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I have used this product a couple of times now to unblock a slow draining bath. Quite why it is slow draining I don't really wish to know, but I presume it is soap scum and hair (not that my family are a particularly hairy bunch) and it was getting to the stage where I was considering calling a plumber or a drain unblocking company to come and clear our drains. I didn't need to do either once I found this product. I looked on the back and thought it might work, so was prepared to give it a go and I am glad that I did. I used the whole bottle for luck and I left it overnight but the following morning when I swished the shower it had appeared to have worked. I was of course thrilled that the next time the bath played up again, I headed straight for the product in my local supermarket, where sure enough it worked its magic again. The cleaning contains some very powerful chemical so I would be really careful where I used it, and I would always follow manufacturing instructions thoroughly particularly the need to wear the correct protective clothing. This product would be careful of giving you some very nasty, chemical burns if used incorrectly. However if your drains are blocked or slow moving and you want to save yourself some cash, I really would give this product a go before calling anyone out because hopefully it will work for you as effectively as it worked for me.
Recently the water at the bottom of my shower wasn't emptying fast enough and was pooling around my feet. It meant that if ever I moved a big swish of water followed and a wave would pour out onto the floor. Not only is this dangerous because it was wetting far enough out of the mat's reach, but it could also leave some water damage because so much water was spilling out. After about two weeks of this I decided enough was enough and went to Wilkinsons in search of a plughole unblocker. The section I found was only very small and the three variants were this, a cheaper white bottle from the Wilko brand, and a Mr. Muscle version. I was planning on buying the store brand version but the size of the bottle was a little misleading even though it was 300ml also, it just felt a lot emptier and I felt safer buying this option instead. I think another thing that lay in the back of my mind was I really needed this to work first time and wasn't sure if the Wilko version would be a little more watered down and weaker.
Anyway, so I ended up purchasing this in a nice black bottle with blue writing and imagery. The front cover of the bottle listed what it claimed to do, from breaking down hair to stopping slow draining water which were my main issues with the shower. It was £3.30 when I bought it last week so this is the most current price for it. As mentioned, the carton is 300ml which I first I worried wouldn't actually be enough. It seemed a little light and I thought what if it all simply pours down immediately as I wasn't sure of the consistency. Once having poured it down the drain however it pooled in a little soapy formation in the pipe and I could see it going to work. I left the door open to my bathroom in case it suddenly steamed up the room and because of the chemicals involved, but it didn't create a bad smell or do as I'd feared anyway. I left it in for around half an hour before coming back to check and running some water and the problem was totally gone, the water no longer collected and was draining away easily.
One thing I think worth mentioning is the corrosive quality of the product. It needs to be obviously to dissolve any hair stuck in the pipes, but a bit naively on my part I actually applied this barefoot and got a little bit on my foot. I rinsed it for a while but there was still a bit of a sting. It does specify on the bottle to keep out of reach of children and that it is corrosive, so be careful.
I would buy this again as the price is reasonable for its effectiveness and it was very fast acting in my opinion. The store brand version I could have chosen from was £2.00 which is quite a significant drop, but I was happy with the results I got regardless. The quantity was the right amount for what I needed, but in future I would probably buy two bottles as they are good to have around in case any issues arise.
Our bathroom sink had been draining slowly for a few weeks, I'd put bleach down it, but it didn't do the trick, so on a trip to my local Asda I had a look at the various plughole unblockers that were available. I didn't want to pay the earth for a bottle, as most of them are just one use anyway so when I saw this Buster Plughole Unblocker "Bathroom" for I think £1.50 I thought I'd give it a go.
The bottle is exactly as shown and the instructions are to pour the whole 300ml bottle down the drain and leave it for at least 15 minutes, preferably overnight. I went for the overnight options, but being a bit tight with money I used half the bottle in the sink plug and half in the bath plug. There was no smell when I poured the liqud down the drain, so there was no smell when I got up the next morming when I simply switched on the hot taps in both the sink and the bath and let them run for a few minutes. I then filled the sink with water to see if it drained quicker than before and I have to say it did, as did the bath. I was very pleased with the result as I thought by using just half the bottle it wouldn't work, but it did.
