Having moved in to a rented flat a few years ago I was shocked to find within the first year that there appeared to be water leaking from under the back and so I got my letting agents to have this investigated and ended up having to have the pipes replaced due to the previous owners having left stuff to build up in the pipe which broke it down and destroyed it. Thankfully I did not need to pay the bill for this but when the plumber was out fixing the pipes he advised me to use a cleaner every few months to ensure that the system was flushing through and that the pipes were clear and so ever since then I have been using Buster bathroom drain cleaner.
Buster bathroom drain cleaner first got my attention thanks to the price being a lot cheaper than its competitors and since then I have been glad to see it has remained a good value product. A bottle of this will set you back around £2.50 to £3.50 and that will do you for one cleaning of the pipes which may sound a lot but is really not too bad at all when compared to the cost of a plumber.
The product is very easy to use as you simply pour the full bottle down the plug hole (I use this on my bath) and leave it to do its work. After a few hours (it is recommended you do leave it for a few hours if you can) you simply rinse it out by running warm water in to the plug hole to flush the pipes out fully.
This is a very powerful cleaner that is designed to break down soap build up, hair build up and other things that will clog your pipes and I found that after the first use my bath was draining a lot quicker and so have continued to use this product every 2-3 months to ensure that the pipes are not having any build up (I do this so regularly as my wife has long hair and so this is something which is one of the worst things for build up in the pipes).
The packaging makes the instructions very clear and the bottle is of a good enough size and shape that when using this your hand needn't go near the cleaning liquid (avoid getting this on you as it is powerful chemicals that are used to clean the pipes).
Breaking down and cleaning your pipes in the bathroom will not only make the drainage much better but will also ensure that there are no germs in the pipes that can become airborne when the plug is not in. Thanks to all of this you may also find that your bathroom will smell much fresher which was something I personally noticed with ours (I ended up using a couple of bottles of this on the first clean to ensure that I had given it a full chance to break down anything which may have built up in my basin/sink too).
Overall this is a product I highly recommend as it manages to break down any build up in your bathroom pipes very quickly and easily which allows for you to have better drainage, less chance of problems with the pipes (this could result in expensive plumber call outs) and even a much fresher smelling bathroom. A great product and a great price make this something I highly recommend.
I have long, thick hair which seems to moult at a tremendous rate (it's a wonder that I have any left on my head). This is not only irritating in the fact that I have to hoover my house regularly and it still looks dirty, but it notoriously causes problems with the bathroom plugholes. My hair seems to collect at will in the bathroom pipes and gather all other bits of rubbish washed down the plughole - sock fluff, soap scum - to form a matted mess. This, rather inevitably leads to slow draining sinks and baths and then, before long, a complete blockage. This usually resulted in the removal of the U-bend (together with a fair amount of blue language) and an unpleasant scrape out of the offending material. Not an easy job, and not a popular one either!
Now, I have tried other methods such as pouring a sink unblocker down the plug hole. In general, however, these tend to be designed for kitchen sink blockages and I did not find them to be very effective. I've even squirted a tube of depilatory cream down my bathroom plughole, but this didn't appear to effectively dissolve the hair as I had hoped, and I was left with a horrible smell of depilatory cream for several days and still had the problem of a slow draining bath.
When I noticed this Buster Bathroom Drain Clear in my local Wilkinson's I had to buy a bottle to try as it seemed to offer the solution to my problem. I had used the Buster Kitchen Sink Fresh and Kitchen Sink Unblocker previously and had been happy with the results, so it was a brand that I was familiar with.
The bathroom drain clear comes in a black plastic bottle with a light blue screw cap (complete with child proof safety lock, so points for safety there!). I remember seeing an episode of the apprentice recently where they had said that black was not a colour associated with cleaning products - more car oils etc - and I can see their point, but I don't think that the bottle being black has any adverse impact on my opinion here. There is also a picture of a plughole that is obviously draining freely (yes please!)
