Product Type: Naturally Powered Household Cleaning
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I don't want to be blue about my loo, I want to be green.
Naturally Powered Toilet Cleaner
Member Name: cha97mw
Naturally Powered Toilet Cleaner
Advantages: lovely smell, left the bowl looking shiny and clean
Disadvantages: poor effect on limescale in my house, might be better in a soft water area.
I recently signed up to become a Bzz agent, which is an online community which gives out product samples and then gets people to use social media such as facebook and twitter to share their thoughts and experiences with the product that they have been sent to test.
I was asked to try this new range on sale in Tesco. It is called naturally powered, and it is an eco-friendly option for cleaning products to use around the home. There are not really that many eco-friendly options on the market, so I was interested to give this one a try. I do like to be more eco-friendly, but toilet cleaning is one area I struggle on as when I tried Ecover, the other leading market brand, I was not that won over.
The bottle looks a little different to others. A lot of brands nowadays have the angled necks on them that make it a lot easier to squirt the cleaner under the rim on the toilet. This one opts for a straight neck. However, because it is on one side of the bottle, it does still easily pour out of the bottle in a direct manner so you can get it to reach where you want quite easily. The bottle otherwise is grey (so totally different to the dark blues, blacks and yellows of other brands) with quite a simple looking label. I can't say honestly it is the first bottle that would grab my attention on the shelf, but looks are not everything. This bottle is made from recycled material, and is also 100% recyclable, which is handy if you live in an area that does recycle plastic. Rotherham is a bit behind the times in this respect, so I can't do this.
The first impression from using this cleaner was that it was a similar consistency and appearance to bleach. The liquid seemed quite thin, but it was viscous enough to cling to the edge of the bowl above the water line so I knew it was there and doing its job.
The smell was something that impressed me most. A lovely lemony smell, that was not too artificial and I didn't get the feeling I needed to put this down the toilet then run before I choked on the fumes. The smell was there the whole time the cleaner was in the toilet, and for a short while after, but it didn't linger like bleach smell does.
The cleaner contains perfume, disinfectants, and citric acid amongst the list of ingredients. The naturally powered range is said to be derived from 'essential oils like citrus, eucalyptus, pine and orange; and ingredients derived from plants such as corn, wheat, coconut, palm kernel and even potatoes.' This certainly smells a lot less chemical than other brands I have used.
But did it work?
Well, I have to say it is all relative. The problem with the cleaner is you are supposed to leave it down the toilet for about 2 hours before cleaning it away. In our house, most of the time, there is not a 2 hour slot unless overnight where the toilet is not in use. We also live in a hardwater area so limescale can build up and need treating. Although I try, with 2 small boys, my toilet is not always that inviting.
This cleaner was left to soak for the recommended time one morning when the boys were at school. I found the results mixed to be honest. The toilet looked shiny, and clean. There was no sign of dirt in the toilet, but I found that the limescale had not all gone as was promised by this cleaner. I generally use Harpic Power Plus tablets and liquid cleaner, so I am used to all limescale going within about 30 minutes. Here, some had gone, but there were still several patches.
Now, I don't know if this cleaner would then break down the remaining limescale the next use, but for me, it was just not effective enough at doing the whole job. It might work better if you were using this every day or two on a clean toilet with no limescale, and acting in a preventative manner.
Would I buy it?
I think I would, but I would not use this on its own in my toilet. I would be happy to replace my use of bleach with this cleaner, but I would probably still need to buy something to tackle the persistent limescale. I am happy with the price of £1.50 for 750ml, as it is cheaper than the other eco-friendly option, Ecover on sale at £1.69. However, if my budget was tight one week, I would skip this in favour of bleach and not follow my principles.
Overall, it is a fairly effective cleaner, and it is just one little way I can contribute to the world being a bit greener.
Summary: Another little thing we can do to be greener, while still having a clean home.
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