“ Brand: SC Johnson / Type: Household Cleaner / Category: Cleaning & Disinfectant „
Duck Magic Scrubs are not recommended by me as personally I find them a bit of a waste of money. I bought a starter pack for £2.99 for four individually wrapped scrubbers and plastic handle, which you attach the scrubbrs to.
The idea is meant to be quite simple in that once the scrubbers are attached to the handle, you just activate the foam by plopping them under a bit of running water. This activates a lot of froth and soap and other chemicals from the scrubber and allows you to get to work at cleaning.
The smell is horrid - in my opinion it is almost unbearable. It actually made my eyes water. The instructions tell you to wear protective clothing on both your face and your hands, so it shows how potent these little things are.
I didn't do either and my hands were bright red and itchy after I had finished cleaning my bathroom and it didn't look any better than it usually would when I have used other cleaners. I was expecting better results from these as they had been heavily marketed.
I found the plastic handle actally got in the way of me being able to reach hard to get at places and I removed mine so I could tackle the little nooks and crannies.
I used them all over a period of time but I would never choose to buy these again. For something which smells so strong I was expecting grand results but it disn't deliver and was awkward to use.
Review also posted on Ciao as sorehead
I have to say that cleaning is quite possibly my most hated thing to do in the house, and when it comes to the bathroom I am forever looking for a product that makes cleaning it easier! I saw and advertisement on the television for the SC Johnson Duck Magic Scrubs and just knew that I had to try them!
I spotted them for sale at the local Tesco and there was a started pack for just £3.00, and in that pack there was the foam handle and four srub pads. In order to use the magic scrub you need to fix one of the pads onto the foam handle and you do this by simply sticking the pad on - it is kind of like velcro. As soon as you have done this you are ready to go!
The scrub pads are roughly 3" x 4" which is a good size for cleaning, any bigger and I think it would have been pretty tricky to hold and clean. I also find that one pad is sufficiently sized to clean my bathroom but then again my bathroom is relatively small.
Using the scrubs you don't need any extra cleaning products as they are already filled with some cleaning fluid which is released by wetting the pad and it becomes all foamy. The handle is great as this means that you don't need to get your hands in contact with the foam which is something I really don't like as the smell of them seem to last on my hands for ages even after endless washing! Also, the handle is pretty flexible and this makes cleaning easier, especially when you are trying to get into corners but I have found that the corners where the wall and bath meet are quite tricky to get into with these. I have cleaned the toilet with the scrub once, which was ok as there was no danger of my hand touching the toilet, but its not something I would do again, I prefer to stick to cleaning with bleach and brush!
I have found these pads can cope with most bathroom mess - by mess I mean toothpaste, soap etc, but it did take a little extra scrubbing. Personally I have found them to be great for cleaning my tiles so this is the main thing I use them on now, rather than my bath or sink as I don't think that the cleaning foam is as good as other products I have been using.
The foam handle isn't really that great quality, it loses the stickiness really quickly which I think is quite poor when it is meant to last for a minimum of four pads!
The packaging of the magic scrubs is a large plastic tub which contains the handle and pads, and while I am told you can get refills I personally haven't seen them, but then again I haven't looked as it isn't something I would buy again. The front of the packaging has a picture of the white duck with DUCK written across it, and in large white letters "Magic scrubs" and a picture of the scrub attached to the handle.
While I do think this is a good item to have, I don't think they are amazing and wouldn't necessarily recommend anyone to buy them specially unless you can get them on offer as I think for what they are they are quite expensive really. However, I have since seen these for sale in my local pound shop so if you see them in one of those shops it may be worth picking them up and giving them a try!
I think I will give these three out of five stars as they are ok but could be much better really.
Thank you for reading my review :)
I'm a sucker for buying the latest cleaning product designed to make your home that little bit cleaner without you making any effort. One of my buys was the magic scrub bathroom cleaning system from SC Johnston which cost around £3 for a starter pack although I think they are more commonly seen in pound shops these days.
The starter kit consists of a flexible foam handle and four scrubby pads. To use the system you affix one of the pads onto the handle with the velcro and wet the pad to begin cleaning your bathroom.
