As a kid who used to fall asleep watching infomercials until 3AM, ABC's Shark Tank has had me hooked, for about the last 5 years (the show debuted in 2009). Now "as seen on TV" has a whole new dimension, and there are dozens of successful, seriously innovative products that can trace their success back to the show and its cast of millionaire and billionaire investors.
What is It? A line of plant-derived, non-toxic, environmentally friendly cleaners that won't harm pets or kids.
Which Shark Bit? Founders Tim Barklage and Kevin Tibbs sought $400k for 7 percent equity. All the sharks made offers, but Lori Greiner walked away with the deal after an explosive bidding war.
What is It? A machine washable, reuseable roll of paper towels—each sheet can be washed up to 100 times.
Which Shark Bit? Impressed with founders Noam and Irene Krasniansky's product and their salesmanship, Lori Greiner offered Bambooee a deal: $200,000 funding in exchange for a 10 percent stake in their company.
What is It? 100% cotton, eco-friendly bags that allow you to easily machine wash and dry stuffed animals and pets' toys.
Which Shark Bit? The Teddy Needs a Bath founders sought $50,000 for a 10 percent share of the company. Shark Mark Cuban made a deal, investing $100K for 30 percent equity plus a 10 percent royalty on product sales.
What is It? A kitchen scrubbing tool that reacts to temperature—in cool water it becomes rigid for scouring, and in hot water it becomes soft and fluffy.
Which Shark Bit? Shark Lori Greiner nabbed the deal with an offer of $200,000 for 20 percent equity. The deal has since become known as Shark Tank's biggest success, with over $50 million in sales.
What is It? A degreasing cleaning wipe that uses a natural, non-toxic, citric-based cleaning agent. Designed by cyclists to handle the toughest cleaning jobs, but gentle enough to use for cleaning kids' messes—like permanent markers, paint and crayons—when soap and water isn't available.
Which Shark Bit? Founders Tim Stansbury & Erin Walen made a joint deal with Sharks Barbara Corcoran and Robert Herjevic, who control 40 percent of the company together for a $40,000 total investment.
What is It? A basic broom with a secret—a hidden retractable scraper.
Which Shark Bit? After a heated exchange with a lot of interest from the sharks, founder and stay-at-home dad Shane Panell accepted an offer from Daymond John and Kevin Harrington—$80,000 for 25 percent equity.
What is It? Berry shells that contain naturally-occurring soap; you throw them in the wash to remove stains and gently launder your clothes.
Which Shark Bit? Founders Scott and Mona came to the Shark Tank seeking $175k for a 15 percent share in their business, but unfortunately couldn't come to an business agreement with any of the sharks.
What is It? A safe and natural alternative to home pesticides—founder Stephanie Boone started the company after her dog, Luna, became deathly ill from conventional flea and tick treatments.
Which Shark Bit? Boone and her business partner Laura Alter received offers from three of the five Sharks, ultimately accepting a deal from Lori Greiner for $500,000 for 3 percent ownership, with a 50-cent royalty on every unit sold until repaid.
What is It? This all-natural grease-fighting soap, developed by three-time X Games medalist Bryce Hudson, uses dirt to clean your hands—really.
Which Shark Bit? Lori Greiner, apparently the queen of clean on Shark Tank, scored this deal at $85,000 for 35 percent of the business.