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Blocked and slow-running drains are just one of those that you have to deal with. Fortunately, there are some products available now which make removing blockages nice and easy. The one which I use most often is the Mr Muscle Sink & Plughole Unblocker.
The Sink & Plughole Unblocker comes in a bright orange bottle, and isn't hard to miss on the supermarket shelves. It is usually priced around £3. Mr Muscle also do a foaming unblocker, which comes in a grey two-part bottle, but it is for blockages where you don't have standing water - whereas the Sink & Plughole Unblocker can deal with standing water. If in any doubt, I go for the orange bottle as it seems to cover most bases.
The instructions state that you should pour the whole bottle down the drain, and leave it for a minimum of 15 minutes or ideally overnight. I tend to bend these instructions to suit me - for example, if I have a slightly slow running drain, I don't really want to chuck a £3 bottle of unblocker down the drain if it isn't all necessary. So I'll use half the bottle, and save the rest for another time. I do always try to leave the drain overnight, which means scheduling the pouring around the schedule of whatever drain I'm pouring it down - showering, teeth brushing, dishwashing.
The liquid is clear, and although not a gel it is visibly thicker than most cleaning fluids. It has a fairly light smell to it, which reminds me of chlorine or bleach. It's not very strong, and not too unpleasant - it just smells like cleaning products.
Only on one occasion has the Sink & Plughole Unblocker failed to work for me, and I think that was due to me trying to use one bottle between two badly blocked drains. With both of us having long hair, plus two of our three cats liking to play in the sinks, we do tend to get slow running or blocked drains every few months (along with my very bad habit of rinsing not quite clean plates down the drain). I can rely on the Mr Muscle Sink & Plughole Unblocker to sort the drains out pretty sharpish. As I mentioned, I prefer to leave it overnight, but there have been times when it has only had 15-20 minutes if I have misjudged when the shower or sink is going to be used next. Even a bad blockage is cleared in this short time.
Every time I buy the Sink & Plughole Unblocker, I flinch at the £3 price tag, which is higher than most standard cleaning products, but as it is not a weekly or even monthly purchase, and given that it works so well, I think it is very good value for money.
This was my second choice in attempting to unblock my kitchen sink. This was a mistake. I should have made it my number one and only choice and accept no substitutes.
Due to Olympic related traffic problems I came home from Sainsbury with four bottles that promised to de-bung my sink. The first two bottles of the competition failed miserably. The first bottle of Mr Muscle did the job with very little trouble and I now have the spare bottle living under the sink in case it blocks again, which given the plumbing issues of this building is entirely likely.
Not only did this bottle get rid of the blockage it also got rid of the irritating gurgling noise I had put down to living in a 1930's building with plumbing problems which move around the block of flats like something out of Ghostbusters. My sink has not made a single random belch since this product worked its magic.
It did admittedly need help. The dissolved blockage concentrated in the centre of the solution coming out of the sink and left clear liquid not able to do its job. But I did a little stiring with a metal screwdriver and the combined liquid dissolved the rest of the blockage and the whole revolting mess drained down the sink.
The instructions are to leave it to work for five minutes, but it definitely works best left longer. It goes without saying that like any similar chemicals it should only be used while wearing rubber gloves and with the area well ventilated.
At £3.95 it is more expensive than the competition, but as it does actually work the extra cost is well worth it.
The product claims to be safe for all pipes and it certainly cleared the blockage - and probably an air-lock - from my pipes, which combine modern plastic and ancient lead.
Definitely the best choice for unblocking even tough blockages without having to call in an expensive Central London plumber.
In our kitchen, the dishwasher, washing machine and sink all drain through one pipe. That's a lot of strain on one pipe, and we often found that it was blocking. We bought a plumber's snake so we could unblock it ourselves, but sometimes that just forced the blockage further up. We tried soda crystals, thinking that an unbranded version which had been in use longer must be better. Then one plumber suggested Mr Muscle, and I remembered using it on a blocked shower many moons again. She shot herself in the foot a bit there, as we've never needed her services again.
The bright orange of the bottle is very distinctive, which is nice as it's a similar shape to laundry fluid bottles. I used one whole bottle on a blocked drain, waited 15 minutes, and flushed with hot water.... at which point, my sink drained and I was left with a clear drain and a dirty sink.
