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I have been swapping items in my weekly supermarket shop for cheaper items in the hope that they will perform just as well and cost me less. One swap I recently made was to these, Harpic active gel hygienic toilet rim cleaners, which Tesco had reduced on offer to just 99p. For that, I received two blocks which I thought seemed pretty good value. I have used Harpic cleaning products in the past and always been fairly impresed.
They are available in several scents (lavender, lemon for example) but I chose the blue one which seems to be unscented as that one was described as 'hygenic' and anti limescale, something that I try my best to eliminate at all times! Obviously they come with a few warnings, to keep well out of reach of children for example, as they contain all sorts of cleaning products. They are also irritant to the skin, so should be handled with care.
Upon opening, I was positive because each of the two blocks came with it's own plastic hook to clip it to the toilet rim. I usually use liquid rim blocks and often a twin pack will only come with one cage to house them - meaning I have to carefully swap them over, something I've always found very unhygienic and not a job I enjoy. These however don't need any of that faffing. The plastic clip opens up quite wide so fits onto the rim of the toilet easily. I've also found it keeps in it's place once fixed on. I was a little sceptical with the block being exposed as it is not housed in any sort of cage. Whilst it is obviously not necessary, I think it would have made it look a bit sightlier for visitors using our loo! As it stands, there is just a large bright blue block staring back at them.
The claim of being hygienic and anti limescale just don't seem to have been true from my experience. I started to notice white specks on the block after a couple of days - which I can only attribute to being germs harbouring and certainly not hygienic in my opinion. Even if that was normal, it looked so dirty and disqusting. I have also found that the build up of dirt and especially limescale actually seems to have been more than I had noticed before from using other types of rim blocks, even though this particular one pointed out that it was designed to be 'anti limescale' and specifically repel it! The limescale build up at the water level in the toilet was certainly more and the dirt underneath the rim seemed to build up quicker too, meaning I spent far longer cleaning around the bathroom than I used to. The rim claims to target above and below the water level - I've found that just isn't the case.
The lasting claim of up to 1000 flushes is probably about right. It has been in our toilet for over three weeks now, with no signs of letting up. Having said that, I know on my next shop I will be buying a replacement so the current one will be removed before we reach 1000 flushes, plus the second one in the pack probably won't even get used. My opinion - a rubbish item that seems to harbour germs rather than fight them. Yes they are cheap on offer, but false economy I feel. Definitely no recommendation from me.
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Cleaning the toilet is not my favourite job around the house, so I thought I would pick up Harpic Hygienic Lavender Toilet Blocks because they were cheap and they claimed to keep your toilet clean for 1000 flushes. I still used bleach to clean it up a few times a week, but I not as much as when I do not have a toilet block fitted.
To use these toilet blocks you simply clip them onto the rim of the toilet where the water flow is maximum, then when it is all used up, throw it into the bin and replace. They are quite easy to use and make cleaning the toilet a lot easier and more efficient as they clean it each time the toilet flushes. I found these toilet blocks quite easy to clip in and use and they are designed to clean both above and below the water line.
This toilet block does have quite a nice smell to it, it is lavender scented and the smell is really clean and fresh. This block keeps your toilet smelling fresh constantly, so you do not have to keep freshening it up between uses.
The one criticism I have about these toilet blocks is that they do not look that attractive sitting in the toilet, especially after a few flushes. They do not come in a cage, so the more you use it, the more worn down and ugly they start to look. This has kind of put me off these and I think that in future I would be more likely to a different brand of toilet blocks.
You can buy a packet of 2 of Harpic Hygienic Lavender toilet blocks for £1.85 in Asda, which is an ok price as they last up to 1000 flushes per block. I do not think that mine lasted 1000 flushes, but it did last quite a while and much longer than I had expected.
Overall I think that this is an ok product. It does not really look that good in the toilet, but it does keep it much more hygienic and is much easier to use than bleach. I do not think I will be buying these again, unless they are drastically cheaper than the other brands. Overall I would give these 3 out of 5 stars.
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Over the past few years with the recession we have had to try to cut back on some of the luxuries that we had at work, as we were only a small office this meant the cleaner was one if the first things to go. We all agreed that we would all contribute to the cleaning and as am the office manager it was down to me to purchase the cleaning products to be used.
There are so many different products on the market that I am always just purchasing what is on special offer and this is when one of the products that I purchased one day was from Harpic and it was the toilet block which came in purple, which was the lavender fragrance. It is meant to help keep the toilet clean above and below the waterline. Which I thought would be great as the toilet would be being cleaned with every flush and not just when we had the time.
This normally retails in the shops in a twin pack and they cost around £1.85, but as I said I always look for the bargains and purchased these when they were on special for £1.00, which meant 50 pence each.
The Harpic Toilet Block I thought would be great as they have a plastic hook so that it can be placed in the toilet and hooked over the edge. There is no cage encasing the block, which means that there is no mess and germs that grow around the cage. It is clipped on the edge with ease where the water flow is at its maximum and binned when they are all gone.
When using the block take extra precaution as with all cleaning products as they still contain chemicals and still need to be kept in a cool dry place and away from children.