I'll definitely be buying this product again as it was cheaper than most other brands and half the bottle worked just as good as a full one.
Thanks to my long hair and washing my dog in the bath, a lot of hair and soap suds were beginning to block my bathroom plughole. It was taking longer and longer for the bathwater to rinse away, sometimes even overnight wasn't long enough. Rather than a) calling my dad or b) a plumber, I decided to take matters into my own hands and try to unblock it with a chemical product as opposed to a plunger. Normally I am very, very cynical about products like this but I figured it was worth a try.
This Buster Bathroom Plug Unblocker claims to dissolve hair/soap/sludge from bathroom plugholes and pipes, thus stopping water from draining slowly.
This comes in a very serious looking black plastic bottle with a blue lid. On the front is a picture of a plughole and what it claims to do, as stated above. I don't recall having any particular difficulties in taking the lid off, and once you do, the top of the bottle is quite thin and tapered - a bit like a larger version of the top of superglue - which enables you to have room to squirt it down the plughole.
HOW TO USE
It is recommended that for blockages, you use the whole bottle. Simply empty the bottle slowly down the plughole and then leave it for at least 15 minutes - ideally overnight. It comes out reasonably slowly so you can't just squirt it all out in one go. My plughole was so badly blocked that after about half a bottle, the product wouldn't go any further down, so I had to wait around 10 minutes for it to travel its way down the plughole before I poured the remainder.
Once you have left it to work for the desired amount of time, you then flush your plughole with plenty of hot water.
You can also use this regularly ie. weekly to prevent blockages, by pouring a third of the bottle down as and when required.
SMELL AND CONSISTENCY
This had the smell and consistency of thick, clear bleach. I expected a stronger smell from such a heavy duty product, but I could not smell this once I had used it, or in the bathroom afterwards. I could only smell the bleachy scent as I was pouring it.
I was optimistic that this was going to work as soon as I started pouring it. There were some stray hairs in the bottom of my bathtub and when I spilt a bit of this product on them, after a few minutes you could sort of see them shrivel - almost the way hair looks when it is burning.
I used this at around 8pm one evening and left it for just under 24 hours. I would recommend that you do use this at a time you don't need your shower/bath, so that it has the maximum time to work. My shower is inside my bath, so I was able to spray lots of hot water down the plughole using the shower head. Immediately upon doing so, the water washed away cleanly and I could hear the trickle of the water flowing freely down the plughole. I then had a shower and again the water went down the plughole as I was doing so, and I was no longer left standing in several inches of water. Brilliant stuff! A week later, the water is still running away and my bath looks nice and clean and scum-free again.
This product is corrosive and can cause burns (the manufacturers say). It contains sodium hypochlorite and sodium hydroxide. Obviously as with any chemical product, you should not mix this with anything else. It is also recommended that you wear gloves and eye/face protection. If this does make contact with your skin or eyes, you should rinse it for 20 minutes.
I paid £3.40 for this 300ml bottle in Sainsbury's, but prices vary both online and in stores. For the results this gave, I think this is a great price. Even if I had to buy a bottle of this once a month - which I don't - I would be more than happy to pay this again.
WOULD I RECOMMEND THIS?
Definitely. The blockage in my plughole was rather bad so I honestly can't see how anyone could fail to be impressed by this product. I will be buying this again, without a doubt.
Blocked plug holes are a never ending problem in our household, particularly those belonging to the bath and shower due to the copious amount of long hair that I constantly shed. The water was beginning to drain away slowly and gurgling in the process in addition to giving off a rather offensive whiff. As a result, I knew action was needed in the name of Buster Plughole Unblocker Bathroom with this review discussing my thoughts.
Whilst the appearance of Buster isn't particularly appealing to the eye, it most certainly makes a statement due to its jet black packaging with the name of the product in large white and blue text. Consequently, this was the first product that caught my eye when scanning all of the plug unblocking bottles located on the shelf in Tesco.
