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Bloo Acticlean is a range of cistern blocks for your toilet. They are available in different colours/scents but I will be discussing the 'Fresh Pink' blocks.
These cistern blocks should be placed in your cistern at the opposite end from the water inlet and left to settle for 10 minutes. Once the toilet is flushed, the cleaning agents will leave your toilet sparkling and prevent a build up of limescale from forming. A foamy substance should be evident on the surface of the water and there is a promise of pink, floral scented water.
The blocks are presented in a pink, cardboard backed pack and should be stored away from children and in a cool, dry place. Depending on where you buy the blocks from, they may either be round or flower shaped. Each block is said to offer 4 weeks of freshness.
~Price and Availability~
A 2pk of 38g cistern blocks can be purchased from supermarkets and stores including B&Ms and Wilkinsons. Asda offer the flower shaped blocks priced at £1.50 whilst Wilkinsons offer the round shaped blocks at £1.78.
Whilst I can be a little bit untidy, I am very 'obsessed' with keeping my bathroom clean. My worse nightmare is for someone to drop by and for my toilet to be unclean. I would be mortified! Anyway, as well as investing in a good quality bleach/toilet cleaner, I also buy cistern blocks. I favour the Bloo brand so this was my first choice of cistern block. I bought my 2pk of pink cistern blocks from my local B&Ms store for 89p which I consider a brilliant price.
The instructions for using these cistern blocks are very simple to follow. They can cause irritation to skin so I normally pull open the pack and tip a block into the cistern before giving my hands a wash (just in case!). The blocks come in pink pleated wrappers which do not need to be taken off as they dissolve in the water. The solid block offers a light bleach smell.
Once the block has settled for 10 minutes, the toilet is fine to use and flush. These blocks are perfect for keeping my toilet fresh. I do not rely on them to give my toilet are thorough clean and always use in conjunction with my toilet cleaner and brush regularly. Between flushes though they do the job nicely. When the toilet is flushed, an intense pink burst of water is sent whoosing around my toilet bowl. It settles at the bottom in a thick layer of foam which hids the bottom of my toilet bowl nicely and looks much nicer than plain water. The foam lasts well but does disappear eventually leaving pink tinted water. My boys aren't happy with this but if I clean the toilet, I get to choose the colour!
My toilet does look clean and slightly sparkly with each flush. The blocks do not have the power to remove any toilet marks but do limit the amount of limescale well. I wouldn't say that the scent is very strong when flushed. A very subtle floral tone is mixed with a clean but not overpowering bleach scent. As with everything, the effects of a cistern block start to fade. For the first week or so, the colour was intense but this gradually faded. I have been using my current cistern block for around 3 weeks and there is very little foam offered and the pink colouring is very pale. I do feel that the block is still keeping my toilet fresh between cleans but not to the same extent as when new. This isn't a major issue but it is worth noting that you don't really get four weeks of 'super foaming'.
89p is a small price to pay to keep my toilet looking fresh between cleans. I like the pink coloured blocks but would like to try the other colours to see if they were a little stronger in scent.
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I have been buying Bloo Acticlean Cistern Blocks in a Citrus Twin pack by Jayes for as long as I can remember. I love the lemony scent then emanates from my WC, especially if the door has been closed for a while. Then you open the door and a wonderful fresh clean smell erupts without the chocking that can be caused by the sprays. It not only makes the toilet smell wonderful but leaves in gleaming as well.
I regularly clean with bleach and white vinegar solutions for my obvious germ killing and main cleaning regime. However this is great for helping keep the loo clean in between. The block is approximately 4cm in diameter and about 1 1/2cm in thickness and weighs 50g; the citrus one has a marble effect in cream and yellow. The block has a thin coating to protect your hands a little when placing them in the cistern. This remains on and dissolves along with block itself. I would however check your cistern every now and again to check for `gunk` as these can cause a build up. I simply flush a few times after one has finished before replacing with a new one and I have had no problems in this regard. The outer packaging is made of bright yellow card with the word Bloo written in of all colours, blue, and a transparent plastic all of which is recyclable. After placing it in the cistern you get about 3-4 weeks of cleaning power. You don't need to move it or adjust it like the toilet fresheners that hang on the side and are also less of an enticement for children to play with especially in the early stages of toilet training.