Since then, I use half a bottle once a fortnight, and it keeps my drains flowing smoothly and my kitchen smelling sweet (there's nothing worse than that greasy drains smell). Again, you just pour half a bottle down the drain and swirl with hot water after 15 minutes.
The cleaner is a thick gel, which is nonetheless easy to pour. The shape of the lip of the bottle means that it pours smoothly down the drain and doesn't spill around the sink. It's easy to tell when you've used enough, if you hold the bottle to the light you can see the liquid levels.
I have tried all sorts of things to unblock the drain from my shower, even getting some mini rods to bend down the pipes but so far nothing has managed to clear them as they are so inaccessible to get to. Although the water does drain away eventually, it is so slow that I usually have to stop the shower for a few minutes to allow the water to drain away and not flood the bathroom before I've finished washing my hair. The only thing that has definitely helped the speed of the water flowing away is Mr Muscle's Sink and Drain Gel.
It comes in a bright orange bottle with a handle and child proof lid on that is easy to spot on the shelf when doing the shopping. The instructions on the bottle tell you to pour the entire contents of the bottle down the plughole and allow to work for at least 15 minutes, but all night for tough clogs and then rinse through with hot water, I usually leave it for the whole night unless anyone needs to use the shower. The liquid itself is really thick and will go through standing water straight to the blockage (which is what it did when I used it down a kitchen sink some years ago) and it doesn't have a strong chemical smell which to me is a definite bonus. I always clean out any hair that is sitting in the top of the drain that I can reach before I use the gel.
The results are obvious as soon as you rinse the gel through, the water runs away so much faster and it means that I can shower for as long as I want to without the fear of the shower tray overflowing.
The downside for me is that it doesn't seem to be a permanent fix and it is necessary to use the gel again in a couple of months, as after a few weeks of draining well it starts to get slower again. I think this is probably due to something (like a plastic cover from a disposable razor) having been washed down the drain at some point and already causing a partial blockage before the build up of shower gel/conditioner, etc.
It is on offer at Tesco at £3.00 (instead of £3.70) at the moment, but even at the full price I think it's a small price to pay when it means that I can use my shower without flooding the house out!
On the bottle it says that you can use 250ml (half the bottle) weekly to keep sinks and drains clear so maybe I'm not doing too badly. It also says that Mr Muscle do a Sink and Drain Foamer for slow running pipes which I have yet to try as my local shop doesn't stock it, I will have to keep an eye out for it and let you know how I get on with that.
Just recently i have noticed my kitchen sink draining the water away slower and slower until yesterday morning after breakfast i found the sink was not draining away at all and i was left with some standing water. My first instinct was to grab the old plunger that i remembered we had left in the our new house by the previous tenants when we moved in. I gave it a good seeing to with the plunger. But nothing. **** i thought, hubby is not going to be a happy chappy if i have to call in an expensive plumber, so i took myself off down the supermarket to see if i could get something on the cheap to remove the blockage. At the supermarket the ones that caught my eye were a sink unblocker from domestos, and this product from mr muscle. I decided to buy both bottles in my desparate attempt to unblock the sink.
This bottle is 500ml in size and comes in a standard plastic orange bottle with a picture of mr muscle. Its a more basic looking bottle than that of the domestos one i brought which seems to be shaped like a u-bend but seeing as its only a cleaning product who really cares what it looks like. Pricewise this mr muscle was a tad more expensive than the domestos bottle at around the £4 mark which is quite expensive for a cleaning product in my opinion.
Anyway i read the instructions and immediately realised i couldn't use both liquids at the same time as the bottle has a list of precautions including not to use with other cleaning products. Anyway for no real reason in particular i decided to give this mr muscle the first chance at shifting the blockage. I read the instructions on the back and was rather surprised to read that you need to chuck all the contents of the bottle down the drain at once. I thought you would be able to use a little bit at a time giving the price, but i followed the instructions and poured the whole bottle down the sink. The yellowy liquid immediately began to sink to the bottom of the standing water. The instructions said that it takes 15 minutes to work but i decided to give it a few hours. I came back and although the water level in the sink has reduced a little bit there was still a lot left. At this point i seriously thought i would have to call the plumber and seeing as the liquid was still in the water it meant that i couldn't even give the domestos bottle a go as it would mix together. So i got the plunger and after 1 plunge to my delight i could hear a slurp unclear in the pipes beneath the sink and low and behold the sink began to empty freely. Sucess! I then flushed it down with hot water and my sink was back to normal.