Directions for use are located on the back, together with the usual warnings about storage etc. There is also a warning that this product is suitable for all pipes, but to be careful with gold plated fixtures and fittings (I'm unsure what it will do to them!). Once the blue cap is removed, there is a white tube like fitting inserted into the bottle neck. This is to help you to apply the product correctly by directing the liquid as you squeeze.
Inside the bottle is a clear liquid. I was pleasantly surprised that it didn't smell strongly of bleach. Any other products that I have used that profess to have unblocking qualities have smelt substantially of bleach and I have had to apply with a window open (even when there is snow on the ground!). The product does contain sodium hypochlorite and sodium hydroxide, so does smell chemically to some extent, but not quite to the 'hit you in the face as soon as you remove the cap' extreme. The liquid is quite thick, but not 'gloopy' like a lot of these products.
The liquid 'dissolves hair and soap blockages, clearing hair, sludge, germs and smells from bathroom plugholes & pipes'. Promising.
For complete blockages and slow running pipes, it is recommended that the whole bottle (300ml) is used for one application. At around £3 a bottle, this is quite an expensive treatment. The liquid should be poured slowly down the plughole and left to work (until blockage is clear). This can be anything from 15 minutes to an overnight process. Once cleared, the plughole should be flushed with plenty of hot water.
Alternatively, the product can be used as a preventative measure - as a regular treatment with a view to stopping any blockages occurring. To do this, half the contents of the bottle should be applied and left overnight before rinsing with hot water.
The liquid is really easy to apply, with the nozzle attachment being very helpful in ensuring that the liquid is directed in the right place and minimising any wastage.
As promised, the liquid effectively cleared my blockage. I can only assume that it was true to it's word and dissolved the hair and sludge that was causing my problems. I certainly could no longer see any hair down the plughole. It did take a while to act though, so I'm not sure it would ever be a 15 minute treatment like the bottle seems to suggest it may be. I left it to work overnight and the blockage was cleared by morning, so I am unsure exactly how long it took. It did also seem to leave my plughole (which is silver) sparkling too - a nice side effect perhaps! The plughole certainly did not smell, but it wasn't an odour issue in the first place so I couldn't comment on the claims that it removes germs or smells (although I suspect germs would be removed due to chemicals contained in the product).
I now use this product regularly (once a week) to try and avoid any further blockages. I don't use half the bottle as recommended as I believe this would work out very expensive. I just squeeze a little liquid down the plughole and leave overnight. I usually get about six applications out of the bottle this way, which I find more cost effective. I have been doing this for about four months now and have not had any blockage issues, so it seems to be working.
This is a good product for a need that probably many people have, it is expensive as a one off treatment but will provide the solution as promised so I think that it is worth the money.
Yesterday I bought our 4th bottle of Buster drain clean liquid. Not because it doesn't work! It cleans the drains very well I just have to clean them monthly.
Buster bathroom drain clear liquid comes in a black plastic bottle with light blue cap. There is another version of it for kitchen drains. It has a cardboard guarantee on the bottle that they pay you back its price if it didn't work. Well, it will work. I tried several drain cleaners and this one was the most effective in our bathroom.
You can buy it in most of the supermarkets. It is near the dishwasher cleaning stuff. I bought ours in Sainsbury's for 1.97 pounds. It was on offer (less with 33%). Its normal price is 2.96 pounds which is quite a lot for 300 ml cleaning stuff you have to pour in drain at once.
So when you open the bottle and smell it you can feel some chemical smell but it is not strong. I poured in the shower's drain slowly all around the drain's "wall" to clean everything that can cause problem. It has similar texture and colour as egg white has. It is not thick as a jelly but almost. You can pour out carefully from the bottle because it has a special cap that helps you to pour exactly where you want.
After I pour it in the drain I forget about it because it has no smell and hours later when it comes into my mind I go and pour hot water on it. The manufacturer suggests minimum 15 minutes but preferably overnight.
