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A week and a half ago now my washing machine started playing up. At first I noticed loads of gurgling and noises whilst it was on in the sink. I then started to get an error message on the machine. Looking in my washing machine user manual the error message I had related to the water draining away. Initially I was looking at the washing machine filter, but nothing was clogged in this and my washing machine is only 7 months old. Then, I figured my sink and pipes shouldn't be gurgling so maybe the pipes.
In my local Tesco store there were only 2 drain aids for sale. There was nothing in the price between the 2 on the shelves. This Mr Muscle drain aid was the only one that had 'kitchen' in the title and this is the reason for picking this one.
Looking online Mr Muscle Kitchen & Bathroom Drain Gel is currently (13.07.2015) on sale at:
To me, paying nearly £4 to unblock pipes seems a bit much, but, I didn't see any alternative.
Mr Muscle claims that this kitchen and bathroom drain gel is fast acting, only requires a single dose, it is safe for all pipes, and can work in 5 minutes. It says that it goes straight to blockages to clear blocked sinks fast.
In the fast I have had many blocked bathroom plugs as a result of my hair constantly moulting and much to the annoyance of Rick filling up the plug holes. I understand that bathroom sink unblockers work by dissolving the hair and hence clearing the pipe. However, in have no idea how it would work clearing a kitchen sink plug and pipes and there is no information explaining exactly how it works on the bottle.
Mr Muscle Kitchen & Bathroom Drain Gel details that you should slowly pour the entire contents of the 500ml bottle slowly down the sink. The instructions say to leave it to settle for 5 minutes and then to flush it through with hot water. The instructions then say that for tougher clogs to leave to work for longer. For me this is very confusing, how would I know how tough my sink blockage is?! Also, there is no maximum on how long to leave this gel in before flushing it through.
I poured my Mr Muscle Drain Gel in, made a cup of tea and watched a film so I guess I left it in the pipes for 2 hours. When my film was finished I ran some warm water down the sink and then gave my washing machine a go. Ta-da it worked!
For me £4 is quite a lot to spend just for clean pipes, but with no other alternatives it is a easy solution. I found the instructions a little confusing but it was a simple process of pouring the gel down the sink and then following it with hot water 5+ minutes later.
I'm sure you will agree that having a blocked drain is really annoying.
It's inconvenient and not welcomed.You tend not to enjoy spending money on such a product to fix it, nor having to spend time trying to unblock it!
Although spending money on such a problem may not be able to be avoided, this Mr Muscle kitchen and bathroom drain gel does not seem to cost too much. It is priced at around the £3-£4 range and can be found in most supermarkets.
My reasoning behind buying this particular product (aside from the obvious blocked drain) was that Mr Muscle is a well-known cleaning brand, it seems easy to use and did not seem like it would take much 'faffing around' with it.
My bathroom sink seemed to have been clogged, water was not draining properly and it was taking a while for the sink to be cleared. Aside from it being unsightly, it was also rather annoying and caused more cleaning to be done around the sink after each use. I was unable to clear it myself and was not sure of what caused the problem to start. I decided to keep an eye out for something that would hopefully clear the drains on my next supermarket shop.
I'd chose this product to buy after the packaging said how quick and easy it was to use and it was one that made me feel the most confident that it wouldn't cause any damage to the pipes once poured, as it was advertised as being safe to use for all types of pipes and especially for kitchen and bathroom sinks.
The instructions for using the gel were easy, slowly pour the entire bottle down the sink and leave it to settle. I left it for 15minutes though you could leave it for longer depending on the blockage. I felt this amount of time was enough and ended up doing other tasks until I came back to the sink. Initially I was hesitant on pouring the entire bottle as I did not realise it was a one-time use kind of product and as there is quite a lot of gel in the bottle, I didn't think it needed so much. I followed the instructions anyway and flushed hot water from the tap to clear it afterwards.
I could see the product worked straight away and it had unblocked the drain. Water started flowing down the sink much more easily and was back to how it should be. I was glad the product worked as advertised and so would purchase it again if needed (hopefully no time soon!).
The gel is a rather thick brown substance as you pour it down the plughole. It starts getting to work straight away and you need to leave it to set in order for it to tackle the root of the blocked drain. It will work on cleaning the drain, clearing slow running water and unblocking hair or any other household waste which is clogging it up.
The bottle is 500ml and has quite a lot of gel inside it, although it is only used once before disposal - I think the price range of £3-£4 is reasonable to tackle the blockage as it would not be a daily buy. The bottle says to repeat use weekly on the drains, though I think this is more of a marketing gimmick as the only time I would use the product is when there is a clear blockage and it is needed. I cannot imagine many people to be using an entire bottle to pour down the sink on a weekly basis, and would recommend purchasing it when required.
I give the product 5 stars for managing to unblock the drain quickly and easily.
