In addition to looking for ways to save money, we are always looking for ways to save time.
We’ve been in our new house for about a year and a half now and we love it. But if you forced me to choose a down side from moving out of a tiny apartment and into a big house, it would be the fact that there’s more space to clean. I’m so glad the days of one bathroom to share between ourselves and all our guests is over, but now we have three bathrooms so we have triple the workload. When we first moved it, it was so much space for us that we didn’t even use the guest bathroom! Used or not, that toilet still found a way to get dirty. I needed to find a way to avoid cleaning my toilet, but make sure it stayed clean by itself.
Before you start rolling your eyes, I understand that this is a first world problem.
I’m not complaining, but when I’m presented with a “problem” like this I can’t help but trying to solve it with the same philosophy I always use – work smarter not harder. I don’t like spending my weekends cleaning toilets, and I don’t have time to clean toilets during the week. And for a brief time we employed a maid, but if we could prevent the toilet from getting dirty in the first place, we wouldn’t have to pay her to clean it either.
Don’t get me wrong. We’re only talking about the inside of the toilet.
I can’t really help what happens to the outside. But I do know this: If the toilet isn’t being used, the outside stays clean but the inside still gets that gross layer of “toilet scum”, which is the scientific term used in the commercials when the scrubbing bubbles go to work on that pink ring around the water line. To solve this problem I turned to Amazon for a solution.
After some research, I found this little “life-hack” and decided to put it to the test.
Enter Kaboom with OxiClean Scrub Free – 4 Star Rated on Amazon. You put this little thing in your tank and it cleans the bowl with every flush. Genius! Okay cool, but what’s the hack? Glad you asked. I noticed under the Customers Who Bought This Also Bought section there was a bottle of Pool & Spa Tablets. So I started doing a little digging and it turns out that if you use the Kaboom system with the Spa tablets, you get all the power of a big pool cleaning system in your little toilet. Overkill? Maybe… but this could mean that I don’t have to clean my toilet anymore and I’ll still have a super clean, possibly-cleaner-than-if-I-were-to-clean-it, toilet. There was only one way to know. It was time to put it to the test.
We bought it, installed it, and watched it work.
At first we didn’t think much of it. But over time we started to realize, “Wow – this is really working. Have you cleaned the toilet bowl? No, have you? No…”. Weeks and then months went by and I was amazed that it remained so clean. So I decided to mark it on the calendar and do an official study. I told Sarah, don’t clean the bowl in either toilet and lets compare the one with the Spa tablets to the one without. 45 days later, here are the results:
As you can see, the toilet with the tablets kicked the other toilet’s butt.
In fact after doing this study I asked Sarah when the last time she changed the tablet was, and she told me that she has never changed it since we bought the Kaboom system in May, and It’s October now! That means it’s been about 6 months and there’s still roughly 25% of the tablet left.
Let’s do some silly math.
I counted the tablets in the bottle which came out to 36 (remaining) plus a ton of powder that probably used to be a tablet or two. So if each tablet last an average of 6 months, we’re looking at 18 years of not having to clean the toilet bowl. To get even more ridiculous, let’s say if you didn’t have the tablets you would spend 3 minutes a week cleaning the bowl, and multiple that by 52 weeks a year. That gives us a total of 156 minutes a year, multiplied by 18 years, which comes out to 2808 minutes. Divide that by 60 to get the number of hours, and that comes out to about 47 hours. That’s 47 hours you can spend doing something else.
Now that we’ve seen the time savings, let’s look at the cost savings.
Regular Kaboom refills last for about 3 months and cost about $9 for four-pack. That means $9 covers you for the year. Not bad! But according to my calculations, you could buy the Spa tablets and Kaboom together for approximately $29 which includes enough tablets to avoid cleaning your toilet bowl for the next 18 years! Now that’s a good deal.
Here’s how it works
- Click the links below to order these items on Amazon.
- Install the Kaboom system (Super easy. Takes two minutes, no tools needed. Watch the video below to see.)
- Insert a Spa tablet
- There is no step 4. Unless you count swapping out the tablet every 6+ months.
Here’s how easy it is to install
Save yourself some time and money, and never worry about your guests seeing your nasty toilet scrum ever again!