Buster bathroom drain clean contains less than 5% Chlorine based bleaching agents, Non Ionic Surfactants, Soap, Perfume.
It was made in England by Challs International Ltd. (PO Box 7, Ipswich, IP7 6DH.)
I think this is a really good drain cleaner liquid and I regularly clean the drain in our shower with it. That is our most critical drain. This cleaning stuff has no intense smell that would disturb us and it is easy to use.
Buster bathroom drain cleaner is one of today's must haves, especially if you have long haired people living in your household. The one thing they really cannot blame me for in my house is the blocking up of the plug hole in the bath with hair lol.
We have all been there, taking a shower and realising you are standing in a shallow pool of water. When the bath does not drain quicker than the shower you know you need help.
There are a variety of products to perform such as task. Buster bathroom drain cleaner, manufactured by Challs International Ltd, is one such product. They can be found in amongst the cleaning products in most supermarkets. Buster comes in a black bottle with a blue lid and costs around £1.99 for a 300ml bottle.
What is it?
Buster bathroom drain cleaner is a thick gel which can sink through standing water. It contains ingredients which are specially formulated to dissolve hair and soap and thus clears your bathroom plumbing to allow free flowing water to drain away.
INGREDIENT NAME CONTENTS
Sodium Hydroxide 2 - 4.8%
% Cl active 1- 2.5%
Sodium Silicate 1- 4.5%
Dimethylamine Oxide < 1%
As expected with such a product, this can have hazardous affects. The gel is corrosive and can burn your skin if it comes in contact. It will also give off a toxic gas if mixed with acids so extreme caution is required when using this product.
Recommended first aid measures for this product are:
Ingestion: Wash out mouth with water, give plenty of water to drink. Do not induce vomiting. Obtain medical attention immediately.
Eye: Irrigate the eye thoroughly with water for at least 10 minutes holding the eyelid apart. Obtain medical attention.
Skin: Immediately wash with plenty of water, preferably under a shower. If affected area is large enough to warrant this. Remove contaminated clothing and thoroughly clean and dry before re-use. Obtain medical attention if irritation persists.
Inhalation: Remove from exposure. Rest and keep warm. Obtain medical attention in the event of breathing problems.
Recommended handling and storage:
Handling: Avoid contact on skin or eyes.
Storage: Store in a cool dry area avoiding acids.
How to use.
Open the bottle and slowly but carefully pour the entire contents of the bottle down the offending plug hole. Minimum recommended waiting time is 15 minutes, however I tend to use this just before going to bed so the product has a good few hours to 'work its magic' before the bath is used again. Once it has had time to clear the blockage, run hot water into the bath for a few minutes to flush it through.
Does it actually work?
I must say I am most impressed with this product. Yes it definitely works in fact it works very well. I have used this product 3 times now over a period of a couple of years. Each time I have left the drain cleaner in the plughole over night so it has had a good few hours to clear the blockage. The next morning, the drain is unblocked and water freely drains away as expected. I wouldn't like to say if it can clear a blockage in 15 minutes, and given the fact that you are spending a couple of pounds to literally pour down your drain I would not like to try it and find it hasn't done the trick. So for the matter of leaving it for a few hours!!
The manufacturer actually recommends regular use of this product, as it claims prevention is better than cure. If used regularly, the blockage won't build up in the first place. However in saying that, they would want you to buy regularly. But be warned, a plumber friend of mine advised me to use this sparingly, over use can cause the rubber washers / rings within the pipe work to perish and hence you'll end up with leaking pipes which will require a plumber to fix. Overall though, it is one of the best products I have used to clearing blockage in the bathroom caused by hair.
I have always been careful to remove my long hair from the plughole after every shower so I've never needed to use a drain cleaner before. Just recently we had a long haired lodger move in and very quickly the shower drain became slow running and I decided to do something about it.
In tesco there was a choice of about 3 different drain cleaners and I found the decision difficult to make. One of the brand name products was on special offer making it a very similar price to this one but I decided that I'd try this because If it worked then I wouldn't need to buy the brand name one when it wasn't on special offer.
