May 30, 2007

One Sheet

False advertising is real.

Usually it's used for evil like herpes medicine commercials that give the impression the product will not only boost your dating life, but enable you to live close to the beach and have a perfect teeth. Then there is Bounty.

Bounty claims to have made a paper towel that you can rinse and re-use. I didn't pay it any notice until I got an email asking me to review the product. I have a mess or two in my home, why not?

It was just a spot of A-1 on the floor. I ripped off one sheet and swiped it up. It seemed a shame to throw the towel out after one measly job. I rinsed the towel and gave it a squeeze. I looked around for something to scrub.

Then I toweled down the entire kitchen floor. Six rinses.

The greasy oven hood. Two rinses

The muddy bathroom. Four rinses.

I was delighted when my husband yelled from the bedroom for a rag, the baby had thrown up on his work shirt. Two rinses.

My baby's arm, also afflicted with puke. Okay, in hindsight I probably shouldn't have used the same rag on her but I was on a roll. One rinse.

I was tackling caked-on food under the Pixie's chair in the dining area when dinner began to burn. I'd used the same towel over 20 times. I'm posting the picture of me and the rag after the grand cleaning. It did suffer one tragic tear through the middle but I was still impressed.

Don't you love when false advertising actually understates a products usefulness? And don't talk to me about not using disposable products. These things are totally worth cutting down a few hundred thousand acres of prime tropical rain forest. I'll never have to have wet rags sitting around mildewing in the laundry bin again. The smell of rot may actually be confined to the diaper bin as opposed to my entire house!

Bounty is running a contest called the One Sheet Challenge. You are supposed to tell how you put one sheet of their paper towel to the test. The grand prize is a deluxe kitchen make-over which I won't qualify for since I rent, but maybe if you guys are really nice to me I'll give it to one of you if I win. And everyone gets a Lexus when I'm a billionaire. And I have plans to end world hunger at noon on Friday. Who am I kidding? They'll give the prize to someone who used one sheet to clean up New Orleans. Stinking humanitarians.

21 comments:

Melissa said...

I've never used Bounty paper towels, but now, I just may have to try it. :)

Sarah said...

Me neither. I always just buy whatever has the lowest price tag. But I would go through ten of my cheap rolls before getting through one of these so they may just be worth the money. But please remember to re-use responsibly. I've checked my poor baby today for any side effects of my filty swipe but she seems okay ;)

Chanel said...

Wow I think you sold them to me too! I hope you win the contest- and give me the prize! I love you the most!

Susan M said...

That's impressive. I seriously winced after reading that you kept using it after cleaning your bathroom with it, though.

(You know a lot of contests like that, if you win but don't want the prize, they'll give you cash instead. )

Sarah said...

Wince deserved.

Sarah said...

But in my humble defense, there was soap involved in this whole process...

Sarah said...

...and by involved, I mean the soap was watching forlornly from the counter.

Kudos to the guy who invented "lying to make yourself look better." Now if only he would invent something to take away my guilty conscience when I did it.

Rachelle said...

hmmmm.... I think I'll try it for pacapoo clean up! That oughtta get me the prize.
Cute fluffy pacas, dirty poo- ewww, all gone!
Slainte~
Rachelle

Mary said...

Stinking humanitarians indeed!

You are totally cracking me up.

Jenny said...

What I want to know is why you had them on hand if you were expecting to be sorely disappointed...

Angela said...

Do you actually have herpes?

BTW, I like your template. It's so cute!!

Colleen said...

I'm sold! Great review. Somehow you even manage to make a post about paper towels entertaining.

Lianne said...

Heeee....

Man, someone got something really really gross on my bathroom mirror this morning and it took several rinses and scrubbings to get it gone.

Love the last thought... the real people never win.

Lindsay said...

I always wondered if those paper towels worked as well as the commercials told me they did. Maybe they are worth the money.

ang said...

Remind me not to read this blog while eating lunch! Bathroom floor to baby...

If you want to get the humanitarian vote, you could volunteer to clean a skid row shelters with one rag. Okay, getting grossed out again.

Janell said...

Sold! If I find a roll under $1.50 I'll buy one. I'll have to hide it under my bed and only use it on special occasions. I have roommates who shouldn't be trusted to remember "use it 20 times before throwing it away!" and "don't use to eat a sandwich."

I'm still sold on the Fibre One Chewy Bars, but I can't find them where I live =C I guess Utahn's, as a whole, don't like fiber.

kaff said...

And I need paper towels too!! I never believed the commercials, I figured that they were really careful with them and well, you know. So I will keep them in mind when I eventually go shopping!

Anonymous said...

Bounty also has the "choose a size" kind and they are great. Sometimes you don't need the full sheet and a smaller size will do. Sam's or costco are great places to buy them.
-Moddy

compulsive writer said...

I'm a Brawny girl myself. But I do love a good challenge.

Samantha said...

What's the name of this towel? Bounty reusable towels?

Bethany said...

sarah, i learned about these a few years ago. i literally save money by using a sheet or half of one rather than ten of the cheap kinds. brian now doesnt ask or price shop, he just buys bounty