When I was growing up, some products didn't exist. Namely, liquid soap and liquid toilet bowl cleaners. We had bar soap and my mother used Comet to clean the toilets.
What's old is new again.
You can get 12 bars of soap for what it costs for one bottle of liquid soap. The cost savings are unreal. And I know bars can be messy if they sit in water, but come on, think of the savings. I use liquid by the sink because I can get the soap by using the back of my hand and then not spread bacterial around as much as I cook or clean, but the bathrooms and showers will now use bar soap.
The powdered cleaners cost well under a dollar. And last longer than their liquid cousins. Now granted, it's harder to get the cleanser right under the rim of the toilet bowl, but you know what? The liquid cleanser didn't clean it, the brush did. So pour some on the brush and clean away. Powdered cleansers are also much more effective on getting rid of stains.
Everything old is new again.