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Products and Tools I Use
for Cleaning and Organizing at Home

I am often asked about what products and tools I use for home cleaning. So I thought I'd create a page that lists some of the tools and products I use for cleaning various surfaces.

This is not an exhaustive list by any means, but it includes product I feel have the most impact and that I use the most. There so many choices out there I know it can get confusing at times deciding which product or tool will do the best job, and offer the best value. 

       Some of the links are affiliate links. That means when you click and buy, I earn a commission. But you can rest assured I only recommend products I like and use. 

Since I've tried so many of products over the years - some terrific, some not so good - I think it's time I share not only my favorite cleaning tips, but also some of my favorite products and tools, too!


Floor and Carpet Care

Dyson DC65 Animal Complete Upright Vacuum Cleaner

The first time I used this vacuum, I thought something must be wrong with it.

Shop: Here are my favorite products and tools for housecleaning.My hard-working Dyson.

I'd gone over a patch of carpet once, and on the second pass, I couldn't hear anything getting sucked up. With my old vacuum, I could hear the sand (we live near the beach) getting sucked up on second and third passes of the floor or carpet.

I peeked into the see-through bin and found my answer: Inside rested more sand, fur, and dirt than my old vacuum collected from the entire room.  It uses a patented cyclone technology that tests have shown remove 99.97 percent of dust, dirt, and allergens from the air.

This kind of power has made a huge difference in my time spent vacuuming, and how clean the carpet is afterward. It also means I'm now able to go an extra day before it's time to vacuum again. To get more information or to purchase this vacuum, click on the link below.

Dyson DC65 Animal Complete Upright Vacuum Cleaner

Swiffer Sweeper Floor Mop Starter Kit

I love these scented wet mopping cloths.

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I must go through two tubs a week thanks to my hardwood floors near the beach that are a virtual magnet for dust and sand from our usually open windows. These powerful, dirt-dissolving cleansers pull dirt from the floor and lock it away in the pads.

I'll often go through three or four of these pads on our living room alone! Because frankly, it's a lot quicker and easier than dragging out the mop on and bucket daily. To get more information or to purchase the Swiffer Wet Mop starter kit, click on the link below.

Swiffer Sweeper Floor Mop Starter Kit


Vileda Professional 10" Roll-O-Matic® Original Galvanized Steel Sponge Roller Mop.
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Mopping floors never been one of my favorite chores.

To make things worse, most mops I'd bought at the grocery store fell apart after just a few months - helping me to dislike mopping even more!

Maybe I am an energetic mopper... but still, I do expect mops to hang around for more than a season. I finally ordered a Vileda mop online. It has been able to keep up with my regular weekly cleanings without the sponge part of the mop disintegrating in the process. To get more information or to purchase the mop, click on the link below.

Vileda Professional 10" Roll-O-Matic® Original Galvanized Steel Sponge Roller Mop.
Full Circle Grunge Buster Grout and Tile Scrub Brush

My son and I are big fans of floor and bathroom cleaning with a stiff grout brush. Yes, it took him a while to embrace cleaning, but he quickly learned that the better the tools, the quicker these dirty jobs go.

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And I've come to realize a sturdy grout brush is probably one of the essential cleaning tools no home should be without. 

What I like about this grout brush is that the tough bristles in the center stand up to tough grout scrubbing, while the softer bristles on the edges make it safe for cleaning tile. And I don't even have to switch cleaning tools!

The easy-to-grip handle makes cleaning easier on us, but is tough as nails against the nasty grout buildup and mildew on bathroom shower tiles. To get more information or to purchase the grout brush, click on the link below.

Full Circle Grunge Buster Grout and Tile Scrub Brush

Laundry

Tide Pods Turbo Pacs 57 Load Tub Ocean Mist Laundry Ppacs Dissolve Hot & Cold Stain Remover Brightener Detergent HE
Tide Pods Ocean Mist laundry detergent is my long-time favorite.

Tide Pods (we like the Ocean scent) are what we use at home for two important reasons: First, because it works well on removing even tough stains without pretreating; and secondly, because it makes doing the laundry simple for my high schooler. (This goes a long way toward getting him to do his own laundry.)

They're a no muss, no fuss way to make washday a breeze, even when the kids is doing it. I've been a fan for years, and my clothes and linens show it. You can get more info or oder online below.

Tide Pods Turbo Pacs 57 Load Tub Ocean Mist Laundry Ppacs Dissolve Hot & Cold Stain Remover Brightener Detergent HE
Clorox Splash-less Scented Bleach, Concentrated Clean Linen, 116 Fluid Ounces
Clorox Splashless Scented Bleach

Bleach is key to removing stains on white clothes, and simply for keeping whites white. I use it on each and every load of whites from sheets and bedding to my favorite white terry cloth shirts.

My son, too, has seen the benefits of bleach (which he initially eschewed as too much trouble) when his dirty white socks came out of the washer with visible signs of the ground in dirt they had going in. 

Typical kid - when learning to do laundry he got my full speech on the wonders of bleach when it comes to disinfecting and helping clean towels and sheets and keeping white clothes white - but at the first opportunity, he ditched that advice in favor of keeping it simple. It only took a single load of ruined socks to convince him there might just be a good reason to add back that two-second task of adding bleach. 

You can get more info about Clorox bleach below:

Clorox Splash-less Scented Bleach, Concentrated Clean Linen, 116 Fluid Ounces
Bounce Renewing Freshness, Outdoor Fresh Sheets, 250-count Box

Fabric softener sheets are an essential part of drying clothes - unless you're the type who actually enjoys a little zing (static shock) when sorting and folding clothes. 

Fabric sheets eliminate static cling that naturally occurs as part of the friction inherent in the drying process, and if you don't use them, chances are your freshly-laundered clothes will adhere to you and each other long after you've separated and folded them. They also help repel lint and hair, and help to keep fabrics soft.

Another teen moment here: My son thought skipping the fabric sheets ("They make my clothes smell like a girl's!") would solve that problem. Until he came to me perplexed, with fresh-from-the-dryer clothes with static you could actually hear when separating them.

"That's why you have to use dryer sheets, Daniel," I gently reminded him. We met in the middle with my switching to Bounce Renewing Freshness Outdoor Scent fabric sheets, and him reaping the benefits of adding the fresh (not girlie) smelling sheets to each and every load. Mission accomplished. You can get more info or purchase below.

Bounce Renewing Freshness, Outdoor Fresh Sheets, 250-count Box

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About the Author

Tara Aronson

Tara Aronson is a native Californian. Having grown up in San Diego, she studied journalism and Spanish to pursue a career in newspaper writing. Tara, whose three children - Chris, Lyndsay, and Payne - are the light of her life, now lives and writes in Los Angeles. She also regularly appears on television news programs throughout the U.S.