Spring Cleaning and All My Favorite Cleaning Products In One Post

Recently I received an email asking about the Eye Vac I purchased a few years back. I still love and use it allll the time! It and my Mopnado have made keeping my floors clean so much easier/faster.

That email got me thinking about how this is the time of year so many of us would normally be doing our spring cleaning. Since we are all home so much more this spring than we ever have been before, I thought I’d share all my faves for cleaning just about anything around the house. The following products are my favorites, the ones I use every day. I hope you find this post helpful as you tackle your spring cleaning.

NOTE: Click the title of the product for more information and to access that product.

Eye-Vac Vacuum Cleaner

I still love my Eye-Vac Vacuum for sweeping my kitchen and screened porch floor when I don’t want to take the time to pull out my vacuum. I keep mine connected in my kitchen fulltime since that’s the room I most often need to sweep, but it could be used anywhere. I’ve been thinking about buying a second one for the upstairs since I use this one so much downstairs.

If there are certain rooms in your home (like the kitchen) that you prefer to sweep often in between regular vacuuming, you’ll find this vacuum here: Eye-Vac Vacuum Cleaner

Eye-Vac Vacuum Cleaner, Great for Kitchens

 

Mopnado

I love this guy for mopping, especially for cleaning my screened porch flooring. I hate handling or squeezing out a disgusting, yucky mop. I’ve found the Mopnado to be a big time saver, as well. You can read more about it where I purchased mine here: Mopnado.

Mopnado Mopping System

 

Weiman Stove Top Cleaner

This is the product I use to clean my smooth cooktop. I spray it on, let it stay on for a few minutes, then wipe it off. It works really well!

 

Granite Cleaner

I’ve been using this granite cleaner for years in my kitchen and it works great. I also like their “polish” product.

 

Goo Gone

Goo Gone is great for removing sticky residue left behind after removing a price sticker or label from a plate or a glass container. It’s about the only thing I’ve found that will get rid of it without tons of scrubbing.

 

Weiman Leather Wipes

Love these for how well they work and how convenient they are to use. I’ve used them to clean stains from leather shoes and I regularly use them on my nicest handbags to clean away any smudges, especially on the corners of the bags. Very pleased with how well these leather wipes work!

 

 

Vacuum

Recently I was asked what vacuum I use in my home. I really like this vacuum because of two main features: It uses disposable bags so there’s no disgusting canister to empty AND the electrical cord rewinds at the press of a little pedal. I really dislike having to empty a canister and seeing the yucky stuff I just vacuumed up! Arggg. Plus, I can’t stand wasting time winding up a cord every time I vacuum. So this vacuum does a great job and meets those other two criteria.

I liked this vacuum so much, I purchased two—one for the main level and one for the upstairs. I love not having to haul the vacuum up and down the stairs and feel it’s much safer, too!

 

Weiman Wood Floor Cleaner

I often mop my hardwood flooring with a lightly damp mop, just dampened with water. But every now and then I will use this Weiman product if I feel the water isn’t enough. It does a great job!

 

Mill Creek Shampoo

This is one of my favorite shampoos/conditioners. I’ve been using it for years. I love how gentle it is on color-treated hair.

 

Natural Organic Argan Oil Shampoo and Conditioner

I tried this shampoo/conditioner last summer and really like it, as well. I alternate between it and the shampoo/conditioner above. Love them both.

 

The Original Bee’s Wax

This is the furniture polish I’ve been using now for many, many years. I discovered it a few years back while antiquing. The antique shop owners raved about it and said it was the only thing they used on their antique furniture.

I’m picky about what I put on my furniture and I’ve been very pleased with this polish. It leaves furniture looking absolutely beautiful and I really like that there’s no issue with wax buildup.

The Original Bee's Wax Old World Formula Furniture Polish

 

Stainless Steel Cleaner

This is my absolute favorite cleaner for stainless steel. I don’t have stainless appliances in my kitchen, but I used to have a stainless steel grill and it worked great on it and made it look brand new. I use it on a large, floor standing, stainless steel tool chest in my garage. That’s when I first discovered this cleaner–when I was looking for something to clean all the fingerprints off the chest. It was driving me crazy since the chest is the first thing I saw each time I pulled into the garage.