Overall i am really pleased with how this product worked. Although initially quite expensive its definitely cheaper than calling out the plumber. Obviously i'm not in a position to compare it to the domestos product i also brought because mr muscle did the job all by itself. I will save that bottle for another time. But this product is great and can be used in the kitchen, bathroom or outside drains too. I would definitely recommend this product to anyone.
Mr Muscle Sink and Plughole Unblocker
As with most homes we've suffered the occasional blocked sink or bath plug hole. Personally, I hate standing in a big puddle of shower water that just keeps on rising and rising, ruining what should be a refreshing experience. In the past I have tried some other sink and plughole unblockers, but I usually end up going back to Mr Muscle, who delivers a great product time after time that does exactly what it says on the tin (or in this case the bottle).
You are meant to pour the entire contents of this bottle down the problem sink plug hole and it will clear the blockage. This is a great product and I have bought quite a few of these to unblock pesky shower plugs that tend to get blocked with my hair and the usual grime that builds up. I have never followed the instructions religiously and poured the whole contents of this down the plug hole. Instead I usually pour half of it and that usually always clears the blockage, I keep the rest and once a week or fortnight when giving the bathroom a good scrub I pour a little of this down the plug just to keep it well maintained and block free. I usually get a good few months from the one bottle then I just continue to keep everything as clean as possible to avoid any more blocked or clogged plugholes, sometimes I am successful and sometimes even when I try to keep on top of it a blockage or slow running water still forms.
The liquid itself is very thick and a bit gooey, if your blockage is really bad you might have to pour this slowly to give it time to work its way down the plughole and clear a path through the problem. Also, you can still use this if the sink has clogged while full of water, again this liquid is so thick that it will sink. I mostly use this for my shower, all those pesky stray hairs. However, it has been a life saver when my hubby poured a lot of liquid hot fat down the sink which that as soon as it hit the cold surface began to congeal blocking everything and forming a murky looking puddle and ultimately made the kitchen sink unusable. After sending him out to get a bottle of this I poured it down the sink and the water began to drain a few moments later, 15 minutes later and much to my husband's relief it was like it never even happened.
Mr Muscle sink and plughole unblocker is not too expensive to buy but it is by no means a cheap product either. I believe that I paid around £4 for my 500ml bottle and I think they are available for sale in almost all supermarkets.
This is one of my essential household products and personally for the price this delivers great results. This is a product that deserves a well earned five out of five stars.
We use a lot of rice in our house and for some reason no matter what colander I use or how careful I am some always seems to escape down the plughole. One day the sink blocked up and flooded our porch, for some reason our outside drain is actually in the porch I assume that the porch was built at a later date than the house. Mr. Benn bravely lifted the grid up and shoved down his hand scraping around with various sticks and wire until eventually there was a sort of gurgling sound and a foul smelling grey mass of gloop shot out all over Mr. Benn grains of rice clearly visible in the mess, he was not impressed and quite grumpy for the rest of the day, and I had a stern telling off about taking care that I didn't let food particles go down the sink.
Christmas Eve morning I had to go shopping I opened the porch and there was water lying on top of the grid the and the familiar foul smell, I checked the plug hole in the sink and yep the water was sitting there. Luckily it was not too bad at this point it hadn't blocked completely and I could hear it draining slowly away.
I was desperate to get this unblocked; I didn't want the sink blocked for Christmas or Mr. Benn to suffer the indignity of being covered with gloop again so I made for the nearest supermarket to get something to unblock the drain. Luckily it was only 8am and my local supermarket is only a few minutes' drive so I could grab something for the drain shoot back home with it then come back for the rest of the shopping later.
I made for the cleaning section and spotted Mr. Muscleman sink and plug unblocker and as I have used a wide range of Mr. Muscleman's products before with great results and always been pleased I looked no further, and as this said it could clear blocked drains in 15 minutes I felt confident it might just do the trick.
Once home I read the instructions this product claims to clear the blockage even through standing water, kills odours and does not damage septic taps or pipes. You need to pour the entire contents of the thick gel liquid into the plughole and leave for a minimum of 15 minutes and for tough clogs leave overnight then rinse thoroughly with hot water.
