I have been watching Russia Today TV, and their indecent coverage of the MH17 flight. No need to say that I was scandalised. But I also got shocked to see that some of your brands (such as Finish, Vanish, Harpic, etc.) are announced on this channel which is ethically so questionable. Just to let you know, that from now on, I will be carefully checking my shopping to avoid Reckitt Benckiser products. And I will try as many people as possible to learn about your media policy.
The packaging of this toilet cleaner proudly declares that it is the 'most powerful toilet cleaner.' The statement seems a very bold declaration - until you notice the little asterisk aside the wording. It means it is the strongest toilet cleaner in the Harpic range.
Still, that still impresses me - I've long found this brand to represent really good quality. I buy a bottle of this toilet cleaner now and again to keep my toilet to a high standard of cleanliness - a standard the budget brands which I use more regularly, don't quite match up to. Although I can rely upon the low cost brands to keep my loo clean - they don't give that deep, squeaky clean or remove the limescale which builds up.
The product promises to kill all germs; clean above and below the waterline; remove the toughest stains and get rid of limescale. It is a thick, green liquid which smells chemically - but not unpleasantly so. It has a fresh, clean smell.
Direct the nozzle under the toilet rim and apply all around the bowl covering the bowl completely. Leave at least 10 minutes and then brush and flush. If you want to ensure the killing of all germs then leave for 1 hour then brush and flush.
Contains: <5% Non-Ionic Surfactants, <5% Cationic Surfactants, Disinfectant, Perfume, Per 100g contains 9g of Hydrochloric Acid.
In line with most products of this type the recyclable plastic bottle displays a host of warnings. Basically, this is a chemical product and use with care.
Warnings: the product contains hydrochloric acid, is corrosive and must be kept away from your skin and eyes. Keep out of the reach of children. Keep away from food, drink and animal feeding stuffs. Wear suitable protective clothing, gloves and eye/face protection. Do not mix with bleach or other cleaning products.
This product and its container must be disposed of in a safe way. Do not allow to come into contact with any surface other than the toilet bowl.
The advice to wear protective clothing when putting this stuff down the loo is not very realistic. Although I think most people will be sensible enough to treat a product like this with the caution it deserves, I doubt many people actually change clothing to do the loo.
I find the product itself does what it claims to do. I usually leave this down the toilet for the full hour and then brush and flush. This results in a clean, shiny and limescale free loo on almost all occasions. If I haven't used a powerful cleaner in a while and the limescale is especially bad (due to the water in my area) - then a further application has occasionally been necessary.
The cleaner is easy to apply as the neck of the bottle is shaped to get underneath the toilet rim and helps to ensure a full coverage of the product.
The scent of the product is pleasant enough as loo cleaners go - not chemically overpowering by any means and my loo is left smelling fresh and sparkling clean both above and below the water line.
A 750ml bottle of this costs £2 in Sainsburys. It also comes in a Citrus Fresh variety.
Recommended to give your loo that extra freshness.
In recent months in a bid to save the pennies I have abandoned my principles and strayed from my tried and trusted Ecover toilet cleaner. I have bought a couple of different ones, and the most recent to grace our home has been Harpic Power Plus Citrus fresh. It was part of an online shop, and there were only two considerations prior to its purchase: it cost less than £1. It was toilet cleaner. What I had failed to appreciate was that Harpic have a wide range of toilet-cleaning products that cater for varying degrees of insanitary or unsightly sanitaryware. Power Plus is the mother of all toilet cleaners. It is seriously heavy duty. The clue is in the name, and in the explanation on the front of the bottle: "Most powerful toilet cleaner. Kills all germs. Cleans above and below the waterline"
This message is reinforced on the back of the bottle, where the word CORROSIVE appears in large letters with a diagram of test tubes dripping onto and subsequently corroding skin and surfaces. My interest was piqued by this and I studied the rest of the label with far more scrutiny than I would normally. The list of warnings and dangers is far longer than the list of what the product can do, and amongst other points tells you that the product contains hydrochloric acid, protective clothing should be worn when using, and that it should not come into any surface other than the toilet bowl.
