There are a lot of products out there marketed towards busy families. Both parents works, all the kids play different sports and have different lessons. There is no possible way that they will have time to clean properly, do laundry, or prepare meals. I’m not talking about products that actually make life easier, that do make sense, and I have probably used in my life time. I’m talking about products that are so outrageous, they make me so mad whenever I see the commercials on TV, or worse, the actual product in stores. These are my top two:
This ugly thing is a dryer bar. Is it really that hard to put a dryer sheet in with your clothing? The commercial even states how much time you are going to save. Oh, about 30 seconds per load? How long does it take to turn, grab a dryer sheet/ball, and turn back and place it in the dryer with the clothes?! Granted, it is easy to forget, but when the dryer shuts off and everything is stuck together, toss in a sheet than and turn it back on for 5 minutes. Plus, it wouldn’t work for anyone who has a young child, or uses cloth diapers, since you aren’t supposed to use fabric softener on these.
This might be the worst of all time. Disposable hand towels for your home bathroom. SERIOUSLY?! And the commercial shows a disgusting cloth hand towel that looks like it’s been dragged through the mud. How about you teach your family to wash their hands properly! Clean hands shouldn’t leave dirt all over the towel. We aren’t perfect, we buy paper towels, though we try to use a cloth as often as possible. But come on! I also noticed that this product was marketed during the cold/flu season. If you wash your hands thoroughly and then wash the towel every now and then, I think you’ll be fine.
Other honourable mentions:
Pre-cut individually wrapped cheese: Is it that hard to slice a brick of cheese and place in a plastic container? You’ve gone to the effort of packing the lunch, but it’s too much to slice cheese? I have no idea what these cost, but I assume it is significantly more than just buying a brick of cheese.
3-in-1 laundry sheets: laundry soap, fabric softener, and anti static all in one! Again, how hard is it to dump soap in a machine, and toss a sheet into the next one. And if you say it’s great that you don’t have to measure the soap, you always get the same amount, what if you have hard or soft water? Hard water needs less soap, and soft water needs more.
At home coffee systems: Do you really need a different flavoured coffee or tea every day? Do you really only make one cup at a time? I don’t get these! Sure, when I worked in an office, there was a coffee machine, you got to choose you flavour. And yes, I do enjoy a treat from Starbucks every now and then, but everyday? And these are soooooooooooo expensive, not just the machines themselves, but the refill packets. And so much waste!
OK, enough of my rant.
I’m sure there are other useless products out there. Have you tried any? Or have you used any of the ones I’ve mentioned, and like them?