The idea is that when the block is in the cistern it very slowly disintegrates and thus leaves the smell and cleaning agents in the water, so when your toilet is flushed, the water has in essence been changed to a cleaner. When you flush you get glorious bubbles and this wonderfully lemony smell. The water stays in the pan until next use, using it cleaning powers to keep the pan gleaming, lime scale free and the smell keeps the room smelling fresh. When you flush lovely bubbly water is realised into the pan although once the bubbles disperse the water appears clear. There are many choices and some also change the waters colour, even to pink. I have tried these but find the citrus to my favourite because of its strong aroma, which I find the others lack.
Although if you're not a fan of strong citrus scents then I would steer clear of this and try either the blue or pink options. Both of which have the same cleaning properties.
Their contents are:
Greater than 30% Anionic Surfactants, Perfume: Citral, Limonene, Geraniol, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Citronellol, Eugenol
They are fairly expensive unless they are on offer; however considering the length of time they work they are well worth it. I purchase mine from www.tesco.co.uk for around £1.85 but they are frequently on offer for £1, I have also seen them in Asda, Wilkinson's and even the pound shop.
They need to be kept dry for obvious reasons and be kept away from children. I keep mine in a small plastic box on a high shelf in my WC, that way they are safely away from little hands and retain their aroma. It's also a lot less untidy than keeping them in their original packaging.
I would 100% recommend.
Having recently moved out on my own, I'm just learning how difficult housework really is. I lived on my own at the halls of residence at Uni but that was different - there were cleaners for the halls, bathrooms and kitchens; I just had to keep my room clean. One thing I really don't like is cleaning the toilet. I clean it twice a week with bleach and the toilet brush but these little blue blocks help keep it pristine in-between cleans.
==Value for Money==
I bought a pack of two from the Poundstretcher Extra in Lanark, which set me back £0.89 (one block was free). This, I believe, is a very reasonable price, however I've never had to buy toilet cleaners before so I may be wrong. I bought the two pack on 17 June and today, 25 June, I've still only used one block. So £0.89 worth of these blocks might do me two or three weeks.
==Do you need to use much for each clean?==
The pack recommends using one block at a time and that's all you need. It recommends putting a new block in when the colour fades but its still a fairly deep blue after a week so a little goes a long way. Of course, how long the block will last will depend how many times the toilet is flushed. A family of four will need to replace the block a lot more frequently than I will.
==Irritable to skin?==
Once you've put the block in there's really no need to touch it or the water again, unless there's a problem with the cistern, or like me you're clumsy. I once had to fish out a bank card that fell in the toilet while I was cleaning the bathroom (at least I had already cleaned the toilet, although I did order a new card anyway).
I did notice it slightly irritated my skin when I was holding the block to put it in the cistern but no more so than any other cleaner. It's not like its as irritable as bleach either. It was hardly noticeable but if you have sensitive skin, you may want to wear gloves while handling it.
As I've said, one block has lasted eight days so far. The colour has faded slightly but it's still a deep blue. I think I'll put in a new block tomorrow when I'm doing the housework (Tuesday is housework day) but nine days is still a lot to get out of it.
==Colour and Smell==
The colour is a very nice, deep blue. It certainly makes the toilet look cleaner when the water is blue, I think. I was always fascinated with why my gran's toilet water was always blue (occasionally turning green). Toilet blocks are available in blue, green and purple in Poundstretcher. There's a lemon variety listed on Ciao but I can't imagine it being yellow - that's not an appealing colour to use in the toilet. Perhaps the lemon scented one is colourless. The blue ones don't really have a strong smell.
Every time I go to use the toilet it's sparkling clean, so this little block must be doing its job right. Even today the toilet is still sparkling, eight days after the block was put in. The bathroom itself smells nice whenever I go in which also means it's working. Urine doesn't actually have a smell to it, but it starts to smell when bacteria reacts with it. If there's no smell at all in the bathroom, the cleaner must be working and clearing all of the bacteria with each flush. I've cleaned the bathroom thoroughly the day I put the block in and last Friday so the toilet's had a good scrubbing too but I think the Bloo block is keeping it continuously clean.
The pack claims it can kill almost all germs and I have no reason to question the pack as it does appear that all of the germs are gone after each flush.