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I had noticed that my bathroom sink was draining increasingly slowly. I would fill it with water and it would trickle away; if I ran the tap at the same time then the basin would fill and overflow. I had tried using the plunger with no success so thought I would have to either try to take the pipes apart or call a plumber. When I saw the Mr Muscle kitchen and bathroom drain gel on special offer I thought it was worth a try, it cost £3 for a 1000ml bottle, when normally it is this price for 500ml. I had previously used Buster bathroom sink unblocker in my shower which is useless but had read positive reviews of Mr Muscle so was hoping it would work better.
I have no idea what was down my sink but I expect that it was mainly hair. My cats like to drink from the running tap and I am forever finding cat hair in the basin and washing it down the drain. Add to that my daughter's waist length hair which seem to get everywhere and the remains of Lush face masks and general build up of soapy products.
Mr Muscle sink unblocker contains sodium hydroxide, a strong alkali which can be corrosive to skin so care needs to be taken when using the product, in particular not to mix it with any other cleaning agents which can cause the release of poisonous gas. You need to read the label for all safety instructions.
The product is easy to use, simply pour 500ml down the plug-hole and leave for at least 5 minutes before flushing away with warm water. The bottle says that the gel will sink through standing water and this is accurate as you could see water by looking down my plug hole and the gel went straight down, not lying on top of the water. There was very little smell from the gel, a very faint smell like bleach if I put my nose to the sink but nothing overpowering. I decided to leave the gel for a lot longer than the minimum 5 minutes to give it time to work on whatever was causing the obstruction.
After a couple of hours I came back and ran the hot tap and was delighted when the water was running away freely. The Mr Muscle had worked and the blockage had been fully cleared.
The Mr Muscle kitchen and bathroom drain gel was a good buy, it might seem expensive at £3 for a single use product but it is a lot less expensive than having a plumber come and un-block your sink for you!
Well with two 4 year olds who like to dump their dinner dishes etc in their sink with scraps off food on them it was no surprise that my kitchen sink had developed a bit of a stench. On my last shopping trip I picked up Mr Muscle's Kitchen and Bathroom Drain Gel. I hadn't used this particular product before but when I purchased it was it was reduced to £3 instead of the usual £3.99.
The drain gel comes in a bright orange 500ml plastic bottle with a built in handle. It clearly states on the front of the bottole it is a Mr Muscle product and it is Kitchen and Bathroom gel which 'unblocks your drain quickly, starts working instantly, eliminates bad odours and is safe for all pipes'. Just what I needed as this was a real pong.
Instructions are provided on the back of the bottle, to pour the entire bottle down the plughole and allow to work for 5 minutes. For tough clogs though allow it to work a bit longer. Once you've let the gel do it's work rinse it out with hot water from the tap.
I followed the instructions and I left mine for about 15 minutes. Pouring the clear gel down the plughole I noticed instantly the clean smell coming from it. A definitely chemically clean smell but nothing too overpowering, but certainly 'clean'. Anything was better than this pong though. I waited patiently hoping it was going to remove this stinky pong from my kitchen sink and when I went to rinse it out I noticed instantly that the pong didn't hit my nose. Rinsing the gel down the plughole, again I soon noticed there was STILL no stinky pong coming from the pipe. It's now a week later and guess what? There is still no stench coming from my plughole, which is exactly what I wanted. Therefore I can safely say that this gel definitely works, I don't know what was actually clogging up my pipe and letting off this stink but whatever it was appears to have gone since using this gel so I am very impressed and would definitely recommend this gel to anybody looking to clear their plughole or get rid of nasty odours.
I'd heard told that when you are pregnant your hair grows extra luscious and thick. I was somewhat peeved when this did not happen to me. I had also heard told that after you have your baby you lose this extra hair, and I was really, really peeved when this did happen despite it not having got noticeably thicker during pregnancy. Anyway, it was the copious quantities of my hair coming out when I washed it that led to me being stood in the shower one morning, slowly realising that the water was not draining away as usual but was instead sloshing about my ankles in an unpleasant, tepid, lathery mess.
I scooched about in the plug hole, removed a big clump of hair, slapped it on the side of the bath for binning on exit, and returned to my showerly activities, slowly grasping the fact that the water was Still There. YUCK!
Once I would have grabbed a plunger for this sort of job, but we haven't got one. Also I was keen to try out Mr Muscle due to the power of advertising. I am sure they had an ad which showed all the gungy, grimy, gubbins being blasted away by their product. I didn't really believe it would work. But it did!
A key ingredient is sodium hydroxide, but no other ingredients are named on the bottle. It is highly corrosive and can cause burns, so should be used very carefully and kept well out of the reach of children. Wear gloves and pour steadily: the gel is quite thick but can still splash. Generally the whole bottle is poured down the blocked drain so storage ceases to be an issue, but my bottle had 100% free so I only had to use half. It did such a good job that I still have the other half.
