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18th-Jun-2010 04:54 pm
FN: Bubbles
I recently purchased the rubba scrubba, rubba swisha and the purple rags in a bag. They arrived speedily, and I was keen to try them out and see the 'miracles' the testimonials kept mentioning.

I'm still waiting.

Honestly, NONE of them are worth the cost. The purple rags are just your average rags, and the two rubba products don't even work as well as the standard brushes I can buy in supermarkets.

I was SO disappointed to discover this. After all the fantastic testimonials I'd assumed that there was at least some fire behind all that smoke, but unfortunately that's just not the case. They're not even as good as products I can buy locally, they're quite a bit inferior.

Buying stuff from the FlyShop is expensive when adding international shipping, so I'm rather annoyed by this. It's the most expensive toilet brush I've ever purchased!

Ah well, at least I can warn you guys.

Edit:
I received a comment from FlyLady on my personal journal today, saying she was sorry I was disappointed, and asking me to e-mail her with any problems I had.

I really appreciate her taking the time to contact me. I don't think there's much they can do about it at this point, but it made me feel a lot better about it that she took the initiative and contacted me.
Comments 
18th-Jun-2010 03:16 pm (UTC)
I found a Magic duster to be way better than the feather ones she sells. On the other hand, the calendar is great and I really *haven't* found a better one.

I've been intrigued by the Rubba products. I'd love to hear other people's views on them.
18th-Jun-2010 04:36 pm (UTC)
The Rubba Scrubba is fantastic for certain things: it works great for getting pet hair off furniture, for instance, and when we went to the beach last year I packed it along so I could "sweep" the child. The bristles don't hurt her skin and it pulls the sand right off her. It was also fantastic for getting residual sand off of the car seats. I've also used it to get dried mud off shoes.

I don't like it for general cleaning, though. The soft bristles don't seem to do the trick for me.
18th-Jun-2010 04:39 pm (UTC)
I can well imagine that it would be great for those things. I don't have any pets though. Hmmm... it might just do the trick in getting all the grass off our picnic blanket though... it's worth a try anyway.
18th-Jun-2010 11:02 pm (UTC)
I loved my feather dusters (I bought the pair with a big and small one and my then-three-year-old used to happily do the lower shelves, and we loved banging the dust out of them outside.)

But eventually they got too full to work, so I washed them, carefully, following directions, and bits of feathers went EVERYWHERE when I tried to dust.

I've noticed that the emails most likely to get printed are the ones that say "OMG I LOVE [$PRODUCT]." I've been flying for over 10 years (with various levels of staying on the wagon) and it seems that there are more and more products AND that the products really end up being more physical and financial clutter. :(

(That said, the daily zones and evening routines help a LOT!)
31st-Jan-2012 04:36 pm (UTC)
Anonymous
What Magic duster are you talking about? I've found one at Walgreens that looks like the Swiffer duster and requires refills when it's dirty, or one that's called Magic duster or Magic static duster (as seen on TV) that's puffy all around in rainbow colors. (See picture.)

I'm interested in a good washable one so I don't have to keep buying refills, but it needs to clean those annoying knicknacks (that I'd much rather get rid of).
18th-Jun-2010 03:22 pm (UTC)
Also, how exactly did they fail you? What did you try to use them for? I've been googling, and you're definitely not the only disappointed person out there.
18th-Jun-2010 03:31 pm (UTC)
Rubba swisha - well, I used this to swish obviously ;) It took more effort to get the toilet clean than it would have with an average toilet brush.

Rubba scrubba - used this to try to clean the bathroom sink and tub. Again, it took more effort to clean than it would have if I'd used an ordinary cleaning brush. Also, the 'bristles' (?) are bigger, so it couldn't get into nooks and crannies as easily.