I have a gorgeous but dim witted dog called Nell. I also have a dim witted step dad who can't learn to put the toilet seat down (if I can manage it then so can all men!). My dog's water bowl is always full and she can easily get to it if she goes downstairs but for some reason I've found her drinking out of the toilet bowl more than once when I'v woken up earlier. I' fairly certain whatever's in Bloo is not safe for dogs and may even be lethal, so if you have dogs and they're thick, make sure your men-folk remember to put the seat down. Even if you don't have pets, men should be taught anyway.
This is a decent and useful product that keeps the toilet clean for days. If you shop in the right places it's not that expensive and will last for days. It's available in different colours so you can keep change it up if you get bored of blue. There's also scented versions available. I'm not sure if the blue version is meant to be scented but if it is there's no smell of it at all. I would definitely recommend it, though.
It is always nice to make sure that you have a clean toilet, but in trying to do so, this means that there are a lot of heavy bottles of various products that all do a different job. You also have to remember to regularly use these products.
This is when I was shopping in Tesco and I came across Bloo Acticlean Cistern Block Purple in a twin pack and were retailing at £1.25, this was only 63 pence per block. They also had these in blue, but I opted for the purple as it is my favourite colour.
The Bloo Acticlean Cistern Block is a great way to keep your toilet clean by releasing a foam which has cleaning agents that keeps your toilet clean and helps to stop the build up of lime scale.
The block is easy to use, you take a block out of the cardboard packet, the block is wrapped up in some pleated paper, but you do not have to remove the block from this as that will dissolve in the water. You then place the purple block into the cistern at the opposite end of the water inlet which is by the float.
You then need to wait 10 minutes for the block to settle before flushing the toilet. When you are installing the block it is best to make sure that you have cleaned the toilet thoroughly before hand so that the block can fight the daily build up of lime scale and not have to fight what is already there.
Once you have placed the block into the system you will watch your clean clear toilet water turn purple and it will be foaming your toilet for up to four weeks, although this is dependent on the number of usages of your toilet. If is easy to detect when you need to place a new block into the system as the bright purple colour that is released when the toilet is flushed starts to fade away.
In reading the back of the packet the block contains no greater than 30% Anionic Surfactants, 5-15% Polycarboxylates , less than 5% Nonionic Surfactants and they also contain Limonene. When you are not using the block and you are storing it away you need to make sure that it is kept in a cool dry place and as like all cleaning products they need to be kept out of the reach of children and you need to avoid contact with the skin and eyes.
This is great as it is something that you put into your toilet system and it is used with every flush until the block has dissolved, so it cleans and refreshes your toilet every time you flush. As opposed to bleach or other toilet cleaners you have to remember to regularly clean you toilet with the product Bloo regularly does the job. It also does not leach a harm chemical smell as the chemicals are in the water, unlike bleach it leave a horrible smell behind after use.
I find that a block usually lasts around three weeks in our house and have bright purple water makes the toilet look so much cleaner, although one the block has dissolved the water shade rapidly diminishes so you need to make sure that you have another block on hand ready to put in.
Overall for 63p every 3-4 weeks I think that they are worth every penny and every week or so I thoroughly clean the toilet and the Bloo Acticlean Cistern Block just makes sure that the toilet stays lime scale free in the meantime.
We like to keep a very clean house and I tend to clean our whole flat every day as it's quite an old building so it gets dusty and my partner smokes so it's nice to keep everywhere fresh. For this reason we don't usually buy products which help keep our house fresh in between cleans. As my partner's from Liverpool if her family come to stay with us in Stoke it's impossible to keep on top of the cleaning as much as usual so I do tend to buy a few things to help me out. We only have one bathroom in our flat so it's important it's really clean especially if we've got people staying and to help with this I keep a pack of Bloo Acticlean Cistern Blocks under the sink to use whenever they're needed. A pack of two blocks costs just 99p in B&M but it more expensive in the supermarkets and is priced at about £1.50.
Bloo Acticlean are simply packaged on a piece of card and then covered in plastic so you can see the blocks. The packaging is quite bright, as I opted for the original blue variety this was the colour of my packaging. It's easily noticeable with silver writing and little stars which emphasize that the blocks leave your toilet sparkly clean. Inside the initial wrapping the blocks are wrapped in a thin sort of grease proof paper which doesn't need to be removed and dissolves in the cistern.
