Category Archives: Cleaning

Yoshi Grill & Bake One-Ups Miracle Grill Mat – New Product Tuesday

What do baking and grilling have in common? Yes, both produce delicious food, but both also make for a major messy cleanup. How many times have you scraped at your grill grate with a greasy wire brush and given up before it was clean? How many cake pans have you left soaking overnight because it was impossible to get burnt batter out of the corners? Are you ashamed to have anyone see your favorite baking sheets because of their dark, burnt, crusty stains?

Yoshi Grill Mats are just as perfect for grilling, camping, tailgating and picnics as the Miracle Grill Mat, but now you can enjoy the same 100% non-stick, easy-to-clean surface while you bake with the Yoshi Bake Non-Stick Mat. Just like Miracle Grill Mats,  Yoshi Grill & Bake Non-Stick Mats can withstand heat up to 500 degrees and have safe, PFOA-free non-stick surfaces. Best of all, they can be put in the dishwasher or just rinsed off with soap and water – try doing that with your big, heavy grill grate. You can buy Miracle Grill Mats on Amazon, but only  Yoshi Grill & Bake Non-Stick Mats have the Grip N’ Flip Spatula as a special bonus. Continue reading

Gone in Seconds With InstaGONE Pro! – New Product Tuesday

Market leader InstaGONE now even better

InstaGONE wowed the As Seen on TV world 15 years ago, and now it’s back and it’s even better. For this New Product Tuesday, we give you: InstaGONE Pro, which is even more powerful than its predecessor, which has sold four million units and counting. Continue reading

Don’t Buy These 5 Things at Drugstores

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Big-box retailers and grocery stores have better deals

MarketWatch offers a handy guide for what not to buy at the corner Walgreens and other convenient ripoff shops. Chain drugstores’ ever-surging revenues—estimated to have reached $160 billion in 2013—are buoyed by huge markups on common items. Here are a few things you should be buying at big-box and grocery stores, whose prices are almost always lower.

Drugs

Consumer Reports found that both prescription and over-the-counter drugs are cheaper at stores like Wal-Mart and Target, reports MarketWatch.

Food

A pint of Ben & Jerry’s is priced at an average $5.52 at drugstores, but just $4.42 at grocery stores, a 25 percent difference. “Every item we looked at was more expensive at the drugstore,” MarketWatch quoted consumer lawyer Edgar Dworsky, who founded ConsumerWorld.org.

Makeup

Many popular makeup products have been found to cost $1 to $4 more at drugstores than other retailers.

Cleaning products

Drugstores generally charge more for laundry and dishwashing detergent, spray cleaners and other cleaning products than other retailers.

Office and gift supplies

Head to a dollar store to save up to 70 percent on gift-wrap, greeting cards and office stuff. Office supply stores also offer better deals than drugstores.

New Product Tuesday: Dutch Glow Amish Wood Milk

A hot new As Seen on TV product, Dutch Glow Amish Wood Milk, is being pitched as a natural alternative to traditional wood polishing products, and one that’s even more effective. The “all natural” element has us wondering: Do the Amish use only organic, all-natural products today?

“Finally, there’s a pure and simple product from a pure and simple people.”

The pitch for Dutch Glow speaks of “crafty chemical companies” that have “deceived” us for years. “Finally, there’s a pure and simple product from a pure and simple people,” says a voiceover as we see an Amish buggy sauntering down a wooded lane.

The polish claims to be based on a century-old formula invented by an Amish woodworker, and promises to break down years of wax buildup to reveal wood’s natural shine. With all this “natural” talk, where do the Amish actually stand today?

“Most Amish farms are not organic, and most Amish farmers use a variety of pesticides and fertilizers.”

According to AmishAmerica.com, the perception of the Amish as being organic stewards of the land is not all that accurate: “Most Amish farms are not organic, and most Amish farmers use a variety of pesticides and fertilizers.” For decades, says the site, the Amish have been using artificial methods to boost crop yields alongside their non-Amish agricultural counterparts. There’s been a move in recent years by some Amish farmers, though, to produce certified-organic foods.

Despite this misperception, all of us could use fewer chemicals in our daily lives and less waxy buildup on our furniture. Dutch Glow Amish Wood Milk could prove to be a “pure and simple” (and effective) addition to your home’s cleaning arsenal.

Here’s where to order Dutch Glow.

Vince Offer’s ‘Inappropriate Comedy’ out on DVD

If you love the style and humor of the pitchman behind fan-favorite products Slap Chop and ShamWow, you might also enjoy his second grossout feature film, Inappropriate Comedy. Vince “Offer” Shlomi was somehow able to snag an Oscar winner for this outing, out now on DVD (buy it cheap at Amazon). He’s also trying to reclaim his pitchman throne by cleaning up with his new all-in-one InVinceable household cleaner.

