Scrubber wipes away doubts after 1st use


Leah Lehman, Leader Columnist

A few months ago I saw advertisements for something I was sure I had to have. It was the Hurricane Spin Scrubber.

There were ads on Facebook and on TV. I hesitated to order, as I have been burned in the past making a purchase only to have the merchandise not work as advertised.

First, there was some type of knitting machine that my kids wanted. Following instructions didn’t help in the least, and that knitter did not knit. If knitting was to be done, it was to be done the old-fashioned way, with knitting needles.

Next was a food chopper. It was hand-held, and vegetables and salad were supposed to be easy to chop and prepare for a meal. I can remember it had to be chopped by hand in order to be small enough to fit into the chopper, and instead of chopping the vegetables, it moaned and groaned, leaving a major disappointment.

I have had other choppers since, some of which worked rather well, but I have come to the conclusion that it is just as easy to do it by hand with a knife and cutting board. A lot less mess and cleanup that way.

More recently, I decided I had to have those pans where a soft taco shell can be inserted and baked. After all, one could make a taco salad, a taco dessert and a whole lot of other things. I used them once, even though the shell baked well and the taco salad was good. I guess I don’t eat taco salad that often.

Let’s be honest, the older I get, the less I cook. Even if company is coming, I don’t think about using the taco shell bakers. In fact, I forget I even own them, until I am looking for something else and find them accidentally.

Every time I look around my house, I see stuff. There is too much stuff around here, and now I want something else. How do I know it will even work?

One day while shopping, I saw a pile of boxes, and there was my bathroom scrubber. First, I told myself to walk past and think about it a little more. However, here was this thing that I was sure I needed in my life, tempting me. So, I picked it up and put it in my cart.

Once I got it home I let it sit in the garage for a week or two. I somehow thought I would be disappointed in the scrubber. Eventually, it made its way into the house, and I opened the box and read the small sheet of directions. I plugged it in as instructed to charge the battery.

The next day I thought was a good time to put it to use. I don’t mind cleaning the kitchen sink by hand, or the bathroom sinks, but since I had a scrubber, I thought I would try it out there before tackling the bathtub and shower area.

I was quite pleased with the results, so I was ready for the true test. The shower is difficult for me to scrub, as my torn rotator cuff is not happy when I overuse it. Plus, the rest of my body does not like bending over. This handy-dandy scrubber seems to have met my expectations.

However, my next question is, where am I going to store something that will only be used a few times a year?