Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Krazy Kloth: Crazy Genius ... or Just Plain Crazy?

What is the Krazy Kloth? It is a cleaning cloth that comes pre-loaded with a cleaning solution. The cleaning solution is already contained within the cloth, in other words.

The Krazy Kloth is made by a company called Cadie. According to the Cadie website, it's a New Jersey company that has been a "manufacturer of cleaning aids and specialty products since 1939. Cadie describes the Krazy Kloth thusly:

"A shelf full of cleaners in a 'space age' cloth. Quick, easy & reusable. Hundreds of uses: removes heel & scuff marks from floors; removes stains, heat & alcohol rings, water marks and paint specks from furniture & paneling; cleans and polishes brass, copper & chrome."

The Krazy Kloth is sold as a single for under $10, or three for about $15. The 3-pack comes inside a plastic shell, an egg-shaped container. Here's an example of a fellow using the Krazy Kloth to clean:

So does the Krazy Kloth work? We haven't tested the product yet ourselves, so if you've tried one we'd love to hear your thoughts about it. But Anne Jaeger, a consumer affairs writer whose work appears in the Portland Oregonian, has tested the Krazy Kloth. And her review does not inspire confidence. She starts by describing the Krazy Kloth:

"The 6-inch-by-9-inch blue cloth is soaked in an unspecified “revolutionary new cleaner and stain remover” to clean basement to attic, sans drudgery, rubbing or scrubbing. The reusable cloth works without water. Among its 1001 uses? Remove water stains, heel and burn marks, clean garden tools and polish most metals. Surfaces need to be dry before cleaning, then rubbed with the cloth and wiped down with a soft cloth."

OK, sounds promising. But the Krazy Kloth didn't live up to its promises to Jaeger, starting with the feel and smell of the cloth: "... the mere feel and smell of the cloth were enough. Less than a minute into our cleaning frenzy, Cathy didn't want anything to do with that cloth."

Jaeger's friend Cathy gave up quickly on the Krazy Kloth, but Jaeger herself continued:

"My plastic-coated kitchen cupboards got a real good workout with this kloth. Smudgy black fingerprints disappeared, but a greasy film was left behind. And that was hard to remove. Ditto on hard water stains on the shower door and pitted stainless steel appliances. Perhaps I should be thanking the makers of the Krazy Kloth. I got to clean everything twice: once with the cloth, then to remove the residue."

So we have a cleaning rag whose packaging doesn't tell buyers what chemicals are in the cloth, and whose use is both stinky and (apparently) leaves a residue behind. The Krazy Kloth is not inspiring our confidence.

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