The politically incorrect sketch comedy inexplicably features Academy Award winner Adrien Brody as hardboiled gay cop Flirty Harry, along with a character named the Amazing Racist, in a series of wildly offensive skits. The film also stars celebs like Rob Schneider, Michelle Rodriguez and Lindsay Lohan, all along on the ride with the infomercial king turned flailing shlock/shock auteur as he attempts (and continues to fail miserably) to stake his place in alt-comedy and pop culture.

The DVD release comes with plenty of  extras, including previously unreleased scenes featuring “Blackass” and the Amazing Racist, plus the unfinished extended version of the “Sperm Lake” sketch. But it’s doubtful that any addition to this sordid affair could change the minds of the critics who savaged Inappropriate Comedy upon its debut.

Inappropriate Comedy is nearly as wild as the life of the pitchman himself. You may recall that the Israeli-born Vince Offer, 49, was arrested back in 2009 after he got into a bloody scrap with a 26-year-old hooker. Vince claimed he hit the woman only after she bit his tongue and wouldn’t let go. They were both bloodied, and both ended up in the hospital. Charges were never filed against either party.

Before the hooker dustup, Vince was involved in a number of lawsuits, most famously against the Church of Scientology. In a 2004 suit, Vince accused the church of attempting to smear his reputation when he was a member in 1997. The suit claimed the church’s vendetta was sparked after he started funneling profits from his pre-Slap Chop “the Chopper” product away from the church and into his first feature, 1999’s The Underground Comedy Movie. Soon after the suit was dismissed and Vince left the church, he launched his well-known infomercials for the ShamWow and Slap Chop.

Along with the new DVD release, Vince is back pitching a brand-new product that he hopes to put him back on his pitch pedestal. The InVinceable all-purpose home cleaner promises to replace cleaning supplies used in the bathroom, laundry room and kitchen, saving households more than $500 a year.

Time will tell if Vince still has that old pitchman magic. Hopefully so, because his movie-director pretensions seem to be just that.

Wipe New Car Surface Protectant – New Product Tuesday

Wipe New Auto Surface ProtectantWipe New. OK, let’s talk about this product’s unfortunate name. Wipe is just not an attractive word. For me, it generates images of baby wipes and toilet paper. Maybe as used on an African antelope. But I wasn’t hired to name this product. So I’ll switch to talking about what it does.

Wipe New renews and protects plastic, leather and vinyl surfaces on the interior and exterior of your car or truck. I guess it could be described as a super Armor All with advanced nano-polymer technology that protects surfaces for years. So much of today’s cars are covered in plastic, and it can really look bad after years out in the sun in crowded parking lots. Scuffed bumpers, cloudy headlights, dull-looking trim, weathered dashboards, faded seats – all showroom new with just a quick swipe. Wipe New looks like a great product for all of us who are keeping our cars longer, and the results are guaranteed.

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Little Blue Elephant Toilet Bowl Cleaner – New Product Tuesday

Little Blue Elephant Automatic Toilet Bowl CleanerAutomatic toilet bowl cleaners are not a recent invention. If you’re old enough (or click on lots of YouTube links) you may be familiar with the Ty-D-Bol man, who tooled around in a boat inside your toilet tank (we’ve included a 1971 commercial at the bottom of this post). Today’s new product puts an elephant in your tank– a Little Blue Elephant that spews magical cleaning chemicals from its trunk. Just feed him a cleaning packet, and he’ll keep your toilet clean and sanitary for 3 full months without you ever handling that nasty toilet brush.

New Product Tuesday with Shark Navigator Lift-Away Vacuum Cleaner

Shark Navigator Lift-Away VacuumUnless you’re looking for a toy vacuum, you’ll not find a powerful, bagless, sealed, no loss of suction vacuum cleaner with the features and low price of the Shark Navigator Lift-Away Vacuum. Comparable models from Dyson and Miele can cost hundreds more.

And no other no loss of suction vacuum has a detachable canister like the Shark Navigator Lift-Away for lightweight portability to handle tight spaces and above-the-floor cleaning. The bagless technology means no costly replacement filters to buy, ever. Did I forget to mention the ultra-maneuverable swivel steering and Anti-Allergen Complete Seal Technology© that locks in 99.99% of allergens?

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New Product Tuesday with Vince Offer’s Schticky

Visit Schticky official website from Vince OfferAfter the amazing success of ShamWow and Slap Chop, pitchmen and filmmaker Vince Offer suffered a setback after his February 2009 arrest in Florida for an altercation with a prostitute. Although he’s since made parody commercials like this 2010 spot for Eminem’s Recovery CD, we’ve been waiting over three years for a new As Seen on TV product and commercial from Vince.

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