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I bought this to try and clear a blockage in my kitchen sink. Quite honestly, it failed miserably. Okay, the blockage was tough and needed the big gun sink de-bunging products to be deployed before it cleared but I did hope that this comparatively cheap product would do the job.
When you open the childproof top the product comes as small white balls with what seems to be bits of foil in them. The theory is that you drop two capfulls of the granules down the sink - so this is a product where you will have to bail out a blocked sink before trying to clear the underlying problem - and the balls will activate down the plug hole and blast away whatever is causing the blockage. You leave the balls to do their work for ten minutes and then flush with lots of hot water
Or, as happened to me, you try this and have to bail out a sink full of hot water when the balls blasts do not work and bailing hot water is even more unpleasant than cold even with the good rubber gloves. Speaking of which, you do need to use rubber gloves when using this product and have the windows open and kitchen ventilated as the product does produce fumes even while it fails to work.
The product is also corrosive and flammable and so it should be stored away from children who might want to play with the shiny white balls, even though it does come with a childproof top.
As it failed to clear the blockage, I went with alternative solutions which did work and which are reviewed elsewhere.
But this meant I was left with a bottle containing five other doses - as the bottle contains enough for six blasts and I really hate wasting money. I really hate products which don't work but wasted money really bugs me almost as much as a blocked sink.
The product can be used to help keep sinks from blocking up in the first place so I have used up the product to do this. I think that prevention may well be where this product does shine. The balls and foil do seem more suited to blast small problems so that they don't become large blockages and I have used them since clearing the sink to do this.
My sink has not blocked since I started doing this.
I have, admittedly, been more careful with what goes down the sink but I do think these blasting balls have played a part in stopping blockages forming in my sink's pipes and those making worrying gargling noises.
As a prevention treatment, I use one capfull down the plughole, leave for at least ten minutes and then flush with lots and lots of hot water. As a result, I do have much healthier pipes, despite the horrendous levels of limescale in my area and building.
This is what I would recommend using this product for rather than as blockage crisis management. Prevention, it does do well. Treatment, not so much if at all.
The small plastic bottle will fit neatly under the sink and can be recycled.
It cost me £3.20 at Sainsbury's for 300ml but can be found at the other supermarkets and on-line.
There are better options for blocked sinks, however.
Recently I noticed that the water in my kitchen sink wasn't draining away as fast as normal, I'm always careful not to put anything I shouldn't down the sink but something was definitely wrong with it, I tried all the usual things like vinegar and bicarbonate of soda but nothing worked, I could also detect a slight drain/sink smell coming from it too so I knew I was going to have to buy something to sort it out. I popped to my local Tesco and bought some Buster Kitchen Plughole Unblocker. I paid just under £3.00 for a 300g bottle.
Buster plughole unblocker is sold in a black plastic bottle with a bright orange lid, The front of the bottle has Buster plughole unblocker written in big white letters and kitchen written in orange writing. The front of the bottle also informs the customer that this will blast fat and food, clear trapped debris ad if used regularly stop any more build up in the plughole. This size bottle will give you 6 applications or blasts as the label says.
The back of the bottle gives the instructions for use in both pictures and words, the writing is white and small and against the black bottle is not that easy to read, there is also a long list of cautions which in my opinion, need to be printed in bigger writing, after all this is a corrosive and highly flammable product and care does need to be taken.
To use the unblocker you need to pour 2 capfuls of Buster down the sink making sure you are wearing rubber gloves, wait ten minuets and then flush through with lots of hot water.
To remove the lid from the bottle you need to squeeze both sides of it and turn, although I never had any problems doing this you may find if your hands are weak or if you suffer from any joint problems this may be a problem, however a safety lid is definitely needed on a product like this especially as Buster plughole unblocker isn't a liquid but little white beads that rattle nicely and may attract little fingers.
I followed the instructions and poured 2 capfuls of Buster down the sink and waited ten minuets before flushing through with lots of hot water, although I didn't get my nose close and take a sniff I couldn't detect any smell from the product. Once flushed through the water was flowing down the plughole as it should, the nasty drain smell had gone too, problem solved.
I would have no hesitation in recommending Buster Kitchen Plughole Unblocker, it was quick and clean to use and certainly did a good job. I would definitely use this again but only as a last resort after I had tried gentler methods, however this time I obviously needed something stronger and Buster came to the rescue.