Just how dirty, I wondered, would your toilet need to be in order to make this a necessary product? Well, it eliminates limescale so if you have inherited a toilet with a nasty build up then this might be the way to go. But once it is off surely a less powerful cleaner will be able to maintain the standard? Harpic Power Plus advises that for best results you should leave the product on for ten minutes then brush and flush. The cleaner is quite thick and gel-like and will cling to your bowl. There is the chance of splashing of course, but the consistency of the product does minimise this and the nozzle of the bottle is positioned so you can aim with precision uder the rim and around the bowl. The advice is to cover the entire bowl- this uses quite a lot of the bottle, and I would estimate you probably only get about ten loo-cleans if you follow this.
However, if your toilet bowl just needs a light freshening, a quick sprucing or you just want to feel that germs and bacteria are being held at bay, then regular use of this product really is overkill. It'll do the job: it cleans and leaves the loo smelling citrus fresh, you get reassuring foam created for a couple of flushes after use, but there are gentler and kinder alternatives available. Save this for an occasional deep clean is my advice- and it would probably be Harpic's as well.
I will never buy this again, but it does do what it claims so I feel I have to be positive in terms of stars.
Thanks for reading!
I live in a three bedroom house, not through choice. The third bedroom is a loft conversion and there is a toilet next door to it. As you can imagine, I very rarely use the toilet in the loft, so it barely gets flushed. I was in the loft a few days ago and decided to use the loo up there. I noticed the toilet had a thick limescale scum on the base of it and around the inside of the rim, this annoyed me. I had to get rid of it there and then, there was no way I could sleep that night knowing the state of the toilet upstairs, call it OCD or over the top cleanliness, all I knew is I had to get something done about that toilet today! I went round to my local Sainsburys and saw that they had this on offer, so I thought I would give it a go.
== What is it? ==
Harpic Power Plus is a toilet cleaner that does exactly what it says on the packaging. It states that it is the most powerful toilet cleaner (who am I to argue?), it states that it kills all germs (who am I to argue? It's not like when it's done its job that I am going to go in with a white coat and gloves and conduct scientific experiments on the toilet is it? ), It removes the toughest stains ( who am I to argue?), it eliminates limescale (well you will have to read further on to find out if it did or not). It boasts to doing so much, then your eyes flicker down to the big orange "Corrosive" label, then the guidelines, "Causes severe burns", "Contains Hydrochloric acid", OK, I had better go and get my industrial arm length rubber gloves and a face mask for handling this product. Applying the solution is pretty straight forward, you just lift the toilet seat and squirt it under the rim around the bowl, for best results you should leave it for 10 minutes before using a toilet brush and flushing the toilet.
== Price ==
I saw this on offer at my local Sainsbury for £1.50, which I consider to be an absolute bargain. This normally retails for about £2-£2.50 in various supermarkets.
== Verdict ==
Well, when I read the instructions and it said for heavy stains that I should leave it on for 10 minutes, I thought this is going to need a hell of a lot longer than 10 minutes, but I'll try it for 10 then I'll put another coat on and leave it overnight. I was right, the first coat did next to nothing to it, this was going to need some lengthy treatment. I applied a second heavier coating and left it on overnight, near enough to 24 hours and I went to check on it. I did dread that such a heavy coating left on over night would have disintegrated the toilet bowl or something, but the toilet bowl was intact, I gave it a liberal brush with the toilet brush and pulled the flush.....Wow! What a difference, one brand spanking new toilet later, I could actually see my reflection in it. It shifted nearly a years worth of limescale in 24 hours! This stuff is definitely a household essential, although I will be making sure that the toilet gets a flush at least a couple of times a week to prevent any build up again. It's safe to say this product gets a 5 star rating from me.
I've recently started working in a nursery and so part of our job at the end of the day is all doing different tidying and cleaning tasks in a rotation system, including all the toilets. I'm not too fazed by cleaning toilets as I do it at home anyway but for the frequency of the mopping of the floors that need doing at work around so many little boys in particular! Anyway the toilet is itself i'm ok with. At work we seem to always have this Harpic Powerplus to use but I've also used it home before. Harpic is a well known toilet cleaner and have various different products on the mark including this Harpic Powerplus.
The bottle is black with Harpic in writing on the front in bright colours. Also on the front the bottle boast that this is the most powerfull toilet cleaner, kills all germs, and removed all limescale. On the back of the bottle are a list of instructions and precautions. The bottle holds 750ml of liquid and generally costs around £2 although it is sometimes on offer for £1.
