yes it does work. my mom went to clean a friends double wide trailer and that's the only thing her friend had. she cleaned his entire trailer with it. she then brought it home and still uses it for cleaning here after 2 years.
Honestly, I almost bought some of the putty the other day. My kids are convinced it is the best product ever created (from the infomercials) and are certain all my household woes will fall by the wayside once we are the proud owners of this product. My daughter got MAD at me when I ultimately passed it up. She told her dad on me. Now that YOU recommend it, I might have to reconsider.
Poor Billy. That really was tragic, huh? The Sham Wow dude has his own trouble, too. What I don't get is this, maybe it's just here in Portland, but when they play the Sham Wow infomercials they repeat them twice. As if I didn't get the point initially. It's not rocket science, it's a highly absorbable towel, for crying out loud. I've always wanted to get that off my chest.
Ditto on a RIP for Billy Mays. He was brilliant at his own art and always seemed so likeable.
On the repeats, doesn't bother me. I like tedious stuff on in the background because it's oddly relaxing to me. I run the t.v. sometimes at a dull muffle but I almost never watch.
I have to say... I actually have some Sham Wows too (I actually inherited them from a relationship) and it's almost embarrassing to admit it because of that stupid Sham Wow guy lol. But ahem, those products work really well too. I hand scrub my carpet spots with them. They have a material that gives a little push power to scrubbing and are pretty effective for that.
The ShamWow is just a chamois cloth, they have been around for years. The reason for the ShamWow's success is a catchy name and clever marketing. Even Billy Mays himself had a chamois cloth he promoted.
Other products that have been around for years also include Mighty Putty (also known as epoxy putty or plumber's putty) and even Slap Chop, although opening like a butterfly is pretty cool. Who wants germs in their food? Am I right?
The Billy Mays product was the Zorbeez and I actually have one signed by him...don't ask it was a long story. I preferred the Zorbeez to the Sham Wow but then again that is just a personal preference. They definitely work but they aren't anything that special and similar products have been around for years.
All of those products work, but they are all just highly marketed and expensive versions of products that have been around for years. Go to the hardware store... It has all sorts of putty, including putty thats exactly the same as mighty putty. go to the dollar store like aboveandbeyond said and get a micro fiber cloth. It's the same thing as the shamwow. Well maybe it will be a different color, but it will still clean the same.
They work, but not as well as the ads show. I have to push the shamwow down into a puddle of liquid to get it to suck it up. It actually works better if it is a little damp first - capillary action, I suppose. Not worth the price.
It also leaves a film of whatever it is supposed to pick up. I can't get anything dry (to touch) with it. I like to get it damp and quirt some liquid soap onto it to clean the stove top. Rinse it and clean off the soap, then dry with a dishtowel. That works.
As posted in this thread, the ShamWow is basically a brand, but it is nothing more than a chamois cloth. You can find this in many home improvement stores. The infomercials definately do draw you in, but really save yourself the shipping charges, and go to your local stores.
When my boyfriend and I had a litter of pups in the house, we were going through papertowels like they were free (cleaning up pee and poop). Finally, he broke down and bought some Shamwows. They worked to an extent on the pee. After about 15 rinsings they started to fall apart and they kept the urine scent, even after being washed. They're great for little things, but only temperarily for this. We use some for cleaning up spilled water and drying dishes, they are great for that.
I don't know if it really works, but before you plunk down cash to order over the phone or online and pay shipping and handling, take a trip to your local retail store. Target, and Bed Bath and Beyond sell "as seen on tv" items.
We bought the Shamwows, and they were really good. I'm not sure if they do everything as claimed in the ads, but they worked very well at mopping things up. The only thing you need to watch is to be sure not to put them in the dryer. That wrecks them.
My Husband brought home one of those things and needless to say I was not convinced. It does in fact soak up a boat load of liquid. I don't use them around the house but have found that after washing our 2 huge dogs it helps to remove the water from their coats very effectively!