The Heavenly Scented Seasonal Cleaning Product I Always Stock Up On

published Nov 6, 2022
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Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day has been making some seriously good-smelling cleaning products since 2001. (In those days, “Geranium” was a revelation; “Basil” was visionary.) Now, the company sells a dizzying number of scents, with new releases and seasonal collections debuting regularly. It’s a lot to keep track of — and while I’ve never found a Mrs. Meyer’s scent truly objectionable, I’ve tried enough to know that I prefer some over others, and one above all: Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day Mum.

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Mrs. Meyers’ “Mum” Scent Is the Best Scent

First released in 2016, Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day Mum scent is part of the brand’s “Limited Edition Fall Seasonal” line. Those include Apple Cider, Acorn Spice, and, new for 2022, the intriguing Target exclusive Fall Leaves.

As is often the case with such discoveries, I can’t quite recall when or where I learned that Mrs. Meyer’s “Mum” scent was the scent to buy. What I do remember is that people were devoted. Passionate. Resolute. (The company confirms that it is, in fact, a fan-favorite, averaging a 4.5 out of 5 stars rating, and a best-seller in the fall scent collection.) When I finally did acquire some Mum, I immediately joined the ranks of its fans. I love it.

So what’s it smell like? I’d describe it as a pleasant, generically floral scent with a hint of “fresh laundry.” It’s not cloying, and it satisfyingly mellows to a detectable, but subtle fragrance post-use. Does it smell like mums? Uh … maybe? Until learning about this product, I kind of assumed mums didn’t smell at all, their major contribution to the garden being one last gasp of blooms before winter arrived.

My favorite products are the Mum Scent Multi-Surface Everyday Cleaner and the Mum Scent Hand Soap. (I don’t use the Mum dish soap; I tend to prefer a more citrus-inspired scent when it comes to things I eat with and on.) You can also get it as a soy candle or tin candle

Whatever you choose, I am a big proponent of using it year-round, and I make sure to stock up on it every autumn. I suggest you do too, but act fast — those Mrs. Meyer’s Limited Edition Winter Seasonal scents will be pushing Mum off the shelves any day now.