The product is contained within a bottle where we are provided with 300 ml for our money and as the plastic is considerably robust it is highly unlikely to break and cause the harmful contents to spill. The claim is that the product, which is suitable for showers, baths and basins, will dissolve hair and sludge and will prevent the slow draining of water, which was perfect for our needs.
Whilst I normally jump in head first when using many products and simply follow my instinct, I knew that due to the potentially harmful ingredients, I needed to fully digest and understand the directions for use, which are presented in an easy to read text on the reverse of the packaging. The product can be used in two ways and that is on a weekly basis where a third of the bottle is needed to stop any gunk build up or it can be used when blockages or slow draining pipes occur. However, due to a blockage in the shower it was necessary to follow the instructions for the latter.
Due to the active ingredients the screw off cap is childproof, so I needed to gently press down on the pads located on both sides in order to remove it. Whilst only a third of the bottle is needed to keep blockages at bay, the entire 300ml bottle is required for when they actually occur. On removing the lid I was anticipating the opening to be quite large and of a similar size to that of the lid's circumference. However, there is a small plastic funnel connected to the top of the opening, which is no doubt a safety feature in addition to the fact that it prevents the contents gushing out too quickly.
As directed I slowly poured the entire bottle down the plug hole whilst trying not to inhale the contents, as they can emit harmful fumes due to the sodium hydroxide and sodium hypochlorite ingredients. Despite keeping my head back as far as possible as I carried out this task I was able to witness the clear product swishing down the plug hole and I would describe its texture as similar to that of a runny gel. During the process a horrible stink emitted from the plug hole, which confirmed to me that it was most definitely blocked.
The product should be left for a minimum of fifteen minutes or overnight; after which it should be thoroughly flushed away with hot water. As I wanted to ensure that I was obtaining maximum results, I chose to leave it overnight although I cannot speak of any issues with fumes or odour. However, to minimise any risk I kept the bathroom door closed until the following morning. I then had to rinse the solution away with hot water and it had clearly carried out its job, as there were no signs of any blockages when washing my hair later than day with the water being efficiently washed away. Furthermore, the offensive pong had totally vanished. The reverse of the bottle contains considerable information in relation to the ingredients and what action should be taken if the solution is accidentally spilled on the skin or inhaled.
You can purchase Buster Plughole Unblocker in all of the major supermarkets with Tesco and Asda charging £3.48. Whilst it is available from a seller on Amazon, it is priced up at a ridiculous £6.56 for the same size bottle. I would prefer to use this solution on a weekly basis, as per the information on the bottle, but it would be too costly to do this, so I use solely on those occasions when the plug holes are blocked.
I cannot recommend this product highly enough, as it is so easy to use and highly effective and as a result, it receives five stars from me.
Our bathroom sink had become clogged of late. it was taking quite a while to drain so we knew we had a bit of a blockage. I know the problem, I brush my long hair over the sink because there is a mirror hanging over it and so all my stray hairs go down the plughole and block it up. i cod actually see some strands all tangled up in the plug hole so that is why we bought this bottle of Buster bathroom plug hole unblocker. It actually says on the bottle that it has a, "new ultra power formual that clears and dissolves hair and sludge from bathroom plug holes and pipes and stops slow draining water. This is exactly what I was looking for.
The unblocker was really simple to use. There are two ways you can use it. If you want it to unblock a sink like we did you pour the whole 300ml bottle down drain, wait 15 mins but ideally overnight and flush through with lots of hot water. We did ours overnight as we were not using the sink then. Luckily, the liquid did not really have a smell to it so there were no fumes that built up overnight. I was surprised that the liquid was not really thick, it was quite thin although not as thin as pure liquid but it poured down the plughole nicely. In the morning we rinsed down quite a bit of hot water Nd the sink and drain seems to be draining perfectly with no blockage so I have been vey pleased with this product.
Now, you can also use it for regular use to stop build up in the sink which I think is a good idea with my hair malting. they advise you to use 100ml weekly in your sink so this might be something we try as well.