At £3 it was a lot cheaper than calling a plumber but I didn't want to have to buy something else as well, all those £3 would have added up quickly.
I squirted the product (the whole bottle) into the offending drain and left it for about 2 hours, (the bottle says at least 15 minutes). I left the bottle in the bottom of the shower to remind me that the product was in the drain and I found that worked for me. There were no strong odors in the time that it was working and apart from the sight of the bottle I could have easily forgotten it was there.
After the wait I turned the shower on hot, I collected the initial cold water in a bowl and when it was warm I let it down the drain. It flowed brilliantly, so I made sure it was flushed properly and there have been no more problems so far.
I'm sure the shower will block up again but now I know how to unblock it quickly and easily with no fuss.
There seem to be a multitude of these type of products around at the moment. Some work better than others, some are more suited for standing water, some for blockages that cause drainage to run slower, but all of them are geared in the same way, the idea being to unblock blocked sinks and plugholes.
We've tried the Domestos one quite a lot, and it seems to do the job okay, but a few months ago, we had a blockage that just didn't seemt o shift no matter what we did. This product was like a last ditch effort before getting on our hands and knees and morphing into plumber mode. Luckily, we didn't have to go that far, as Buster came in guns blazing and cleared the blockage.
I'm not sure what Buster had that other such products didn't, or whether it was just persistence that did it, and this Buster was the straw that broke the blockage's back, so to speak. Buster Bathroom Drain Clear costs around the £3 mark, and you're supposed to use the whole thing in one go if you're using it for a one-off drain clear. Naturally, 'experts' recommend that you use a product such as this on a regular basis, and if you do so, Buster suggests half a bottle at a time. We have a drainage system that regularly blocks because our plumbing is virtually horizontal at points and thus we don't have gravity on our side so much, but Buster seems to be a good one to go for in terms of lengthy usage.
The smell isn't too acrid, although you do get a whiff of the chlorination happening as the gunky liquid reacts in the pipes to get rid of any blockage. It's important to try and have no contact with the solution inside the bottle itself, as I found out through doing so(!), although it does have warnings on the bottle itself as to the chemical nature and possible damage it could cause. Let's face it: if it dissolves hair blocking your drain, it's going to irritate your skin at least!
I recommend this product. It takes anywhere between 15 minutes or overnight depending on how blocked your drain is. We use it once every two weeks in the shower just to make sure, and this seems to be doing the trick just fine, and (touch wood!) we haven't had any major blockages recently.
For most of my life I have had long-ish hair.....that means, that for most of my life, my bath and shower plugholes have been treated to a regular visit by loose hair, which builds up in the pipes below and causes slow running drainage, or at worst, a full on blockage.
When I lived at home with my parents, I never really gave this any thought (like most teenagers, leaving everything yukky like that to mum to deal with), but when I left home to move into my own house, my mother actually gave me a bottle of super powered drain cleaner, with the message "you'll need this"! Thanks mum, nice housewarming present!
The years have gone by and now we have three of us in the house with long hair, so the problem never goes away. Finding something that does the trick of keeping the pipes clear, has not been so easy though, with some of the products on the market claiming to dissolve all hair etc but not actually doing so.
This week, however, we tried "Buster Bathroom Drain Cleaner" - claiming to dissolve hair and soap blockages. I bought it from Tesco for £3, and it only does one treatment, so it is expensive if it doesn't work.........thank goodness it did, then!
This product is simple to use - you simply empty the entire contents of the bottle down the plughole. The bottle has a spout on, so you can direct the drain cleaner exactly where you want it. Other products I have tried have had no such "directional help" and the product has gone all over the place.
You then need to wait at least 15 mins. If you have a more major blockage, you can leave it for several hours, or overnight. Then flush through with plenty of hot water - job done!
