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      10.09.2013 00:23
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      A good loo cleaner

      I don't write reviews regularly. I normally prefer to read other reviews from a consumer point of view. I'm at a loose end tonight, kids in bed and hubby playing snooker so thought I'd write a review. After looking through my previous reviews I seem to have done a few loo cleaners so thought I'd do another lol. Sad maybe but I actually quite like housework and the house being tidy, abeit momentarily before the children pull everything out. One bit of the housework I'm quite particular about the cleaning of our two toilets. I have a bit of a phobia about germs so the loo is one place where I'm fairly fastidious. I normally buy a branded product for toilets, whatever is on offer at the time I run out really, and Domestos is a product I have regularly brought previously. Domestos is a product I associate with effective germ kill power so I'm always happy to have it for the loos in our house. This is a fairly new Domestos toilet cleaner. Its called Domestos total blast which according to the information on the back of the bottle claims to kill all germs and help remove and prevent limescale building.

      This particular cleaner comes in a variety of different coloured bottles each with their own unique fragrance. I think there is yellow, pink, green, and this blue bottle. This blue bottle is for the ocean fragrance version. The bottle is the usual toilet cleaner shape with the curved bit for reaching under the rim, holds 750ml of liquid and has a clear lid. There is instructions and a list of precautions on the back of the bottle but I'm sure we are all familiar with how to use a toilet cleaner! The bottle I saw in the shop was on offer hence why it caught my attention and cost 75p a bottle so I picked up a couple of bottles. Normally I think it retails at around £1.50.

      The lid is quite difficult to get off at first but is easier to open from there after. I normally keep these bottles out of reach of little hands anyway. When I clean the loos I give a little squirt around and then scrub around with the loo brush to remove any poo marks then flush and then give a bigger dose of squirt around and up under the rim making sure the whole bowl is covered and then I pop the loo seat down and leave it to work for a hour or so. I just feel doing this lets it have time to get to work at killing all the germs. The bottle is ideally shaped for reaching right up and under the loo rim, and the liquid is thick and blue and clings to the sides well aswell as sinking into the depths of the loo ensuring a complete disinfection. Then I come back and flush and the loo is left sparkling. The fragrance is very similar to that of the blue Toilet Duck I suppose and other ocean fragrant cleaners. Its not a nice smell but its better than the smell of bleach.

      Overall its another top notch Domestos toilet cleaner. In my opinion Domestos is probably the best brand for toilets but that's mainly because I look for germ kill more than anything and I'm like a lamb to slaughter to the continuous Domestos tv adverts featuring talking germs lol. It leaves the loo clean and leaves it looking clean for a good amount of time. I clean both our loos every other day, and with my dual cleaning method I find a bottle lasts for around 6 toilet cleans. Good value for 75p in my book, and still fairly good value for £1.50.

      One to recommend.

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        21.07.2013 06:32
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        great toilet cleaner

        I've recently started working in a nursery and so part of our job at the end of the day is all doing different tidying and cleaning tasks in a rotation system, including all the toilets. I'm not too fazed by cleaning toilets as I do it at home anyway but for the frequency of the mopping of the floors that need doing at work around so many little boys in particular! Anyway the toilet is itself i'm ok with. At work we seem to always have this Harpic Powerplus to use but I've also used it home before. Harpic is a well known toilet cleaner and have various different products on the mark including this Harpic Powerplus.

        The bottle is black with Harpic in writing on the front in bright colours. Also on the front the bottle boast that this is the most powerfull toilet cleaner, kills all germs, and removed all limescale. On the back of the bottle are a list of instructions and precautions. The bottle holds 750ml of liquid and generally costs around £2 although it is sometimes on offer for £1.

        Using it is easy. The bottle has the standard curved neck at the top to allow you to reach under the rim. The liquid comes out quite freely and nay appear to be too watery but actually once its covered the bowl it seems to cling on well especially under the rim and as the liquid is blue you can see where its clung to. We have 5 toilets to do each end of shift so I squirt some around each of the toilets in turn and then go back and clean the rest of the toilet blocks then at the end go back, scrub each, and flush them clean. I always finds this leave the toilets spotless but our place does keep the place looking clean big time so its probably due to our cleaning frequency to a great deal! The smell is quite clinical. Not bleach but like a hospital smell. I always leave the windows open when cleaning bathrooms anyway. The instructions say to leave for 10 minutes and scrub to clean toilet, or leave for an hour if you want to make sure all germs are killed too.

