Top 3 Favorite Cleaning Products – EVER

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posted on April 16, 2012 by  |  posted under Cleaning

Top 3 Favorite Cleaning Products EVER

Happy Monday, everyone!!

We are so excited to kick off a WEEK’S worth of Spring Cleaning Tips and Tricks! We know cleaning isn’t always fun or exciting, but we plan to give you the boost you need to dive right in. Your house will look incredible and you’ll feel amazing after getting your Spring Cleaning done. Promise!

We are kicking off by sharing (or re-sharing) some of our FAVORITE cleaning products…EVER! Better yet, we want you to share YOUR ideas so we all can catch the Spring Cleaning bug! Let’s get sharing:

cleaning supplies photo found here.

I am always wondering, as I stroll the cleaning supply aisle, if any of the products actually do what they advertise.  I just wish someone would try it and let me know if it works – or better yet, just tell me what cleaners work GREAT and those are the ones I’ll buy.

So, I have decided to make my wish come true.  I started with Alison and Shelley – they told me their top three favorite cleaning products, and of course, I’ll share mine.  But this is a two way street – if you continue reading, you have to leave a comment and tell me your top three favorite cleaning products ever and what you use them to clean.

Note: I am sure you can find these products for better prices, but I linked to Amazon so you could see a picture of what to look for when shopping the dreaded cleaning supply aisle.

My Top Three Favorite Cleaning Products:

1.  Bar Keeper’s Friend

Bar Keepers Friend® Cleanser & Polish: 12 OZ

This stuff is AMAZING!  If you have a white sink – this is a MUST!  My sister introduced it to me when she was staying over and wondered why I didn’t clean off the black marks that my pans left after cleaning them in the sink.  I innocently replied, “Oh, those – they don’t come off, believe me I’ve scrubbed and scrubbed.” To which she responded, “Oh, yes (you big ninny) they do – you just need the right cleaner!”  Okay, so those aren’t direct quotes, but you get the idea.  The very next day we went to Wallie’s for some Bar Keeper’s Friend and WALA my sink has been white ever since (when I clean it, that is)!

2.  Folex

Folex Carpet Cleaner, 32 oz

This one is for removing spots on the carpet, again introduced by this same sister (her house is ALWAYS clean, even with 6 kids).  This stuff will remove spills without even scrubbing sometimes – when it doesn’t, you just agitate with a toothbrush (your husband’s, not yours) or your fingers until it disappears – MAGIC!

3. Good old Vinegar

Mizkan Americas Inc 072412004037 Pantry Mate White Distilled Vinegar

I used to think my friend was a bit looney when she told me she used vinegar to clean almost everything in her house – until I tried it.  Yes, it smells like vinegar while you are cleaning, but trust me it goes away after about 1/2 hour.  I use it on my floors, for a general spray for wiping counters and appliances, and it is a dream on mirrors and windows!  This coming from a Windex addict.  I just mix half water and half vinegar in a spray bottle and spray away!  Added bonus: I don’t worry about inhaling fumes, and all that other bad stuff that people say I should worry about when using my old cleaning products.

Alison’s Top 3 favorite Cleaning Products:

1. Bar Keeper’s Friend

Bar Keepers Friend® Cleanser & Polish: 12 OZ

I told her it was already taken, but she didn’t back down.  Bossy and Stubborn.

2.  Baking Soda

4LB BAKING SODA

It helps remove scorched stuff from the bottoms of her stainless steel pots and pans.  Alison also uses this to entertain her kids (mix it with vinegar and watch it fizz) and to get rid of lingering smells by putting it down her kitchen sink.

3.  Mr. Clean Magic Erasers

Mr. Clean Magic Eraser Foaming Cleaner Cleaning Pads, Febreze Fresh Scent Meadows & Rain, 2-Count Boxes (Pack of 6)

Alison says this one should earn the “Nobel Peace Prize”!  Especially after her toddler drew all over her island with a pen – the magic eraser came to the rescue and took it off super easy.  She said it can be tough on kid’s skin so she doesn’t let her kids clean with it and she makes sure to thoroughly wash it off her hands when done cleaning.

Shelley’s Top 3 Favorite Cleaning Products:

1. Clorox Disinfecting Wipes

Clorox Disinfecting Wipes, Lemon Fresh 35 wet wipes

She said she loves the Clorox Bleach wipes for cleaning everything, but when you just need to wipe something not germy like your dashboard, wet wipes do the job and cost a lot less!

2. Clorox automatic toilet bowl cleaner

Clorox Automatic Toilet Bowl Cleaner, Bleach 3.5 oz (100 g)

This keeps the toilet rings away without constantly scrubbing.

3. Paint

Shelley says this works wonders after you’ve tried everything else, just paint over it.  Baseboards, walls, whatever look brand new again!

Now you have our favorites,

don’t forget to share yours!

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Top 3 Favorite Cleaning Products EVER

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COMMENTS
  1. February 18th, 2010 at 10:36 am
    Jess says:
    I love BKF too. It does wonders for stainless steel sinks too. I have used it on my flat top stove, in the shower, on the bottoms of pots and pans.

    I really like The Works toilet cleaner. We have a high iron content in our water and can have terrible rust streaks in the toilets. Every other day I just squirt some around the rim and let is sit for about 10 min so that it runs over the whole bowl, then flush. Rust is gone!!

    I also use Method Good for Wood. It is an almond oil to use on wood and there is no greasy-ness like with "Yellow" wood cleaners. It smells so good and I can use it on my 100+ year kitchen table and then not worry if the kids drop food on it then put the food in their mouth.

    I also use vinegar instead of softener in the washer. I just put it on the Downy ball.
  2. February 18th, 2010 at 10:41 am
    Valerie says:
    My three favorite cleaning products are...#1 Mr Clean Magic Eraser, they clean permanent marker, crayons, pencil, pen, Kool aide and grape juice stains on counter tops, and I use it to clean my showers and bathtubs, they get the soap scump right off!

    #2 Clorox all purpose cleaner. Yah it might be more toxic than some, but it disinfects and I'm all about that. I use it to clean my kitchen and my bathrooms. I thinks squeeky clean and germ free!

    #3 Lysol all purpose cleaner. This is my favorite floor cleaner and it smells good too!
  3. February 18th, 2010 at 11:12 am
    Amy says:
    1. Mr. Clean Magic Erasers
    2. Bar-keepers friend
    3. Walgreen's version of the Tide ON the Go spot remover stick (Tide one smells rank, but Walgreen's doesn't have a smell. I always carry this in my purse!
    • February 18th, 2010 at 7:11 pm
      Carla says:
      Thanks for the tip about the Walgreen's Stain Remover. I quit carrying the tide one because I would be nauseous all day if I had to use it.
  4. February 18th, 2010 at 11:21 am
    chris jenkins says:
    My 3 favorite cleaning products are:

    #1 Green Works All Purpose Cleaner - Tangerine - it is great to cut through grease, stickiness, soap scum, etc. etc.

    #2 Mr Clean Magic Eraser - they are really magic - it gets everything from the stove to the walls to the tubs to everything else in between clean

    #3 Method Wood/Wood Floor Cleaner - i have all wood floors in my home and after using my Shark steam mop, i use this with a dust mop across the floors, and the floors look beautiful and the whole house smells so good
  5. February 18th, 2010 at 11:27 am
    Sara @ Happy Brown House says:
    Spot Shot Stain remover for the carpet is my favorite! It got permanent marker out of my carpet that I found my 2 year coloring. Completely gone!
  6. February 18th, 2010 at 11:29 am
    Renae says:
    I use vinegar a lot. I add a few drops of essential oil to help with the smell.
    M30 is the BEST stain remover ever!! I think it can only be purchased at Dollar General stores. It has removed grease stains for me that were already washed and dried. It is truly a miracle worker!!
    I also like the Mr. Clean Magic Erasers.
    • February 18th, 2010 at 8:43 pm
      Missy says:
      I'll have to try the essential oil - great idea, thanks!
    • October 18th, 2010 at 8:29 pm
      Hope says:
      Also, the Spray N Wash in the can (I can only find at Walmart) gets grease stains out, I also use OxyCLean laundry stain spray for blood and other tough stains. Gets it right out!
  7. February 18th, 2010 at 11:35 am
    Tina S. says:
    Top three cleaners are:

    1. Mr.Clean magic eraser
    2. lemons...for your disgusting garbage disposal smells
    3. Palmolive dishwashing liquid...great for everything!

    After reading this post I want to get some Barkeeper's Friend. No matter what I can't keep my white sink white!
  8. February 18th, 2010 at 11:42 am
    Katie says:
    SHOWER POWER - It is the best shower cleaner ever. It used to be sold in stores but isn't anymore, you have to buy it on the internet now. Seriously, it is the best!!!
    I really like Don Aslett products too!
    • February 18th, 2010 at 5:34 pm
      Kristi says:
      Katie is right! My husband was a die-hard Shower Power fan and was so bummed when they took it off the market. My MIL found it on the internet, so we split a case with her. I'm not sure what's in this stuff, but it seriously cleans the soap scum off your shower like you wouldn't believe!
      • October 15th, 2010 at 8:51 pm
        Beckie says:
        When did it go off the market? I recently found it at Home Depot.
    • January 19th, 2011 at 4:48 pm
      Amy says:
      I really like ZEP Professional Strength Shower and Bath Cleaner. It's sold at Home Depot. It has a toxic smell but my shower has never been cleaner. And it's relatively cheap in comparison to other brands.
  9. February 18th, 2010 at 11:48 am
    Jamie M says:
    My top 3 are Ammonia, Comet and Windex. All I need are these 3 things in my cupboard and the house can be clean. Plus they are super cheap. When I run out of Ammonia I have been known to use Vinegar, but I like the idea of keeping it in a spray bottle.
  10. February 18th, 2010 at 11:52 am
    Amber says:
    1. Clorox bleach pen (I have three girls and this is great on white shirts with colored designs. you can bleach the white spots without hurting the colors!)

