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      02.08.2012 18:45
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      Cheap cistern blocks!

      I like to keep my bathroom clean, I don't like the idea of germs and bugs so after the deep bathroom clean once I week, I like to wash around the toilet, use a cistern block and rim block during the week to keep it clean.

      -- Packaging and cost --

      Tesco Value cistern blocks come in a transparent plastic casing backed onto a strip of cardboard. There are two blocks in each pack, getting them out in easy, by just tearing the cardboard.

      These cistern blocks currently cost 30p for two blocks, just 15p each! Mega cheap, when you consider Tesco's slightly better brand, Tesco cistern blocks currently cost £1. They are, obviously, available from Tesco stores exclusively.

      -- My experience --

      The cistern blocks are easy to use, once out of the packaging simply lift up the lid on the cistern and pop the block straight in. The wax type outer wrapper of the block soon dissolves once it is placed into the cistern. Within a few minutes give the toilet a flush and it would have turned your toilet water a deep shade of blue.

      When using the cistern blocks, it does tend to keep the toilet bowl looking clean and fresh. I think it looks better using one of these cistern blocks, than using nothing at all. It leaves the toilet water looking a nice shade of blue, perfect to go with my blue bathroom!

      The cistern blocks last about a week, if I pop one in on deep clean day, when I return to clean next week the toilet water is still blue, not the same blue as when the cistern block was first used, but a very pale blue, so they do last quite some time. At 15p a cistern block, that's only 60p a month, bargain.

      I'd definitely recommend these Tesco value cistern blocks. Although they are cheap, the quality is fantastic and they do everything a cistern block should.

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      13.06.2012 18:34
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      A good value product

      Lime scale is a bit of a problem where we live and if there's one thing I hate its a water mark around the toilet bowl. I normally keep limescale marks at bay with white vinegar but after having my baby by caesarean I wasn't able to do as much around the house as normal. Worried about how clean the loo would look while I had the midwife visiting I sent my husband Mark to our local Tesco to buy a coloured block to pop in the toilet. He came home with Tesco Everyday Value Cistern Blocks.

      The blocks are sold in a twin pack and are attached to a card. This is blue and white in colour and has the Tesco logo across the top where is also informs the customer that these are Everyday Value Cistern Blocks. A twin pack of these will set you back a measly 30p, considerably cheaper than branded ones.
      The blocks are blue in colour, I don't know if Tesco do these in any colours or not. The blocks have a pine fragrance which I have to admit I was very dubious about, I'm not a fan of pine, it can be overpowering and in my opinion has a bit of a "public loo" smell, but the fragrance of these was quite mild.

      When you remove the blocks they are covered with a pleated wrapper which needs to stay on the block and it will dissolve once in the water. The instructions state you need to pop the block in the cistern at the opposite end to the water inlet and leave it for 5 minuets to settle before flushing. When flushed the water in the loo should be a nice shade of blue.

      After following the instructions I flushed the loo and was pleased to see the water a deep blue colour disguising any limescale marks or any other marks for that matter! I was also pleased that the dark blue water didn't stain the bowl. When the toilet is flushed it leaves the water with a slight foam on top but this doesn't last long, there is a smell of pine but its very faint and like the foam soon fades completely away.

      I was pleased with the Everyday Value Cistern Blocks, they are no substitute for cleaning the toilet with bleach but they do seem to keep it looking and smelling fresh and they certainly disguised any marks in there. The blue colour started to fade after a week and was gone after a fortnight but 30p for 4 weeks of freshness isn't bad value at all.

      I would certainly recommend Tesco Everyday Value Cistern Blocks, they are not something I use all the time but would definitely consider using them again, they are a very good product for the money. I just wish they were a different colour but for 30p I cant complain.

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      01.06.2012 23:29

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      Each pack costs just 30p so it is great value for money, so I would highly recommend them.