        All in all this is a great loo cleaner. It works really well at keeping the toilets at work spotless and the same at home when I buy it. You barely need to scrub with the brush really as it does a job by itself but we do use it at work daily. I love that it kills all germs too. Being in a environment with children I'm glad to know its killing the germs. Children's hands tend to go all over the place sometimes so is important to be kept clean at work and at home. Even though most of these types of cleaners claim to kill germs I feel Harpic is one of the brands where I'm more than content that germs are killed. We don't live in area too affected by limescale at all so I can't really comment on this area but if it cleans that as it usually does the ones down here then I can imagine it lives to its claims on that too.

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        18.06.2013 12:48
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        Leaves your loo spotless and germ free

        Harpic White and Shine is a relatively new toilet cleaning product. I've done a couple of other toilet cleaners and bleach reviews prior to this mainly because I don't tend to stick to any one given product. I try and get a branded cleaner at Wilkinsons normally for a £1 or less, so have come across most of the varietys of Harpic before. Harpic also make the Powerplus and 100% Limescale Remover which I have used before and always had good results. Sp seeing this in Wilkos on offer I had popped 2 bottles in my trolley. What sets this product out from others is that it combines baking soda to naturally leave your loo spotless with bleach to kill all the germs too.

        The bottle is in the usual Harpic design bottle. White and made of plastic with a curved end for reaching under the toilet rim. There is the usual red safety cap on top. Sometimes tricky to get off first time round but its easier once the seal has been broken. I always store these cleaners away from small hands anyway! The has the usual information about precautions and directions for use. I largely ignore reading through them because they are rather generic I find.

        Using this its easy to reach the tip of the bottle right up under the rim of the loo with the bottle shape, then i just squeeze it out all around the loo. Sometimes these cleaners can be quite thick so I've learnt to squirt round twice to ensure total coverage of the loo when doing this. This product comes out a creamy colour. It can be difficult to see where its been applied but looking closely you can see its liquidy enough to coat the whole loo. The smell is definitely chlorine bleach not disimilar to Domestos so I ventilate the room when using. I think Harpic also do this product in a fragrance which maybe more kinder so will have to try that one next time. I normally leave cleaner down the loo for an hour or so to let it work then come back later. Sometimes I swish a loo brush round and then flush but to be honest this product has always left the loo spotless so I've not really needed to use the brush. When you flush the water at the bottom of the loo fills with foam for a few flushes.

        All in all this another I would definitely recommend this as another good product from Harpic. It really does leave your loo effortlessly clean. I do rather demand a good loo cleaner. I've always been fairly fastidious on toilets and this ticks all the boxes for me. Because both my children are now using the loo themselves I'm glad to know that I'm killing all the germs when I use it and I have no reason to believe it doesn't do just that. The smell could be nicer but I probably should of got the fragrant variety also available in the range so its my own fault really.

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      • Tipp-Ex Rapid Fluid / Homeware / 29 Readings / 29 Ratings
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        17.02.2013 11:50
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        correction fluid

        Tipp-ex has been around for as long as i remember really. I remember always having to use it at school whenever i made a mistake. Just yesterday i wrote in a birthday card and got distracted and ended up writing 'happy happy birthday'. Yeah normally i wouldn't worry about it and laugh it off but it was for my other halfs gran! I didn't have time to go get a new card so dug in the desk in our telephone desk to get the good old tipp-ex. Probably the first time i've used it in years.

        I'm sure we all know what tipp-ex is and how to use it, but basically it is a chemically correction fluid that comes in a miniture bottle. You unscrew the lid of the bottle and a brush is attached to the underside of the lid which is left dipping in the fluid of the bottle when shut. The lid can be difficult to un-do when you first open it. The fluid does smell very chemically but its not too overpowering because you only use a little bit at a time anyway. The fluid needs to be applied very lightly or else it lumps up and when you come to write over it again your pen can go right though it. When used properly it allows you to write over the applied bit of paper. I haven't had to buy a new bottle of tipp-ex for a long time now because a bottle will last for ages. Literally probably had the same bottle for nearly 20 years now lol. Probably owing to the advance in the use of computers meaning that writing letters, etc, is not done these days i guess. I think it costs around £2 a bottle though which is great value really considering how long a bottle lasts for. Most products seem to have cheap brand own supermarket versions but i've yet to see another version of tipp-ex. Maybe they have patented the idea...