    2.Magic eraser (anyone with kids will agree)

    3.Dryer sheets (I use them in stinky teenage shoes, drawers, garment bags, bottom of garbage cans, and they take static out of things if you rub them down with one!)
    • April 18th, 2012 at 3:41 pm
      Amy G. says:
      Used ones also dust base boards and chair rail amazingly well.
  11. February 18th, 2010 at 11:55 am
    Kelli says:
    I really don't know what my top THREE favorite cleaning products are but I know that I do LOVE CLR. I pour it straight into a spray bottle and let loose, but I know some people dilute it. It cleans just about everything, I like to use it in my bath and shower the best. Right along with my CLR I love using a straight edge (razor blade). I use it on my shower, my flat top stove, well pretty much everywhere and it works wonders for me. Thanks everyone for your suggestions, I love this site.
    • August 22nd, 2011 at 8:51 pm
      Mandy says:
      CLR is AMAZING! It'l like using acid right on your bath, but if you have hard water or well water it gets all the stains out. Just don't breath while using it.
  12. February 18th, 2010 at 11:56 am
    Kate says:
    I love Mr. Clean Magic Eraser (awesome), and Soft Scrub with bleach; I use it on my sink and counters when something has stained. I also love Enzyme cleaners (I got mine at a janitor supply store). Enzyme cleaners are for any protiens (urine, blood, vomit, etc.) It is really a must to elminate odors. With two dogs and a baby, I buy the concentrated solution by the gallon.
  13. February 18th, 2010 at 12:07 pm
    farmhouse mama says:
    I love my window cleaning rag by Norwex. It uses only water and cleans windows and mirrors absolutely streak free. It also puts the shine on faucets. No need for chemicals.

    I also have and love my Little Green Machine. It works great on carpets, mattresses, and furniture.

    Magic erasers are the best too!
    • April 18th, 2012 at 10:57 am
      Tammy says:
      Norwex cloths ARE the best!! They are so quick to clean window, mirrors and stainless steel without a single streak! They are the best thing to happen to my cleaning world. BIG BONUS...no chemicals and are still antibacterial!!!
  14. February 18th, 2010 at 12:08 pm
    Amy says:
    LOVE my Shaklee H2 Basic cleaning comcentrate...greem amd non toxic, so the kids can help clean! I bought my $11 bottle a year ago and it's still over a half full...it's sold in concentrate, so you mix with water depending on the use. I have 3 spray bottles and LOVE it!
    Vinegar is another fav! I really like Bon Ami for my sink.
    • February 18th, 2010 at 1:46 pm
      Malissa says:
      SO agree! Shaklee is the best. I love that my kids can help clean with it and I don't have to worry about it drying out their little or them injesting awful chemicals. (Think about how many chemicals linger in their bathtub when you clean it... like you're bathing them in bleach!) I haven't even made a dent in my concentrate and bought it last May. You only use 2 drops in your solution for windows and personally... I think it works better than Windex!!

      I do occasionally miss the "clean" smell that a lot of the other cleaners have... but wouldn't trade it. Oh, and by far the Scour Off is the best! Does the same thing with removing scuff marks off the sink and also baked on food on the stove. Even cleaned the kids toys with it!

      Also a fan of the Magic Erasers for crayons. Now I just need to try BKF!
    • February 18th, 2010 at 7:21 pm
      Emily says:
      Amy, you are my cleaning twin!
      My H2 bottle lasted for almost 2 Years!!! Bon Ami rocks-I've never tried scour off but it sounds similar-I use Bon Ami on my sink, stove, and on the counters in the kid's craft room.
      As for a "clean smell", when i am done cleaning I usually spray fabreeze around my house and that does the trick (also makes me super happy because it means I'm done cleaning!).
      • July 25th, 2012 at 9:12 am
        Diana says:
        Me too! Love that H2 is all natural and my kids can help me clean using it!
        For that "clean" smell, add 4-5 drops of an essential oil to it - maybe eucalyptus, lemon, etc. (they are also all-natural and have antibacterial properties as well)
  15. February 18th, 2010 at 12:48 pm
    terrah says:
    1. BFK-- simply the best!

    2. Gel gloss-- I rub it on my fixtures, sinks, especially by the drain, and it repels water to prevent hard water spots from even happening.

    3. Method all purpose cleaner-- I was getting disgusted with the smelly other cleaners, I have this one in pink grapefruit and I love that the bathroom actually smells good when I'm done.
    • February 18th, 2010 at 2:20 pm
      farmhouse mama says:
      oooooohhhhhhhhhh!!!!!! Gel gloss is the BEST!!!
    • February 19th, 2010 at 8:41 am
      Bonnie says:
      Gel Gloss sounds great - where do you find it?
      • February 19th, 2010 at 11:15 am
        Michelle says:
        I buy it at Lowes, but I'm quite sure you can buy it at target, home depot, and even on amazon. It comes in a bright pink can. It's pretty strong and toxic smelling, but it is INCREDIBLE on rust stains. I keep a can around in case I'm not feeling quite domestic enough to use good old fashioned elbow-grease.
        • February 19th, 2010 at 2:59 pm
          terrah says:
          I've bought it at Ace Hardware and Amazon too.
  16. February 18th, 2010 at 1:17 pm
    shana says:
    I love Norwex products too (saw an earlier comment about them). The window cloth is also my favorite, but all the products of theirs have have are stupendeous. With 5 kids and a busy house, they make cleaning just a little bit easier. Also, I love vinegar. I'm totally going to buy some Bar Keepers Friend for my sink the next time I'm at the store!
    Thanks!
    Shana
  17. February 18th, 2010 at 1:19 pm
    beth anne says:
    1. my husband (he does the bath rooms every saturday morning AT LEAST! we have 2 kids-both boys-and i have told him that the reason they are a mess is because of his gender!)
    2. vinagar. plain white vinagar. i use it to wash floors, in a spray bottle for everything else. easy. cheap. i like it.
    3. bar keepers friend. really-the bestest!
  18. February 18th, 2010 at 1:49 pm
    Malissa says:
    Ohh forgot to mention... this isn't a cleaner really but I love my Scunci steamer! Use it to clean stuffed animals, baseboards, disinfect door knobs... you name it! Best part is - takes tap water. Can't really beat that!
    • February 18th, 2010 at 8:45 pm
      Missy says:
      I've been wondering about a steam cleaner - glad to hear you like yours. Thanks for sharing!
  19. February 18th, 2010 at 1:51 pm
    jennifer says:
    My three right now (I change) Is Magic Erasers by Mr. Clean

    The Lysol Kitchen Cleaner (purple and white bottle) I use it everywhere

    And Commet!

    I think I need to get some bar keepers friend... Thanks!
    • September 21st, 2010 at 1:46 pm
      tammgirl says:
      Bar Keeper's Friend will make you forget all about Comet.
      .-= tammgirl´s last blog ..Wet Puppies =-.
  20. February 18th, 2010 at 1:54 pm
    M says:
    Does anyone know if the Folex you talked about would work for rust stains on carpet? One of my daughter's toys got wet in the batter compartment and leaked rust on her floor (yuck!) Tried to shampoo it out but no luck!
    • February 18th, 2010 at 8:47 pm
      Missy says:
      I haven't personally tried it on rust, but I just went and read the bottle and it does say it takes out rust - so it might be worth a try!
    • February 18th, 2010 at 8:53 pm
      farmhouse mama says:
      Try a product called Wink It comes in a brown bottle. Very toxic but gets rust out of everything.
      • June 19th, 2014 at 10:56 pm
        becky says:
        Wink is amazing! Works gr8 on porcelain as well as clothing. Whatever you do don't get it on any kind of metal it will tarnish and turn black
  21. February 18th, 2010 at 1:55 pm
    Candy Foster says:
    We have hard water & CLR is a must for cleaning toliets!

    The hard water also leaves a film on my black appliances so I love to use Lysol Antibacterial Kitchen Cleaner to make them sparkle!

    #3 is Pledge Multi-surface Floor Cleaner.

