“ Brand: Sainsbury's / Type: Toilet Cleaner / Category: Cleaning & Disinfectant „
Our toilet has a tendency to get a little smelly or dirty as no one else in my house seems to bother cleaning it, so to make it a bit nicer, I decided to try toilet blocks to help keep it clean/nicer smelling. I opted for the Sainsbury's Basics In Cistern Blocks. I was told by Dooyoo to put this review on this product as they did not want to make a new product for the Basics in cistern blocks.
The two blue blocks come encased on a piece of white cardboard that has an orange strip of colour at the top that makes it very recognisable from a distance. Each block is blue in colour and measures 2cm deep and 5cm in diameter. They are about the same size as more expensive blocks. The rear of the pack states that the blocks "Cleans, foams and freshens" and are "Pine Fresh".
At first, I noticed that the block colours the water quite a dark blue, but after a week the colour has seemed to get a bit lighter. The block inside the tank has lost its shape completely and is now just a blob of solid on the bottom of the cistern. When flushing, the block does seem to help keep the toilet bowl clean as there hasn't been any dirty marks or stains on the bowl for the past week. It also froths up a little bit when flushing the chain, which is good as it masks anything that could be underneath. Once the froth goes, you are left with a nice blue water, which makes it look a little more sanitary than before. Sadly there is no noticeable pine fresh smell to the block, or to the water that it mixes with, however there are no nasty smells to it so this isn't a problem.
As a cheap toilet cleaning block, I have had no problems as it is easy to use, by just dropping it in the cistern. It has been a week since I put this in and despite it losing all shape, there still appears to be a lot of this left and it is still doing what it is meant to do. At 30p for a pack of two, it is really good value for money, as the next expensive that you can buy is £1.40! I shall definitely be buying these again once I have used the second block as they are cheap and do a good, basic job and keep my toilet looking a bit cleaner.
As it is a cleaner, I wouldn't advise drinking the water that it has been in and the safety notices state that it can be an irritant so it would be advisable to wash your hands after touching the blocks. It is generally advised to try and avoid contact with eyes and skin where possible and do NOT swallow.
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Nobody wants their bathroom to smell of public toilets, unless of course you have an odd fetish for public lavatories. Sainsburys have a good solution to keep bathrooms and loos extra fresh with their in cistern blocks. It is all too easy to just buy the toilet cleaner and a brush and forget about the cistern. I am guilty of this and forget to look after the maintenance of the loo. Now I need not worry though, because these helpful little tablets are a bright way to avoid limescale build up and also to keep germs at bay.
You need to open the lid of the loo, as in the cistern part and plonk one of these into the water. Place it in gently and then put the lid back onto the cistern. This is easy enough to do and the green capsules have a fragrant smell about them, which is herbal.
When you flush the toilet, the toilet bowl will fill up as usual and this tablet will help produce a flurry of bubbly froth in the bowl and also release a clean forest pine scent. I found the scent worked and it did produce a good amount of bubbles, though after repeated flushes this effect subsides, as the block loses its power to perform.
It has helped keep limescale at bay and also good for those nasty watermarks that you get round the top of the bowl. If I could change anything I would inject a lemon scent into this product to make it even more refreshing and potent. The blocks represent another way to help keep your toilet and bathroom fresh and in check though. They cost me just over a pound and I guess you will need to replace them depending on how many times you flush the loo!
Sainsbury's 3 green in-cistern blocks
I bought these the other day while perusing the aisles in Sainsbury's. I usually use lime scale remover & bleach for my toilets. I feel the cost of the blocks that sit in their own little holder under the rim of the loo & all those other similar kinds are too expensive.
These were £1.39 for a pack of three which I thought was reasonable.
I expect most of us have used the blue in-cistern blocks made famous by Jeyes & called Bloo. They colour the water bright blue.
These green ones come in a pack of three.
They are packed in a blister pack one under the other on a cardboard backing.
To help you locate them,
The top of the pack is blue & labelled
Sainsbury's 3 green in-cistern blocks
It tells us that they help clean & freshen with every flush.
On the back there are the usual reminders about being an irritant.
There is also a warning about not using in cracked or damaged cisterns
Also that Sainsbury's are against animal testing & fund research into alternatives.
The product is suitable for use by vegetarians & vegans. Obviously not for eating!
~~To start using ~~
I started by cleaning the toilet with crème cleaner & a good old fashioned loo brush.
I then poured in limescale remover & bleach to soak. Someone we used to know years ago who was a cleaner told us this trick. Although you are warned against it, the combination of the two does really work & as long as you put the seat down & don't inhale the vapours, there is no harm done. Although the in-cistern blocks have a mild cleaning effect, I wanted to have a good clean start.
Once the toilet was beautifully clean I put one of the in-cistern blocks in.
To do this, you first open the blister pack & remove it, taking care not to damage the individual wrapper round the block. This is a water soluble wrapper & must be left in place while in use. You need to remove the lid of the cistern & put it to one side, and then the block needs to be dropped into the water. The instructions tell us to drop it alongside the ball float & away from the water inlet, but as I have a 'Hippo' water bag provided by South West Water in my cistern to help save metered water, there is not much room left to pick & choose which area to drop the block! I just dropped it in anywhere, somewhere near the middle & it seems to be OK there.
I'm not sure if they can be used in some modern cisterns where there isn't an old-fashioned lid to lift.
You need to leave for at least five minutes to settle before you flush for the first time.
I expected it to smell of pine being green. It doesn't claim to however, & it doesn't! It does have a mildly fresh sort of smell.
The first flush is not all that exciting, but as it settles more, the colour becomes more intense & the whole of the toilet becomes full of bubbles almost up to the toilet lid! I find this looks a refreshing sight & something that never happened with the Jeyes Bloo ones. After about an hour the bubbles die down to leave enough foam to cover the top of the water.
~~ Opinion ~~
The block contains a mild cleaning detergent which foams inside the toilet bowl every time the toilet is flushed, & as the bubbles die down you are left with clean green water. The toilet does keep clean & fresh if used for 'light' use, but it doesn't tackle 'skid marks'. As long as the person using the loo cleans round with the brush after using, it would be kept clean, but with all the bubbling foam, you can't see if anything is left behind. Only the next person to the bathroom would be able to see, after the foam has died down.
The colouring of the water lasts a few weeks, depending on the amount of times flushed. If you are a family that's out all day or one person on your own, then it will last longer than if in use all day long by hoards of people!
I live in a very soft water area, so I'm not sure if this affects the product & its cleaning efficiency. Certainly we don't have a limescale problem here.
One day I might get round to replacing my bathroom suite with a lovely shiny white set, but as things stand I have still got a retro green bathroom suite, (apparently tipped for a come-back this year so I might be in fashion again!) so the green water combined with the bubbles, makes a very pleasing co-ordinating sight!
I would buy again but it might be a novelty that wears off!
Would I recommend this product? Yes.
Update 19/3/2012 - Have since moved house & now have two white toilets, but I still find this product preferable to the blue ones.
My little Grandson was amazed & called everyone to look at the green water!