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          19.12.2012 17:55
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          quack down on toilet germs

          When it comes to cleaning the loo's in our house i normally prefer to use a bleach like domestos. It quick and easy to use, effective, and being a Nurse i like how bleach kills all the germs too. I like also how it doesn't leave coloured streaks down the side of the loo. I'm a squirt it down leave and flush it type when it comes to cleaning the loo so prefer not to have to wipe off coloured streaks with a loo brush. Anyway the other day i noticed toilet duck was on offer and was now cheaper than my usual domestos. I have used toilet duck before so i knew what i was getting was a good loo cleaner though so i plonked a bottle of for each of the two loo's in our house.

          When i brought this it was on offer for £1 for a 750ml bottle which will last around 6 or 7 toilet cleans. Normally it is more expensive than usual bleach around £1.30ish so i guess it can be deemed to be expensive for something down the loo but its actually better value when compared to some cheap supermarket brands which seem overly watery and weak. The bottle is white with the notorious bottle neck for reaching under the rim of the loo and with a green label for the 'fresh' fragrance i selected. Toilet duck also do a blue labelled bottle for ocean fragrance and a orange label for citrus fragrance. I have used all three previously but tend to prefer the fresh green variety as it is actually a nice smell, as nice a smell as a loo cleaner can be i guess! Toilet duck claim the liquid will kill 99.9% of germs, remove limescale, freshen, and remove stains above and below the waterline. The back of the bottle has the usual lists of instructions and precautions.

          The child proof safety lid can be difficult when opening the bottle for the first time. Sometimes it feels as if your twist the bottle neck before the lid loosens. Once opened it becomes easier to open there on, probably a little easily for those with little fingers around so i would recommend storing out of reach. Aiming and squirting the liquid around its surprising how quick the liquid can come out the bottle. Surprising in as you would it be overly watery but it tends to hang around well enough. The liquid is green and covers the whole toilet bowl with ease. The fragrance is really nice. Its what i like about it. Its slightly pine but with a floral mix to it and it nicely freshens up the whole bathroom. Some may not like it but some may prefer it to the chlorine bleach smell. I normally leave it to work and then come back and flush it away after half an hour or so. The liquid seems to cling on including under the rim before i flush which shows how well it cleans. The toilet is left clean and shiney with no stains left including under the rim and around the waterline. I don't have a microscope so i can't tell for sure all germs are killed but seeing as it contains disinfectant its safe to assume germs are getting a thrashing which is reassuring. We are also lucky that we don't have a bad limescale in the water where we are so i can't comment on that claim.

          Overall i would recommend this product. It smells great, leaves the loo clean and kills germs. The only thing i don't like about it are that you are left with green streaks when the loo is flushed, which although aren't permanant, they are annoying. Seeing as its also normally more expensive than my usual domestos i will probably not buy it again unless its on offer but i will buy it again when its next on offer.

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        • CarPlan Blue Star De Icer / Car Care / 10 Readings / 9 Ratings
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          19.12.2012 16:49
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          melting away ice

          As it has got cold and winter has taken grasp my little of citroen saxo does have good and bad days. Some mornings its fine and sometimes especially when its frosted the car can be difficult to start. Also when it gets cold you also have ice to deal with. I suppose organised people may cover their cars in the evening to stop frost, but i am not that organised and will always be that person manically trying to de-ice the windows whilst running late. A couple of weeks ago i brought this cannister at the garage checkout. I knew i would need to stock up so brought a cannister. I recognised the cannister and the name seems familiar although this does not affect me one bit about buying it. The cannister cost me around £2 for a 600ml cannister. The cannister has a list of instructions on the side, and a white plastic lid which covers the spray zozzle.

          I've used it a couple of times recently. I normally spray it all over the windows and then i go around with either a cloth or a ice scraper depending on how cold it is. After 10 seconds or so you can see the ice has begun to thaw and with a little persuassion the ice comes off with ease. The cannister is a useful size and comes out of the cannister well and freely without any spillages. I have only used the cannister 2 or 3 times but i can tell by shaking it that there is plenty more liquid left in it so i should take me into the new year at least which is good value in my opinion.

          Theres nothing to set it apart from the other de-icers on the market. This one though is very effective and quick working and i wouldn't hesitate recommending it anyone as it has been a life saver om more than one time!