Using it is easy. The bottle has the standard curved neck at the top to allow you to reach under the rim. The liquid comes out quite freely and nay appear to be too watery but actually once its covered the bowl it seems to cling on well especially under the rim and as the liquid is blue you can see where its clung to. We have 5 toilets to do each end of shift so I squirt some around each of the toilets in turn and then go back and clean the rest of the toilet blocks then at the end go back, scrub each, and flush them clean. I always finds this leave the toilets spotless but our place does keep the place looking clean big time so its probably due to our cleaning frequency to a great deal! The smell is quite clinical. Not bleach but like a hospital smell. I always leave the windows open when cleaning bathrooms anyway. The instructions say to leave for 10 minutes and scrub to clean toilet, or leave for an hour if you want to make sure all germs are killed too.
All in all this is a great loo cleaner. It works really well at keeping the toilets at work spotless and the same at home when I buy it. You barely need to scrub with the brush really as it does a job by itself but we do use it at work daily. I love that it kills all germs too. Being in a environment with children I'm glad to know its killing the germs. Children's hands tend to go all over the place sometimes so is important to be kept clean at work and at home. Even though most of these types of cleaners claim to kill germs I feel Harpic is one of the brands where I'm more than content that germs are killed. We don't live in area too affected by limescale at all so I can't really comment on this area but if it cleans that as it usually does the ones down here then I can imagine it lives to its claims on that too.
Since I have started writing reviews my brand loyalty has gone completely out of the window! Having bought Toilet Duck for years and years I was beguiled away by a special offer on Harpic Power Plus with it's claim to kill all germs and the gimmick of changing colour below the water line of your loo. Well it doesn't take a lot to entertain me so I added a bottle to my Morrisons trolley.
The packaging certainly looks workmanlike , a black plastic, slightly squeezy flat bottle with Harpic emblazoned on it in red and Power Plus citrus fresh below this. As mine is the citrus fresh version there is a design of lemons whizzing about too. Most powerful Toilet cleaner appears on the front , this statement is clarified on the reverse as it is a comparison to other Harpic brands. It also states that it kills all germs and beneath this is a depiction of a Harpic fist cleaning above and below the water line and changing colour as it does so.
The reverse is full of information some of which is duplicated on the front but it does also tell us that it removes the toughest stains and works below the water line to leave your loo sparkling clean and germ free.
There are lots of warnings on this bottle and I will not duplicate them all but there are a few that are new to me.
Causes severe burns
Contains hydrochloric acid
Keep away from food, drink and animal feeding stuffs
Do not allow to come into contact with any other surface than the toilet bowl.
This is all quite scary stuff because you are dealing with a corrosive acid and it should be treated with care and as my husband has just pointed out these warnings are to make sure that if anyone does come to harm whilst using this type of product, the manufacturer is covered against being sued.
The top is red and of the childproof type that closes with a satisfying click after use.
Following the instructions I carefully pour the thick, bright green liquid under the rim of the toilet. It does not splash and comes out at just the right speed, it sticks well to the walls as it is quite thick. Due to the shape of the bottle it is very easy to hold and give a little squeeze. The scent is very nice, a fresh lemon clean citrus smell which I am happy with and it is one of the nicer toilet cleaner scents that I have come across. It does change colour! when it hits the water it changes into a clear bright turquoise blue. After waiting 10 minutes I give a good brush with my trusty loo brush and the gel comes off quite easily, this also happens if you leave it for an hour for complete germ kill.
We live in an area that has extremely hard water and the calcium can build and leave stains. I have found using this two or three times a week that this is very effective and leaves the toilet sparkling clean with a very pleasant scent. I shall use it carefully as directed and look out for it again on special offer when it comes around as at 2.00pounds for 750ml this is a bit more expensive than toilet duck but I think just as effective. It is currently on half price offer at Tesco so you can try it out at a very good price and I happily reccommend that you do.
5 out of 5 stars from me.
Harpic also ask that you recycle the bottle and do not flush an empty toilet before cleaning as with this product it is not necessary and will save you lots of water a year.
Thanks for reading, I also post on Ciao under splishsplash.
After our toliet started to really get a build-up of limescale, we decieded it was definetly time to change our cleaner, so went out on a hunt. While I was in Tesco, I spotted this and, like just about everyone else that has ever turned a TV on, recognized the packaging. As it was on special offer (just £1!), I decided I would give it a go, and to be honest, am pretty pleased with the results!