There are some precautions needed with this product as it is corrosive. Keep locked away from children, avoid splashing onto the skin, and do not squeeze the bottle when pouring. A full list of precautions is on the bottle.
Mr. Muscleman sink and plughole unblocker did not disappoint, after using the product as instructed, I dashed out to do the Christmas shop which took about 2 hours and on returning I was pleased to see that both the sink plughole and the drain in the porch were completely clear, and after a quick mop of the porch Mr. Benn was none the wiser.
The product can be used weekly as a precaution when you only have to use half the bottle, this seems a little unnecessary to me and I use it once a month and am glad to say I have never had a blocked sink or slow drainage since.
Mr. Muscleman plug and sink unblocker can be found in most supermarkets at around £3.35 for a 500ml bottle but keep an eye out for offers.
"Mr Muscle sink and plughole unblocker". What a mouthful and, to be honest, it's not the most flattering of product names, but who cares! What a product, to steal a line from Ronseal, "It does exactly what it says on the Can, well bottle in this case.
Over the last couple of months I had noticed that my Bath and Shower tray traps were not draining as well as they should, but a quick "Blitz" with a plunger seemed to restore some sort of normality for a little while, but they soon seemed to resist again. OK! time to do something about it, now if it had been the sink or wash hand basin, no probs, whip the U bend off, clean it out, re-fit and jobs a "good un". Not quite as easy with a built in Bath and Shower, side panels, lack of access etc. I needed something else.
A quick look along the shelves in the local hardware shop produced a big Orange bottle of this wonderful solution, it even came with a 100% free - yes I've heard that one before. "That works well" said the Proprietor, well he would wouldn't he? He was right.
Having read the very precise instructions for use AND the copious safety warnings printed on the side of the Bottle, I was filled with anticipation and not a little bit of Trepidation I assure you. This stuff sounds Dangerous, Corrosive the bottle says, contains Sodium Hydroxide, Wear gloves, wear eye protection, don't let it touch your skin, keep the Kids away, don't splash it, don't squeeze bottle, don't use a plunger even after use, avoid Gold plated fittings. What the heck is this stuff???????
I'll tell you, it is a thick, slightly pungent, colourless liquid which works wonders. I followed the instructions to the letter, I put 1/4 of the bottle down each of the plugholes, as it says, and left it to work for the requisite 15 minutes, well nearer an hour actually, you have to have a Tea break when doing this sort of dangerous work. Now the bottle says put half a bottle down the plughole, but remember I got 100% free so had two bottles in one, if you get my drift.
Anyway, I digress, after the "15" minutes, the hot tap and hot Shower were turned on, again as instructed on the bottle. I left for 5 minutes (The bottle instructions don't actually suggest a running time but I thought 5 minutes would be OK), it was.
The water was running as if the traps were brand new, whatever was restricting the flow had clearly gone and the "Status quo" had been restored. Excellent, just what was needed.
And of course thanks to the 100% free, I still have enough left to do it all again should the need arise!
I am so full of admiration for this that I reckon every home should have a bottle in stock just in case. It worked wonders for me and I would recommend it to anybody who has any sort of Sink or Plug blockage.
I would stress that you must read the instructions and warnings carefully, as this stuff would appear to be very nasty should you misuse it, but use it properly and I am sure you will not be disappointed.
10 out 10 Mr Muscle, Good stuff!
I don't usually get excited about cleaning products but have just discovered one that is an exception! The product in question is Mr. Muscle gel sink cleaner. For a few weeks now I have noticed a slightly unpleasant smell in my bathroom. In addition the sink has not been draining as well as it should. I had tried using a plunger but this didn't really help much. I didn't really want to have to call an expensive plumber either. A few days ago whilst shopping in my local Tesco I spotted a bottle of Mr. Muscle sink cleaner gel and decided to take a closer look.
Mr. Muscle gel sink cleaner comes in an orange plastic bottle with useful handle. The information on the bottle tells me that the gel contained within is a powerful formula specially formulated to unblock plugholes and sinks. It promises to kill odours and leave my pipes in sparkling clean condition! I was more than happy to give this product a try and at £3.45 for a 500ml bottle it was going to cost me a lot less than any plumber!
