Product Type: Toilet Duck Household Cleaning
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There's a duck in our toilet!
Toilet Duck Cleaner
Member Name: hayley_dl
Toilet Duck Cleaner
Advantages: smells nice, prevents limescale, cleans well
Disadvantages: none for me
Let's face it.. cleaning the toilet is not anyone's idea of fun so anything to make this job a little bit easier is going to be worth it. It was with this in mind that I picked up the Duck 3 in 1 toilet cleaner. I chose this one quite simply because of the angled head which allows it to reach right under the rim.
Toilet duck is made by S. C. Johnson & Son. This comes in three different scents; ocean (blue packaging), fresh (green) and citrus (orangey/red). I have the fresh one in the green, recyclable bottle.
This cleaner is a three in one which means it not only cleans and freshens your toilet but also kills 99.9% of germs and removes limescale build up. It also claims to work below the water line.
The red cap has a child proof mechanism but is easy for adults to remove simply by squeezing the two soft parts and twisting the cap off. The head of the bottle has a uniquely designed curve which allows it to reach right under the rim. I've found this to be accurate as it is very easy to get the head under the rim to dispense the product. The only real problem with the actual dispensing of the product is that although to get a decent amount out you do need to squeeze the bottle a little does leak out as soon as you turn the bottle upside down indicating that either the hole is too large or the cleaner is too thin (most likely the latter).
As soon as I begin to squeeze the bottle the green liquid starts to run out. I assume this is green due to the scent I chose and so if you have a different scent the colour may differ. It takes a little bit of practice to squeeze the bottle just hard enough to remove the liquid but not hard enough so that it pours out. However I have this down to a fine art now and can easily dispense just enough to cover round my toilet bowl. I mentioned earlier that I suspect that this leaks out the bottle because the cleaner is too thin, I said this because although the cleaner does stick to the bowl a lot of it also runs down to turn the water a rather deep shade of green. A lovely choice of colour for toilet water! However, as I said some does cling and it does say it also works below the waterline so maybe this is intentional?
The directions say to squirt around the bowl, brush and flush then squirt again and leave for at least an hour but I tend to leave it overnight to give it time to work and leaving it this long has no adverse effect on the toilet itself. This should be repeated three times a week.
It's hard to prove any claims in regards to killing germs but unless I have reason to believe them untrue, which I'm happy to report that I don't with this product, then I tend to believe them. (Am I the only one that loves the Domestos advert "kills all known germs dead" - well, you're hardly going to kill them alive now are you?!)
Back to toilet duck.. As for limescale we have never had a problem with limescale in our toilet thankfully so although I can't quantify exactly how well it would remove any build up I can confirm that its prevented any appearing and therefore I see no reason why it should have any problems removing at least a little build up.
My toilet has also always appeared to be clean so I have no concerns there also after you flush the toilet you can see a large collection of bubbles on the top of the water which is reassuring that it's working. The smell does hang around for several hours. It smells a bit chemically but otherwise like you would expect a "fresh" product to smell like, it almost reminds me of freshly cut grass. Not a scent you would put with a toilet necessarily but definitely not an off-putting scent either!
As with any product of this nature it comes with several warnings. These are: keep out of reach of children, avoid contact with eyes, do not ingest, do not mix bleach or other household cleaners, only use in toilet bowls and wash hands immediately after use. There's also a warning that it contains 2.02% lactic acid.
Since this is a cleaning product review I will list the ingredients for those of you that may have sensitivities to certain ingredients.
The ingredients in this cleaner are:
<5% anionic surfactants, <5% non-ionic surfactants, disinfectant and perfume.
Price, Availability And Recommendation
I buy my 750ml bottle for £1 in my local £1 store. ASDA also sell a 4 in 1 toilet duck for £1.29, now I would love to tell you the difference between the 4 in 1 and 3 in 1 but after reading the description I really can't see any! So unless you have sharper eyes then me I would save a few pence and stick with the 3 in 1.
This is a product I have been using for years and one I will keep buying, it does a good job of both cleaning my toilet and preventing limescale whilst keeping my loo smelling clean and fresh so I'm happy to recommend it and give it the full 5 out of 5.
Summary: Use the duck to clean your toilet
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