Category Archives: Cleaning

New Product Tuesday with Germ Bloc

Image of Germ Bloc in use. Link to Germ Bloc official website.My mother was an extreme germophobe. There was no five second rule in our home. If food hit the floor, it went in the trash. Immediately after entering the house, you washed your hands. Touching the garbage can could mean a change of clothes. Mom would have loved Germ Bloc. This wallet-shaped device consists of a polycarbonate plastic shell surrounding a replaceable anti-microbial pad. The idea is to hold Germ Bloc in your hand and use it to grab anything you encounter that might be contaminated with icky germs, like toilet flush handles, door knobs, trash cans and gas pumps.

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New Product Tuesday with Easy Dish

Easy Dish Official WebsiteDid you buy Easy Feet because you liked the idea of a car wash for your feet? If so, you might want to take a look at Easy Dish. This new dishwashing aid, with “over 10,000 super cleaning bristles,” is sort of like an Easy Feet for your dishes, glasses and silverware. Easy Dish claims to save water, time and money. If all of your dishes are dirty, and you tell your housemates it’s because you’ve been waiting for a miracle product to make dishwashing faster and easier, your excuse is no longer valid.

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Walmart Offers Free Shipping on As Seen on TV Products

Walmart has free shipping for holiday shopping

Love the convenience of online holiday shopping, but hate those horrid shipping costs? Now you can get your favorite As Seen On TV products shipped FREE… from Walmart.

Walmart has kicked off the holiday season early this year by getting rid of something all online shoppers hate: shipping costs. From now until December 20th, over 60,000 products can be purchased at and either shipped directly to your home or the nearest Walmart store for free. Even sweeter is that unlike certain popular online shopping sites, there is no minimum purchase or annual fee required for free shipping.

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New Product Tuesday with Dropps Liquid Laundry Detergent Pacs

Dropps Laundry Detergent Pacs

Your Savvy Shopper just returned from vacation. I’d really been looking forward to this getaway. But I just couldn’t relax. I had left a mountain of dirty laundry behind, and I was generating even more with each change of clothing. Days that should have been carefree were instead filled with constant brooding over the tedious and messy chore that awaited me back at home.

Of course, I speak of the dreadful task of transferring liquid laundry detergent from the bottle into the cap and from there into the washing machine. I worried about all the things that could go wrong. What if I use too much or too little? What if I spill? Will I sprain my arm lifting the heavy bottle?

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New Product Tuesday with Dry Fast

Dry Fast Dryer Blanket

Introducing the Dry Fast Dryer Blanket, plus today’s new word: Dryoning. According to the infomercial, dryoning is what happens when you use the Dry Fast blanket in your dryer. They claim your clothes will dry 40% faster and come out looking like you just pressed them with a hot iron. Your Savvy Shopper hates ironing, so I’m anxious to try out this new laundry miracle.


Untangle Your Life (or at Least Your Wires) with AppleCore

Before and after AppleCore

What is it about Spring that makes me want to chase the dust bunnies out of my office? All that tangled, unruly computer cable behind my desk has provided them with habitat this winter, and some are now the size of the Trojan Rabbit in Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Enter the AppleCore, the newest hero product on the office organization scene. For years now I’ve been wrapping, tying, clipping, clamping, banding, or VELCRO®-ing the snarled snakes that power all my beloved computers and peripherals, but this ultra-compact cable winder has piqued my interest. A solution that’s quick, easy to use, and repositionable and reusable? And pretty darn affordable? I’m all about that – do I get bonus points if I use AppleCores on my Apple products?

Soap Magic Soap Dispenser – Are We Getting Too Germ-Phobic?

Soap Magic seems like a good and useful product. There are times (as detailed in the informercial) when it’s handy to have a hands-free gadget that will squirt a dollop of soap/lotion/sanitizer/mayonaise in your hand. But as a society, are we trying too hard to achieve the impossible? We’ll never eliminate every possible source of germs and bacteria, unless we each live in our own separate sterile bubble.

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Soap Magic

New Product Tuesday with the Garry Ultra Light Vacuum

Your Savvy Shopper has examined every nook and cranny of the Garry Ultra Light Vacuum website and can’t find an explanation for the name “Garry.” I did learn why it’s better than the competition, how it cleans in half the time, the no-hassle replacement warranty and the free vacuum bags for life. But not about the name. Was Garry the name of a friend or relative who really sucked? The photo is of the inventor, Bob.

Garry Ultra Light Vacuum