Once back at home I was keen to try the cleaner out. The instructions suggest you use the whole bottle of the gel for stubborn blockages .It is really easy to use, simply pour the contents of the bottle down the sink and leave for at least 15 minutes. It is better to leave the gel to work overnight if you can. Next flush with hot tap water and that's it! The gel itself is thick and has a slight smell of bleach but is not unpleasant.
I was really impressed with the results. My previously slow to drain sink was now super fast and the unpleasant smell I had noticed was no more. It is recommended that you use 250ml or half a bottle of this gel weekly to keep your sinks running smoothly, but they would say that wouldn't they? I think I will just use this if and when a problem occurs!
Mr. Muscle is made by the giant SC Johnson company and is widely available from most supermarkets. The gel does contain Sodium Hydroxide that can cause burns so you need to be careful when using it and keep it away from children. I would highly recommend this gel-it does exactly what it says it will do!
Mr Muscle Sink and Plughole Unblocker
Description: Manufacturer: Mr Muscle - Thick gel specially formulated so that it will not disperse but instead head straight for the heart of the blockage. Clears blocked and slow running sinks, plugholes and pipes effectively.
If you have looked at my profile picture (yes, I'm camera shy!) then you will know that I have quite long hair. As anyone with long hair will tell you, it can be a nightmare for the plughole in the shower and I find that mine can get a bit clogged up, and this prevents the water from flowing away as freely as it should.
Mr Siamese maintains that this is my fault, and therefore, expects me to be the one to sort it out. Obviously I can pull any strands that I can see, but cannot get to those that have already slid into the plughole, which is where Mr Muscle becomes a star!
A 500ml bottle of this product cost me £3.98 from my local shop and you can buy it in most supermarkets in the cleaning product aisle. It comes in a bright orange plastic bottle with the brand name on the front and a useful handle to hold it and ensure that it doesn't slip while you are pouring.
It does tell you on the bottle to use the whole thing for a blocked sink or drain, but mine wasn't properly blocked, just partly, so I decided to cheat and use half the bottle. I have read a couple of reviews on here where other people have done the same, so it isn't just me who tries to save money!
The bottle explains that minor blockages should be left 15 minutes whereas more serious ones should be left overnight. I left the shower around 20 minutes and when I came back, it was all drained away and the water was able to run perfectly again - result!
It looks a little like bleach, in that it is thick and syrupy with a slightly yellow tinge to it. It does smell quite nasty, but you are not dabbing it on your wrists, so that doesn't really matter, though in a confined space, it may be best not to breathe it in for too long because the fact that it dissolves grime the way it does much indicate that it is pretty potent stuff.
I would definitely buy this again, and cannot recommend it highly enough. Why bother with paying extortionate rates for a plumber when you can try your own maintenance first? This product does exactly what it promises and is well worth the money in my opinion.
MR Muscle products have been around for a very long time and any of them that I have used have done a very good job, recently I found myself having to buy and try the MR Muscle sink and plug hole unblocker and just like their other products it worked a treat.
It is not exactly cheap this stuff at £3.95 for a 5ooml bottle but it saves plunging or getting in a plumber which let me tell you would cost a hell of a lot more.
The instructions on the bottle are to pour the entire bottle down the plug hole and then after 15 minutes turn on the hot water tap and flush it clear, being that I was using this on the bath to remove a blockage I believed to be caused by hair rather than grease or worse I used only half a bottle and it worked fine.
A few weeks later I had the same problem, yet another blocked plug hole but this time it was the kitchen sink and could well be grease and worse but rather than spend more money, I first tried the half a bottle that I had left and again it worked fine.
Now perhaps following the instructions would be the best idea because if you waste the best part of four pounds because you don't, you would be mad with yourself but certainly on my experience half the bottle works just fine.
There are warnings on the bottle of course and it is also a bit on the smelly side so some care is needed when using it but if the choice is this or a plumber then I choose this every time!
I'd noticed for a while that the water in my shower and sink basin had been draining slowly. I'd pulled a load of gunk and hair out with a plunger and tweezer and this seemed to make a difference, so thinking the problem was solved I carried on as normal for the next couple of weeks. Waking up one morning and brushing my teeth I noticed a foul smell coming from somewhere and to my horror I saw a load of black water coming out of the shower drain. I continued washing and realised that the more water going down the sink the more water was coming out of the shower drain! Severe backflow!