These scrubbers are already filled with cleaning fluid and by wetting the pad you activate this fluid and can then use the handle to hold the pad meaning your hands dont need to come into contact with cleaning products or grimy surfaces.
Each pad is around 3 by 4 inches in size, I have found that the pad contains exactly the right amount of cleaning product to adequately clean my small bathroom before the foam runs out, anyone with a bigger bathroom would need two pads to do the job properly.
The foam handle is easy to grip and is surprisingly flexible which makes it easy to get into all the corners and nooks and crannies without taking the pad off. I like using the pad to clean the toilet as it meant that I never had to touch the underside of the seat at all. The cleaning fluid is reasonably good but certainly far from the best bathroom cleaner I have used. It seems to cope well with all the usual bathroom dirt of dried in toothpaste and soap scum but I found that it left everything clean but looking a bit dull so needing a polish to look nice.
I doubt if the foam handle would last for very long before needing replacing as the velcro seems to have lost its stick a bit after using the four pads from the starter pack. I find the whole system is really wasteful as you need to throw out a large pad every time you clean and the product also has a lot of packaging.
If you can pick up the magic scrub system in a pound shop then it is worth a try but it is definitely not worth paying more for. Another gimmicky product that is really not very good.
I have this- I have had this for a while and don't know why I didn't think to review it earlier- it's a good product!
I bought this, on offer, in Sainsbury's for £1 for the "starter pack", normally they are £3.99 when I see them at full price- I bought mine on "discontinued" discount (the discontinued part the store seem to have ignored and since restocked at full price). It includes a light bright green dense foam handle (not sure how else to describe it- it looks like a washing up sponge but is about a third bigger and much firmer in texture), and three cleaning scourers scrubs which are stick to the green handle so you can scrub things.
Its a simple concept- a scrubbing cloth, impregnated with cleaning detergent, which is replaceable and sits below a large soft but firm handle, so you don't damage your nails not have to grin and bear the sensation of scrubbing cloth which I would liken to a blackboard being scratched with bare nails! (-makes the hairs on your back stand up- not good!). I bought this set, happy in the knowledge I would not have to go through that dire sensation ever again! The handle is large enough that your finger tips wouldn't touch the sourer, let alone your fingers and nails themselves.
As I said, it's very easy to understand, and once open, you don't even really need to read the instructions. You stick the scrubber to the handle via Velcro strips which hold the scrubber in place while you scrub at things to your hearts content. Add a little water and your ready to go!
As the scrubber is squared off at the edges, its then easier to scrub at corners of things, the corners of the sink, the corners of the bath....without having to twist your regular sourer into odd shapes and without having to push so hard either. For some reason, using this required far less elbow grease- weather it's the detergents on the sourer or the foam handle thing, I don't know for sure, but the fact is, it does work well.
So, after about a month, I need a new set of replacements. So I head back to Sainsbury's. Only to find....none. No refills? That can't be right? But then I think back to the fact I only paid £1 for the set (reduced I think from £4). Ah, I think, knew it was too good to be true, Sainsbury's must have been discontinuing the item. So I try Tesco. Nope, no refills there either. But they do have the set at full price. And Asda? No refills either. A less then helpful assistant points to the new set when I ask about refills. I try to explain that that is the set as it comes with the foam handle and I have already got the set and only need refills, but he again explains to me that this is where the refills are. I give up trying after the third time, but slowly am coming to the conclusion that maybe he had a point.
Pound shops, markets, internet, all seem to turn up a blank. Have S.C.Johnson discontinued this item? You would think so. But I bought my set about 2 years ago. It's still going strong in most Supermarkets I see. And the Sainsbury's I picked it up from has not got them in again but at full price.
I guess that £1 was too good to be true.
I hate cleaning the bathroom and am willing to try any product that promises to make this job more pleasurable .I have been using a chemical free cloth for several months now and find it good. However I am easier persuaded to try a new idea so when I spotted Duck magic scrubs on offer in Asda I decided to give them a try. I had vaguely remembered seeing an advert for these scrubs showing how they could get your bathroom sparkling clean with little effort. The scrubs looked interesting too, a small box with a picture of a sponge handle. The packaging claimed that the scrubs would be ideal for awkward places. I have a walk in shower with a shower screen that has a gap between the tray and screen. It is a nightmare to clean properly as I can't get my fingers into the gap! I thought the sponge was the perfect shape to glide along the gap in question.
