“ Brand: Domestos / Type: Drain Unblocker / Category: Cleaning & Disinfectant „
I had a blockage in my kitchen sink. The water would not drain and the smell started to build in the kitchen.
I am not a big fan of bailing out my sink on a semi-regular basis so I went to Sainsbury and hit the sink un-bunger section big time. I came home with a range of products as I was trapped in the flat by Olympic games lanes and had had to drive miles out of the way to get to the big supermarket with all the products in it. I had also already had a narrow scrape with a £130 fine for games lane driving, so I couldn't make multiple trips to the big Sainsbury if the first product didn't work.
I tried the Domestos first, as it does a good job elsewhere in the flat. That it claimed to shift a blockage in fifteen minutes and be twice as fast as the market leader also had a lot to do with it getting to go first.
It instructs you to pour the entire bottle down the sink, so at least bailing out first is sensible if you don't want an overflow of powerful chemicals and smelly water all over the kitchen floor. It said that the water would drain away when the sink unblocked. As I didn't know what had caused the blockage and the pipes had been making gurgling noises for a while I left it for the two hours advised for carbohydrates and vegetable blockages.
It didn't work.
I had to bail out very scary water which smelt strongly of chemicals and which I clearly needed to wear the really good rubber gloves to do so. It does warn you to wear gloves, as it should given how caustic the ingredients are.
But even on leaving the second bottle of Domestos to work down the sink over night, those caustic and supposedly powerful chemicals completely failed to do their job and left me with a still blocked sink and two empty bottles on each of which I had completely wasted £3.00.
There are products out there which do unblock sinks without you having to pay a fortune to a Central London plumber. This is not one of them.
One to Avoid.
Well what better to do on a bank holiday than sort out the sink!! after a weekend of jubilee celebrations this morning the smell coming from the sink got on my nerves and with friends arriving for a BBQ I decided to get to work.
I had this domestos sink and pipe unblocker bottle under the sink and thought - aha I'll try that out. So this morning I set about reading the label - lots of be careful's and this is dangerous, so do go careful with it, I have had mr muscle oven cleaner on my hand before and it's not nice it starts burning - luckily I put it straight under water. So be warned wear gloves as this has similar stuff in it.
How to use
I wasn't particularly hopeful as I've used other cleaners previously and not been impressed. The bottle says 15mins - that's for a quick unblock! if you use your sink for fats and bits of food (I know you're not supposed to - but it's so hard when you're rushing to get a meal done). So for more hardened problems it says empty the whole bottle down the sink and leave for 30 min's to 2hrs. Now in the past I have tried to economise and only use half bottles even though the instructions say exactly what to do so this time I obeyed the instructions!! It's like a clear gel which you pour down the sink.
So I left the sink with instructions to the rest of the family sellotaped to the tap - DO NOT USE SINK!
I came back to the sink 2hours later and already I could tell the difference, the smell had gone to start with but also where the gel had gone into the sink I could see it was sparkly clean and I hadn't even scrubbed it!
I noticed that a couple of the bits round the edge of the sink where the gel hadn't touched were still dirty so I just put the last few drops around that for 5 mins and it worked and cleaned that bit off too. So if you are using make sure in the first place the gel covers all the area's just around the actual plug hole as well as going down inside.
Then you rinse with hot water.
I imagine that because it's a gel it sticks all round the sides and where food is stuck and gets to work in those two hours cleaning it. I was amazed the results are wonderful and that's why I had to jump on the computer quick and tell you all about it.
Now I bought this bottle quite a while ago and haven't got the recipt still but I've read online that it's about £4 per 500ml now that is worth paying once in a while for a lovely clean sink and it was so easy to use as well.
There's not much more to say. I'm usually one for trying to cut corners but this isn't worth it, it's wonderful results. I cannot fault this at all and will definitely buy again.
We had a new bathroom last July, and we are just getting to the stage where things are not looking quite as pristine, and we had noticed that the bath/shower plug hole was starting to drain away more slowly. The pipework was all new last year, so whatever gunk down there belongs to us, and it most likely belongs to me being the only female in the house. The boys all have shaved heads, so I get the blame.
I try to be really good and do catch a lot of my hair before it goes into the drain, but I seem to have been moulting more lately. The water was still draining away, but we were finding it to take longer on a daily basis.
