Household Products I Can’t Live Without ~Beyond The Books

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This topic was suggested by La La In the Library.

This week we are talking about our favorite household products.

I have to admit I am a sucker for advertising. If I see a commercial for something awesome, I will buy it. I am not very loyal in my brand shopping. Here are things I have bought that actually worked.



These things are like magic! I buy them in a 3 pack and we always have them in the house. (i sometimes use the generic brand and they work just as good) These wipes have helped eliminate the scary sponge used for bathroom cleaning. They also work in the kitchen and dining room. I use them to wipe down counters, table tops, chairs, and stove. I used to use Handy Wipes in the kitchen, but not anymore!



I know what you are thinking? ‘Karen, you don’t have a baby anymore!’ You’re right, I don’t but I still have a use for baby wipes in my house. Baby wipes are pretty inexpensive and they are perfect thing to remove make-up. I refuse to buy make-up remover. A baby wipe does the job just as well. If it is good enough for my newborns private parts, it is good enough for me.


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I love pods so much to do laundry. These things have made it easy for my kids to do laundry without overusing soap, or getting power all over the place. I use Tide Pods because they clean better and make my laundry smell good.



I used to have a friend whose husband drove a grease truck. His jeans were always filthy from work, and she said Simple Green helped to get the stains out. My kids are genius at getting weird stains on their clothes. A little spray of simple green and the stains disappear. Simple Green is awesome at removing greasy stains from clothing.



I totally bought this because of the commercial. I bought one for each bathroom. It works.



This stuff is always in my house. I love that this stuff actually freshens up a room. I use it on couches, mattresses and carpet.


My little yorkie is not exactly potty trained. I love this stuff to make that stain go away. It also works on red juice and mysterious black stains, even when your carpet is light beige (like our was at the apartment). This stuff saved me from a huge carpet replacement expense. The stains go away and don’t come back.

Hey, did you notice most of my favorite household products are cleaning products? Four kids make for a messy house. I didn’t include any food products on this list, that would be a huge post. I also didn’t include any beauty products on this list (unless you count the baby wipes), since we have done that before.

What are your favorite household products?

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By | 2017-12-16T10:23:37+00:00 Thursday, June 30, 2016|Beyond the Books|13 Comments

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Mother, Lover, Writer, Reviewer, Social Media Princess. Karen has been a blogger since 2010. She is a US Army veteran, a medical professional, and the mother of four. Karen is the owner of That Book Store llc. She reviews books and shares mind vomit for this blog in her 'spare' time. Karen lives in New England.


  1. Grace @ Rebel Mommy Book Blog
    June 30, 2016 at 2:11 pm - Reply

    I always have Febreze on hand. I like how it makes the room just smell fresher instantly. I always have a multipurpose spray in the kitchen and constantly wipe down the counter.I also love the Mr. Clean Magic Erasure. I have to check out the Simple Green!!
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    • Karen Blue
      July 1, 2016 at 7:03 am - Reply

      I get frustrated with the magic eraser as it seems to crumble during use. I was using it for a while, only to clean the walls around lights switches though, oh and to clean crayon off the walls. Maybe I used it for the wrong purpose. It did work, but I hate the crumbs it left behind.

  2. Trish @ Between My Lines
    June 30, 2016 at 3:14 pm - Reply

    I love wipes for cleaning too, I know it’s probably not the most environmentally friendly option but they are just so handy! And I’m a Febreze fan too (especially their Lavender sleep serenity spray), it’s smells so fresh and it does actually help me sleep better
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    • Karen Blue
      July 1, 2016 at 7:10 am - Reply

      I didn’t think about the environment, I just think about my immediate environment. My kids are so messy, each one of them is capable of gross.

  3. Vicki June 30, 2016 at 6:55 pm - Reply

    I love Clorox Disinfecting Wipes and Simple Green too!

  4. La La in the Library June 30, 2016 at 9:05 pm - Reply

    I love Simple Green and that Squatty Potty commercial is hilarious. I wonder how many takes that took because of laughing?! Ha ha! I was pretty much addicted to baby wipes after I had Sebastian, until I found Boogie Wipes. Heh heh. I love the grape scented ones. 😀
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    • Karen Blue
      July 1, 2016 at 7:13 am - Reply

      Oh I never tried the boogie wipes. Baby wipes are so inexpensive. The squatty potty commercial is hilarious.

  5. Heather @ Random Redheaded Ramblings
    July 1, 2016 at 6:23 pm - Reply

    I love Method products as they are in lovely coloured bottles and they have a wood spray that smells like marzipan, which gets loads of brownie points from me!
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    • Karen Blue
      July 1, 2016 at 9:13 pm - Reply

      OMG, I love marzipan! I think it is one of those foods that remind me of my childhood. I didn’t know that is what Method smelled like. Now I have to get some!

  6. Valerie July 2, 2016 at 9:31 pm - Reply

    Omg hahahah. I don’t know why I am laughing throughout this post. I WILL HAVE TO ADMIT I had never used Clorox wipes until two years ago while living with my roommates. They are great. I mean they do smell though, but they really convenient for cleaning things up!
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  7. Shannon @ It Starts At Midnight
    July 5, 2016 at 1:22 am - Reply

    BABY WIPES! YES! I have said many times that I have no idea what I did without these, like, pre-baby! Sam still uses them for their intended purpose, but I really cannot imagine NOT buying them now. I use them for ALL the things. Clorox wipes of course for the few things too tough for baby wipes 😂
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    • Karen Blue
      July 5, 2016 at 7:55 am - Reply

      Yea I sill use them for my little guy, too. He still has major issues with pooping on the potty. Ugh! He would just poop on the potty he would be the perfect kid. He is such a sweet boy. I am hopeful that this school year things for click for him, (he’ll be a BIG 1st grader).

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