First, a disclaimer: The makers of Invisible Glass were nice enough to send me a package of products to test out in exchange for this review. The opinions of said products in this review, however, are 100% mine.
Right, now that the legal stuff is out of the way, as you all know I've been trying really hard to get Spring cleaning done around here. I've been having mixed success with it, although I am happy to say that shampooing the carpets about fifteen times does seem to actually be helping my son's eczema for a change, so yay!
One of my least favorite, yet most rewarding, tasks this time of year is cleaning all the glass in the house. You know, windows, doors, deep cleaning with a Q-tip around the frames of mirrored cabinets in the bathroom (seriously if I'm the only one who is anal retentive enough to do this, please don't tell me...the shmutz that builds up just drives me nuts, what can I say?). So, when Invisible Glass contacted me and asked if I'd like to review their products I jumped at the chance to try out ANY glass cleaning product, let alone one that would supposedly clean up streak free.
I'm taking the following from some of the cleaning tip sheets/attachments they sent me in my e-mail to give you an idea of what Invisible Glass is all about...
"It’s getting warmer and for many of us that means spring cleaning. 80% of people who spring clean will be focused on cleaning windows (http://www.cleaninginstitute.org/assets/1/Page/2013_ACI_Spring_Cleaning_Survey.pdf), but that often means a tedious task involving squeegees, newspapers, vinegar, or unreliable soapy cleaners that leave streaky residues and more attract dust and dirt. Invisible Glass® is working hard to making glass cleaning easier!When I finally got the products in the mail and opened up my package I looked at the can of spray and knew IMMEDIATELY what I could acid test this product on.
An independent study from the Advanced Materials Research Center – the same organization that has tested Corning Glass for the past 30 years – has shown the new Invisible Glass® EZ Grip glass cleaner was the only glass cleaner tested to clean completely streak free!
Many other products clean but can’t leave glass clear. Common cleaners deposit microscopic solids from soaps, scents, and dyes that leave residues on the surface causing streaks. And what’s worse, these residues attract dust and dirt to your glass.
Invisible Glass® is designed specifically for glass surfaces. The ClearDry™ formula is free from soaps, scents, and dyes so it evaporates quickly and completely leaving your windows, doors, tables, mirrors, and other glass surfaces streak-free and clean. "
This, my friends, is my son's mirrored closet and it looks like this a lot because he LOVES to smear anything glass, but especially mirrors (and I honestly encourage it as at least it's making him interact with himself in the mirror, thus getting some body recognition practice in).
So what were my reactions to this product?
Well first I noticed a HUGE pro with the EZ Grip Spray. I know, I know, you can't refill it like you can a traditional spray bottle. But, I have small hands, like teeny tiny and my pinkies in particular suffer from lack of fluid in my joints, so spray bottles can quickly become like torture devices to me as I'm cleaning. Even aerosol spray bottles start to hurt my hands pretty quickly as I'm using them. This bottle was a BREEZE to use, was easy to spray the trigger, wasn't hard to hold said trigger down and because it was basically an aerosol spray you got really good coverage right away when you sprayed it. I fell in love with the bottle right away when my hands weren't immediately screaming protests to me as I was spraying.
Next I noticed that where I sprayed the spray didn't immediately start running down the closet doors so you're doing that one man race with your cleaning rag to stop it from running down the door and onto your carpet before you can get the spray to stay on your cleaning surface and go where you needed it to go. Actually I was able to start at the top of the door and work my way down as I went and the spray was waiting for me and not the other way around, which was a really nice change of pace. And there wasn't the noxious smell of ammonia that is so prevalent with window cleaners and I wasn't smelling that really pungent smell of vinegar either. This spray, to me, didn't seem to have much of a scent.
The best perk I found was how the spray actually worked on greasy finger prints. Normally with glass cleaners I'm sitting there scrubbing for what seems to be hours and getting hand cramps spraying the towel, the door/window/mirror and whatever I can so that I might get the majority of the finger prints off the surface I'm working on. This spray, for lack of a better explanation, seemed to stick to the greasy finger prints and really cut through the grease, so cleaning them off was SO much easier than other cleaning sprays.
Check out the door after cleaning (I actually had to angle so that the panels in the door were completely visible otherwise it really did look like I was just taking a picture of the room...the door came out THAT clean).
My husband assures me the cleaning tool works fine as he immediately claimed it to clean the glass in his car *laugh* and I've used the lens cleaner wipes they sent on my son's I-Pad screen, our TV screen and my glasses and I have to say that I have no complaints on the lens wipes. They seem to work well, although I don't really have a lot of products to compare the product to as I don't buy lens cleaner wipes, but the product did what it said it would do.
The only cons I can really name with the Invisible Glass is the inability to refill the spray bottle with the EZ Grip bottle (but for me the pros outweigh on the cons on that, especially if you have arthritis or other conditions going on) and also the cost as I didn't really look to see how much this stuff would normally cost to buy. But, overall, if the cost is anywhere close to normal window cleaners (honestly, I'd pay a couple of bucks extra to get this stuff for the sake of my poor hands and really I don't see myself having to use as much of this spray as normal window cleaner, so I'm thinking one bottle will last quite a while), I'd definitely buy this as the spray does its job and does it well!
Here's a bit more information about Invisible Glass, once again taken from the attachments the company sent me for the curious :).
"About Invisible Glass: Invisible Glass® is available at Wal-Mart in a 19oz EZ Grip spray aerosol can. Invisible Glass® is a division of Stoner Inc., a family owned company providing time-saving solutions since 1942 and proudly manufactured in the U.S.A. For more information visit www.invisibleglass.com"So, there you are folks. My test drive of "Invisible Glass".
Would you like to test drive Invisible Glass for yourselves?
To enter said contest, all you have to do is leave a comment on the blog here about how you are doing on your Spring Cleaning endeavors. If you can't make the blog work (common complaint with Blogger, unfortunately) you can enter on Facebook (you can comment after the link to this post or private message me...this contest is in no way sponsored by Facebook just as an additional disclaimer), or if you can't make any other form work, feel free to e-mail me (you can find the e-mail under the "contact" tab up top there).
Open to US residents only. This contest will run from today 4/20/16 till 4/29/16 when I'll use Random.org to pick a winner. The winner will then have forty eight hours in which to get back to me with their address or I will pick a new winner. This product can not be shipped to P.O. Boxes so please keep that in mind when entering.
Thanks to all who participated! This giveaway is now over!