My husband was keen to take the bath panel off, and remove the bend in the pipe and clear it that way, but our bath is P shaped, and the fitter glued on the panel as it kept pinging off, so I knew if he did that, I wouldn't be happy after, so I beat him to it, and bought a bottle of this sink and pipe unblocker.
I got it in my local Tesco which is a small store, so there wasn't a huge selection. It was either this or Mr Muscle. I have used the Mr muscle one before and knew it was effective, but this one was cheaper at £4 for 500ml, which is one treatment.
The bottle stood out to me with the neck looking like a u bend, and the black colour. I was slightly concerned when I picked up the bottle and saw the corrosive hazard label on the back, and the warning that it contains sodium hydroxide. It is the sort of chemical I don't want hanging round in the house near the kids, even if it does have a childproof lid.
As soon as the shopping was unpacked I went and poured the whole bottle down the bath plughole as advised. The method varies depending on where in the house has the blockage, and if the problem is standing water or slow draining.
For a full blockage, you are advised to pour it in and then leave it. The water will drain as the blockage breaks down. I have to say, I don't think I would use this option if the water was backed up. as the chance of harm to the kids in this case seems too high to me. If it doesn't work, you then can't use a plunger on the problem or you could get a nasty burn from it splashing up at you. Not for me thanks.
For a bathroom blockage and slow draining water, you need to leave it for 15 minutes, and if it is the kitchen and it is grease, 15-30 minutes should do. Kitchen food blockages might take up to 2 hours though. Now if that does not motivate you to stop food going down the drain, then nothing will.
After the 15 minutes I was a bit of a wuss. The next step is to flush this away with hot water. I sent my hubbie up to do this. He ran the water in the sink till the combi boiler kicked in and the water went warm, and then washed away the stuff in the plughole.
I was a bit sceptical about how well it would work, but the blockage we had was only minor. Now the water is free flowing again, and it is back to normal.
The bottle advises that to stay on top of it, put thick bleach down the plughole once a week. At first I read it as put this treatment down that often and I was thinking no way at that price, but I guess a quick slug while I am putting some into the loo anyway will not take long, and just help us stay on top of the problem.
While I can't comment for full blockages, this has worked very well for me and I would have no problems with picking this one up again as it did the job quickly, and without too much fuss.
It does seem expensive, but compare it to the cost of calling out a plumber, and it suddenly seems a lot more reasonable. I will only ever buy it as I need it though, rather than having some under the sink, just because it seems a really harsh chemical and I wouldn't want to risk a household accident.
When I have had blocked up drains you tend to notice straight away. Recently I had a problem in two areas of the house and the first was the bathroom. I had this terrible lingering smell and it was a sewer smell and I knew that nothing I had put down the sink could have caused it.
The first thing was to remove the piping to check and still it was fine so I decided to poor some bleach down in the hope it would remove whatever was smelling and still no luck. Eventually I went for the Domestos Sink And Pipe Unblocker.
The size of the black bottle was 500ml and it cost me over £4 and I was not happy to pay this amount but I had read good things about them. I read the instructions and I pour this down the sink and waited for a short time later.
I then 30 minutes later poured boiling hot water down and amazingly the smell disappeared. I am not sure what the blockage was at all but I just knew something somewhere was causing a fault so the £4 seemed a really good price for a product which worked.
It is a clear and thick liquid with a hint of smell similar to bleach and when you pour it down the sink you are meant to use the entire contents and you do feel your throwing money down the drain.
I used this again recently in the kitchen when the water was not getting filtered out properly and I knew someone had poured oil down the sink. I eventually knew I had to unblock this problem and again the Domestos worked a treat.
I think when you have a product which works so quickly and with not much to do your end your going to be happy. How hard is it to pour the contents down a sink and rinse away later ? I think the instructions are clear and concise as well.
I would tell people not to pour this at all near there hands as I did and into the eye it went and it was a horrible burning sensation. There is perhaps a logical problem with this because not many people would want to pour £4 down the drain.
I can tell people it removes a smell and it can remove oil which has clogged up the drains so for me it is a worthwhile investment. If I ever see this on offer now I always purchase a couple just incase.
You can use this on all sinks and septic tanks and it can be used inside a shower as well which is not something I have needed it for but worthwhile considering at the same time.