      I purchased this item as an alternative to the normal toilet block that goes on the rim. Because I heard a lot about them gathering germs and they can also look very unsightly.
      These come in a pack of two on a card, the packaging is partly recyclable.
      The blocks are blue they are wrapped in what I would describe as a mesh that dissolves once it's put in the tank.
      To use this you simply unwrap one block and drop it into the tank and after a few minutes flush and the wash turns blue and smells all clean and it stays in the tank so each time you flush you get the clean smell. It lasts about a week then simply replace with the second one out of the pack.
      Each pack costs just 30p so it is great value for money, so I would highly recommend them.

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      07.05.2012 22:57
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      Can't smell anything like the packaging claims but cheap!

      Whilst in Tesco last week I decided to purchase some cistern blocks for my toilet to use along side my trusty bleach, toilet duck discs and toilet duck liquid.

      I like to keep my loo clean and looking great and I am always wary of germs flying round because of my young daughter...

      I had never thought about purchasing cistern blocks before as they always say you take after your mother and I can't remember my mother ever using these... just disks and bleach... I read a review on them on here a few weeks ago and I decided at less than 15p per block (you get two in this pack at 29p for both), its not going to break the bank and will be worth a try.

      The packaging in the above picture has now changed - Tesco seems to have revamped its "own" range in the last couple of weeks and the new packaging is much more appealing than before. The previous packaging had the noticable "Tesco Value" and was mostly white with a bit red and a bit of blue... Now the packaging is all white with dark and blue fonts used. The main part of the packaging is cardboard. On the front of the packet it states it is cistern blocks - twin pack. You also get a lot of blue images with household objects / cleaning products in the background - this appears to be on all the everyday value range now. The blocks are protected by a transparent plastic cover which can easily be ripped off the cardboard for use.

      On the back of the cardboard it claims the blocks to:

      * Clean, foam and freshen * colours the water blue * keeps it pine fresh * Be safe for use with septic tanks * Last for weeks in normal use conditions

      To use the product you simply clean the toilet before use, you then take a block out of the plastic - but do not remove the tissue material from the block otherwise it will simply just disolve in the water and be completly useless... You have to drop the block into the cistern by the water float - which is the opposite end to the handle you use to flush the toilet. It then advises you to wait for five minutes before you flush.

      When the colour fades you then simply replace with another block - I assume when the cleaner is used up the tissue material it is wrapped in simply disolves in the system.

      Also on the packet you have the normal information that the product is to be kept out of reach of children and that it can be harmful if it goes in your eyes or swalled.

      Always store the blocks in a cool and dry place and away from sunlight.

      Tesco also notes (as well as many of their other products) about their promise to refund or replace any product which you are unhappy about - which gives me extra confidence when shopping with them.

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      Ingredients

      Anionic surfactants 15-30%
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      My verdict

      I didn't really know what to expect when buying this as I have never used one before. As the directions instructed I gave the toilet a good clean before using this block. I dropped the block into the system as instructed and within 30 seconds you notice a dye-like blue coloured material creeping into the water. After five minutes the tank was near full of blue water and when flushed it came through the rim blue coloured and created a lot of foamy bubbles. To give the product due where its deserved after a week this first block is still going and the water comes through blue and appears to be keeping the toilet very clean. However what has really let me down is the fact it doesn't appear to give off any scent as the packaging states it does? It doesnt really bother me as I use other expensive products which do give nice smells but think its mis-leading to other people who use only this and bleach - I wouldn't want my toilet stinking of bleach all the time! This being said you can't argue with the price - compared to other blocks which can go to over £1 for 2-3 in a pack I think this is excellent value for money.

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        04.05.2012 19:00
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        good for the price

        ~Cistern Blocks~

        These cistern blocks are part of Tescos basic range 'Everyday Value'. A plain white and blue packet holds 2 cistern blocks. These blocks can be used in septic tank toilets and can be used in conjunction with other toilet cleaners.

        One block should be popped into the cistern of your toilet and left for 5 minutes to settle before flushing. The block is designed to freshen and clean your toilet. The water should change to a blue colour, foam up and leave a pine scent. It is important to keep these blocks away from children and they can cause irritation.

        2 x 50g blocks can be bought from www.tesco.com and instore priced at just 30p.