It follows the shape of most toliet cleaner bottles, so I won't spend half the review talking about it, but I will say that for me at times it can be quite hard to get a good grip on. Luckily I havn't dropped it down the toliet yet... but there is still time I guess! Apart from that, it is a black background recycable container with the brand (Harpic) in relitively big letter in the centre. Around that is their advertising words such as the "Max" claim and so on. If you have seen their advert, you would've heard at least one of the claims, I can bet you cold hard cash! Carrying on, as normal on the back are the ingridients and instructions of what to do if it makes contact with your eyes and too keep out of reach of children - once again all the normal stuff. On the shelf, it does stand out considerably, because of the striking black - but I guess it also depends where the cleaner is positioned.
So does it work? Well ... yes! Yes it does. Once you have unscrewed the red, child proof lid, you get a brief smell of the cleaner and it is then time to actually put it where it belongs. Once you squeze the bottle almost immediately a sticky, gel like liquid comes running out pretty strongly. Thankfully it doesn't just dribble out like some that I have tried. Though some cleaners are best left overnight, this is 5x more powerful, so needs much less time - better for a lazy me when I forget! Only a little squirt normally cleans the whole bowl as well, so a bottle goes a long way. I find that it does last longer than bleach, but I tend to clean it out everyday, to stop the limescale building up.
I would say if you are in a bad position with money at the moment, then it isn't really worth it. But if you are not doing too bad money-wise, it is a great product even though it is quite expensive.
Cleaning in any home requires you to find the right product for you and sometimes the cheapest variety can sometimes be the best. When it comes to cleaning the toilet then I have some issues which have been resolved due to this product.
I have a downstairs toilet which is not used that often but since having more friends come and visit this has been used often. The toilet has marks on the bottom but these are marks which seem to never disappear.
I have in the past used various cleaning chemicals in the hope it would eventually disappear and leave the toilet restored back to the previous colour which was white.
I found a review on another website promoting the Harpic toilet cleaner and the recommendations were very high so I thought whilst it was on offer at £1 I would buy some and give it a go.
I poured some of the liquid down the toilet as requested and just left it overnight and the next morning I opened up the toilet and instantly the smell was fantastic. It was kind of powerful at first but the liquid had definitely been working hard.
I flushed the toilet and to my dismay it had cleared the horrible mark at the bottom of the toilet which had been there for ages. I was surprised at first it managed to do that so quickly and for a cheap price.
I found the product thick but not over the top like bleach can be when you use it. The product claims to do plenty of things and one of those is kill germs. I think in all fairness most of the cleaning products kill germs but I do wonder whether they remove them entirely.
I use this product now around the rim of the toilet and now I pour just a small amount every few days to keep the toilet looking clean and fresh. I do believe the bottom of the toilet had lime scale but I might be wrong.
The bottle does say it can remove lime scale and is five times better then bleach. I think the results I had proved it is better than bleach as bleach never helped my mark disappear at all. The smell is not as powerful as bleach either so it means no watery eyes when you open up the toilet for usage.
I would say that the current price is around £2 for a 750ml bottle and mine lasts for about 10 days due to not needing as much now. If you use this in small dosages often you end up not having these marks reappear and you also get the added benefit of knowing that you're killing germs with a very powerful product.
I would perhaps like the price to be perhaps cheaper but I guess you get what you pay for at the end of the day and for me no other toilet cleaner comes close to producing the results that this Harpic toilet cleaner have produced.
I would highly recommend this product to anyone who has a problem with cleaning toilets or has maybe the odd stain which is not disappearing because this works very well.
I am not loyal to any one toilet cleaner brand, but there are a few which I tend to choose between, and one of the ones that I use fairly regularly is Harpic Power Plus Toilet Cleaner. I recently bought a 750ml bottle from Tesco for £1.99, which I feel is a really good price because this bottle will generally last me about a month.
The bottle of Harpic Power Plus Toilet Cleaner is quite manly and this just seems right to me because I think a toilet cleaner should suggest strength, practicality and non-friiliness. It comes in a jet black bottle which has visuals on it that suggest an explosion of power and strength and so I really feel they have the design right and it certainly catches my attention. On the packaging it has the list of ingredients, directions and cautions - and so labelling is clear and helpful. The angle of the bottle neck is angled so that it works to turn the bottle upside down and aim the nozzle under the toilet bowl rim. I can do this without dripping any of the solution on my hands. The lids child-proof, but it is easy enough to remove if you know what you're doing - and of course you do need to keep this out of children's reach anyway.
