I’m not joking about “light scrub”—it requires very little elbow grease. The fizzing tablet dissolves completely, leaving a gleaming bowl behind in most cases. The only thing it couldn’t quite tackle were intense hard water stains, an issue other toilet bowl cleaners (including my former gold standard, Clorox Clinging Bleach Gel and Scrubbing Bubbles) couldn’t remove either. Lime-A-Way was the only thing that worked in that instance, but it contains hydrochloric acid, among other harsh chemicals, giving it an F rating from the Environmental Working Group. (On that note, Clorox and Scrubbing Bubbles also have F ratings. Blueland Toilet Cleaner hasn’t been vetted by the organization yet, though it is Cradle to Cradle certified and USDA BioPreferred.)
As I try to cut back on the harsh chemicals I use, this has been the best cleaner I’ve come across.
The Scent Is…Borderline Divine?
My biggest gripe about toilet cleaners is how revolting they all smell, no matter how “lemon fresh” they claim to be. Blueland’s lemon cedar tablet scent stunned me. It’s bright and citrusy, without the pungent sanitizer odor you typically get from cleaners—more like the scent you’d get from a Nest or Homesick candle. Even in the tin under my sink, the aroma very lightly filled the bathroom. (So, if you’re sensitive to scent, this may not be for you, but I loved it.)
The Bottom Line
If you’re looking for a low-effort, eco-friendly cleaner, Blueland is worth a shot. It’s so easy to use that I found myself cleaning the toilet more often—when it’s as simple as tossing a tablet in the bowl, how can you not?—just because I enjoyed the scent so much.
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