I love to have a nice clean home and am very fussy about my bathroom and kitchen being ship shape.
I usually just use eaither bleach or toilet gel however I spotted these in my local Asda store and thought I'd give them a try.
Comes in a white cardboard come plastic packet. The Smart price logo is shown. The pack contains two blocks that are dark blue. They have like a gauze coating on them. They smell of disenfectant really with tones of floral notes. Be aware that these blocks are irritants to the skin.
Take off the cistone lid of your toilet and carefully drop it in at the end where the float is. Leave to disolve in the water for five minutes before flushing.
I have noticed my block lasts a week I live alone and have friends and family come to visit on occation.
When you flush the chain you get a blue foam in the toilet bowl keeping your loo nice and fresh and free from odours.
Avilable from Asda only costing areound 50p
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Although I like to clean the toilet 'properly' with bleach or a specialist toilet cleaner such as toilet duck or harpic, I also buy either rim blocks or cistern blocks to use in between cleans to keep the toilet looking and smelling fresh. Last time I bought these Smartprice Cistern blocks as we have a holiday coming up and I was trying to save a bit of money to go towards that.
The cistern blocks come on a cardboard backing (different to the one Dooyoo have pictured) and are easy to open. You get two in a pack, and the plastic front keeps the second one dry and protected whilst the first block is in use.
The idea of these is that you drop one of the blocks into the toilet cistern, so every time you flush, your toilet will be cleaned by the chemicals contained in the block.
The blocks are wrapped in a sort of pleated material and have a strong scent which to me is like pine mixed with dettol. You don't need to unwrap them, simply drop one into the cistern. You need to wait for 5 minutes between dropping one of these into your cistern and the first flush.
Once the toilet is flushed, you will notice that the water that comes down is blue. I also found that it made quite a lot of froth and bubbles in the bottom of the toilet bowl and these bubbles would take a long time to disappear. I was quite surprised by this as I've used a lot of these sorts of products in the past, and to my recollection none of the other cistern blocks I've had have ever frothed. It wasn't a big deal of course, I just found it rather strange - it looked like someone had put bubble bath in the toilet!
One thing I did find was that the blue colouring in the blocks clung to limescale. I don't have hard water in my area and I clean the toilet regularly so I don't have a huge problem with limescale, but I could see small areas where the blue colour seemed to 'stick'. This kind of went against the whole point in using them which was to make the toilet look clean!
Considering how strong these smelled when in the pack, I found that there was only a very mild pine aroma when flushing the toilet.
I do think these work to a degree, but they are not a substitute for a good scrub with a toilet brush and a squirt of bleach. In my opinion though, they are good for in between cleans and keep my toilet smelling fresher than had I not used anything at all. There is no mention of killing germs either, so they are not the most hygienic of toilet cleaning products.
A pack of two blocks costs just 30p from ASDA, working out at 15p each. I find in my household (of two people) that one block will last around two weeks before the blue starts to fade away, meaning that for us they work out at around 30p a month which makes them excellent value for money.
Overall these are OK, but nothing special and I certainly can't rave about them. On the upside they are cheap and keep the toilet smelling fresh, on a more negative side the blue colour seems to stick to and highlight limescale and they are no substitute for proper cleaning, so I would only give them an average scoring of three stars.
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My bathroom and downstairs toilet are decorated in blue, that was the main reason in buying these Cistern Blocks, so that my toilet matched the walls! And of course to try and help keep germs at bay between proper cleaning.
** Price and packaging **
The blocks come in a pack of 2 for 30p. The packaging is a piece of card coloured white and green with the Smart Price logo, and a see through plastic, so you can see what you are getting. Unlike some packaging similar to this, it is easy to get into without going at it with a knife of pair of scissors. It's easy to tear the cardboard away from the plastic.
** What do I think? **
Using the cistern blocks is easy, simply whack the top of the toilet off and put it in. The wax type wrapper of the block will dissolve in the water, flushing the toilet almost instantly after putting the block in will see the water already starting to change. After about 5 minutes the water is a deep blue colour, and seems to leave the toilet bowl sparkling. I'm not sure if it gets rid of all germs, I'm pretty certain it doesn't (if only it did, would save cleaning all the time!), but it does leave the bowl looking fresh.
I do a deep clean of both of the toilets once a week and insert one of the blocks, and every time a week has passed the water is still slightly blue in colour. Maybe that's because I don't flush them too often seeing as though it's only me using them most of the time.
** Overall **
Of course these blocks aren't going to keep all the germs at bay, and I definitely wouldn't recommend just using these. But as an addition to other cleaning products, these keep the toilet looking fresh and clean between proper cleans, there is nothing more disgusting than a dirty looking toilet.
At 30p a week, I would be silly not to carry on buying this product. The next brand up costs over £1 and I don't see what else it could possibly offer. Thumbs up from me!
=== The product ===
Blue cistern blocks designed to sit in your toilet tank, foam up and turn the water blue. Designed to keep your toilet fresh and clean at all times.
=== The packaging ===
Each block comes wrapped in a waxy type paper that will dissolve in the cistern. There are two cistern blocks in each packet and they come stuck on a cardboard backing with a plastic casing over the top. The packaging is very simple to get in to as I just pull the cardboard away from the plastic. I usually half rip this open to get the first one out and leave the second one, in it's packaging, in my under sink cupboard with my other cleaning products.
=== Do they work? ===
Yes.... So it would seem! These blocks do indeed go in my cistern nicely and they turn my toilet water blue. My toilet does seem to be clean when using these but I regularly use a 'deep clean' type product on it as well as using standard toilet cleaners to keep it looking pristine on an almost daily basis.