    PS for those of you who like Magic Erasers, try Scrubbing Bubbles Scrubby Pads. I love them!
  22. February 18th, 2010 at 2:00 pm
    Amy R says:
    BKF
    Simple Green - great for grease and diluted for everyday wipe downs.
    Micro Fiber cloth
    would be my top 3.
    I do use vinegar to clean floors
    I'm hoping to explore more green cleaners, but I suspect BKF will always be around.
  23. February 18th, 2010 at 2:02 pm
    Holli says:
    I also love Spot Shot for cleaning carpets. It's expensive at a lot of stores ($4-$5), but I find it at Target for just $2.50, I think. And I get coupons for it sometimes too. Love it.
  24. February 18th, 2010 at 2:04 pm
    Gina says:
    I scoffed at the idea of using vinegar for years, but now it's definitely one of my top 3. It's very gentle on my Pergo floors and I feel a lot better letting the kids crawl all over them. I like the Clorox/Lysol wipes, too, when I need something to clean up a bathroom accident (inevitable with three little ones!). I don't really use too many other cleaners--but I'm very curious about the Folex. Our carpets are in terrible shape!
  25. February 18th, 2010 at 2:16 pm
    Barb Maynard says:
    I have to say:

    * Melaleuca's SOL-U-MEL, it is an all purpose wonder and NATURAL!

    * Lemon Amonia+dish soap (1 each of those in a spray bottle, then add water!) BEST DISH soap you can have* cheaper and allows you to buy a better soap than the water dilutted ones anyway.

    *Simple Green!
  26. February 18th, 2010 at 2:18 pm
    Carol Harlow says:
    My top favorite cleaner is one I mix up myself. It's 1 cup ammonia, 1 cup rubbing alcohol, 1 cup water and a drop of dish soap. Put it in a spray bottle and it will clean almost anything!
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  27. February 18th, 2010 at 2:20 pm
    Gabi says:
    1. lysol all purpose cleaner
    2. lysol wipes
    3. wet wipes for non germy surfaces.
  28. February 18th, 2010 at 2:40 pm
    Sarah says:
    How funny! I just did a blog post recently with my fave cleaning products:
    harriganhowdy.blogspot.com/2010/02/friday-faves-cleaning-edition
    I'd have to say my fave 3 are:
    1. Mr. Clean Magic Eraser- for all the little boo-boos my kids make around the house with permanent-ish type mediums (Sharpies, crayons, scuffs).
    2. Brillo pads- for getting my stainless steel cookware sparkly again, and for cleaning out the icky stuck on spots in the oven.
    3. Windex Antibacterial spray- Seriously, this is my go to. I use it everywhere! And I love that it's anti-bacterial: with 3 kids, you gotta sanitize whenever you can.

    Thanks for sharing y'all's faves.

    Blessings!
    -Sarah
  29. February 18th, 2010 at 3:21 pm
    Stacey M. Gray says:
    I have a strange obsession with trying out every new kitchen product... When I see a commercial for it, I will try it. Most of my experience has taught me that they are all just reinventing the wheel (except for the magic eraser-the thing really is magic). So my favorites are:
    1. MAGIC ERASER (surprise!)
    2. Vinegar (I add a couple drops of essential oil and it makes it smell so much better).
    3. Ammonia (be careful with this one-if mixed with other cleaning products the resulting reaction produces chlorine gas-which can kill you). So I use it ALONE. My favorite thing to use it for is my stove & oven racks-put them in a big trash bag (outside-for the fumes) and spray, then seal & let them sit overnight and all that black gunk will wipe right off in the morning.
    Another one that I love is baking soda-it makes an amazing paste when mixed with water and will clean just about anything off. Thanks for the post, I will for sure have to try Bar Keeper's Friend.
  30. February 18th, 2010 at 3:30 pm
    Suzzy Rice says:
    I hate to be repetitive, but I could not LIVE without Barkeepers Friend. There is absolutely nothing better on sinks and my smooth cooktop would be lost without it.
    I cannot say enough about the stain erasers, and it's because I have tried absolutely everything to get the crummy soap scum off our bathtub. Hubby is very energy conscious, so he leaves the hot water in the tub...all night...after his bath...for the heat to dissipate and warm our whole house (never happens, but I digress). With the mixture of ivory soap-he will only use Ivory- and the all night thing, my tub was disgusting. I tried every cleaner on the earth, razor blades, credit cards, you name it. Now, with this amazing thing...I do even buy the generic WalMart brand...it cleans the scum out! I LOVE it!
    The Last thing I love is the Windex wipes. Now, that seems silly, but they are wonderful when you need to clean the crystal chandelier I have in my entryway. I don't want to take the immense time it takes to spray up the ladder, protect the floor, etc. With these, I grab a wipe, and go over the crystals...no trouble and very little time! They are great for that!
    I am a newbie to vinegar...have started rinsing my laundry with it, and it is amazing! I hope to try and use all the other ideas you have shared.
    • July 31st, 2012 at 8:14 pm
      Stay at home dad says:
      Suzzy,
      I did the same thing with the hot bath water in the winter until we had kids (now it's a drowning hazzard). I also put my wife's washclothes over the hot air vent to dry them out and humidify the winter air; she'd just let pile up around the tub (your hubby might appreciate that tip if you use forced air). You're burning your money with the magic erasers to clean your tub, then what do you do with all the useless blue sponges? Everyone here likes BKF, but I think it's too much work and makes your hands stink. If your shower has grout, use tile-x (#2 tie) and a scrubbing pad with a handle like a sanding block. For the tub, get a bottle of limeaway that sprays (#2 tie, it's a team). If it doesn't come right off, let it sit, walk away and spray it again. If your toilet is really bad, leave it over night and it will bleach it white. If you have shower curtains, and this is huge, you can stop throwing them away regularly and replacing them. Oil it up with Old English (or generic Lemon Oil). Lemon Oil is like the WD-40 of house hold cleaners, it's my (#1) favorite. Not only will it cut the soap scum and make your curtain or door transparent again, but it won't collect any more film for a good month or more and stays clear. For the extra mile, some of my bachelor friends use automotive rain-x on the doors and curtains. Obviously, you don't want either the rain-x or lemon oil on the floor of the tub. One last tip for you husband; Ivory soap is great, buy a 24 pack, and then take them all out of their wrappers and let them dry up and shrink and they'll last 1,000 times longer! When they're new, they're wrapped in a bit of wet paper to keep them soft, so they'll disolve faster. It keeps you buying more. #3, Micro-fiber towels. #1 and #3, wood floors, stove top, steps, bathroom, bedroom, toys, electronics, antique cameras, leather, vinyl siding, records, trash cans, sinks, cars, squeaky hinges, pen knives, plastic chairs, bicycles, barbies, tonkas, book covers, foor mats, anything plastic that is looking oxidized, fibrous looking dry and brittle, etc. etc.
      -Liam
  31. February 18th, 2010 at 3:53 pm
    Pat says:
    Well, seems that I have to have baking soda ~ besides the disposal, I put it in the wash, especially in the summer time. Gets out any sweaty odors that might be in clothes, towels, sheets, etc. I also love vinegar. The best products I've found to go green with are Shaklee...the basis of the whole package is called Basic H. I bought the whole set 2 yrs ago when I moved here and I still have a little bit left. It is very concentrated ~ you use only drops of it with water for some mixtures. I highly recommend it!
  32. February 18th, 2010 at 3:56 pm
    Leslie says:
    I love Bar Keeper's Friend for bathtubs! It gets off the residue from soap and body oils that other cleansers don't!

    Also baking soda and a little water works like magic on crayon on your walls.

    I also love Oxi-clean. I throw a little in with my laundry detergent and I also use it to mop, just by putting a little in the water. It's great mixed with ammonia to clean carpets. My friend did this in her car and it looked like it had be professionally detailed! It does require you to scrubb, but it gets out really tough stains.
  33. February 18th, 2010 at 3:59 pm
    Melanie Chambers says:
    I am always trying new cleaners. With my two year old, I have started crossing over to green products, so that I feel comfortable cleaning with him around. I am also one that likes my cleaners to smell good, so I am not good at just using vinegar which would save me a ton of money. Anyway, my top favorite cleaners.
    All of the Method brand cleaners. They work great and smell yummy and are all green!

    The good old vacuum. Ok, so this isn't a cleaner, but doesn't your house feel so great after you vacuum. I love the feeling so much I vacuum every day.

    Ok, so this isn't green at all, but I hate scrubbing showers. I just make sure my little man is sleeping or busy and I take scrubbing bubbles to it. I have to open windows because it is pretty smelly, but it really works wonders.
  34. February 18th, 2010 at 4:36 pm
    Sarah H says:
    Magic Eraser
    Vinegar
    Baking Soda

