“ Brand: SC Johnson / Type: Bathroom & Toilet Cleaner / Category: Cleaning & Disinfectant „
It had been ages since we used a Toilet Duck - a product whose unique design went down a storm when it was first introduced eons ago when the world was young.
It was one of a number of products taken recently to my father in law's house. We periodically have a little clean up for him and do a bit of 'bottoming' for him. He is 80 now and struggles to get anything other than the basics done. He isn't great at cleaning toilets (particularly up under the rim) whereas it is something of a speciality for me - it has to be because my wife hates doing it. We thought that if we took this and left what we didn't use, he would find it easier to give a little squirt up under the rim from time to time. Time will tell. He plays a little on his age and has a bit of the Jim Royle about him. Toilet Cleaning my a**e!
Duck Power Total Clean is manufactured by SC Johnson who have good representation in the cleaning products sector and a number of popular and successful brands in their stable.
First and foremost, while I generally prefer to have little money expended on containers and packaging etc, I have to say that I was surprised and disappointed to see a supposedly quality product wrapped rather amateurishly in a plastic over-sleeve around a plain white container, It goes all crinkly and looks like I have wrapped it as a Christmas present. It's a poor design and cheapens the look of the product.
By contrast, in use the product, a thick viscous blue liquid, produces good results. That said, I am of the view that the important hidden extra of 'elbow grease' has as important a role to play when it comes to getting good results as the product itself. It is important to be through and clearly the job of shifting dirt is made that much easier if the task is undertaken on a regular basis - a point we tried to impress on father in law!
The product claims to remove tough stains and lime scale....and it does, although for hardened lime scale that has been there a while, it takes a couple of applications and generous quantities of product. It claims to kill 99.9% of all germs - above and below the water line.
The design of the neck makes it easier to reach those otherwise inaccessible places under the rim and it does a good job of cleaning and freshening the toilet.
4 out of 5 for me. The lost point is down to the lousy packaging arrangement.
This is a review of duck power clean. Its a new a product from the toilet duck range that i'm sure most most housewives/mums are familiar with for cleaning the loo. Now i am rather ocd with a clean loo (ever since being pregnant with my youngest) but have never particular been loyal to any given brand. I normally pick up a bottle of whatever product is on offer at the time, so i have squited many incarnations of domestos, harpic, toilet ducks and various shop brands of bleach/toilet cleaners under the rim of my loo! I recently saw this new duck power on offer in tesco on offer for £1 so thought nothing more of it and put a bottle in my trolley. The bottle is exactly the same shape as the regular toilet duck with the 'duck' neck and 750ml bottle and claims to freshen, remove limescale and kill germs. When the time came to cleaning my loo it was a simple case of removing the child safety cap, aiming the bottle under the rim of the rim and squiting the liquid around the loo. The liquid is of a bluey colour and smells of a floral fragrance but is a little bit thicker than of the regular toilet duck so felt the need to squit around the loo twice to make sure of an even covering to make sure all the loo was covered so to make sure all the germs in the bowl were killed (after all isn't that why we all clean the loo really, to kill all the germs?). Anyhow, it says on the bottle to for 20 minutes before flushing but i squited it around the loo as my kids were in the bath so lowered my lid and left it for an hour or so for it to get to work with it's germ killing task. On my return i was pleased to see the liquid had clung to the bowl, even under the rim where the germs really gather. I gave the loo a flush and was pleased to see my loo looking sparklingly clean. Infact the liquid had clung on in areas under the rim so took a couple more flushes to remove any remaining residue. All in all i would buy this product again, although i don't really see much difference to this and the regular toilet duck to be honest. Push come to shove i would probably still recommend harpic powerplus or good old domestos, but it is a good reliable loo cleaner.
As I've mentioned in a recent toilet cleaner review - I'm picky about which products I buy. Having recently tried the fantastic Bloo loo Zingy Lime toilet cleaner I thought I was onto a winner.
Having toddled up to the shops to stock up after squeezing the last droplets out of the bottle I was disappointed to find there was no more to be seen. I asked if they were expecting any more to arrive but was told "No' as it was a limited offer.
But alas! In it's place on the shelf was Duck Power Total Clean instead.
Well it's a reputable name so I bought some and took it home to test out.
My toilet cleaning routine (yes I'm sad enough to have one!) consists of applying the product just before I leave the house on a morning for the school run and with this there was no exception.
According to the instructions after lifting the toilet seat (yes believe it or not it actually says that!) you direct the nozzle under the rim then apply evenly around the bowl before brushing then leaving for 1 hour. After the hour is up you can flush (what a relief).
I won't go too much into the price and packaging: all I will say is it has the branded toilet duck design shape wise, and the plastic bottle it's housed in is predominantly red with the duck logo on the front.
The price was £1.89 for a standard 750mls which is quite expensive for a product such as this, but it promises to 'Remove tough stains and limescale and kills 99.9% of germs'.
So did it live up to it's own hype?
Well the first thing I noticed after unscrewing the cap was the scent - as it doesn't say on the front what it's supposed to smell of (i.e pine, fresh etc) I was quite surprised it smelt very medicinal.
It's a sea blue colour liquid, the consistency of which is quite thick I thought it would have a 'fresh' scent but instead it reminded me of witch hazel which is not a bad thing I suppose.
Having stuck rigidly to my toilet cleaning routine I returned home approximately 45 minutes later and was greeted with..not much really.
The Bloo loo zingy lime toilet cleaner I'd previously used had been so strong the citrus aroma greeted me as I opened my door - but this didn't really smell of anything; not even the witch hazel I swore I could detect on application.
Oh well..Did it clean as it it promised it would?
Well I left it a few more minutes before flushing and Oh No! It stained the bowl! One of my pet hates is when toilets cleaners stain the porcelain and though my toilet looked clean I was not impressed - especially with the price I'd paid I'd higher expectations.
Would I recommend this product?
To be honest no. It cleaned the toilet yes, but it didn't smell particularly fresh and it stained the bowl so points lost there, plus the price was quite steep.
Two stars from me I'm afraid.