Product Type: Buster Household Cleaning
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Reduces the risk of DIY disasters
Buster Bathroom Plughole Unblocker
Member Name: jillycat
Buster Bathroom Plughole Unblocker
Advantages: Works well and dissolves soap scum and hair to make plugs flow again
Disadvantages: need to be careful as it is corrosive
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.
Summary: A great product that unblocks plugs and drains and stops DIY disasters in our house