~~A Lime Scale Problem~~
When we first moved into our current home, twenty years ago now, everything was brand new as we were the first people to occupy it. Now, as is they way of things, everything seems to be wearing out at once. This, coupled with the serious issue we have with lime scale in this area, probably explains why the toilet in our en-suite bathroom began to look disgusting, coated as it was by a discoloured layer of lime scale at the bottom. We are actually waiting for a quote to get the whole bathroom refitted, as the lime scale is a real problem in the shower, too. However, with the toilet, it had got to the point where I felt I really had to try everything I could to improve it as I actually felt ill even when cleaning it.
~~ In Search of a Solution~~
I had used anti-lime scale tablets in the past, but in recent years have found them really hard to track down. I was relieved, therefore, when I spotted a pack of these Harpic tablets in my local Tesco quite recently. Maybe they had been there all along and I hadn't looked carefully enough: I don't know. They come in quite a small black box with white graphics and lettering, so I suppose I could have missed them. The claim to remove 100% lime scale was the deciding factor about whether or not to buy. The compact size of the box makes storage quite easy. There are eight individually wrapped tablets in each box. At £2.50 per box, that works out at £0.31 each, according to the Tesco website, whose Maths is undoubtedly better than mine! That seems a reasonable price to pay if they work.
~~Harpic to the Rescue!~~
I read the packet with more care than I confess I'd normally take, because I was aware that the ingredients were likely to be powerful. Indeed, on the reverse I soon spotted a cross on a bright orange square with the word IRRITANT beneath. Even with my reading specs on, though, I find it hard to read the actual ingredients as it's in very tiny script. No matter, for most of us it's enough to say that, among other things, there are non-ionic surfectants, anionic surfectants, and oxygen based bleach agents. I can't pretend I really understand that. Thankfully there's a larger box above this, headed CAUTION, which says that this must not be mixed with bleach products or any cleaning product. As well as the usual 'keep out of reach of children' etc it says that there's a serious risk of harm to eyes, and tells you what to do should you get it ni your eyes. In bold letters you're told to seek medical advice immediately if you swallow it, and the medical people should be shown the container. Other cautions include the possible effects on the aquatic environment and organisms - so don't use it to clean out your fish tank! What I do like about the packaging is that the information is given only in English and Danish, so it's easy to spot the English version, and illustrations are effectively used to reinforce the instructions.
~~I Have the Power!~~
You should use plastic or rubber gloves to remove the tablets from their protective wrapper. I have to confess I don't! You lift up the loo seat, and drop the tablet into the toilet bowl - caution - it may splash if you do this from too great height and that is not pleasant! If the lime scale problem isn't too bad you may only need to use one tablet, but two if it's as bad as ours was. You're supposed to leave it unflushed, then, for a minimum of 20 minutes, though realistically to get it clean six hours is the ideal. There's no need to scrub. The water turns quite a bright blue when the tablet has dissolved, so it's pretty obvious that something's in there. When time is up, you simply flush the toilet and see if it's done the job. Of course, it's only going to clean below the waterline and in the U-bend; it won't clean above the waterline. Our toilet was so bad that I had to use two tablets on three separate occasions before I was satisfied, even though I could see a clear improvement after each treatment. The packet advises using two in these situations. Now I can do the maintenance dose of 1 tablet once a week and hopefully that will keep it looking clean enough until it's replaced. I noticed on the side of the packet that using Harpic Power Plus Liquid in between treatments is recommended for use under the rim and above the waterline. I suppose they would say that, but it seems quite a good idea to show how using the tablets might fit into a complete cleaning regime.
None of the liquid lime scale removers I'd tried had coped with the problem. I was very satisfied with the result I eventually achieved from using this product. I don't think the toilet could have cleaned up any better than it did. It will still be replaced, but I don't feel disgusted about it now. I've still got one tablet left, but I shall be making sure I have another packet in stock so that I can do a maintenance weekly clean, and unfortunately I know I will need to use them with the new toilet, as the lime scale issue is here to stay! So I rate this as a 5 star product for anyone with a lime scale problem.
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As a household which purchases many cleaning products, we were very pleased and happy to disover for only one pound at Home Bargians, a pack of eight Harpic Power Plus Tablets. I personally like Harpic and have used many things in the range over the years and so was expecting good results. We were not disappointed at all.
These tablets come in a pack of eight and they are all individually wrapped in cellophane and this is reasonably easy to remove in my view, without having to undergo too much pulling and tugging as with some products.
