I did a Bzz Agent review not too long ago on the Scrubbing Bubbles Automatic Shower Cleaner. Along with that, the Scrubbing Bubbles people sent me a box of the Toilet Cleaning Gel and a Flushable Wipe. After using the products, I've come to this conclusion-- I'm not a fan of the cheater cleaners.
Hubs shaves in the shower. He gets whiskers stuck to the shower wall. The shower cleaner hit just below that. Not their fault, it's just what happened for me. Though, I have a reader that really likes hers and a friend with MS that was considering a purchase of one. I was using it in a tub/shower combo. It just didn't do that well for me.
After using the toilet cleaning gel, I have to agree with Jamie-- it is very chemical smelling. The cleaning? Yes, notsomuch. I found that I got a better result from using my Lysol with Bleach toilet bowl cleaner and the brush.
That brings me to my next thought. They have the toilet brushes with the disposable pad. Landfill anyone? It's not that difficult to use the brush and the liquid stuff. In fact, I used to use Ajax cleanser with bleach, but found I was getting some sediment settling at the bottom and decided to go liquid. If you have a kid that likes to play with the toilet brush, just keep it in a child locked cabinet under the sink. And for the person who google searched and picked me up on "toilet wand gel scrubbing bubbles safe if my kid touches it?" My answer would be a big fat no. Don't let Little Jimmy play with the toilet cleaning wand no matter how entertaining he might feel that it is.
Teflon cleaner for the bathroom? Well, the thought weirds me out. I understand that the dirt will be less likely to stick. Teflon? I also understand that for my friend that admitted one time that it had been 6 months since she had cleaned her bathroom(s) last, this might be a good option for her. (She had a lot going on at the time.) For me, the once a week cleaning (with touch-ups as needed) works just fine. The 20 minutes is well worth it.
Then there is Swiffer. I'm sorry. I realize that there are fans. I am not. I can't stand the thought of rubbing a paper thingy across the floor then flinging it into the garbage so that I can put another paper thingy on the stick and toss it, too. Then there is the Wet Jet. My friend swears by hers. She has Pergo flooring and says that it works wonders on it. Again, all I can think of are all of those paper pads being whipped into the garbage. Do you recall what the lady who does the Foodsaver infomercial says? "Cash in the trash." Oh, yeah.
Should I start in on the wipes of various types? I do admit that I have the Windex wipes in the car for emergency clean-ups and boredom cleaning as I wait. I probably shouldn't throw a fit about this one, but really-- there are so many wipes! Dust with a wipe. (I'm a fan of my wooly duster.) Wipe your windows with another wipe. Oh, there is a bleach wipe! There is an orange cleaner wipe! UGH! Landfill! Landfill! Landfill! Eeeek!
Disposable kitchen cloths. You know, those paper thin thingies? Yes, um-- no.
Now, I can admit that I love my Mr. Clean Magic Eraser. It lasts a long time and gets the chair paint off my wall and the dirt from my refrigerator door handle that nothing else can get. Disposable, though.
When I clean, I use the mop (one that has the ringer handle), the broom, my sweeper (with a dump cup and no bag to pitch), the cleaners, towels and not many paper towels. I will wipe the toilet with paper towels, but the rest gets wiped with kitchen scrubber towels. I do use commercial cleaners, though. The bottles are recycled after they are rinsed.
I just didn't find that the cheaters saved me anymore time. Often, they cost much more not only monetarily but environmentally. I'm working on my environmental impact. I'm trying to be better with my choices. I look forward to researching more environmentally friendly cleaning options. My post on vinegar is just a start. I'm hoping to change my ways for the better.