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Anyone here know about the "Shamwow"? Well, if so, does it work?

  1. dogluver1 profile image59
    dogluver1posted 8 years ago

    Hey I know this is random, but, I was just wondering does it actually work?


    1. sunforged profile image74
      sunforgedposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      the sham wow totally works!

      i work event promotions in the summer, i was next to the sham wow guy for a week and was given a few...does everything it claims to!

      1. dogluver1 profile image59
        dogluver1posted 8 years agoin reply to this

        cool smile

      2. pylos26 profile image76
        pylos26posted 7 years agoin reply to this

        Poor little sham wow...it was just a little mountain goat with no political agenda.

    2. Sally's Trove profile image80
      Sally's Troveposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      I think that's a great question. I've wondered about this product, too. Now we've got some testimonials!

      1. dogluver1 profile image59
        dogluver1posted 8 years agoin reply to this

        Yeah lol

    3. DecluttertheHouse profile image54
      DecluttertheHouseposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      I did buy it because I'm a sucker and believe everything works like they show in the infomercials. Well, I was VERY disappointed. I think the ShamWow works just as well as any other rag.

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    Lecieposted 8 years ago

    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.

    1. dogluver1 profile image59
      dogluver1posted 8 years agoin reply to this


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    Iðunnposted 8 years ago

    I love infomercials but the sham wow guy puts me off.  I think it's the hair. O.O

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    wordscribe41posted 8 years ago

    It's comparable to the Slap Chop and Mighty Putty in terms of how well it works.  lol

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      Iðunnposted 8 years agoin reply to this


      Hey, I love mighty putty.  tongue

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        wordscribe41posted 8 years agoin reply to this

        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.  smile  Now that YOU recommend it, I might have to reconsider.

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          Iðunnposted 8 years agoin reply to this

          hehe, well it might be that I just love billy mays, but actually... it is a good product, imo. smile

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            wordscribe41posted 8 years agoin reply to this

            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.

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              Iðunnposted 8 years agoin reply to this

              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.  yikes

              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.

    2. dogluver1 profile image59
      dogluver1posted 8 years agoin reply to this

      yeah lol

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        wordscribe41posted 8 years agoin reply to this

        Sorry, I got carried away last night. yikes  Honestly, I don't have one, but I would very much like one for the 5 pet issues we have in this house.

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    Jared in Vegasposted 8 years ago

    The full size ones work well, but the smaller blue ones are pretty worthless.

    1. dogluver1 profile image59
      dogluver1posted 8 years agoin reply to this

      good info

  6. Uninvited Writer profile image83
    Uninvited Writerposted 8 years ago

    A study showed that it absorbs exactly the same amount of liquid as your average household sponge.

  7. 1974 profile image72
    1974posted 8 years ago

    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?

    1. dogluver1 profile image59
      dogluver1posted 8 years agoin reply to this

      yes your right smile

    2. Faybe Bay profile image73
      Faybe Bayposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      I was gonna say that. LOL big_smile

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      RollerbladerDCposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      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.

  8. IsadoraPandora profile image82
    IsadoraPandoraposted 8 years ago

    Yes it works.
    Yes it is ridiculously over priced.
    Yes the infomercials are annoying.

    But it is so much fun to say! "ShamWOW!".


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    Tilecleaninghubposted 8 years ago

    I can get the same ones they charge $20 bucks for for only $1.25.  Ya they work good but they still can leave some small pieces of cloth for delicate work.

  10. Uninvited Writer profile image83
    Uninvited Writerposted 8 years ago

    I like how the claims have changed over the years:


  11. Disturbia profile image59
    Disturbiaposted 8 years ago

    I bought it.  It sucks!

  12. C_Pinto profile image69
    C_Pintoposted 7 years ago

    I have it, I have used it; it works really well, it lives up to its promise, aside of what you might think of the commercial...

  13. AboveBeyond profile image56
    AboveBeyondposted 7 years ago

    Go to the dollar store and buy a microfiber cloth. An instant "Shamwow".

  14. minatoku profile image61
    minatokuposted 7 years ago

    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.

  15. ddsurfsca profile image75
    ddsurfscaposted 7 years ago

    hey, if it is on the television, it has to be true, doesnt it?

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    wicklesscandlesposted 7 years ago

    They do really work. I like them when I wash my car.

  17. msml profile image76
    msmlposted 7 years ago

    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.

    1. sarahswalker profile image57
      sarahswalkerposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      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.

  18. ShadowCleaning profile image56
    ShadowCleaningposted 7 years ago

    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.

  19. imatellmuva profile image80
    imatellmuvaposted 7 years ago

    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.

  20. prairieprincess profile image95
    prairieprincessposted 7 years ago

    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.

  21. raisingme profile image83
    raisingmeposted 7 years ago

    Forget them for pet puddles, practically useless.  Dollar store clothes work just as well for the rest of the claims.  They hold on to odors more than they hold liquids in my experience.

  22. caycoltken profile image61
    caycoltkenposted 7 years ago

    I love shamwow

  23. bernieadkins profile image60
    bernieadkinsposted 7 years ago

    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!

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    A Fresh Approachposted 7 years ago

    I bought one to replace a chamois that wore out. I was not very impressed. It seemed to absorb alright, but wiping off a car it left quite a bit of water in small beads, even after wringing it out.

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    lillynannaposted 7 years ago

    Sham Whow works no better than any other rag.  Don't waste your money.

  26. earnestshub profile image89
    earnestshubposted 7 years ago

    It works. About as well as any of those types of cloth except for the magic ingredient.
    Lowbrow crappy advertising. smile Geez, talk about over-sell! lol

  27. Paul Lean profile image57
    Paul Leanposted 7 years ago

    Yes, it really works. It was German made apparently I was told. But it is consider expensive when you compare to cloths