        ~My Thoughts~

        I have an OCD when it comes to keeping my toilet clean and my cleaning cupboard is full of wipes, bleaches, toilet cleaners and cistern blocks. I also replace my toilet brush twice a month. I usually buy Bloo cistern blocks but have noticed them going up in price recently so have tried these cheaper blocks a few times. Tesco have recently updated the packaging and range name to 'Everyday Value'.

        These blocks are super cheap - you can't get much for 30p nowadays. Each block has a blue, pleated wrapper which should be kept on as it dissolves in the water. The blocks are easy to use and I just pop it in the cistern and leave it to get to work. I find I get 2-3 weeks 'noticeable' action from each block which isn't bad but not as good as branded cistern blocks. The performance of the blocks does decrease a little after each week and I simply replace the block when the blue colouring starts to become really faint.

        Flushing the toilet results in blue water shooting down from the rim - it doesn't stain but it doesn't exactly 'cling' to the bowl. A clump of foamy bubbles forms but quickly disappears leaving blue tinted water. I find coloured water to be much nicer than no colouring at all but I am fussy! My toilet does appear clean and refreshed after each flush but of course it doesn't match the cleaning performance of a good bleach and scrub. A subtle pine fragrance is left behind which lasts a short while - I do prefer a stronger fragrance and am more fond of citrussy smells but the pine isn't overpowering.

        ~Conclusion~

        These cistern blocks are ideal for when you are on a budget as they are so much cheaper than branded blocks. They aren't the best but they do refresh my toilet with each flush which means I don't feel the need to be using bleach all the time. Bargain!

        Thanks for reading x

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        08.04.2012 09:42
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        Keeps my loo looking good

        My husband has got a thing about these cistern blocks as he insists they keep the toilet fresh, we bought these at Tesco and the twin pack cost us 30p which I think is a good price when compared to similar products.

        The cistern blocks come on a cardboard backing with a plastic cover on the front and the two sealed together, the cardboard is white in colour and has the Tesco Value logo in red and blue on the top, the only information is that it is a twin pack which you can see anyway. The packaging is very simple and it is obviously a value product this doesn't bother me as I would prefer simple packaging and a lower price tag.

        The direction for use are, clean toilet throughly including under the rim,remove a block from the pack, do not remove the pleated wrapper as this will dissolve in the water, drop the block into the cistern by the float at the oposite end to the water inlet, allow 5 minutes for the block to settle before the first flush, when colours fades replace with another block.

        Th blocks are easy to use, to open you need to pull the cardboard from the plastic which is the most difficult thing about using them. When I have cleaned the bathroom I will pop one of these into the toilet and within a few minutes flush and the water will turn blue. I find that this tends to last about 5 days in our house but we have 2 adults and a child who goes the toilet loads so I think it lasts pretty well. The toilet seems to be clean with use and the blue colour slowly fades to show when you need to use another one. I would recommend these they may not last as long as the more expensive brands but at 15p each they are still worth the price.

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          09.12.2011 19:45
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          Overall excellent value for money

          Tesco Value Cistern Blocks are so economical because for two plastic blue blocks you will pay only 30p and they do the job as well, if not better than the much more expensive branded cistern blocks on the market in my opinion.

          It is so simple and easy to just plop a block into the cistern and leave it. It cleans and freshens the loo for about three to four weeks and delivers a very strong and powerful pine frangrance which will make the toilet bowl turn a deep deep blue colour. It freshens and disinfects the toilet bowl and leaves it looking sparkling and fresh. What more could you ask for for just 30p?

          With every flush the loo will foam and it also prevents the build up of nasty limescale which we have a lot of bother with in our area as we have very hard water.

          Wash your hands after you have touched it though and put it down the loo as I found it made my fingers sting, but I may just have overly sensitive skin - it will also turn your fingers blue very quickly after you've touched them.

          Probably the only downside of these cistern blocks is that they are a bugger to remove from their flat cardboard and plastic container. You have to take a pair of sharp scissors to them as they are murder to remove, but once one is out then the other one will follow easier.