The blocks are really easy to use, it's just a case of opening up the cistern and dropping in the block, leaving on the paper as I mentioned earlier. Before flushing it's recommended that you wait at least five to ten minutes so the block can start working properly. After the ten minutes you just use your toilet as usual, the only difference being that your toilet is getting a quick clean every time you flush. As the bock dissolves the water in the toilet turns blue and the toilet smells lovely and fresh, I've only used the blue variety so I can't comment on the other but it leaves the toilet smelling really clean. When you flush there's quite a bit of foam left in the toilet which for me reassures me that the block is still cleaning properly. Even with continued use the toilet remains looking and smelling really clean and definitely makes my life easier when I haven't got the time to clean. The blocks also contain bicarb which gets rid of any lime scale which may be building up around your toilet.
If there's just the two of us in the flat the blocks just over a month but if we've got people staying then if does tend to last between two and three weeks. One of the things that disappointed me about these blocks is that after a few days of flushing the colour of the water fades a lot and the foam doesn't appear as much anymore. My partner told me to just drop another block in but after opening up the cistern I realised that the block had just settled on the bottom. I moved it around a bit with my scrubbing brush and the next time I flushed it was back to being really foamy again.
Overall, these Bloo Acticlean Blocks are really good for anybody who doesn't want to be cleaning all the time. Generally, I don't have a use for these blocks as I'm always cleaning but if I know I've got a busy few weeks coming up or we've got family staying with is I pop one of these in the cistern and it's one less job I have to worry about. The toilet is left smelling clean and fresh and looks spotless after every flush. The blocks do settle on the bottom of the cistern and do need poking every so often but this isn't major issue. You can buy these for 50p a block and when they last about four weeks they are definitely worth the money.
I have to admit to being less than impressed with this Bloo Acticlean Cistern Bock. We suffer from a lot of limescale where we live and I liked the idea of popping this in our cistern to help erradicate the problem. They come in packs of two and you can have blue or yellow - I chose blue but my other half wanted yellow so we decided on my choice.
I popped it into the cistern as directed, waited a few minutes then flushed. It seemed to foam really well initially. Probably for the first ten to fifteen flushes until gradually I could see that the foam was diminishing quicker tha I had expected - or that the pack had stated.
This stuff is supposed to work for up to four weeks! No way did it last more than a few days. The smell was rather pleasant whilst the block was still in the cistern but once it was gone (which was very quick) the smell was obviously gone too!
This was a great disappointment. I cannot say it did anything for the limescae either as the block simply did not last long enough to rid the toilet of any limescale.
Not recommended by us at all.
Few weeks ago I have purchased Bloo Acticlean Cistern Block Original Twinpack (blue colour) and decided yet again to try another toilet product that leaves your toilet clean, smelling fresh for weeks and prevents limescale.
In the past I have tried rim liquid which supposes to last for few weeks, but managed to run out much quicker than few weeks. I have also tried rim block, which was better lasting wise, but unfortunately can never stay in the place I wanted, because of the plastic adjustment that can never be adjusted right.
So this time it was the turn of cistern block. It is the first time that I have bought it. I decided to go for blue original because of the colour and bought the twin pack as it seemed great idea at the time and was cheaper.
It comes in pack of 2, and as instruction states, when you remove the outer packaging the block is still left in another wrapper which does not need to be removed. So I did that. I have then lifted the cistern lid and placed the block on the opposite side of the float, as instructed. And as stated I have left it for few minutes, and then flushed the toilet. Wow, finally a product that works. I was so pleased. It gave out lovely smell, foamed really well and my toilet seemed cleaned (mind you I did clean it before flushing it anyway).
Now I have got to say that my excitement with this product stopped within the first week. It has stopped foaming when flushing and the water was back to clear within a week. I didn't quite understand why as the packaging states that it lasts up to 4 weeks.
I have decided to remove the cistern lid and see inside. There was no block on the bottom of the cistern anymore, but just a pile of powder that had no effect on my toilet any longer. Not to waste it I have decided that before any flushing remove the cistern lid and stir/mix the powder with water and then flush it. Only that way I have had another week of Bloo Acticlean Cistern Block use.
I need a suggestion for a good make or product for toilet rim/block or cistern cleaning please!