As the Block is hung around the top of the toilet this means that the toilet is kept clean above the waterline as the block is diluted around the rim and into the toilet with every flush of the toilet. It is more hygienic as it is constantly working to keep your toilet clean, hygienic and fresh. The pack claims that it can last for up to 1000 washes.
Our blocks do seem to last for a long period of time, but I cannot see the block making any improvements to the toilet nor can I smell the lavender scent so I am a little sceptical on if these are worth purchasing as I cannot see a change as we use them. They also start to look a little worse for wear before they have all dissolved as they last so long, so I ended up binning it before it had finished.
I will next time stick to the loo blocks that are placed into the toilet system and they change the water colour and work with every flush, as they are noticeable you know that they are working and they is a fragrance in the air, I cannot say that these are worth the usual £1.85 price tag.
We have lived in our newly built house for about 6 years now. At the start we had lovely fresh, clean looking toilets that we have tried out best to keep looking as sparkling as the day they were put in but after a while the dripping of the toilet leaves a brown mark and no matter how much bleach you put into it, it always has a bit of a dull look after a while. I also wanted a product that would keep my toilet smelling nice and fresh as well as they do get a lot of use during the day and there is nothing worse than a smelly toilet.
We decided to use a product to keep it looking better in between the times that we put the bleach down the toilet and after a little browse in Sainsburys we decided upon these hanging toilet blocks from Harpic. We chose Harpic because I have seen it around for years and know of it to be a good quality product in terms of keeping your toilets sparkling. These Harpic blocks are great because they work on your toilet without you really having to do anything, they continue to work in the toilet after you have flushed it so there is no need to keep putting bleach down the toilet all the time.
The Harpic blocks come on a plastic hook basically that you hang over the rim of the toilet. This is really good placement as this is where the water flow is at its maximum so when you flush the toilet it will take some of the cleaning power of the block with it and use it all over your toilet bowl. According to Harpic this is the hygienic way to keep your toilet clean and fresh with every flush. These blocks contain unique cleaning actives to keep the bowl clean both above and below the waterline.
What I also like about these Harpic blocks is that they are not in a little plastic cage like a lot of the toilet cleaners you can buy are. I have used these ones before at the plastic cage always looks quite dirty after a while and can collect hold and mildew looking dirt so the fact that this is just a solid block of cleaning product and nothing else is great. It's also good for the environment too to not have plastic to throw away too. The smell is nice, its a lemony citrus smell and makes the toilet smell nice and fresh even if someone has done something in there not so nice smelling!!
The block is said to last for 1,000 flushes which for example if you flush the toilet say 10 times per day will last you 100 days or nearly almost a third of a year which in my opinion is really good value. I have used mine for well over two months now and it is still going strong. The block is getting smaller but I can see it lasting for another month or so yet. Each block is 40g and will just continue to disintegrate over time. Once you are done with it you just unhook it from the toilet and replace it with another one. A two pack of these costs £1.85 and in my opinion are a really good, well priced toilet cleaner.
I bought a pack of 2 of these from Wilkinsons for £1. I normally use Toilet Duck fresh discs however they didn't have them so I thought I would give these a go. They normally retail at £1.85 in most supermarkets.
These blocks come in a variety of fragrances, citrus, lavender and ocean fresh. I picked citrus as I always feel you can't go wrong with a lemon scent.
You get two blocks in a pack, basically the block is like a bar of soap which is attached to a piece of plastic you hang over the rim of your toilet.
The blocks are designed to last over 1000 flushes, be hygienic as no germs can cling to the cage, contain baking soda to clean the toilet and also fragrance your loo.
When you first open these the smell is really nice, they smell fresh and lemony. However after a few days I was not pleased with the way it looked in the toilet, I found it rather ugly because as we flushed the loo more and more it began to look like a soggy mess, much like a bar of soap that has been left in a soap dish with water. Bits of the block also started to fall off. The fragrance only lasted a few days at most and I didn't notice that my toilet was any cleaner.
I wouldn't buy these again, I would prefer to stick to Toilet Duck and good old fashioned bleach.
For quite a while now I have been buying Lidl's own brand of toilet rim blocks, and been very happy with them. When the last one ran out however, I didn't have the chance to get to a Lidl store, so instead had to see what ASDA had to offer. I must admit that normally with this sort of product I would just go for the own brand, but for whatever reason ASDA didn't appear to have any own brand rim blocks in stock the day I was there (or if they did I couldn't see them). Instead I decided to look at the branded products which were on offer. There were two different Harpic blocks on offer, and I decided on the Harpic Hygienic as you got two blocks in a pack for £1.50 in comparison to the other version where you got just one for the same price.
The idea of this product is that it is a toilet rim block without a cage. As the cage can become a breeding ground for germs, this way is slightly more hygienic. It also uses 3x less plastic than a normal rim block so is better for the planet. The packaging says these blocks will fragrance and clean, and they should last for up to 1000 flushes.
As far as I can tell there are three fragrance options for this product (there may be more, but I can only find three when looking online). They are lavender, aquamarine and citrus fresh. It will be of no surprise to those who know me that I chose citrus fresh as I love anything with a citrussy fragrance.
