Man in ‘burning pain’ after mistakenly using Tesco toilet wipes as loo roll for days

Tesco has been called upon to change the packaging of their flushable toilet cleaner wipes after a man accidentally mistook them for regular toilet paper wipes.

Leon Gleed wrongly used the anti-bacterial wipes in his bathroom for days and soon developed a soreness around his rear end that he describes as a “burning pain”.

The 29-year-old lorry driver says his girlfriend Sadie Williams purchased Tesco ‘s Active Flushable Toilet Wipes from a Tesco Express store in Rica, south Wales last month.

She then placed them near the toilet so they were in a handy location to clean the loo, which is where Leon made the error.

A few days and multiple trips to the toilet later, he had developed a nasty rash.

After checking the packet and realising his mistake, he confessed all to Sadie who burst out laughing.

Leon says although it was a silly mistake to make, he believes cleaning products should be labelled more clearly to avoid any risk of confusion.

He said: “I thought the product was wet wipes you use to go to the toilet with – but as it turned out, that wasn’t the case.

“When I developed the soreness I knew something wasn’t quite right and when I checked the packaging it said ‘kills 99 per cent of bacteria’.

“Sadie said to me ‘how can you be so stupid’, but I think cleaning products should have warning labels on them so they’re more identifiable.

“I’ve come through the worst of it now – I had to use Sudocrem down there for a week!

“Being a lorry driver it was hard to get in and out of the truck for a while because of the constant chafing and burning pain.

“The only way I can describe it is like the night after a hot curry but ten times worse!

“I know it was a silly mistake to make but I’m convinced there’s other people out there who have done the same!”

A spokesperson for Tesco, said: “We were sorry to hear about this.

“We make the labelling on our packaging as clear as possible for customers.

“Our toilet roll and related products are also in a separate aisle in the Risca Extra from these cleaning wipes.”

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