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is cheap own brand disinfectant as effective as branded disinfectant?

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Is Tesco's cheap disinfectant at 85p as effective as Dettol at £3.50 as I bought Tesco disinfectant and my partner wasn't happy?

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  • Carrot007
    Carrot007 Posts: 4,534 Forumite
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    Yes, it's all the same. 785p sounds expensive to me for such a thing.

    The costly ones may smell better, but as long as you know the concentration of whatever you are buying it's all the same.
  • MrsStepford
    MrsStepford Posts: 1,746 Forumite
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    No, it's not all the same. Compare not just the ingredients, but also the proportions of them. Can you tell whether a cheap disinfectant has a higher proportion of water. It's like buying organic chicken and conventional chicken. The convention chicken can contain added water, maybe as much as 12% plus additives and glucose syrup. It can be fed on GM feed amd intensively reared without seeing a blade of grass.  It's way cheaper but it isn't better.

    When doing a comparison. for anything, it has to be like for like. Not just ingredients but proportions. If you want good cleaning stuff for a cheap price, buy in bulk from a hospital/care home/hotel supplier. 
  • Katiehound
    Katiehound Posts: 7,718 Forumite
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    Slightly off the point but you might like to look at Zoflora (or cheaper copy) as you dilute it yourself. Comes in a very small or smallish bottle & has very many uses: different dilutions for different jobs. Flower/ ocean scents too
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  • Katiehound
    Katiehound Posts: 7,718 Forumite
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    Just had a thought: maybe OP likes the small of Dettol, it is quite distinctive. Personally it does nowt for me!
    Being polite and pleasant doesn't cost anything! --
    Many thanks
    -Stash bust:in 2022:337
    Stash bust :2023. 120duvets, 24 bags, 43 dog coats, 2 scrunchies, 10 mittens, 6 bootees, 8 glass cases, 2 A6 notebooks, 59 cards, 6 lav bags,36 angels,9 bones, 1 knee blanket, 1 lined bag,3 owls, 88 pyramids = total 420 total spend £5. Total for 'Dogs for Good' £546.82

    2024:37 Doggy duvets,30 pyramids, 6 hottie covers, 4 knit hats,13 crochet angels,1 shopper, 87cards=178 £88.25 spent!!!
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