What you get for your money.
Duck magic scrubs comes in a little plastic tub with a lid. The firm sponge handle is shaped with a flat bottom and curved handle. Also included in this starter pack were two sealed packets each containing 2 refill pads. The instructions are printed on the outer cardboard sleeve. I paid £1.50 for my pack from Asda but they usually sell for around £2.35. Refill packs cost £2.00 for 6 pads. Duck magic scrubs is made by S.C Johnson.
How do they work?
To use you will need to attach a pad to the bottom of the sponge handle, moisten slightly and press to release the cleaner. The pad will foam and is now ready to use. Magic scrubs are not recommended for stone, marble, wood or brass. The idea is that magic scrubs is a cleaner and sponge in one. When you have finished cleaning with the sponge you will need to rinse well to leave a shine. Each pad should provide enough cleaner for one bathroom. Once you have finished cleaning the pad is thrown away, it should not be flushed down the loo! The sponge handle is then stored in the little plastic tub provided. For awkward areas such as behind taps, you can detach the pad and use it without the handle.
I found attaching the pads to the handle easy. The handle has two Velcro strips for attaching the pads and I thought these might weaken with time. However I have now used all the pads in my starter pack without any problems with them coming undone.
The sponge is very easy to hold and allows you to apply good elbow grease to stubborn marks. The pads foam up well and I like the citrus scent. They were great for cleaning my shower, first decent clean it's had in ages! The system was also good for cleaning the bath and it was certainly less like hard work, so thumbs up from me!
On checking the packaging I see that the pads contain a cleaning substance that can cause eye irritation and dry skin. Like most cleaning products it is recommended you wear rubber gloves when using this product. The pads also contain Limonene naturally occurring substance found in the peel of citrus fruits. Limonene has a similar action to white spirit and is a well-known degreasing agent. At least the limonene is non-toxic!
As I have said this system did get my bathroom clean with little effort. I like the shape of the firm sponge handle; it was easy to hold and enabled me to get into awkward corners. The pads are easy to attach and can be used alone for awkward places.
I love the citrus scent and was pleased to note it lasted well; my bathroom still spent fresh several hours after I had cleaned. This system means you don't have to use a separate cloth and cleaner, so no more clothes to wash!
This is a very expensive way to clean a bathroom! I had expected a pad to last for more than one clean! However after cleaning my shower, bath and hand basin, the pad stopped foaming. As a pack of refills costs £2 for 6 this is very expensive!
After cleaning you still have to rinse. This is fine when you are cleaning the bath or hand basin, but not so good when you are cleaning a large area of tiles. My chemical free cloth can be used with just water and does a god job although takes more effort.
Once I have used up my refill pack I won't be buying any more due to the cost .The sponge handle will still be used, but with my chemical free cloth fixed onto the bottom for cleaning my shower! Overall not a bad product but a bit of an expensive gimmick really! If you want to give them a try they are available from Asda and Tesco and no doubt other large supermarkets.
It's supposed to glide its way to clean the bath, cutting through all sorts. Well there must be something wrong with my bath because it did nothing special. I have sore wrists so I needed something easy. I fitted the pad onto the holder, moistened it, and glided. Nothing shifted. I started scrubbing, painfully, and certainly it moved some of the grime but no more than any other cleaner.
Lets be honest who likes cleaning? I am always on the look out for new cleaning products that make the daily drudgery of cleaning easy especially in the bathroom. As I have already mentioned (about 50 times!) I have 2 young boys and a other half and having 3 males in the house is sometimes not a lot of fun especially when it comes to cleaning the bathroom and toilet. I can spend hours scrubbing the bath for those lovely little monsters to come home and turn the bath into a mud pool and please dont talk about the mucky handprints!
