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Brand: Wheelers / Type: Household Cleaner / Category: Cleaning & Disinfectant

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      30.11.2012 20:30
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      Will certainly buying this product again

      I think I'm in love with this stuff at the moment - it's just saved me a potentially very expensive plumber call out, but more on that later.

      What is it?
      Buster sink fresh is designed to be poured down your sink to remove all the dirt and grime build up that can cause a lot of headache, it's supposed to leave your sink smelling clean and fresh.

      Packaging:
      This comes in a bright green bottle so it's not easy to miss it on the shelf! The front shows a drain surrounded by a flower to reinforce the 'fresh' aspect. The lid is a screw off cap with one of those squeezy sides to stop children getting access to the contents.

      Contents:
      Perhaps contrary to what you would expect this is not a fluid - the contents are in fact tiny little rounded granules which come in shades of light green and white. There is enough here to use for 10 treatments. I didn't notice any strong scent with this, therefore you would assume it neutralises rather than covers any unpleasant smells.

      How to use:
      You are supposed to fill up the cap with granules then tip these down the drain after first flushing it through with hot water. You then leave it to work for at least half an hour and I finished off by flushing it through again with plenty of hot water.

      Price:
      My mum originally bought this several years ago (been in the cupboard ever since) so I have no idea how much she paid for it, but looking online the current price seems to vary between around £3 and £5. Not the cheapest of kitchen chemicals you're ever going to buy, but it does the job so I'd say it's worth it.

      My experience:
      Earlier this week I put the washing machine on only to go into the kitchen a while later and find water everywhere, naturally I assumed the washing machine was broken. After pulling it out we realised that the machine was infact fine and that instead the pipe both the washing machine and the sink feed into was blocked so the water was backing up then overflowing.

      Unfortunately some bright spark who owned the house before us decided to build a conservatory directly over the man hole cover so the only access to the pipes, and therefore blockages, is where they start off in the kitchen. I was dreading the prospect of the conservatory floor having to be ripped up to fix this issue after several other unblocking attempts failed. I had one last rummage in the cupboard before resorting to ringing a plumber and I came out with this.

      Using as directed I waited anxiously for the results and was very happy to find that the blockage seemed to have gone - I even put the tap on full blast in the sink and left it to run for a couple of minutes while I watched the pipework and it didn't even come close to overflowing, result!

      I can't say my sink was overly fresh smelling afterwards, but it certainly didn't smell bad either.

      Overall I would definately recommend this product - it seemed to clear with ease a rather persistant blockage and saved me from calling out a plumber to solve the problem. I'll definately be buying some more of this on my next trip to the supermarket.

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        01.04.2011 17:37
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        Handy to have in the house

        If any room in my house needs to be spotless it's the kitchen (followed in close proximity by the bathroom). I like sparkling worktops, a glistening floor and a lemon fresh scent. This is not always achievable and, in reality, not a practical look to maintain unless you ban all cooking from the room! However, as part of my obsession, I am always looking out for, and trying, new products in the hope that they will provide the solution to all my cleaning needs. When I came across the Kitchen Sink Fresh product by Buster I instantly knew I had to give it a go, being familiar with the brand as I use their bathroom sink product (see earlier review!).

        THE PRODUCT

        The treatment is said to 'stop fat build-up, kill germs and smell fresh'. The treatment comes in a bright green plastic bottle with a tight screw top lid (the child proof type that you need to push down to open). Each bottle contains sufficient product for 10 doses, and is priced at around £3.50. On the bottle there is a picture of a plughole as if the centre of a flower with petals surrounding it - I'm doubtful if anything can make a sink smell of flowers, but a nice marketing ploy none-the-less.

        Within the bottle there are lots of little greeny white balls - slightly larger than the 'granules' that the product literature describes. These granules work by foaming up and clinging to the pipe to clean,removing food debris, grease and limescale whilst the bactericides contained kill germs and smells. On opening the bottle, there is no real scent to the product, so you do wonder how this will leave the sink smelling fresh and clean.

        USE

        To use the product, you simply pour a capful of the granules down the plughole, having first flushed it through with hot water. You can then leave the product to work and flush again with hot water (anything longer than 10 minutes is recommended - I usually leave this as long as possible to ensure a good clean). Once applied, you can see a little foaming if you look down the plughole, but it is not a really obvious action. It is really quick and simple to apply the treatment, but I do find it difficult to ensure that all the granules make their way down the plughole. I am invariably left with a few sitting on the brim of the plughole, so there is some product wastage with each application. I also struggle to get 10 applications from the bottle, usually achieving around 8.

        EFFECTS

        It is difficult to verify the full effects of this treatment as I cannot see within the pipes to be able confirm that all grease, food debris and limescale has been removed. However, I can say that after use my sink smells clean and there are no unpleasant odours escaping from the plughole. I usually use this treatment once a week and this seems to keep all smells as bay, so I would definitely recommend the treatment for this effect at least. However, it doesn't give the sink any particular 'fresh' scent and I would rather that it had a lemon fragrance. I can appreciate why it doesn't though, as you may feel that this is just working to 'mask' the odours and, by having no scent at all, I am confident that the treatment is working effectively.

