“ Brand: Sainsbury's / Type: Limescale Remover / Category: Cleaning & Disinfectant „
I live in a medium-hard water area and limescale is an issue. Intermittently, I buy a bottle of limescale remover to get rid of the unfortunate murky coloured ring of scale that seems to develop in the toilets in our home. I have previously purchased top branded products to do this. It is usually just a case of applying the product to the toilet bowl, leaving for several hours and voila - the limescale has always disappeared without a fuss.
Trying to save a few pennies, however, on this occasion I used Sainsburys own brand limescale remover. A 750ml bottle is 80p, whereas Harpic 100% Limescale Remover Fresh is £2.30 for the same amount and Domestos Zero Limescale Remover 750ml is £2 at Sainsburys.
When I came on here to write this review, I noted a previous reviewer had also given this product a poor rating some time ago. Since then, the packaging has subtly altered from that shown above - the product has a more stylised blue bottle now - but clearly the product itself remains as unimpressive as ever.
I had not used limescale remover for a couple of months so my loos were in need of their usual deep clean. The product claims it 'removes stains and is 5x more powerful than bleach' on the front on the bottle. It also claims to kill 99.9% of germs. The pack gives the usual caution warnings that it is an irritant; to keep out of the reach of children; do not use for descaling other items. The product contains amongst other ingredients: < 5% Non-ionic Surfactant, Cationic Surfactant. Disinfectant, Perfume, Benzisothiazolinone. The bottle and cap are recyclable. On the back it reiterates its claim to 'remove the toughest limescale with just one application.' Sounded just what I needed.
First attempt: Followed the instructions on the back of the bottle. Directed product around bowl and under rim. The thick, blue, clean-smelling liquid was dosed accordingly. The pack suggests that you leave the product on for at least two hours or overnight. On this attempt I left it for about four hours. The pack also reminds you to leave the toilet seat up during use and use a brush for stubborn stains. Duly done.
On returning, the toilet was cleaner and fresher - but the grubby ring of limescale still continued to mock.
Second attempt: Decided to make sure the product came in more direct contact with the staining by pushing the water out of the U-bend with the loo brush and then applying. Applied liberally and left again for several hours.
This time, the ring of limescale/stain had decreased and faded but was still in evidence.
There is still enough left in the bottle to have another go - but I'm not exactly thrilled by this product's performance. It made my loos smell nice and the porcelain bowl sparkle - but my normal cleaner does that perfectly well.
To me this was a false economy and I will not be bothering with it again. Would not recommend.