Over the last few posts we have talked about creating a simple cleaning checklist and using basic household items to help keep our home clean and sparkling. Today, we’re going to talk about some of the products that infomercials spruik about. You know, those wonderful products that will make our lives easier, cleaner and more organized if we buy “right now”! Let’s start with the popular products we all know:
- ShamWow. Reportedly selling millions over the world, the offer claims it holds 10 times its weight in liquid. Have you got one? Does it really absorb as much as it claims?
- Roomba. While not the first robotic vacuum cleaning system launched, in 2002 the Roomba became a huge consumer sensation. There are mixed reports about how well it cleans a room, including sensor issues, plus it scares house-trained cats and dogs! If you have a robotic vacuum, do you think they’re worth it?
- Steam mops. For effective cleaning on a variety of floor surfaces, the steam mop simply uses heat from the steam to disinfect the floors. No bleaches or detergents required. I wonder about any safety issues with the steam, and also whether the effort you put into the steam clean is really any different from the effort of traditional mopping. What do you think?
- Ducted vacuum cleaner. Also known as built-in or central vacuum cleaner. The inlets are placed in numerous rooms of your home, with a collector bin located out-of-sight in a remote utility space. Advantages include convenient cleaning, low consumable costs and infrequent emptying. I would imagine however that the installation price would be pricey. Let me know if you have ducted vacuum cleaning in your home and if the initial cost is worth the investment up-front.
What else would you add to this list?