We left this one to work overnight - just because I forgot that the job had been started, and I got sidetracked.......but I am pleased to say that this product did not give off any sort of strong smell. Again, others I have used in the past have sent strong scents of ammonia through the upstairs of the house. Buster does contain chlorine based ingredients, but does not reek of them.
After flushing the hot water through, we could tell that the drain was clear, water was running down the plughole easily.
Although it is a "one treatment bottle", it does say that if you are using Buster regularly to keep your drains clear, rather than using it to clear an actual blockage, then you can use half a bottle - making it £1.50 a treatment. Still fairly pricey, but it does the job it needs to do.
I have to say that I was very impressed with Buster, and I will certainly be buying it again. It did the job easily, and without mess or smell, and although it is quite expensive at £3 per "treatment" it is a whole lot cheaper than having to call a plumber out, and cheaper than having my hair cut off.....
My shower has been slow to drain since we moved in to our house 18 months ago. Every so often I would take the plug off and manually remove whatever hair and debris was down there. Recently it had been draining slower than ever and there was nothing to be pulled from the part of the drain that is accessible to me and after having a friend recommend Mr Muscle sink unblocker I decided to try it.
When I got to Tesco I started reading the back of the bottles of sink unblockers and instead of Mr Muscle decided to pick up Buster bathroom drain clear as it was specially formulated for bathrooms and had more active ingredients than Mr Muscle.
The 300ml bottle cost me around £3 and it claims to unblock bathroom drains by dissolving hair and soap blockages. It contains the active ingredients sodium hypochlorite and sodium hydroxide. It has a warning that it is corrosive and since it claimed to dissolve hair I was extremely careful not to splash any of it anywhere but the drain.
It is easy to use, you just pour it down the blocked drain, wait for it to work its magic (between 15 minutes and overnight) and then flush well with hot water. The Buster website has a pretty nifty video showing how it works.
It looks and smells pretty much like any bleach, I was surprised at how mild the smell was, I expected it to be much stronger. I put it down my shower drain in the evening and shut the shower door to keep the cat out and left it overnight. I'm sure the rest of you wont have this problem but this drove the cat nuts, the shower slide door is always open as this is one of his favourite places and he spent hours meowing and pawing at the door trying to open it!
It was about 12 hours later that I made my way back to the bathroom to flush the chemicals away. I got a kettle of boiling water and poured it down the plughole and it overflowed pretty much immediately again, it was obvious it had not worked. I turned the shower on just too check and the water was draining away just as slowly as it was before.
It was then I took some advice from a different friend who advised the good old fashined plunger and caustic soda route. One trip to the DIY shop later and £6 spent on soda crystals and a plunger and I was all set to go.
I poured the crystals and some boiling water down my drain and set to work with the plunger. Pretty quickly something disgusting came flying out onto the floor of the shower, a massive lump of hair. Now this was not any old hair but GREY hair, pretty alarming as no-one in this house has grey hair but I'm pretty sure the old woman who lived here before us did! No wonder the shower wasn't draining properly and I'm sure our hairs and bits of face pack were simply congealing round this old woman hair and making the blockage increasingly worse. Even typing that paragraph made me want to throw up a little bit.
Now my shower is running freely again but no thanks to the Buster bathroom drain clear.
I've no idea if this had any effect at all, perhaps it had dissolved and loosened some hair and this was too tough a job for it. It gets a low rating from me because I could not see any visible effects at all after leaving this overnight. Do yourself a favour if you have a similar problem, try a plunger and soda crystals first before you turn to the nasty and expensive chemicals.
More info on the Buster range from www.plugholesneedlovetoo.com
I think sweetdaisy gets her buster products free!!!!!!
No don't buy this drain unblocker! Use one of them plughole strainer thingies instead
The only disadvantage about having long hair, coming from a person who for most of my life has kept my hair short, is that the hair gets everywhere and as a result of this my bathroom plugs and pipes have suffered.
