It’s a dirty job, but somebody has got to do it. Most men will admit that the toilet bowl is a great sanctuary. It is a temporary throne that allows us time to reflect and manipulate our vast knowledge into deep philosophical inquisition. The greatest minds have probably quite often come up with the most mind-boggling inventions while on this seat. But the toilet is also used for something else. And it is because of this “something else” that we need a defense mechanism so strong, that it will not offend the opposite sex. Because let’s face the facts (and I am only speaking to the guys right now): the toilet is not a thing of beauty. It is quite utilitarian. But the significant other in our lives would like to see it clean. Tidy. Preferably with less germs than the common keyboard which we use to hammer out our articles and make our Amazon.com purchases. Therefore, selecting a toilet cleaner can be as important a decision as what to wear and say on a first date. The toilet can leave quite the lasting impression.
Going with a name-brand like Lysol would be a fairly obvious answer. Lysol is known to disinfect and everybody is familiar with their aerosol cans that leave a room 99.9% germ-free. The name equates to trust, but here is a newsflash: Lysol Cling Toilet Bowl Cleaner is not the correct choice as you scan the household products aisle at the local Target. Toilet bowls have a tendency of getting quite filthy (go ahead and try to admit otherwise), and upon first using Lysol Cling I was delighted by the foamy spray that attached to the side and the stubborn, corrosive ring around the bottom of the bowl. I figured foam was good. It meant cleaning power! Besides, we’re talking about Lysol here! Certainly whatever God-awful damage I had done previously to the bottom of the toilet bowl would be decimated by a disinfecting champion.
But lo. After much scrubbing, the ring remained. I could not believe my eyes. Lysol had failed on the great challenge. I followed the exact instructions from the back of the bottle. Indeed, Lysol Cling left my toilet bowl smelling serene and almost beautiful, but I do not require a toilet that has a “country scent.” After doing a double take at Lysol’s product, I even pondered why I chose this aroma in the first place. What, according to the marketers, does “country” smell like? And is it necessary and required for a toilet to smell this way? No. A toilet bowl cleaner needs to perform its heavy-duty ability and clean the toilet, no matter how challenging the task. Smelling pretty remains quite secondary.
SnoBol toilet cleaner was created by a lesser known company: Church and Dwight. Before today, I had never given much thought about who makes this toilet cleaner. As a part-time stock trader, the company does not ring any bells. But with a product this potent, it should become a household name. It remains as a well kept secret, and the irony is that not only is the product less known than Lysol, but it is also a little cheaper. For $3.49, the bluish liquid that spits out needs to stay in the bowl for approximately 15 minutes. During that time, send an advance e-mail to Kevin Kreusch telling him how thankful you are that he told you about this genuine product. I am that confident SnoBol will work! After waiting, swish around the circumference of the toilet bowl with your brush for a couple of minutes and viola! No more irritating ring around the collar! SnoBol Liquid Cleaner does not offer the same scents as Lysol Cling, nor does it make available the same varieties. Lysol also offers a ReadyBrush Start-Up kit that one can get attachable brushes. After a single use, you are capable of flushing them down the toilet. I have never tried the product due to a fear that it can cause a drain clog and since my first attempt using Lysol’s Cling product fell short of my expectations.
It can be quite difficult to locate SnoBol’s product; recently the local Wal-Mart stopped carrying it. Home Depot should have Church and Dwight’s item well stocked. Buy it now and give a happy farewell to all of your toilet ring issues. Make your significant other beam with pride and feel safe using the facilities!