Product Type: Buster Household Cleaning
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Pouring hard earned money down the drain since 2012
Buster Bathroom Plughole Unblocker
Member Name: k444tmc
Buster Bathroom Plughole Unblocker
Advantages: Child safety cap and nothing else
Disadvantages: Everything else
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.
Summary: May work better as a preventative not a cure...
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