          Fantastic little product and at 30p its very well worth the money. Only available in pine fragrance as far as I am aware, so not much choice of scent, at least not in our Tesco.

          Review also posted on Ciao as sorehead

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          29.11.2011 23:58
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          a great fragranced blue loo

          I take pride in having a clean home but I do not like to spend a large amount of money on cleaning products, especially things to clean the toilet with. At the end of the day it is just a toilet that we flush our excretions down so as long as it is kept clean I do not see the need to spend a fortune on expensive cleaning products for it. I use a bleach and disinfectant to clean my toilet but I do like to know that it smells fresh too. So I like to use a cistern block to help with this and often purchase the Tesco Value cistern blocks to do this as they work well and are excellent value.

          The value cistern blocks come in a pack of two and cost just £0.30, which I think is a great bargain.

          The packaging is very simple the two cistern blocks are contained in a plastic casing backed with white card. The card has the Tesco value logo on the front and the name of the product. On the back of the card you can find a description of what the blocks do, directions for use and warnings as the blocks contain an irritant.

          To use these blocks it recommends cleaning the toilet thoroughly, removing the block from the packaging and then dropping the block into the cistern at the opposite end to the water inlet. You need to allow the block a little time to settle, I usually find that it takes around 3 flushes before you notice that the water has turned blue indicating that the block has started to dissolve and work.

          Now I do find that these blocks do not last as long as some of the more expensive ones that I have tried in the past but for the price of just £0.30 I can't complain. I find that a single block lasts about a week. The colour blue starts of quite dark at first and slowly gets lighter as the block starts to dissolve. I find the pine fragrance of these blocks really good, helping to leave your toilet smelling clean and fresh. The fragrance is fairly strong but not overpowering, when I walk into the bathroom I can smell the pine fragrance straight away which I find very pleasant. Overall I would certainly recommend these blocks they work and are brilliant value!

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          12.09.2011 12:38
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          A false economy

          These cistern blocks are a bargain - 30 pence for a pack of two. This compares to the branded version "Bloo blocks" which are up to £1.85 for two. I bought a pack of the Tesco value ones last time I went shopping, thinking that it's a pleasant way to keep the toilet fresh without having to use bleach every day. In the name of Dooyoo research I actually made a note in my diary of the date I put the block in the cistern to see how long it would last. Sadly, I needn't have bothered because about three days later the water in the toilet was running clear again and the block had run out.

          The blocks are easy to use, you simply drop them into the cistern at the top of your toilet, the opposite side to the flush handle, wait five minutes and then flush the toilet to get the water running blue. After that, you just leave it to do its work and every time you flush the toilet the water goes blue and soapy and although it doesn't really smell of anything, it just makes you feel confident that your toilet is fresh and clean. The idea is that the block cleans the toilet each time it is flushed without the need to use bleach, so it's kept clean all the time. This is especially nice when you have visitors because if they pop to the toilet you're not sitting there thinking "I hope the toilet looks clean"!

          The staying power of these bloo blocks is not great. It lasted about three days before the water ran clear, which was disappointing because I thought the idea was that it would last a while without me having to do anything. I may as well just keep using bleach every day. Although the branded products are more expensive, they do claim to last for up to four weeks, so I think next time I would pay a bit more because for a product that works it probably works out cheaper in the long run.

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            31.08.2011 21:42
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            A fantastic cistern block from Tesco.

            === The product ===

            This is a round blue cistern block that sits in the tank of your toilet. It will break down in the water and turn the water blue. This should keep your toilet clean & fresh with every flush.

            === The packaging ===

            These blocks come provided in packets of two. Each packet is a plastic front with a cardboard backing and within the packet there are two waxed covered blocks. Each of the blocks is blue so there are very noticeable inside the packet. The packaging is very easy to open as I just rip a hole in the cardboard and then tear it open to remove one of the blocks. I usually half rip the packaging open, pull one block out and throw the other one, still in it's wrapping, under my sink.

