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Lysol Power’s stupid and exaggerated commercial

Turn on your TV on and there they are, commercials that are either stupid or grossly exaggerate the product their hawking. Have we become so commercially programmed that we simply ignore these commercials or do we really believe the crap that’s in these ads? I think the answer is somewhere in between.

Today’s exaggerated commercial comes to us courtesy of Lysol Power Toilet Bowl Cleaner. It starts off with the scene of a mother placing strips of toilet paper on the toilet seat of an obviously filthy restroom. The narrator says “Public restrooms are disgusting, and can be infected with germs. But what about your toilet at home?” So, what about it. It doesn’t look anything like the one in your ad and it’s not “infected with germs”. So…no problem there. What caught my ear was the claim that my toilet could be “infested with up to 3 million bacteria per square inch.” Oh really, is that so.

Ok, I’ll buy that probably any toilet, with the possible exception of a brand new one at Lowes, could contain bacteria. But up to 3 million, WOW, you really have my full attention now. And where in the hell did they get that number from? Not 1,600 or 287,000 or even 2,999,999 bacteria. But exactly up to 3,000,000 bacteria. Now did they actually measure the size of all bacteria and figure out that it is possible to fit 3,000,000 bacteria in a square inch but that’s the absolute limit…there’s no way to get 3,000,001 in there. It’s not humanly possible to count 3M different bacteria in a square inch anyway so where did that number come from?

It probably came from some dumb-ass advertising exec who pulled it out of HIS ASS. I’s just a foolish claim that’s trying to play on people’s fears. Besides, not all bacteria is bad. There’s bacteria on YOU right now and you’re ok aren’t you? And so what if there is bacteria in the toilet, that’s why I clean it periodically. It’s not like I’m going to run my finger along the inside rim and then stick it in my mouth. There’s bacteria EVERYWHERE, so what if there’s some in the toilet. There’s bacteria on every piece of money in circulation but no one squirts Lysol cleaner on that. No one refuses money because of germs, except for maybe Howie Mandel who has mysophobia (fear of germs). The add also throws in the claim that it kills 99.9% of viruses and bacteria. Well, according to my calculations, that still leaves 3,000 virus and bacteria that Lysol doesn’t kill. Funny how they don’t point out that fact and attempt to scare you with it.

Bottom line of this post is Lysol has a pretty stupid and insulting commercial that tries to scare people into buying their product. They make stupid claims and I’m sure plenty of gullible people will add the product to their shopping basket on the next visit to the store and yet they ignore the bacteria and virus on the money they exchange with the cashier.

June 30, 2007 - Posted by | Random


  1. This commercial is over the top and extremely disgusting. Pleeease take it off!!!

    Comment by Jmo | July 10, 2007 | Reply

  2. Definitely a stupid commercial. Of course the BOWL of the toilet has germs! But most people I know don’t have their hands down there. The toilet seat is actually one of the cleanest places as far as germs go…there are many more in your kitchen. I actually found the statistics from the study by the Hygiene Council, funded by Reckitt Benckiser (Lysol’s manufacturer).
    Toilet bowl, 3.2million bacteria/square inch
    Bathroom faucet handle, 6,267 bacteria/square inch
    Toilet Seat, 295 bacteria/square inch
    Toilet Flush Handle, 121 bacteria/square inch
    Kitchen Faucet handle, 13,227 bacteria/square inch
    Sponge or counter-wiping cloth, 134,630 bacteria/square inch
    Kitchen countertop, 488 bacteria/square inch

    Interestingly, the bacteria infested sponge or cloth seems to do a decent job of getting the counter clean!

    Other notable facts: Many pathogens die quickly without a host, 70% of bacteria are harmless or beneficial.

    My philosopy about the whole germ thing?

    Comment by A. H. | April 30, 2008 | Reply

  3. I’ve heard that sponges and dish cloths harbour all manner or bacteria, what I do is I microwave my dish cloth (I don’t use sponges). Everytime I wipe down my counters or after I wash my dishes, I rinse the dish cloth in hot soapy water and toss it in the microwave for two minutes.

    Comment by AZ | January 26, 2009 | Reply

  4. If people really fear the bacteria in their toilets, they should stop drinking out of them. The moment you use it after cleaning, it’s “re-infected”. People who believe the commercial should actually drink the product, to protect themselves and their families from the germs they carry on their bodies on a minutely-basis.

    Disinfection is easy. A capful of bleach per half-gallon of water. Soak 30 seconds, and it’s sterile from anything. Counter-top cleaners are merely a scam. 300PPM is “sanitizer” people!

    Jmo, rock on bro! You are one of the few of us with the “uncommon-sense”.

    Comment by Prom | April 27, 2009 | Reply

  5. Actually, while I hate the commercial too, the source is the CDC.

    Comment by Leigh | May 27, 2009 | Reply

  6. If you think THAT Lysol commercial is exaggerated, check out THIS one on Pointless Planet:

    Comment by Toaster | October 2, 2009 | Reply


    Comment by shannon | November 30, 2009 | Reply

  8. stainless steel toilet seats are good too, we always use them on our newly built house instead of ceramic toilets `

    Comment by Polyethylene : | October 30, 2010 | Reply

  9. Where’s the video for this thing? I ought to know in order to find out!

    Comment by Matthew Bean | December 7, 2011 | Reply

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