As Seen On TV 3/25/13

Published On: Mar 27 2013 10:55:14 PM CDT

Sick of spending time cleaning?
Infomercial
"It cuts your cleaning time in half."
Or -- want sparkling windows, without a lot of effort?

Infomercial
"The simple, speedy, easy way to clean all the glass and mirrors in your
home today."

Bernie Deitrick
Consumer Reports

"Many cleaning products claim to do a great job with little work, but do they
really?"

Consumer Reports' tester Bernie Deitrick rounded up some of the more
heavily advertised cleaning products to see how they work. Take this 15-
dollar Smart Mop.

Infomercial
"To wring it out, all you do is you lift, and you twist. You never bend your
back, and your hands never touch the dirty water."

It did do 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!

This 15-dollar Perfect Squeegee was also less-than-perfect!

"And here's the secret: The pad stops the blade from drying."
Bernie Deitrick
"But the pad also stops the blade from getting into deep corners."

For about 40-dollars, this 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 six bucks on this 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. ."