Purple rag - did the job, but ordinary dish rags would have done it just as well. These disappointed me the least, as I didn't find them inferior to local products, just equal to. Oh, and all the testimonials about these not leaving behind lint when cleaning mirrors - they do! Just like every other rag I've ever tried.
18th-Jun-2010 05:20 pm (UTC)
Did you wash the rags first? I wonder if that would help keep them from leaving stuff behind. I always make sure to wash my hand towels, wash cloths, rags, etc. before use.
15th-Apr-2013 12:33 pm (UTC)
Anonymous
Had I not read her recent post that the dye needs to be washed out of the rags, I would have just used them and given a packet to my sister, who has white counter tops. Apparently there is so much purple dye that it can stain white counters. Why would they sell such a product? She said one has to follow directions, but none came with the rags. That said, the new, washed rag did a very good job of cleaning several kinds of surfaces, including a mirror.
22nd-Aug-2013 04:03 pm (UTC)
Anonymous
I prewashed the rags, and they STILL stained my white countertop - I had left a wet rag on the counter for a couple of days thinking it would dry there. Luckily, some bleach and elbow grease got it (mostly) out of the counter, but I was greatly disappointed. I guess you're not supposed to dry the rags either because mine shrunk when I did. Not worth the money in my opinion.
12th-Mar-2014 12:28 am (UTC)
Anonymous
I have been using my own customized version of flylady for 13 years now. I have recently purchased several of her products and I have to say that the cleaning rags are far superior to any of the micro fiber cloths I have used in the past. ( I would say that I have tried well over a dozen versions over the years.) The rags are great and I use them daily on just about everything and they work great. In 2 weeks I have probably saved using 3 rolls of paper towels. I LOVE the mop and dust mop. I have hard floors through most of my home and it works great, and the dust mop cleans easily by shaking it out on the back porch. The rubba products work nicely. I didn't care for the dish brush set, but decided to try them in our glass enclosed shower and they do an amazing job! The squeegee feature on the bottle brush comes in handy when cleaning the glass enclosure. I am very disappointed in the little car duster tool. It is cheaply made and leaves more lint and dust behind than it picks up. It has already been discarded. I used the small rubba tool on the car seats and a cleaning rag to dust and they did a nice job. I was not impressed with the rubba broom, it worked about as well as a cleaning tool that I already own. My husband used it on our garage floor and he loved it, so I guess he has a new broom for the garage. I can say that the rubba tools will probably last longer than other bristled cleaning tools. I do like the feather duster. I owned the old set and after 13 years they were ready to be replaced. We live in a very dry area and static is a big problem. These dusters don't seem to create static, and they really pick up lint and dust that seem to stick to our wood furniture with a static cling. I will be getting more of the rags so that I have a good supply, which will enable me to wash a load of them weekly with running out. If you dampen them slightly with water, they polish stainless appliances beautifully. On the whole, I am happy with the products. If I have paid a little more than I would after researching for cheaper similar products, I am not bothered by this. I want Flylady to be in business! I visit her sight often, and I know of several people she has really helped. A close friend with severe depression claims that flylady literally saved her marriage thru motivating her to care for her home and look after her family in a way that was not overwhelming.



12th-Mar-2014 02:11 am (UTC)
Anonymous
If you use the rags slightly damp, they will not leave streaks or lint behind. I use them on my mirrors daily and the work perfectly.
18th-Jun-2010 03:46 pm (UTC)
That's really too bad. I love my Rubber Swisha, I finally got the one area of the toilet that I never could get clean done with that extra thingy that sticks out. As far as the rest of it goes, it works as well for me as any other toilet brush does, no extra effort at all.
And I love my feather duster too, and so does my friend that I got one for Xmas for. I really love it for the tv screen, don't have to clean it nearly as often as long as I swipe it with the duster every couple of days. But the only other types of dusters I'd used before were just using a cloth or one of those fuzzy dusters. For me, the main thing about the duster is that I don't hate using it, so I actually use it more often than I did the other things I'd tried. So even if that's all it is, it works better for me. :)
Gotta admit though, haven't even been tempted by the Rubber Scrubba
18th-Jun-2010 03:52 pm (UTC)
Ah, but my old toilet brush had that sticky-out-thing as well - actually it seems that only the budget toilet brushes don't have it, but since that seems to be a major point for many of the testimonials, I wonder if that's a cultural difference though (I live in Denmark), and that the "average toilet brush" is a lot better here than it is in the US.