I'm not one to enjoy housework, but I do like the house and particulary the bathroom to both look clean and smell clean. As well as cleaning under the rim of the toilet, I also always have a cistern block to keep the toilet clean, and to reduce toilet cleaning as much as possible. I have been doing this since we got married and had our own house, however up until recently, I had always bought the Tesco won cistern blocks, for the sheer reason that they were so much cheaper than the likes of the Bloo range, which are almost a £1 dearer for a pack of 2, and with three bathrooms in the house, we go through them pretty quickly.
It wasn't until one day when I was doing my weekly shop in Tesco, that I ended up picking up a pack of Bloo cistern blocks, simply because Tesco were out of their own brand and I desperately needed some, so I broke with the £1.70 something price tag and put it in my trolley. It wasn't until we started using these Bloo cistern blocks, that we realised why there was such a diference in price, and now they are a regular purchase, however I have started to pick these up in the pound shops nearby, again saving me quite a bit.
I usually don't mind which of the Bloo range of cistern blocks that I buy, although recently I seemed to have purchased the lemon ones most often. On the front of the packaging, it states that this Bloo acticlean cistern blocks have a 'zesty lemon freshness' and combine 'super cleaning agents' They also claim to have 'super foaming for up to 4 weeks'.
The cistern blocks are easy to use, and there is no need to unwrap the block as the paper will dissolve. If it is your first time to insert a cistern block, there is a very good diagram on the back of the packaging detailing exactly where to insert it at. The packaging also advises you to wait 10 minutes before flushing to allow the block to start its work in the cistern.
After you have left it that initial ten minutes, you can then flush your toilet as normal after every use, and you will see the cistern block in action, with either a blue, yellow or even pink colour added to the water depending on what fragrance of bloo you chose. Obviously with me purchasing a lemon pack, the water is a yellow colour, and you can smell the hint of lemon after you flush, which makes the bathroom smell clean and fresh. It is not an overpowering smell however, which is nice.
For me the best thing about these Bloo acticlean cistern blocks is the length of time that they keep your toilet fresh for, in comparison to the Tesco own version. WE were having to purchase the Tesco version every other week, as we seemed to go through them very quickly, as they only lasted around a fortnight, particularly in the toilets used most often. The Bloo acticlean blocks do live up to their claims that the provide four weeks worth of cleaning, and it is so noticeable that we are not having to insert a new block as often anymore.
This is a classic case where you get what you pay for. Now, the Tesco own version does work effectiely at keeping your toilet clean, however they do not last very long in a normal house, and so you will find yourself having to continually insert new blocks on a fortnightly basis. However in the case of the Bloo blocks, you may pay more (although if you shop around you won't pay much more than the Tesco version) but you get practically double the time out of the block, so it is well worth any extra you may have to pay.
I am not a great fan of putting products like this in the cistern, but my wife always seem to sneak a packet into the trolley. Interestingly, she seldom uses it in the house when we are by ourselves; it tends to make an appearance when we have visitors. I don't pretend to understand women and I don't really want to bring the freshness of the ocean to my bathroom, which is the risible claim of the manufacturer.
In the division of tasks in the house, I get the weekly cleaning of all the toilets in the house and I would much rather do this without there being blue (or should I say Bloo) water in the toilet bowl. Bloo isn't a very natural colour - it certainly isn't the colour of the ocean and if you are cleaning the toilet bowl, it is hard to distinguish anything below the waterline which might need cleaning.
Jeyes will have us believe that the product will keep limescale at bay. I am at pains to tell my wife that because I clean the toilets properly every week and have a perfectly good descaler which I use periodically, we don't need this stuff. But no, she still bungs a little round Bloo into the cistern and each time we flush we get a whoosh of unnatural looking blue foamy stuff which quickly settles out. I understand you can also get Bloo Lemon, Bloo Pink and Bloo Purple
When you first use Bloo, you get a very strong solution and as the days go by the blue gets weaker and weaker. It does however last longer than some of the cheaper variants that you see around - I'll grant them that. The smell is a little more acceptable than some of the smells which hang around the toilet.
It's just that to me, it is an unnecessary purchase and I'm thinking of putting my foot down with a firm hand and telling her that she can't buy it anymore. As it happens, she has already noticed that it is on offer this week at Lidl where you can get 3 blocks instead of the normal 2 on both Bloo and Bloo Lemon. For the privilege, you will be flushing £1.74 quite literally down the drain.