            === Do they work? ===

            They sure do. All I have to do is throw one of these in to my cistern and then let it go to work. The toilet seems clean and shiny when I use one of these and while this isn't going to keep all stains from bay I like the confident feeling that the blue coloured water provides. When guests are coming round unexpectedly I do not have to worry about my toilet not being clean as the coloured water should hide most marks until I get around to cleaning it again.

            === Where can I buy these and how much for? ===

            These are available from Tesco stores and from www.tesco.co.uk. These are just 30p for a packet of 2 so 15p each which is fantastic value & I really do not mind using one of these every week or so when they are so cheap!

            === My overall opinion ===

            These blocks are fantastic value for money. They cheap and they work very well! I mainly use them to ensure that the water is dyed a pretty colour and covers any potential marks that may be lying in the toilet bowl until I get round to giving it a good deep clean.

            We suffer quite badly with limescale in our area and this means that the toilet bowl is quickly looking a little bit scummy and not quite as clean as I would like. I ensure that I give this a deep clean once a week and I usually give it a wipe every single day to ensure that the loo handle & toilet seat are clean and hygienic at all times.

            These are so simple to use. Just unscrew the top of the toilet lid, lift it up & throw one in the water. Within just a few minutes it will have broken down enough that I can flush the water and it will come out blue. They work very fast and they tend to last us around a week or so. Once they have started to run down the water will become paler for 2 or 3 flushes before returning back to its normal colour.

            The main thing that makes me purchase these, most of the time, is the low price. I know that for just a few pence a month I am able to keep my toilet looking fresh and clean. Also, the block hides away in the cistern so there is no need for anyone to know that this is just a bog standard cheap cistern block.

            My toilet seems to pick up less stains now, I am not sure if this is because the cistern block is coating the toilet or just because I am quite aware of keeping my toilet clean. Either way I am happy with these blocks, even if they are just disguising the colour of the water and stopping any limescale marks from being spotted.

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              12.05.2011 19:39
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              Cheap, Easy to use, does the job!

              Tesco value Cistern block Twin Pack.

              As a result of having a mortgage, two young children and a low paid part time job, I have had to learn to become more resourceful with my money. I have therefore been testing out lots of products within the Tesco Value range, to see if they are efficient enough for me to use. This helps in cutting down my weekly supermarket spend.

              Whilst some value products have not quite made the grade, I have found some products to be excellent for there use. This has resulted in me being able to save money for other things.

              One of the Value items that found themselves in my trolley happened to be Tesco Value Cistern Block Twin Pack.

              Cistern Blocks clean through the cistern to the toilet bowl, helping to prevent lime scale build-up.

              The pack cost 30pence! As it is a twin pack, you obviously receive two cistern blocks, making them a mere 15pence per block! This is extremely cheap considering Tesco also sell a similar product in twin pack form costing £1.74.

              The packaging is fairly standard of other Tesco value products. The blocks are displayed through clear plastic on a white card, which displays the Tesco value logo and tells you what the product is.

              The back of the back of the card is rather informative, displaying relative information on the use of the product and benefits of using the product, along with product safety instructions, and the Tesco promise.

              The benefits of using this as stated on the back of the product packaging:

              Cleans foams and freshens.
              Colours the water blue
              Pine fresh
              Safe to use with septic tanks and all other toilet cleaners.
              Lasts for weeks.

              My experience of using the Cistern Blocks:

              Well, with two grown men (my partner and my brother) and my four year old son using the toilet (my two year old son soon to join the list) you can imagine that I quite dread having to clean my toilet, as it can end up in quite a state.

              I have found these Cistern Blocks to be very handy at keeping the inside of my toilet clean and fresh, in-between my weekly toilet cleaning (somehow the men seem to get out of this).

              I prefer to use cistern blocks rather than toilet rim blocks, as the cistern blocks are hidden and cannot be accessed ( or played with) by my young children.

              These blocks certainly live up-to their job description. They keep the water looking a clean blue and leave the toilet inside looking sparkling clean. They also have the standard pine smell that comes with most toilet cleaning products, which leaves the toilet smelling fresh.