The blocks are packaged in a blister pack, and I find the easiest way to open is simply to cut down the side with a pair of scissors. The actual blocks look similar to bars of soap imprinted with the word 'Harpic' and are attached to clear plastic hooks. At first I was quite concerned that they looked flimsy. The blocks didn't look to be attached onto the plastic very securely and I was worried that after a few flushes they might actually fall off! Thankfully, having just finished using the first one, I can confirm that they are a lot sturdier than they look to be, and actually have a full disc of plastic inside the block to hold it in place.
I found the blocks easy to fit to the toilet bowl and when you're finished with them they're just as easy to remove. The thing that surprised me most was how strongly they smell of lemon. When I first used one of these every time I went into the bathroom I could smell a lovely scent of lemon, and it took me literally days to twig that it was coming from the rim block! I find that the fresh scent lasts a couple of weeks before I don't really notice it anymore.
I don't think rim blocks are a proper substitute for cleaning the toilet, but I do find that they help keep the toilet bowl looking a little cleaner for longer, so I can extend the time between cleans. Let's face it, cleaning the toilet is not a job anyone enjoys doing!
The worst thing about these is the way they start to look after a while. The top of the block where most of the water hits starts to wear down and it looks jagged and unsightly. The longer you use it the worse it looks unfortunately and I must admit if I regularly had visitors I might be a bit embarrassed to have that there. Thankfully (well depending which way you look at it!) the only person who comes to see me these days is my boyfriend, so I don't have to worry about that. Still, it is enough to deter me from buying another pack. Whether they last 1000 flushes I can't really say, but the first one did last quite a while. I didn't actually get right to the end with the first one, I actually removed it because it looked so terrible, and put the second one on!
As mentioned already, I paid £1.50 for a pack of two of these in ASDA. I'd say that was quite a while ago now, and the offer is still on, so I'm not sure if it's a permanent one. The usual price is £2.03, but looking online Tesco and Ocado are also only charging £1.50 at the moment.
Overall, although I liked the fragrance that I got from this product and think the idea of not having a cage is a good one, I'm not sure I'd buy them again. The way they look once they've been used for a while is not particularly attractive and I think I'll go back to my Lidl own brand ones!
I do like to use some kind of toilet block in my loo, although I use them mainly for the fresh fragrance they offer rather than the cleaning power offered. I am sure that the cleaning element of these blocks exists but I do back this up with the traditional bleach and brush if needed.
The one I am currently using is the Harpic Hygienic Cageless Block which initially appealed to me purely because it was cageless - although the Harpic brand was also a factor in my choice.
I have, in the past, used the blocks which sit inside a plastic cage attached to a bar of plastic so that it sits under the toilet rim. Unfortunately to use this type of block efficiently I bought the refills which meant that when the block had disappeared I needed to retrieve the cage from the toilet, open it and replace the block with a new one. As anyone who has performed this task knows - it is messy and rather unhygienic to say the least!
I spotted an alternative to this unpleasant task when I was shopping in Tesco. The product in question the Harpic Hygienic Cageless Block and it costs £1.96 for a pack containing two of the blocks. The ones I purchased are the citrus fragrance but I understand that they are also available in lavender. Incidentally they are on offer in Tesco until 28th July 2009 to buy two packs for £3.
The two blocks and their supports are attached to a plastic sheet covered by rigid plastic and they are clearly visible so that you can see exactly what you are buying. The writing on the pack offers a product which 'cleans and fragrances for up to 8 weeks'.
On the back of the pack there are details of the various chemicals contained in the product, instructions for use and also safety advice which is the usual stuff such as keeping it out of the reach of children and making sure you don't get any in your eyes. What did make me smile was the bit that advised you to wear eye and face protection when using the product - personally I think that's health and safety gone mad but that's just my opinion!
To use the product all I had to do was cut along the side of the pack, remove one of the blocks and attach it to the rim of the toilet where the water flow was at its maximum, so that when the toilet is flushed, the best benefit is achieved. The block is a solid lemon (or lavender) coloured oval attached to a plastic clip which is bent in such a way as to make it easy to clip it to the rim of the toilet.
As soon as I put the first one into the toilet there was a lovely lemony fragrance in the bathroom which was pleasant but not too strong. Sometimes these products give off such a strong smell it makes my eyes water but not this one - it was just right.
When the toilet is flushed some of the water washes over and round the block distributing the cleaning and fragrancing properties around the bowl. Each flush also renews the citrus fragrance in the bathroom.
As I said earlier I am not convinced that this product would be enough to keep the toilet clean on its own but I do think that it helps and it certainly gives the impression of being fresher.
I checked on the Tesco website to see what the current price of this product is and I noticed that their information says that each block is effective for up to 4 weeks whereas according to the pack that I have it is effective for up to 8 weeks so I don't know whether anything has changed recently.
The bottom line for me is that I like this product and am on my third packet and will continue to buy it until something better hits the market.
Bathroom Care / Toilet Cleaner / A toilet rim block that cleans your toilet with every flush.