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Loogun is a cleaner, more hygienic alternative to the bog brush

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Far from bog standard

What if there was a better way to clean your toilet than the humble bog brush? The Loogun is a cleaner, more hygienic and downright more aesthetically pleasing alternative, and it's seeking funding on Kickstarter now.

Before you pooh-pooh it, let's take a look. It looks more like a classy vase or sculpture than a toilet brush, so that's one point in its favour. It also doesn't have any bristles, so there's no scraping required and no detritus will get caught in it. Instead, it fires a jet of water to clean your pan, like a hygienic, cleansing water pistol.

The makers claim it's powerful enough to work below the water line, though we'll have to test that for ourselves before we can confirm.

It's powered by four AA batteries. The makers claim it will last 270 uses before needing new batteries.

One of the key selling points is that it's completely safe. Because it never touches the toilet, it's completely hygienic for toddlers. It even has a clever feature that means it only sprays if it's facing down, so there's no danger of getting a faceful of water.

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It's not too pricey either. It can be had for as little as £23, though at time of writing those at this price were nearly all gone. The standard price is £27, which is still pretty reasonable.

It's raised almost £5,000 of its £40,000 funding goal, and has 39 days to go. If successful, it will ship in January.

John

July 1, 2015, 12:11 pm

I can say almost immediately that this isn't going to be as effective as a brush for cleaning. Probably fine for light tasks but I doubt it would be effective against those stuck on bits as the more powerful you make the jet, the greater the likelihood of splashing germs and water all over the place. That said, I wouldn't mind trying it out..

dgrantuk

July 1, 2015, 12:55 pm

At risk of sounding like an advert but "...what about the stains below the water line...". Wouldn't mind finding out how good a water pistol it is though.

toboev

July 1, 2015, 12:56 pm

How is this different to what we gents do anyway for sport?

toboev

July 1, 2015, 12:58 pm

third paragraph

Biggles

July 1, 2015, 4:19 pm

Yes but it doesn't look very effective in the video. It took ages to shift one little bit of 'poo' below the water line. I'm sticking to the brush.

toboev

July 1, 2015, 4:22 pm

Aye, and there's the problem - sticking to the brush!

Calan

July 1, 2015, 9:53 pm

Hi David. I'm one of the founders. To address your point, it took 5 seconds to remove the Vegemite in the video. How long would it take you to scrub that off the toilet and then attempt to clean the poop off the brush? I'm guessing it may well be longer than 5 seconds, and you'll still end up with a pretty disgusting brush at the end of it. Further to that, and you can test this however you like, Vegemite is stickier than poop, and glass, unlike a toilet, does not have a non-stick coating, so our representation is actually a sterner test than the real world version. I would happily share real videos of the Loogun in action, however, at this time I'm banned from doing so as people can be quite sensitive about these things. Even showing the Vegemite simulation was a heavily contested issue. Thanks for all the feedback here, it's great to see people discussing it.

Biggles

July 3, 2015, 7:34 am

In two or three seconds, a brush will have cleaned all the bowl, including the bottom of the bend and part way round it, not just a little bit on the side quite near the surface. It's no contest. And, as regards cleanliness, if the handle is getting covered in poop, you're doing something badly wrong.

Bugblatter

July 6, 2016, 1:29 am

This is now available. You guys gonna get one in for review? If so please try not to be too graphic about the testing methodology!

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