As-seen-on-TV cleaning tools - WRBL

As-seen-on-TV cleaning tools

Posted: Updated:

Watch enough television and you may start thinking cleaning your house can be a breeze with the "right tools." TV commercials and infomercials are touting all sorts of products to help you get the job done. But before you spend a dime, Consumer Reports checked to see how they work. 

Take the $15 Smart Mop. It did a fine job cleaning floors, but when you try and wring it out by twisting the handles, the pole can slip. Then you could end up having to use your hands to get out the excess water!    

The $15 Perfect Squeegee was also less-than-perfect! The pad stops the blade from getting into deep corners.

For about $40, the Deluxe Hi-Reach Cleaning kit, with its flexible dusting head, helps you clean some pretty hard-to-reach places, as promised. But the head often popped off, and flexing eventually led to breaking.

The best money spent was the $6 on the Fuzzy Wuzzy Microfiber Mitt. It's double-sided, so you can sweep over screens with ease and then turn it to tackle other dusting jobs. And because you wear it, it single-handedly can make at least one cleaning job a breeze. Plus, the Fuzzy Wuzzy is machine washable. Keep in mind that although Consumer Reports found it worked, the Fuzzy Wuzzy was no more effective than other products you can use to dust furniture and clean computer screens.

Sarah Panko

Sarah is the anchor/ producer for News Three First Edition at 5/4 central time. She also brings you the latest Consumer Reports on the Nightwatch at 11/10 central. More>>

  • On Your SideMore>>

  • PetSmart Recalls Top Fin Plastic Aquarium Heaters

    PetSmart Recalls Top Fin Plastic Aquarium Heaters

    Friday, August 1 2014 10:01 PM EDT2014-08-02 02:01:45 GMT
    PetSmart is recalling about 33,000 Aquarium heaters. The company says the heaters are insufficiently grounded, posing a risk of electrical shock to the consumer. No injuries have been reported.Consumers can get a refund by returning the product to any PetSmart. This recall involves all 50-, 100-, 150-, 200- and 250-watt Top Fin brand plastic aquarium heaters. The heaters are black cylinders about 1 1/2 inches in diame...
    PetSmart is recalling about 33,000 Aquarium heaters. The company says the heaters are insufficiently grounded, posing a risk of electrical shock to the consumer. No injuries have been reported.Consumers can get a refund by returning the product to any PetSmart. This recall involves all 50-, 100-, 150-, 200- and 250-watt Top Fin brand plastic aquarium heaters. The heaters are black cylinders about 1 1/2 inches in diame...
  • Columbus gas station shooter suspect identified, still at-large

    Columbus gas station shooter suspect identified, still at-large

    Aug 01, 2014 10:44 AM2014-08-01 23:53:43 GMT
    Columbus police have identified Chandler Saxton as the shooter.Columbus police have identified Chandler Saxton as the shooter.

    Columbus police identify Chandler Saxton as the man who opened fire and injured one at a gas station Thursday night.

    Columbus police identify Chandler Saxton as the man who opened fire and injured one at a gas station Thursday night.

  • LIVE: Auburn University summer graduation ceremonies

    LIVE: Auburn University summer graduation ceremonies

    Friday, August 1 2014 5:17 PM EDT2014-08-01 21:17:57 GMT
    Auburn University will be live streaming their summer graduation ceremonies Saturday. (Photo Courtesy: Auburn University / File)Auburn University will be live streaming their summer graduation ceremonies Saturday. (Photo Courtesy: Auburn University / File)
    Auburn University will be live streaming their summer graduation ceremonies Saturday and you can watch them live on WRBL.com.
    Auburn University will be live streaming their summer graduation ceremonies Saturday and you can watch them live on WRBL.com.
Powered by WorldNow

1350 13th Avenue
Columbus, GA 31901

Telephone: 706.323.3333
Fax: 706.327.6655
Email: news@wrbl.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.