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Kaboom Never Scrub: Does it Work?
By: Lauren Keith

Kaboom Never Scrub Continuous Toilet Cleaning System promises to clean with every flush, even cleaning under the rim.  In fact, spokesperson Billy Mays says you won't have to clean for up to three months!  That's how long it lasts! Guaranteed, huh?  We'll see.

I guess I'll look past the fact that the box says "lasts three months" and the commercial on the internet says "six months."  Either way, Cheryl Pingel and I agree, this toilet cleaning system is supposed to work a long time.

"I've just always wondered about this," she says.

Cheryl agreed to let me install the Kaboom in the only bathroom in her home in Brewer.  She graciously promised not to clean this stool no matter how dirty it might get, so we can see if Kaboom really works.

"That's irritating me right now the dirt in there," she says.

Cheryl cleaned her stool a bit before the test, as the diretions state.  Still, it has some hardwater stains the product promises to clean.  Let's not forget, her toilet isn't even as dirty as the one in the commercial.  Here we go...

"A lot more complicated," says Cheryl as she and I try to put the Kaboom pipes into her tank.

Installing Kaboom isn't necessarily as easy as it looks.  We even had to use pliers to attach one of the tubes to a pipe in the stool.  I guess what makes this different than the rest---Kaboom flushes chemicals right into your toilet's piping, whereas other cleaners either have a drop-in or a liquid you'd squeeze into it yourself.  Each time you flush, supposedly Kaboom cleans up right behind you.

"Are you nervous to flush? Do you think it'll work?" I ask Cheryl.

"I'm hoping it doesn't spray everywhere!" she nervously laughs.

Lucky for us---no worries yet.

"A little leak there though," notices Cheryl.

This isn't an instant cleaner either.  The spots in the bottom of the bowl are pretty stained-on.

"I wonder how many times do you have to flush it before it's spotless?" she asks out loud.

That's what we'll find out.

Cheryl applies the sticker with the date on it.  According to the provided decal, this cleaning system should not need replacing until October!

"I'm not quite sure if it'll work, but it'd be super if it did.  I wouldn't scrub and could get rid of the brush," she says.

I leave the Kaboom system installed.  Again, this is the only bathroom in Cheryl's house, so it's going to get a lot of use.

Sure enough, Cheryl called me just two and a half weeks later, when she couldn't stand it any longer!

"We're not too pleased.  I don't want my toilet looking like this anymore," she says. "It's been very hard, especially seeing that spot.  I don't want that on public TV," says Cheryl.

While Cheryl's toilet isn't disgusting, she'll still need to use a scrub brush, and this product certainly does not clean under the rim, as promised.

"I can smell the chemical, so it's working to some extent, but I'd have to give it at least a 'D,'" says Cheryl.

It may be sanitizing, but at $8 for a start-up kit and $4 for refill tablets, Cheryl would rather buy a $2 drop-in or gel and just clean the toilet herself.

It's a dirty job, but someone's gotta do it.  Kaboom Toilet System scrubs up a 'D' and gets flushed itself on this Does it Work test.

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