Monday, August 3, 2009

Members' Favorites - Tools/Products

Is there a favorite tool you use while cleaning or doing housework? Maybe a favorite product you couldn’t live without? Anything that makes your housework a little easier or more bearable?

Please share with the Members of Housework-Haters Club by telling us about your favorite tool/product in the Comments section below. Be sure to provide your name and Twitter Username so our members can follow you on Twitter. And please remember our rules about language…keep it clean! Thanks!


  1. Well, my favorite tool would be... a maid. But since I do not have that I will mention something else.

    I have a tote with a carry handle on it that I use to store cleaning supplies in. I pull it out from under the cabinet, carry it from room to room as I do my cleaning and when finished, just slide it back under the cabinet. I got so tired of getting upstairs and needing something from downstairs. This has worked well for me and hope it will you as well.

  2. Now, I would have to agree with Tracey that a maid service would be the ultimate tool would be the best, but reality does bite!

    One of my favorite tools is the little hollow-handled sponge brush for use in the kitchen, and the hollow handle can be filled with dishwashing soap. I can clean up not only the dishes with it, but can use it for various small cleaning errands around the house, and this little tool can be put in the dishwasher to be cleaned and sanitized.

    Another handy dandy tool is the squeegee, always excellent for cleaning glass, but also quick and great on mirrors. A plus about this is not just the ease of use, but also I can use just hot water and vinegar to clean, much easier on me and on the environment!

  3. My husband is a coffee fiend. It runs through his veins like blood.How he sleeps at night is a wonder to me! Needless to say his coffee pot and his stainless steel thermos get lots of use. After 5 years of just rinsing his thermos out everyday with hot water, he decided he needed to clean it out better.I had heard that dishwasher soap (we use Cascade granulated) can take the coffee stains out.So I had HIM ~ (it's his thermos, I drink tea) boil water and put about a cup of Cascade with the water inside the thermos. It sat for about 2 hours. When he dumped the black,black,black liquid out of the thermos, the inside was like brand new. Now I just use Cascade to clean his glass coffee pot carafe. It works mircles!!
    Maria Smith (Blairsden)

  4. The family is my greatest tool. When mom gets the bug to clean, the job gets broken down and everybody gets a part. We usually do one whole room, so there are jobs at all levels. It teaches teamwork, responsibility, and life skills. Everybody feels a sense of accomplishment and we hope that it encourages everyone to help KEEP it clean...Still workin' on that one :-)

  5. My favorite product is bleach. We have many pets and cleaning with diluted bleach seems to get rid of smells and dirt. I don't only use it for pet clean ups, I use it in the laundry and everywhere else I can. I don't know what I would do without it!

  6. My favorite cleaning tool is my steam mop. No chemicals required and only water! It works so great. I have over 2000 sq. ft. of tile and I HATE TO MOP, hate the bucket and changing the water, etc., etc., this mop is a lifesaver!I use the Shark Steam Mop. It's my favorite toy!Also, I only do my sliding glass doors with vinegar and newspaper. Again, no chemicals. It recycles the newspaper, and works great!

    Robyn (youdreamidream on twitter)

  7. Well,The one item I could not live without would have to be my spray bottle with 1 part vinegar and 3 part water!I use it for everything windows,tables,bathrooms and my soon to be husband's work shoes,hehe of course he doesnt know,shhh!Its all natural and safe around kids and pets,ooh and very cheap!

  8. I've become a huge fan of the swiffer (basic floor one) and the duster. Don't like the wetjet though...DOES leave a film even though it says it doesn't. I have 2 huge dogs and 3 kids. I use the swiffer constantly and it does great for quickies. The dusters really do trap the dirt instead of shaking it all over.
    I keep a separate set of cleaning supplies in each bathroom and area of the house where needed. In the end it doesn't cost anymore and it saves me leg work and toting.

  9. I have to agree with Tammy, the swiffer is my life saver, I have one that I use for my wood furniture and just spray a little bit of pledge on it, and makes the furniture shine, also I haven't scrubbed my toilets in I don't know how long..someone once gave me this tip...take 2 (two) Polident Denture Tablets and put in the toilet, let fizz, then take your brush and do a quick swip, and done, toilet is clean!! Works wonders..I do that for my sinks as well..fill the sinks (bath & kitchen) with hot water, drop 2 tablets in let sit for a few minutes and they are clean!! I am disabled, so I am always looking for easy, easy, easy ways of keeping the house clean...Decotta thank you for taking the time to do this blog, it is wonderful!! And I am so glad to be a part of it..!!

  10. Well I just received this in an email, and wanted to share it with you's cute and true..!! I hope you get a chuckle out of it, just like I did.. Ruthi

    > LADIES!!! Remember....a layer of dust protects the Wood beneath
    > it.
    > 'A house becomes a home when you can write 'I love you' on the
    > furniture.'
    > I used to spend at least 8 hours every weekend making sure things
    > were just perfect - 'in case someone came over'
    > Finally I realized one day that no-one came over; they were all
    > out living life and having fun!
    > NOW, when people visit, I don't have to explain the'condition'
    > of my home
    They are more interested in hearing about the things I've been
    doing while I was away living life and having fun
    > If you haven't figured this out yet, please heed this advice.
    > Life is short. Enjoy it!
    > Dust if you must .......
    But wouldn't it be better to paint a picture or write a letter,
    bake cookies or a cake and lick the spoon or plant a seed,
    > Ponder the difference between want and need?
    > Dust if you must, but there's not much time . . . .
    With beer to drink , rivers to swim and mountains to climb ,
    music to hear and books to read, friends to cherish and life to lead.
    > Dust if you must,
    But the world's out there with the sun in your eyes, the wind in
    your hair, a flutter of snow, a shower of rain. This day will not
    come around again.
    > Dust if you must , but bear in mind, old age will come and
    > it's not kind. .

    > And when you go - and go you must - you, yourself will make more
    > dust!

  11. i have found something i feel is absolutely wonderful. the scrubing bubbles auto shower cleaner is awesome. i recommend it to all. great back saver. =)

  12. Hi all. Being that im not fond of housework(maybe the least of all of u) im always trying to find ways to prevent it in the first place. Dont't know if you thought of this no one i knew did. Ive always been a little afraid of my oven (its dark in there) and was tired of scrubbing the burners.
    Then one day I was covering a dish and it came to me, why dont i line the oven bottom, the shelves and the burners with Foil. Now all i do to clean up is to remove and replace! So there you have it, Foil my favorite housework product!

  13. From @Shaboui

    It was on a trip to California to visit a friend of mine that I discovered my favorite cleaning tool the "Swiffer". My friend and I always take a trip to Walmart & Target when I am there.When I saw the "Swiffer" I was amazed. They had nothing like it in France. I was so impressed that I bought many to take home in my suitcase with me. After my housekeeper in Paris got sick, and I had to myself,I realized how great they work on floors. I showed all my friends. They all wanted one too. It didn't take very long for all the "Swiffers" I brought home to disappear. One of my friends even talked me into giving her my personal "Swiffer". Soon after all my friends and I started using the "Swiffer" they started carrying them in the French stores.I like to think that I was the person who introduced the "Swiffer" to France.