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Flylady cleaning tools question: has anyone here tried her Rubba Scrubba, Rubba Swisha, Rubbd dish brushes, purple rags or any other of her tools?

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Initial post: Feb 1, 2013 10:34:26 PM PST
BAM says:
I have searched the internet for tools similar to the ones offered for sale on the flylady website. Not only am I unable to find the cleaning tools other places, but I can't find any reviews of these cleaning tools.

Has anyone reading this forum purchased or used any of these tools? If so, will you please share your thoughts on their quality?


Posted on Feb 22, 2013 5:31:22 PM PST
tinlizzy3 says:
There is such a huge variety in "microfiber" cloths that it is pretty hard to tell what is comparable on the internet without being able to touch/feel. I actually just received the flylady rags today in the mail. While I had a multitude of microfiber cloths already, I too was eager to find out what all the fuss was about. These definitely are very different in texture / density from most of what I had already except for one specific item. Interestingly, the cloth is quite similar to the Method brand glass cloth (which is the best thing I've found for mirrors/glass. ) The Flylady rags are much bigger of course and slightly thicker not to mention a much better deal for the price. But if you really want to get an idea of what you are ordering then head to Target (which seems to carry the full Method line) and you'll be able to actually see what the material is like before you decide.

I stumbled upon your post as I was trying to search for other products that would be similar because it would be much more useful to have colors other than just purple. Would love to know if you find anything!

Thanks and hope that bit of info is helpful to you. method Window + Glass Microfiber Cloth 1 ea

Posted on Feb 22, 2013 6:05:26 PM PST
N. Miller says:
yes the tools are widely available, cheaper and not purple. try

and google will get you other options. I don't recommend shopping from

I find microfiber cloths at my local dollar general for a dollar or less apiece.

Posted on Feb 22, 2013 6:45:20 PM PST
BAM says:
Thank-you for your replies. I found a seller on Amazon that had purple and grey rubber brushes. I bought the last three. They do NOT work well for dishes! So, maybe it is the flylady toilet brush. I need to try it out in the bathroom. It did not come up to scratch in the kitchen.

I will check the microfiber cloths at Target. I know that all microfiber cloths are not created equally. The purple flylady ones bleed color, so need to be washed prior to use.

I unsubscribed from flylady due to the number of daily emails and advertising. Too bad as I think she has a lot to offer.

The drain cannon sold on flylady also sells on Amazon, for less. It should not be used on old plumbing as air pressure is a force to be reckoned with and can blow out old rusty pipes. Think HUGE plumbing repair bill.

The flylady rubba scrubba is like a pet brush for removing dog hair. Sold on Amazon and at Pet Smart.

My biggest help are a couple of spray bottles filled 1/2 white vinegar and 1/2 water. It is so easy to spray and wipe (or spray and leave) sinks, showers, toilets and mirrors. Non toxic, environmentally friendly.

Now if I could manage the clutter with greater efficiency!

Posted on Oct 25, 2013 9:51:39 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 31, 2013 6:14:49 AM PDT
mervenmar says:
There are some candid reviews here. Not all glowing reports. Elsewhere in searching for reviews of her water bottles I found at least one or two that said they rusted and flylady would not refund. Sad to hear. Also was going to get her dryer lint kit but in searching for reviews discovered that the one sold in Home Depot is effective with excellent reviews and a lot less expensive. I like Flylady and understand the tools fund the business but I'm also tired of constant advertising in the form of "testimonials" for overpriced items.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 30, 2013 9:52:59 PM PDT
Amber says:
Hello, was searching for reviews other than those in the Flylady emails and came across this thread. Just wanted to let you know that Flylady has an "email light" option that is only 1 email/day with one message and then 3-5 links that you can choose to click on or not of course. I just recently found the site and could not deal with the 15 or so emails a day, but the "light" options is just about right :)

Posted on Feb 12, 2014 7:40:34 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 12, 2014 7:41:38 AM PST
Debra Casey says:
I have the Flylady rubber dish brush and toilet swisher ... hate them, same issues as discussed above... they just do not work. I have her broom and the handle keeps unscrewing itself...very annoying. I bought a cheaper Walmart ostrich feather duster; it is okay, but like the writer above said, I think it knocks most dust to the floor. I have her scrubba scrubba (a rectangular scrub brush) and the bristles lie over when you apply any pressure...have not found it useful. The rubber scrubber (long narrow brush) is fair, but it doesn't perform as well in corners as i expected and i do not feel any of the purple tools were worth their price.

