We recently reached out to you, our readers, to ask what your all-time favorite cleaning supplies are. We got a range of answers from vinegar to bleach and all sorts of things in between. Two cleaning favorites came up again and again — and to be honest, I'd never heard of them! I asked a bunch of my friends and fellow editors and they hadn't heard of them either.
Neither of these brands are particularly new; they've been around forever. And they don't seem to have big flashy commercials on during the Super Bowl or whatever. What they do have? Cult followings for being some of the most effective cleaners out there.
Maybe they're new to you, too? Here are two cult-favorite cleaning supplies you're not using — but should be.
1. Thieves Household Cleaner, $30 for 14.4 ounces
Made by Young Living Essential Oils, this concentrated multi-purpose cleaner gets its name from the signature Thieves scent, an essential oil blend that includes cloves, lemon, cinnamon, and rosemary. The cleaner is made from natural ingredients and can be used — diluted with water in different ratios — as an all-purpose spray, degreaser, and glass and mirror cleaner. It's safe for use around kids and pets and has a pleasant smell that people are obsessed with.
2. Norwex Cleaning Pads, $6.50 each
Norwex, unlike most cleaning brands, isn't sold at the grocery store or on online. It's sold through consultants, Mary Kay-style. So if you haven't encountered Norwex yet, it's probably because you don't have any friends who are Norwex consultants. (You can search the site to find a consultant near you.)
The brand started in (you guessed it) Norway and has been in the U.S. for just under 20 years. The mission of the brand is to reduce the number of chemicals you introduce into your home, so their products are marketed as healthier alternatives to other commercial cleaners. They have a whole line, but the cult favorite product is the cleaning pad, which is a disposable foam scrubbing pad that is comparable to the more widely known Magic Eraser.
Have you used either of these? Do you love them, too?