              It takes no effort whatsoever to pop one of these blocks into the cistern, and they do a great job lasting for around 3-4 weeks.

              At 15 pence each, they cost next to nothing, and really help me with my cleaning. I just wish they would clean the rest of the toilet for me!

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                17.01.2011 09:52
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                A good toilet cistern block that works out better value than expensive kinds.

                I'm a big fan of buying cheap versions of the things I don't really care about, so I can buy more expensive, nicer versions of the things I do like. One of the things I couldn't really care less about, and so don't want to spend lots of money on, is making my toilet stain free and stopping limescale build up. This is probably important, but as far as I'm concerned, as long as it doesn't look horrible, that's fine by me.

                I bought a double pack of these Tesco Value Cistern blocks from Tesco for just over 30p, which I think is great value. You can pay up to £2 for two blocks by a leading brand, which although I haven't tried due to the price, I can't see being much better than these ones, as they are perfectly functional little cistern blocks that work well.

                As with all Tesco Value packaging, the product looks very cheap in it's red and white cardboard and plastic packet, but it's not the packet that makes your toilet smell nice, so again this didn't bother me.

                To use, you just open the packet and drop one of the blocks, complete with it's outer wrapping material, which holds the solid chemicals into the cistern of the toilet. One flush later, and instead of plain water in your toilet bowl you have a nicer blue coloured water, which lets you know the block is working to make your toilet happier. This cistern block has a bog-standard pine scent, which although it's not lovely, isn't offensive and at least it has quite a fresh and clean smell to it.

                Over the next weeks, the block slowly dissolves in the tank, making the toilet bowl smell nicer, preventing stains and stopping limescale build up, as well as killing germs. The only downside to these very cheap blocks is the staying power compared to more expensive brands. I find that I need to add another block to replace the old one after around 2 weeks, by this point the water is usually a very pale blue and nearly back to normal, so I know when it's time to add a new one. With more expensive brands, like my sister uses, they can last up to a month and sometimes more, but it still works out cheaper to use 2 of these cheap blocks a month than her 1 higher quality block.

                Overall, these are a great value product. They might not be excitingly branded, or last quite as long as other more expensive cistern blocks, but for the price, they are still much better value in the long run, so I can recommend them.

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                31.10.2009 10:41
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                As good as the leading brands

                I hate cleaning the toilet but it's one of those jobs that has to be done. When growing up my mum always used Bloo in the toilet and when I left home I did the same but did notice that Tesco did a value cistern block and thought I'd give it a try as it was over £1 cheaper than the leading brands.

                The value cistern block cost 31p for 2 blocks (50g) where as Bloo costs £1.60 for 2 blocks which is a lot of money which is just going to be thrown down the toilet and in my opinion it still freshens and leaves your toilet clean. I do find that the Bloo last for longer than the value cistern blocks but as the value ones are so cheap (getting 5 packs for every 1 of Bloo) you might as well go cheap after-all, no-one will know as the blocks are in the loo.

                Tesco value cistern blocks cleans, foams and freshens the toilet, colours the water blue (I don't know why but to me this makes the toilet more pleasant to use). It can be used with septic tanks and all other toilet cleaners and mine lasts for weeks (this may vary according to water conditions).

                The blocks are easy to use just after you have cleaned your toilet thoroughly, remove one block from the pack, do not remove the pleated wrapper as this will dissolve in the water, drop the block into the cistern by the float at the opposite end to the water inlet (handle) and allow 5 minutes for the block to settle before the first flush. When the colour fades, replace with another block.

                Overall, I don't see the point in spending more money on something which is going to be thrown down the toilet, in my opinion it cleans and freshens the toilet just like any other brand. The only disadvantage is that it doesn't last as long as others but as the price is so good, it's still cheaper to buy a few packs of these and replace them more often.

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                  08.10.2009 23:30
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                  a great buy

                  I don't know what it is, but a blue colour to the water in your toilet makes it seem much more pleasant and inviting in a strange sort of way. By using Cistern blocks however, does a lot more than just colouring the water bright blue, it also produces a pleasant smell, prevents stains and lime scale building up and kills off germs.