Once poured down the drain a powerful foam was created. I left the product to work for the specified 15 minutes and after that rinsed water down the plug hole. The water ran through freely, and there was a nice fresh smell. You would think it would be a strong or unpleasant smell, but I did not find it so, and in fact one suggested use is to use a small amount of the product just to keep your drains smelling fresh. I have not done this though, finding that boiling water and soda crystals usually do this job adequately.
However, for big, hairy blockages, Mr Muscle is your man. There was no messing about this just went straight to work and did what it said it would.
We get continual problems with slow draining water in our bathroom sink and shower mainly due to
my long hair finding it's way down the plughole and slowly building up in the pipe. After finding the
water was once again starting to drain slowly in our shower I bought the Mr Muscle Drain Gel in the
hope of clearing the blockage before the drain ended up blocked completely.
The Mr Muscle comes in a bright orange plastic container which contains 500ml of the product
according to the instructions for blockages or slow draining water you should use the entire bottle
and leave for 15 minutes or for severe blockages you can leave it in the drain overnight and then
pour hot water from the tap to rinse it away. Mr Muscle claims to sink through any standing water
in the drain to get to the source of the blockage so it should work on drains that are completely
blocked as well as slow draining water. The gel is also suitable for regularly treating drains to
prevent blockages occurring in the first place for this you are advised to use 250ml instead of the
As always the usual safety instructions of do not drink, keep out of reach of children, and rinse with
water immediately if any of the product comes into contact with your skin or eyes. We're also told to
be careful not to let the product splash or squeeze the bottle while pouring it and not to use on gold plated fittings or to use a plunger on the drain. The bottle comes with a child safety cap which is handy
as the brightly coloured bottle might prove attractive to kids.
My big mistake was only leaving this for half an hour thinking that would be long enough to clear the
drain as it usually does with my usual brand of drain cleaner. After half an hour I poured hot water
down the drain but despite a slight improvement the drain was still draining slowly so I ended up
back at the shop to buy another bottle. This time I left the gel to work in the drain overnight and
rinsed the drain in the morning after which the drain was flowing normally again.
Overall although this does work I don't feel it works as fast as the Buster Bathroom Plughole
Unblocker that I've used frequently in the past. The Mr Muscle drain gel is available from most
supermarkets and currently costs around £3 from for a 500ml bottle,
Last month, I was stuck with a blocked drain pipe leading from the kitchen sink to the outside drain. I didn't know what to do about it. I tried to unblock it myself but it seems to be blocked with grime and grease!
I had a look around for some cleaner to get rid of it and I saw the Mr Muscle Kitchen & Bathroom Drain Gel.
I tried it in the drain and down the pipe to see if it would clear the blockage and about 20 Minutes later, I run the tap and it was smoothly running down the pipe and into the drain!
I was amazed at what it did and how good it was.
All this in one bottle:
Leaves your waste pipes clean and fresh
Effective formula constructed to power through clogs and tough blockages
Doesn't disperse until it meets the blockage!
How To Use:
1. Pour the gel in the bottle down the plughole.
The Mr Muscle Gel will quickly power through into the pipes
and break the blockage up!
2. Allow to work for 15 minutes. For tough clogs, leave to work
3. Flush with hot water from the tap.
To keep sinks and plugholes clear, use 250ml of Mr Muscle Kitchen & Bathroom Drain Gel weekly. Or to clear slow running pipes and keep them odour free, use Mr Muscle Kitchen & Bathroom
Obviously, the Mr Muscle Kitchen & Bathroom Drain Gel is great for unblocking drains and making then clean and fresh at the same time!
My family seem to think we live in America and have one of those whirring waste disposal units in our sink and I've become thoroughly fed up with fishing floating food and random junk out of a backed up sink. However once the gunk has been fished out our sink usually empties fast. There are some occasions though when the sink starts to run slow and finally gives up the ghost, this Christmas was one of those times.
We tried our trusty basic plunger, and one of those snakey things that burrow down through your pipes, then the big guns of a fancy pants plunger that you fill with water before using, half a bottle of fairy liquid and boiling water, soda crystals all got thrown at the blockage. No movement was achieved; the water was draining but was taking 10 minutes for half a sink full. We decided that before resorting to a plumber we would try a chemical unblocker, we have used them in the past and had limited success but thought it was worth another shot.
We chose Mr Muscle as it claims to Clear " tough clogs and fully blocked sinks fast and effectively" and is specifically targeted at kitchen and bathroom blockages, it also claims to kill odours, though there was no noticeable smell caused by our blockage so I can't comment on this aspect of the product. The instructions are fairly simple you just pour the entire contents down the plughole and leave, for 15 minutes or overnight for stubborn blockages, and then flush through by running the hot water into the sink. The gel is heavier than water so will find the lowest point even if poured through standing water, getting to the crux of the matter quickly.