    Here's my question, all you cleaning queens...does anyone know how to get nasty old stuff off of the toilet? I have tried pumice stone, bleach, Fantastik, green scrubbies...and there are still hard yuckies at the water outlet and in the very bottom (like, last owner's years of never cleaning level yuckies). I'm considering emptying the toilet completely so I can put some kind of crazy paste on it for a day. Help!
    • February 18th, 2010 at 8:49 pm
      Martie says:
      have you tired alka selzer tablets? they work for keeping the bowl shiny, it's worth a try on the stains.
    • February 22nd, 2010 at 12:52 am
      Alicia Dailey-Womack says:
      Okay, this may sound weird, but I used to clean apartments and my aunt told me this.. Use drywall sandpaper. Get it at Lowes or Home Depot, cut a small square and scrub your toilet with it. Make sure its wet and don't scrub too hard. I usually put some toilet bowl cleaner on or AJAX/Comet, let it sit for a few minutes and then use the sandpaper to get it off. =o)
      Drywall sandpaper isn't like regular sandpaper, it has holes in it.
      • June 14th, 2010 at 9:11 pm
        Sarah H says:
        Thanks Alicia it TOTALLY WORKED! I have literally been moaning every time I looked at my yucky toilet and now I smile! It looks brand new! Everyone, run buy drywall sandpaper your toilets will thank you!
    • February 22nd, 2010 at 10:22 am
      Stephanie says:
      I went to a cleaning class and the instructor wasn't supposed to tell us about specific products, but for this one she did. She said to get Lysol Power Toilet Bowl cleaner and leave it on for ten minutes, scrub and repeat several times. I have been using it for my toilets, but they are new. You could try it and let us all know.
    • October 29th, 2010 at 6:05 pm
      J. Davis says:
      Something else that works for me--If you scoop out most of the water--then add cola (not diet) and let sit for a few hours, then use a pumice stone or even an old butter knife everything comes off easily.
    • April 17th, 2012 at 7:23 am
      Jen says:
      Try Santeen (Ace) or Rubbermaid commercial toilet bowl cleaner (Menards). They are both acids, so be careful & don't mix with any other cleaner, but we have nasty, hard, rusty well water, and it's the only thing that will come close to cleaning it...
  35. February 18th, 2010 at 4:41 pm
    Sarah H says:
    Another use for vinegar...will get smells out of carpet. (I have a dog and a baby with gastrointestinal issues. For a month. On my BRAND NEW carpet.) Wipe up the mess, use dishsoap and water, then pour a bit of straight or 1/2 diluted with water vinegar on the spot. Leave for a few minutes. Then dab it up. No more yucky smell. (And it's so much cheaper than Nature's Miracle that you get at Petco...vinegar is nature's real miracle!)
  36. February 18th, 2010 at 4:45 pm
    Lissa says:
    My faves are the clorox cleaning wipes. I can use them anywhere on anything (sink, toilet, phones, counters, toys etc.) and they are easy to throw away. No washing loads of rags...ugh!
    Tide to go Pens....UHHH-MAZING! My hubby is infamous for spilling something, anything, everything on his shirts when we are out and I refuse to walk around with a man who has spaghetti sauce down his front. It's not as endearing as it is on little kids. They take everything out of any colored fabric without leaving wet marks or bleach spots. You'll love 'em! They're a must have in my house.
    Clorox toilet bowl tablets are a must too. I hate having to scrub the toilet. ANYTHING I can do to cut that time is well worth all pennies I spend.
  37. February 18th, 2010 at 4:46 pm
    Lissa says:
    And a 4th:) De-Solve-it gets everything out of everything: gum, grease, stickers, fingerprints. Gotta have it!
  38. February 18th, 2010 at 4:51 pm
    amanda trappen says:
    1. Mop and Glo!!!- There's nothing better than having a shiny floor after you mop.

    2. Comet(powder,liquid,spray) they all three work great! And, they can all be found in most dollarstores!!!

    3. Armorall Auto glass cleaner- it's ammonia free!
  39. February 18th, 2010 at 5:23 pm
    Emily Dixon says:
    My 3 favorites are:
    1. Lysol Kitchen Cleaner 4- in - 1
    2. Liquid Comet cleaner for the bathroom!!!
    3. Don Aslett's (smell remover) Digester.
    I use the first two the most!!
  40. February 18th, 2010 at 5:24 pm
    Samantha says:
    1. Mr Clean Magic eraser-I have a son that when he's mad, and anything that writes is around...it's not good!
    2. Lysol or clorox wipes-they're easy to use, they disinfect and you throw away the germs and nasty stuff on it!
    3. Windex-I makes everything shiney!

    I too want to go green so I will have to try white vinegar!
  41. February 18th, 2010 at 5:40 pm
    Lisa says:
    Terrific post and great ideas here! My favorites would include:
    1. Magic Erasers- pure magic
    2. Holy Cow Cleaners-fav is the glass cleaner
    3. Folex-you wouldn't believe what I have cleaned with this stuff, even a couch.
  42. February 18th, 2010 at 5:45 pm
    Laura says:
    My fav 3 are:
    -Eco's Laundry Detergent -- I get it at Costco. Colors don't fade and it's easy on the wallet... it's also safe for septic systems (which we have...)
    -Comet or Ajax -- this type stuff is great for vanity sinks and surrounds. My mom always used it, and I just inherently like it too. It's easy to use.
    -Simple Green -- look for it at Walmart in the automotive aisle. It's a non-toxic all-purpose cleaner. You buy the big jug and dilute it in a spray bottle. It's great for cleaning EVERYTHING. I like using it on kitchen and eating surfaces...
  43. February 18th, 2010 at 6:10 pm
    Natalie Kay says:
    #1~Soft Scrub
    This product works wonders on tub rings, shower floors and porcelain sinks. I guess it would be up there with the Bar Keeper's Friend product you suggested, though I've never tried that one before.

    #2~Vinegar
    Sorry, I have to list this one too because it cleans about everything in my main living spaces. I use this 1:1 vinegar to water mix on my hard wood floors, stainless steel, and glass. The best part about it is that it won't dry out wood like some products, yet it still disinfects. So, you can easily go from many different surfaces without worry about whether it's going to tarnish/stain/dry out what you're spraying.

    #3~Magic Erasers
    Alison, I'm with you on this one! In my 5 years of marriage, we've moved 9 times so I've experienced lots of check-outs. Every time, I got my FULL refund on my deposit largely due to this little wonder! If it doesn't come off with your usual cleaners, the magic eraser is likely to be the "magic" you're looking for! I've taken off permanent marker, scuffs, ink, crayon, you name it! (I use this most often on my doors) If it's a stain on a hard surface, the magic eraser should be the cure. **Note: I've used these on painted walls and it will remove the marks, but it may take off some of the sheen in the paint. If it is gloss paint, you may want to repaint that section after removing the stain to eliminate the flat/gloss difference.
  44. February 18th, 2010 at 7:13 pm
    Hannah says:
    1. magic erasers
    2. vinegar
    3. microfiber cloths
  45. February 18th, 2010 at 7:30 pm
    Michelle says:
    1. Mrs. Meyers Countertop Cleaner - it smells so good and the smell lasts all day. I love coming home after I've cleaned the counters hours later and can still smell the scent.

    2. Brillo pads - awesome job on my stainless sink and cooktop AND they do wonders on glass showers!

    3. Oxiclean - best spot cleaner ever!

    I am also a fan of Bar Keeper's friend. :)
  46. February 18th, 2010 at 7:32 pm
    Mindy says:
    Okay, LOVED this post. I'm ALWAYS wondering what's good and what works. I agree with a lot of these and only have one suggestion, but it's not from me...I saw it on Oprah when Kirstie Alley was on. Apparently Kirstie used to be a maid before she became an actress and she swears by Vodka for cleaning bathrooms. She says to buy the cheapy cheap stuff, but that it cleans better than ANY cleaning supply and the alcohol smell evaporates after a bit. Like I said, I haven't tried it because I'm not generally hanging out in liquor stores (although on occasion have considered it ;)) but if I'm ever near one and remember I will try it and let you know how it goes.
    • February 20th, 2010 at 9:51 am
      eve says:
      Thank you for including this. I saw that Oprah episode and was intrigued but forgot about it. So, thanks for putting it back in my memory bank; I'll have to try it one of these days.
  47. February 18th, 2010 at 7:59 pm
    Tiffany says:
    Loved the post!
    1. Clorox/Lysol wipes
    2. Scrubbing Bubbles
    3. microfiber cloths
    However, I am now determined to buy the magic eraser after reading its praises so much.
  48. February 18th, 2010 at 8:27 pm
    Heidi says:
    NORWEX, NORWEX, and NORWEX! Was introduced to their products a year ago and no longer use any chemical-based cleaners. Nothing but their Antibac cloths and water! Top 3 faves would be their Antibac Enviro cloth (any and all surfaces in our home including carpet stains), Antibac Window cloth, and DeScaler (works great on hard water stains, lime and soap build up). I've never had a cleaner home and our family has never been healthier!
  49. February 18th, 2010 at 8:47 pm
    Martie says:
    I've gone back to Grandma's basics and green cleaners
    #1-Baking Soda
    #2-Mrs. Meyers Clean Day all purpose cleaner, lemon verbena
    #3-Simple Green does EVERYTHING! When i was growing up we always used it on the boat, no yucky toxins into the water. Who knew how environmentally conscious we were way back then! From stains on clothes, washing the car, cleaning the house, shining jewelery, and it smells great.
  50. February 19th, 2010 at 4:33 am
    Chacoy says:
    haven't tried any green cleaners yet, but kaboom{in the purple bottle} mixed with a little bleach cleans the stubborn lime build up, and just about everything including the kitchen sink;}
  51. February 19th, 2010 at 8:14 am
    Kristen says:
    1) Armorall carpet cleaner for cars works wonders for indoor carpets also. I love the scrubber that comes with it.

