I hear everyone’s spring cleaning right now. I need to catch up! Meanwhile, I’ll dream of some of my favorite cleaning products. Here are some of my top finds:

1) Mr. Clean magic eraser… excellent for getting fingerprints off the wall; also good for cleaning sinks, showers, and stains on linoleum floors. I take it around to all the door frames and wipe those smudges right off. Get the deluxe version; it’s worth it.

2) Method daily shower cleaner (available at Target)…this deliciously-smelling product (it smells like Baby Magic because it contains one of the same ingredients, ylang ylang) is non-toxic, so you can feel good about it as you spray your shower after using it. The spray drips down, cleaning the grime off the sides of the shower, reducing my scrubbing to once a month. The added benefit is that your bathroom now smells like a clean newborn baby!

3) Shout color catchers … these wonderful inventions enable you to do a load of lights and darks together without ruining the lights. My teens do their own laundry, and often their clothes alone only make up one load, so these are handy.

4) Microfiber dusting and mopping cloths…the cloths clean so well, you don’t need much cleaning product. The mop cloths work on my kitchen floor with only hot water. I have a special mop that the cloths attach to. When I’m done mopping, the cloths go into the wash.

5) Swiffer wet mop pads…for those quickie kitchen mops when you don’t have time to do the whole thing but it needs more than just sweeping. Added bonus: they smell wonderful, and since they are more of a novelty than the regular mop, the kids like to do the job. Just toss in the garbage when finished.

6) Good old baking soda and vinegar: Mixed together in a paste, and plastered on for a few minutes or longer, they take care of a bathtub ring just as well as more harsh, abrasive cleansers. I like to clean the sink, showers, and tubs with a mixture of both. I also have vinegar in spray bottle with water (1/4 vinegar to ¾ water) as a non-toxic way to clean counters and other surfaces. And a little baking soda on a toothbrush is great for the dirty grout around my sink!

7) Foil…yes, foil! Crumple it up to clean the grill. Line the bottom of your oven with it to catch drips.

My trouble spots… I am no good at cleaning glass, and don’t like toxic cleaning products (which rules out ammonia). My mirrors are spotty. Who has a good suggestion for that?

Wife and homeschooling mother of three, Kim enjoys reading, writing, and watching old movies.  A self-proclaimed chocoholic, she also loves to cook and bake.  You can find more of her musings (and recipes) at thedaisymuse.com.