Good point about the feather duster :) It's MUCH too expensive to get shipped to Denmark, so I've never really been tempted. I used to be tempted by the Rubba Sweepa, but now that I've tried the two other Rubba products, I'm not.
18th-Jun-2010 04:01 pm (UTC)
I love the calendar, but have not tried the other products.
18th-Jun-2010 04:21 pm (UTC)
I like the swisha too, and the sweepa, the scruba seems worthless though, and I like the dusting mitt but its the same as cheaper ones at the store.
18th-Jun-2010 04:38 pm (UTC)
What do you like about the swisha over ordinary toilet brushes?
18th-Jun-2010 11:13 pm (UTC)
Mostly the little stick out part that gets under the rim, but I've never had one that did that before though lol
19th-Jun-2010 07:16 am (UTC)
Yeah, I should have paid more heed to testimonials that said that - all the standard ones have that here.
18th-Jun-2010 04:36 pm (UTC)
I have a bunch of yellow orange microfiber rags that I found in Sam's club that I love. The purple rags are supposed to be microfiber...

Never ever use fabric softener on mucrofiber, it erases all the dirt holding ability. The good news is that if you wash them in plain detergent you'll be fine.
18th-Jun-2010 04:38 pm (UTC)
I never use fabric softener anyway, so no problem there :)
18th-Jun-2010 04:40 pm (UTC)
I am passionate advocate of the calendar--I buy 3 each year and give one to my mother and motherinlaw. Both have vision problems and this lets them write large.

I also really like the timers. Original one was too loud--the 2nd edition timer has a super stopwatch feature and of course the vibrate setting which lets me use it at work. (Including in my pocket when giving a club presentation--set to go off 10 minutes before I had to wrap up.)

I do have to mention that despite the testimonials, my toddler managed to damage the 2ndedition timer. I'm not going for warranty though because no electronics should have to drop that far. (I didn't even know she could throw that far!) Since then you have to squeeze it to turn on the LED screen. My engineer husband said he'd resolder it for me...but that was over a year ago, I'm not holding my breath.

I like the sorting kits, but unfortunately they're for light use. I used one when sorting paperwork and left one full for a week or three and it started some rips. Oops. Again, I think that's sort of my fault. It's intended for things you can carry around and not more than can be put away in an hour...

As for the rubba family...I have neither.

But I have spent time in Denmark and can assure you that the toilet brushes aren't that different. I think the point is that the rubba swisha is intended for flylady's daily swish-n-swipe, so that it stays clean over time and you never do a high-power scrub. Similarly, the person I know with a rubba scrubba is most pleased with the way it lifts away obvious pet hair & dust on a quick pass. It's not the only tool she uses, though.
18th-Jun-2010 04:49 pm (UTC)
The calendar is okay, but I actually found the squares too big. However, we're currently only my DH and me, and I'm definitely keeping it in the back of my head for a 'family calendar' once we're in need of such a thing - it'd be perfect for that.

Right now I use calendars my sister makes for me, with photos of my nieces and nephews - it makes me smile every time I look at it, and while not large enough for flylady's stickers, the squares are big enough for my needs.

I have the timer and like it well enough, especially because of it's vibrating function. That's the only thing that sets it apart from all my other timers though.

I LOVE the FLY-CD. That is one product that was worth EVERY penny.

I was thinking the same thing about the rubba-swisha, but my old average toilet brush does that just fine too - and at a quarter of the price!
11th-Dec-2012 04:55 pm (UTC)
Anonymous
I don't love my rubba swisha, but I do love my purple rags. I clean everything glass, chrome, or porcelain with them by spritzing with vinegar water, and there are no streaks. Sometimes if I'm not worried about disinfecting, I just use plain water. Repeat: I clean glass with plain water and get no streaks with these things. Maybe you're not using them as intended?

(If you usually use Windex or similar products, it might not seem like such a big deal, but I prefer to only use natural cleaning products and mostly homemade, so in my case these seem like a miracle.)
21st-Apr-2013 09:51 pm (UTC)
Anonymous
I bought the feather duster, the purple rags and the rubba swisha. The dye in the rags ran like crazy. I had purple streaks all over my bathroom vanity unit. I washed them at least 6 times before using them again and I still find that they occasionally run. The rubba swisha is quite good. The feather duster fell apart after 2 uses. One feather fell out the first time I used it, the next time a few more fell out, which must've compromised the structure of it because the next time it just looked like a purple ostrich had exploded in my house. That was not good. The kids used them for a craft project.
I would like to try the rubba scrubba but the international shipping costs really put me off.
22nd-Apr-2013 07:32 pm (UTC)
Anonymous
I just wanted to say - perhaps some of you are young enough that you do not remember feather dusters. I do not have fly lady's feather dusters so I am not trying to comment on their use good or bad. But I have used feather dusters in the past, they work well for what they do - they are easier to use around knick-knacks, china, and any small items that one may have out. But they are just feathers and so are more delicate than cloth or microfiber rags.