    2) John Deere window cleaner. Such a cinch to do my windows last fall from the outside!
  52. February 19th, 2010 at 11:35 am
    Michelle says:
    1. Vinegar
    2. Baking Soda
    3. Mild Dishwashing Liquid (like Ivory, but I switch all the time to vary scents)

    I've found that I can clean almost ANYTHING in the house with these three things.
    -A couple cups of water with a couple tablespoons of dishwashing liquid makes a great all purpose cleaner for just about anything. I used to use fantastik but this works just as well.
    -I too used to be a fan of the Mr. Clean magic eraser, but they're not very eco-friendly. A simple paste of dishwashing liquid and baking soda on a sponge cleans just as well!
    -Equal parts vinegar & water is a great window/mirror cleaner and does double duty on wood floors.
    -DRAIN CLEANER! Drano is just yucky. I pour 1/2 cup baking soda down the drain, pour in 1/2 cup of vinegar, wait a few mins. and then pour super hot water down. I haven't had to buy drain unclogger since I found this tip!
    -Showerhead cleaner, pour vinegar into a plastic bag, hang it over the showerhead to immerse it, secure it with a rubber band, wait a few hours and then scrub with a toothbrush, great for unclogging showerheads & getting rid of mineral deposits.
    -Toilet bowl cleaner, pour some vinegar in wait a an hour or so, scrub & flush! It gets rid of that nasty hard water ring that shows up from time to time.
    -Vinegar & Water baths are also great for waterproof toys. Soak them for 15-20 mins and wipe with a sponge and let them air dry.

    As far as commercial products go, I'm a big fan of purex 3-in-1 laundry sheets. Anything that cuts down on laundry time is great in my book. You can get a free sample on their website. http://www.purex.com/

    I'm also a huge fan of folex. Seriously, it cleans any fabric that's safe to clean with water. I've used it on my vintage tea towels, dining room chair cushions, the carpet, and even for laundry stains. It's GREAT.

    Before I started using vinegar & water, I liked Sprayway glass cleaner. It comes out in a fun foam and always worked way better than windex.
  53. February 19th, 2010 at 1:13 pm
    Dani says:
    Love this post...I have the same thoughts everytime I'm in the cleaning aisle!

    My faves...
    1. Magic Erasers (I know everyone else says it too...but they're heaven!!!)
    2. Simple Green - works on so many areas!
    3. Microfiber towels - I use these on everything...dusting, windows anything you can imagine!
  54. February 19th, 2010 at 2:25 pm
    julie says:
    My 3 favorite cleaners are
    1.Abby
    2.Lizza
    3.Meg
    They like to use Clorox wipes on everything!
    my Shark to sweep our wood floors
    I like clorox clean-up (my shirts however do not and I have resorted to cleaning naked so I don't ruin any other items of cloths.
    just kidding but I do change into an old shirt.
  55. February 19th, 2010 at 3:42 pm
    Michelle Kane says:
    Yep, I am a Norwex girl and my fav is the window cloth! Just with water and this cloth - totally streak free windows. Also, I live in South Dakota so the Norwex descaler is amazing for hard water stains. BTW I am going to look into the Gel Gloss someone mentioned above. That sounds awesome. My last favorite cleaning product is low lights and lighting candles - that way EVERYTHING looks nice and clean because you can't really see it :-)
  56. February 19th, 2010 at 8:28 pm
    jenjen says:
    Aha - I am glad to see Magic Eraser on that list. I was about to suggest it!

    XOXO
    Jen
  57. February 19th, 2010 at 10:37 pm
    Amanda says:
    First of all, i would like to let you know that I LOVE your site!! I have received many ideas and gleaned alot of knowledge from you ladies!!

    My top three picks are:
    1. soft scrub with bleach in the gel form.
    I love this because it cleans my grout so well!! All i have to do is squirt it on, wait 10 mins or so and then scrub with a grout brush and viola!! clean grout and tile!!
    2. Magic Eraser
    it does scrub everything and anything away!!
    3. love vinegar and water.
    use it on windows etc but also to spray over my dogs messes after cleaning because dogs don't like the smell of vinegar so they stay away from that spot.
  58. February 19th, 2010 at 11:27 pm
    Shelley says:
    Dear Bar Keepers Friend,
    How did I not know about you until this post? I went and bought you today and my life will never be the same. I am in love with you. Thanks for being you.
    -Shelley :)
  59. February 20th, 2010 at 11:56 am
    Kristi M. says:
    I've learned some awesome things on here.
    My 3 favorites are:
    1) Magic Eraser hands down-life saver
    2) Spot Shot-another lifesaver, works so well on any stain that I have tried it on
    3) Brominating Tablets-read this on another blog in the summer. These are used for pools or hot tubs to keep them clean. You put 2-3 tablets in the tank of your toilet in the corner and check/add to about every month or so. It seriously keeps your toilet bowl clean. I don't even need to scrub or wipe the bowl but every couple or so months. We have a toilet tha always got the ring around where the water would level out. It has been gone since we started using them. A canister cost about $15 at Walmart in the summer when pool stuff is out. We've barely skimmed the first inch or so off the top. It will last a long time.
    • February 22nd, 2010 at 10:39 am
      Missy says:
      I am so going to try this! I can't seem to keep that ring away! Thanks for the tip!
  60. February 20th, 2010 at 9:37 pm
    Candace says:
    1. vinegar! I too mix with water in a spray bottle. It is great for counters, kitchen floors, bathrooms.

    2. Folex! I got this great nugget of a product from a guy that worked for a steam clean carpet company -- he said it was better than steam cleaning. It is awesome!

    3. "The Works" or maybe just "Works". This is a great shower and tile cleaner that I sometimes stumble upon at the Dollar Tree. It will remove grime from a shower in seconds.
  61. February 20th, 2010 at 11:30 pm
    Natalie says:
    My favorite are:

    1-magic eraser - like everyone else I LOVE THIS PRODUCT

    2-fuller brush cleaner-I love the laundry product, it gets just about everything out. nOn addition to laundry stains I once got an old permenant marker (thanks to my 2 yr old) out of my carpet. You have to order it from the fuller brush site

    3-Vinegar-I love it in the wash, to clean mirrors, really to clean just about any surface.
  62. February 21st, 2010 at 8:27 am
    Amy says:
    My three favorites:
    1. Baking Soda
    2. Vinegar
    3. Liquid Castille Soap (Dr. Bronner's)

    I make my own surface cleaner with these three plus a little Borax and essential oil. Love it! I use a vinegar and water mix to clean mirrors and windows. Who am I kidding, I don't clean windows :) However, if I did, this is what I would use! I use baking soda, vinegar, and a few drops of essential oil to clean the toilet. Baking soda and water make a great scrubbing paste for tubs and showers. Baking soda sprinkled on the carpet and then vacuumed freshens wonderfully. I add a cotton ball with a few drops of essential oils to my vacuum cleaner bag to make it smell really good when I clean.
    I gave all of my husband's side of the family gift baskets with my surface cleaner recipe and the ingredients to make it for Christmas this year. They are all using it now too!
  63. February 21st, 2010 at 3:30 pm
    annie says:
    1. Quick N Brite
    http://www.quicknbrite.com/?gclid=CJ-rsNqZhKACFY1L2godWVTzlA
    I had spilled cooking oil in my carpet (don't ask)I tried renting rug doctor, and several other things. But the oil kept coming back up from the pad.

    I was told by a professional carpet cleaner that I would have to cut out that section of my carpet and replace the pad. Then I saw this commercial for Quick N Brite on the television with a money back guarantee. One application followed by the rug cleaner rental and it never came back

    2. Cinch
    for windows NOT A STREAK in sight. I use a window wash/squeegee
    http://www.nothingbuthardware.com/620033.html
    My grocer doesn't stock it, so I asked him to order me a case and I purchased the whole thing.

    3.Scrubbing Bubbles
    http://www.amazon.com/Scrubbing-Bubbles-Bathroom-DRA94308EA-Category/dp/B000U23SF2
    I use this in my bathroom shower, in the aluminum kitchen sink and even my linoleum floor, along with a green scrubbing pad.

    4. Personal Touch citrus cleaner
    This gets the bugs off the front of the car and the soot off the fireplace door. It uses only 1/2 tsp per quart, which is wonderful. I purchased one quart for $32 from a door-door salesman from Mississippi 4 years ago. It has been a favorite, but sadly when I looked online for any sort of source, it is no longer anywhere. I called the number on the pamphlet, it has been disconnected, and the website www.thenewcitruscleaner.com domain is up for grabs if anyone else wants to start a business under this name. I don't know how to replace it anymore. So I will hoard what I have until I find a replacement.

