Favorite Cleaning Products - Furniture & Glass

When it comes to cleaning products, I have a few tried-and-true favorites, yet I can't pass up new ones as well.  What is it about the lure of a new scent or formula that makes them irresistible?   Yes, I'm a sucker for the pretty packaging - but, if a product doesn't live up to its claims or, at a minimum, get the job done, it's not a keeper.

Through the years, my favorite products have changed a bit.  At present, following are a few of my favorites for cleaning furniture and glass ....  

PLEASE NOTE:  These recommendations are purely my own - this is not a sponsored post and I am not being compensated in any way by the makers of these products.  

Now that that's out of the way, on to the fun stuff ...

Furniture Cleaner
For general cleaning of all furniture types (stained, painted, laminate, natural wood, etc.) my "weapon" of choice is Murphy's Oil Soap.  It's gentle, nonabraisive and has a light, fresh scent.  Just follow the container's directions and dilute in warm water.  Works great with a soft, microfiber cloth.  Can be used on almost all surfaces - so far, the only surface I would avoid is glass - I've found the oil soap leaves a streaky finish on glass.  

Murphy's Oil Soap

Glass Cleaner
My absolute favorite is a mixture of one part rubbing alcohol to one part water in a spray bottle.  Regular tap water works well for me and we have well water.  (Some prefer to use distilled water for home cleaning solutions.)  Spray surface and wipe glass with microfiber cloth.  You're left with a streakless shine and the alcohol scent disappears completely when the surface is dry.  A few drops of scented oil could be added as well.

Cleaning Cloths
Hands down, microfiber cloths are amazing!  And, they're available in all price ranges.  The cleaning solutions I use may change, but I have been using the same type of microfiber cloth for the past 10 years and have no plans of switching.  

They are Kimberly-Clark Wypall Microfiber Cloths and are generously sized.  Not a plush, looped cloth but have a very smooth surface and I'm guessing this is what makes them so effective.  They come in a pack of 6 and aren't the cheapest cloths out there, but I do personally feel they are the best.  

Great for cleaning all surfaces except for heavy-duty cleaning (only because I don't want to stain them!).  They really do last, too - the ones I bought 10 years ago still look like new!

Wypall Microfiber Cloth


Spray Bottles
For years I used the large professional/industrial spray bottles (plastic).  Great trigger sprayer and the bottles were good sized.  Functional, but not very pretty.  Then after seeing Martha Stewart's use of clear glass spray bottles, I knew I had to get some.  Found similar ones on Amazon and totally love them - easy to use, great size (16 oz.) and eye pleasing.  I keep a bottle in the kitchen and each bathroom, filled with glass cleaner (see above) for quick touch ups. 

Clear Glass Spray Bottle

Those are a few of my "go to" cleaning products for furniture and glass.  How about you?  Have you found products that work well and that you've used for years?  Or, do you like to try new scents and formulas?  

Have a great day and ... happy cleaning!!!


  1. I LOVE to try new cleaning products! I get all excited and want to clean my home immediately! Lol! I love my microfiber cloths too. I've had mine for almost 10 years as well. I use a lot of vinegar and water (mixed 50/50) for counters, etc. and I only use Bona on my wood floors. I could talk "cleaning" with you all day! :)

  2. Isn't it amazing how long the cloths last? Love those things! Have heard lots of good things about Bona for wood floors - we currently have all tile and carpet (bedrooms). I dream of wood floors! :)

  3. Thanks for sharing. I love the alcohol for cleaning too.