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I bought this bottle on the reputation of Harpic as a good toilet cleaner and especially for the promise of 100% limescale removal. I live in Central London and the only way the water could be any harder is if it was frozen solid. I have waged a war against limescale in the bathroom and kitchen for years now with indifferent success for the most part, so I was hopeful but not confident.
It comes in the standard toilet cleaning thick plastic bottle with a curve to make it easier to direct the liquid under the rim until it covers the bowl. The thick blue liquid does cling to the sides well before ultimately pooling in the water at the bowl of the loo.
The instructions are to leave for at least thirty minutes. This may work on the light limescale of soft water areas. On rock hard London limescale which eats limescale removal products for breakfast and goes back for seconds go for the overnight option. Trust me on this. It really is necessary.
To kill germs you will have to leave it for at least an hour anyway. Again, go for the overnight option.
It is quite possible that if you are dealing with a serious build up of limescale you will need to repeat the treatment. Do so soon. As with severe limescale even this product combined with vigorous scrubbing with the toilet brush will leave bits of limescale for the new limescale to use as advance base camps to build new limestone moraines in your loo, which will in turn trap germs and let them breed.
It is a good limescale remover and does remove a significant part of a build up but 100% removal it does not deliver - at least in a really hard water area in an old building with ancient pipes which are great at moving those limescale producing parts of water from one part of the water system direct to my facilities.
The product does continue to cling under the rim and will produce white streaks down from there to the waterline if you don't continue with a scrubbing regime. This product persistence does mean that it does continue to have an effect for some days, so it is best to repeat the treatment a few days later for maximum effectiveness.
This is corrosive product and has a child-proof top but this does make it difficult for those with hand problems and those with children will, I am sure, keep it away from children anyway.
All in all, it is a good limescale remover but not 100% good. More like 70%.
It is reasonably priced at £1.75 for 750ml at Sainsbury's. The bottle can be recycled.
Harpic Limescale Remover has produced better results than competing products have managed on the limescale in my flat so I will keep on using and buying it, but it not perfect.
I continue to search for a limescale remover that is.
Harpic is a well known brand of toilet cleaner and their products were first launched in the 1920's and have been selling very well ever-since. The Harpic product I chose to buy was the 100% Limescale remover as there is often limescale which appears in the toilet in mine and my boyfriends flat. The product claims to attack Limescale better than bleach and well as removing stains and killing all germs. The product comes in a plastic bottle which has a blue plastic wrapper on it which is shiny and it gives you information about the product on the front and back of the bottle. The lid on the bottle of cleaner is red in colour and is a safety lid to ensure small children can't open the bottle. The 750ml bottle of toilet cleaner cost me £1.09 from my local shop, how-ever I know you can buy this product from Poundland for just £1.00. You can also buy this product from local Supermarkets where prices may vary.
To apply the product it states on the back of the bottle to squirt it under the rim of the toilet bowl and leave for 10minutes. The simply brush and flush the toilet for a sparkling clean bowl. For tougher limescale and for a better clean it states to leave the product on for at least 30 minutes before flushing the toilet. I didn't get chance to leave the product for 30 minutes, how-ever I did leave the product for at least 10-15 minutes to work. Before applying the product there were some visible stains on the back of the toilet bowl and a slight watermark from where the water in the bottom of the bowl sits. I took the lid off the bottle by squeezing both sides of the lid and twisting it, and then repeated the process again to enable the lid to come fully off. I gently put the nozzle of the bottle under the rim of the bowl and squeezed the bottle gently, whilst moving the nozzle under and around the rim to ensure the product was being applied all around, underneath the rim. As I squeezed the bottle, the dark blue liquid came out and started running down the inside of the toilet bowl. The cleaner had a strange smell to it, and didn't smell of a toilet cleaner that I had used before. I was expecting a bleachy type smell, how-ever it smelt fresher which only a very slight chemical smell to it.
I then left the cleaner to work for approximately 15-20minutes. When I came back to the toilet ready to flush the cleaner away I was surprised that the bathroom hadn't filled with a strong smell. The colour of the bowl was a dark blue from the liquid now and I took the toilet brush from its holder and gave it a bit of a scrub before flushing the toilet. As I flushed the toilet the water washed away the blue liquid and some white foam/bubbles formed on top of the water, but soon disappeared. The toilet bowl had a shine to it and looked a lot cleaner than it had done before. The stains which were on the back of the bowl had now gone and the toilet looked and smelt fresh and clean.