The idea is very simple (the instructions are on the reverse of the cardboard container but written in very small letters so I had to put on my glasses for this bit). We dropped just one tablet into the toilet bowl and left it overnight. The instructions recomend that you leave it for at least six hours but we always prefer to leave them overnight.
The smell is lovely and fresh and alpine-like - very much an outdoors smell, but not too overpowering that it knocks you out, like some of these products can. It started to fizz up pretty much immediately and made the bottom of the water in the bowl a nice blue / green colour.
We left it overnight and the following morning we just flushed the loo and the results were a lovely clean and sparkiling toilet bowl - it looked almost like a new pot! Very impressive! There was no need to have to scrub or go at it with a cloth or anything and it had removed all traces of scum and limescale and nasty brown marks.
These tablets are very impressive, so that we have gone out to buy more and we will be stocking up regularly because at this price they are a real bargain and thoroughly recommended.
Review also posted on Ciao as sorehead
Having two young sons, aged 3 and 4, one who has recently potty trained and has awful aim, I need a strong arsenal in my battle to keep the bathroom looking and smelling nice, otherwise you get the lovely aroma of a mens urinal after the night before. Lovely, not.
I mostly go for a dash of bleach, or the harpic power plus liquid, but when I saw the harpic power plus tablets for sale, I knew they would be a good addition to my normal routine in tackling any limescale deposits around the bowl and under the waterline. This is where the other cleaners were not really tackling well.
For £2.20, you can pick up a cardboard box which is black in appearance with the Harpic branding, and a pcture of one of the tablets. It matches well with the bottles of the liquid cleaner. Inside the box is 8 individually wrapped tablets, which I prefer to snip into with a pair of scissors, because this product is an irritant and you want to minimise the risk of getting it onto your skin and clothes.
Each tablet is quite large, about the size of a pocket vaseline tub in diameter and a bit thicker than that. It is off white in colour with blue speckles throughout it. As you add it to the water in the toilet bowl, it sinks rapidly to the bottom near the back of the bowl, and rapidly it starts to fizz and disintegrate, and all of the water turns a bright vivid blue colour. It smells quite strong to me, so I am happy to just walk away and let it do its thing.
It is recommended to leave it working for at least 20 minutes, before coming back and flushing and the loo being left sparkly.
I find that these tablets are indeed very good. If it has been a while since the last treatment, there might still be some limescale in parts of the bowl when I have flushed it. The blue sticks to the limescale, so a little rub with the toilet brush makes the rest of it scrub off leavng the bowl totally clean.
While this deals with below the water line very effectively with the oxygen based bleaching agents, it couldn't be my only toilet cleaner as it does not treat round the rim, so I do find I then need to use something else through the week to keep it all fresh and germ free. (It is really important to only use one cleaner at a time or you can get a toxic release of chlorine gas which can damage the internal surfaces of your lungs so do take care. )
Now, that is one problem taken care of, can someone now train my boys to point it down the loo and flush, and I will be eternally grateful.
==Harpic Power Plus Tablets==
I have a little bit of an obsession with a nice clean toilet which I think probably started when we moved into our first flat and had to resort to industrial brick cleaner to get the stains off of the bowl!
This said, I make sure that I am constantly cleaning the toilet in a bid to keep it sparkling white and a pleasure to take a seat on. Because of this I do tend to over do it when buying toilet care products but I feel I have found an item that is both affordable and works brilliantly.
These Harpic Power Plus Tablets were in my local Poundland when I saw them for the first time and seeing as they were only £1 I couldn't help but buy them and see what they were like. I was already using the Harpic Power Plus Toilet Cleaner so using these tablets as well make an added type of cleanness.
The tablets come in a little cardboard box and there are 8 tablets in the box which for 12 ½ pence per tablets seems pretty good value to me. The tablets inside are individually wrapped up in a cellophane type wrapper and are easy to open making them very easy and simple to use.
The directions for use are straight forward and all you need so is to open up one tablet and drop it into your toilet. It only needs doing around once a week and it is best if the tablet can be left in the water for at least 6 hours before being flushed. So I always try to do mine before I go to bed at night to get the best results possible.
The tablets claim to remove the toughest stains, to rid you of all your lime scale and to offer deep cleaning without scrubbing and I would say that they appear to do all of this. Once you drop the tablet into the toilet water, it begins to fizz up and turn the water a sort of blue green colour and send the water all frothy.
