Cleaning agents

I have decided to do a good housecleaning this weekend, and that thump you heard was my mother fainting up there in Michigan. Does anyone have any (a) tips or (b) products they swear by? When we actually could afford a cleaning lady, she was obsessed with Soft Scrub with bleach and Murphy’s Oil Soap, which she called “Murphy Oil Soap.”
God, I miss that woman. You came home and your house was magically clean. Anyway, I particularly need my hardwood to shine and to make the couch clean, seeing as we have 48 pets. Thank you, and have a sparkling weekend.

40 thoughts on “Cleaning agents

  1. For toilet bowl scale there is a scuttle bone type rock that will just scrape those stains right off. Cant recall the name of it though

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  2. I am a bit late..yay for being behind on blog reading. Windex (clear with vinegar), bleach, and baking soda. Oh (and I’m suprised this wasn’t mentioned) use newspaper for windows, mirrors, etc. It doesn’t leave white fuzzy linty things like paper towels and it doesn’t leave streaks.

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  3. Your comments or your posts… I can’t decide which is funnier. I’m on the floor. Okay, getting up now. I do not clean. I have a cleaning lady and I would carry a child for her if she asked. That is how much she means to me.

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  4. If I were you, June, I’d probably never be able to walk on your Mother’s floors again without a slight shudder at the thought…
    Most def Momma gets comment of the week!

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  5. June, Ther eis another Lee commenting on here who is obviously not me (unless I am sleep writing and making fabulous comments). We need to clarify who each Lee is, I think. Not for your sake, but for mine, of course. Which Lee was here first? Me (Jan’s sister) or Lee (no one’s sister, since she doesn’t calrify that fact). And is the other Lee a girl like me? If I was here first then I would like the honor of siging #1 Lee. (Who is self-absorbed??) I honestly don’t think I will be able to sleep tonight until these pressing questions are answered.

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  6. Can I just say that if ever there were a case for a regular person changing her name once she becomes a Hollywood star, it’s this: Eliza Dushku. It was weird when I first heard it, but NOW I will forever associate her with your mother’s preferred cleaning agent.

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  7. My favorite thing is a giant container of disinfectant wipes. Clorox brand, Lysol brand, generic, whatev (to quote you.)
    I go through tons of them (with all my kids and all their mess.) I wipe down the sinks, toilets, counters, everything with those things. Cause then I can just throw them away!
    Also, I have a steam cleaner. Which would make one think I’m all clean and tidy. But it sits in my attic most of the time. However, I hear it’s great for cleaning upholstery. And you can rent really nice ones for the day for not very much money.
    So, I’m thinking that might work great on your sofa.
    Happy cleaning! Oh, and love that makes-no-sense bitch comment some girl gave Marvin. Cracked me up!

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  8. Glamorous Wash by Tyler Candle Co. Use it to wash your sheets and your house smells wonderful for days,providing you change the litter box religously.

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  9. Taking lots of notes – OMG – Mom – you are the best. I will third or fourth Barkeeper’s Friend – the powder will scrathc shit up like crazy but if you don’t are – it will be sparkly clean!

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  10. Good one June’s Mom! Do you have any cleaning solutions that double as a treatment for hemorrhoids?

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  11. The best cleaning tip I have?
    Choose a really rockin’ sound track.
    I can’t help you with the products. I’m too paranoid to use them. I clean with vinegar and baking soda. They work!

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  12. Use WD 40 to clean soap scum from plastic and glass shower doors and acrylic tubs. Really. It works. Spray it on a rag and use a little elbow grease. The smell is a little gross but not toxic. Also, Mr. Clean Magic Erasers. They are…..magic, that is.
    Happy housecleaning!!

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  13. i love lemon windex, orange blast all-purpose cleaner and method’s grapefruit counterwipe. even if i don;t clean, it smells like a citrus heaven if you ut spray it around.
    be sure to fil up the tub with 1/2 cup lemon pine-sol and a tubful of water. that will smell like you have been cleaning your ass off. before you lie down to nap, be sure to plug in the vacuum cleaner and stretch the cord across the doorway. if marvin trips over the cord, he will think you have been cleaning quite a bit. if he actually falls, he may forbid you from ever cleaning again!

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  14. For the sinks I use Clorox with Bleach and for the tubs I use Comet. I use Windex for mirrors and Spic and Span for floors.
    You should see under my sink. I look like a commercial for New Jersey.

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  15. The shower was extra dirty and had a few crusty hard water spots in the corners so I had the brilliant idea to use muriatic acid to dissolve those stubborn spots. Then I thought a little bleach on top would make the shower really *sparkle*. Next thing I knew, the grout betwen the tiles was dissolved as was part of the drain. I knew I was not going to have a commercial success with this mixture when I later found a frog in my shower that had come up from the newly created abcess in the drain pipes. WARNING! DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME!

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  16. Please tell me you don’t douche with the water from cleaning the floors! I know you don’t – you couldn’t, it would be too, too…but I’m just checking.

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  17. The Works is the best toilet cleaner I’ve ever used. Like another recommendation, it erased hard water stains in a toilet we use rarely. And all the gross stuff under the rims of the toilets we use all the time. (I’m coming out of the comfort of lurkdom, that’s how much I like this product!)