I guess what I am saying is - I wouldn't find it unusual for feather dusters to have molting issues, but I think that may be because I remember so well using them as a kid - dusting was one of my chores and still not my favorite - in fact the two things I have down pat from fly lady is making my bed [hubby has complimented me on that one and shining the sink].

Oh well, I am now going back to watching the rain come down and hoping we don't get the 2 to 6 inches of snow they predicted - can't shovel well cause I pull something in my back LOL.

Good luck to all with finding the cleaning tools that work for them!
25th-Apr-2013 04:25 pm (UTC)
Anonymous
I bought the purple rags and they arrived a few days ago. We were sitting our eldest son's dog for the weekend and have a 3 window sliding glass door in the kitchen. The day after the dog was picked up I washed the rags - no purple dye in the water - and used just the purple rag wet on the slider. It cleaned the slider with no streaks, got all the dog nose and fingerprints and doggy drool off the slider - I am happy with them. I do not have any other microfiber rags, so I can't compare, but it worked better than spraying windex and wiping with anything and trying mop up the large amount of water off the bottom of the window and floor.

I am pleased with the job the purple rag did and just wanted to put my 2 cents in.
6th-May-2013 02:55 pm (UTC)
Anonymous
I bought the HEY TOM DRAIN CANNON that is suppose to unclog your drains - it's WORTHLESS!! I am so bummed I spent the money (and it was expensive with shipping - I think around $35) the pump canon part works fine - its the cheap Chinese made (hard) plastic attachments that don't work well. I contacted FlyLady and they do not accept returns on this item! I am very skeptical about purchasing anything else from her site, because I now think it's wonderful marketing.
30th-Nov-2014 06:43 pm (UTC) - Disappointed w/products & customer service
Anonymous
I own the:

-dish towels - they stain & become dingy quickly; bleach is worthless
-feather duster - lost 1/2 its feathers in 1st three dustings
-rubba swisha - I have 3... hate them. The inexpensive bristle brushes can reach the tough spots and leave toilets clean.
-rubba scrubbas - I have all the varieties...useless for intended jobs and cant get into corners
- purple rags - this is the one item I hate & love...I've had them for over a year and still bleeds purple (they are washed weekly) but they DO NOT leave streaks on glass and mirrors.
- the mop w/red dustmop head....works okay...still too pricey for product that has competition at 1/2 the price.

By the way, I have all of the products because shipping is expensive and I bought into the hype so bought it all at once.

I did contact Flylady about the towels & feather duster. She responded to my email by saying that she's never experienced my issues with her products and her towels are sparkling white, never stained and the feather duster holds up. I felt like she was accusing me of misusing the products. I will not do business with Flylady anymore because they do not stand behind their products. No returns/exchanges. I would have happily sent back my products at my expense to prove my complaints for a good-faith exchange. I agree with other comments: she's great at marketing; not customer service.
15th-Jun-2013 03:24 am (UTC)
Anonymous
I just received my order, purple rags,swisha and the feather duster. The feather duster had an awful chemical smell, so I rushed outside with it.
I shook it out and it lost a few feathers. I am letting it air out. Hopefully it won't keep shedding feathers.
The swisha worked better then any other brush I've ever used on the toilet bowl. I swished regularly so I was surprised at all the stuff that swisha scrubbed out. I've had other brushes with that extra part that sticks out, but they didn't do the job this swisha did.
I'll be glad not to have to use harsh cleaners.
I'm not impressed with the purple rags yet. I also bought micro-fiber cloths at the local store. They really work great. These purple rags seem more silky, and don't handle as well. But I haven't used them enough yet to judge. I don't like all that purple dye bleeding through. The cheap microfiber rags I bought for a dollar don't do that and they work great so far.
The one thing that really bothers me is the "Made in China" tag. That's not what I expected to see.
FlyLady should be using "Made in America" products.
15th-Jun-2013 05:29 pm (UTC)
Anonymous
I ordered the purple rags and Rubba Scrubba. And other items but these are the two I've used.
I cleaned my car with one damp purple rag and the Rubba Scrubba.
I am amazed at how clean the front seats and floor carpets are now.
I even cleaned the doors where all the black road dust seems to stick.
I rinsed the rag with water and a little dish soap.
The Rubba Scrubba left the carpet mats so clean.
I can only sum it up by saying that my car is cleaner then ever and
I did not even have to use my vacuum.
The rag picked up the little bits of dirt,rocks and grass as I flung and shook the rag out.
I was having so much fun but I didn't want to crash and burn, so I will clean the rest later.
I am taking a break just as Flylady recommends.
OH and after all that black dirt, my purple rag looks clean with just water and dish soap.
I am pleased.
I'll report when I use the other items.
17th-Jul-2013 03:45 pm (UTC)
Anonymous
I don't have any of the products, but reading these comments made me think of my Staples (office supply store) calendar I buy each year that has lined big squares and is cheap. You might want to compare it? I hang it on 2 cup hooks in the kitchen near the phone so it is easy to refer to and add things to or make changes (pencil best). Also I do have A feather duster and if a feather comes out you can just put some glue on the end and stick it back in the base.
8th-Dec-2013 08:27 am (UTC)
Anonymous
Rubber Swishas and Rubber Sweepas can be bought under a different brand name from the UK based company Lakeland. I can't give the website because the comment gets marked as spam - google it! They might work out cheaper for European customers and definitely for UK ones.