All in all a good drain unblocker.
Gradually over the last couple of months I have been noticing how blocked my bathtub plughole has become - in between getting clogged with my blonde hair which is constantly malting due to all the hair bleaching and my daughters long brown hair it was becoming a bit annoying watching how slow the water would take to drain away... and I needed a great product to sort it out. Normally I would pick one of the better known brands such as Mr Muscle as I have confidence in using their products as I know they will work! However on a visit to Tesco recently I came across this plughole unblocker from Buster and decided to give this a go after reading many reviews on DooYoo on how effective it is at unblocking drains. The bottle itself is quite small at 300ml and the fact the normal RRP is £2.38 - however at the time of my purchase the price had dropped to £2.20 - I believe in the phrase the best things come in small packages... I had high hopes due to this reason...
The bottle itself is quite bland - black in colour with blue and white font which tells you the name of the product and what it does. You also get the image of a plughole to advise you what its used for. The screw top has a child lock on similar to those you find on bleach products which is ideal as the product apparently contains corrosive ingredients. The back label then goes on to give you directions for use, ingredients and caution points.
The product has two uses - it can be used regually to stop build up blockages or for curing the problem. For regular use you are advsied to squeeze a third of the bottle straight down the plug hole, leave for 15 minutes and rinse. To cure the prodlem completely (which was my reason for purchase) you are advised to squeeze the full 300ml down the plughole, leave over night and then rinse down the plughole with warm water.
The product claims to dissolve hair and soap and stops slow draining water - everything I needed.
As I wanted to get rid of the slow moving water first time I went for the second option of pouring the full bottle down the plughole. I followed the instructions carefully - which wasn't difficult as it was very straight forward - and I did this late at night when me and my daughter both had our baths and my daughter was in bed, as I didn't want her to happen to go near the bath due to the harmful ingredients.
Upon opening the child safety top you find a straight nozzle similar to that of toilet bleachs and cleaners - getting a look at the liquid I was pouring down my plug hole the liquid inside was almost like bleach in colour, slightly yellow. It was also the same consistancy of bleach. I was half expecting to choke due to fumes I would inhale from the liquid similar to when you use some bleach and oven cleaners but I was surprised to see although there was a slight bleach scent it wasn't in anyway overpowering and franky very easy to use.
As the problem was under my plug hole I didn't see any difference straight away and was quite excited to see the results the next morning. Before my daughter rose the next day I got up and poured boiled water from the kettle down the plug hole rather than warm water to get the best out of the product.
Dissapointly although a full bottle of product had been squeezed down the night before and had a kettle of boiled water poured down, I was gutted to still see the water backing up and very slow to drain away... At this point dissapointed in spending money on something which had no effect I decided to investigate exactly what was lurking under my plug hole by using a pair of tweezers.
After being sick in my mouth a couple of times I managed to clear most of the blockage using the tweezers which pulled up what can only be described as brown gunk - hair and soap? And was thrown out safely in the bin to avoid anymore blockages...
My honest opinion is that this product did absolutely nothing to sort out the blocked plughole and as mentioned above a pair of tweezers worked out 100% more effective. It doesnt appear to have dissolved anything lurking under there and definetely hasnt cleared anything away. Words can't describe how dissapointed I was especially after reading all the positive reviews and in future I would be very wary at plughole unblockers due to this.
As previously mentioned the product can be used to prevent your plughole getting blocked and as I have tried to use it as a cure I cannot comment on how this option works but it definetely doesnt work as a cure.
Best advice? Keep your £2. Buster is not worth it.
my wife saw the advert on tv so while in Tesco we decided to buy the bathroom product.Our bathroom sink had run slower and slower and filling up although running away slowly.Tried soda crystals, hot water ,plunger and finally a long wire but to no real advantage.Put in buster bathroom sink unblocker, left in over night and great- a clear running sink.Really good product does exactely what in says on the bottle.d.s.rathie cleethorpes
Buster Bathroom Plug Unblocker is a bit of a waste of money in my opinion. My other half washes their hair over the bath regularly and this results in loads of hair getting stuck down the plug hole and when we let bath water out it takes ages because there is so much hair down there blocking it's escape.