        I would recommend this product as a useful addition to the kitchen cleaning products you have, but it doesn't remove the need to give your sink a good scrub and clean (preferably with a scented cleaner!).

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          02.08.2010 20:11
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          A poor product, better results with bleach

          I always like my kitchen to smell fresh and inviting and every night I like to pop some really thick bleach down the sink and rinse it away the next morning. Even though I'm meticulous in terms of germs in and around my kitchen and bathroom, I can sometimes detect what can only be a horrible rotting food odour eminating from my kitchen sink. I have a shared drain outside, so perhaps it is partly due to my neighbour, but who knows. All I know is that the smell is awful at times.

          I needed a product that could get rid of this as my bleach method just didn't seem to be working to well, so I spotted this in my local Sainsbury's. I read the back of the bottle and it seemed to be just the thing I was looking for.

          Buster Kitchen Sink Fresh plughole treatment promised me that it was going to kill germs and odours, reomve stains and well, generally fix my stinky sink. It said that my plughole would be sparkling and deep down fresh, yipee, I couldn't wait.

          The bottle contains a granulated type of powder and has a child proof lid. Evidence that this is a serious product. The bottle is a 300g size and contains enough product to give up to 10 doses.

          The instructions are simple. The first step is to flush hot water down the plug hole, then pour one capful of product down the sink. Leave to work for a minimum of 30 minutes before rinsing. See easy.

          The concentrated product is meant to foam up and cling to the sides of the plug hole, then when you rinse, it is supposed to clear away any nasties leaving only a fresh smell and a clean plug hole.

          Sorry but this is not the case. My plug hole was only pongy, no blockages or horrible stuff hanging around, but the fresh smell only lasted minutes, if that. To make sure I had followed the instructions correctly, I gave it another go, leaving it longer this time. But still the same, a light fresh scent lasting only minutes. I'm very disappointed in this product and its claims, as they are very short lived.

          Would I recommend this product? No, definitely not. I've gone back to my bleach method, but instead of only once per day, when I remember, I pop more bleach down before I go out to work. This is working better that the Buster Kitchen Sink Fresh.

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          25.10.2008 22:17
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          A reasonable household product for keeping sinks fresh

          This is one of the less romantic reviews I had written on Dooyoo, in fact I requested this item to be added and once it had been I thought - yuck - why did I ever think that I wanted to write about that?! But hey, we all have kitchen sinks, and from time to time they all get a bit nasty. Perhaps mine more than other people's? Because I have children who are convinced that we have a waste disposal unit down there, or that half a plate of baked beans will just disappear and dissolve into the washing up water - or maybe they don't believe this at all and it is just a case of "Not my problem."

          Sigh, well, I recently read some information from South West Water (who supply the water and deal with the drainage etc in my area) that insisted that all householders should be wiping their dinner plates, pots and pans with kitchen roll before washing them, to prevent any debris going down the waste pipes. So you all do that then, do you? No, I didn't think so - and that is why we need products like this every once in a while.

          Just to continue the horrible tableau of life in my house that I am providing you with - I have very long hair which seems to moult in handfuls and this sometimes leads to slow running water in the bathroom - in which case drastic measures are called for. However this product does not claim to be equipped to deal with this sort of situation, it is more of a regular use item to keep the pipes fresh.

          I had noticed a bit of an unpleasant smell from my kitchen plug hole, but it wasn't blocked at all so I bought some of this Buster Kitchen Sink Fresh and followed the instructions - one capful to be poured into the plug, left for at least 30 minutes and then flushed through with hot water. The product is in the form of tiny blue granules and smells a bit medical, quite a nice and definitely very clean smell. I did exactly what was described and can report that it made absolutely no difference whatsoever.

          My parents were visiting a few days later and my dad (who is in charge of the washing up when they come for dinner) commented that there was a bit of a smell. (No really, it is lovely at my house - do come round some time!) In my defense, I gestured to the Buster Kitchen Sink Fresh with protestations that the stupid stuff didn't work. Dad read the instructions and promptly poured 3 capfuls down the plug hole. On rinsing an hour or so later the bad smell had gone.

          So there you are, this works like a charm as long as you use a lot more of it that the instructions say. The bottle says 10 applications but at this rate it will be 3 or 4. However, my sink has stayed sweet smelling (or at least not unpleasant smelling) for the last couple of weeks and I haven't needed to use it again yet. This product is described on the website as follows:

          "Kitchen Sink Fresh's granules foam up and cling to clean your whole pipe, removing food debris, grease and limescale whilst the powerful bactericides kill germs and smells. Sinks are left clean, fresh and stain free with the fragrance of eucalyptus and camphor. Use at least once a week to stop build up and nasty smells."

          I would recommend this if your sink is a bit smelly or to use as a preventative, if it is a bit more heavy duty problem you will need another product. Priced at £3.79 on the Buster website but was under £3 in Tesco. Do check the packaging for safety advice as this does have some ingredients to be careful of.

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          Rid your sink from nasty odours / Buster clings on to debris and cleans the pipe of smells and bacteria.