To be honest I was actually quite annoyed when I realised I had bought this product, as I had mistakenly picked it up instead of the rim block re-fill pack. They look very similar and I was in a rush so didn't pay too much attention to the packaging. These cistern blocks are available from most good supermarkets and cost me £1.62 for a pack of two from Tescos.
The Bloo Acticlean cistern blocks are an innovative product that are designed to keep your toilet clean and fresh every time it gets flushed. Instead of having a block attached to the rim of the toilet bowl you simply pop one of these blocks inside your cistern and let it do its thing. To me, this seems a lot more hygienic as you only have to handle the new sealed block, and you won't have to be cleaning a block holder as well as saving yourself the eye sore of having it hanging there over the edge.
Jeyes say: "Add zesty lemon freshness and clear foamy water to your flush! Bloo's freshest ever formula is pcked with super cleaning agents that prevent limescale and release thick foam with every flush so your toilet stays sparkling clean for longer.
Release the freshness.
+ No need to remove the pleated wrapper as this will dissolve in the water.
+ Drop the block into the cistern at the opposite end of the water inlet by the float.
+ Allow 10 minutes for block to settle before flushing.
+ For best results clean the toilet thoroughly to remove existing limescale deposits."
Each block is small and compact, weighing in at 50g. They are available in a choice of three 'flavours'; Original, Purple, or Citrus. I have the citrus ones which are a mottle white and yellow colour combination. It doesn't really matter about the appearance as once you've placed the block into the cistern you won't ever see it again! The blocks are individually wrapped within a thin plastic feeling layer. You should keep the block within this wrapper even as you put it into the cistern, as the wrapper will actually just dissolve away. This then allows the block to activate every time you flush the toilet.
This has proved to be a remarkably easy way to keep my loo fresh and clean, and minimises the effort required in undertaking the nasty job of cleaning the toilet. I live in a hard water area so limescale build up can be quite a problem, but since using these blocks my loo has seemed sparkly clean and stays looking clearer for longer. I still give it a good bleach and make sure it's scrubbed up properly, but this is a reassuring top up that gives you peace of mind that the area will stay fresh and clean in between uses.
It states on the packaging that the blocks can last up to four weeks, and mine lasted roughly for that amount of time, coming in at around 3 - 4 weeks each time I've used one. It is really easy to tell when a block needs to be replaced, as you won't get the foamy bubbly layer after you flush, and the water will run clearer. It's great that there is no waste from this product other than the outer packaging, as the product itself is designed to dissolve away as it cleans.
This is a simple and easy way to keep your loo clean and fresh, and I'm glad I made the initial mistake of buying them! I'll be sticking to these cistern blocks in my future purchases.
For a while I have been looking for something to keep my loo fresh between cleans, on a recent trip to my local Tesco I saw Bloo Acticlean Cistern Block in Citrus on offer for £1 for 2 blocks so I thought I would give it a go
The 2 Bloo Acticlean blocks came on a card which was predominantly yellow in colour, at the top of the card was the word Bloo Acticlean written in white lettering in a large blue circle, underneath were the words "zesty lemon freshness super cleaning". On the back of the card was information about the product including ingredients, instructions of use and the usual warnings given when using bleach based products. The 2 blocks were covered with clear plastic which simply peeled off to release the blocks from the card. The packaging was very simple but also eye catching you could not fail to recognise it as a Bloo product.
The Cistern Blocks and How To Use
The blocks themselves are a creamy sort of colour with green swirled in them, they are covered in a mesh type material which you do not need to remove before use as this will dissolve in the water. When you take them out of the pack the smell of lemons was lovely, not too strong and overpowering so at this point I was quite hopeful that they would be a success.
To use all you do is drop one block into the cistern of the loo the opposite end to where the water comes in. You need to leave the block 10 minutes before you flush inorder to let the block settle. The instructions on the back of the card do say that for the best results you should clean your loo before use and remove any existing limescale. The block should only be replaced once the foaming and smell begins to fade. That is all you need to do with the block, the idea is that the block is continuously dissolving so that every time you flush the loo some of the dissolved Bloo block is released helping to keep you toilet clean and smell in fresh.