I use this toilet cleaner a few times a week to ensure it kills germs and gets rid of nay build up of limescale and other stains on the toilet bowl. The product is a fantastic cleaner and is very good value, when purchased for so cheap at just £1.00. I often leave the cleaner to work over-night and then flush the toilet first thing in the morning. This is the best toilet cleaner I have purchased and have used as you can see results from using this product from the very first time. I give this product 5 out of 5 stars and will be buying some more when I run out.
(review also on ciao)
I live in a hard water area and although I clean my toilet several times a week I noticed that the bowl was starting to get caked in limescale. Not only is this unsightly it's not particularly hygienic either! As it was not too thick I decided to tackle this before it got much worse. Toilet duck was the first cleaner I opted for and I opted for this simply because it was the cheapest one that claimed to remove 100% of all limescale. If you've read my review on this product you'll know that I was less than impressed with its limescale removing properties and so on my next shopping trip I decided to try another product and Harpic 100% limescale caught my eye. This was a little more expensive than other products on the market, retailing at £1.99 but it's claims seemed promising so I popped this into my basket.
The toilet cleaner is housed in a dark blue and turquoise plastic bottle that is asymmetric in shape at the top with a red lid. The lid is childproof and has to be squeezed to be opened. I often find lids like this are often adult proof too as I usually struggle to open them, but in this case it was easy enough. Each bottle contains 750ml of product. There are several bold claims at the front of the bottle. The label states that this product dissolves limescale and that independent tests show that it 5 times better than bleach. In fact it explains that bleach cannot remove limescale - it can only whiten it. It also claims that it removes stains and germs.
Once I opened the bottle I squeezed some of the liquid around the toilet bowl, under the rim and below the water line. The thinner neck and nozzle at the top means that getting under the rim is easy enough. The liquid itself is dark blue in colour and has quite a thick consistency so that it clings to the surface without sliding away. It smells quite strong but has a fresh rather than chemically smell.
After leaving this to work for around 10 minutes I used a toilet brush to scrub around the bowl before flushing. Once flushed the toilet was left clean and sparkling. It had also made a significant dent in the limescale. Although it hadn't removed it entirely after using this a few more times over the course of the following week all the limescale was blasted away leaving my bowl looking like new. The smell is also quite pleasant and lingers for a few hours after use, which is good. I don't have a microscope so can't really test the claim that it removes germs but the way this leaves the toilet bowl sparkling is reassuring.
Overall I am really impressed with this toilet cleaner, particularly as it lives up to its limescale removing claim. It also leaves my toilet sparkling clean and smelling fresh. I can't find fault with the cleaner and it comes with a high recommendation from me.
Harpic 100% Limescale remover is a very impressive toilet cleaner in my personal opinion, which I have used loads of times. We live in an area where we have very hard water and as a result of this we do have a lot of limescale build up in our loo which can be rather problematic.
This is a 750ml plastic bottle with red cap with safety lock for kids which I find a very useful addition. The idea is that you grip and squeeze to release the top and then just squirt it inside the rim of the toilet and leave for thirty minutes for it to work.
We usually leave ours overnight, especially if the limescale has managed to build up to a high level. Next morning we just flush the loo and the limescale has vanished like magic. It is very impressive and really works well in my view, every time I have used it.
The bottle is shaped so that you get maximum bowl coverage and the liquid is very thick and gel like so it sticks to the sides of the loo and clings hold and just doesn't run off like some toilet cleaners I have used.
The smell is quite pleasant too. There is no need to open windows for ventilation, though you can if you want to as not everyone will like the smell of this. My other half hates the smell but I actually find it quite refreshing and it makes me think it is killing all those awful germs in our toilet.
Recommended in our house.
Review also posted on Ciao as sorehead
As with many household toilets, ours can get pritty disgusting to look at sometimes, even when cleaned and brushed well. When looking in the supermarket for someting to rectify this problem, it was decided that we would try this and see how well or not it would work-I must admit I wasnt sure that it would work, as we live in a hard water area.
It is easy to use-all you need to do is lift up your toilet seat and squirt the blue liquid under the rim of the toilet slowly, making sure the whole bowl is covered. This needs to be left for at least thirty minutes for it to work, which isnt always easy with a cheeky three year old around the house! Providing you can leave it this long, brush the whole bowl well and then flush. The result is a lovely clean toilet bowl, minus that disgusting limescale. If you want to kill off some bacteria, leave it in for an hour and then brush and flush your toilet. I cant say how well the bacteria killing works, but I cant imagine it does them any good either way!
As with products of this sort, I will say that it is corrosive, so dont mix with other products and dont get on your skin. Also keep well out of reach of kids, but there is one of then safety lids on.