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          19.12.2012 16:36
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          a reliable ummy packet of crisps

          I'm a bit of a monster when it comes to crisps. I could very happily munch my way a multi pack of crisps. Not that i ever have, just that i reckon i could lol ;) anyway although my favourite all time crisps are the marmite crisp (only ever see them in sainsburys though), i will pick up a multi pack of whatever is on offer. I then give these out for pack lunches and i normally grab a pack myself at some point during the day.

          I brought these blue doritos in a 6 bag multi pack. Each multi pack comes with 6x 110g packets. The packaging is blue to indicate the cool flavour if this pack. Doritos also do a cheesy flavour in orange packaging and a chili flavour in red packaging. Although i like all three i prefer the zaney taste of the version. I think the multi pack was on offer for £1.50, but i have also seen doritos in the big share bags, and the regular singular 110g packets.

          Doritos are crunchy triangles which are a light orange colour. Its hard to describe the cool flavour but it seems to have a lot of herbs and spices (and probably salt) and it seems to balance really well. Each crisp seems to be well flavoured and consistent You can use these with dips, not just the doritos dips, but any sort of salsa dips, or if like me you can appreciate them by themselves.

          Overall these are definitely a good brand of crisp. I wouldn't run out to buy them, but if i get some crisps as a snack at a service station or at the cinema then i would never hesitate to pick myself up a bag of these. They do leave the bottoms of your fingers all grubby with the dust at the bottom of the packet but i love licking these bits so each to the their own lol. I would also definitely recommend trying out a larger packet size just to test out the salsa flavours. The price is reasonable for a multi pack but this was on offer i noticed so i can't say for the price when its not on offer. Being vegetarian doritos are one the brand of crisps i can eat since a lot of crisps put glutamate in it so thats a big bonus for me too.

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          19.12.2012 16:14

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          a good crunchy peanut butter

          I love peanut butter. I have it on plain bread or on toast. It HAS to be the crunchy variety though. None of this this smooth stuff! I'm overly loyal to what brand of peanut butter i buy, i normally just pick out best valued brand in whatever supermarket i'm in.

          I got this version of sainsburys crunchy peanut butter recently. It cost around 90p for a 340g jar. The jar is glass with a red label and red plastic lid. The label also have a list of ingrediants and nutritional information.

          Twisting the id off is easily enough. Then theres the plastic film layer, which is good because you can be sure nothings got inside it before you have. You can tell from a bit the peanut butter on the knife that its very thick with peanuts. Just the way i like it! But because its thick i have to perhaps use more in order to cover the bread. The butter is a golden colour with a firm texture. The taste is really great but not anything to set it apart from the others, but certainly not the worst i've tried before so i am happy with for the time being.

          The glass jar can be washed out and recycled.

          All in all this is a good peanut butter. I like to think of myself as an expert on peanut butter and i know a good one from a bad one. This is a good one. Nothing to set it apart from a dependable brand of peanut butter.

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        • Heinz Minestrone Soup / Sauces / Soups / 4 Readings / 4 Ratings
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          19.12.2012 15:51
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          my favourite tinned soup!

          For some reason over the last couple of years i have really become a soup lover. I never used to pay much attention to them but will always have some tins in my ladar. I do prefer the traditional tins that always seem to taste more fresher, if thats possible for a tin. Being vegetarian, except for tomoto soup, there really isn't much commercial soups for vegetarians but i do like minestrone. I'm not too fussed if it comes in a tin or a packet too much but always look out heinz as its a recognisable brand of soup which has always been around as far as i remember.

          The 400g tin of Heinz Minestrone Soup cost me 87p at Sainsburys. More expensive than the packet of sachets but all in all not bad for a meal of soup. The tin has the familiar Heinz logo with a red label while on the back of the tin you have a list of ingredients and nutritional advice. The tin has its own tin opener ring pull off on the top of the tin.

          Taking the lid off is painlessly and cleanly done as possible with these tins and when I poured it out into a saucepan I could clearly see this brown soup had other bits such as noodles, pees, onions and potatoes. You can microwave it but i always do mine on the stove stirring it occasionally until it comes to the boil and then lower the temperature and let it simmer for a bit. It only takes a couple of minutes.

          On serving the soup is not too thick and not too watery. The soup had a combination of the bits of vegetable that tasted good and the sauce was rich and flavoury.

          Whilst i'm not overly loyal to Heinz or any other soup i do put a tin in my basket every now and again safe in knowing what is a good soup.