You can see how it worked on my tool chest in this previous post: How to Clean Fingerprints Off Stainless Steel & Leave a Lustrous Shine. Definitely, an awesome product if you have stainless steel appliances…the reviews really tell the story for how well it works. You’ll find it available here: Stainless Steel Cleaner.

Therapy Stainless Steel Cleaner & Polish

 

The Laundress Delicate Wash

I wash all my nice shirts, sweaters, dresses, etc… by hand. This is the product I use for the items I wash by hand (excluding wool & cashmere) and it works beautifully! Recently I used it to wash two Hermes silk twilly scarves I purchased on eBay. Unfortunately, the seller didn’t reveal in the listing that the twillies were dirty and stained.

They came out looking brand new after soaking for a few minutes in this Laundress Delicate wash. Definitely will never be without a bottle…love it! It’s available here: The Laundress Delicate Wash.

 

The Laundress Wool & Cashmere Shampoo

I do not care for the way clothes look after they’ve been dry cleaned. I haven’t been to a dry cleaner in many years. I use this Laudress product for all my wool/cashmere sweaters and they turn out beautifully. You’ll find ts available here: The Laundress Wool & Cashmere Shampoo.

 

ColorCatcher

Color Catchers saved a favorite shirt from ruin. I thought I was going to have to throw it out. You can see how it worked in this previous post: How Shout Color Catcher Saved My Favorite Shirt.

After that experience, I was in awe of this product! I don’t know how it works, but I use it religiously now when washing clothes that I worry may bleed or run, even when washing them by hand. Amazing stuff! It’s available here: ColorCatcher.

 

Super Cleaner

This super cleaner is one I never, ever let myself run out of. It works so well on so many surfaces. And it cuts through the dirt/grime faster than anything I’ve ever tried.

It also works great on denim transfer stains. You can see how it worked to get denim transfer off the white chair in my home office in this previous post: My Absolute Favorite Cleaner for Removing Denim Transfer Stains.

I’ve also used it to clean the leather seats in my car and mildew off the paint on my screened porch. It will clean just about anything as you can see in the description and reviews here: Super Cleaner.Super Cleaner for Leather Seats Upholstery and Carpet, Works for Denim Transfer

 

 

Disposable Toilet Cleaning System

This is the system I use for cleaning all my bathrooms. I don’t have a housekeeper and do all my own cleaning so I’m always looking for ways to make it go faster and easier. I love this product so much, I have one in each of my three bathrooms.

I also love how I no longer have to store a yucky toilet brush scrubber, I think this is so much more sanitary. You just pop on a cleaning sponge, clean away, then press a button to dispose of the sponge right into the trash. All you’re left to store is the handle. So much better! Whoever thought of this product is a genius! You’ll find it here: Disposable Toilet Cleaning System.

 

Pumice Cleanser

Have you ever noticed how sometimes when you clean your toilet, there’s still a faint line/shadow that seems to never come out? I’m guessing that is caused by the minerals in our water. My friend, Teresa, told me about this amazing trick for getting rid of that faint ring. She said that it normally lasts for about 6 months before it comes back again. I tried it several months ago and she was right! It worked great and stayed gone for many months. I love how this works!

Magic Eraser

I think everyone has probably heard about the Magic Eraser by now. I love these! Not only do they get marks off walls, I’ve also used them on white cabinetry with great success. You just need to go slowly since they are super effective. I always keep these on hand, they are amazing! You’ll find them here: Magic Eraser.Magic Eraser

 

Magic Eraser now makes Cleaning Sheets. Has anyone tried those? I think I’ll order some to try. You’ll find those here: Magic Eraser Cleaning Sheets.

 

Microfiber Cleaning Cloths

I adore these microfiber cleaning cloths, mainly because they are like a sponge in cloth-form. In the past, when I wiped down the furniture on my screened porch, it would take many trips back and forth to the sink to rinse out the rag I was using. Or, I’ had to take a big bucket of water out onto the porch to rinse the rag in.

I don’t know how these cloths do it, but they hold a ton of water. Now I just wet 4-5 of them and head out to the porch and wipe down everything in one trip. I also use these in my kitchen for wiping down the counters and other surfaces.

They last a long time, I’m still using the first batch I purchased back in September 2017. I liked them so much, I bought some for my daughter-in-law. I noticed the last time I visited, she was using them in her kitchen. You’ll find them here: Cleaning Cloths.