This is the first time I'd seen something like this and I was utterly confused. Initially I got the plunger out and started plunging, pulling out bits of soap scum and hair. However this was not having too much of an impact as water was still coming out of the shower drain when the sink tap was running and was not draining back down again. Feeling extremely worried and with thoughts of extremely expensive plumber bills I turned on my computer and googled blocked drains. I came across Mr Muscle sink and drain unblocker which seemed like what I was looking for.
At Tesco this bright orange bottle is priced at £3.46 for a 500ml bottle, but this would be significantly cheaper than a plumbers bill so was worth a go! The instructions on the back stated that the entire bottle should be poured slowly down the drain. As the blockage seemed quite severe I erred on the side of caution and bought two, one to pour in the shower drain and the other in the sink so that the blockage could be tackled from both ends! The bottle says that it will work even through standing water and takes only 15 minutes to work, although for tougher clogs the product should be left overnight. It states that it will clear total blockages without causing damage to pipes or septic tanks.
I poured one bottle down the shower drain, which still had a lot of standing water, and the other in the sink. 15 minutes later there was no change, so I left it to work overnight. In the morning there was still no change. The water was still standing in the shower and I could still see the drain gel in the sink. I was distinctly unimpressed, but needed to get to work, so thought 'I'll deal with this when I get back'. 15 minutes later I heard a loud 'slurp' from the bathroom and saw that the standing water in the shower had started to go down, but was still fairly high, so thought I should give it some more time. After work the gel had disappeared from both plugholes so I flushed it down with plenty of hot water and to my relief the water flowed through freely! Excellent, Excellent product, although it may need longer than overnight to work most effectively if the blockage is severe!
I knew that my outside drains have been blocked for a while, but it was always one of those things that I tried to ignore. However, when my neighbour came around banging on my front door and moaning that my blocked drain had flooded across his garden I knew that it was finally time to take action.
A few minutes of poking around with a big stick convinced me that this was not going to be a simple task. The foul stench of stagnant water drifting upwards, also confirmed that there was no way that I had any intentions of sticking my arm down that hole, either with or without a marigold glove on my hand.
I had seen the adverts for Mr Muscle Sink and Plughole Unblocker on TV without really taking much notice, but such is the power of advertising that it stores these little snippets of information somewhere in the brain, ready to be retrieved as and when appropriate. So within a matter of seconds of thinking "Oh no, blocked drain" my subconscious kicked into action and like a word association game I though "Oh, I think I need some of that Mr Muscle unblocker stuff".
At £3.69 for a one-litre bottle down at my local Sainsbury's supermarket this product does not come cheap. On returning home and reading the instructions I realised that it was recommended to use half of this bottle to unblock a blockage. I was now beginning to think that this product was even more expensive, but it was bought now, and if it did the job that it promised, then I would happy.
Mr Muscle Sink and Plughole Unblocker comes in a bright orange coloured plastic bottle. It can be found amongst the bleaches, disinfectants and other household cleaning products, but to be honest since I was not sure exactly what I was looking for it did not instantly leap out at me.
As with all products of this kind it is always important to read the instructions on the bottle before using for the first time. I was aware that anything that promised to dissolve the unpleasant dregs of my drains had to be pretty powerful stuff and I certainly did not want to run the risk of losing half of my skin whilst unblocking the drain.
According the instructions 500ml of this liquid should be used. It should be poured down the blocked plughole and then rinsed away with hot water after 15 minutes. In my case it was not actually a plughole that was blocked so I poured the liquid directly down my drain. It does advise on the bottle that the liquid can be left overnight to remove more severe blockages. I had already decided that this was the way forward for me.
The liquid is yellow in colour and smells like strong, good quality bleach and has a similar, though slightly thicker more gel like consistency compared with bleach. The liquid pours easily out of the bottle but caution should be taken not to get any of it on your skin, as this product is highly corrosive. If this liquid does come into contact with your skin, it should be washed off immediately, following the instructions on the bottle.
The liquid has a nice, refreshing smell but this is rather subtle but it does mean that as well as unblocking your plughole it also leaves it smelling clean and fresh meaning that there is no need to use a separate disinfectant or bleach afterwards.
I was not too sure what to expect when I poured this liquid down the drain. As the liquid emptied out of the bottle I stood back, half expecting there to be a fizz and a rush of stagnant water thrust into the air, but in fact there was nothing so dramatic.
