For nearly 3 decades I’ve tried every cleaning product under the sun to determine which cleaning products you need now to get the job done. I’ve spent my time and money on so many that didn’t work. Now you don’t have to! 🙂
The Cleaning Products You Need To Get The Job Done
The products below are items I’ve used with success for many years. I’ve made a point to try new products as they come out. But I have only added a couple to my list over time that have impressed me enough to include in my arsenal for the most difficult messes and everyday maintenance. You may have others you swear by and if you do, I’d love to hear about them so I can try them out and share them here! Reach out to me on Facebook @getyourhousecleannow and let me know what you’d like me to try for induction into my Product Guide hall of fame.
Learn How To Use The Cleaning Products In This Guide
In my book, Get Your House Clean: The Home Cleaning Method Anyone Can Master, I promised you a Product Guide with all of the best cleaning products and tools I have used with success, so you can easily recognize them through the links provided even if you plan to purchase them elsewhere. Please note: the links included in the guide are affiliate links. I may earn a small commission on purchases made through them to offset the cost of providing visitors with valuable content. Purchasing through affiliate links does not cost you more. You are not required to purchase through these links, although when you do, I really appreciate your support!
If you haven’t read my book, you will need to get your copy in order to learn how best to use the products included in this guide. Luckily, you can get it here:
This list will always be a work in progress in an attempt to bring you the best products and tools in my experience to complete the task of cleaning a home. I offer this Product Guide online so I may continue to inform you of any new products or tools I find that work well, long after the book is published.
Disclaimer: I am not offering endorsement for the products listed. They are products I have used, some with great success, and I share them here with you to determine for yourself if they will be useful for your home cleaning needs. You are responsible to find the products that work for you and for proper use of any products you use.
Guide To The Cleaning Products You Need
Bar Keeper’s Friend is the product I use most in my home and business. It cleans everything! And it doesn’t scratch surfaces when used with a non-scratch sponge or a microfiber cloth (linked above). I’ve used this on so many surfaces including glass, stoves, stainless steel, porcelain, painted walls, fiberglass, you name it! I’ve had success removing stains and scuffs with Bar Keeper’s Friend. This is a must-have in your cleaning caddy.
Scrub Free Bathroom Cleaner with Oxi Clean is the best, by far, of any of the bathroom cleaners I’ve ever used. It is literally the only product I’ve ever purchased that makes such a bold claim as to not require scrubbing in its name, and it’s absolutely true. It will make your tubs, showers, sinks, toilets, and fixtures shine. It’s perfect for really tough soap scum and water stains and regular maintenance too. I’ve used the same product in my home and in my cleaning business for about 20 years.
A Change To Be Aware Of
One thing I will caution about though; in the last couple of years (2020s), they have made a change to their spray nozzle that I don’t like. The new ones create a much finer mist, which may reduce product use- although I can’t imagine why a company that makes money when you buy it wants you to reduce use- but it also makes it more dangerous and irritating to use.
I have used this product at home and in my business for decades without ever having difficulty breathing or being irritated by it until they made this change.
I have saved several older style spray nozzles and just pop one of them on when I buy a new bottle of it. If you find that the newer spray nozzle emits a finer mist that bothers you, you can simply change the nozzle with one from an older bottle or get a spray bottle with an adjustable nozzle to empty the Scrub Free product into. Bothersome, I know, but totally worth it to use this product. I hope they resolve this issue soon.
These spray bottles have an adjustable nozzle to choose between misting and streaming product. For Scrub Free, somewhere in between will work best. This set has 3 bottles, so you can use one for your homemade cleaner that I describe in Get Your House Clean Now: The Home Cleaning Method Anyone Can Master, and one for plant misting!
A grease-cutting dish detergent, like Dawn or Palmolive ( I love the clean scent of the new Palmolive Oxy!), will go a long way to helping you keep your kitchen and appliances clean. Used full strength on really greasy messes to help break it down, this product will make your job much easier in the long run.
Diluted in hot/warm water or with other products like vinegar and lemon juice, dish detergent can help maintain your greasy and grimy areas much more easily. You’ll find my recipe for an all-purpose household cleaner using Dawn Ultra Dishwashing Liquid in my book, Get Your House Clean Now: The Home Cleaning Method Anyone Can Master.
Clorox Clean-Up works wonders to cut grease, clean grime, and get stains out of white surfaces such as sinks and counter tops. A terrific product to have around. Be cautious of clothing and other items you don’t want ruined. This product contains bleach and will remove the color from certain items.
Glass Plus is one of my favorite glass cleaners. It smells great and gets glass clean without streaks. A liquid glass cleaner for any glass or mirror cleaning. You can find the product I like here: Glass Plus Liquid Glass Cleaner
I use Sprayway Glass Cleaner for many glass cleaning needs. It works really well, has no ammonia, and leaves no streaks. It also has a pleasant smell. I often use it for all finishing work on glass and mirrors.
While I use Scrub Free to spray directly on surfaces for cleaning in the bathroom, I use this product, diluted in a bucket of warm or hot water to rinse my sponge or micro-fiber cloth in between wiping different areas around the home as it kills 99.9% of germs. The Cool Adirondack scent is my favorite and clients have raved about how clean their home smell
Pine Sol can be used in the same way as the Lysol Cleaner listed above. When you need a cleaning product that deodorizes and disinfects, Pine Sol does it all. It works great for tasks like washing floors, wiping down walls, cleaning surfaces and is safe on wood. The original scent of pine isn’t overpowering and it also comes in a lemon scent.
Lime-Away spray cleaner is great to have on hand if you regularly have to clean lime and rust stains from toilets, sinks, and fixtures. Test a small, hidden area of fixtures prior to using on the whole surface to prevent damage.
Liquid Gold is an excellent wood cleaner and fixture polish. I use this on wood furniture from time to time to clean and condition. I also use it on brushed nickel and oiled bronze bathroom and kitchen fixtures and door handles. It is, hands down, the best product to use to buff stainless steel appliances, don’t let anyone tell you any different! Liquid Gold spray on stainless steel is it’s best kept secret.
Be sure to get the aerosol can for your general cleaning purposes. Scott’s also sells a can that contains a liquid for polishing wood more directly. Unless you have a lot of paneling you’re trying to shine up, the aerosol product will better meet your purposes. We recently moved into a home with a whole basement of dark paneling and the aerosol Liquid Gold did a fantastic job giving the paneling a deep, rich shine to the wood.
White vinegar is a terrific all purpose cleaner. Uses include laundry, sanitizing counter tops and sinks, greasy surfaces, exhaust fan filters, weed killing, and so much more. Don’t miss my recipe in my book, Get Your House Clean Now: The Home Cleaning Method Anyone Can Master, for an all-purpose household cleaner.
There is a lot of great information about using non-toxic products to clean in order to lessen our impact on our environment. This is a reasonable and admirable goal to work toward. However, vinegar and baking soda are not going to care for your surfaces in all situations. And often, they may be less safe on your surfaces than the products that are specifically formulated to clean without damage.
You’ve Got The Products You Need- Now Get The Tools
I hope you’ve found my product guide helpful in navigating the complex world of cleaning product selection. We can be excited to begin cleaning our homes but be paralyzed by the number of choices there are for cleaning products! The products I’ve shared have helped me save so much time, money and effort over the years and I want you to enjoy the same. Reach out if you have questions about any of the products listed in my Product Guides.
Now that you have the cleaning products you need, let’s find out what cleaning tools will help you get the job done as quickly and efficiently as possible so you can get on with it!
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