The toilet cleaning solution is a deep aqua blue which is quite thick and therefore it clings to the toilet bowl side really very well - and obviously this is necessary in order to kill the germs in this area. I tend to squirt it on in the middle of the day when no one else is in the house so that I can leave the cleaner on the toilet bowl for a few hours before flushing. The smell of the cleaner does smell quite bleach-like, but this to me means cleanliness and so I don't mind that at all. Once the bleach has been in place, the toilet bowl is always left looking clean and spotless - and smelling fresh. Sometimes I do need to use the toilet brush on it before flushing and other times this isn't necessary - but this certainly helps in the cleaning process. The blurb says that it kills 99.9% of bacteria and removes 100% of limescale and I have no reason to disbelieve these statistics - and so it gives me peace of mind.
I will continue to use Harpic Power Plus Toilet Cleaner and think it is one of the better products.
Since moving into our new house, the toilet in our small en suite bathroom has had limescale under the waterline. I wasn't quite sure what to do about this as I had read suggestions about using bleach, vinegar and even Coca Cola! But then I decided to buy a product designed to clean both above and below the waterline.
This product means business
As well as eliminating all limescale, this cleaner promises to kill all germs, and remove and dissolve even the toughest of stains.
It comes in a black bottle and you simply aim the nozzle under the rim and squirt around the loo. The liquid is a bright blue colour and clings to the bowl which I always find reassuring! You can leave this for 10 minutes or an hour depending on the level of stains you are dealing with.
Brush and flush!
The first time I used this I actually left it for around 30 minutes, before I somehow managed to rope my husband into step 2 of the procedure which is to brush and flush. As I say the limescale under the waterline of our loo is pretty bad but with some firm brushing this did start to come away. So after the first use our toilet did look a whole lot cleaner and whiter. However there was still some limescale left so I decided to give it another go, leaving the liquid in for an hour this time. After the second scrubbing session I reckon we got rid of about 80% of the limescale - and to be honest we didn't have to put all that much effort in. And, thrid time lucky, after leaving this down the loo for a third time I didn't even need to scrub to get rid of pretty much all the remaining limescale.
A strong smell
I should mention that the smell of this is quite strong and although some reviewers have hated the smell I don't really mind it - it is quite a strong "cleaner" smell but it isn't too bad I don't think - although it does waft into our bedroom so if you hate it then it may annoy you if it wafts around your house! It also contains hydrochloric acid so it must be used with great care and, of course, be kept away from young ones.
Works for us!
Overall this product worked a treat on our loo. It is cleaner than it has ever been and the product is easy to use. I would highly recommend this if you have a limescale problem and like a shiny clean loo!
This costs around £1.99 from most retailers, although I did pick it up cheaper so look out for offers!
I had seen adverts for Harpic Power Plus TV as removing the roughest of stains and all traces of limescale so as the our usual choice of toilet cleaner was Tesco's own brand and it just wasn't removing the limescale I purchased it.
The bottle is a huge 750 ml as is around the £2 mark in most supermarkets. It comes in a black plastic bottle with a bold white, black and red design. The text seems to shout out at you "POWER PLUS". It has an angled nozzle which is designed to go under the rim of your toilet. The cleaner is a bright blue liquid which doesn't look that nice round your toilet bowl. The liquid is very thick and is almost gel. It does clean to the bowl as it claims!
I applied it all around the toilet bowl and left it for around an hour. When I went back upstairs I noticed all the blue liquid had suck to the bottom and had just left a few stains and traces of it around the bowl which again didn't look very nice. The smell of the cleaner was very overpowering in our small bathroom. But I flushed the toilet and all the blue liquid disappeared leaving the bowl sparkling! Any stains, dullness of limescale had disappeared completely. I was converted!!! After the first 2 or 3 flushes the water still smells of the cleaner but it isn't as overpowering as when first applied. And your toilet stays pretty clean for a good few days (depending on its use of course).
We have always tended to use just plain old thin bleach to clean out our loo but recently we have noticed a very big build up of limescale. We recently moved to a new area where the water is very hard and this is causing us a lot of problems for us. A friend suggested Harpic Gel and we gave it a try.
It's not cheap but worth the price tag I feel because it works well and you only need a little bit for it to be very effective.
It comes in a black recyclable bottle made of plastic with a screw lid which is child proof (even I have problems with it). The bottle has 750mls of gel inside and cost about £2.50 though sometimes you can get it in a special offer.