We tried Buster Bathroom Plug Unblocker because we googled the problem and it was recommended on a forum we looked at. The bottle is dark blue with a paler blue lid and for £3 you get 300ml of fluid which says it will dissolve the hairs and other debris from deep inside the plughole. It was bouth in Asda but is available pretty much everywhere.
We poured it down as directed but instead of waiting the required fifteen minutes we left it overnight thinking it would work better.
Next morning we poured hot water down the plug hole, asd directed and rinsed it away. The smell was fine and not as strong as I was expecting it to be to be honest.
Unfortuantely the problem remains in the bathroom and I do not think this stuff has dissolved any of the hairs down the plug hole as it is still difficult to drain the bath water out. We also used it in the shower and got the same results so I woudl not recommend this prouduct as it is a waste of money.
Not recommended at all.
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This is a product we decided to try when our bathroom sink was blocked. My husband is not the best at DIY by his own admission so if this little bottle would stop the need for him to remove the U bend then it would be money well spent. As it was coming with a money back guarantee too it seemed like a win win situation.
The Buster bathroom plug and drain unblocker claims to dissolve hair and soap scum that block plugs and drains. It also claims to stop slow moving water and if used regularly to keep them unblocked. For the purposes of this review I am going to focus on how well it unblocks drains and plugs.
I was fairly sure the blockage was a result of a build up of shaving gel scum and bits of my husband from him shaving both his head and his face as this is the only use of this basin other than hand washing and tooth brushing. Whether our use of this product was affected by the hair only being constituted of small facial hair I don't know.
The water was not running at all from the basin so after bailing the water out we were left with just a basin and a blocked plug with water down the whole of the visible tube from the plug downwards. The bottle tells you to put all 300mls of the bottle down the plug and to leave for a minimum of 15 minutes but ideally overnight. The solution itself is about the consistency of bleach all thick and gloppy. The smell wasn't something I wasn't particularly aware of really as it was neither horrible nor toxic as I was using it nor was it something that was a pleasant cleaning smell either. I made sure that I used gloves whilst pouring this down the plug as the bottle warns that it is corrosive and contains sodium hypochlorite and sodium hydroxide and to not mix it with any other chemicals. It you do get some on yourself you should rinse with water for 20 minutes.
As I poured it down the sink the first thing I noticed was that the pressure from the bottle being squirted immediately seemed to release some black scum to come back up into the sink. This was even with pouring it slowly as recommended so I had high hopes that this was going to work. The amount in the bottle initially meant that some was left in the basin as our sink was totally blocked, but on returning to have a look after 5 minutes I could see that it has all gone. I looked down the plug and could see that part of the tube no longer had any liquid stuck in it.
I had poured this in on an evening so we could leave it over night as recommend on the bottle. In the morning it advises for you to run hot water down the sink. I decide to boil a kettle for our first bit of water as the water initially from the hot tap would be cold. On pouring the first kettle of water down I was a bit apprehensive that it wouldn't work but the majority went down straight away leaving a small amount in the basin. However by the time the second kettle had boiled the contents of the sink had gone. The second kettle went down slowly but by the time I had started to run the hot water and it was running hot the basin was emptying quicker than it had in months.
I was very impressed with this product and have to admit I am tempted to by some for the bath plug now to stop anything similar building up. The results I found were great when left over night as recommend and it seemed to remove all the build up of soap scum and hair as promised. I would definitely recommend this product and at £3.15 a bottle from Wilkinson's it was definitely worth the price to avoid some DIY disasters.
I love a good bubble bath and my tub gets a lot of use. I have long hair and there is usually a clump of loose strands blocking the plug, but recently I had noticed that it was taking a very long time for the water to drain away when emptying the bath. I imagined that it was probably a lovely combination of loose hairs and various debris from using lots of fancy Lush bath products that break apart and clog things up as they wash away! I spotted the Buster Bathroom Plughole Unblocker in Tesco for around £3.00, and hoped that it would do the trick and I wouldn't have to do any icky hands-on cleaning.
