As Seen on TV Cleaning Products

Thank goodness my 6-year-old doesn’t have access to a phone and a credit card. The kid is completely enamored by “As Seen on TV” products.

“Mommy, we can grow upside down tomatoes.”

“Mommy, we can bake brownies that already come cut up.”

“Mommy, you need to get that under the bed shoe house.”

I’m not a huge fan of gimmicky TV products that seem to solve every problem known to man. However, I am not above testing out a few when given the chance.

A while back a guy I used to work with let me borrow his Windshield Wonder. For those of you who haven’t seen the infomercial for this “amazing” product, the Windshield Wonder claims to spare you from contorting your body while cleaning the smudges from your vehicle’s interior windows.

The kit comes with:

A 16-inch handle

2 microfiber bonnets

A 12-inch microfiber towel

A spray bottle

Windshield Wonder storage pouch

All that for about $10 plus $6.99 shipping and handling.

Here’s the thing about the Windshield Wonder, you can also use it to clean windows and mirrors in your home. According to the commercial, the “amazing microfiber bonnets and cloth require only water to get those windows shiny bright.” It’s true. It does remove paw prints and your kid’s greasing fingerprints from windows, but if you use water exclusively, then you are often left with streaks.

Still, this cleaning tool is marketed for its 16-inch handle that easily maneuvers the chamois cloth head into hard to reach interior window angles. So, basically, you are paying nearly $20 for the pleasure of having a nifty handle attached to a microfiber towel.

I’m not knocking the product because it does erase most marks and residue from glass surfaces, but so do paper towels, Windex and some elbow grease.

Of course, if you are like the guy in the commercial and you are sitting at a traffic light and your view of the full moon is hampered by streaks, then having a Windshield Wonder might come in very handy.

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Michele Cheplic

About Michele Cheplic

Michele Cheplic was born and raised in Hilo, Hawaii, but now lives in Wisconsin. Michele graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in Journalism. She spent the next ten years as a television anchor and reporter at various stations throughout the country (from the CBS affiliate in Honolulu to the NBC affiliate in Green Bay). She has won numerous honors including an Emmy Award and multiple Edward R. Murrow awards honoring outstanding achievements in broadcast journalism. In addition, she has received awards from the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association for her reports on air travel and the Wisconsin Education Association Council for her stories on education. Michele has since left television to concentrate on being a mom and freelance writer.