“ Brand: Harpic / Type: Toilet Cleaner / Category: Cleaning & Disinfectant „
Let's face it, cleaning the toilet is hardly one of the most glamorous jobs that need doing around the home but is probably one of the most important. It stands to reason that the loo is a haven for germs and bacteria so should be kept clean for hygiene and health reasons and when it comes to cleaning mine all I want is something that acts quickly, is efficient and can allow me to spend my time doing far more enjoyable tasks. Harpic is one of the better known brands of loo cleaners and has been around for years, rather than being just a bleach that kills germs it also gets rid of any build up of Limescale and freshens as well as cleans. I've been using the original, blue Harpic for years and as it was on special offer recently in Asda I stocked up on a few bottles, one of which was this variety; the Fresh Power Citrus.
The difference between the original Harpic and the Citrus variety comes down to its smell and colour, the Power Plus Citrus is yellow rather than blue and, unsurprisingly, has a strong Lemon aroma to the liquid itself. It's used in exactly the same way as any other Harpic product and comes packaged in a shaped bottle as shown in my supplied picture. For those who haven't tried Harpic before it is applied to the walls of your toilet and because its quite thick in consistency it tends to coat the bowl, the directions suggest that you direct the nozzle of the bottle under the toilet rim and slowly apply the cleaner. Leaving the cleaner for 10 minutes to work its way into any stains that may be present and then flushing the loo whilst brushing it with a toilet brush should leave it looking sparkly clean and smelling fresh and in my experience that's exactly what it does.
In terms of how it copes with cleaning there's really nothing to complain about. Harpic is very effective and the Citrus variety whilst strong in smell does leave behind a noticeable aroma and as I associate the smell of lemons with freshly cleaned surfaces I like that it does leave a reassuringly 'clean' smell behind. Because I live in a soft-water area I don't have the problem of limescale and as I use this loo cleaner daily anyway there is never any limescale in my toilet that I have to get rid of so how competent it is at removing that I can't comment on. I expect a toilet cleaner to freshen up what it is designed for whilst killing any germs it comes in contact with and Harpic ticks those boxes for me.
There are a number of warnings printed on the bottle and as this is a corrosive liquid there are some safety considerations to make. It does contain hydrochloric acid and can cause burns to the skin so caution is recommended when using it, you should, if possible wear protective gloves when using the liquid and it should of course be kept away from the reach of children. The bottle is quite tricky to get into, the childproof cap is difficult to remove and there is a knack in getting into it, whilst this is slightly frustrating I can appreciate that this is a potentially dangerous product and has to be carefully packaged but would recommend using dry hands when attempting to open it and follow the instructions on the bottle.
The other consideration you should make if deciding whether to go for the Citrus variety of Harpic comes down to its colour. Being yellow and due to the thickness of the cleaner itself it does cling to the walls of the loo and if not fully removed by flushing and brushing it can leave a yellow-y residue behind, which is perhaps not the best colour for a toilet in all honesty for obvious reasons. It's not something that bothers me personally and I don't give it a second thought when I use the original blue cleaner but as I noticed this the other day and I made an association in my mind I thought it worth mentioning here.
Overall though as a loo cleaner Harpic Power Plus does what I want it to do. It cleans efficiently whilst freshening at the same time and leaves behind a fragrant just-cleaned smell. I bought mine on offer for £1.00 in a recent in-store promotion at Asda and usually it tends to retail for around £1.70, the cleaner is thick in consistency so doesn't need much of an application per use and a 750ml bottle lasts me a good couple of weeks. I'm awarding 4 stars as far as a rating goes deducting one for the colour of this which I think could be a little unfortunate really as discussed earlier in this review but it's still recommended all the same.
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this is another review of a toilet cleaning product. I like to have a clean loo and like to try all different products out, just to keep it as interesting as toilet cleaning can possibly be!
This is a review of harpic fresh power citrus toilet cleaner. I have used other harpic products before and have always found them to be a efficient cleaner and this product is no different. It cost about £1.30 which is quite expensive when compared to £1 for domestos bleach. They bottle is yellow with the usual curved neck and states that it kills 99.9% of germs, removes limescale and freshens.
Using the product was simple. Unscrew the childproof lid and squirt it under the rim and around the toilet. The liquid is bright yellow which is probably not the best colour for a loo cleaner i reckon, but the immediate citrus fragrance was a marked improvement on the clinical smell of other harpics i've tried. The liquid covered the bowl well and after an hour or so i flushed the loo. Unfortunatly because the liquid sticks to the bowl quite well it left the yellow residue which isn't great in the loo as i already mentioned so had to wipe the remaining liquid away. The fragrance last a long time which i was pleased about. It left the loo sparkling and as far as i know all the germs were killed. Disinfectant is mentioned in the ingreadiants so i can be as sure as possible that the germs were gone. After all who wants a loo cleaner that doesn't kill germs?
Overall this is a good product but unfortunately because of the liquid colour i probably won!t buy it again.
Anyone who regularly reads my reviews will know only too well by now that when it comes to my home and it's hygiene its really important to me and I'm a bit of a fuss pot!
My toilet is one of the things I really do scrutinise. I have regular visitors and my flat mate really doesn't care about keeping the flat nice at all so its left to me to oversee the running of housekeeping.
On a recent shopping trip to Asda I spotted this costing £1.00 (it's on offer at the moment but will usually cost about £1.16 a bottle) and decided to try it out particularly cos I read on the front of the bottle that it kills 99.9% of bacteria and thats something that really concerns me.
750ml bright yellow plastic bottle which is tapered up to the top of it for ease of use under the rim of a toilet and it has a push down and twist safety cap over it and a section of raised plastic to one side of it for ease of grip and handling. On the front label there is a picture or oranges and lemons on there and I am told that it is Harpic 'Fresh Power', and that it is fresh fragrance, effective limescale removal, it kills 99.9% bacteria and has max coverage and is citrus zest in aroma. Other information on the back of the bottle tells me a bit about the product and how to use it, precautions and ingredients are listed, the size is stated and contact details for Harpic are given. Nice, bright informative bottle this is and its easy to use etc.
All you do with this to use it is to direct the nozzle under the toilet rim, squirt some liquid out (which is simple to do) and leave it (for best results for 30 minutes) before flushing the toilet. It has a nice zesty aroma to it and although its called a gel it is an easy to use rather thin liquid.
When you flush the toilet all of the residue is gone and the aroma of lemons is left behind in a nice, natural and clean way though the fragrance of this only lasts whilst it is in the loo and for a couple of minutes once flushed.
Does it kill bacteria? No idea...... lets be honest here I'm no scientist after all but it does make me think the toilet is clean after using this product. The toilet appears cleaner with a nice sparkle to it as well and all round I think this is from a brand I trust and is simple enough to use and it gives me peace of mind if nothing else. Not a bad offering and I will certainly purchase it time and time again in the future!
Available in all good supermarkets etc.