I would recommend this product to anyone and everyone, as we have never had any problems with it, it does work every time. I dont find it that expensive either-it costs £1.75 for a 750ml bottle. For us, this lasts for about five uses, or about 5 weeks or so. I do find that it has a strange smell, but it isnt that unpleasent. If your toilet needs to look a bit brighter on the inside then this will do the job!
One thing I don't like about Lincolnshire is having such hard water having come from Warwickshire where the water is not so hard it can take a little getting used to and a regular item you need in your cupboard is descaler! Our previous house was around 30 years old and although not particularly old the previous owners had abused it somewhat. One thing that needed major TLC were the toilets even though installed about 2 years before we moved in there was already a heavy build up of limescale which had not been attended to properly.
In order to get rid of the limescale I tried a variety of products all of which basically failed in help remove it or even reduce the build up. After finally scraping the limescale off with a sharp knife I was determined to keep the toilets limescale free and I bought Harpic 100% Limescale Remover which promised to tackle limescale.
Harpic 100% Limescale Remover comes in a blue covered plastic bottle which is almost all rectangular in shape. On the front of the bottle there is the large white and red Harpic logo together with the product information. On the back of the bottle there is the usage instructions including the warning information. Basically keep out the reach of children and don't consume. Please note that the blue packaging is for the Original variety.
To use the limescale remover you simply lift up the toilet seat and gently squeeze the bottle until the liquid comes out and pour around the rim of the toilet. There is no need to use too much as you simply waste the toilet cleaner and you end up getting too many bubbles when you flush the toilet.
Harpic 100% Limescale Remover is blue in colour although not as bright as the colour of the bottle! It has quite a thickish consistency which is very similar to washing up liquid. It is easy to get out of the bottle but it is also too easily to use too much as it can just rush out the bottle once tipped upside down to pour out. It does have a very distinct smell which certainly reminds you of a cleaning product but it isn't overwhelming and it actually has a fresh aroma which once used in the toilet and flushed it does smell perfectly pleasant.
Because I had already chipped off the limescale in the toilet bowl and around the sides the majority of the limescale had gone but it did need a little help to get rid of the rest of the limescale which I had missed or couldn't be bothered to chip away. Like most toilet cleaners it didn't have much of an effect on the old limescale which had been building up for years but it did manage to keep the newly limescale free areas completely clear of limescale.
I did know that it wouldn't have an effect on the old limescale as other than chipping it away then nothing would but I was very pleased that it managed to keep my toilet clean and stopped the limescale from returning which was great as limescale building up in the toilet looks horrible. But what I did notice where the old limescale and the newly clean toilet bowl was that the blue toilet cleaner would slightly stain the old limescale at the edges and it took quite a few flushes for this blue to disappear.
I can't really complain about the toilet cleaner/ limescale remover at all as it did keep my previous toilets clean and free from limescale. I now use it in my toilets in my new house which fortunately for me are only around 5 months old so I want to keep the toilets as clean and as limescale free as possible and this certainly helps keep the toilets clean. It provides a fresh, clean scent to my bathrooms and it is easy to use and doesn't cost a fortunate to use frequently!
Harpic 100% Limescale Remover is available from all good supermarkets and discount stores. Expect to pay from £1 to £1.99 for a 750ml bottle.
Over the years I have used many different toilet cleaners but I have always come back to Harpic 100% lime scale remover and this is really the only product I have found that does get rid of all the lime scale in your toilet; You won't get any more nasty stains, the lime scale will be gone, leaving you with a super clean fresh toilet. In saying all of that I do like some of the toilet cleaners that leave you with foam or the ones you put around the rim; but they won't get rid of the lime scale. The bottle states that it 'kills all germs' and i believe that it does. It also states that it is dissolves lime scale better than bleach and this it does. The bottle also says that the liquid can be used on all toilets except for stainless steel, so anyone with a stainless steel toilet will have to find an alternative but that will be difficult!
The standard bottles are 750ml in content. The colour of the bottle is blue with a red cap (Harpic does do some lime scale remover bottles in the newer black colour too) The bottle clearly states all the dangers of the product, including stating that it is corrosive. The bottle has a safety top (similar to a safety medicine bottle) where you have to hold the sides, push down, twist and squeeze before anything comes out.
Its important to make sure you also squeeze the liquid under the rim of the toilet as well as all around the toilet bowl; i find its best to leave the liquid for about 20 minutes before brushing with the toilet brush. You could put some of the liquid in overnight too and flush in the morning. I sometimes do this.
What is great about this product is that it is fairly often on special offer in supermarkets. It can also sometimes be bought at 99p or £1 shops
*Obviously it must be kept out of reach of children, as with other similar liquids as it could cause a great deal of harm.*
You won't find anything to beat Harpic for removal of lime scale; thoroughly recommend.
