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Harpic White and Shine is a relatively new toilet cleaning product. I've done a couple of other toilet cleaners and bleach reviews prior to this mainly because I don't tend to stick to any one given product. I try and get a branded cleaner at Wilkinsons normally for a £1 or less, so have come across most of the varietys of Harpic before. Harpic also make the Powerplus and 100% Limescale Remover which I have used before and always had good results. Sp seeing this in Wilkos on offer I had popped 2 bottles in my trolley. What sets this product out from others is that it combines baking soda to naturally leave your loo spotless with bleach to kill all the germs too.
The bottle is in the usual Harpic design bottle. White and made of plastic with a curved end for reaching under the toilet rim. There is the usual red safety cap on top. Sometimes tricky to get off first time round but its easier once the seal has been broken. I always store these cleaners away from small hands anyway! The has the usual information about precautions and directions for use. I largely ignore reading through them because they are rather generic I find.
Using this its easy to reach the tip of the bottle right up under the rim of the loo with the bottle shape, then i just squeeze it out all around the loo. Sometimes these cleaners can be quite thick so I've learnt to squirt round twice to ensure total coverage of the loo when doing this. This product comes out a creamy colour. It can be difficult to see where its been applied but looking closely you can see its liquidy enough to coat the whole loo. The smell is definitely chlorine bleach not disimilar to Domestos so I ventilate the room when using. I think Harpic also do this product in a fragrance which maybe more kinder so will have to try that one next time. I normally leave cleaner down the loo for an hour or so to let it work then come back later. Sometimes I swish a loo brush round and then flush but to be honest this product has always left the loo spotless so I've not really needed to use the brush. When you flush the water at the bottom of the loo fills with foam for a few flushes.
All in all this another I would definitely recommend this as another good product from Harpic. It really does leave your loo effortlessly clean. I do rather demand a good loo cleaner. I've always been fairly fastidious on toilets and this ticks all the boxes for me. Because both my children are now using the loo themselves I'm glad to know that I'm killing all the germs when I use it and I have no reason to believe it doesn't do just that. The smell could be nicer but I probably should of got the fragrant variety also available in the range so its my own fault really.
i tried harpic white and shine for my toilet i thought it was brilliant it got rid of limescale and whited my whole toilet bowl i know what i will be putting down my loo
I love the smell of bleach and before I had Jayden I always used bleach cleaners, I blame my mum she was the same with bleach, however I now am more careful tending to prefer Dettol type cleaners for work surfaces etc but I do like a bleach cleaner for the toilet so I decided to try Harpic White & Shine.
Harpic White & Shine is sold in a white plastic bottle which is in keeping with this type of product. The bottle has a curved neck so the product can be directed up under the rim.
The front of the bottle shows the Harpic logo in bright red, below this it has White & Shine written in white and blue letters. The front of the bottle also informs the customer that the product contains baking soda for ultimate shine and will kill all germs and viruses.
The back of the bottle gives all the information you would expect to find on a product like this such as ingredients, directions for use and warnings. All of these are written in black making them easy to read on the white bottle should you wish to.
The bottle naturally has a safety cap which needs to be squeezed and twisted, I have no problems with this but it may present some difficulties for those with limited hand movement.
Harpic White & Shine smells just like bleach and is white in colour a bit like a watery toothpaste. Its the same consistency as regular bleach and will cling to the bowl.
To use the product you just need to aim the opening of the bottle under the toilet rim and squeeze the Harpic all around the bowl so its coated, leave for 15minets then brush and flush, personally I never use a toilet brush I cant bear them but I do use sponges with a rough scouring side on them then throw them away.
I followed the instructions which to be honest are really just common sense and I was very impressed with the results. My toilet bowl was really sparkling white, it looked and smelt really clean and fresh. In my opinion I think baking soda does make a difference to how the toilet looks and as its also killing all germs its a good product all round.
I've now used my bottle of white & shine up and since bought another, I got mine from my local Tesco where a 750ml bottle is currently half price for £1.00.
If you use bleach then I would certainly recommend trying Harpic White & Shine, it leaves the toilet looking and smelling really fresh and gleaming white.
I have always been quite hot on cleaning the loo. I hate to think my loo would look dirty if someone ever popped around and needed to use the loo, so this has always motivated me to keep on top of cleaning of it. I'm a little bit more motivated now my daughter is using the loo as she is still a bit careless with her hands sometimes touching the rim beneath the seat when she trys to balance herself bless her, so even though I obviously make sure she washes her hands after, I also now tend to clean the loo's every morning just to keep make sure they are both clean as possible. I've never been loyal to any given brand of loo cleaner, I will normally choose either Domestos, Harpic, or Toilet Duck depending on whats on offer at the time. I have tried some shop own brand loo cleaners but I always find they are either too thin and runny meaning they don't cling to the sides for long enough, or they just don't clean the dirt off without a rub. I don't have a loo brush, I think they are yuck, so I need a loo cleaner which I can just stick down there and leave it to clean by itself. Recently Tesco had a Spring cleaning sales event on their website with numerous cleaning products on offer. When I looked in the loo cleaner section I scanned the offers and noticed this new Harpic product which I haven't seen before, 'Harpic White & Shine'. It was on offer for 99p a bottle, and I liked the sound of how it combines soda to leave the loo shiny, and bleach to kill germs, so I selected two bottles.