=== Where can I buy these and how much for? ===
These are available from Asda stores and from www.asda.co.uk. These are 30p for a packet of 2 so 15p each which is fantastically low.
=== My overall opinion ===
These little cistern blocks are fantastic. My main reason for wanting to use these is because I have noticed that my toilet isn't always looking clean recently. I have been using a rim block, giving it a deep clean at least once a week and using toilet cleaner on a daily basis but I think because of our new pipework and living in a very hard water area we are getting a limescale build up quite frequently that isn't always getting removed immediately so is making a little tide type mark in the toilet. I mainly wanted something that would dye the water of the toilet so that if there was anything left lurking around the bowl it would be well disguised until my daily clean. This obviously works very well at doing this and with two of us, plus the odd guest, using the toilet it stays looking nice and blue for at least a week, once the block is running low it begins to be a lot more diluted and eventually it will sometimes leave a little bit of residue in the toilet and this is when I put another block in.
These are obviously very simple to use, I just unscrew the top of my toilet, lift up the cistern ceramic lid and then plop one of these in. It tends to sit on the right hand side of the toilet and we have a new 'water saving' one that allows you to do a small or larger flush, not sure if these details are relevant but felt it best to add them just in case you were wondering. There is nothing left after the water stops becoming blue as the entire block and wrapping will dissolve away and be flushed through in the toilet.
The main selling point of these blocks, for me, is that they are just 15p. For less than £1 a month I can keep my toilet looking clean and fresh when guests come. Also, most people will just see the dyed water and assume it's an expensive product that's making it fresher and cleaner and wouldn't know that this was a cheap block as it's hidden in the cistern. I love knowing that when visitors come that if there are any stains or marks in the bottom of the toilet bowl that they will generally be hidden from view until I can clean the toilet again and no-one really wants to think of people scrutinising their toilet and not being satisfied with it's cleanliness.
I will continue to buy these blocks as I'm happy with the quality of them. They dye the water and the colour is quite strong, they last at least a week (usually) and my toilet does seem to be less resistant to stains which is always good. The toilet bowl looks quite shiny and clean when I've flushed it and as I believe appearances are almost everything (except hygienic!) I'm happy with these!
One thing in our house that I like to be clean at all times is the toilet and to be honest with a four year old who takes herself to the toilet that is not the easiest of tasks, I just think that toilets harbour so many germs if I find the toilet dirty it has to be fixed.
My toilet gets cleaned with wipes for a quick once over, properly at least once a week and I also use a cistern block just to ensure it is completely clean, we tried the Tesco value version of the cistern blocks so when I was in Asda I decided to give their Smartprice version a try. I paid 30p for this product which contains two blocks, you can pay up to about £2 for a two pack of these blocks so I think the Smartprice ones are fantastic value.
The blocks comes on a piece of cardboard covered by a plastic front, on the front of the cardboard it simply states that they are Asda Smartprice and that they are cistern blocks. The blocks are circular and are covered in what looks like blue paper although it can't be as it dissolves in water. On the back of the packet you have the direction for use which are to clean the toilet thoroughly under the rim and then the place the block without unwrapping it into the cistern at the opposite end than the handle and then leave for 5 minutes before flushing. There are a few warnings on the back of the packet which are keep away from children and keep away from eyes and skin, finally you are told the main ingredient which is Anionic Surfactants.
Once you have placed on of these in the cistern and left for five minutes you will find that the water in your toilet turns bright blue and supposedly kills germs and keeps your toilet clean and fresh. The blue doesn't mark the bowl at all and I must say that when there is one in the toilet which is most of the time in our house I do think the toilet bowl seems to have more of a sparkle to it and it certainly seems to stay clean for longer. The only issue with this product is that they don't last very long, I find that after a couple of days there is only a blue tinge left and you need to put another in, I am considering trying a more expensive one just to compare and see if this cheap one is actually just false economy.
When it comes to my bathroom being clean and tidy and germ free I take it very seriously indeed and have the firm belief that if its a hell hole (loads of peoples I have been in actually are!) I cant possibly be clean myself lol!
I religiously clean my toilet every day, if not a few times a day if I feel the need to and spend a fortune on products for it.
The other day I spotted these in Asda and although I don't think that cistern blocks usually do alot other than add a nice colour to toilet water, for the price I felt that they were worth a go and at least wouldn't do any harm!
The Packaging is white and bright green card then the cistern blocks are secured in place by a see-through hard plastic on the front of that card and all I am told on the front of it is that they are Asda 'Smart Price' Cistern Blocks. On the back of the card other information listed tells me how to use them, warnings are given as are the ingredients and contact details for Asda are also stated. Cheap looking packaging this is but it has all the information listed on it you could possible require and it doesn't matter anyway cos it rips off with ease and you dispose of it anyway!
Well all you do is take one of the small round blocks that are quite thick and dark blue in colour with like a pleated biodegradable tissue covering on them is to pop one into your cistern, near the float and leave it for 5 minutes to settle before flushing your toilet for the first time. After that time it turns your toilet water a rich dark blue that is transparent and rather nice really in appearance lol. This is meant to of course help kill germs. Course I don't know if it does that, after all I'm no scientist though it does keep the bowl of my toilet looking sparkling clean and of course gives it a nice colour and it doesn't stain the bowl at all.
However this gives no fresh/clean fragrance and I have found I only get about ten flushes per block and then the block must have completely dissolved and the water colour returns back to normal!
The jury is really out on this one really. Like I did mention it does give a clean feel due to the colour change and does seem to make my toilet look generally more clean but a germ killer?..... I'll never know but I will buy these from time to time in the future for the price that they cost cos at least they won't break the bank!
These are only available from Asda stores costing 31p for 2 x 50g blocks.
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