Cleaning the toilet is the by far the worst household chore known to mankind, but the recent invention of disposable toilet cleaning products has made life easier in this regard.
No longer do we need to have a scrub brush and holder for each bathroom, (which, by the way, does nothing for the dÃ?Â©cor). No longer do we need a pair of those hideous yellow rubber gloves once considered necessary armor for the successful decontamination of our potties. And no longer do we need to gag, hold our noses, or come within two inches of our porcelain thrones.
Thanks to companies like Scrubbing Bubbles and Clorox, we can now clean our bowls with confidence (and at a much more acceptable distance than before). And what’s more, the products we can now use to do battle in the bathroom can be thrown out as soon as we’ve conquered the field.
My first experience was with the Scrubbing Bubbles Fresh Flush Toilet Cleaning System. Assembling the brush was no problem, but the pads that came with it were a bit flimsy looking and kind of slid onto the end of the brush. The can of foam cleaner was already attached, so after “blooming” (the cleaning pads require a bit of re-shaping) the pads, all I had to do was point and shoot.
The foam shot out with impressive force, and I actually enjoyed scrubbing away. The brush design made it easy to reach anywhere I needed to go, and the whole process was over in less than a minute.
Here’s the rub: while the Scrubbing Bubbles Fresh Flush Toilet Cleaning System worked wonders for the bowl, I was slightly afraid to risk flushing away the cleaning pad afterward, and I wasn’t sure it was the best possible design for the job. I ended up tossing the cleaning pad in the trash, even though the advertisement assured me that flushing would not result in any unfortunate consequences.
Since I wasn’t entirely happy with the pad design on the Scrubbing Bubbles Fresh Flush Toilet Cleaning System, I decided to try out another product that might offer something with a bit more scrubbing power.
I found it in the Clorox Toilet Wand Disposable Toilet Cleaning System. As with the previous product, the brush was easily assembled. But this time, I didn’t need to re-shape the cleaning pad; the end of the brush is open, so the cleaning pads pop right onto them.
While it wasn’t as fun as squirting foam everywhere, the cleaning pad on the Clorox Toilet Wand got the job done. The cleaning pad itself contains the necessary detergent, and looks as though it’s made of a scouring-pad like material. Again, the entire process of assembling and cleaning took less than one minute. When it was over, I pressed a button which ejected the cleaning pad directly into the trash, no touching required, no dripping to worry about.
One thing I noticed was that, although I felt the Clorox wand managed to clean the bowl more thoroughly than the Scrubbing Bubbles wand, the Scrubbing Bubbles wand created a more fragrant aroma that lingered much longer than the one created by the Clorox wand. Also, while the Scrubbing Bubbles cleaning pad can be flushed down the toilet, the Clorox cleaning pad has to be thrown into the trash.
Because the two products cost about the same, I suppose aesthetics, more than anything else, will govern consumer choice: those of us who prefer a heavy-duty kind of clean are more likely to choose the Clorox wand, while those who enjoy a more fragrant, exciting experience are more likely to choose the Scrubbing Bubbles wand.