Product description: "Concentrated power clears hair and soap sludge from bathroom plugholes and pipes. For regular use on showers, baths and basins to clear trapped debris and stop build up.
+ Dissolves hair and soap.
+ Stops slow draining water.
+ Regular use stops build up."
The bleach comes in a small-ish black plastic bottle with a twist-top safety cap. There is also a kitchen plug unblocker as well, I'm not quite sure what the difference is and if you could use the same product on any plughole, but I went with the "Bathroom" version to be on the safe side.
Directions for use:
For blockages and slow draining pipes.
1. Pour the entire bottle (300ml) slowly down the plughole.
2. Leave at least 15 minutes, but ideally overnight.
3. Flush through with lots of hot water.
For regular use to stop build up.
1. Pour at least a third (100ml) of the bottle slowly down the plughole.
2. Leave to work overnight before flushing through with hot water.
3. Use weekly or as required.
The Plughole Unblocker is a very thick gel-like liquid although it does run out of the bottle quite freely when you squeeze it. Because there was some blockage in the bath plughole / pipes, I took extra care to pour the contents of the bottle slowly, as it did start to collect and bubble up if I poured out too much in one go. It does seem like a large amount to be using, but I thought it would be best to follow the directions and emptied the whole lot in. I waited and left the product to work its magic overnight in the hope that this would give me the most effective result. The next morning I flushed the pipes through with hot water from the shower and rinsed away for about 2 minutes.
Afterwards I wasn't entirely sure how well the product had worked as it was hard to tell and nothing looked any different. The water from rinsing seemed to flow away without any problems but I wondered how it would cope now when emptying out a bath tub full of water. Luckily the next time I had a bath I noticed a huge difference in the water draining away afterwards, it was much faster and flowed steadily rather than pooling and bubbling away very very slowly. It took only a couple of minutes until the whole bath was empty and this was a massive improvement on how it was working previously. It's been a couple of weeks since I used this plughole unblocker and I am still seeing excellent results with freely draining water. I would certainly look for this product again if the blockage and slow running re-occurs.
I was incredibly happy with how easy it was to use this product. It really is simplistic - just tip it down the plughole, leave, rinse later. There was no need at all for me to have actual physical contact with either the dirty goopy blocked plughole, or the nasty chemicals in this cleaning product. The level of effort required was absolutely minimal, and it was a very quick fix.
This is an incredibly simple way to deal with blocked bath plugs and I would happily recommend it to anyone who needs to deal with this sort of problem. A fuss-free quick fix that required almost no effort on my part and saved me getting my hands dirty (or calling for daddy to fix it!).
Recently I've been suffering with hairloss due to a number reasons but this has only been happening whilst in the shower. Luckily the hair loss has slowed down tremendously but a few weeks ago it was coming out at an alarming rate whilst showering which soon lead to problems with my plughole.
Clumps of my hair would slip through my fingers though and find itself sinking down my plug hole in my shower. All of a sudden I was finding myself standing in my shower, with a build up of dirty water covering my feet as it was going down the plughole extremely slow, thanks to it being blocked from my hair as I hadn't managed to grab every strand or clump.
I quickly went on the search for some miracle product that could help me unblock my shower plug and found myself browsing in Wilkinsons. I spotted two products, a domestos plug hole unblocker or Buster bathroom plughole unblocker. Now although to me Domestos is probably the more popular brand, actually I've never heard of 'Buster', it was Domestos that actually concentrated on the fact that it clears 'grime' from your plug hole whereas Buster clearly informed me that it Dissolves Hair and Soap - EXACTLY what I need!
The bottle it comes in is a surprisingly small 300ml black bottle with a blue screw off cap on top. It clearly tells us it's Buster Bathroom Plughole Unblocker and on the front of the bottle informs us of the key points that it Dissolves hair and soap, stops slow draining water and regular use of this product also stops build up.
