Monday, June 29, 2009

Maid, I mean, Mom Helpers

There are a few products that just make my life happier when I'm eternally working on getting and keeping my house clean. I have a couple of things that are constantly stifling my efforts. First, I have kids. Enough said. Second, I live in Enoch, where the wind blows all the time. Third, on the south side of my house, the direction the wind blows during the summer, there is about 3-5 miles between me and the next structure - just dirt between. I truly believe that I could sit and watch the dust gather on my furniture. Nevertheless, here are a few of my maid/mom/sanity helpers.

1. The Downy Ball. Many of you may have seen the commercials when this product first came out. It releases the fabric softener into the rinse cycle. You don't have to listen or tune in your ESP or anything. Here's the thing. I have only been using this product for just over six months and I didn't know that sweatshirts could get that "new sweatshirt" feel back after it was lost. Static cling gone, softness back, easy, easy, easy.

2. Pledge Mulit-surface Cleanser. This is a really great product. I used to try to clean the TV and stereo/VCR/DVR and then try to clean the wood surfaces without getting that cleaner on the electronics, etc or reverse the product and somehow I always ended up with a weird residue on something. And then, the next day...dust growing all over everything. With this product I really can clean many different surfaces (not mirrors or windows though...a little streaky) and the best part? It really does repell part of the dust that is battling for permanent residence. I have the wipes too but I don't care for them as much.

3. The newest member of this club is the windex outdoor window cleaner. There are few things I love more than really clean windows, and quite honestly, the whole move the ladder around and negotiate the ground to get steady ground, move it if you have a big window, etc, getting the outside clean is a huge task. This new product is fabulous. My mother-in-law bought it first and was happy so I decided to give it a go. I really does what it says it's going to do. My windows are clean, they aren't streaky and it only took about 20 minutes to get all my windows done. Lots better than the couple of hours it probably would have taken me. And my windows look just like a HDTV screen. Fabulous.

So, there are some of my favorite things that make day to day life around my house better. When you get a sec, if there is a product that you just love, please, share in the comment section. Every little bit helps, you know?


Amy said...

Thanks! I'll have to try those products since I love to clean :)

Mellissa said...

I'll have to try that multi-surface cleaner. We have construction going on all around us, and there is constantly dust everywhere. I wonder how it would work on my car?

Harmony said...

I love Folex, a great spot cleaner for carpets and upholstery. I've seen it take out red spills, grease, even old stains that nothing else seemed to work on. It doesn't look fancy--a plain white bottle with purple lettering--but it does the job. Available at Wal-mart and many grocery stores for $5 or less.

I also like Scrubbing Bubbles Bathroom Cleaner.