    This has been a fun post and I love all the responses. Hope mine helped anyone.
    ~a
    • May 5th, 2012 at 6:52 pm
      Dawn says:
      OMG! Me too on the Personal Touch product! My 21mo old just scribbled all over my off white sofa and love seat tonight with a blue ink pen and this stuff took it all out!! I too, bought it from a door to door guy in 2005 and have barely any left. I found this post by googling the product and read all of the comments hoping to find out where I could buy more... no such luck! :-( Great post though!
  64. February 21st, 2010 at 3:31 pm
    annie says:
    Oh, and for stains on clothes? I LOVE the new Dreft stick and spray, found in Target.
    But all my laundry is done with Lavendar scented Tide. mmmmm
  65. February 21st, 2010 at 10:18 pm
    Martha says:
    One thing that has always helped me with the underneath stove tins that get so dirty is I sprinkle some barkeepers friend on it and then I spray vinegar on it at let it sit , and then scrub it with a sos pad .It makes it as clean as it can get .
  66. February 25th, 2010 at 12:53 pm
    Christina says:
    I totally agree about the Magic Erasers, those things are AMAZINGLY WONDERFUL! My 19-month old daughter used crayons to decorate my kitchen floor and I tried using soap & a washcloth but no luck was had! I grabbed a Magic Eraser and with a quick swipe, it was all gone! I also LOVE the Scrubbing Bubbles foam bath cleaner. I spray it on, wait a minute, grab my magic eraser and BAM...my shower/tub gets sparkly clean and I don't even have to scrub! I really need to jump on the vinegar bandwagon but I always forget about it! Now for my 3rd favorite cleaner...Pledge for dusting. I've tried generic brands before but they didn't work nearly as good in my opinion!
  67. February 27th, 2010 at 10:55 pm
    A. Booth says:
    My go to products are Clorox or Lysol wipes (what ever is on sale of the two), Scrubbing Bubbles Spray (Even generic works) and Clorox Clean Up. One thing I always do is keep a tube of the cleaning wipes in the bathroom for a quick toilet and sink wipe down before guests come over. I have even wiped down the bathroom floor with them in a quick pinch. I've never been caught with pee pee's under my potty lid. :)
  68. March 15th, 2010 at 6:42 pm
    Kristen says:
    My three must-haves when it comes to cleaning are:
    1)Bar Keepers Friend (looks like the secret is out) - This one came highly recommended from the salesgirl at Williams-Sonoma when I bought new cookware.
    2)Vinegar - Perfect cleaner for every space in the house.
    3)Zum Clean - The world's most perfect laundry soap. I've tried every laundry detergent on the market, I think, and this one is an absolute must!!!!
  69. May 16th, 2010 at 11:22 am
    Crystal says:
    My favourites are Mr. Clean, love the smell, Magic Erasers and baking soda.
  70. May 18th, 2010 at 4:07 pm
    Julie says:
    I am a paid custodian for the LDS Temple in my city. We use straight rubbing alcohol to clean our glass and mirrors. It doesn't streak and it evaporates quickly. We buy the large bottles and add nozzles. The volunteers are always amazed how well it cleans. Far better than any glass cleaner.
  71. May 31st, 2010 at 9:53 pm
    HeidiE says:
    I own a house cleaning company and my top three cleaning products I could never live without are..

    1. Window shield wiper fluid - It will cut your window/mirror washing time in HALF...No lie! Think about it its made to get bird poop and street dirt off your windows. It does a FAB job on mirrors and shower doors. And its super cheap. $1.17 a gallon at Walmart...note...don't dilute it. You can use it on just about every surface.

    2. Magic Erasers. I buy only the heavy duty ones, they last twice as long and are only about .50 more.

    3. Swiffer extended handle duster.

    I could could clean every house with just these three things and some water.
  72. June 2nd, 2010 at 10:23 pm
    Jennifer S. says:
    1. Bar Keepers Friend ;)
    2. Magic Erasers (and they can NOT be the cheap, generic ones or they do not work worth a darn!)
    3.Hope's Perfect Glass (can be found at Lowe's Home Improvement store and is THE best glass cleaner I have EVER used!)

    P.S. I love vinegar too... I put 1/4 c. in every load of laundry to help set the colors and nope, no smell.
    P.S.S. Okay, I know more than 3 items here, but I also adore my shark steam mop! (just wish you didn't have to "pump" it, but it works FANTASTIC and is somewhat "green"... yes you are using electricity, but no chemicals)
  73. June 17th, 2010 at 4:02 pm
    Laura H says:
    Kaboom works great for glass shower doors! Haven't tried it on textured glass just the plain. Love it!

    P.S. and shout out for Magic Erasers..whoop whoop!
  74. June 25th, 2010 at 12:10 pm
    Roshni says:
    Costco's brand of disinfectant wipes are bigger, thicker ( do a better job at grabbing dirt) way better than Lysol or other common brands. And they are cheaper, did I mention they now come in "green" packaging and not the plastic containers like the rest. Its my go to cleaning product!
    • September 21st, 2010 at 8:48 am
      Candace says:
      Thanks! Love saving money...
  75. September 15th, 2010 at 9:11 am
    Chhaya says:
    Where do we purchase Bar Keeper's Friend ???
    .-= Chhaya´s last blog ..Govinda Ala Re ! =-.
    • September 15th, 2010 at 9:23 am
      Missy says:
      I buy it at Wal Mart - good stuff!
  76. September 21st, 2010 at 8:45 am
    Candace says:
    As a young housewife I haven't fully developed my favorites list- but here is my #1 Must Have (if you have pets)-
    Get Serious - I went over my carpet with a blacklight one night and was shocked! I squirted this over the offending marks, rubbed in with a plastic hairbrush, blotted the excess, and let sit overnight. The next morning I shampooed the carpet, and when I black-light tested that night- nothing!
  77. November 5th, 2010 at 10:47 pm
    Emily Brown says:
    I really like this product called Keith's Hand Cleaner. It's 100% natural and thus safe to use around little ones. It is a pumice base, volcanic ash, and it contains a mild soap and a skin conditioner. It has no chemicals or detergents. Its advertised as a mans product on the website but I use it to clean my tub hard water stains the sink you name it and it can clean it. Its an amazing product. You can get more info here...
    http://www.keithshandcleaner.com/. I LOVE IT!
  78. November 5th, 2010 at 10:54 pm
    Emily Brown says:
    I really like a product called Keith's Hand Cleaner. It's 100% natural and thus safe to use around little ones. It is a pumice base, volcanic ash, and it contains a mild soap and a skin conditioner. It has no chemicals or detergents. Its advertised as a mans product on the website but I use it to clean my tub hard water stains the sink you name it and it can clean it. Its an amazing product. You can get more info here...
    http://www.keithshandcleaner.com/. I LOVE IT!
  79. November 10th, 2010 at 10:56 pm
    Hannah Hamilton@carry on garment bag says:
    Nice post. All of the above cleaning products are looking to be very productive.When coming to my turn,the below are my all time favorite products
    #Lysol It gives instant result when I use this for cleaning.It takes only less time for cleaning any type of stains.I found that this is very helpful in cleaning the home appliances.
    #Mr clean magic eraser It helps me in cleaning all types of stains on my clothes.
    #Bar keeper's friend This product also worth using.

    This is the very good post for the people who want to know the best cleaning products on the market.
  80. December 3rd, 2010 at 1:50 pm
    Lorraine says:
    My top 3 fave cleaners are:
    #1.Krud Kutter-enviromental friendly & will get serious grime off anything!(including paint, so use w/ discretion!)Available in the paint section at Walmart.I've also seen it at Lowe's.
    #2.Quick Shine-Gets hardwood floors beautifully shiny like none other!Warning:DO NOT WALK on the floor until fully dried, or the footprints will dry into the wax & will have to be washed off.Available at Walmart.
    #3.Combination of vinegar & baking soda in a load of towels takes odors out.
    I've heard of BKF, but never tried it. I'll have to get some for my bathtub stainless steel sink.
  81. December 28th, 2010 at 10:47 am
    Bev Runyon says:
    my 3 favorite cleaning products are:

    1. Magic Eraser

    2. Greased Lightening- will clean anything! can buy at walmart

    3. whink rust remover- just put on rust, wait 3 minutes and rinse- rust is GONE!

    great posts on here, I am going to try some of the others I have seen as they sound really good, especially the ones for the toilet
  82. December 30th, 2010 at 3:34 am
    Cara says:
    My favorite products were taken...
    BUT, I wanted to point out another quite unexpected use for the Magic Eraser:
    You know those American Girl Dolls? It can be used to clean their "skin." Just saying.
  83. January 6th, 2011 at 4:30 pm
    Tiabear says:
    Something I've found is FABlous for my all glass shower is SOS scrubbing pads! They work awesome on soap scum/hard water & they don't scratch the glass. Also BORAX!! Cheap and good for a ton of stuff and keeps laundry really fresh! Of course, magic erasers, bleach & ammonia. Personally I can't stand the smell of vinegar & I think it lasts a long time (maybe that's just me!) :)
  84. January 8th, 2011 at 10:42 am
    Emily Dixon says:
    1. My mother-in-law has a steam cleaner. We have tried all of the solutions out there. The best one.... LA's awesome cleaner, lavendar scent, from..... the dollar store!!!! It cleans better than any product around. Just stick it in the steam cleaner and go!
    2. The awesome stain remover. Spray it on before you steam clean for 1-2 min and it takes any stain out, except oil paint (thanks to my 2 yr old).
    3. Comet bathroom spray cleaner. Works wonders!!
    • May 10th, 2012 at 7:06 am
      Debbie McBride says:
      I love the Dollar Tree. That is where I first picked LA's Totally Awesome Cleaner. I love it. It is the first cleaner I have found that takes out hair color. My youngest daughter is in beauty school and spilled hair color on her sister's new pants. This cleaner took out all of it and did not fade the fabric. I use on all kinds of things now. I also like Krud Kutter but it is alot more expensive so I been trying the LA cleaner first and have not been disappointed yet. Also like adding it to my carpet cleaner.
  85. January 8th, 2011 at 1:10 pm
    Water Clean Up says:
    My top 3 cleaning products are the following:

    1 Mr Clean Magic Eraser
    2 Clorox all purpose cleaner. I have been using this for almost 4 years for my bathrooms and kitchen
    3 Lysol all purpose cleaner. This is great and my favorite cleaner ever.