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        • Bio Slug Pellets / Garden Chemical / 25 Readings / 21 Ratings
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          good for killing slugs

          I find slugs and snails to be both really disgusting and a proper pain in the arse when they munch on my flowers in the window baskets. I brought this product primarily for use on my window baskets. Any slugs i find inside generally get picked up in tissue paper and promptly flushed down the loo, but this summer for defending my flowers i have used this product. I brought this a few months back now and i have been very happy with how it has performed. I think it cost me around £3.00. It comes in a curvey green plastic container with a black lid which you take off to allow you to sprinkle the pellets around. The container has a list of instructions and precautions for using which are probably worthwhile reading through if you are unfamiliar with the product, namely to keep well away from children and pets.

          I tend to sprinkle it on my window baskets late in the evening when it is damp or raining, as this is when the little blighters will show themselves. Left at night and there is also less chance of any birds perhaps swallowing the pellets too. The pellets are small and green and now fragrance. When i wake in the morning i find shrivelled up or dissolved slug bodies where once the pellet was laid. The pellets will stop slugs in the tracks as it sets about killing them. It doesn't seem to act very quickly. The slug will take sometimes all night to dissolve away to leave a gluey yucky remains. I have before dropped these directly on slugs before when i have caught them in the act, and it seems to work in a similar fashion to salt, whereby it seems to dries them up and dissolve them. Probably not a pleasant death for the blighters but i will fiercely protect my flowers lol so its justified in my opinion.
          I would definitely recommend this product. Its very effective and simply gets the job done of killing slugs. I wouldn't recommend it for using indoors around children and pets, but its a godsend for protecting your flowerbeds or vegetables. The cannister has lasted me a couple of months and a little goes a long way so is very good value for money in opinion.

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          06.09.2012 11:50
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          good for getting rid of flies

          Every summer our house gets invaded by flies. I hate flies. They really are disgusting little creatures really. Landing from object to object of whatever their liking, meaning they can literally be crawling over some dog mess outside to crawling over your kitchen surfaces a few minutes later. The whole thought really yucks me out really so i have a zero tolerance with any flies that enter the house let along their annoying noise as they buzz round a room! At the start of the summer i brought a cannister of this raid fly and wasp killer. I can remember exactly how much it was when i brought it but looking on the tescos online store it is currently selling for £3.49. The cannister is 300ml in size, and is blue with 'Raid' written across in big yellow letters. It claims to knock down all flying insects, not just flies, and kill them within seconds. The instructions claim that it can be used on flies, wasps, mosquitos, hornets, knats, and yellow jackets. I'm overly sure what on earth a yellow jacket is, but its presumably something you'd rather not share your home with! Anyway, its fairly versatile product really with getting rid of a lot of the unwanted visitors of the household.

          I have only really used this product this summer to kill flies really. Thankfully we have not had any wasps or hornets and the like enter our house this summer. The instructions are written on the back of the cannister but its not really rocket science how to use it really, although its worthwhile reading the list of precautions of where to and where not to use. It suggests that its safe to use around children, pets and kitchen surfaces, but i my sure my daughter is taken out of the room before i use it, and i don't particularly like to use it near food or food preparation surfaces, and i wouldn't use it around pets really. Obviously you just spray the flies with this. This in itself can be quite a tricky as flies generally very fast and agile. I tend to wait till they settle up against the window before creeping up on them and doing the deadly deed. When sprayed the flies will get all flustered and have difficulty with staying in the air as the spray quickly begins to kill them. Eventually they drop to the floor where they will spin round in circle and buzzing their wings. I don't particular like killing creatures really and i do somewhat feel sorry for them as they do sometimes appear to be in some kind of pain as they struggle on the floor, but they will generally die after a couple of minutes after contact. I then just get my handheld hoover out and suck up the dead bodies so i don't have to touch them by picking up the dead bodies. I obviously can't vouch how effective and how long it takes to kill other bugs but i have no reason to believe that its any less effective really.
          Overall this product has been a godsend this summer. I brought the cannister back in the Spring and have used it on number of occasions throughout the summer and when i shake the cannister i can roughly gauge that there is still about half the spray left to use, which i think is very good value for the price really. What i also like about this product is that its very effective. I don't particularly like those sticky strips as they can be messy and get stuck to all sorts, and they seem to leave the flies suffering in my opinion. Obviously the flies will suffer somewhat with this spray but i feel its more humane because it acts a lot quicker. The smell? This is the problem with these types of products. The smell is really harsh and not fragrant in the slightest but then again i'm yet to come across a product of this type that does smell nice. I tend to open up the windows in the room after using this in order to ventilate the room out. I would definitely recommend this product.

