Pros: Main ingredient is derrived from plant-based acids, bottle is recycled
Cons: It doesn't have the performance of it's green competitors
As an early adopter of Method's products, I jump on the opportunity to try new products. Sadly, I was disappointed by Lil' Bowl Blu's performance.
The cleaner comes scented lightly with eucalyptus and has a nice gentle blue color so that you can see where you've squirted. Rather than bleach or harsh chemicals found in the traditional brands, Method uses a plant-derived acid to loosen up stains, as well as natural thickeners to help it cling to the bowl.
Like most of Method's household cleaners, the package is designed to be unique but the design here hampers it's performance... to start, you twist open the cap and turn upside down (the cap remains part of the bottle) and squeeze under the rim of your toilet like most bowl cleaners. The unique design of this bottle, however, makes it difficult to shoot an even stream under the rim because it allows air to rush in... it takes 3-4 squeezes to get the liquid around the entire bowl. What I dislike most about the design is that you close the bottle by twisting shut the attached nozzle. Who wants to grab hold of a nozzle that's just been in the toilet?
The first time I used Lil' Blu I let it sit just a few minutes which was worthless. The 2nd and 3rd times I let it sit 15 then 30 minutes... they did a better job but never could scrub out the hard water ring in the toilet the way other products can. My 4th try I left it for 3 hours... that actually did a worse job because when I came back to scrub, the thin liquid had run down the side and collected in a cloud at the bottom of the bowl. There was no 5th time because I switched back to Seventh Generation's toilet bowl cleaner which does a much better job.
I hope that Method improves the cleaner because they have a great distribution channel, and I think the designs of their products will help pull in more consumers who don't know much about green cleaning.