Best Cleaning Products for Housekeeping

It’s spring and for some reason, this season triggers my mind to clean all the things!  It could also be that I have been nesting as we prepare to bring our son home from China (read more about that here).  Yes, I can confirm you nest when you adopt too!  Whatever the reason I am in major cleaning mode.  I thought I would share my favorite cleaning supplies and how I use them around my house.  If you have a favorite, make sure to sound off in the comments.

SOS Clean N’ Toss Pads

These are so versatile and might just be my favorite cleaning tool.  They are perfect for cleaning grout and tile in my shower, scrubbing toothpaste out of my ceramic sinks and getting baked on food off my stainless steel pans in the kitchen.  The SOS clean n’toss comes with dish soap incorporated and are perfect for one time cleaning.  You can find them here.

Thieves Cleaner

This is my go-to all-purpose cleaner.  I use it for my counters, windows, mirrors, and hardwood and tile floors.  I mix 2 capfuls of thieves cleaner in a spray bottle and fill the rest with water.  Don’t let the cost deter you, it lasts a long time.  I have had the same bottle for over a year.  You cannot beat the smell and it’s all-natural!

Mr. Clean Eraser

Every mom’s best friend is the eraser.  I’ll never forget when I was pregnant with Lucy and quite sick, Vera took a purple sharpie one afternoon and made art all over the house.  Thankfully, Mr. Clean Eraser to the rescue.  I’ll grab one seasonally and just touch up all our woodwork and it’s perfect for soap scum on fiberglass showers and baths.

Baking Soda

I sprinkle baking soda in the sink, around the tub drain or on my stainless steel pans and apply some elbow grease.  It works like magic.  I also keep baking soda under my sink, in my freezer and fridge to absorb all those unwanted smells!

Microfiber cloth

This 2 cloth combo pack is all I use to wash mirrors and windows.  I also use a microfiber cloth daily on my counters along with my thieves cleaner.  You can boil them occasionally to get out added dirt but I usually wash them with free and clear detergent!  Just an FYI, for toilets or wiping up after cutting meat, I always use a paper towel paired with the Thieves cleaner.


This might be the most random tool I have in my cleaning supplies tote but it’s so useful.  Save your old toothbrushes or the extras you get at the dentist for tight spaces around the sink or tile grout.  Pair it with a little bit of baking soda to get into those hard to reach places.  Just make sure you keep it somewhere other than your toothbrush holder!

Cordless Vacuum

It’s insane how much I love my vacuum.  I asked for it for my birthday and I unashamedly admit its one of my all-time favorite gifts.  I vacuum all the time with 3 kids and it works so well.  I generally do a quick vacuum sweep after each meal to take care of crumbs.  There is a regular suction setting and a max setting.  The max setting has great suction for wooden floors.  The battery power lasts between 8-15 minutes but I do use it for most of my vacuuming needs.

Microfiber Dust Mitt

I use the dust mitt to dust everything from ceiling fans to shelves, blinds and those pesky little wooden treads on my stairs. The words of my realtor still haunt me that I would loathe dusting them, indeed I do but the dust mitt makes the process go much more quickly!  I use this one and wash it when I am finished.

Toilet Bowl Cleaner

When it comes to toilet bowls, I go with a bleach toilet bowl cleaner.  Call me crazy but I just want to kill everything in there.   My favorite is the lysol brand and I usually get a two-pack, one for each floor.  I just got new toilet bowl brushes at IKEA for 99 cents, Dollar Tree has them as well.  I swap them out on occasion,

JR Watkins Dish & Hand Soap

If you have followed me for a while, you know I love JR Watkins products.  Not only is the packing just beautiful, it smells delightful too.  It also lathers great and a little bit goes a long way!  I love to wash dishes with this soap and net (and put it in the dishwasher at night to clean).

Spring Cleaning Checklist

Like I said before, this season just makes me want to clean all the things so I created a complete cleaning checklist by room.  Since deep cleaning a whole house takes some time I broke it down by room and the whole process can be completed in an hour a day for 7 days.  Join my email list and get access to this printable as well as the rest of my printable library.  Sign up to get your copy here.

Cleaning Product Organization & Storage

I am all about making things as simple as possible and the same is true when it comes for my cleaning routine and go-to products.  I put together 2 cleaning totes with all of my favorite cleaning products so it’s easy to grab and go when I need to clean.  I house one tote under my kitchen sink for main floor cleaning and the other tote in my laundry room upstairs.

Simple + Purposeful Cleaning Routine

If you have a home, cleaning just comes with the territory.  If you have to clean, you might as well use the best cleaning products!  Now, back to work to cleaning I go.  I need this house spic and span before we head off to China.  What are your go-to cleaning products?  Do you have a cleaning schedule?  I generally clean when guests are coming over so the company is a great reward after the hard work!

Favorite Cleaning Supplies –

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Until next time, keep on keeping on with a simple purposeful life.
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