    Thank you for sharing this.
  86. April 24th, 2011 at 12:11 pm
    KK says:
    I prefer Bon Ami to Bar Keepers Friend. For some reason, BKF can put off a metallic almost rotten egg smell when scrubbing stainless steel. I haven't had the same issue with Bon Ami so I stick with it!
  87. April 25th, 2011 at 9:47 am
    Lori says:
    Love this post! With all the Bar Keepers' Friend fans out there, I thought I'd throw in the best clean-up job it ever did for me. I purchased an entire set of Pfaltzgraff dishes (country blue color) at Goodwill for $25.00. I'm sure they weren't selling because they were covered with those little pencil-drawing lines (I guess from knives?) all over the surface of the plates. I washed and scrubbed with no good results. Out came my BKF and with just a few wipes on each surface, all the pencil lines disappeared! I just thought it was magic. Don't you have some of those markings on some of your dishes? Try it!!
  88. May 6th, 2011 at 9:21 am
    Carolyn Adams says:
    Because I am cheap I rarely buy cleaning products. I mix ammonia (sudsy or not) with water in a spray bottle. I use that to clean counters, stove-tops. It really seems to leave greasy free surfaces. Vinegar is great for leaving things shiny and soft (in the laundry) and also for taking off calcium deposits. Soaking a cloth in vinegar and leaving it on the calcium deposit works wonders. I also like Clorox and water in a spray bottle for disinfecting the cutting board and keeping all stains from my kitchen sink. But make sure you label it so a child helper does not end up spraying it on everything. Thanks!
  89. June 29th, 2011 at 12:22 pm
    Kayla says:
    My top 3 favs are vinegar, baking soda and borax. I clean clean pretty much everything with those three.

    I really like the Magic erasers too, but in a pinch a little water and baking soda will do.
  90. July 24th, 2011 at 8:30 am
    Medley says:
    1. Enzymatic cleaner for pet stains. Petzyme, Simple Solution, Nature's Miracle, etc. I've tried them all and they all work pretty well. Pet-safe.

    2. Homemade laundry powder: 1 bar of Fells-Naptha, grated, plus half cup each of Arm & Hammer Washing Soda and Borax. Earth-friendly and cheap.

    3. Diluted Dawn dish soap in a spray bottle. If it's safe to use removing oil from wildlife in oilspills, it's probably safe enough to use around our pets.
  91. August 5th, 2011 at 1:38 pm
    Carpet Cleaning says:
    I would say that no matter what cleaning products we use, that we're always making sure they have as few chemicals as possible. Im serious guys: If you knew what was in some of the products, you wouldn't want to stand two feet near them.
  92. December 5th, 2011 at 12:30 pm
    Jessica Bronson says:
    Can't wait to try the Bar Keeper's cleaner! Thanks for the idea!
  93. January 6th, 2012 at 12:31 pm
    Mike says:
    1. good old baking soda - great for lots of cleaning, especially where scrubbing is needed and of course, deodorizing.
    2. Method Dish Soap Pump - also like Seventh Generation, but my hands don't like it as well.
    3. Seventh Generation Emerald Cypress & Fir Toilet Bowl Cleaner

    I've never tried Bar Keeper's Friend. I'll have to check it out.
  94. February 24th, 2012 at 2:38 pm
    Sherrie Morris says:
    When you clean you are cleaning the sealer or finish on furniture, floors and surfaces including tiles and stones. Before you clean half the battle is knowing what finish is on each one.
    Vinegar is acetic acid. When you are cleaning and you use vinegar water you are using a acid to clean your surfaces.
    This is what it can do to wood floors with a polyerthene surface you will dull the finish. Then it will etch it. If it reaches the wood which it will eventually you will bleach the wood. A lot of wood workers use vinegar to bleach wood.
    When you use vinegar to clean limestone or certain poureous tile which is damaged easily it takes off the finish and breaks down the stone.
    When you clean vinegar has its place. But surfaces and sealers need to be considered.
    When you clean wood floors the best thing to use is a dry mop method. Use only warm water. You squeeze as much water as you can out of the mop. Then you mop. The reason streaks happen is because the mop gets dirty. Rinse often and dry the floors. This is the most natural and environmentally friendly way to clean. If you have to use something use a PHbalanced cleaner. Dry mop and dry. Washing soda is a PH
    Neutal cleaner but this has to be rinsed. There are environmentally cleaners you can purchase. You dry the floor because leaving water on wood floors can and will damage them.
    Granite and natural stones in kitchens and bathrooms need to be handled with care. Warm water, dawn dish soap use this for granite counter tops need to be washed and dried. A Shower you have a bucket of warm soapy water and a soft scrub brush you lightly scrub the walls and tiles. And rinse if you keep seeing the suds on the walls it is not clean keep rinsing.
    Vinegar can be used in toilets and is a low
    Acid cleaner, use it in clothes. Don't use this on
    Floors. I am not trying to be disrespectful but I clean for a living and I research every floor and stone before I clean it. Vinegar when used right can be a wonderful cleaner. There are many misconceptions about it. If I need a answer I go to the manufactors about their products I am cleaning. I do not want to void warranty's on floors or tiles. I want to clean and safe keep their homes. I make it my job to know how to clean and with what. If I damage a clients home because I use the wrong problems I would not be considered a professional.
    • April 21st, 2012 at 11:03 pm
      sunnyexpressions says:
      I'm so glad you posted this! I also clean homes, and you have a valid point with the care of wood and granite. I think in general we use way more cleaners than needed. I also use Dawn and just water for wood floors.
    • January 9th, 2014 at 6:58 pm
      Luna M. says:
      I clean houses for a living, too. Totally agree with you on the vinegar part. People don''t seem to realize that it's an acid that will etch and dull certain surfaces things over time. Here is my my own complete cleaning supply checklist: http://www.acleandreammi.com/cleaningsupplychecklist.htm

      I would have to say microfiber clothes, Bar Keepers, and Magic Eraser sponges make all the difference.
  95. April 16th, 2012 at 10:45 am
    Sara says:
    This is definitely a toughie! Some products I love include: baking soda (I know, already taken), clorox wipes (also already taken), and hydrogen peroxide. It sounds weird, but hydrogen peroxide disinfects without harmful fumes. And if your kid gets ahold of a bottle and drinks it (ew), no harmful side effects.
  96. April 16th, 2012 at 11:52 am
    Natalie says:
    I haven't read anything about mold and mildew, especially living in humid weather. I always have some type of mold/mildew cleaner for my showers and baths and even spray it on the shower curtains, but it's definitely not toxic-free.
    I like The Works toilet tablets too. They keep your toilets white for a few months. I do want to try the pool tablets that someone posted about!
    I love the Pledge Multi-surface cleaner. You can use it on ALL surfaces when dusting. No more switching between cleaners for different surfaces, even computer/TV screens!
  97. April 17th, 2012 at 8:04 am
    Kelly says:
    Ok so I laughed when reading Shelley's last favorite...paint! I can totally relate! While I love that Magic Eraser does remove everything be careful...removed the paint and all! Solution: Touch up paint! Shiny and new again! My other favorite to clean with is bleach. Bleach and water mixture and works wonders in the bathroom, kitchen and my floors! Lastly I know it's simple and goes without saying but good old vacuuming works wonders keeping down dust and fresh clean carpet!
  98. April 18th, 2012 at 10:23 am
    Tommi Hymas says:
    I love all of Don Asletts my top 5 products from them would be:

    Clean and bright ready to use floor cleaner- so good and no strong after smells

    Safety Foam toilet cleaner and johnny mop scrubber for the toilet

    Showers and stuff shower and tub cleaner

    Wood and Furniture polish

    Don Aslett's Granite Cleaner it is amazing

    Oh I could go on and on about his products!

    Costco has the best streak free window cleaner "spray way" glass cleaner

    In addition I love my Miela vacuum it is the best vacuum out there, I tried like four different vacuums before finding this one, I will never own another vacuum.

    Some tips I learned along the: Spray your toilets daily with lysol room spray, the germs can spread up to 10 feet if you leave the toilet lid up. If you have a toilet closet close the door behind you.

    Sinks should be washed out every three days especially ones you wash your hands and brush your teeth in!