Instructions on how to use the product are provided on the back of the bottle both for blockages and slow draining pipes as well as regular use to stop build up. For regular use follow the instructions but use it weekly. However as I was using it to clear a blockage I was only going to use it once.
I was instructed on the bottle to pour the whole of the 300ml bottle down the plughole slowly. I then had to either leave it for 15 minutes but ideally overnight and then flush away with lots of hot water.
I chose to leave it overnight so I poured the bottle down my shower plughole before going to bed. It has a slight bleachy, chemical smell but nowhere near as overpowering or overwhelming as bleach, it certainly smelled clean though which was impressive. It was quite a thin liquid to be fair, clear to and looked just like a bleach. It poured out of the bottle, which has a small nozzle end, fairly quickly, but the bottle advises that you pour it into the plughole slowly so I did have to lift the bottle slightly to stop it pouring out so quickly.
I then left it over night, in the hope that during my next shower I wouldn't be standing in a pool of water at the bottom of it as my water wasn't draining away.
The next morning I switched my shower on full blast and a high heat ensuring hot water was coming out and I washed the plughole, this wasn't enough water for me to test whether it was draining properly though so I had a 10-15 minute shower like I usually do.
Voila! It worked! The water was draining away perfectly, no build up of murky water at the bottom of my shower for me to stand in and my water flowing freely down the plughole with no sign of a blockage.
Obviously I don't know exactly what went on down that plughole but as I was using this product to 'dissolve my hair' which had blocked it up in the first place, it definitely done what it promised to do. It dissolved the hair that was blocking the plughole and allowed me to have a normal shower again without worrying about the water building up into an overflowing pool at the bottom. For me, I can't reccomend this enough and if I ever had problems with my plugholes again I would definitely use it!
Our upstairs drainage pipes have always been fairly slow draining and it isn't helped by my long, coarse thick hair which escapes down the plughole every time I wash my hair. I've recently had a baby so I've been losing even more hair than ever. Cleaning the bath, especially the plughole, is not a job that I particularly enjoy but I was mindful that I need to keep on top of the build up of hair and other bathroom debris to avoid a complete blockage.
Having read a positive review recently, describing how effective 'Buster Bathroom Plughole Unblocker' I was pleased to find it for sale in my local Morrisons. Even better was the bright orange sleeve around the neck of the bottle, saying quite clearly 'Money Back Guarantee.' I always love these kind of guarantees as they offer additional reassurance, especially as this was on sale for £3 which is quite expensive for something that is quite literally poured down the drain. The terms and conditions of this particular guarantee are pretty straightforward too which led me to believe that the manufacturers really do have a lot of confidence in their product's ability to deliver everything that it promises.
===Usage and Application===
As the name suggests, this product has been designed specifically for bathroom plugholes. Whilst I do like using multi-purpose products sometimes, for tasks such as this I actually prefer having something that has been specifically formulated for the job in hand, so that I can be confident that it will actually tackle it properly. In this instance, the Unblocker claims to be able to actually dissolve away both hair and soap which sounds amazing. I wasn't aware that any cleaning agent could actually dissolve hair so I was optimistic that this was the product I needed.
The Unblocker can be used, quite literally, to treat blockages or slow drains in which case the packaging recommends that the entire bottle is poured down slowly down the plughole. It can also be used as a regular preventative measure to prevent the build-up of hairs and debris around the plughole and pipes. In this case, at least a third of the bottle should be poured down the plughole. Either way, it is advised that the liquid is left to work its magic overnight, before being flushed through the pipes thoroughly with lots of hot water.
I wanted this stuff to be as effective as possible so followed the usage instructions to the letter and poured the entire bottle down the plughole and left it overnight. As with most strong chemical treatments, this does come with lots of scary health and safety warnings but this was surprisingly easy to administer. The bottle has a thin pouring tube inside so there is no danger of the liquid splashing out whilst pouring, especially if added slowly as recommended. In actual fact, it is pretty difficult to do anything other than pour this slowly as the liquid is pretty viscous and glides out smoothly but very slowly. It actually took a good few minutes to empty the entire bottle.
