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…):

Harpic Collage

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!

Harpic bathroom supplies

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?

Linking up with Grace, Ann and Bron x

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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15 Responses

  1. Potty mouth! (see what I did there – boomtish!)
    Lydia C. Lee recently posted..My, what big fears you have, my dear!

  2. ann says:

    I am obsessed with blue loo! I hate how tricky it is to put in place but love having blue water to hide the water tank coloured water which is a story in itself!
    I hear you about the house, 6 years at home full time and i am still failing at all aspects of keeping my place in any kind of order!
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    • Kirsty says:

      I’m a fan of a blue loo too. And yay for not being the only one struggling with the household chores – I suspect I will never get on top of it all…

  3. My hubby thought toilets were self cleaning when we met, by the looks of this he might have been on to something. My house has been looking a tad more chaotic than I’m use to. I probably need to organise a morning tea here to kick start me into action.
    Raych aka Mystery Case recently posted..Finding My Style on a Budget

    • Kirsty says:

      I wish they were self-cleaning – actually I wish the whole house was self-cleaning. Would make my life much easier!

  4. This is just SO much to do to keep a house organised. I fail miserably at staying on top of it all..
    Yay for Harpic giving you a helping hand.
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    • Kirsty says:

      I’m very grateful for a little help around here – knowing the toilets are under control has been a weight off my mind. Just need to sort out solutions for everything else now!

  5. Since insourcing the cleaning back to myself this more of an issue that I would like. HATE cleaning, not just loos but everything, love the honest review x
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  6. Jordan Baker says:

    Kids’ bathrooms are always the worst. After all, they are children and don’t really understand the importance of cleanliness and what they can and can’t flush down the toilet. Have you done anything to try to keep them from the bathroom, causing all kinds of messes? My little girl will soon be a little too old for diapers, and I’m a little nervous about her using the grown up toilets.

  7. I also am still struggling with keeping up with the house cleaning and I actually think that I will always be like this. We have one life after all and there is so much to do that has nothing to do with house cleaning. 🙂 Thank you for the tip! The toilet is the thing in the house that should always be a priority when it comes to cleaning. No doubts about that! 🙂

  8. fredwingg says:

    Toilets even in the home and the entire bathroom area are filled with bacteria on a regular basis. It is especially important to keep the bathroom area as clean as possible especially during the cold and flu season. Thanks for the tip, this will going to help us to remove bacteria particles from the toilet and we can lead to healthy life.

  9. Homeowners also should consider replacing ancient water heaters, toilets, boilers, and other appliances with new high-efficiency or water-saving models.
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