Never play chicken with your toilet
This post in collaboration with Harpic
I can’t believe that this coming September marks the first anniversary of my redundancy. I also can’t believe that I still haven’t yet got a handle on keeping house after nearly a year at home. I’m still struggling with balancing the cleaning and the tidying and the cooking and the washing. In fact I must confess I’ve been playing elaborate games of “chicken” with different parts of my home, usually to my own cost.
For instance, I have had many face offs with my washing machine over the last 9 months. But despite my resolve to take a stand and ignore the ever growing washing pile, I usually find myself crumbling in the face of the sheer size and ever-present odour of Mount Washmore. Sadly, in this game of chicken, the washing machine has a winning record against me.
I do have a slightly better record against the garden though. I can go weeks without facing up to the insidious weeds that pervade the beds and invade the cracks between the pavers. But, again, I’m usually the one who blinks when the going gets tough and find myself spending hours pulling out the damn things when I can no longer stand the look of them.
The last frontier of my “chicken” shenanigans are the bathrooms and more specifically, the toilets. I am unfortunate enough to have three toilets. Which is awesome when we have parties or if three of us need to go at once but truly sucky when it comes to keeping them clean. I probably don’t need to share that the kids’ toilet is the worst of them all. Only today I had to remind Gilbert to aim INTO the toilet, yet again. Do boys ever learn?
So far, my games of chicken with the toilet have been pretty disastrous. You just can’t play chicken with your toilet and win. It will always be able to hold out while you wrestle with the ever-worsening look, smell and feel of it. However, instead of giving up, I have found a way to maintain cleanliness without resorting to hours of scrubbing and bleaching when I finally do admit defeat.
Recently the good people at Harpic sent me a parcel of bathroom supplies to review (also unwittingly giving me valuable ammunition in my continuing game of chicken with the toilets…):
|1 x Harpic Toilet Dual Action Block RRP $6|
|1 x Harpic Toilet Wipe RRP $6|
|1 x Hygenic Plus Citrus Cageless Rim Block RRP $6|
|1 x Harpic Active Longlife cistern blocks RRP $5|
|1 x Harpic Flushmatic RRP $5|
Luckily I received enough product to attack each offending bathroom and toilet throughout my house and I’ve been very, very pleased with the results.
The toilets look clean and smell clean – there is definitely something about a foaming flush and fresh looking blue water. And all I had to do was place a block in the cistern – no scrubbing, bleaching or painful cleaning required. The cageless rim block is also easy to install. It seems I have finally found a way to beat the toilets at their own game with very little effort on my part – I’m going to claim that as a win!
And the bathrooms didn’t miss out either. I don’t know about you but I still have baby wipes in the house, many years after my last baby. No, I’m not nostalgic for babyhood (truly, I’m not!) but I have found them highly useful as cleaning wipes over the years. The only problem with them is their inability to flush – you have to bin them lest you clog up your plumbing.
Harpic have that covered too with their White & Shine flushable toilet wipes. I used them to easily wipe down the cabinets, the basins, the toilet bowls, the walls and even the floors. When you are done, you can flush them down the toilet safe in the knowledge that you will not have to call for emergency plumbing assistance later on.
The only issue I found with the bathroom supplies received for review is with the Harpic Flushmatic. I found this product much harder to use than the Harpic Toilet Dual Action blocks or the Harpic Active Longlife Cistern Blocks. With those products you just take out the block from the package and drop into the cistern at the float end – quick, non-messy and easy.
With the Flushmatic you need to carefully lift the container out of the box, lest you spill the contents. Then you need to attach the container to the included holder and then secure to the side of the cistern. Compared to the ease of use of the blocks, this was a clumsy and messy product – in the end I managed to get blue all over my hands and sink. You definitely get a great clean with it but I personally recommend using the blocks over the Flushmatic just for ease of use and convenience.
Overall I was impressed with the Harpic bathroom supplies I was lucky enough to review. They are now keeping the toilets clean while I continue to do my best to avoid all real housework.
Who’s the chicken now?
BTW do you ever play chicken with housework? Have you ever won?
Disclaimer: I received product for review to the value of RRP $28 as well as monetary compensation for this post however all views and opinions are my own – even my very real confession of playing chicken with my house…
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