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          06.09.2012 11:48
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          good for killing germs in the loo

          Cleaning the toilet. One of those chores that no one really likes to do, but yet it is a necessary chore. Being a Mother to a young girl who now takes themself to the toilet, and also being Nurse, i am a little bit ocd with germs and bacteria. When it comes to toilet cleaners i'm not overly loyal any brand. I normally pick up some sort of thick bleach or a loo cleaner such as Toilet Duck or Harpic that is on offer in the supermarket at the time or anything that reassures me that it kills germs really. This weekend in Sainburys they had Domestos thick bleach on offer for £1 a bottle. Normally Domestos is priced around £1.20 which is not bad really compared to Harpic which i noticed this weekend was £1.99. Obviously shop own brand bleaches are a bit cheaper than the likes of Domestos, but i generally find these to be a bit too thin for my liking.

          Domestos comes in a variety if coloured bottles. I think they are supposed to be associated with a particular fragrance but to be honest i find bleach just smells of bleach really. Obviously it may not be everyone's cup of tea. My Sister for one hates the smell of bleach but i quite like it. I suppose i associate it a bit with hygiene with working in the hopsital. Anyway this time i picked up a pink bottle and a light blue bottle - this means i can leave a separate bottle next to each loo rather than be carrying a bottle up and down the stairs from one to the other when i do my cleaning. The bottle is the standard bleach type bottle, made from plastic with a curved bit at the top for cleaning under the toilet rim. The bottle has a child safety cap, but i generally keep these sort of bottles out of reach of little hands. There is a list of instructions on the back of the bottle for using thie bleach on toilets, sinks, drains and floors. Personally i don't use bleach for anything other than the toilets so i can't vouch how it works for the other areas. On the front of the bottle is written 'extended germ kill' and that it 'kills all known germs dead' and that it continues to kill germs after the flush.
          Using this bleach to clean the loo is fairly basic really. It works just like any other bleach or loo cleaner. The lid comes off the bottle fairly easily - another reason to keep this out of reach of little hands! Then just aim the bottle under the rim of the loo and squirt the bleach around the bowl. The bleach is definitely thick and can be difficult to judge sometimes how much to use to make sure the whole bowl is covered in the bleach. The liquid does have a slight yellowy tinge to it to help you see where has been covered although i have got into the knack to squeeze the bottle around the loo fairly slowly to make sure of complete coverage. The instructions suggest that it take around 15 minutes to do the job of killing any germs. I tend to leave it to work for between 30 minutes and and hour before i go back and finish cleaning down the loo. Then its just a matter of a quick sweep with a toilet brush and flush the loo and you're done. When flushed the loo is left with a layer of foam in the water, and the bowl is left looking super clean and smelling fresh.

          Overall i do like using Domestos. Although i'm not overly loyal to buying it, i will always pick it up over other toilet cleaners and bleaches on the shelf when i see it on offer. I tend to find that the bottle will last me for roughly 6 or 7 separate toilet cleans, which is no more or less than other bleaches and toilet cleaners i have used before really. What i like about it is that the bleach seems to be a lot thicker than other cleaners, meaning that it clings up under the rim of the loo especially as this is where a lot of the germs gather so its good to know that it stays in contact with the sides rather than just sliding off like some other cleaners i have used before. Secondly what i like about Domestos is that it kills all germs and continues to do so after you have flushed it away, which is reassuring to know especially with a young daughter taking herself to the loo now.

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          06.09.2012 11:31
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          Good for yummy spag bol.

          I'm not amazing in the kitchen, but i do love a good old spaghetti bolognase and i like to think i make a pretty good meal.