My wife and I have very different styles of washing up in the kitchen. I have worked in catering loads, so my style tends to be quite anal when it comes to actually putting things to wash in the first place. I scrape plates and stack things neatly. My wife just puts things near the sink, even if there's food on them.
Sometimes, and here's where we're both guilty, food gets down into the sink, and although we have one of those filter things that only let the water through and not the food, it gets clogged up, and getting the food out seems more of a hassle than just letting some of it drain through down into the depths of our sink.
Now, this is fine in the short term, but when grease and bits of veg and other things start building up in your pipes, the smell worsens and the water doesn't drain away that quickly. And here's where 'Big Bad Dom' comes in handy. We usually go for 'Buster' when it comes to our bathroom blockages (bad drainage - nothing to do with food this time!!!), but we carry a bottle of this whenever it's on offer for our kitchen sink.
The bottle has a long neck, with the moulding of the plastic imitating a U-Bend. It does make pouring a little awkward at times, I have to admit. I'd rather there was no neck as such. However, the idea is to pour the bottle's contents down into the blockage, so the first time we used it, we did so.
The bottle states your blockage should be cleared within 15 minutes, but this does depend on what it is. For more substantial blockages such as clumps of food, you should allow a bit longer, but they do say that it shouldn't take longer than about 2 hours. Bathroom blockages can often take overnight, as there are things such as hair for it to have to break down.
Our sink was clear within half an hour or so. The test is, once you have left it for the specified time frame, run some warm/hot water down the sink to rinse it away. The sink should then be cleared. This worked fantastically with the Domestos product. We have tried various other products for blockages in different drainage areas around the house, and this seems to do the trick just as well as other products.
The only drawback for this is that it does cost a bit more than some of the other products unless it's on offer. We got it on offer for less than other similar drain unblockers, whereas normally it'll float around the £4 to £5 mark, whereas others are usually just under the £4 mark. Honestly, I'm loathe to buy this at all, but until we stop being lazy, it'll just have to do. We only have to it once every couple of months, so £4 or so every 2 months is nothing compared to my blood pressure when I see food flying around the sink. Recommended.
I use one of those hair trap thingy's in the bath, you know, the little strainer type thing that sits over your plughole to stop all the hair going down and blocking the drains. Unfortunately it doesn't seem to work completely as I still find myself pulling hair from the plughole, and lately I noticed that the water was very slow to drain out of the bath, so decided to try something to stop it.
Like any product of this type, price was the deciding factor for me. This was on special offer when I bought it, making it £1 less than any other brands available, and quite frankly when it comes to cleaning and that sort of thing, I'd rather save my pennies. That £1 saved can buy me a cheap bubble bath or something!
The product comes in a black bottle with an unusual shaped top - I think it's supposed to represent a U-bend. It also tells me in big letters that this is '15 minute' although look closer and you will see a little asterisk after it, because some sort of blockages can take up to 2 hours to clear.
On the back of the bottle it gives a little table, telling you the type of blockages this stuff fights. You can use it on standing water and just leave until the water starts to drain. For bathroom blockages such as hair and soap scum, it takes 10-15min, kitchen blockages of 'grease/protein (meat, fish etc)' will take 15-30 and kitchen blockages of 'carbohydrate/vegetables (pasta, cereal etc) will take up to 2 hours. Why you'd be stuffing pasta or fish down the kitchen sink though, I have no idea.
To use, you simply pour the entire contents of the bottle (500ml) down the drain and leave it. Very simple. The liquid is like a clear, thick gel and has quite a chemical smell to it. I don't know exactly what's in it, but apparently it can burn the skin, so it might be an idea to wear gloves when pouring it, just in case.
After 15 minutes, I poured warm water down the plughole like directed, and was pleased to see that the water ran away quickly so whatever blockage was there had obviously gone. This also kills any germs which are breeding in the blockage (yuk!) which can only be a good thing, and will get rid of any smells too. I don't know how exactly it works, my only guess would be that the chemicals simply dissolve whatever is lurking in your pipes.
I paid £1.93 for this from Wilkinsons which was on special offer - I believe the normal price is closer to the £3 mark.
Overall I was really pleased with the performance of this product. Obviously it's not the most environmentally friendly way of doing things, but ironically I think it was all the 'bits' from my supposedly natural Lush bath products that caused the blockage in the first place. Still, I would recommend it, and would certainly consider buying it again.
Clear stubborn drain blockages / /