**Story first aired in December 2012

The Schticky silicone roller promises to clean up dog and cat hair, lint, coins and crumbs, all in a jiffy.  The roller can also be reused after being washed and dried. But does it really work?

“You can clean your home in a quicky with the Schticky,” says pitchman Vince Shlomi, the ShamWow guy.

For a grand total of $40.15 – $19.95 plus around $20 shipping and taxes – the Schticky claims to pick up just about anything around your home.  

The kit comes with a mini Schticky that looks like a lint roller for clothing, a medium-sized Schticky for bigger jobs, and a giant version for the really dirty stuff.

To test the product, we started with seeing how well the giant roller picks up dust bunnies under the couch.

It was a bit awkward and very sticky at first, but it really did pick up a lot of lint.

But when it comes to cleaning up kitchen messes, the product didn’t fare as well.  CTV’s Lynda Steele tried to clean up some spilled spices with the medium roller.  

“It picks it up but then once it gets a bunch of stuff on there, it stops really working all that effectively.  This would be much easier to clean up with a paper towel,” Steele said.  

Cleaning the roller after use isn’t as easy as the infomercial would lead you to believe.  While pitchman Vince Shlomi says “the dirt comes right off” with a little warm water, we didn’t find that to be true.  

Given the high cost, you might want to give the Schticky a pass and use your vacuum, broom or drugstore lint roller instead.

We give this product 1.5 stars out of 5.

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