                  There are several different types of cistern blocks on the market and probably the most popular and my former favourite has to be Bloo acticlean cistern blocks. Unfortunately, in these times of recession and the credit crunch it had forced me to make cutbacks in all areas of my spending, therefore I decided to give the budget brands a go, and for me with my local store being Tesco, I thought I'd try out the Tesco Value Cistern Blocks. The result was a very good cleaning product which costs a fraction of the price of the branded products.


                  The standard pack comes with 2 blocks inside and the price costs 31p which is significantly cheaper than any of the other brands, comparing that to Bloo acticlean which is £1.60 for an equivalent pack. The quality of the blocks in the Tesco Value brand are not as good quality as the other branded products, mainly being that the Tesco Value blocks last for around 2 to 3 weeks before they will need to be replaced, where as the Bloo acticlean blocks last for beyond 4 weeks before replacing. The Value blocks are only available in the single pine fresh scent where as the more expensive brands are available in different scents like citrus if thats more you cup of tea.


                  Overall, this product is excellent value for money and does exactly what it says on the tin. It may not last as long as other products, but at this price you can't go wrong. This is definitely a product worth trying. I give this product 5 stars out of 5.

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                    06.08.2009 12:44
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                    A fab product for a very low price!

                    A toilet cistern block is hardly the most exciting item to review, but I use these little circular blocks on a regular basis and feel that they are therefore a staple item in my house. This has led me to believe that they may well be a staple item in other people's houses too, hence this review...

                    I have bought the Tesco Value branded cistern block for well over two years or so, as I find it is only marginally less efficient than a more popular-branded cistern block, yet it costs almost a quid cheaper.

                    Toilet cleaning and freshness wouldn't exactly be up there on my top list of priorities, and I am therefore more than happy to sacrifice a little quality to save a few pence in my pocket.

                    The packaging for the Tesco Value cistern block is on a par with other products from the Tesco Value range - in a word, basic. A plain white background with a little red and blue coloured detail makes it a rather uninspiring looking product. That said, it might well be an uninspiring looking product anyway, regardless of the packaging, as this is after all a toilet cistern block we are talking about!

                    For those of you who are unfamiliar with how to use a cistern block type of product, it is really very simple. All you need to do is remove a circular block from the packaging and plop it into the cistern for your loo. I will point out at this point in time that you do NOT need to remove the outer packaging that sits on the block - this all dissolves with the block over time.

                    A little while after plopping the cistern block into my cistern, perhaps twenty minutes or so, I usually return and give the toilet a flush. I feel that this just sort of 'kick starts' the cistern block into working.

                    Upon doing this, I am instantly aware that the 'water' in my toilet bowl has turned a bright blue colour, thus assuring me that the cistern block is working properly.

                    The blue colour lasts for a reasonable amount of time, considering the low cost of this twin pack of cistern blocks is around 40 pence! I find that the water in my toilet bowl remains a bright blue colour for perhaps two days, then it starts to fade over the course of the next day or two until it has all been removed completely.

                    I do not find that this product makes my toilet bowl more 'hygienic', nor does it clean it in any way. To be fair, the packaging on the cistern blocks makes no such claims to do so, and I find that my toilet still needs to be cleaned as much as usual, cistern block in the cistern or not!

                    What I do find though, is that by using one of these little circular blocks in my toilet cistern, I find that it GIVES THE IMPRESSION of being a bit more hygienic and therefore a bit more pleasant to use! For this reason, I will probably continue to use these little blocks in my loo.
                    I have not found that these blocks cause there to be any real sort of smell that comes from the toilet after flushing - I do find that there IS more of a smell from more expensive branded blocks, but again, I am happy with the job that this Value product does, considering what I pay for it.

                    All in all I would recommend these - they give the impression of a nice and hygienic toilet bowl and for what they cost I think they offer brilliant value. These get four stars from me! :-D

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                  • Product Details

                    Cleans, foams and freshens / Safe to use with septic tanks and all other toilet cleaners.