It's spring cleaning time, so here are some thoughts on a subject that I think about year-round: what can I buy that will clean better? Discovering great products doesn't necessarily mean new. Sometimes I re-find old product that are really great.
The best product that I have seen come on the market in years is the very familiar Mr. Clean Magic eraser, although you have to be careful what you use it on and remember to read the directions. I find it wonderful for porcelain tubs and tile. In the tub, just wet and scrub away. You know you are doing your job correctly when your hand slides across the tub or tile, or you can see the soap residue in the water and the tile or porcelain is smooth. This product can also be used for scuffs on paint, but try a small spot before make any big, sweeping strokes.
There is a new laundry stain fighter that is two products in one. It's called Resolve All-Stains. (I don't own stock in the company that makes it. I just like to talk about what works for me.) I have used that on stains in our professional laundry and it works quite well. It features an oxygen-based cleaner that is kept in a separate tube separate from an enzyme-based cleaner in the bottle, and the two are merged when you squeeze bottle to dispense the product.
Of course, when we get a spot in our laundry at the Spa, we almost always end up having to use more than one product anyway. So the idea of combining products may be old news to us, but it might be new to you. As always, read the directions and try it out on a hidden area before you sally forth on the visible stain that is annoying you.
Recently I came upon a new line of old products from bygone days. The brand is Carbona, and I immediately remembered this product from many years back. As I am always looking for new products for cleaning, I picked up the Carbona for home use and tried it on a sweater that had been tucked way in the back of the closet for quite a few years and had a spot on it. I used the Carbona and it worked. (Note: Carbona is available from online retailers.)
Another product I recently came upon is Barkeeper's Friend, a cleanser that is great on stainless steel sinks and pots and pans because it makes them look like new. It's new to me, but I gather it has been around for a while.
There are many air sanitizers on the market, but I think they just mask the smell. There is nothing like opening the windows and letting good old fresh air in to give the house that clean, fresh smell. I like microfiber cloths for dusting, but nothing beats an old diaper or T-shirt. I guess I'm just old-fashioned.
As I said, the more things change the more they stay the same. No matter what we do, I don't think we will ever be able to avoid good old-fashioned elbow grease to get our jobs done. But new, game-changing cleaning products are like “The Holy Grail,” and our quest is never-ending.