Review: The ShamWow did make me raise my eyebrows and say what do you know16 VIPs have spoken »
I’m pretty sure I have declared my love for the infomercial. Whoever is producing those things really has my number. It almost doesn’t matter what the product is, by the end of the commercial I want it.
Now, I’m positive I have shared my skinflint ways with you as well, so don’t think I have a basement filled with products. Sure I have the products in my mind’s eye, but not in reality. Let’s say it together, “Cardiogirl is too cheap to buy all of that stuff.”
But I covet it. All of it.
And I have been watching Vince extol the virtues of the ShamWow for quite some time. I have been lured in by the super absorbency of that ShamWow. It holds 12 times its weight in liquid. And for a mother in the throws of potty training, that’s a huge selling point right there.
Fortunately for me, I was able to wrangle a set of ShamWow towels and I have been diligently performing experiments ever since.
First, I wanted to give the 12 times its weight in liquid claim a go. I don’t have a scale that measures weight in ounces. So I did what I normally do before I mail out a heavy letter. I put the orange towel in the palm of my hand and imitated an old fashioned scale that goes up and down until the balance is found.
Based on that unscientific method I deemed the ShamWow to weigh at least one to one point five ounces. I then filled a Pyrex measuring cup with 16 ounces of water. My kids and I jammed the ShamWow into the cup and watched the water disappear.
Then I pulled it out to see what would happen. It did drip a little bit. But I’m not sure if it absorbed 16 times its weight (if it weighs on ounce) or 12 times (if it weighs one and a half ounces.) I’m just surprised it dripped a couple of times since Vince said it wouldn’t.
I was still impressed.
Now an important part of the ShamWow, which I was oblivious to, is that the ShamWow should be rinsed with water and wrung out before ever using it. I did attempt to remove some uh, bodily fluids, from a throw rug. I used the smaller blue ShamWow to sop up the liquid on top of the rug. And I used it while dry.
It did pick up enough of the liquid on top of the rug, but when I lifted the rug to inspect the bottom I still saw a stain. Had I rinsed and wrung out the ShamWow with water before I used it, I believe my success would have been greater.
The same thing happened on the couch. I used the ShamWow dry and was not thrilled with the results. When wet, the ShamWow works much better.
And I did have very good success with another potty training accident on the carpeted steps. I used the ShamWow after I had rinsed it in water that time.
Rinsing the ShamWow with water first is the key to its success.
The towels are machine washable and I have run them through a load with good results. However it is noted that the ShamWow should never, ever go into the dryer. I am an ardent rule follower so I have not thrown it in the dryer.
I don’t plan on learning what happens if it goes through the dryer. Dry it at your own risk.
I did attempt to dry my hair with a ShamWow. There was no noticeable difference; it worked just like a standard bath towel does. My hair was still wet and I still had to blow it dry.
It is good for drying a bathing suit. Throw the suit on top of the larger yellow towel, roll it in a log and then squeeze out the excess water from the ShamWow.
Since I was so focused on the absorbency aspect of the ShamWow I was initially at a loss for how else to use it. Then I went back to the infomercial and realized it can be used as an all purpose towel. I have used it on my Swiffer mop as a reusable pad with good success.
It also dries the shower walls. It’s good for washing windows and walls. It also works well on spills; we seem to spill alot of lemonade in this house. However, unlike Vince, when I wipe up the spill — with the towel dry or wet — my floor is not dry when I finish. Yes, it picks up the lemonade or the chocolate milk, but the floor has to air dry when I’m finished.
If you’re into keeping your car immaculate minus water stains, it will dry off the excess drips and provide a shiny exterior.
But once again, I believe the ShamWow must be rinsed with water before using it. Vince did say it could be used wet or dry. Cardiogirl says you need to rinse it first.
I give it 3.5 Cardio Stomps out of 5. One point five stomps were removed because it doesn’t work well for me when its dry and it did drip a bit. But overall I was very happy.