Microfiber Cleaning Cloths

 

Silver Polish

My absolute favorite silver polish and the only one I use for polishing silverplate or my sterling silver flatware is Hagerty. I’ve been using their products exclusively since I discovered that’s the only thing a very well-respected silver shop in Atlanta uses. They highly recommended it and I love how well it works.

They have several products. I use their regular silver polish found here: Silver Polish.

 

Spray Silver Polish

I also love their spray silver polish, it’s probably the one I use the most. I love how it gets down into the grooves and designs in ornate silver pieces that are hard to reach with regular silver polish. You’ll find the spray silver polish available here: Spray Silver Polish.

Tip: Always wear a mask when using the spray polish, just to be safe. I always wear a mask when using any spray products.

Silver Jewelry Cleaner

Hagerty also makes a cleaner for silver jewelry available here: Silver Jewelry Cleaner. I’ve never used it but since I trust and like their other products, I’m going to order some to try.

Silver Jewelry Storage Keeper

Once your jewelry is clean, this is the best method I’ve found for storing silver jewelry to keep it from tarnishing and needing repeated polishing. I have this jewelry storage system and love it! Since I’ve started keeping my jewelry in this silver jewelry keeper, my silver jewelry has stayed beautifully clean.  You’ll find it available here: Silver Jewelry Storage Keeper.

Jewelry Storage for Sterling Silver and Silverplate Jewelry

Another cleaner I’ve been using recently is this Honest Multi-Surface Cleaner. I picked it up in the checkout lane in Marshall’s and used it recently to clean the ceiling fans on the screened porch. It did a great job, I was very impressed by how powerful it was since it more of a natural product with “plant-derived” cleansers per the label.

I’ve had bad luck with “natural” products in the past, finding them weak and ineffective, but this one definitely is not weak. It worked great and with minimal scrubbing. You’ll find it available here: Honest Multi-Surface Cleaner.

 

If you have any questions about the items I’ve shared in this post, I’ll be happy to answer those. I think when this spring is over and summer arrives, we’ll all have the cleanest homes we’ve ever had! I can’t wait until things return to normal and we are too busy traveling, dining out and playing to have time for any cleaning. That day is coming! 🙂

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Comments

  1. Hi Susan, this is great info. Thanks. Do you find that the Weiman hardwood cleaner makes your floors slippery? I have nearly broken my neck after using certain products, lol. I have liked other Wieman products I have used, so I would be interested in trying it. I recently bought the leather wipes, though I haven’t used those yet.

  2. I was surprised by how many of the products I’m using per your previous recommendations. Looks like I’ll be online shopping for some new ones!

    • I’m so glad you’ve like the ones I’ve recommended. Have a wonderful weekend! It was so gorgeous here today, we went for a long, long walk!

  3. Over the years I’ve purchased several of the products you’ve recommended and all have worked great. Last night I was kicking myself for not buying the color catcher for a just in case moment. I soaked an antique red and white apron in cold water and a special antique fabric cleaner and it was looking great until stupid me ran hot water as I was rinsing the apron in the sink. The white part started turning pink and my first thought was, why didn’t I buy the color catcher when Susan recommended them! I left it soaking in cold water and the cleaner overnight. Hoping that works since running to the store isnt that easy now. I’m enjoying my spring cleaning this year. Plenty of time to be thorough.

    • I hope that works, Mary…know that was scary seeing it turn pink! You can get the Color Catchers delivered via Amazon. I’m been using them more than ever lately to avoid the grocery store as much as I can.

  4. Thanks for all the good information! I LOVE the Color Catcher sheets! They work so well especially when I’m washing any red colored items that tend to bleed a lot. I have also been a fan of the Magic Eraser for a long time! I remember using it years ago for the first time & saying that it was magic! Our homes are going to be so clean & organized when this craziness is all over! :0)

  5. Hi Susan, Thank you for all the great product recommendations, always looking to find ways to work smarter and not harder. You always give us the best information. I always look forward to your reviews. 🙂

  6. Catalynn says

    I use many of the products on your list and I love all of them…. I always look forward to your suggestions.
    I also use an item that I don’t see on your list and it’s a must have for anyone with pets, it’s the pet hair roller gadget that you featured a few months ago…. We have 2 long haired cats and it’s a game changer. Thanks Susan!

  7. Janet L Fisher says

    The Magic Eraser is great for cleaning build up on irons. Especially starch build up.

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