Well, never one to miss out on a bargain, I am one of those people who, if an item is reduced, or on special offer, buy one get one free, or introductory offer just cannot resist giving it a go. Maybe its because I remember the times when there wasnt that much choice, 10 years ago in Spain, there was a choice of 2 flavours of crisps in most shops, my friends were always bowled over when they came here to visit thereafter Anyway I digress, back to the point. So when I saw a new item and special introductory price I thought yes that will do me :-) Even better it cleans the toilet, a job that is truly hated by apparantly everyone in my household. And so I picked up a couple of cans of the stuff, you gotta buy 2 just incase it does work well, then you have definately got a bargain. I waddled off home with it and gave it to the one person responsible for most of the bowl staining shall we say. He looked at it and asked, why if it was so good, would he need to use a toilet brush? Fair comment I thought, but hey I had bought it now, so why not try it out, and off he toddled. 1 can later, and he still hadnt shifted anything substantial, so I guess this goes to prove that sometimes things are brought out on the market, like this obviously was, just to make us feel good about ourselves, and to feel like we are performing our household cleansing tasks to the best of our ability. It didnt work, in fact as my partner chose to prove for the next 3 weeks, it was less effective than a 50p bottle of thick bleach, which required no scrubbing. So the morale of the story is, whenever you see these so called Powerfoaming cleaning products, read the directions before you buy. If it says you need to use the same tools as before then ask yourself why this should be if it is truly all singing and all dancing as it claims. And then write a letter to the manufacturer advising them of your displeasure.
Advertising on television does pay off. For weeks now I have seen that advertisement for Harpic Powerfoam. Usually when I am just about to eat. I didnt realise just how much attention I had paid to it until I went shopping. So when I was in doing the weekly shop and decided I must buy something for the toilet and saw Harpic Powerfoam offered at 50p less than normal (£1.99) I remembered the advertisement and thought I might as well give it a go. Yes this from someone who usually thinks that when things are advertised on the television it is because its either not very good, the sales are going down or both. So I bought it. Armed with Harpic and a little bit worried as we dont have a window in our bathroom to open but an air venti thing I got ready to use it. After reading the instructions about not pointing it upright but using it pointing down and near the bowl and about how highly flamible it is - remembered to tell the family no smoking up there mind - I gave it a full blast. It smells quite pleasant. Straightaway it foamed up. Now I am not saying anything about my toilet but I could see that it worked and worked very well. It is much easier to use than the old brush nonsense isnt it and comes up better. I shall definately be keeping to this one.
'Harpic' PowerFoam is one of the newest things on the market. As if life couldn't get anymore easier than what it already is, Harpic have brought out a new cleaning product for the toilet. Basically, it's in the form of a foam which you squirt round the rim of the toilet. (Or, all over if you wish), and it is active on cleaning, and helps prevents limescale. The foam expands up and under the rim of the toilet. It's really simple to use. Simply spray the foam in the toilet, leave it to work for a few minutes, then brush it away, flushing the toilet afterwards. I bought the 'Atlantic Fresh' one, costing me £1.95 for a 400ml can. It does state on the front of the blue can that it is extremely flammable, so be careful where you store those of you with children and smokers around. TELEPHONE NUMBER ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 0845 769 7079 (England) 01661 7318 (Republic of Ireland) ADDRESS ~~~~~~ Harpic Consumer Services PO Box 118 Clevedon BS21 7ZH ENGLAND * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * Well, I can honestly say that I'm really happy with this. Okay, so it's a little more expensive than what some cleaners are, but you do pay for what you get, and Harpic are a name to be trusted and relied upon. It does the job well, smells nice, and easy to use.
Now what is everyone’s favourite cleaning job, you’ve guessed it the loo NOT! Being your average anything that makes it easier kinda lass & being a gullible easily influenced by the telly kinda lass, watched the adverts for this revolutionary product & rushed out to buy some, well on the next shop really. There on the shelves proudly displayed was the object of my dreams, a no work loo cleaner. No more scrubbing for me, or so I thought! Now I was faced with a choice 2 new loo cleaners! Harpic powerfoam & Domestos W C active mousse, armed with a can in each hand I had a problem, which to choose? I took the easy way out & put both in the basket, well I do have two loos & it saves running up & down stairs with the can. Smug me went home to try this new wonder product. Claim 1: The foam expands up under the rim, sounds great, well they both do that but the Harpic one involves two or three continuous rounds around the rim, whereon the foam does expand, slightly. The Domestos variety does expand generously with just one round. Claim 2: The concentrated foam clings to the bowl, very interesting! Oh no it does not, either of them, they both fall down the sides within seconds! Claim 3: Helps prevent lime scale build up. Both fail, that’s why I am still using descalent. Claim 4: Freshens, here the difference between the two really shows! Harpic Atlantic fresh smells like, wait for it, toilet cleaner, use too much & the fumes will kill you, really nasty niff! Domestos Mountain fresh has a nice clean fresh bathroom smell & comes out top in the niffs test. Claim 4: Kills bacteria, well how do you test that one? Well I place my trust in Domestos bleach & a brush. Ease of use, a big difference between the two comes into play here, Harpic has an upward pointing spout that you depress to use, so you have to hold it at 45 degrees & as much foam ends up all over the place as in the loo.