Posted on Apr 10, 2014 10:06:45 AM PDT
cschneg says:
I have had good and bad experience with Flylady products. I love the purple rags. They scrub very well and are only beat out by one other brand I buy from BJ's however, they don't make me crazy by grabbing and clinging onto every piece of junk they come across like the white ones I used buy. My old scrubby ones are useless the first time they hit oil or something that will scratch anything else it's rubbed on so I've always had to buy in bulk. The purple rags have long outlasted my old brand. The Flylady rags are fantastic and despite the price I will be buying more. I love the color as I feel like they look nice if I have to leave them out and they don't show stains. The Rubba Scrubbas are good for some things and horrible for others. I have found them no good in the toilet or for dishes. However they are PERFECT for cleaning your clothes (my kids insist on them after a haircut and I can brush across their faces with it and it won't hurt), scrubbing shoes and anything that needs a good washing without getting scratched. I use ours almost every day for something new. I have a kitchen rug that I always beat outside but never seems to come free from the little leaves and stick the kids drag in but the rubba scrubba cleaned it in seconds. Best it's ever looked. We use them on the car, to clean the deck, the slats on closet doors, showers, car seats and carpets, and in the nooks and cranies of the toilet where you don't want to put your hands or a regular brush that is tougher to clean. They have new handles for the mops and I've found them to be strong and sturdy. They don't unscrew. I use my dust mop and wet mop daily, as well. The water bottles are not my favorite. They didn't seem to work better than any other and the lid broke on ours pretty quickly. I prefer Hydro Flask and recommend it over any other water bottle. The sorting bins are just pop up bins in different colors but they are pretty sturdy and having them labeled has helped to ensure I don't use them for something else so I have them when I need them. I love the car duster. It fits in my car door and is wonderful, especially in pollen season. All in all I would say that Flylady's products have been a huge blessing to my cleaning routines. Someone came in today and commented how clean my house is (I have 5 kids - 3 home on break - and a very small house) and I had to admit that I am currently cleaning LESS than I used to and it's all because of the Flylady routines. We LOVE it!

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 19, 2014 11:37:36 AM PDT
See for real reviews.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 19, 2014 11:40:35 AM PDT
I agree with your unubscribing due to many advertisements and newsletters. I love her organization ideas, but I wish she would just stick to that.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 19, 2014 11:42:47 AM PDT
I agree with you 100% If I weren't so skeptical, I probably would have purchased every product, but I did some research on Flylady products and found less than stellar reviews. Try there were real reviews. I like the way you write. You express my sentiments, but in an eloquent way.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 19, 2014 11:43:14 AM PDT
Thank you.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 20, 2014 2:29:33 PM PDT
Deboraheck says:
I've tried the purple rags. They are more like the e cloth window cloth. They are very good, but not as amazing as all the testimonials would have you believe!

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 20, 2014 2:39:06 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 20, 2014 2:41:50 PM PDT
Flylady is a fun site. However you can find the products similar or better quality if you search on Amazon. Cleaning is not fun to me so I try to use good tools to get it over with. Have a great day!

Posted on May 4, 2014 11:15:45 AM PDT
Laura Gail says:
This discussion is helpful as I was about to buy some of the Flylady products to financially support her. I first subscribed to Flylady in the very earliest days she was sending out emails, and loved it. Don't remember why I stopped subscribing, but have just begun again. I wish there were a way to pay to subscribe to an ad-free list. I'd be willing to do that rather than buy mediocre products.
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