Every new product that comes across my desk claims to make some household chore quicker, easier, or sometimes even safer to do. At first glance, most appear to have merit, but further probing sometimes reveals that they don't quite meet their claims. But here are five newcomers I'm confident will deliver on their promises.
1. Clorox Disinfecting Tub & Shower Wipes ($2.99 for 35 wipes)
These wipes eliminate the need for a brush and some elbow grease. Ridding the tub and shower of soap scum usually takes so much effort, but Clorox has turned this chore into a quick swipe every day or so across the tub's bottom or along the lowest row of tiles where soap scum builds up. An added bonus: These wipes kill germs, too.
2. Finish Power & Free Dishwashing Products (prices vary)
Removing dried-on foods and stains is no easy feat, so dishwashing detergents need to be tough. Now, a gentler detergent is up to the