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My Favorite Cleaning Supplies

Cleaning Supplies I’ve Tried and Love!

I have been cleaning in some capacity since the mid 1980s. I’ve tried many cleaning products on my own, and at clients’ homes. I know what works, and what doesn’t, at least for the most part. I don’t know everything, of course, but I do want to share some of my favorites here with you.

From glass cleaners to floor cleaners, and many other cleaning supplies. I’ll share what I’ve found to work best, and what I don’t like.

In my days I have cleaned a restaurant, a motel, apartments after people moved out, office buildings, banks, medical buildings, houses, and more. I co-owned a cleaning business for a few years with another lady, then branched out on my own, plus I have worked for cleaning companies. I even had to do cleaning when I was a teacher at a child care center for five years. I just can’t seem to get away from it!

I do enjoy cleaning, though, and the satisfaction of a job well done is always a great feeling! So clean up the world around you with these great cleaning supplies showcased here…

The Best Glass/Window Cleaners and Paper Towels for Windows

The best glass cleaners around are Glass Plus and Family Dollar Glass Cleaner. Yes that’s right. Family Dollar’s glass cleaner is only $1.00, and it doesn’t streak glass, yet removes grease and fingerprints like a pro!

Brawny Paper Towels or any hard paper towels work best for cleaning glass and windows. If your paper towels are too soft, they leave lint and tend to leave streaks. Yuck!

Worst Glass Cleaner? Windex (yes you heard me), and some cheaper off-brands are bad, too.
Worst Paper Towels? Bounty (that’s right)…these streak and leave tons of lint in my experience. They might be great for other things, but not for cleaning glass or windows.

You can also use equal parts of ammonia and water to remove hard water stains from outdoor windows, glass slider doors and shower doors. Spray some on…leave it a few minutes, then re-spray and wipe. It really does work!

 Glass Plus Glass Cleaner Trigger, 32 OunceView Now Brawny Paper Towels, Pick-A-Size, White, Big Roll – 6 pkView Now

The Best Floor Cleaners

I really don’t have a favorite floor cleaner, but I have found that Tide Laundry Soap works well on that yucky tiled floor that you find in many apartments. The kind they use in department stores, that stain easily, and get ground dirt in them.

Other laundry soaps work well for linoleum or tiled floors at home, too. Use special cleaners for hardwoods and laminates.

Vinegar is a nice cleaner, for floors and other things, plus it’s a natural deodorizer. It’s probably not strong enough to remove ground in dirt or tough dirt, though. Try Pine Sol or a Lysol cleaner, if you don’t want to use laundry soap.

Toothpaste will remove scuff marks safely.

Tide 8317 High Efficiency Laundry Detergent, 170 Fl. Oz.View NowTide Original Scent, 50-OunceView NowClorox 97326 Pine Sol Multi Purpose Cleaner Amber Colored Bottle 24 OzView NowLysol Disinfectant All Purpose Cleaner, Lemon Scent, 144 OunceView Now

Best Toilet Bowl Cleaner

The Works Toilet Bowl Cleaner 2 / PackView Now

The Works is the BEST toilet bowl cleaner in town!!! I’ve tried Lysol, and hate it. It smells nice, but doesn’t remove stains.

The Works Toilet Bowl cleaner removes gray stains and fights rust stains better than any other I’ve found.

It doesn’t smell pretty like Lysol, but it cleans well, and I’ve rather have a toilet that looks clean and shiny, than one that smells nice, but looks awful!

I’ve found, too, that many Lysol Toilet Bowl Cleaner lids tend to be difficult to open and they will leak. I hate that!


Dusting Polish I Recommend

Pledge Multi Surface Antibacterial Cleaner Antibacterial Citrus Scent Aerosol Can 9.7 Oz

Pledge Multi Surface Antibacterial Cleaner Antibacterial Citrus Scent Aerosol Can 9.7 OzView Now

I found this stuff by accident at my local Walgreens. It’s expensive. It costs almost $6.00 per can there (I haven’t priced it at Wal*Mart or anywhere else…though it’s probably cheaper somewhere else).

I like the fact that it is antibacterial. You can dust, clean and kill germs all at the same time.

It doesn’t polish wood like regular Pledge (which I also love), but it does clean multiple surfaces, so it’s convenient.

For polishing wood, also try Endust. It smells nice, and gives wood a pretty shine.


Pledge CB723725EA Furniture Polish, Lemon, 12.5 oz. AerosolView NowEndust Furniture Spray Lemon Scent 12.5 OzView Now

What Do I Think about Swiffer?

I don’t really like the Swiffer products. I will sometimes use the dusters when I’m in a hurry, but they don’t clean as well as dusting polish cleans. They are great for small spaces, though, where your hand won’t fit, or for remove cobwebs from places.