The Domestos foam has a extension on the nozzle that points out at 45 degrees, which means you hold the can upside down & the foam goes exactly where you want it to. Other differences include size the harpic version looks bigger but only contains 400 mls whereas the Domestos ones contains 500 mls. The price difference was a matter of pence with both being on offer & I paid around the £1.30 mark. Both versions have a hazchem label on the back warning of flammability Also warning not to put ciggies , matches or candles? Down the loo even after flushing! And the moral: The magical no work toilet cleaner has yet to be invented. But if a freshner to impress the Mother in Law is required the Domestos cleaner is your best bet.
Our outside toilet, affectionately called ‘The Privvy’ is a sad old looking thing. It hasn’t been used for years, well you couldn’t get at it if you wanted to for all the junk that has been stored in there over the last decade. It is an antique I think, but it does work. We are selling our house soon so I thought I had better clear all the junk out and give it a good clean, well it is useful having an extra loo and it would come up lovely. I filled the bin up with all the old tins of paint and spare bits of drainpipe etc that had been stored in there, then got down to the nitty gritty of cleaning the actual loo. I would need something really strong and powerful to get it up to a gleaming condition, Oh how I hate cleaning a loo. It must be one of the worst jobs in the world. Harpic Power Foam was my choice; Harpic has a good name after all. I read the instructions and sprayed the stuff under the brim and gave it a really good squirt all over, after an hour I went back to it flushed and then repeated the process. Now I admit this loo was dusty and hadn’t been used for a while, but this super power foam didn’t even touch it, It made it smell nice but it still looked grubby. I scrubbed around the U bend and up under the bowl but to be quite honest it was rubbish. I decided to try some cheap loo cleaner that I normally use in the house and it did the trick within minutes. Harpic power foam cost me £1.79 but my cheap stuff from a market stall only cost 89p. That old saying, ‘You get what you pay for’ doesn’t apply in this case.
You would have to be clean round the bend to buy this product. Harpic is well known as toilet cleaner. Infact we all know that the old fahioned kind of harpic powder could 'clean round the bend.' For years if you said 'toilet cleaner' you thought 'Harpic'. However, as with all good, tried and tested products, someone decided that it needed tinkering with. So, Reckit Benckiser developed a new kind foaming Harpic that would use its 'Powerfoam' to clean under the rim and get at all those nasties that 'other cleaner can't reach'. The pretty blue bottle comes complete with directions which, by the way, were quite small and hard to read. It looked so easy but it wasn't. You have to hold the bottle upright insiode the toilet bowl and spray under the rim. It won't fit if you hold it straight up so you have to angle it but when you angle it you get foam from the opposite side on the bottle and on your hands. It burns if you don't wash it off quickly and the toilet cleaner smell stays on your skin for hours. If there is water under thr rim, i.e. it has recently been flushed the foam just slides straight off after a couple of minutes. You have to get to work with a brush to clean things properly. This Powerfoam cost £1.75 and I really think it is a waste of money. You can buy liquid cleaners that you can spray under the rim and then use a brush to complete the job for around 69p. I would recommend 'Toilet Duck' which always works, smells fresh and clean and lasts a lot longer than this stuff.
