Monday, August 26, 2013

Favourite Cleaning Products

We're back for another week and I'm kick starting it with a post dedicated to cleaning ha!

I'm very Type-A when it comes to cleaning. Mess stresses me out and since I am the only one that lives in my wonderful abode (at the moment!), I really only have myself to blame when things start looking like a tornado has touched down.

Every Sunday morning for the past few years has been my designated time to clean my condo. I know for some people who live in a house or larger apartment, they like to space out the cleaning chores over the course of the week so they don't spend all day cleaning. For me, I have just under 800 sq feet of space so I don't have to spend all day cleaning. Sunday works well for me because I like to have a fresh, clean start to the work week. That isn't to say I don't clean at all during the week - I obviously wipe down my kitchen counters, do dishes etc.

Here are my go to cleaning products. Keep in mind that only one is truly "green" so don't judge! :) Perhaps over the next few years I'll start moving to more green cleaning products but for now this is what works for me! If you know of any green/homemade substitutes for the below products, please let me know!

Pledge. Good old pledge. I remember my mom using this growing up and it does not disappoint. I use it on all my surface areas to get rid of all that nasty dust. My place collects dust really quickly so this is a must use every single week.

Lysol Wipes. I love these. I use them in the bathroom for a quick clean up, faucets, doorknobs etc. Wherever really! They get the job done and come in lovely scents now.

Vim. The miracle product. Bathrooms, sinks - you name it, it gets rid of all the gunk! It has a really strong odor (hello bleach) but the wow factor makes up for the odor factor in my books! It's really cheap to purchase as well.

Weiman Stainless Steel Wipes. These wipes are amazing. Smudges or fingerprints are eliminated with this product. I use them on my dishwasher and fridge when I feel like they are needing some extra love. Method has a product similar to this, Steel for Real, and I am going to try it out when I run out of these.

Swiffer Sweeper Wet Jets. I'm on the fence about these. I've been using them for a number of years and although they say they are ok on hardwood floors, part of me doesn't believe it. But, for now, I'm still using them more for a quick floor clean up.

Vim Wood Floors Cleaner. When I want to deep clean my floors, I've recently starting using the Vim Hardwood Floor Cleaner. A month or so ago, I mentioned that I absolutely hated the Bona Hardwood Cleaner (to the point I had a splitting headache for the rest of the day from the smell). This Vim cleaner works well and has a smell that is tolerable!

Cerama Bryte. The previous owners actually left this stuff and man, it works wonders and is very gentle/doesn't scratch up the surface. I'm so glad I randomly was introduced to this product as it's not something I would normally purchase. I only use it about once a month on my stove top.

Baking soda and vinegar. Not shown in a picture but one of my favourite ways to clean my stainless steel sinks. Mix it together so it makes a paste like consistency. Smear it over your sink, let it sit for 15 minutes and then rinse it off.. It leaves my sink sparkling.

Greenworks Glass and Surface Cleaner. This is gentle, has a pleasant smell and can be used on any surface. I like using it for my bathroom countertops and my windows. Once again, it leaves everything sparkling. What more could I ask for?

Tilex Shower Daily Glass Cleaner. I actually just ran out of this as it's one of my favourite shower cleaners. I have two showers, one of which is all glass and it gets icky pretty quickly. A few quick sprays of this and you're good to go!

What are your favourite cleaning products? Do you use any homemade ones?



  1. Is the Cerama Bryte a Canadian product? I need something good for my stovetop too.

    1. I don't think it's Canadian! On their website they have a list of stores where it's sold. Highly recommend it if you can get your hands on the product.

  2. I am such a lazy cleaner! Honestly, if I grab the multisurface cleaner and some paper towels, it's a good day! My husband bought some multipurpose windex with vinegar and while I hate it on glass (super streaky), it does a pretty good job everywhere else!

    1. Haha, I'm pretty lazy too. Don't let this post fool you! :)

  3. I love that you did a post on cleaning products! I use everything on your list except for the green cleaning product spray but I will definitely have to try it out!


    1. Yes, definitely try it out. It's a great product.

      Thanks for stopping by!

  4. Sometimes I do baking soda and vinegar too. I also love the Mrs. Meyer's cleaners - not as heavy duty cleaners but just to wipe surfaces because they smell SO GOOD!