A couple of weeks ago I noticed that the water in my kitchen sink seemed to be taking longer than it previously did to drain away and an 'off' smell was noticeable from the plughole. Figuring I had some sort of blockage in the drainage pipes I had a look in my local Morrisons for something that I thought may help eradicate the problem rather than asking a plumber to take a look and it was during my search that I found the subject of this review; "Buster Kitchen Plughole Unblocker". Priced at a little over £2.00 and seeming to be the answer to my problem I bought a bottle and set it to work. So what is it? and what does it do?
As shown in the above illustration the Buster Kitchen Plughole Unblocker is packaged in a black plastic bottle container with a child-proof screw top lid, the front of the bottle claims that it "Blasts fat & food", "Clears trapped debris" and with "Regular use stops build up". There are 6 applications in each bottle and rather than being a liquid which I thought it was going to be the unblocker solution is made up of tiny white granular balls that seem to have a minute threads of metal running through them. The instructions are clearly printed on the back of the bottle both by helpful illustrations and written text and you are advised to place two capfuls of the solution directly into your kitchen plughole, wait 10 minutes and then flush through with plenty of hot water so that's what I did.
Whilst waiting for the solution to work its magic I spent a little time reading the back of the bottle and learned that the solution is made from "concentrated granules that blast fat, food and gunge from kitchen plugholes and pipes" and that with regular use it would stop build up and clear any trapped debris. It's a corrosive material used and you are advised to wear rubber gloves whilst applying it to prevent any of the granules coming into contact with your skin and that it is a highly flammable solution which is toxic. It's worth pointing out here that the active ingredients of the solution include Sodium Nitrate and Sodium Hydroxide and they absolutely reek when out of the bottle's confines so it's definitely well worth opening a window whilst you're waiting for the solution to work through your pipes as otherwise it can be quite dangerous to your health. It stands to reason that a product of this nature should be kept safely stored away when not in use and that it is harmful to pets and children and I would recommend that anyone takes a little time to fully read the instructions on the back of the bottle before using it as you are told not to overuse the product and that it shouldn't be used more than once in any 24 hour period.
Having waited the recommended 10 minutes and noticing a fizzing sound coming from my kitchen plughole I set the hot water tap off and allowed plenty of water to flush through my pipes. The good thing with this product is that you can hear it working and I was surprised at how "gurgly" it sounded when the water was flushed through, I've only recently moved into my new home and I suspect that the people who lived here before me had probably never thought about using anything like this as there must have been quite a build up of debris and old food down my kitchen plughole as this product certainly made a meal of it. I could hear it working and best of all for me the problem was sorted out without the need for me to get anyone in to take a look at the problem. After waiting awhile for the water to fully flush though and for the obvious "chemically" smell to leave my sink I could no longer detect any bad odours coming from my plughole and running some more fresh water from my taps flushed cleanly and clearly through my pipes so I would have to concede that this is indeed a wonder product that really works.
As mentioned there are 6 applications per bottle and it is recommended that you use it every so often just to clear any food or debris that may be lingering, for the couple of pounds this cost me to buy I consider it money well spent as it cleared the problem I had and I will continue to use it in the future. If you have a more severe blockage then it may take a couple of applications to clear over the course of a couple of days but rather than call out an expensive plumber I would certainly recommend giving this a try beforehand as it's widely available and costs a fraction of the price of getting somebody in. The only downside with the product is its smell as it is harsh and very toxic but so long as you wear rubber gloves and keep your kitchen window open for ventilation then I can't see any other problems that anyone could encounter with it. My opinion of this is good and I'm happy to recommend it to others, Buster Kitchen Plughole Unblocker gets a 5 star rating from me and is recommended. Thanks for reading my review.
I do my best to regularly treat my kitchen sink to prevent smells and blockages and just generally keep it clean and clear. This usually involves using the kitchen sink cleaner from the Buster range, which I find to be very good. However, there are still the odd occasions where the sink makes that random gurgling noise which means that it is getting blocked up.
When looking for a treatment for my sink in Asda, I noticed this unblocking treatment in the Buster range. It was priced at £2.50, which was much cheaper than the other alternatives that were on offer (which priced around the £4 mark). As I was familiar with the Buster range and I had been pleased with their kitchen sink fresh and bathroom sink unblocker so I purchased a bottle of this.
The Kitchen Plughole Unblocker comes in a black bottle with bright orange plastic cap. This features a child safety lock so you need to press down and twist to open. The front of the bottle has a picture of a plughole with a ring of fire around - as if it has been blasted clean. It states that there are 6 blasts of product contained (bottle weight is 300g) and that it: blasts fat and food, clears trapped debris and regular use stops build up.