Now that is what is supposed to happen. After putting my block in the loo I left it for well over 10 minutes before I flushed, I did notice that the water was slightly foamy after flushing and there was a very faint smell of lemon but nothing much. I thought maybe the block needed longer to settle so I left it over night and tried it again in the morning but as before nothing, a slight foaming of the water and not a hint of lemon smell. All in all I was quite disappointed with the block, I left it for a few weeks and noticed no difference in the toilet at all, I even tried adding the second block to the water to see if that made any difference, I now have 2 Bloo Acticlean blocks in my toilet and they are having no effect whatsoever. Although my toilet is clean and fresh smelling this is down to me using other products on it and nothing to do with the Bloo blocks in the cistern water!!!!!!!!
The packaging warns that some of the ingredients are irritants and therefore to handle with care washing your hands straight away afterwards. It also warns that the product should not come into contact with you eyes. It does suggest you wear eye and face protection however I feel this is a little over the top and a bit extreme just to put a cleaning block in you toilet!!!!!!!!!
Bloo Acticlean Cistern Blocks cost £1.62 for 2 blocks at Tesco but as I said I got mine when they were on offer at £1, I think the price really depends on the shop you are purchasing them from.
Bloo Acticlean claims that by having one of these blocks in your toilet cistern you loo will stay cleaner for longer, this is achieved by a thick foam being released with every flush!!!!!! I certainly did not find this the case. After each flush a very small amount of foam was released but I would not describe it as a thick foam!!!!!! And there was hardly any hint of lemon, to be honest you would not know that the Bloo block was there!!!!!! The "super foaming" as it is describe is supposed to last for 4 weeks, in my loo the foaming never even started!!!!!!!
This is not a product I would recommend and I was disappointed with it, however it only cost me £1 for 2 blocks but I would not buy these any more especially at full price. For me this is one to steer clear of I think I will be sticking to the usual bleach, although I have to say I have bought another in cistern block which was on offer so I will be reviewing this in the near future.
Ever since decorating my bathroom orange, I have been struggling to find a toilet block to match the bathroom. I know this is highly irregular and people (including my husband) think I'm strange, but I like things to match, so when I had a green bathroom and the toilet block was green, it felt like all was right with the world! I couldn't have an orange bathroom and blue or green toilet water, it just wouldn't be right.
However, an orange toilet block does not exist (much to my annoyance) and so I have gone for the citrus option of the above product, as it does not dye the water any colour but still cleans.
The blocks cost £1.75 for 2 and I would say that two last me about 2 weeks, so they are not cheap. Considering you can pick up blue or green cheaper branded ones for a lot less.
I put the blocks in the toilet cistern, and leave them in there. The next flush after putting one of these in there is very bubbly and has a lovely lemon/lime scent, and it also leaves the toilet looking very clean and sparkly. However this will only last a couple of days, and the bubbles seem to die down drastically after the first day, the scent lingers for a few more days, but that is about it. We are only at home in the evenings too, as we both work, so I imagine for someone who was at home all day they would last for an even shorter amount of time. When I used to use cheaper branded green blocks, they would easily last two weeks, so these are pretty pathetic in comparison.
These blocks are very expensive and don't last very long, but for those few days, they clean the toilet well, and have a lovely scent. They are my only option (until I find orange blocks) as I am so fussy, so I will continue to buy them, but I wouldn't recommend them for value for money.
We live in a very hard water area, so I am constantly battling with limescale in the bathroom and kitchen. With its promise of a clean fresh loo plus limescale prevention, Bloo Acticlean blocks appeared to be an ideal product. At about £1.50 for two blocks, they are also a little cheaper than similar branded products on the market.
I opted for the "zesty lemon freshness" because the other fragrances also turn your water blue. Call me old fashioned, but I just don't like blue water in the toilet!
Acticlean is really easy to use, you just drop a block into the cistern. According to Jeyes, every time you flush, the "super cleaning agents ... release thick foam... so your toilet stays sparkling clean for longer." Jeyes also claim that Bloo Acticlean lasts for up to 4 weeks.
After I had added the block to the cistern, the loo did fill with about an inch of foam after each flush. There was also a nice, subtle lemon smell, which was not at all over powering. I like this because I find the smell of some household cleaning products far too powerful. For about two weeks, both the foam and the fragrance lasted between flushes. After that I first noticed the foam disappearing more quickly, and then the fragrance gradually vanished. I was a little disappointed to find that the block lasted closer to 3 weeks, rather than the 4 that I was expecting. We were also away for nearly a week of this period, so I don't think that the Acticlean block ran out due to over use. However, on the plus side, over the 3 week period I did not notice the usual build up of limescale in the loo.
