'As Seen on TV' cleaning products tested

Don't Waste Your Money

It's time for spring cleaning and if you watch enough late night television, 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, our partners at Consumer Reports Magazine checked to see how well they really work.

The Tests

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, Consumer Reports said.

The $15 Perfect Squeegee was also less-than-perfect. The pad keeps the blade from drying out. That's good, but Consumer Reports said the pad also 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 Winner

The best money Consumer Reports spent this Spring 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, such as a damp dust rag.

As always, don't waste your money.


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