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What are your favorite cleaning products?

bushyheadbushyhead Posts: 1,676Registered Users
I am determined to be better about cleaning my house. I spent four hours cleaning yesterday and only made a dent. It's because I don't keep up with it, so when I finally get around to it, it's a huge job.

So what are your favorite products to make cleaning easier? I especially need recommendations for dusting and mopping, as I tend to neglect these two chores the most.

Thanks!
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  • The New BlackThe New Black Posts: 16,738Registered Users
    Dusting/wiping down
    *Windex wipes....or vinegar spray, which I wipe off with wadded up newspaper
    *Clorox wipes
    *Clorox Anywhere spray

    Mopping
    *Swiffer wet

    Bathroom
    *Comet liquid
    *Kaboom
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  • fraufrau Posts: 6,130Registered Users
    dow scrubbing bubbles to clean tub and tile
    lysol power gel for toilets
    windex for mirrors
    swiffer for floors
    lysol wipes
    and pledge wipes
    (you can tell i'm extra lazy)
  • fig jamfig jam Posts: 2,555Registered Users
    Microfiber cloths for cleaning most anything. Good for dusting, good for shining up the bathroom counters/sink (if used wet), really good for shining chrome fixtures. Don't use fabric softener on them, though -- you'll ruin them.

    If not microfiber for dusting, I use Swiffer wands.

    Long-handled lambswool duster for ceiling fan blades, woodwork.

    Vacuum up the dog hair/dust on hardwood floors, then go over with a microfiber dust mop to get the superfine stuff or places I missed. Until I refinish them, can't use anything wet on them.

    Clorox or Lysol toilet cleaner for toilets. Tried the wands but didn't feel they cleaned as well.

    I dry the shower walls/door with a squeegee which keeps need for cleaning down, but use Kaboom if there's a buildup of anything.

    Windex for glass.

    Method stuff and/or Clorox wipes for outside of toilet.

    Lots of elbow grease usually helps!
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  • alisons79alisons79 Posts: 680Registered Users
    Some Method products, Charlie's Soap and some things I make myself.

    I agree with the microfiber cloths...and I use my Dyson a LOT to do everything from clean the floors to dusting ceiling fans.
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  • tctc Posts: 986Registered Users
    Or you could have your house cleaned professionally ... it's surprisingly not expensive.

    In my area (philly suburbs) it costs about $100 to have my 1500-sqft house cleaned professionally from top to bottom ... and that includes everything, bathrooms, kitchen, floors, vacuuming, picking up random stuff, etc. definitely worth it. I could spend 8 hours cleaning and it would only look half as good.

    when I cut back on my budget, the cleaning service is the last thing to go! seriously ... I drive a 14-year-old car, don't have cable, etc ... have to prioritize :)
  • goldygoldy Posts: 5,455Registered Users
    I'm a natural cleaner.... but I still have a clean house :lol:

    Kitchen counters: I use Method free & clear with microfiber cloths
    Bathroom counters/sinks: I use Method tub & tile with microfiber cloths.
    Windows and mirrors: Method glass cleaner with microfiber cloths.
    Floors: sweep, then microfiber cloths on a swiffer.
    Mopping: Bissel floor steam cleaner -- can't beat the ease of use!!

    To keep your house feeling clean the easiest things to do are to keep counters clear of clutter and clean and dry swiffer (with microfiber cloths instead of disposable swiffer cloths) the hard floors at least twice a week. Those two items alone will help the house looking cleaner and make it easier to clean when you do decide to get down and clean.

    *microfiber cloths -- I bought a large pack of them at Target in the car cleaning area. They can be used multiple times before they need to be cleaned, then once they need a cleaning just throw them in the washer and dryer with other towels :)
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  • SystemSystem Posts: 39,059 Administrator
    I'm another fan of microfiber cleaning cloths, especially for dusting. You don't need any spray stuff, the cloth picks up the dust nicely. Then just throw it in the washer!

    I highly recommend the re-useable cloths for Swiffers made by this lovely woman on E-bay. They work better than the disposable Swiffer ones and they last forever. She makes a lot of other cleaning and dusting cloths too.

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    My other favorite cleaning item is a steam cleaner. I like to avoid chemicals as much as possible when cleaning.
  • KindredsTwin1983KindredsTwin1983 Posts: 347Registered Users
    I hate grime, dirt, and dust...I'm obsessive about keeping things clean. For me....cleaning is a therapy. I can clean for hours with my MP3 player on and the cleaning supplies I like.

    Lemon Cleaner (Lysol or Mr. Clean)
    Bleach
    Vim Cream Cleanser
    Murphys Oil Soap

    I'm going to try the microfiber cloths everyone raves about
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  • goldygoldy Posts: 5,455Registered Users
    SuZenGuide wrote: »
    I highly recommend the re-useable cloths for Swiffers made by this lovely woman on E-bay. They work better than the disposable Swiffer ones and they last forever. She makes a lot of other cleaning and dusting cloths too.

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    My other favorite cleaning item is a steam cleaner. I like to avoid chemicals as much as possible when cleaning.

    Thanks for that link... I'm going to check out her stuff!

    Looks like we have similar favorite cleaning products ;)
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  • deezee02deezee02 Posts: 1,509Registered Users
    Bathrooms -
    I do not like having a toliet brush in the bathroom, so I use this...

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    These help me to keep my toilet clean between

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    I also keep these in every room (bathrooms and kitchen) for quick cleans
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    I could not find these on the sites...

    For bathroom cleaning, I use the greenworks tub and tile cleaner

    For kitchen cleaning, I use the greenworks all purpose cleaner

    For floors, I use the greenworks concentrated cleaner with the Mr. Clean mop

    For windows I use windex antibacterial.

