OxiClean Toilet Bowl Tablets

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OxiClean Toilet Bowl Tablets - Dirty Deeds Done [Almost] Dirt Cheap

Sep 26, 2004
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Rated a Very Helpful Review

Pros:Rip it open and drop it in … doesn’t get simpler than that.

Cons:Expensive.

The Bottom Line: Dealing with some nasty toilets? Have money to burn? Check out OxiClean’s Toilet Bowl Tablets.





The name OxiClean sends shivers down my spine – not the actual product but the memory of being sick as a dog, the remote control out of my reach and having the infomercial playing over and over again on late night television. I’ve tried the laundry boosters and the various cleaners and had mixed results so when I came across the toilet bowl tablets I figured I’d give them a try in my brothers bathroom. He’s been overseas with my boys for a while and when they came for a brief visit they all flocked to that particular bathroom – and left it in horrid shape. The toilet has always been the worst part, when we purchased the house I wanted to replace it because the former owners, for lack of a better word, were absolute pigs. When I flipped up the seat on the loo I almost fell over in utter disgust – and that is a very nice way of describing what I saw.

OxiClean Toilet Bowl Tablets

I had to laugh when I opened the box and removed the first individually sealed packet – the size of this “tablet” sort of shocked me – it’s more like a disc than a tablet … but hey, I just write the reviews of this stuff, not name it or classify it. There’s no smell to it when you open it but it’s not exactly something that I’d want to handle with my bare hands. To me this is the epitome of laziness since you still need to clean under the rim of the toilet as well as anything that’s above the water line. Still, I gleefully tossed the box in my cart and proceeded to shop. I figured that having these around would be great when I didn’t feel like dealing with a messy toilet or wanted to really get it clean and could allow it to work all night long. The end result is a clean toilet but in all honesty, you can achieve the same sparkling bowl with a little bit of muscle and some basic cleaning chemicals.

Like almost all the other OxiClean products, this one relies on oxygen to do most of the dirty work. While it says “OxiClean Toilet Bowl Tablets contain no chlorine bleach or phosphates, and are safe for plumbing and septic systems” it does in fact contain sodium perborate, a laundry additive that is most commonly referred to as a “color safe bleach”. To me this is deceptive marketing – it tried to impress itself upon you as being a “safe” cleaning product then skirts the issue of containing a bleach product. If I had half a brain I would have tried dumping some baking soda into the bowl to see if that would have worked; why baking soda you ask? Because that’s one of the active ingredients in this product. The manufacturers say that this won’t harm septic systems or tanks but use it at your own risk, even more so if you are someone that doesn’t like to have harsh chemicals in your toilet system. Never use this to try and remove a clog from the line, this will only add to your misery when you need to plunge or call in a professional.

Directions

This is pretty simple; rip open the packet and drop it in the toilet. If you are dealing with a toilet that has massive build up or stains, let it sit over night but make everyone in the house aware that there is a cleaner in the bowl and keep all pets away from it. You can get good results in about a half hour to forty five minutes but for allowing it to work over night is what is recommended. Now, keep in mind that if you have hard water or the bowl is really grimy you may need to scrub it out; if this is the case, make sure that you wear some kind of protective gloves in case there is a splash up. Even though the chemicals are diluted, they could still inflame sensitive skin. Since this contains sodium perborate [color safe bleach] and sodium bicarbonate [baking soda] you should never combine it with any other cleaner or chlorine bleach. You could be creating a very toxic environment as well as one that could knock you off your feet with fumes. Please read the safety information on the back of the box before you use this and keep it out of the reach of children and animals.

Price

Hold on to your socks because this product isn’t cheap. Get ready to shell out about ten dollars for a box of twelve tablets [again, individually sealed]. That might sound like a lot but when you do the math it comes out to about .80 cents per tablet but for those who have multiple toilets, using these on a weekly basis just won’t be practical or cost effective. I really wanted to try them to see if they would get rid of the water mark on the inside of the bowl and since no other product seemed to work, it was sort of a last ditch effort. I don’t use these often; in fact, unless the bowl is so disgusting and cruddy that I wretch when I see it, I break out the usually toilet bowl cleaner and the scrubber and do it “the old fashioned” way.

The Bottom Line

This product does work but not as well as I expected; there is still a very visible water mark inside the bowl and no matter how hard I scrubbed while the product was working, it was still there when I flushed in the morning. This is a great product for those who have absolutely no desire to clean a bathroom toilet, are so busy that they can’t clean or those with money to burn – but if you have that much money, just hire a maid. You can check the company’s website to see if they are offering any specials on the product or any coupons – do so at www.oxiclean.com. The last time I checked the box I still had nine tablets left and those are reserved for the dirtiest of dirty toilets. At almost ten dollars a box … these aren’t going to be used carelessly.


Thanks for the visit!

~^V^~ Freak ~^V^~

© 2004 Freak369


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