Due to the warnings about inhaling fumes, deliberately avoiding smelling the liquid. Fortunately, this wasn't particularly potent and didn't catch at the back of my throat as some strong chemicals can do. I couldn't particularly smell anything at all but I did leave the bathroom door open while this was working to avoid any build up of chemicals overnight. Fortunately, there wasn't any noticeable smell or fumes, even the following morning.
The all-important thing is whether this liquid actually lived up to its claims or whether I would be taking advantage of that money back guarantee. I followed the instructions to the letter, applied this early evening and left it to work its magic overnight for optimum results.
Before using this stuff, there was a collection of hairs visible around the plug hole itself and I was looking forward to returning in the morning to find they had magically disappeared. Unfortunately, the Buster wasn't quite as effective as all that and the hair, as well as other soap debris under the rim of the plughole were still present and clearly visible. I was a little disappointed but did take care to flush the pipes fully with large quantities of hot water, as advised by the instructions.
After thoroughly flushing through all of the treatment, I tried to remove the visible tangle of hair after found that it was really easy to remove simply with a cotton bud, so the Buster unblocker certainly appears to have dislodged the build up of hair, making it much easier to remove. The bath does appear to be slightly quicker to drain too, since using the treatment, although the difference is not all that dramatic. (I hadn't told my husband about using Buster and he hasn't commented on the bath being any faster draining, for instance.)
I was slightly disappointed in the results as I haven't witnessed the dramatic changes that I had been hoping for but I do think there has been a rather slight improvement and I was pleased that the visible debris had been loosened and was easy to remove manually. This did present me with a bit of a dilemma, as I wasn't sure whether to apply for my money back or not. As the claim was that this would 'clear the blockage' by dissolving hairs and soap residue (which it didn't) rather than 'loosen debris' (which it did), I did decide to return my receipt for a refund, as I wasn't entirely satisfied with the overall effects.
===Would I Recommend?===
Certainly with the manufacturer offering a generous money back guarantee, I think this is still well worth giving a try. You do need to purchase a bottle complete with the promotional collar, as this is needed alongside the receipt to validate the claim. So far, I've only seen these promotional bottles for sale in Morrisons where I paid £3.
Although I didn't find the results to be particularly dramatic, I did notice a small improvement in the speed of draining and the liquid did make removing the debris slightly easier. Even if the Unblocker doesn't work for you and your blocked pipes, the most you can lose under this offer is a bit of your time.
I buy this from Home Bargains and it costs less than the £3.50 most places charge although not that much cheaper. I think I paid about £2.79.
Our bath plughole is always getting blocked, mainly due to hair that is shed whilst being washed. I can not stand having a shower and the water staying there due to the plughole being blocked. So when I came across this quite a while ago I thought I would give it a go.
The bottle states that it dissolves hair and soap, stops slow draining water and that regular use stops build up.
The instructions say for blockages and slow draining pipes to pour the whole bottle which is 300ml's slowly down the plughole, leave for at least 15 mins but ideally over night and then flush with lots of hot water.
What I do though is pour about half the bottle down and leave at least over night (at least 12 hours) and that seems to work. I have never poured the whole bottle down the drain and the next day the water disappears and the plughole is not blocked.
For regular use it says pour at least a third down and leave over night. It also says do this weekly or as required.
I do use it now and again when there is no blockage but I just pour some down, probably about a quarter of the bottle.
********************* Caution ************************
contains sodium hypochlorite and sodium hydroxide. Do not mix with ant other chemicals, particularly acids as toxic gas may be released.
keep out of reach of children
avoid contact with skin and eyes
I have also used this when the toilet got blocked and being a girl didn't want to do any thing horrible so I poured some of this down and then left it for about 2 hours and then flushed the chain and hey it wasn't blocked any more.
So this does what it says and more.