When the hot mamas over at the Parent Bloggers Network asked me to review Kaboom Shower, Tub & Tile Cleaner and Kaboom Never Scrub! - I was embarrassingly into it. Who gets excited about these things? Shower cleaning spray? Toilet cleaning solution? What is wrong with me?
Fine, I'll admit it. I hate cleaning my bathroom...and the number one reason is the hellish fumes from chemicals. Look, I've almost Super Mom'ed myself a few times, and while it would be cool if I was able to produce cleaning solutions from my fingertips, the reality is I'd probably just kill a few brain and lung cells, and maybe hallucinate for a few days. Or die. CLEANING YOUR BATHROOM IMPROPERLY CAN RESULT IN DEATH - did you know that? All the more reason to avoid it like the plague. Or, you know, make your husband do it.
So, with my reluctance to do the whole bathroom-as-gas-chamber thing (who designed my bathrooms with zero natural ventilation?) it is unsurprising that I have a soap scum issue. And the occasional under-the-rim cleaning issues. I'm not going to elaborate further. Try not to dwell. Doo dee doo dee doo, la la la. Moving on --
So, when the offer to try this Kaboom stuff out for free came, I checked out the website, and lo and behold, look who's hawking this stuff? It is that OxyClean and Orange-Glo guy! He's like the Emeril of cleaning products. He's personally responsible for my initial purchase of OxyClean, which I just freaking can't do without. He's so enthusiastic about cleaning. Which, personally, is pretty hot - hey baby, I got a soap scummy shower with your name all over it. Heh.
When the products arrived, I was eager to see if they could do what they claimed to do. I'm not a big fan of in-tank chemicals for the toilet - it always seems like the kids are forgetting to close the lid, and the dog and cat have been known to drink from the toilet frequently. I gave it a try, though, and I will say, this stuff totally works. I've got a sparkling bowl, and my hysteria over keeping the lid down so that no one drinks the water AND TOTALLY DIES OMG is really unfounded.
As the box recommends:
Bowl water not harmful to children or pets. However it is not recommended that pets regularly drink from the toilet.
Now, the Kaboom Shower, Tub & Tile Cleaner - I am fume-phobic, remember? But this stuff actually has a fairly pleasant aroma, for a cleaner, and it didn't leave me with watering eyes and wheezing lungs. Even better, it didn't take much of it to completely dissolve the soap scum on my tile shower, and it even cleaned the orange stains from my grout. Woo hoo! You just spray it on and let it sit for a couple of minutes, and then wipe. Awesome.