As Seen on TV -- Zorbeez

We'd all like to find a better way to pick up spills, and there are a couple of products out there that claim to be best way to soak up those wet spots.

One is the Sham-Wow, the other is Zorbeez -- the subject of our "As Seen on TV" test.

A Zorbeez towel feels like felt, extra-thick felt.

You know the old saying, "no use crying over spilled milk?" We'll see if that's the case if you have the Zorbeez.

I saw Billy Mays do this in one of the infomercials. Essentially what he did was fold the Zorbeez in half and cleaned up the spill.

I tried to see if I could do it, and it does a pretty nice job with picking up the spill. It did do a pretty good job picking up that milk, although there was still a bit of film on the table, and it was not quite as impressive as when Billy Mays did it.

How would it do side by side with a cotton towel? The Zorbeez is supposed to be 27 times more absorbent than cotton. It looks like it did a better job soaking up the milk.

The Zorbeez is also supposed to work great on spills in deep plush carpet because the material is supposed to get down in there and soak up everything that goes down into the carpet.

I gave it a try with a little root bee. The root beer left a pretty good stain and pretty much saturated the center part of a chunk of carpet.

The Zorbeez didn't work quite as well for me as it did for Billy Mays. It did soak up the majority of the root beer, but it certainly was not as impressive as when Billy Mays did it, and all that carpet looked brand-new after he used the Zorbeez.

So how will the Zorbeez do against a cotton towel with 20 ounces of water? Remember, the Zorbeez is supposed to soak up 20 ounces without losing a drop.

In the head-to-head contest with cotton, it did a better job. It holds on to the water, it's not dripping, and it got almost all 20 ounces of water.

It didn't do quite so well getting the stain out of the carpet like you see on the infomercial. So while I'm not really enthused about it, I do think it does a better job than cotton, would be a good product to buy, and it does mostly what it says. So it's going to get a tepid thumbs up.

Zorbeez can be machine washed and re-used and will save you money on paper towels.

You get ten Zorbeez per pack. I paid $7.50 for mine at CVS. They're in a lot of stores and also on the Internet.

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