettes up in arms burning every bra in the land! eg a 16 yr old model interview question/answer- If you were allowed to create one law, what would it be? Answer- Monday's would be declared "no makeup day!" - hmmmmm and this is aged at girls aged 8+!!!!

There is a website trendiyart.com but this is mainly pictures of bracelets and models with no instructions on making anything and there is also a blog feature with no update since Oct 30th 2014 Beauce Carnaval in Quebec French Canada.

I really don't think this is particularly well thought out or planned for the UK market and like many of the endorsing models within, if you scratch the surface you'll find there's very little beneath and a case in point for demonstrating stereotyped, superficial attitudes to life.


Aqua Sphere Seal 2 Regular Swimming Goggles - Violet/Clear Lens
Aqua Sphere Seal 2 Regular Swimming Goggles - Violet/Clear Lens
Offered by Dive Instinct
Price: £10.34

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best childrens' swimming goggles on the market, 7 Dec. 2014
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My daughters have used the original Aqua Sphere Seal's for the last 5 years and only now have they started to discolour, with some black staining appearing within the red coloured plastic that looks like mould, but won't shift with Milton or even stronger bleaches. Whilst this didn't interfere with the goggle function, it doesn't look great so it was time to renew for the updated model.

The main changes that I can see are a slightly modified shape and wider lens with an improved design of the side-clip strap adjusters and stays. The adjustable sides are consequently much easier to use and the fit and function remain second to none in terms of goggles for children. When my girls started swimming they were the only ones in a class of ten and within four weeks everyone had asked us and changed their chidrens' goggles for these which says it all to me!


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