    Happy Cleaning Cheers,

    Tommi Girl
  99. April 18th, 2012 at 10:47 am
    Janie says:
    I love my vinegar spray for cleaning counters/table tops, I just spray and wipe instead of clorox wipes or a dirty smelly dishrag. I use half water, half vinegar and about a tablespoon of Mrs. Meyer's basil all purpose cleaner to off-set the vinegar smell, Mrs. Meyer's smells great!
  100. April 18th, 2012 at 1:10 pm
    Karen says:
    My three favorite products are Lestoil (a fabulous - and stinky) degreaser. It is the only thing that will take out most laundry stains, including sweat stains on my husband's work hats. It's not an easy product to find, though, I'll warn you. I actually found it at Home Depot in the cleaning isle once! I also love Scrubbing Bubbles spray cleaner for the shower. It makes me sneeze when I use it - every time - but it works with minimal effort to clean my fiberglass shower. My 3rd favorite cleaning item is Windex. I have tried other glass cleaners but this, by far, is still my favorite. My husband used to have a carpet cleaning business and he taught me a little Windex in the carpet cleaner helps brighten up the carpet. Works like a charm!
  101. April 18th, 2012 at 1:41 pm
    Robin says:
    I love Charlie's Soap-I switched over to their laundry detergent a few years ago and now only by detergent every 2 years! It's great and scent-free! Their spray cleaners are great, too!
    • April 18th, 2012 at 2:27 pm
      Robin says:
      I forgot to add: OxyClean with boiling water-bring to a boil and simmer for one hour to remove stains and brighten whites!
  102. April 18th, 2012 at 2:27 pm
    Gen says:
    My 3 favorites are: Mr. Clean Magic Eraser...even my mom swears by it now.
    Bathroom Cleaner by Method. Used it recently on our tub...got out tough stains (most of them...next up is bleach..Yuk!) & no harsh smells. :-)
    Clorox Wipes...I like the bathroom & the kitchen ones. The kitchen ones have a scruffy side that is great for stuck-on food...not that I would know about that. ;-)
  103. April 18th, 2012 at 5:03 pm
    Diane says:
    Bar Keeper's Friend Also great to clean and keep stainless steel pans sparkling.

    WB40 Besides fixing anything squeaky, stuck or jammed, it is the best at getting rid of rust on virtually anything.

    Baking soda Throw it into the laundry with the soap to clean smelly workout clothes.

    Vinegar Throw some into the rinse water and forget about needing dryer sheets for your laundry.

    Awesome A Dollar Store product that is great for general cleaning of so much of everything.
  104. April 18th, 2012 at 6:51 pm
    Monica Scearce says:
    Just wanted to mention that those Clorox Tablets are not good for your tanks inner workings. My husband does plumbing on the side and anytime he sees one of those in a person's commode he recommends they remove it. They inevitably cause leaks. He recommends cleaners that can be put in the bowl rather than the tank.
  105. April 18th, 2012 at 7:03 pm
    Carol jane says:
    I love Comet spray bathroom cleaner.Amazing on fiberglass showers and tubs. Anything Mrs. Meyers. Love the lavender counter spray. Pine sol. Smells so fresh!!
  106. April 18th, 2012 at 7:31 pm
    Kristen says:
    I LOVE all Mrs Meyers products! Especially the counter spray. The scents are fabulous and it just works!
  107. April 19th, 2012 at 6:21 am
    Adele Morgan says:
    I love Bon Ami cleanser like you guys love Bar Keeper's Friend. And I know that they are expensive, but not only do they clean my counters great, but their smell is awesome. Williams Sonoma makes Meyer Lemon Cleaning products. I am just addicted to the smell. It's just better than any other lemon cleaning product I've found on the market. And finally, I would say my third product would be Scrub Free Bathroom Cleaner with Bleach. Not the most environmentally friendly cleaner, but it really does the trick with grout.

    I need to change my email from coachadele@comcast.net. I'll get on that. Really enjoy your weekly email in my inbox.
    • April 19th, 2012 at 6:24 am
      Adele says:
      I just read my post and realized my grammar was incorrect. The Bon Ami is INEXPENSIVE. The Williams Sonoma products are the EXPENSIVE ones. Sorry about that.
  108. April 19th, 2012 at 8:57 am
    Carmel says:
    Simple Green is my favorite cleaner. I use it on counters to clean the toilets and even pour some in the laundry when there is an especially tough smell to get out like cat pee. Its inexpensive and nontoxic.
  109. April 19th, 2012 at 9:54 pm
    Jackie says:
    Paint... HAHA....... GOOD ONE!
  110. April 21st, 2012 at 5:59 am
    Whitney B says:
    I use a TON of vinegar and baking soda. I don't mind the vinegar smell so much, but it bothers my kids. I put some in a glass jar and add citrus peels. Let them sit a few days, strain into your spray bottle. The vinegar has a citrus smell and peels can be tossed into the garbage disposal.
    I use Folex for spot cleaning carpets and even a diluted veraion to get stains out of laundry. Its amazing stuff
    I do use Clorox when I need to disinfect something - especially with 2 germy kids.

    PS - Does anyone realize that cleaning your toilet (or any other place there's urine) with bleach is toxic? Amonia (urine) + bleach produces a gas that can be fatal. Thought I'd throw that out there for those that seem set on using Clorox for cleaning their bathrooms.
  111. April 21st, 2012 at 9:19 am
    Jayme says:
    I have gone on a quest to go GREEN!! In fact, I've found a product that eliminates all chemicals and toxins from my cleaning!! I've discovered NORWEX. With my microfiber cloths and water - yes water! - I can clean anything!!! For jobs that are a little harder, I use the all natural enzyme sprays. My 3 favorite Norwex products - now these items allow me to clean ANYTHING - Enviro cloth, window cloth, and cleaning paste. I'm telling you - no streaks on glass or surfaces, totally removes all grease, grime, dirt, and bacteria with one swipe, AND cuts my cleaning time by 75%!!!! With a 2 year warranty and a 7 year lifespan, one purchase and you are set! Who doesn't want to save time and money???
  112. April 28th, 2012 at 8:11 am
    Caro says:
    A couple of my favorites which haven't been mentioned yet:

    1. Dobie pad. This scrubber is made by Scotch-Brite (3M). Cheap and effective, and can be disinfected daily in dishwashers or microwaves.

    2. Goo Gone. I swear, this ought to be standard issue in maternity wards, because every mother is going to need it. A bottle lasts forever because just a tiny amount will do the job. Very strong (but not unpleasant) citrus fragrance. It will even take dried play-dough out of carpet.

    3. Good old-fashioned elbow grease. ;-D
  113. May 16th, 2012 at 2:38 pm
    Ingrid says:
    1. Baking Soda

    2. Comet

    3. Lysol's hard water gel toilet cleaner in the black bottle!
  114. July 30th, 2012 at 6:06 am
    mazhar says:
    good
  115. November 19th, 2012 at 11:57 am
    Barry says:
    These are all very good cleaning products but I do not find any one of them good for mold. However, I found an article that answers my questions: http://www.homecleaninglondon.net/home-mold-inspection/
  116. January 30th, 2013 at 10:20 am
    Janie says:
    I use Bar Keepers Friend, Seventh Generation All Purpose Cleaner (BEST on glass, stainless steel, etc.) and Seventh Generation dish, dishwasher and laundry (or Whole Foods generic) detergents. (Shop the sales!) With microfiber cleaning cloths it is all I need. Vinegar on drains and tile occasionally. I am super sensitive to harsh products and smells, and these all keep my house it great shape. Plus it makes me feel like I am treading a bit more lightly on planet earth.
  117. December 15th, 2013 at 9:57 pm
    Vivi says:
    I live in Australia and use a general disinfectant called Dettol - I was introduced to it when I was seven years old and grazed my knee, a friend's mum cleaned the wound with it. It's good for everything from cuts and grazes to disinfecting the toilet! One capful in a spray bottle of water is generally enough but it can be used stronger if desired. For cuts it can be applied neat with a cotton ball. stings a bit but it's a trustworthy product.

    I also love vinegar and baking soda and use those two for just about everything. Baking soda cuts through grease like nothing else.

    For the bath tub, the best thing I've ever used is an Ajax powder that turns blue when wet, it basically does the scrubbing for you all you have to do is wipe it off and wash it down, leaving the tub white as anything.
  118. January 30th, 2014 at 12:46 pm
    Sasha says:
    My #1 Favorite cleaning product is Genesis 950. It is the best thing I have ever used. I have cleaned my carpets with it and it is AMAZING! I've used it on my oven - easiest cleaning ever! Basically anything that is dirty gets it. You soooooo need to try it because once you do it will knock everything else on your list down.

    My #2 is scrubbing bubbles. The 950 can clean everything the bubbles can (and in some cases better), but maybe it's the child in me. I love the foaming bubbles. I think the smell is awesome too of them.

    My #3 is Sprayway Glass Cleaner. I think it is way better then Windex. I like that it is not water. Windex is pretty much all water, some dye and that's about it. I think it is silly to pay for water to clean. The spray away comes out like a foam (again with the foam!!) and just cleans better.
  119. May 23rd, 2014 at 5:39 pm
    Hilary Asher says:
    Before I started using Norwex I also liked BKF. Now I like:

    1) Norwex enviro cloth + window cloth for cleaning 90% of my house using just water. Best investment ever. I like it so well I sell them now!

    2) Norwex cleaning paste does almost everything the enviro + water didn't get.

    3) Norwex mop system - gets my floors cleaner than any "cleaning" product ever did with just water.

    I know I sound like a walking advertisement but once you star using Norwex you can never go back. Check it out at www.hilaryasher.norwex.biz
  120. October 26th, 2014 at 9:54 am
    catherine ann petrarca says:
    Hydrogen peroxide! On my granate countertops. Safe for food. On my ceramic stovetop. Sparkles!
    Vinegar & baking soda for a clogged drain. Half & half. Baking soda for my garbage dispossal. If you use it consistently (weekly) it will never smell. Don't wait for it to smell.
    Ajax for wheelchair tracks on carpet & linoleum. Pour on stain, sit for 1/2-1hr. Rub w/wet mop!
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