Harpic 100% limescale remover claims to
dissolve limescale better than bleach
Kills all germs
Promises to do plenty but does it. Comes with plenty of warnings on the bottle about how it is only suitable for toilet bowls and not for any other surface including stainless steel.
We live in a hard water area. I am not just talking hard water I am talking stand still for half an hour and watch it invade like creeping ivy. I am usually a bleach freak and will use gallons of bleach a week. A large amount down the loo to try and shift limescale from the bowl. Bleach doesn't touch my limescale but turning it white did until now.
To be honest I picked this product up
A. Because it was a pound in Poundland
B. Because I knew the Harpic brand
C. Because I wanted it to fail so I could moan to Harpic personally. (grumpy old woman syndrome)
I dashed home, instructed both children and hubby to have a wee as the loo was out of bounds for the next hour.
Once they were all out and wee free, I unscrewed the cap and carefully directed the bottle at the rim of the toilet bowl, the easy to use bottle mean't it hit the area I was after brilliantly, it's a beautiful dark blue colour which I also liked, as it made the loo look clean and hid that limescale form view. It's thick so it clings to the toilet bowl as it runs down.
I was rather eager to watch as it slid down the pan and some of it formed a pool under the water level right where the problem patch was. I set the kitchen timer for one hour and walked away. You can leave it for ten minutes but with limescale this bad I was in for the long haul. Kim and Aggies tips had all failed and so had commercial cleaners I had tried, so I knew it must be bad.
One hour later I lightly scrubbed it with a loo brush, I was hopeful at this point as I couldn't hear or feel the scrap of the brush on the limescale so I flushed.
Well I was stunned, not one bit of limescale remained the toilet bowl was gleaming as though it had just been fitted. No blue stains remained just one very fresh smelling and limescale free toilet bowl.
A product that actually does what it says, how refreshing. I will use nothing else now, just pass me my harpic.
Worth every penny, now they just need to make one for around my kitchen taps
Well done Harpic, a brilliant product that works.
If you read my previous review on dettol mould and mildrew remover you'll know i've spent the day giving my new house a good clean. As standard with household cleaning the toilets needed a clean. I usually use domestos because i like the reassurance of its germ killing power, but i noticed that one of the two toilets had a bit of limescale under the rim and around the waterline so i know i also needed some harpic as i seen of tv advets that bleach only whitens the limescale.
This harpic is the harpic 100% limescale remover brand that comes in a blue 750ml plastic bottle. There are various types of harpic brands which i have used before but went with this because i really wanted to shift the grotty germ infested limescale. Yuck! The bottle was on offer too for 99p but it normally comes around £1.50 i think.
Using the product is very simple. Like most loo cleaners it has the curved top to reach under the rim. Getting the lid off as with these cleaners was quite tricky for those with small hands but i had it off never the less. Reassuring i suppose for those with kids, though i keep these products out of harms way generally. When i cleaned the downstairs loo i firstly gave this a squirt around the rim and left it to loosen the limescale whilst i cleaned the wash basin and the outside of the loo. The liquid is thick blue, not as thick as domestos but it did cover the whole bowl effectively. After about five minutes i then went in my faithful toilet brush and gave it a good scrub. After a bit of pursuassion the limescale began to loosen under the rim. The limescale around the waterline was more easier to remove. I then gave the loo a flush and gave the loo another squirt before lowering the lid. The bottle says to leave for an hour to kill germs but i ended up leaving it till i finish all the house cleaning so the last thing to do was flush the toilets clean. When i returned after a few hours the liquid has clung quite well though it had no clung as well under the rim i noticed. Anyway a flush and my loo was left sparkling and germ free. The smell is what i'd call classic toilet cleaner. Quite chemically with no real nice fragrance.
Overall i would recommend this product for a dirty toilet. I generally clean my toilets every couple of days just to keep on top of the germs so the toilets don't really get a chance to build up limescale hence why i will probably return to my usual domestos for regular cleaning.
Harpic 100% Limescale Remover is a fantastic product and it DOES work. You have to give it a week or two, it will not work immediately as the remover needs time to work, but it does work. We moved house and the toilet was disgustingly dirty. Which in fact was limescale. Tried this product over 2 weeks and the limescale came away and revealed a new toilet. I highly recommend this product.....
This product didn't work at all. I removed as much water from the bowl as possible, squirted it all round, left it for just over 30 minutes, scrubbed it with a stiff brush, flushed... a few tiny flakes of limescale came off round the very edge, at the top, but apart from that nothing happened, above or below the water. I now feel I've deposited half a bottle of harsh blue chemicals into the water-system for no good reason whatsoever. Am going to write for my money back. Apparently Coca-Cola is a good limescale remover. Am going to try that next!
