“ 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.
In a bid to reduce the cost of the ever increasing weekly shopping bill, several months ago I decided to choose a cheaper priced toilet cleaner, namely Sainsbury's Toilet Limescale Remover and this review discusses my experience with using it.
I cannot admit to this product standing out to me from the supermarket shelf as its appearance is similar to that of all the other brands and it was the price that was attractive to me. We are provided with 500 ml of product contained within a fairly sturdy vivid blue coloured plastic container with a bright red lid. Whilst the majority of brands claim to remove limescale I was not convinced with Sainsbury's claim that it will remove 100% as generally, the cheaper brands promise to only help prevent as opposed to remove.
The reverse of the bottle contains a small amount of Braille together with the usual do's and don'ts with using a product of this nature. I struggled to remove the cap, which is obviously a good thing where children are concerned and it was necessary to tightly squeeze at the grip sections and to turn anticlockwise. The bottle is angled to enable the bowl and rim to be effectively covered with the vivid blue liquid, which was a little thinner in consistency than I had hoped. It was the awful aroma that I found extremely unfavourable, as it offered a public toilet smell, which made me feel that my bathroom was unclean. Thankfully, the offensive aroma subsided within a few minutes of application and I waited the allotted time of a few hours before flushing away. Another grumble I had was that the dispensing section leaked very slightly and as a result, it was necessary for me to wipe the bottle with a few pieces of toilet paper directly after every use.
As the toilets in our home are cleaned on a regular basis they are always clean, but they sometimes show small signs of a limescale build up and the more expensive cleaners that I've used are able to tackle this problem with great ease. However, I found that this Sainsbury's product was unable to meet its claims and I cannot agree that it removes 100% of limescale. As a result, I found myself using more than directed, so that I could use the bottle quickly and replaced it with my normal products, which in addition to their high quality cleaning products also deliver a clean and fresh smell to my bathrooms.
I was bitterly disappointed with this toilet cleaner, as it seemed nothing more than a runny blue liquid, which lacked any cleaning abilities despite the fact that it contains hydrochloric acid. For the reasons discussed above, I cannot recommend this toilet cleaner and as a result, I will not be making a further purchase and will be returning to my usual more expensive brands. Unfortunately, Sainsbury's have not displayed the recycling symbol, so I'm of the opinion that the empty bottle needs to be disposed of with normal household waste.
For some strange reason, this product is not listed on Sainsbury's website although it is available in store for 67p for a 500 ml bottle.
I hope you found my review useful and thanks for reading.