The Swiffer dust mops and wet mops are crap, in my opinion. They are quick and easy, but I’ve found that when I use the dust mops, I still have to use a broom and dust pan to get the pile up that I swept with the Swiffer, and the wet mops don’t get corners well, nor do they get deep down dirt.

Do this experiment, if you are a Swiffer fan: Mop your floor with a Swiffer wet mop, then take a paper towel or a rag with some mild soap, and go over your mopped floor. Did you see a bunch of gray dirt on your rag or paper towel? Probably!

These are great for quick jobs, but not for deep cleaning.

Got Stinky Drains?

Extra-Strength AmmoniaView Now

If your drains are stinking or if you have drain flies (tiny black flies that look like stealth air fighters), then try pouring 1 cup of ammonia down each drain. Let it set for a few minutes, then pour 1 cup of hot water down the drains.

Ammonia will freshen your drains and get rid of drain flies.

Trust me on this!


Keep Your Trash Can Smelling Fresh

I keep my trash can under my kitchen sink, because at one time I had cats that would get into my trash, and I got tired of cleaning up the mess. I still keep it under there, because it keeps my trash out of view, which is nice.

My sink has old wood and an open area over my crawl space, and it smells musty off and on, and the trash will occasionally smell bad, too, even though I empty it every day.

I have found that if I use the scented trash bags, it helps deter the odor from the trash, plus it helps keep the area under my sink smelling nice.

I prefer Hefty over Glad trash bags, but either is fine. Try the Pine scent or the Tropical scent. Aaaaaahhhhh.

Glad Forceflex Tall Kitchen Drawstring Clean Scent Odorshield Garbage Bags, 55 CountView NowHefty Drawstring Multipurpose Bags, White Pine, 30 Gallon, 28 CountView NowHefty 13 Gal. Odor Block Clean Citrus Scent Tall Kitchen Bags with Drawstring 45 ctView NowGlad Odorshield Febreze Hawaiian Aloha Scent Tall Kitchen Drawstring Trash Bags 13 Gal 100 CtView NowGlad OdorShield Tall Kitchen Drawstring Trash Bags, Lavender, 13 Gallon, 80 CountView NowGlad OdorShield Tall Kitchen Drawstring Trash Bags, Gain Island Fresh, 50 CountView Now

Kitchen and Bathroom Cleaners

Awesome cleaner is inexpensive and cuts grease and soap scum well. Don’t leave it on your toilet seat too long, though, because it’s strong enough to remove the shiny finish!

Lysol kitchen cleaner and bathroom cleaner both work well, too. You can get the large sizes that mix with water, or buy the already mixed spray bottles.

Pine Sol is nice and refreshing, too!

 La’s Totally Awesome All Purpose Concentrated Cleaner Degreaser Spot Remover Cleans Everything Washable As Seen on Tv (64 oz refills) (1 64oz bottle)View Now LA’s Totally Awesome All Purpose Concentrated Cleaner, 32 ozView Now Lysol Professional Antibacterial Kitchen Cleaner, 32 OunceView Now Lysol Clean and Fresh All Purpose Cleaner, Lemon Sunflower, 40 Ounce (Pack of 3)View Now Lysol Brand RAC75352EA All-Purpose Cleaner Lemon 32 oz. Spray Bottle, N/AView Now Lysol Power and Free Multi-Purpose Cleaner With Hydrogen Peroxide Citrus Sparkel Zest Scent, 22 OunceView Now Lysol Power and Free Bathroom Cleaner, 22 OunceView Now Pine Sol Cleaner-Original-100 ozView Now Pine-Sol 97301 Commercial Solutions Liquid Cleaner, 144 fl oz Bottle, LavenderView Now

Remove Rust and Hard Water Stains

Rust and hard water stains can be tough. While ammonia and water work well on hard water stains, these products will, too. I’ve tied all three of these products, and I like them equally!

 Calcium, Lime, and Rust RemoverView Now The Works Rust, Lime & Calcium RemoverView Now Lime-A-Way – Hard Water Stain Remover Toggle 28 OunceView Now

Mr. Clean Magic Eraser Cleaning Pads, 8-Count Box

Mr. Clean Magic Eraser Cleaning Pads, 8-Count BoxView Now

The Mr. Clean Magic Eraser (and many off brands) are magic! They are wonderful for removing tough dirt from many surfaces, but whatever you do, DON’T use them on wood, or on surfaces that scratch easily.

I’ve used these on my refrigerator, stove, stainless steel sink, chrome faucets (don’t think I would try them on brushed nickel or others), tile, bathtubs, porcelain sinks, and so on.

They would probably scratch linoleum, so don’t use them for scuff marks on that. Try toothpaste instead.

They would probably work well at removing tags or stickers on dinnerware and glass, too.


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