When I first moved into my hosue, it was incredibly grotty - particularly the toilet which was full of limescale and calcium deposits . I tried everything to get rid of them , a whole barrage of cleaning products, as well as some less traditional techniques, such as leaving cola to soak it overnight . It reduced it, but I never managed to get rid of it completely, and in fact many of the products I used seemed to whiten the limescale rather than actually removing it .
Then I came across Harpic 100% Limescale Remover - I figured trying out one more think on my less than lovely loo couldn't hurt . Now, the packaging makes some pretty bold claims . It promises to remove 100 % of limescale, kill all germs, clean better than bleach on limescale and to give Maximum bowl coverage
It comes in a blue 750ml bottle with a red cap, which reassuringly is childproof, requiring two patches on the cap to be compressed at the same time as twisting the lid off . Having a rather curious 6 year old daughter, this is incredibly reassuring, especially as there are numerous safety warnings on the back of the bottle . The product can cause severe burns, and contains hydrochoric acid, so naturally you do need to be careful while using it, and should wear rubber gloves if you have them .
Additional safety advice tells you to keep this away from food and food preparation surfaces, to keep away from children, preferably locked away , to avoid getting this on your skin and eyes, and what to do if you should get this on your skin and eyes.
Using this is easy - simply remove the childproof cap, lift the toilet seat,and direct the nozzle under the toilet rim squeezing the liquid all round the bowl. It then recommends for best results you leave it for 30 minutes and flush, or to leave it for an hour then brush and flush if you want it to kill 100% of germs .
I knew my limescale was caked on, so I used half a bottle on the first application, and decided to leave it overnight . I was pleased to see when squirting this into the toilet bowl that it clung to the sides coating the entire bowl . I was also pleased it didn't smell too much - it definately smells a little bleachy but nothing overpowering or particularly unpleasant.
The next morning, I brushed the toilet, then flushed. I was shocked and very happily surprised to see that the limescale that had been the bane of my life for 5 years was gone, and that my toilet bowl was gleaming at me. This was the first product I had used in all that time that had made a very significant distance .
I live in a hardwater area, so I continue to use this once a week to keep my toilet bowl gleaming clean . It certainly defeated the limescale, and at 2 bottles for £2 in Asda (which seems to be a regular offer) was actually very cheap .
Well done Harpic. An excellent product - I really can't recommend it enough!
This product has no place in a family bathroom. If it gets on your stainless steel or chrome plated bathware it will be ruined!!! I know this to my cost. No warnings on the bottle to this effect. This item is HYDROCHLORIC acid. It is purely for use on the bowl area of toilets. Why then call it 100% Limescale remover and not Harpic toilet cleaner. Misleading and dangerous!
Recently, I have found that my usual toilet cleaning products were just not up to the job in our hard water area-the limescale and staining just got carried a way! When I came across this in Tesco, I thought that this would do the job fairly well as it has '100% Limescale Remover' in big letters all across the front. The bottle itself is blue, the label is red, blue and white. A 750ml bottle will set you back £1.62, the price being from the Tesco website.
The product is very easy to use. Make sure the toilet seat is up, then place the nozzle under the rim and squeeze the bottle whilst moving round the bowl slowly. You need to make sure that the whole of the toilet bowl is covered. To do a simple limescale and stain removal job, leave the thick blue liquid in for half an hour after which you brush and flush. If you want to remove all trace of germs as well, which Im sure most would, then leave for an hour, brush and flush.
The main claim of this product is that it removes all limescale in your toilet. I have to say that this product is brilliant! After using, our toilet was white and stain and limescale free. As I cant see any germs at all, I cant really say how effective it has been on that front, but I have to assume that it does the job there too. The bottle has lasted us a couple of weeks now and we use it every two or three days. It is at least half full still, so it doesnt run out very quickly at all.
As with many products of this type, it is corrosive meaning it will cause severe burns if it comes into contact with any area of your body. You always need to wear gloves when administering it to your toilet. Make sure that you keep it well away from any children in the house. If it does come into contact with any skin or your eyes etc, wash and seek medical advice immediately.
The only downside for me is that it is a bit scry sounding if it gets on your skin. Otherwise, I do think this product is great. It does what it says on the label and doesnt cost too much at all for the job it does. I wholeheartedly recommend this to anyone with a toilet in the house (which, is, I presume, is everyone reading this review).
Used to remove limescale and kill germs in toilet bowls / / Lift up the toilet seat and carefully direct the nozzle under the rim / Squeeze to apply / For best results leave for 30 minutes, then brush and flush.