Inside the bottle there are white granules - these look like small balls. Most unblockers that I have used have been in a liquid format so I was surprised by this. To apply, you need to wear rubber gloves as this contains sodium nitrate and sodium hydroxide. You then apply two capfuls of the product directly to the plughole, leave for 10 minutes and flush with hot water. When I applied, I noticed that there appear to be small strips of what looks like metal alongside the granules. It is easy to apply and the granules fit down the plughole easily.
Whilst getting to work on the plughole, I could hear a fizzing sound and there was a really strong chemical smell emitted too. Therefore, I would advise opening a window when applying. There was also a slight foam that could be seen from above the sink.
After flushing with hot water, the plughole did seem to be much clearer and water ran through much more easily. I would say that other treatments I have used previously perhaps have had quicker results as I needed to apply this again to achieve a completely clear sink. However, there are six applications per bottle so this does prove good value for money.
If you have ever gone in to your kitchen and wondered what that weird smell is but can never find the source of it then this is a product worth considering as it will actively clean out somewhere you can't see....your kitchen plughole and pipes. I had never thought on it until I had a plumber out fixing some pipes in the bathroom and he explained to me about how things can build up in pipework and cause clogging and also nasty smells to come out of sink holes. Straight after this I was around at my local ASDA picking up a bottle of the Buster kitchen plughole unblocker but how did it do?
This is a very poweful cleaner which is designed to attach itself to grime on the sides of the pipes and break it down which it does very well thanks to a mixture of a heat producing formula and the concentrated granules which include tiny pieces of aluminium powder to break down what has built up and allow for it to be flushed away.
Buster kitchen plughole unblocker is extremely easy to use. Whilst wearing rubber gloves you simply fill the cap twice with the cleaner and pour the granules and powder mix in to your plughole. Once ten minutes have gone past then flush the plughole out with lots of hot water and that is it done. Simple.
Impressive results are easily had with this product and when I used this for the first time I found that the kitchen sink was draining a lot faster and that the room smelt fresher which is all thanks to this having broken down all of the fats and waste that had built up when the previous owners had lived in the flat.
This is an exceptionally good value for money product as one bottle will cost you around £2.50 to £3.50 and for this you have an excellent and powerful cleaning power that will help you keep your pipework clean and build up free and so no need for the expensive plumber visits. This bottle for that price does not just give you one shot of cleaning power but will in fact give you a whole 6 blasts which just makes the value even more impressive.
The bottle is small and well desingned so that you never need to touch the cleaning product itself (although wearing gloves is a must just incase). For people like myself the fact this bottle is so small is excellent as it takes up hardly any room under the sink which is perfect when you have a small flat with little space to spare.
Overall I have been very impressed with the Buster kitchen plughole unblocker and was amazed at the level of results I saw after just one use. The powerful cleaning action leaves your pipework clear of any build-up and blockages and so stops germs from forming and nasty smells from coming back up through the plughole which for me is a great thing and well worth a few pound each few months as it is much cheaper than a plumber visit to repair the damage that has been done.
A few months ago I noticed that my kitchen sinks (I have two plug holes in the one sink) were filled with dirt and grime almost right up to the top and I'd never noticed it before. I went straight out and bought some sink unblocker and chose this one because it seemed like one of the best priced ones.
Inside, the bottle is filled with tiny little powdery white balls which have a very strong bleach scent. The bottle advises on wearing gloves whilst using it but I don't usually do this - you do need to be careful though as when you pour the little balls out, a powdery cloud wafts up and you really don't want to get this in your face.
You need to pour two capfuls of the balls into each plug and then leave for 10 minutes before flushing out thoroughly with hot water. At first, I really didn't think this was going to work as the balls don't look like they're doing anything just sitting there on top of all the grime, but I noticed a reduction in the blockage as soon as I'd rinsed the balls through. It wasn't a miracle worker on just the one go and it didn't completely get rid of all the muck but, after using it only a couple of times, it was noticeably less blocked and I can no longer see any dirt down the plug holes. Because it gets rid of the dirt it also gets rid of the horrid smell that sometimes wafts up out of blocked sinks and it does make me feel a whole lot better about my kitchen.
It's a fairly small bottle and it only lasts for about six washes so, as I have two sinks, it doesn't really last very long at all if you use it regularly.
No sink unblocker is particularly cheap but I found this one to be one of the cheapest in Asda for around £2.25 . It worked really well when I've used it so I've continued to use this one ever since as it seems to be doing its job really well and making my kitchen sinks lovely and grime free.