The purple rags are just ordinary microfibre cloths, right?

Her tips are great, but like others I get wound up by the marketing hitting you in the face every time you open an email.
12th-Mar-2014 12:27 am (UTC)
Anonymous
I have been using my own customized version of flylady for 13 years now. I have recently purchased several of her products and I have to say that the cleaning rags are far superior to any of the micro fiber cloths I have used in the past. ( I would say that I have tried well over a dozen versions over the years.) The rags are great and I use them daily on just about everything and they work great. In 2 weeks I have probably saved using 3 rolls of paper towels. I LOVE the mop and dust mop. I have hard floors through most of my home and it works great, and the dust mop cleans easily by shaking it out on the back porch. The rubba products work nicely. I didn't care for the dish brush set, but decided to try them in our glass enclosed shower and they do an amazing job! The squeegee feature on the bottle brush comes in handy when cleaning the glass enclosure. I am very disappointed in the little car duster tool. It is cheaply made and leaves more lint and dust behind than it picks up. It has already been discarded. I used the small rubba tool on the car seats and a cleaning rag to dust and they did a nice job. I was not impressed with the rubba broom, it worked about as well as a cleaning tool that I already own. My husband used it on our garage floor and he loved it, so I guess he has a new broom for the garage. I can say that the rubba tools will probably last longer than other bristled cleaning tools. I do like the feather duster. I owned the old set and after 13 years they were ready to be replaced. We live in a very dry area and static is a big problem. These dusters don't seem to create static, and they really pick up lint and dust that seem to stick to our wood furniture with a static cling. I will be getting more of the rags so that I have a good supply, which will enable me to wash a load of them weekly with running out. If you dampen them slightly with water, they polish stainless appliances beautifully. On the whole, I am happy with the products. If I have paid a little more than I would after researching for cheaper similar products, I am not bothered by this. I want Flylady to be in business! I visit her sight often, and I know of several people she has really helped. A close friend with severe depression claims that flylady literally saved her marriage thru motivating her to care for her home and look after her family in a way that was not overwhelming.



18th-Mar-2014 04:26 pm (UTC)
Anonymous
I have the purple rags and I absolutely love them!! Not only do they do a super job cleaning the mirrors and windows but they also are great to dust furniture. You must know the best way to use them. I have found that they work best if just good and damp as from the washer. They clean the mirrors with little effort and no streaks. Too bad some of you were so disappointed with the product. Joyce Humble,Texas
19th-Apr-2014 06:32 pm (UTC)
Anonymous
I have just begun to read Flylady's suggestions. I really like the organization and doing a little at a time. I noticed right away that there were many items for sale. This was a turn off for me. I have not been tempted to purchase anything, but I was curious about the fabric used for the purple rags and I found this page with these comments. After reading the comments about her products, I will not buy any. They seem to be a gimmick for inspiration. Thank you to all who posted.
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