    I have a HUGE basket of old washclothes and mircofiber clothes that I clean with.

    ETA--the only method products that I like are the stainless steel cleaner and the wood cleaner.

    I also like the swiffer...I just got the one with the extended handle
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  • whatsercurlwhatsercurl Posts: 4,049Registered Users
    I hate grime, dirt, and dust...I'm obsessive about keeping things clean. For me....cleaning is a therapy. I can clean for hours with my MP3 player on and the cleaning supplies I like.

    Lemon Cleaner (Lysol or Mr. Clean)
    Bleach
    Vim Cream Cleanser
    Murphys Oil Soap

    I'm going to try the microfiber cloths everyone raves about


    OMG! This is my list!!! I feel like you must have been in my cleaning closet. AND I also clean with my MP3 on. :laughing9:

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  • VTmomVTmom Posts: 2,486Registered Users
    I dust w/pledge and a microfiber cloth.
    I squeegee down walls, doors and floor of shower every day. When I really have to scrub it, which is rare b/c the squeegee-ing works great, I use comet bathroom cleaner in the spray bottle. I do this while I'm in the shower with a scrubbie thingamajig. I use comet for the sinks too.
    Clorox toilet bowl cleaner w/bleach for toilets.
    I vacuum or sweep the floors (all mine are hard) then clean w/my shark steam cleaner...LOVE it!
    Glass wipes for mirrors.
    Clorox or lysol wipes for countertops.
    I'm the worst window cleaner in the history of mankind. They look no better when I'm done than they did when I started, so I've got no advice for them.
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  • rudeechickrudeechick Posts: 6,726Registered Users
    I LOVE a product called "Cinch". Its in an orange spray bottle; cleans tons of surfaces and smells good. I have SUCH a hard time finding it tho, that I clean off the shelves when I do.
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  • SleighSleigh Posts: 1,226Registered Users
    oh lord...you guys like the shark?

    tell me know idontneedtospendthemoneybutthinkthey'recool

    i have issues with pet hair btw...
    2c hair. maybe a little porous? my hair likes suave, vo5 and the big tease. going to be trying more lush soon. not sure how i feel about dr bronners.

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  • Nappy_curly_crownNappy_curly_crown Posts: 4,162Registered Users
    SuZenGuide wrote: »
    I'm another fan of microfiber cleaning cloths, especially for dusting. You don't need any spray stuff, the cloth picks up the dust nicely. Then just throw it in the washer!

    I highly recommend the re-useable cloths for Swiffers made by this lovely woman on E-bay. They work better than the disposable Swiffer ones and they last forever. She makes a lot of other cleaning and dusting cloths too.

    /home/leaving?target=http%3A%2F%2Fcgi.ebay.com%2F4-Washable-cloth-refills-made-to-fit-the-Swiffer_W0QQitemZ150297263825QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_DefaultDomain_0%3Fhash%3Ditem150297263825%26amp%3B_trksid%3Dp3286.c0.m14%26amp%3B_trkparms%3D66%253A2%257C65%253A10%257C39%253A1%257C240%253A1318" class="Popup

    My other favorite cleaning item is a steam cleaner. I like to avoid chemicals as much as possible when cleaning.

    Thanks for that link! I was wondering where I could find reuseable cloths for my swiffer!
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  • RedCatWavesRedCatWaves Posts: 31,258Registered Users
    My favorite cleaning product is paying someone else to do it. I hate cleaning. Despise it.
  • VTmomVTmom Posts: 2,486Registered Users
    Every time I've paid someone to clean my house, they clean like gangbusters for about the first 2 times they come, then they suck and when I get home from work, I have to go around and clean everything they didn't...not worth it to me.
    The smallest deed is greater than the grandest intention.

    I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul. (Invictus - William Ernest Henley)

    Just think I used to worry 'bout things like that,
    Used to worry 'bout rich and skinny, 'til I wound up poor and fat,
    Nowadays I kind of worry where my mind's been at,
    Just think I used to worry 'bout things like that. (Delbert McClinton - I Used to Worry from Never Been Rocked Enough)
  • bushyheadbushyhead Posts: 1,676Registered Users
    Thanks everyone. I hate cleaning too, but mostly because I feel like it's a complete waste of time. Within minutes - not hours, not days, but minutes - it looks dirty again. Either my husband tracked dirt in on his shoes, or I cook dinner and splatter something all over the kitchen floor. I don't even have kids yet (or dogs). I would love to get my house cleaned professionally. Maybe someday . . .
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  • ZinniaZinnia Posts: 7,339Registered Users
    bushyhead wrote: »
    Thanks everyone. I hate cleaning too, but mostly because I feel like it's a complete waste of time. Within minutes - not hours, not days, but minutes - it looks dirty again. Either my husband tracked dirt in on his shoes, or I cook dinner and splatter something all over the kitchen floor. I don't even have kids yet (or dogs). I would love to get my house cleaned professionally. Maybe someday . . .

    Can your husband remove his shoes at the door? Perhaps have a mat by the door where he can put his shoes...and cooking...use a splatter screen, which helps a lot with splatters and keeping the cooking area clean.

    Also, as you splatter, wipe with a micro cloth (i like to cut the ones I buy from the automotive section half...makes it easier to handle). Also just taking 15 minutes to clean helps a lot.

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  • goldygoldy Posts: 5,455Registered Users
    Sleigh wrote: »
    oh lord...you guys like the shark?

    tell me know idontneedtospendthemoneybutthinkthey'recool

    i have issues with pet hair btw...

    are you talking about steam cleaners? I did lots of research and ended up with the Bissel -- love it!

    Have you tried microfiber cloths on a dry swiffer for pet hair?
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