I will be buying this product again because it cleaned, freshened and removed limescale in our toilet for a reasonable price. It is just a shame that it was not as long lasting as I had hoped.
The toilet is probably the most dull and boring part of the house, so when I saw Jeyes Bloo Acticlean in Asda I thought I would give it a try. Basically Bloo Acticlean is designed to keep your toilet clean and smelling fresh. They cost around £1.60 for two tablets so it's fairly reasonably priced.
You can easily spot these down the cleaning aisle of any supermarket, near to the toilet cleaners. They come in either a yellow or blue packet, it is like a piece of card, with two tablets stuck to the front and then a plastic wrapper moulded around it. The blue packet is the original cistern block, the yellow is the newer lemon fragrance that they have bought out.
To use these it is very easy, just give the toilet a good scrub and drop the tablet into the cistern, they have a paper wrapping on them, leave this on as it keeps whatever is inside intact. It is best to put it the opposite end to the water inlet as this will cause it to break up too fast. After ten minutes it's ready for its first flush.
When you flush the toilet, something amazing happens. Rather than plain old water pouring out, you get a nice rich blue foamy water come through that smells really nice and fresh. So much better than plain water. After a while the foam all dies down and you are left with the blue water left at the bottom of the toilet. Lovely!
Since using these we don't really use toilet duck anymore, as this does it automatically with every flush, The block is supposed to stop lime scale build up and kill all germs that may be lurking under the rim. It's surprising how it gives the bathroom a nice fresh smell too.
The packet says that a block should last four weeks, this is about right for us, it usually lasts a little longer, so excellent value for money. The only downside we have found, is that the full tablet never seems to dissolve, we are always left with a few sludgy deposits at the bottom of the cistern. This doesn't matter too much as obviously you don't see inside the cistern.
This is a well recommended product!
Living in a hard water area, lime scale is the bane of our lives when it comes to our kettle and in the interests of this review, our toilets. Our otherwise clean, (honest) white toilets are left with unsightly lime scale stains (beige in colour) noticeably down the back and at the bottom of the toilet. This is despite using various rim blocks that clean after every flush and leaving heavy duty bleaches to work overnight.
These all help somewhat but also require a lot of scrubbing so what I was really looking for was something to stop the problem arising in the first place as opposed to treating it once established.
My husband picked up the New Formula Bloo Acticlean blocks that you put in to the cistern itself from Tesco costing £1.75. I usually use Duck refills that cost me nearly £3 for a pack of 12 and having a couple of toilets these don't last long when used every day and don't prevent lime scale so I think these blocks are really good value for money as not only do they keep lime scale at bay they are really effective at keeping the whole toilet clean just through the flush (although obviously there may be the odd occasion when a bit of extra help is needed but no need to go in to that). Bloo comes in packs of two and if FRESH blue water isn't your bag they also do a citrus variant which I assume will leave the water a yellow or green colour.
It is best to give the toilet a really good clean to remove any existing lime scale if you can as you are then better able to gage how effective this is at preventing it coming back. You put these into the cistern at the opposite end to the water inlet (without taking off the pleated wrapper as this dissolves in water) and voila! That's it! Just leave at least 10 minutes for the block to settle before the first flush.
Our children love the bright blue colour of the toilet water at the moment and on flushing, more blue water cascades down keeping the sides clean and leaving a rich white foam which stays on the surface for a good while. It has a pleasant fresh smell without being too overpowering. A week in and there is no sign of lime scale so I would definitely recommend using these in your cistern particularly if, like us you live in a hard water area and if you have better things to do in your spare time than scrub lime scale from toilets!!
These apparently last for around 4 weeks before the colour starts to fade and requires a new one. Will update if they don't or if the lime scale returns!!
Do not use on crazed or porous cisterns. (Don't know exactly what these are but if you have one you will know and now you know this product isn't for you). x
With every flush a fresh fragrance and rich foam is released which cuts through dirt and prevents limescale, leaving your toilet gleaming / Now with bicarb and 50% more foam / Colouring blocks: Available in both blue aqua and green colouring variants which colour the water / Colour-free blocks: Citrus and lavender fragranced blocks.