So I will try any new product to make this job easier and whilst I was looking in my local Sainsburys I went to my usual gullible mums aisle, you know the one it has all the new miracle products that you just have to buy and that promise to make cleaning easier. The same aisle that my boys think is my favourite! Basically because I seem to spend so much time and money there! So I saw this product being heavily advertised and decided to give it a go, will it live up to its promises?
Samuel Curtis Johnson founded SC Johnson in 1886 and was initially parquet flooring company, he then came up with a formula to care for the flooring Johnson's prepared wax. The company is now in it's 5th generation and the UK division opened in 1915.
The company is responsible for a whole range of household cleaning products including pledge, mr muscle, ousts, glade, shout & brillo.
New duck magic scrubs are the perfect bath and shower cleaning system, no more spraying and scrubbing. Magic scrubs is an easier way to a sparkling clean bathroom, it makes cleaning large bathrooms surfaces twice as fast. Approved by the good housekeeping institute, magic scrubs will help you glide round your bathroom so that it will be gleaming in no time.
The starter kit comes in a square clear plastic box with a cardboard sleeve, the sleeve has the famous duck logo and also states that it is approved by the good housekeeping institute. It also states that this is the starter kit that consists of:
1 flexible durable handle
1 reusable storage tub
4 scrubby pads with powerful cleaner
So obviously I didnt have to wait long before I needed to use my new toy!
So first to read the instructions, (thatll be a first for me!) The flexible handle is bright green in colour and looks like a sander! On the bottom of the handle there are 2 lines of Velcro like stuff this is where you attach the miracle pad onto.
The pads have a printed blue side and a white side and you attach the Velcro on the handle to the printed side. The pads smell quite lemony and a bit like wine gums! So next you just wet the pad and press it onto the surface you will be cleaning and then you will see the pad start to foam, then you can start cleaning.
I first used this product on my bath after my eldest had played football and decided to bring half the pitch home with him! I found the handle really easy to use and also easy to scrub those really stubborn bits it seemed to really cut through them quickly, there is also a nice build up of foam and it doesnt seem to run out really quick. The handle is good for the bath but is to bulky to get behind the taps so you have to take the pad off and use your hands to scrub and this is the bit that I find hard, to be honest I would find it quicker to do this with my old cleaner and also I would recommend gloves for this bit as you could get an allergic reaction to the cleaner on the pads.
The same would apply for my sink in the bathroom it is to small for the handle to be of much use.
The bit where this product did come in useful was the tiles, I have tiles all around my bath and hate cleaning them, This product did come into its own with my tiles, I found it so much easier to just use the handle to scrub over the tiles and it seemed to cover a much larger area than if I was spraying my old cleaner. To be honest it cut the time I used to clean my tiles in half.
Washing off the cleaner is easy you just rinse with water and then stand back and admire your work, you know like the adverts!
I must admit this product does leave everything clean and sparkling I mean impressively so, to the point where I have now informed the boys they are banned from the bathroom and1 can just be hosed down in the garden! My tiles are really shiny and I can see my face in them (yuk!)
You should dispose of the pad after the foam runs out or you have finished cleaning, do not put it back in the box as it will be wet and may damage the unused ones. Also dont throw these pads down the loo as they may block it up, just throw them in the bin.
With this product there is a risk of damage to the eyes so if your eyes do come into contact with it you must rinse immediately and seek medical advice. Keep out of reach of little monsters (unless you can teach them to clean up after themselves!) Do not swallow! Do not mix with bleach or any other household cleaner. If just using the pads without the handle then wear gloves, wash hands after use.
This product contains limonene, linalool and perfume, so may cause an allergic reaction if it comes in prolonged contact with the skin.
Starter kit £2.99
Refills £1.99 for 6
So would I buy this again?
Yes I think I will buy the refills, mainly for my tiles, which this product really has made short work of. To be honest I dont really use it for my bath anymore as I find it to fiddly to keep taking the pad off and also the amount of times I have to clean my bath it would work out to expensive, but I do think if you have one of those separate showers (lucky you!) this would be ideal.
So I am off to the gullible mums aisle again to see if they have a product to keep my monsters clean, now that would be a bloody miracle!!!
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Bath and shower cleaning system / The starter kit includes a flexible durable handle, reusable storage tub, and four scrubby pads with powerful cleaner.