The smell is rather nice and has a very fresh and almost alpine smell. The frothy fizz of the water soon subsides but all the time the Harpic tablet is working hard at cleaning both the visible part of the toilet bowl but also the U bend which you can't see.
The results are very good and our toilet although pretty clean to begin with does look especially shiny and bright. Although it states that you needn't bother with using the toilet brush I still made sure that it was entirely clean by giving it a good going over with the brush and I really couldn't fault what I saw.
Because of the fact that our toilet is pretty clean and fresh anyway and we use a lot of the other anti lime scale products, I probably haven't been using thee tablets once and week and more like when I can actually remember to use them.
They are very good though at what they do and it is always nice to see them fizzing and frothing and turning the water a nice blue colour. I would highly recommend them and give them a score of 5 out of 5 star rating.
Many thanks for taking the time to read.
I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you.
Harpic Power Plus Tablets are handy little tablets designed to clean your toilet and remove any stains from below the waterline without the need for scrubbung. They are from the same range as the Harpic Power Plus toilet cleaning liquid and both products feature the same striking black packaging (which, incidentally, is completely different from that shown on the Dooyoo description so may well have been recently revamped.)
I picked up a packet of these cleaning tablets from Wilkinson's last week as I have some unreachable and unshiftable stains right at the very bottom of my upstairs toilet. (I know you didn't really want to have such intimate knowledge of the state of my loo - sorry!) The stains were right down the sides of the toilet bowl and right at the very back, towards the u-bend - just at the point where no amount of scrubbing with my loo brush and copious amount of toilet cleaning chemicals had managed to shift. (I'm starting to feel a bit embarrassed here and feel the need to point out that I do actually clean my toilets regularly - much as I hate doing so - and that these are very small stains and only really noticeable if you look for them! My toilet bowl isn't quite as gross as I've probably managed to make it sound!)
With a visit from the mother-in-law looming, I have been doing my best to tackle the worst of the housework and went on the hunt for the strongest loo cleaner that I could find. I was torn between these tablets and the liquid version offered by Harpic Power Plus. What finally swung it in favour of the tablets was the promise on the packaging that these 'remove the toughest stains and eliminate 100% of limescale' and that these work 'deep down in the bowl and in the u-bend.' Admittedly, the fact that these could just be dropped in the toilet to work their magic overnight and, allegedly, no scrubbing would be needed was also a factor in my choice.
The instructions recommend adding one tablet to your toilet bowl once a week and leaving for 6 hours before flushing. There was also an intensive option of adding two tablets overnight to remove heavy limescale build-up. This was the route that I chose. I donned some gloves (as these contain strong chemicals.) Each tablet comes individually wrapped like a giant sweetie - so an obvious reason to keep these out of the kids' way! I unwrapped the first tablet with eager anticipation and gently dropped it into my loo. It immediately started to fizz rapidly on contact with the water and produced a lovely vibrant blue colour in the water. In fact, it reminded me of watching a Lush bath ballistic being dropped in the water and starting to work its magic! This was not something that I was tempted to jump into and start wallowing in though! Unlike most toilet cleaners (particularly the stronger varieties) this didn't emit any nasty chemical smells. In fact, there was no detectable fragrance at all. I dropped two tablets in the toilet and left them overnight and even in the morning there wasn't any chemical odour in the bathroom, which was a bonus.
The real question is whether this actually worked and removed those nasty stains. Well, yes and no. The tablets had certainly made a difference and had achieved more than any amount of scrubbing previously had. The stain at the back has completely gone and the base of the toilet bowl is absolutely sparkling. The only disappointment for me is that it didn't completely remove the stains at the side of the toilet. (Again, I must emphasise these are small stains but they are ingrained in the very edge of the toilet bowl and my loo brush doesn't seem to quite hit the spot.) They have certainly improved but the stains haven't been totally removed.
Despite that, I do think that these tablets are a pretty effective way of cleaning your toilet bowl and I would actually buy and use these again. I might even use them in conjunction with the Power Plus liquid because I'm hoping that the liquid might work in the bottom edges better than the tablets. The packaging does suggest that both products can be used together.
These tablets cost me £2.15 for a box containing 8 tablets from Wilkinson. If you use them just as a weekly cleaning aid, this would last for 8 weeks and seems quite reasonable value for me. Certainly, if you haven't got the shame of ingrained toilet stains I think you would find these to be suitably effective. The promise of a deep clean of your loo without needing to get up close and personal with a toilet brush is enough reason to give these a shot!