I came across Buster Bathroom Drain Clear in the laundry/detergent aisle in Tesco and had not heard of this company before. What caught my attention was the fact that Buster Bathroom Drain Clear costs £2.99 for 300ml which is £1.00 cheaper than all the other sink and drain unblockers such as Mr Muscle, Domestos etc.
Bathroom Crain Clear is a plughole treatment which blasts the blockages, smells and germs caused by hair and soap-sludge build-up down your plugholes and used regularly prevents slow running pipes and keeps everything fresh and free-flowing. I have to agree that the claims are true. This is a great product that actually works and I only needed to use the one bottle.
The packaging is very distinctive. Then bottle is made from plastic and is 18cm in length, width of 7cm and a depth of 4 cm. This product will stand out on the shelves as the bottle is Black and has a Blue plastic top. On the front of the bottle is a picture of a plug hole and above the words 'Buster Bathroom Drain Clear' in White and Blue.
The bottle has a child safety cap, so to open the bottle you need to squeeze the sides of the top together and twist anti-clockwise. You will then find a white nozzle for accurate pouring down the sink. The product is suitable for use on all pipes and septic systems and there is no need to worry about getting the treatment on your baths and sinks as this product does not stain, however you do need to take care on gold plated fittings (not that I have Gold taps - I am not that posh!!).
This is a liquid, and not a foam, which is clear and quite runny and has around the same consistency of fruit juice. The Bathroom Drain and Clear contains sodium hypochlorite and sodium hydroxide and surprisingly it doesn't have a harsh smell, as there is nothing worse than using solutions which stink the house out and makes you feel that you are going to stop breathing!
How to use:
For blockages and slow running pipes
1. Pour the entire contents of the bottle (300ml) slowly down the plughole.
2. Wait to clear (this could be anything between 15 minutes and overnight).
3. Flush through with lots of hot water.
For regular use and to prevent slow running pipes, all you need to do is pour at least half the contents of the bottle (150ml) slowly down the plughole and leave to work overnight before flushing it through with hot water.
When I used this I poured the treatment down the bath plughole and put the plug in and left the solution for over 5 hours. I then filled the bath a quarter full with hot water, pulled the plug and was very surprised at how quickly the water emptied and the water was even swirling, something that hasn't happened for a long time!! I suppose I had got used to having to wait ages for the bath to empty because of the build up of hair and soap sludge.
The only disadvantage that I can think of, is that it would be better if this product was sold in a 400ml bottle, as an extra 100ml will allow you to use a little in the basin sink as well, so unblocking two sinks with one bottle.
Overall, I think that Buster Bathroom Drain Clear is great value for money as £2.99 is a very inexpensive compared to other products on the market. This successfully unblocked my bathroom plugholes and pipes and doesn't have a powerful smell.
Some cautions to be aware of:
Do not mix with any other chemicals, particularly acids as toxic gas (chlorine) may be released. Causes burns. Keep locked up and out of reach of children. Wear suitable gloves and eye/face protection. Avoid contact with skin and eyes. As per usual, in case of contact with skin or eyes, rinse immediately with plenty of water for at least 20 minutes, or if you are feeling unwell whilst using it seek medical advice.
Other products in the Buster range include:
Kitchen Drain Clear (300ml)
Kitchen Sink Fresh (300ml)
Bathroom Sink Fresh (300ml)
More information can be found at their website: www.plugholesneedlovetoo.com
Buster products are made by Challs International Ltd. PO Box 7, Ipswich, IP7 6DH. Tel: 0870 6030420. www.challs.com
Thanks for reading xx
Bathroom Drain Clear beats bathroom blockages / Its special formulation dissolves hair and soap, leaving your pipes free flowing and fresh / Great on blockages and used regularly it stops the build up before it starts / / Bathroom Drain Clear is a thick gel which sinks through standing water, but if possible scoop out excess water / Then squirt the bottle slowly down the plughole / Then wait for blockage to clear (this could be anything between 15 minutes and overnight) then flush with hot water.