Saturday, April 21, 2012

To Scrub Or Not To Scrub

I like to write notes of appreciation. Whether to say ‘thank you for your kindness,’ or to say ‘thanks for being you,’ I do it because everyone at one time or another deserves a pat on the back.

When I had surgery not so long ago, thereby handicapping me of doing anything strenuous around the house, I had to rely on my three men to pick up the slack. And truly, they were wonderful (I need to write them a ‘thank you’ note).

However, doing things like cleaning toilets was not to be. I did manage to teach one lad how to clean the bathtub, so I can’t complain.

When I was finally able to get out and about, my idea of ‘out and about’ was walking 50 steps to the grocery store to do laps up and down the aisles while leaning on the shopping cart. As I was slow, I had time to REALLY peruse the shelves. This is a foreign concept to me given my usual whirlwind shopping sprees.

One day I was in the cleaning products aisle, one of my favourite sections of the store. Not that I am a compulsive cleaner, my house sterile enough to lick the spaghetti sauce off the floors, but I get a kick out of trying new products when I have the time and energy.

On the shelves between the scouring pads and dryer sheets I found the answer to my cleaning dilemma – or more specifically, my bathroom cleaning dilemma.

Scrubbing Bubbles® products by SC Johnson has a whole slew of products for cleaning your bathroom and kitchen. I don’t know if it was the cute little bubble guys on the packaging that drew my attention, but they were a welcome, cheery distraction from my woes.

Scrubbing Bubbles® Continuous Clean Toilet Cleaning Gel is a little gizmo that by way of a plastic applicator, you stick a glob of slow-dissolving cleaning gel to the inside of your toilet bowl, and with every flush fresh-scented cleaner swirls around the bowl, keeping it ring-free!

My GOD! I wanted to jump and frolic among the nearby Brillo® pads, but my sore post-surgery body wouldn’t allow it.

I later somehow managed to lean over the toilet and apply one of the gel globs, and that was it! The package says they last for a week, but they lasted a lot longer than that.

And I won’t get into the Scrubbing Bubbles® Extend-A-Clean for bathtubs. Just spray, leave it on for a bit, rinse, and voila! You have a barrier against bathtub rings for 3 – 4 days!

So, of course, I had to write them. And of course, without disrespecting their products, I put a little humour into it.

Here’s what I wrote:


Just had to tell you that I was very, very pleased to discover your Continuous Clean Toilet Cleaning Gel and Extend-a-Clean for bathtubs. I had surgery, and was unable to do many household chores. I have a family of men, but....well....they helped as best as they could, but...

Anyways, it was a pleasure to have found a product that I could leave on and would self-clean my toilet and tub, so that I didn't have to worry about it, given my inability to clean, etc. I have been using the toilet cleaning gel for over a month, and have never seen a stain. In that time, the gel 'globs' have only had to have been replaced twice; each lasts longer than a week.

And as with the bathtub, with three messy men in my house, bathtub rings are a constant, so the Extend a Clean has been perfect!

Thank you for this: I will continue using your products.

Not too long after, they wrote me back. Not only were they happy to hear their products had helped me and my men during their ‘cleaning patrol,’ but they were quite taken with my note, saying that my ‘delightful comments had been shared with the Scrubbing Bubbles® team.’

I’m famous!

(I didn’t want to print their letter without their permission, but I think given our ‘best friend’ status, I don’t think they will mind me quoting a few lines from their letter).

Now I know the first question many will ask is if they sent me a lifetime supply of cleaning products. No, they didn’t – but that’s fine with me. I didn’t write to them expecting something in return. I am more than thrilled that they took the time to personally write me back, and that they appreciated my note and my sense of humour. It gave me as much a giggle as I gave them.

Not that I was poking fun at their products, but hey, when talkin’ toilets, ya gotta laugh.

So what is the lesson learned in all this? Keep your toilet and bathtub clean with Scrubbing Bubbles®, and always send someone a nice note. You’ll be rewarded with a smile.

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