          This is a review of Dolmio Bolognase. The version i have is the low fat version, rather than the light version pictured above, but i couldn't find the exact same jar to match mine. Anyway whats the difference between low fat and light? The jar cost me about £1.80 in my local co-op and comes in a 500g glass jar. The jar has a green lid and the label on the front has pictures of tomatos and the little Italian man you sometimes see on the Dolmio tele adverts. The back of the label has nutritional information and tells you its suitable for vegetarians, like myself.
          Now i'm not overly fussy what type of bolognase source i tend to use, up to now i have always thought they are pretty much the same, and the bolognase depends on what extras you add. I normally add a bit of the tin of 5 beans, pepers, onions, some lentils and some tomato puree. Being a nurse and a little bit health concious i normally go for a light/low fat version of all things really (cheese, milk, etc) so normally go for a low fat own brand jar of sauce. Anyway this afternoon i had it in my head to make spag bol for dinner tonight. I chopped up the onions and peppers and let them simmer along with another pan for the pasta when i realised i had run out of source!! Not a major disaster where i live because we have a Co-op store literally 1 minute from our house lol. So i picked this jar up because to be frank its all that was on the shelf. Dolmio is probably one of the more well known bolognase sources i guess but it certainly costs that little bit more extra than the shop own brands version.

          I have to say i really noticed the taste difference with this bolognase source. Looking at the ingreadiant on the back label you can see its full of tomatos, onions, lemon juice, garlic and herbs and you can see when you pour it out the jar that it is a lot thicker than cheaper sources. These ingreadiant definitely add to the taste in my opinion. The jar was enough for me, my husband and my 3 year old daughter, with a little bit to spare so probably serves about 4 people.
          Overall, you can definitely taste the difference in this bolognase compared to the cheaper brands which surprised me somewhat. I will probably try and stick to the Dolmio range again next time, perhaps taste some of the other varieties.

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        • Parozone Bleach / Household Cleaning / 6 Readings / 6 Ratings
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          06.09.2012 11:28
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          good for killing germs in the loo

          When it comes to cleaning the loo in our house i normally use Harpic Powerplus once a week when i do a the weekly bathroom main clean. Even though where we live we thankfully don't get affected greatly by limescale, i like to use it for the weekly clean to ensure that any limescale is shifted. Bleach unfortunately will not shift any limescale, it'll just hide it by whitening it. Anyway, even though the Harpic claims to kill germs too, being a Nurse and a Mother of a young girl who takes herself to the loo now, i do want to know that i'm killing all the germs down the loo so i always have a bottle of bleach which i use in between the weekly clean probably every other day or so. Its something reassuring about the chlorine smell i guess, probably because i associate it with the cleaniness of where i work. Anyway i'm not particularly loyal to any given brand and will use shop own brands because at the end of the day all bleaches do the same thing by their very nature - killing germs. If i see something like Domestos or Parozone on offer though i will plump for one of those. Yesterday when in Tesco they had Parozone bleach on offer for 50p a bottle, so grabbed two bottles.

          Parozone comes in a variety of 'fragrances' in different coloured bottle, though to be honest all of the bleaches i have ever tried all smell of chlorine, which i'm quite happy with because of the hygenic smell. I currently have a yellow (citrus) and this blue (original) bottles. As i mentioned i've picked these on offer for 50p a bottle, but normally they range from about 90p to £1. For this you get a 750ml size plastic bottle with the standard bleach bottle curved neck for reached under the rim of the loo. On the front of the bottle it claims to kill 100% of toilet germs, and on the back of the bottle has a list of instructions for use. Although i just use bleach down the loo, it can also be used to clean floors, kitchen surfaces, drains, baths, and sinks, but i tend to use other cleaning products for those areas. The bottle also has a red child safety cap which is reassuring even though i keep my in a cupboard high above the reach of my Daugher.

          Using this bleach is just as simple as using any other type of loo cleaner or bleach, just squirt the bottle under the rim and around the bowl. This bleach is quite thick, which is good because it means it stays in contact with the surfaces longer, but it also means that it can be difficult to cover the whole loo bowl. I've got into the habit of taking my time squirting it around so enough is applied to cover the whole toilet. The liquid is clear like any other bleach but it does seem to have a hint of yellowy to it so you can roughly see where it has been applied. The instructions suggest to leave the bleach to work overnight, but i tend to leave it for about half an hour before flushing. Anyway during my healthcare courses for Nursing we were told that bleach will pretty much kill all germs on impact, and the tough ones that try to fight it will be killed off after around 10 minutes. When you flush the bleach away the loo is left all sparkling and clean, and the water is left with a foamy layer. The bleach smell although strong tends to dissappear after about an hour when i open the window i find.

          Overall i would recommend this bleach for cleaning the loo. It kills all the germs, which is pretty much the whole point of toilet cleaning really, and it leaves the loo looking clean and smelling fresh. Obviously if you live in a limescale affected area, you may be better of getting something Harpic but otherwise this is a good product.

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