Automating the Chore of Cleaning
You’re busy, I’m busy, and who isn’t busy these days? Who has time for house work with both parents working, teens too busy with their school work, friends or extracurricular activities.
Are family’s even families anymore? When was the last time you sat down at the dinner table to eat as a family? Is that steam I see coming out of your ears. That long, huh? Wouldn’t it be nice if with all the wonders of modern technology that someone would come up with the bright idea of a bathroom that cleans itself? Wonder of wonders wouldn’t that be nice!
Lets examine two of these technological gadgets that promises to help you do just that, the automatic shower cleaner and the automatic toilet bowl cleaner.
Heck, I’ll admit it I hate cleaning even when I do have the time I’ll pretty much make up any excuse to get out of cleaning duties. And I’ll even go as far as say I will just about buy any product that promises to help me do it faster or even do it for me.
And unfortunately this is where the wet dream ends. The Scrubbing Bubbles Automatic Shower Cleaner is a battery operated appliance that is suppose to keep your shower clean not only once but every time you get out of the shower with the touch of a button.
Unfortunately, according to consumer reports the devices spray missed many spots, sometimes left streaks and sticky cleaning solution on the tile walls and shower doors. The device either didn’t show any improvement in the shower or in some cases made things even worse.
Their conclusion was to close your wallet and get out that sponge and bathroom cleaner the old fashioned way with some spit and elbow grease. Sorry Charlie, maybe next time.
Keeping a Tidy Toilet
It is interesting to note that when the first toilet bowl cleaners came out they were usually hung on the inside of the toilet and were held in place by a clip and dispensed cleaning solution every time the toilet flushed.
More recently consumers have become lazier and have adopted the more convenient tablets that you put directly into your tank. Every time the tank stopper (toilet flapper) lifted the cleaning solution would be flushed down into the bowl to clean the toilet.
While these in tank drop in toilet bowl cleaners do a pretty good job, many people found that if they left these tablets in their tanks without flushing them for an extended period of time, such as when they went on vacation, they would return to find that their toilets were leaking and they couldn’t figure out why.
It was soon discovered that the chlorine and bleach concentration in the tablets kept getting stronger and stronger as the tablet dissolved and the rubber gaskets and washers of the toilet flapper slowly disintegrated over time.
The solution to this problem is to flush at least once a day, which might be a problem if you are on vacation. So remember to remove these tablets from your tank if you plan on going away for awhile or get your house sitter to flush the toilets after they water your plants and bring in your mail.
While having these two gadgets are novel ideas so you don’t have to clean your bathroom as often, they still have their shortcomings and should be used in conjunction with just plain elbow grease to make sure that every nook of your bathroom is clean enough to your specifications.