Our 2 Must-Have Cleaning Products

Staying true to foreclosed-upon fashion, our house was really dirty when we moved in. Not just sweep-away-the-dust dirty… more like hands-and-knees-scrubbing-the-tile dirty.

That being said, cleaning is so satisfying. While it’s hard work, with each scrub I felt I was giving our house a second chance at life! Here are two of the must-haves I keep around the house for all our hard surfaces.

Mr. Clean Magic Erasers


To clean anything light-colored, I swear by Mr. Clean Magic Erasers! They are literally magic. Just wet an eraser and go to work – it shines like new.


Mr. Clean Magic Eraser

Mr. Clean Multi-Surface Cleaner


Take a look at the pitting in the tile…


At first, I was disgusted by how dark and “dirty” the grout was… until I realized that it was literally dark grout!  🙄

I tried so many things.

  1. First, I tried a grout-specific cleaner – it didn’t do much and it smelled like urine.
  2. After that, I switched to Comet, but it had some bleach in it which didn’t agree with the grout.
  3. I stumbled across this article on using toilet bowl cleaner. I was really excited to try it out, so I bought the exact brand mentioned in the article. After using it, some chunks of the grout started breaking away. Nope.
  4. I had picked up this Mr. Clean Multi-Surface cleaner for around the house, and as a last resort decided to give it a try. Not only did it help the grout, it did WONDERS on cleaning the tile, which I realized was the bigger issue.


Mr. Clean Multi-Surface Cleaner style=

The instructions say to pour directly on tough spots, so I filled an empty spray bottle with the solution and sprayed the soiled area. As I scrubbed, I could see the dirt just lifting away. *angels singing*

What must-have cleaning products do you keep around the house? While I love this multi-surface cleaner, I’d love to go with something green or organic. Any suggestions?

Please note that this post is in no way affiliated with the Mr. Clean company. I have personally used and loved these two products. That being said, if you click an Amazon link above and choose to buy something, I’ll receive a small percent of the sale to help support the blog.

8 thoughts on “Our 2 Must-Have Cleaning Products”

  1. I also have just discovered Magic Erasers for the first time! I will say I go through them pretty quickly–like after one wall and a door, I needed to move on to the next one. I don’t know…am I not using it correctly or do they actually wear down? They do work wonders though!! Amazing for my new house. Great post girlfriend! 😀

    1. hmrissler@gmail.com

      Right?? No, they do wear out kind of quick, but I use them until there’s nothing left!

  2. Love. Love. Love magic erasers!! For my showers I do love …. What’s that called Hayley… I used it in your master shower and it did great… Dang sorry I can’t remember what it’s called, I’ll report back 😉

  3. Melanie Johnson

    I LOVE Magic Erasers!! We put our house on the market recently and I have used the erasers in MANY places!! One of the boys had drawn on their white bedroom door with a pen and pencil and it came right off with the eraser. Looked like new!!

    1. hmrissler@gmail.com

      It’s seriously a miracle worker!! I don’t even know what causes the marks, but it removes it. Good as new!

  4. Mr. Clean magic erasers are amazing and I have used them for years? My other favorite cleaning product for soap scum in the shower and tub is Kaboom! It works wonders in our shower!

    1. hmrissler@gmail.com

      Oh good call, Nancy!! We had a nasty shower in our Master but it cleaned up nice with The Works. I’ll definitely have to try out Kaboom! 🙂

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