There are dire warnings on the back of the bottle about how toxic this product is, and that you must not allow it to get onto your skin or in eyes etc as amongst other things there is a risk of burning. I interpreted this as wear gloves and don't get your face to close to the plughole while using... oh and don't go plunging away sploshing it about once deployed.
We followed the instructions to the T, deciding to use the overnight option as the blockage seemed quite a tough one. There was no standing water, so we just tipped the contents of the bottle down the plug hole before we went to bed, and covered the sink with a board as we have several mentally challenged cats who might well have taken it into their heads to lick the plughole, or try and stick their paws down there if they heard any glugging noises (one of them loves playing in the sink).
In the morning we decided to use boiled water from the kettle, as our tap takes a good few minutes to start to run hot. So in it went a full 1.7 litres of steaming hot water, 10 minutes later the steaming hot water was very slowly just about finally draining out of the sink. In the meantime we'd boiled another one and poured that down too, no change the water stayed stubbornly but happily steaming in the sink. We considered that it might need the pressure of a filling sink to push the blockage through so we ran the hot tap too until the sink was nearly overflowing. So like the previous times we've tried the product it did nothing to help unblock the sink.
Luckily we didn't have to pay for a plumber as a friend rolled up his sleeves and got it sorted for us, there was a blockage, a delightful mixture of bits of pasta a couple of hairs and unrecognisable gunk, nothing that I thought should have been too much of a problem for Mr Muscle. I won't bother trying it again it has been unsuccessful for us on at least 2 previous occasions as well as this attempt something about our blockages must be truly exceptional.
At time of writing costs £3.70 from Tesco (500mls)
A few weeks back I discovered the water wasn't draining away as quickly from my bathroom sink. I couldn't see any hair clogging up around the plug area, but over the next couple of days it got worse with water taking longer and longer to drain away, so on my day off from work I bought a plunger and used it thinking that it would do the trick. However, this seemed to have little effect at all other than actually making it worse, as the water seemed to be barely draining away at all after this.
I had heard about products you can buy which you pour down the sink to clear a blockage, but had never actually used any before and so I was a little sceptical as to whether these products were any good or not. I decided to take a look at them when I went shopping and that is where I came across this Mr Muscle Kitchen & Bathroom Drain Gel at my local Morrisons supermarket, priced at just under £4 for a 500ml bottle.
I was impressed by the claims on the bottle which inform you that this product will unblock in just 15 minutes and also that the gel sinks through standing water. As I had standing water in my bathroom sink by this time I was pleased to read this.
The only thing putting me off buying the product was the price as I thought it was a lot to pay if the product didn't actually work and although I love a couple of Mr Muscle products such as their glass and window cleaner, I have also experienced some poor products by this brand too.
However, I needed to do something and decided I would just have to buy some and hope for the best.
Mr Muscle Kitchen & Bathroom Drain Gel claims to clear tough and fully blocked sinks fast and effectively. For use on both kitchen and bathroom blockages, it is safe for all pipes and septic tanks and will kill any odours.
The directions for use are simple as you are directed to simply pour the entire bottle of thick gel down the plughole.
Although I had baled out most of the standing water from the bathroom sink, there was still around an inch remaining which I could not remove and so I began pouring the contents of the bottle down the plughole and can confirm that although the water remained standing in the sink, the contents sunk through this standing water just as promised.
The directions for use also state that for tough clogs you should leave the product to work overnight and I decided to do this just to be on the safe side instead of trying the 15 minutes claim. My reasoning for this being that the water had not been draining at all and the plunger had no effect, so maybe this was a bad blockage and would benefit from an overnight soak.
The next morning, there still appeared to be the same amount of water in my sink although it was foamy and discoloured. I attempted to pour hot water down the plughole as directed to flush it and although there was some improvement, as the water was draining away again, it was still slow.
I decided to have a last attempt with the plunger, thinking that maybe if the gel had loosened the blockage somewhat then maybe the plunger would help clear it and it would seem that maybe I was right as a quick plunge with the plunger saw the my sink quickly draining away once more.
Although I seemed to need a helping hand from the plunger to unblock my sink, this product must have had some effect too, as the plunger had no effect prior to using this product, so I still believe it was money well spent as it was certainly cheaper than calling out a plumber!
Mr Muscle also state you should pour half a bottle of this product down your sinks weekly to keep them clear and prevent blockages occurring.
Overall I was pleased I bought this product as I believe it helped clear my sink, although I did need a helping hand from the plunger too. Maybe for blockages not as bad as mine, this product will do the trick on its own.
This product is suitable for all sinks except those with waste disposal units. It should not be used where there are gold plated fittings or on old worn enamel or chrome. it should also not be used in toilets.