For decades Harpic has been synonymous with toilets and the keeping clean thereof so it came as no surprise to discover their latest toilet cleaning agent - Harpic Powerfoam. Made by Rekitt Benckiser this new foam is supposed to clean the toilet under the rim where humans cannot reach, even if they wanted to. As bending down and kneeling is for me no longer an activity that I can do with ease or painlessly, I thought that this product would be ideal so I paid the £1.68 at Asda and looked forward to a slightly easier life. The 400 ml Atlantic blue coloured can some 6cms in diameter fits comfortably into an adult hand but at 24cms tall from tip of nozzle to base is too tall to fit inside the toilet bowl without the base touching the foam bulging from the opposite side. This product is supposed to make cleaning the toilet easier but it doesn’t work half as well as it is claimed. The instructions tell the user to spray the foam (they call it thick foam but I will argue with that) under the rim and after a few minutes, brush and flush away. The advert on telly ignores the brushing bit so it gives the impression that a flush is all that is needed. Now I know that all adverts on telly, especially those to do with detergents and cleaning products and the like are to be taken with a large pinch of salt but this is a blatant omission. What the instructions don’t tell the user is that the inside rim has to be dry before applying the foam otherwise it is diluted by the moisture and becomes even less effective and doesn’t cling to the surface as well. The instructions also claim that the concentrated (their word not mine) foam clings to the bowl and expands under the rim. It does that all right but after about five minutes it all slides down into the water and most of the stains are still in place. The makers also recommend that it is used on a daily basis to keep the toilet looking clean and smelling fresh. Well they would recommend
that because it would keep sales up. However at £1.68 a 400 ml can would last a week, if used daily and sparingly, and it is an expensive way of keeping a toilet clean. Far better to get hold of a small squeezy bottle and fill it up with thick bleach and squirt that under the rim. The can also states all the usual warnings about aerosol sprays, naked flames and puncturing and has an additional important notice for all users. I quote. “Do not use the product while holding the can in an upright position, so as to achieve the maximum usage of the product.” Unquote. So the makers KNOW that they are selling a product that the customer cannot use in its entirety. Talk about cake and halfpenny! I haven’t used all that I can yet but knowing a little about aerosol sprays I would guess that at least 25 ml will be left in the can and that represents around 10p. Not a fortune I know but why should the hard pressed, ripped off British public have to pay for something that they cannot use??? Imagine getting on a bus and being told to get off one stop before your destination. I still have to get down to the rim level to apply the foam, so I’ve gained nothing there nor has there been any gain with the foam as a squirt of bleach does the job better and a lot cheaper and as the bleach trickles down in the bowl it continues to work all the way down and in the water if left until the next natural usage of the toilet.
The queen has given her warrant to this company, so she uses their toilet products does she?. This is a NEW product from those nice people at Reckitt Benckiser who manufacture our Harpic products. The product is called New Harpic Powerfoam and comes in a 400ml silver/blue metallic spray can. It costs £1.99 and in tesco at present there is a 50p voucher available off (in store) the price so go there and try it. It is a new concept in toilet cleaning in that it sprays a thick (thicker than Cif bathroom cleaner) foam under the rim of the toilet bowl. You have to spray quite a lot and the demonstration picture on the front of the can shows it foaming a lot more than it really does. It then expands under the rim cleaning the bowl when left for a few minutes. They say 'Just spray the thick foam into the toilet, leave it to soak for a few minutes and then brush and flush away. (It takes at least 5-8 minutes in reality to do any good) The concentration foam clings to the bowl and expands up under the rim to give you powerful cleaning. Regular use of Harpic POWERFOAM will also help prevent limescale build-up (Please note it does not get rid of limescale, just helps prevent it.) Use daily to keep your toilet looking clean and smelling fresh too (It does smell very fresh, they say Atlantic Fresh, Does that mean you feel seasick as if you're in the middle of the Atlantic?). SAFE in your septic tank. Suitable for all toilet bowls.' Not washing-up bowls or salad bowl! It is very flammable and gives several warnings on the can, l quote. 'Do not breathe vapour (so hold your breath when you spray). Avoid contact with skin and eyes (so all in one body suit and goggles at the ready). If swallowed seek medical advice and show this container (so when your doctor has finished laughing she will rush you off somewhere to get you pumped out). One is forced to wonder why the manufacturers make products that appear to be
so dangerous. The bit that makes me laugh the most is 'NEVER DISPOSE OF MATCHES, CIGARETTES, (l understand these)CANDLES (?) OR ANY OTHER SOURCES OF IGNITION DOWN THE TOILET EVEN AFTER FLUSHING. Now the first two are reasonable l suppose but who disposes of CANDLES DOWN THE TOILET??????? That really made us laugh!! Another giggle was always ensure you Flush after use. Flush after using product (no it can't be that as they said brush and flush after a few minutes) so it must be a toiletry tip (l think we know we have to flush after use, don't we?) You have to spray at quite a awkward angle (not upright) and with the can being quite large it tends to hit the other side of the toilet bowl when you spray. I think the manufacturers would be well advised to shorten the length of the can and make it bulkier in width. If you can manouvre past all this then it does get your bowl nice and clean and smelling fresh but will not get rid of any really stubborn stains caused by limescale. For that try Harpic 100% Limescale remover that really gets rid of any limescale you may have. There is a helpline number on the can call Harpic Consumer Services on 0845 769 7079 or write to Harpic Consumer Services PO Box 118 Clevedon BS21 7ZH To sum up it works, its a bit fiddly and l cannot imagine HM (or Phillip) using any of these products, especially not in the protective gear necessary. (I wonder if they have limescale problems?)
Powerful toilet cleaning agent.