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I tried the supermarket own brand toilet gel – and the winner is as good as Harpic or Duck and a third of the price

Cleaning the toilet is no one’s favorite activity.

But you may find it easier to use an effective cleanser.

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We test supermarket own brand toilet gels

But what works best when it comes to keeping things nice and fresh and getting rid of that nasty color?

The big brands are not always the most effective and often the most expensive.

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We asked mum-of-three Lynsey Hope, 41, from West Malling, Kent, to try out supermarket toilet cleaners to see how they stack up against market leaders Duck and Harpic.

Here’s the story:

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Tesco was our winner - a great cleaner and a great deal9

Tesco was our winner – a great cleaner and a great dealCredit: Gary Stone

WINNER: Tesco Active Toilet Gel Fresh (750ml)

Lynsey says: “Great product from Tesco. It brightens up my toilet and smells clean and fresh. Thick enough to stick to the bowl when cleaning and sprays easily from the bottle.

“It did a great job of removing the limescale from the bottom of the toilet. It’s only a fraction of the cost of the big brands – about a third of the price – but it’s still very good.

“I’ll be putting this on my shopping list as a regular from now on.”

  • Cleaning: 10/10
  • Value for money: 10/10
  • Overall score: 10/10

Overall score: 30/30

Lidl's version was one of the best, but slightly more expensive than Tesco's9

Lidl’s version was one of the best, but slightly more expensive than Tesco’sCredit: Gary Stone

Lidl W5 Pine Forest toilet gel (750 ml)

Linsey says: “A very nasty green, but actually the Lidl color was one of the best. It’s a bit more expensive than Tesco but it’s a great product and left my hair shiny and clean.

“They make a lemon scrub, so try that next time.”

  • Cleaning: 9/10
  • Value for money: 9/10
  • Overall score: 9/10

Overall score: 27/30

Asda is expensive compared to others but does a good job9

Asda is expensive compared to others but does a good jobCredit: Gary Stone

Asda Toilet Gel Cleanser Cool Aqua (750ml)

Lynsey says: “This is a great price for a decent quality toilet cleaner from Asda. It smells good and lasts well.

“I had to do some more scrubbing to get rid of the dirt, but you’d be hard-pressed to tell the difference between this Asda bottle and the more expensive brands.

“It’s very expensive compared to Aldi, Lidl and even 10p more than Tesco.”

  • Cleaning: 9/10
  • Value for money: 6/10
  • Overall score: 8/10

Overall score: 23/30

It's too expensive, even for its effectiveness9

It’s too expensive, even for its effectivenessCredit: Gary Stone

Harpic Active Fresh (750 ml)

  • £1.30 (£1.73 per litre)

Linsey says: “There’s no denying that Harpic works well, but it costs around three times as much as Tesco cleaner.

“It was thick and one of the most effective cleaners, after a few uses it got rid of the discolouration in the toilet bowl and left it smelling fresh and clean.

“It’s very expensive, and the others we’ve tested have done just as well.”

  • Cleaning: 10/10
  • Value for money: 4/10
  • Overall score: 7/10

Overall score: 21/30

Duck doesn't clean up as well as you might think9

Duck doesn’t clean up as well as you might thinkCredit: Gary Stone

Duck Deep Action Gel Pine Forest (750ml)

  • £1.25 (£1.67 per litre)

Linsey says: “Duck cleaner claims to kill 99.9% of bacteria and remove bad odours. It did all that, but even after a few passes, there was a brown stain on the toilet bowl, which I was hoping would be removed at this price.

“It’s very thick, so it sticks to the toilet bowl, and I thought that would work well. It has a nice autumn smell.’

  • Cleaning: 6/10
  • Value for money: 4/10
  • Overall score: 5/10

Overall score: 15/30

Sainsbury's is good but not the best9

Sainsbury’s is good but not the bestCredit: Gary Stone

Sainsbury’s Aqua Toilet Gel (750ml)

Linsey says: “The Sainsbury’s version did a great job of making the toilet smell fresh and clean and I liked that it didn’t have the strong bleach smell like the others.

“However, it didn’t do much to get rid of the discoloration that had formed at the bottom of the toilet.

“Not bad for everyday use, but every now and then you’ll need to scrub with something a little stronger. More expensive than others.”

  • Cleaning: 5/10
  • Value for money: 4/10
  • Overall score: 5/10

Overall score: 14/30

Morrisons cleaner isn't the thickest so you may need more uses to get the job done9

Morrisons cleaner isn’t the thickest so you may need more uses to get the job doneCredit: Gary Stone

Morrisons Toilet Cleaner Ocean Wave (750ml)

Linsey says: “Morrisons toilet cleaner smells nice and fresh but the consistency is very watery and you need to use a lot with each wash.

“So I don’t think it’s great value for money. It’s not super cheap either. I wouldn’t hesitate to buy it in the future.”

  • Cleaning: 4/10
  • Value for money: 3/10
  • Overall score: 4/10

Overall score: 11/30

It may be cheap, but it's not good9

It may be cheap, but it’s not goodCredit: Gary Stone

Aldi Vital Fresh Toilet Gel Ocean (750 ml)

Lynsey says, “Don’t be fooled by the great price. As I usually love Aldi products, this was not good. I drained about a quarter of the bottle in one wash.

“It was so thin and watery that you had to use it a lot for a simple clean. It’s not good at all.”

  • Cleaning: 3/10
  • Value for money: 4/10
  • Overall score: 3/10

Overall score: 10/30

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