Bzz Agent Review: Scrubbing Bubbles One Step Toilet Bowl Cleaner
As readers of Green Bay Consumer already know, I’m happy to be a Bzz Agent and have been for almost six years. Bzz Agent is a word-of-mouth marketing campaign company that works directly with manufacturers and hooks them up with customers to test new or improved products. I recently told you about my experience testing the new Werther’s Caramel products.
The latest Bzz Campaign I’ve been lucky enough to be invited to is the Scrubbing Bubbles Automatic Toilet Bowl Cleaner Campaign. I received a starter kit and coupons to hand out to friends and family (many of which went into the Brown County Library Coupon Exchange.) This is a very hot product that has many people talking because of a fabulous deal at Wal-Mart. They recently had the automatic toilet bowl cleaner starter kit for $3.97 (MSRP is $9.99) and there are $4/1 coupons available. Meaning you could pick up yours for free.
Now remember, I LOVE Scrubbing Bubbles products in general even though I’m more of a Seventh Generation and Method cleaner kind of gal. I prefer more “green” and environmentally-friendly cleaners but will not give up my Scrubbing Bubbles to clean our shower and tub. With most of my purchases, especially with cleaners, I always consider the environmental impact of such choices.
The Scrubbing Bubbles One Step Toilet Bowl Cleaner is a device that sits on the floor next to the toilet and has a tube that attaches to the rim of your toilet bowl. You step on the device to spray cleaner into the toilet bowl. It’s recommended you do this twice a day and to do it before a period of non-use. To see it in action click here.
I set up my Scrubbing Bubbles One Step Toilet Bowl Cleaner in the master bathroom even though the other two toilets in our house need more care. Why? Cuz I have four kids under the age of 8 and this device sitting on the floor is just ASKING for them to play with it. I used the cleaner as instructed the first week and it definitely kept the toilet sparkling clean. But the true test came when I did set it up in the kids’ bathrooms.
You can guess what happened next. My two older kids were caught fiddling with it and they asked what it was. I told them it was cleaning products and to not mess with it. To the best of my knowledge they have stayed away. However, my two toilet-training toddlers who spend a lot of time in the bathroom couldn’t keep their hands off the One Step Cleaner. Clearly Scrubbing Bubbles did their best to make this device as unobtrusive as possible but it’s still very visible. I read one reviewer who said it reminded her of a medical device and I can’t disagree. I pushed the device as far back as I could to keep it out of sight and out of the little girls’ hands. That created a problem. I had to push it so far out of the way that trying to step on the device required contortionist moves.
Also, the environmentalist in me wasn’t crazy about shooting toilet bowl cleaner into the bowl twice a day. Sure, it keeps the bowl clean, but if you put any toilet bowl cleaner in your toilet bowl twice a day it should stay clean. This product makes it easier to do, but is it really necessary? The unit is supposed to last one month and then you need to buy a refill. For those that purchased the One Step Cleaner at Wal-Mart only to get one of the refills in the starter kit for free, that’s a whole lot of One Step devices that are going to end up in landfills if they don’t decide to donate them somewhere.
For me, I’d rather use the non-chemical laden toilet bowl cleaners (which work just as well) once a week and swirl a cleaning brush in the toilet bowl even though it takes a few more minutes. If you don’t care about those considerations, then this product might be for you because it does work.
As a Bzz Agent, I am told to “Give them your honest, hype-free opinion“. The opinions expressed here are my own.