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  18. I use vinegar and water for almost everything. I use baking soda on my stainless steel. Now here is my big tip. I drop TWO Efferdent tablets into my toilet and let them sit for about an hour before I swish with the brush and flush. I found this out when I was taking care of my granny and accidently dropped a couple into here calcified toilet bowl. Worked like a charm.
    Oh and CLR for your hard water stains.

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  19. This isn’t going to help for this weekend. Why do I always start my recommendations like that? Anyhow…get you some Shaklee cleaner woman! It is some good stuff. Doesn’t kill brain cells like that other stuff and it works! It cuts right through the thick dusty oily film on top of my fridge like no other cleaner. It comes concentrated so it lasts a long time. I have had mine for over a year and only used 1/4 of the bottle and use it almost everyday. Until you can get that…the soapscrub works. Ive heard that Mrs.Meyers is a good cleaner as well…havent used it tho.
    http://www.shaklee.com/00015.html

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  20. What you clean your wood floors with will depend on whether they are treated with polyuerathane or something or if they are simply varnished. Can you find out? I love Trader Joe’s window cleaner, Next to Godliness. It never streaks and you can clean other things with it too. I use vinegar and water on my wood floors and then it’s handy to douche with later.

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  21. I love Seventh Generation. Partly because it cleans so well, partly because it says “while you shouldn’t drink it it won’t kill you” I’m using quotes liberally there. I also enjoy it because you can clean the glass and the counters at the same time without worrying if the bleach and the ammonia have secretly mixed and will be a matter of moments before they kill you.
    The tub and tile cleaner has a lot of peroxide in it, which will foam up when it touches anything biological, making it a little entertaining, and the toilet bowl cleaner magically erased hard water stains that had been here since we moved in years ago.
    And it all smells like a tropical rainforest of something, not like burning chemical products with a scent of pine.

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  22. And another good thing about vinegar? If one of your pets pees on the carpet, soak the pee in vinegar. It DOES act as a neutralizer. I don’t have pets. But I do have kids. One of whom went through a period of psychosis whereupon she peed on her carpet rather than get up and go to the toilet. Glad she outgrew that one.
    I do like Windex, makes me think of My Big Fat Greek Wedding. In fact, I have a big zit. I think I’ll go spray it with Windex!
    To Susanne, I haven’t found your Nintendo DS, but I’ll keep my eyes open. And if you find a Canon Powershot Elph, send it on this way, ‘K?

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  23. Barkeeper’s Friend is great on stainless steel surfaces. Murphy’s Oil Soap is great for hardwood floors. I use it, but have to wipe the floors dry because we don’t have a sealer on them and they tend to wick up the moisture which can cause separation. Your floors appear to have a sealer on them, so the Murphy’s will work well. Then Windex is my standby for about everything else.

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  24. I second the Barkeeper’s Friend for hardware! The liquid kind, not the powder kind. That is the only thing that gets my 30-year old stainless steel sink to sparkle.

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  25. For your hardware: Barkeeper’s Friend! And I don’t mean Homer Simpson. Assuming, of course, that you mean shiny metal things and not your computer. For the computer, use some of that canned air and some disinfectant wipes.
    I cleaned three bedrooms, four closets, two bathrooms, and a playroom yesterday looking for a missing Nintendo DS. Didn’t find it. If it shows up at your house, my twelve year old would be most appreciative if you would send it along. Just in case you’re at the other end of our black hole. Couldn’t hurt to check.

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  26. I swear by white vinegar diluted by half with water. Vinegar is safe for the environment and is a natural disinfectant. I use it on all the surfaces in my kitchen and bathroom, plus windows and mirrors. It smells strong at first, but the vinegar actually acts as an odor neutralizer, so it fades and takes other smells with it.
    I heart the murphy oil soap for the floors.

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  27. I don’t have hardwood floors, but for the couch, are you going to rent a steam cleaner? I have an older couch and have never seen it look as good as when I used the upholstery attachment on a rented steam cleaner. I just used the regular cleaner that they sell with the machine (the one labeled for upholstery).
    If you have any tile floors though I love to fill a bucket w/ hot water, pour in a little bit of vinegar and make it smell better w/a drop or two of essential oil. Since I have kiddos at home, this method keeps me from worrying about bleach residue on the floor winding up on toys, little hands, dropped cheerios, etc.

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  28. I really like Windex a lot. It’s kind of a multi-purpose cleaner, and I’m all about using one cleaner to clean just about everything. Well, except the toilets. But counters, sinks, walls, mirrors, tv screens…yup, I love me some Windex. The clear stuff with vinegar.

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  29. Hands down, the best cleaner I have in my cleaning cabinet is Mrs. Meyer’s All Purpose Cleaner in zgeranium Scent. Love it. I use it on every surface in my house except for wood floors, and it smells divine. Not sure why they named it “geranium scent”, as actual geraniums smell like poop, and the cleaner smells more like roses to me. Plus, it’s concentrated and a big bottle has lasted me almost 2 years. Love it. On wood floors I use Method squirt and mop wood floor cleaner. It smells like almonds.

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