The product comes in a standard plastic loo cleaner bottle with the curved neck to reach under the rim of the loo. There is a red child safety cap which means you have to squeeze and twist to open. The bottle has 750ml of cleaning fluid inside. Harpic claim this will kill all germs and viruses including E.coli and Rotavirus. None of this 99.9% germ kill some cleaners have. This will kill them all, which is good as far as I'm concerned. Harpic also claim that the baking soda leaves the loo sparkling white clean.
I don't know why but for some reason I expected this to have some sort of fresh fragrance to it even though it mentions bleach, but true to the word bleach this smells of nothing but bleach. Not the end of the world because I have some Glade bathroom freshners anyway to keep the room fresh. I also expected it to have a blue coloured liquid like the other Harpic products but is actually a creamy coloured liquid. This is a little bit annoying because its kind of difficult to see where the liquid has covered the loo. I therefore learnt to give the loo a bit more than I would normally by squirting the bottle around the loo twice. The bottle is well shaped to get right under the rim which is commonly where most of the germs are. The instructions on the bottle suggest to leave it for an hour to kill all germs which what I usually do with these products anyway, so I plonk the loo seat down and get on with something else and leave it to do its job. When I come back the room is filled with the bleach smell, so you may wish to open a window or something when using this. You can just about make out on close examination that the liquid is still clinging to the sides including under the rim so I'm pleased about that. You will find a layer of white residue collected around the sides of where the water sits at the bottom which I'm reliably informed from my Microbiologist friend is a reaction bleach gives when it has killed the germs so I'm also pleased to see that. When you flush the water then foams up nicely and the loo is left sparking just as Harpic promised. Theres no need for me to rub any dirt off as it has already been removed so I'm also pleased by that.
All in all I'm pleased with how this products has performed for me. The only complaints I would perhaps make if I had to were the liquid not being coloured, and the fragrance, but they are not major issues. What I look for in a loo cleaner is for it to leave the loo looking clean, and how well it kills germs. It certainly leaves my loo looking, nothing more or less than other cleaners really but clean none the less. As for germs, obviously this is a bit difficult to judge, but seeing as the products contains disinfectant and Harpic are a reliable brand, I'm can be pretty certain that all the germs have been killed. I literally finished my last bottle this morning. Because I have two loo's which I clean daily, and also because I perhaps use more than needed I have found the bottle lasts about 3 days, so 6 toilet cleans. Not bad for a quid but I notice its gone up in price to nearly 2 quid on the Tesco website so its a tad more expensive then. I will use it again if I see it on offer but have already got some Domestos bleach in my cleaning cupboard which was a quid and I will use that for time being.
Being a bit of a bleach fanatic (sad, I know) I couldn't wait to try Harpic White & Shine Bleach Citrus Fresh when I saw it on the supermarket with the irresistible *NEW* sign on the label (!).
The bottle is a traditional toilet bleach shape with a slanted neck and it is white plastic with a red screw top tamper proof top. The actual label is a wrap around plastic which shouts the benefits of the product (I will go in to all this below). The label has a yellow flash around it to show it is the citrus rather than original formula of this product.
What's special about this one then?
The Harpic bleach is one I don't actually routinely buy as I get through so much I tend to buy the pink bottle of supermarket's own brand but I fancied a change and liked the look of this one. It is called 'White and shine' bleach which is good when it's destined for the toilet / sink area. This one has baking soda to give ultimate shine and also kills all germs and viruses. It is also citrus fresh so a bit of flavour to it too.
The bleach I usually use is clear with sometimes a yellow tint and a strong smell (which I actually like!). Not so with this one though. This one comes out white and a bit cloudy when it hits the water. I couldn't really detect the citrus flavour but I also noticed that this one doesn't really have that bleach smell I know and love and it seemed quite neutral but a little noticeable if you left the room and returned five minutes later. Upon flushing it left a little bit of a foam in the toilet which soon disappeared. I also used this around the bathroom sink during the cleaning process and it worked really well, making the sink sparkling white after I left it a while then rinsed.
A 750ml bottle costs £2 at the moment in Asda. I think this is a reasonable cost for a branded bleach although I do use it all the time so a bottle lasts me only a week. I am quite liberal with it though and probably use too much!
I do actually love the smell of bleach and missed it with this product although I understand a lot of people are not keen on the smell of bleach so that should be a plus point with this product for most other than weird bleach lovers like me! My love of bleach has dropped a little since the birth of our little baby but during the height of pregnancy it hit the roof with me needing a daily fix.
I don't feel the need to buy this brand of bleach every time but I have been pleased with its results and would be happy to buy and use it again in the future. I think this is a more discreet smelling bleach and works well down the toilet with the perfect squirty applicator on the bottle. If the smell of many toilet products offend you then perhaps you should try this one. The added benefits of the baking soda were apparent with a sparkly white toilet so I think this one has been named well and lives up to the claim of it being a 'white and shine bleach.'