I thought the Dyson Ball Animal 2 was amazing when I first took it out of the box, in fact, you can see my original glowing review here. Now that I’ve had it for a month and used all of the attachments that come with it, I’m in total love. You won’t believe all the things you can do!
Christmas is finally over, Bo headed back to work, and I decided it was time to get this house back in order. I took a solid week off to just enjoy the kids, and it was seriously the best Christmas break I’ve ever had! We played board games, we watched movies, we went to bed late, and we slept in. What didn’t happen though was even one persons laundry, much cooking, or ANY cleaning.
So, I pulled out my Dyson Ball Animal 2, laid out all the accessories, and was promptly tackled by three kids who wanted to take over. I know, sometimes life just gets better and better when you least expect it. So, I grabbed my camera, threw my feet up, and became the director of my own destiny.
Dyson Ball Animal 2, with your accessories, oh the things I can do!
First up, I had them work on the cats. Now, Izzy still runs at the first sound of the vacuum, so we don’t have the hose attached yet. We’re just getting the cats used to the groom tool now (and they both already LOVE being brushed by it!). The groom tool is super easy to use. You just push a button on the top to extend the soft and flexible bristles, then brush away. When it’s full of hair, just stop pushing down on the top and the hair is pushed off of the brush and straight into the vacuum.
Ours wasn’t hooked up to the vacuum though, which means that nice white blanket got covered in cat hair. If I had tried to vacuum this with a normal vacuum end, it would have just sucked the blanket up. I would have had to have each kid pull a corner tight and hold it. Instead, we just popped the tangle-free turbine tool on to the end of the Dyson Ball Animal 2‘s hose, and Oliver had the blanket hair free in two minutes flat! This did an amazing job getting hair off of the couch too!
Next up, Anna used the dusting brush on the combination tool and tackled all of the frames on my wall. This is no small feat, I counted. I have 34 different frames up there, and some of them are shadow boxes and drawers. And yet, my 6 year old did them all in just a couple of minutes.
Truth be told, because I’m nothing if not honest – that was the first time they’d been dusted since I put them up last Feburary. It was just way too much work to even think of before (looking for a duster, not finding one, having to drive to the store to buy one, and repeating every time it needed to be cleaned). With this attachment though, it was a total piece of cake.
Speaking of cake
Yeah, so while Anna was standing on the couch dusting the frames, we got a real
nice not so nice view of between the couch cushions. Yikes. Looks like that week of watching movies and relaxing on the couch had more repercussions than just the ones Bo and I saw on the scale!
The kids needed a team effort for this one though. Anna stood on the couch to spread the cushions, and Oliver used the wand part of the combination tool to vacuum between them. Sophie, well Sophie just wanted to be in the picture.
Now it was time to tackle around the christmas tree and under the kitchen table. This was the perfect time to test out the articulating hard floor tool. Usually when I do my big cleans, I throw the chairs up up the table then wash the floors after. Today wasn’t going to be that day though. I like to ease back into regular life after a holiday, and jumping right into washing the floors isn’t easing back.
Tricky carpets, not for an 8 and 6 year old.
Alright, the “easy” cleaning was over. I couldn’t even type that with a straight face. Before the Dyson Ball Animal 2 came into our home, cleaning between the couch cushions and dusting the frames were always at the BOTTOM of my list. Like, below the toilets (because with an 8 year old boy in the house cleaning toilets isn’t optional). A line up even started with the kids to see who would get to do the next step.
Time to head to the stairs, and the stairs are a BREEZE with this vacuum! The extendible hose that comes out of the handle reaches all the way from the bottom of our stairs to the top. It makes it so easy to vacuum them all, without having to carry a bulky vacuum up with me. And, there’s even a special stair tool for the carpet here!
The other tricky carpets to clean are the little area rugs by the door. The front door one especially sucks this time of year because of all the slush and salt that gets carried in on our shoes. When I used to try to vacuum these the normal way, the rugs would get sucked into the vacuum and everything on it (salt, sand, dirt, etc) would fly all over the place. Instead, we popped the stiff bristle brush onto the end of the hose and in a minute flat the rug was totally clean. The stiff bristles make it so easy to vacuum up bits of dirt and salt that are stuck to the rug.
As promised, the shag rug results
And here it is, as I promised in my last post, I would show you all the hair, dust, and kid droppings (random sparkles, string, lego, and fruit loops) that I pulled out of the shag rug. In all it’s glory, I present, the shag rug cleaning:
And because Anna insisted on posing with the vacuum, I’m going to go ahead and insist on posting it! You may also notice all the marks on the hardwood. Sophie got a plasma car for Christmas. She loves it. My floors hate it.
I hope all of your post-Christmas cleanings went as effortlessly as mine did! Get it, because I didn’t have to do any of it myself! I’m laughing on my couch with my feet up right now. Be jealous *wink wink*
One more thing. Don’t any of you get any funny ideas and go telling my kids that most parents pay them to do chores! They had so much fun doing this yesterday, they’re already asking me when they can again.
Disclosure: I am part of the PTPA Brand Ambassador Program with Dyson and I received compensation as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.