Convenient products make life harder much of the time. How often the add enticed you with visions of “tons of extra time on your hands”, while the product magically does all the work for you. I know I have been disappointed on more occasions than I can count. I have chosen 5 convenience products that actually make your life harder that most of us have used at least once in our lives.
Bathroom cleaning gadgets:
The first product I thought of was, Scrubbing bubbles Automatic shower cleaner. This really sounded great to me. $20 bucks was not cheap for a gamble but the prospect of not having to stand on my head to clean the shower sounded worth the risk to me.
I take this beautifully packaged gadget home, and excitedly unpack it. I then realize they want me to hang it where I have the only caddy that holds my shampoos, and items… around the shower head nozzle. This was shaping up to be a disaster right from the git go.
I amazed myself and figured I could get around that by hanging it on a peg on the other side of the shower. I didn’t want to make a big hole so I put one of those plastic pegs, you know, the kind that you put on a peg board. Wonderful, my problems were all solved.
I soon realized I had to take it down to shower, after bumping into it about three times. With shower complete it was time to try this thing out. I carefully followed the instructions, pressed the little button and quickly shut the door.
It began making this annoying noise. I was okay with that if it would take the bathroom blues away.
A week later, you couldn’t tell that we were even using the thing. It was a hit and miss cleaning at best, and there I was, twenty dollars poorer, and disappointed yet again.
In my desire to give it good try, we continued using this automatic cleaning device until all the cleaning solution was gone. That did not last long at all. I looked to see If maybe I could put a stronger cleaner in there of my own. Just as I thought, you cannot refill.
So I do not recommend this product. You have to find somewhere to hang it, refills are expensive, it cannot begin to reach every surface area in your shower, and you end up cleaning the shower yourself anyway.
My biggest gripe in the kitchen is dishwasher soap. They make all sorts of claims, promising sparkling dishes. If the pictures show a gleaming glass it must work great, right? Not in my experience. I have tried every brand that has ever hit the shelves for the past 10 years, and nothing works well. I always have spots and sometimes even a film seems to be on the dishes.
I made sure before making this claim that I was not doing something wrong to achieve such poor results. We checked our water heater, went through every aspect of our dish washing machine to make sure everything was working properly. After we did this I was just so hopeful that finally I would get to have clean dishes without standing over the sink. Ha! Think again. It wasn’t until I finally out of desperation, created my own concoction that I felt a little bit better about things.
Finding a pet product that will really nix fleas is not just a frustrating task but an expensive one, not to mention hazardous to your health.
I have tried everything from powders you put on your floors, to “shampooing” the cat! Yikes! This is totally way more trouble than it is worth. I would not have a house cat if she was not a sickly thing that cannot survive outside because of asthma.
But the best I can do is use the flea comb constantly but this doesn’t solve the problem either. If I do it outside, I risk my cat getting the idea she needs to run outside every time the door opens. If I do it in the house, I spread fleas, hair and flea eggs everywhere, solving nothing. This is so much trouble.
Why don’t they just come out and say it. We have nothing that can really help you but we will put these toxins together and make you suit up to use them and then tell you to place this all over your beloved pet. Right on the bottle or boxes of these products it says ” hazardous to humans and pets”. What??
They have nice pictures on the box though. :)
Now to get down to our personal bodies. Beauty aids are supposed to make us look better and feel better about ourselves.
Hairspray is one product that is annoying to me. First of all it is toxic to humans, and the planet . To get it to do what it is supposed to do, you would have to use a ton of it to really get it to do that. You spray it on your style to lock it in. Then you go off on your busy day feeling pretty secure in your looks. It doesn’t take long and you need to tweak your hair. So you decide because that lock on the side fell you will just comb a little bit or brush a little bit to fix it.
You soon realize you have a sticky mess. If you go ahead and comb or brush it, you end up with a straight, icky, coarse of a mess on your hands, not to mention everyone things you have dandruff.
So, you have three choices. 1. You wait until you get home to touch it. Ignoring the funny stares as now this wayward lock is in your face. 2. You go ahead and apply more hairspray trying your best to keep it from looking like you put shellac on your head. 3. You can avoid hairspray entirely and not always take your chances on fly aways or droopy styles when it rains. It seems hairspray is not the answer!
Rain-X I think is my worst pet peeve. The first time you put it on it is nice…sometimes! What I don’t like about it, is when it is raining at that point to where the water is misting on your window. You can’t see, and if you use your wipers you get a streaky haze because of the Rain-X.
If it is raining hard, it is a wonderful product. As a kid I liked watching the beads roll up the window as everyone else was drowning in the gully wash. This product is not totally bad, but how often does it sprinkle where you live? It does that quit often where I live. So I avoid putting that on my windows.
I hope my list of products helps you avoid wasting your money on products with big claims that don’t deliver. How sad convenient products make life harder more often than not. If it is too good to be true, as they say, it usually is a gimmick.