We are SOOOO excited to announce this new series that we are doing about our FAVORITES or the “CRAFTING CHICKS PICKS”.  Two times a month we will be sharing some our favorite products, traditions, food, vacation spots, and much more with you.  Hopefully you will walk away with some new/fun/helpful/nerdy things that you will be able to try and love too. SO…ENJOY, and PLEASE tell us your favorite cleaning supplies in the comments, we want to know ALL of the SECRETS from YOU, our awesome readers!

HERE GOES:  Why cleaning supplies?  I don’t know about you, but this time of year, i’m always looking for cleaning/organizing inspiration after the cluttery/crazy holiday season so here goes.

METHOD: Multi-Surface Spray-Grapfruit: “Smells so good, you’ll want to clean!”


FINISH: POWER UP:  “The best thing to happens to my glasses! Sparkling dishes every time!”



BAR KEEPERS FRIEND:  “The only thing that keeps my porcelain kitchen sink shining!”
Bar Keepers Friend


MR CLEAN: MAGIC ERASER:  “I know this is probably a favorite of everyone’s, but it NEVER disappoints and always gets out marks on wall, stains on my white sink and other unwanted marks.  Love it.”

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METHOD: Multi-Surface Spray-Grapfruit:  “This is apparently a Chick favorite. I love the smell of the grapefruit, it makes me happy!”


SWIFFER DUSTER: “I hate dusting but when I do dust I like using the Swiffer Duster with extendable handle to get hard-to-reach places such as one top of fans, chandeliers, blinds/shutters on high windows, etc. Plus it contains the dust and doesn’t make it fly everywhere.”




CLOROX: GREEN WORKS natural all-purpose spray:  “So I chose two different sprays because I use the Green Works spray multiple times a day and Clorox Clean-up a couple of times per week.  I love the Green Words spray since it’s all natural and I don’t feel like my lungs are falling out when I inhale while cleaning and the smell is fresh and citrus-ish and doesn’t leave a film on my countertop.

Green Works

CLOROX: CLEAN-UP:  “I use this one multiple times a week since its a disinfectant on my kitchen countertops and in the bathroom.  Even though it is strong smelling, the citrus smell makes it very pleasant.  Thanks to my friend Kierstin for the suggestion (yes we have the same name) and she is the most anal cleaning momma I know.  LOVE IT.

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  1. I love with the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser! Maybe a little too much in love with it. 🙂 There are generic brands out there that have delivered the same results for a tad less money. We use the ones we find at Safeway. I think Target has their own brand, too.

    I also use Clorox GreenWorks for my kitchen cleaning! My husband will occasionally buy a similar generic product at Safeway that costs less and smells worse, but I’ve discovered that if I add a few drops of orange essential oil to it the stinky smell disappears.

    Bar Keepers Friend really cuts all the stuck on grime that accumulates on our stove top when sauces spill over (especially when my husband cooks). It also works wonders on our kitchen sink when Mr. Clean is Mr. Dirty.

    I’m also a huge fan of lavender-scented castile soap when I clean the bathrooms. I prefer Dr. Bronner’s or Trader Joe’s castile soap, but recently I couldn’t get to a store that carried those products so I got the Method brand. I don’t like it as much because the top of the bottle is too wide and I can’t control how much I pour into the basins.

    In addition to the castile soap, I sprinkle baking soda in the tubs and sinks, too, to get some mild abrasion without adding anything toxic that might harm my children’s skin. I like the lavendar scent in the bathroom because it is calming, and when my kids bathe before bedtime I want a calm environment for them. (Um, theoretically it works. But also I like the smell so ….)

    Green cleaning books recommend making a mixture of castile soap, baking soda, and water, but for some reason that feels like too much work for me (insofar as I lack organization). Basically I’ve achieved the same effect by sprinkling the soap and baking soda in the tubs and sinks and adding water from the faucet. The biggest thing to watch out for is not adding too much baking soda or it will leave a white (non-toxic) residue.

    • Oooh, Ruthie, thanks for sharing your faves!! I really love hearing about what other people like–I’m way more inclined to try out new things if I know they are “tried and true”. Thanks for your list! 🙂

    • Spark*Amy Says: January 25, 2013 at 4:41 pm

      A quick rinse with scented white vinegar will take care of the residue! Love your product ideas!

      • Do you rinse with full strength or diluted scented white vinegar? I have a ridiculously hard time finding empty spray bottles to use for my own cleaning solutions and I don’t like reusing old ones that I bought at the store because it only confuses me with the labels.

        Here’s another dirty (ahem!) secret of mine: I sprinkle a little bit of borax into our dishwasher so our dishes will shine. We have hard water and for years I’ve been struggling to figure out what to do to remove the cloudy residue on our drinking cups. I tried white vinegar rinses to no avail. Then, I was reading the back of a box of 20 Mule Team Borax and saw that you could use it on dishes, nut rather than washing the glasses separately (I work full-time outside the home) I tried sprinkling just a little bit (no more than 1/4 c.) in the bottom of the dishwasher. Voila! Sparkly drinking glasses! I can’t tell you what joy this brings me. (Hey – I’m easy to please.)

    • COOL RUTHIE!!!!! I am totally going to try those things. I LOVE hearing other people’s ideas, I don’t trust advertisements, just moms 🙂 Thanks for all the input! You ROCK!!

  2. I have to say Mr Clean Magic erasers have changed my life! The just get rid of everything!!!!

  3. We love the ole fashioned products: baking soda, vinegar, lemon juice, Castile soapand good ole elbow grease. We do have a role of Clorox wipes under the bathroom sink.

  4. Kirst! Thanks for the lil shout out to my anal-retentive OCD cleaning ways! 😉 What can I say? I love to clean 🙂 My other MUST HAVE cleaning supplies are:
    Norwex rags, comet cleaner w/bleach for kitchen sink, lysol toilet cleaner, Febreeze antimicrobial fabric spray, Mr. Clean antibacterial concentrate w/ febreeze, and Bona hardwood floor cleaner. Here’s a great spring cleaning tip: Use a floor mop with a flat head with a damp microfiber cover to ‘mop’ your walls! I don’t recommend using a strong concentrate cleaner… It will leave streaks on your walls. Use a very diluted solution of a sink full of warm water and 1 cap full of Mr. Clean antibacterial. This is a great thing to do once or twice a year to remove dust, dirt and little cobwebs that get stuck in the corners 😉 Happy Cleaning!!!

  5. Aaaand… I use Caldrea essential oil products in my kitchen in Green tea verbena scent 🙂

  6. Thanks for this wonderful lists! It’s been very helpful. I’ve tried Clorox and it has been really a great all-around cleaning tool.

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