We have put it in the loo overnight and by the next day the limescale has vanished and it smells really pleasant and not at all like normal plain chlorine or bleach would smell.
It says it is five times stronger than normal bleach and I would tend to agree because even when left in for only ten minutes or so it still does a great job at getting rid of the limescale -its just a pity it comes back so fast again where we live!
It is a very rich thick gel and you only need a tiny bit and it really does cling to the toilet bowl and doesn't just run off like a normal ordinary bleach would.
Great product - not cheap but it works really well.
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cannot understand how this product is getting 5 stars left right and centrethe stains on my toilet are not moving and its not that dirty just a bit of limescale but used it 4 days on trot now - not impressed at allalways used harpic with limescale remover before - blue bottle red topthats what i will be buying in future
Having for years been using toilet cleaners that appeared to clean my toilet but noticing that within a few days limescale would begin to appear I have tried numerous products that promise to leave the toilet fresh, clean, sparkling and more but none have ever lived up to their billing so when I heard about Harpic releasing a new cleaner called Power Plus I decided to give it a shot but did it live up to the promises?
The Harpic Power Plus toilet cleaner is a cleaner which is designed to be powerful and after using it I noticed a big difference in how long it was before limescale began to appear again which was exactly what I was looking for. The boast of Harpic is that this product is 5x better than bleach at removing the toughest stains and eliminating limescale and germs with just one application and I have found that this product delivers on this boast as your toilet is left looking very clean and that even goes for under the water line.
Harpic Power Plus is a thick gel that when applied will appear to stick to the sides which is excellent as this allows for it to be working even after you have walked away from it unlike some of the other toilet cleaners out there which have run down in to the water before you have even turned away.
This is a toilet cleaner designed to protect as it will fight limescale and germs and disinfect the toilet so that you can rest assured that these things are not going to get in to the air each time you flush (if you keep your toothbrush close to the toilet then this is something to think on as it is proven these germs can go airborne).
This is a great value for money product and is normally available for around £1.50 per bottle but can regularly be picked up on money off or multi-buy deals which are a perfect time to stock up on this.
Overall I have been very impressed with just how much cleaner my toilet looks since I have begun using this product as limescale used to build up fairly quickly after using other toilet cleaners but not with this. The thick liquid gets to work straight away and the fact I can go in to the bathroom 5 minutes later and it is not all in the water is something that shows me this is a great product at work. Great value for money and piece of mind for you and your family are the reasons I recommend this to all.
Like most people, cleaning the toilet is not really one of my favourite household chores. Well, in fact, it's probably one of my least favourites along with sorting the bins and wading through a pile of ironing. Therefore, if there's something that I can buy to make the task a bit easier, I'm all for it. That's why I opted for Harpic Power Plus toilet cleaner. In truth, the name sold this to me - power plus - this implies that I need to put in very little effort and this will clean my toilet for me, brilliant!
The toilet cleaner comes in a black bottle with ared lid as pictured above, with a bent neck to enable direct application under the rim of the toilet bowl. The product is advertised as being 'the most powerful toilet cleaner', removing the toughest stains, kills all germs and eliminate limescale.
To apply, I followed the instructions on the bottle - applying directly under the rim of the bowl, leaving for one hour and then brushing. The liquid is a thick dark blue in colour and almost gel like in consistency. The scent given off from the cleaner is quite strong and a little overpowering. It smells a little chemically but is scented like other 'ocean' toilet cleaners that I have used in the past. The smell is so strong that I have to shut the bathroom door when I have applied tis to prevent breathing it in in all the bedrooms upstairs.
After an hour of applying, there are some blue streaks down the bowl but most of the cleaner seems to have settled in the water at the bottom of the pan. Brushing the pan easily removes all traces of the product, so there is no annoying staining that I have found with other cleaners. After flushing, the toilet is definitely clean and sparkling. Now, my toilet doesn't really have any stains or limescale patches so I can't really comment on the effectiveness of the product on these. But it does leave my toilet looking and smelling fresh, once you get past the initial overpowering smell on application.
The cleaner seems to cost between £2 and £3, which I personally think is quite expensive for a toilet cleaner. I purchased on offer at £1.50, which I thought was plenty! I am pleased with the results, but not so much so that I would buy again at full price. I have used cheaper cleaners that have done a more than adequate job so I wouldn't want to simply flush more money down the toilet for this product. It is a good product and one that I would recommend, but I will be looking out for any offers before I purchase it again.