Within a matter of seconds however I could actually see this liquid starting to work. The small pool of water at the bottom of my drain slowly started to disappear before my eyes, leaving behind a thick mushy mess of something that resembled soggy paper mache. But as I stood over my grate and peered down I could actually see tiny bubbles forming underneath this messy mush, this magic liquid was actually eating away all the nasty deposits that had been lurking at the bottom of my drain.
I left the drain overnight and the next morning rinsed it thoroughly with hot water from the tap. The water drained away quickly confirming that this Mr Muscle Sink and Plughole Unblocker had done everything that it had promised.
This is somewhat of a departure from my usual reviews since I believe it is my first on a household product, and anyone who has read any of my previous reviews may well have worked out that I am far from domesticated and plan on remaining so for sometime to come.
But occasionally I am spurred in to taking action around the house and this morning was one of those occasions. While in my shower before work I realised that the bath was almost full to my ankles. Not so odd really since on more than one occasion recently I've left the plug in or been stood over the plug hole (please tell me I'm not the only one to be so dozy at 5.30am!) but on this occasion sadly the water I was paddling in was not to be so easily drained.
Somehow the plug has become totally blocked up. Annoying and probably very unhygienic. So on my way home from work this evening I stopped in at my local Asda to try and find something to unblock it, now usually I would use a delapidatory cream since most of the blockage is likely to be hair, one of the perils of having two long haired females in a house, as well as one who has suddenly realised she has less than a week to deal with the forest which has sprouted on her legs (yup its only a few days until my OH comes back and you could almost plait my leg hair!). But when in Asda I thought that maybe for once I should check the prices of the delapidatory cream compared to a product actually designed to unblock plugs. To my surprise this was actually cheaper by almost 50p, costing me around £3.20.
So having returned home the directions on the back tell me to pour the whole bottle in to the bath and then rinse in about 15 minutes, given that this is a pretty bad blockage I actually only poured around 1/3 of the bottle down the plug, and most of it sat in the bath itself. I also left it for closer to an hour. By which time the liquid seemed to be just about gone from the bath, running the taps initially it looked as though more product would be needed as the water once again was just sitting there looking scummy. But then there were a few bubbles and the water began to slowly drain away. Once the first lot of water was fully drained I ran the taps again to ascertain whether further pourings would be needed, again in bubbled slightly and then the water just disappeared down the drain as though the blockage had never been there!
The smell is slightly bleachey but not over poweringly so, and it is a fairly thick 'gloopy' liquid. As I mentioned I didnt use the recommended amount since it says you should use the whole bottle for one blockage but to me that is a ridiculously expensive way to clear a block, though equally if it is likely to be a hair blockage a cream like VEET should do the trick and is frequently cheaper (especially if you can find an own brand version). It is safe to use on almost all materials used in sinks, baths and plugs although there are one or two it might damage though it will not damage your actual plumbing system.
Its safe to say that this is something I would highly recommend keeping around the house, as with all cleaning products though it should be kept out of the way of children and animals (one and the same surely?). But it does have a 'child safe' cap, now I hear rumours that these are easy to open, yet every time I come across one I end up fighting with them for at least 5 minutes so also pretty adult safe. It also shouldnt be allowed to touch bare skin and any clothes it comes in to contact with are likely to get bleached
This has to be the best sink, bath and shower plug-hole unblocker in the world!
I always have a bottle living under my sink at the ready for when I discover a blocked plug-hole and this product has never let me down yet!
Let me tell you, I've really given it a run for its money! I tend to be one of these people who don't think about what's going down the plug-hole until its too late and it starts spewing it all back up again.
I've used it to clear all the following muck (among other stuff I'm sure) and its always lived up to its promises leaving me with clear running plug-holes once more:
2 - 3 ft long human hair
Dog hair clumps
Dripping and hardened fat
Chunks of a variety of food
Petals and leaves
I've not found anything it hasn't been able to tackle yet.
Okay, so its not cheap cheap, but compare it to the price of calling out a plumber and its a bargain.
It really is a fantastic product.
Thick gel specially formulated so that it will not disperse but instead head straight for the heart of the blockage / Clears blocked and slow running sinks, plugholes and pipes effectively.