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Updated: Jun 2


white bin of cleaning cloths

It’s full steam ahead in the month of Spring deep cleaning at my house!!


If you want a copy of my plan, you can check it out here! (click on the image below)


Honestly, I’m a real minimalist when it comes to cleaning tools….I’m not one to run out and buy every new gadget and gizmo that promises to magically leave your possessions sparkling clean!

But there are a handful of products that I use, that are truly my go-to, “ride or dies” in my arsenal of cleaning tools!

In case you are making things harder to clean than they have to be, I am going to break down my must-haves right here for you!

(Note: The links in this post are Amazon affiliate links, and we will be compensated when you make a purchase by clicking through our links at no cost to you. Read our full disclaimer policy here.)

Starting with my #10, and ending with the top prize of “Magan’s Favorite Cleaning Product”!

So let’s jump right in with #10 on my list, shall we?


10. Hoover Power Scrub Deluxe Carpet Cleaner


Hoover vacuum deep cleaner

If you have kids or pets, then this carpet cleaner should definitely land in your top 10 of necessary cleaning tools!


Accidents happen and when they do, you can grab this bad boy and all evidence of the messy mishap will be gone!

In the high traffic areas of my house, I carpet clean about twice a year and then spot clean for smaller incidents.


Although it’s one of the pricier items on my list of must-haves, it’s much cheaper than hiring a cleaning company to do the job!


9. Cleaning Cloths

Stack of cleaning cloth rags

For most of my adult life, I’ve just used random rags to tackle cleaning tasks, because I just didn’t know any better, and then this year, I read a raving review about E-Cloths, so I decided to take the plunge and try them out.


I first started with the window cleaning ones, and I’m hooked!


Seriously, they make my windows so much cleaner with no streaking. I love them so much, I’m going to invest in the whole E-Cloth cleaning set!

8. Cleaning Brushes


Set of white cleaning brushes

Put down the old toothbrush…


I’m all for using an old toothbrush to help with some cleaning jobs, but there are specific tasks that require a bit more customized help…like cleaning window sills or sliding glass door tracks, and that’s where having a set of cleaning brushes is a game changer!

Check out this set of brushes that will make cleaning those hard-to-reach spots so much simpler!



7. Dust/Floor Mop


Microfiber dust floor mop

One of my first home cleaning product purchases was almost over two decades ago when I had my first home with hardwood floors, and it was this type of floor duster/mop.

Mine is so old I don’t think they even make it anymore, but it’s very similar to this one they sell on Amazon.


It’s great for cleaning up dust bunnies and debris off of any hard floor surface (laminate, wood, tile, etc)


6. Dusting Wand


Red dusting wand

For pretty much my entire adult life, I have used old socks or rags to dust because honestly I’m a cheapskate, but then one day I was at the dollar store and found a dusting wand, and thought, “what the heck, let’s give it a try!”


And I am SO glad I did! The material of the wand almost magnetizes the dust, and the long shape makes it easy to get into hard-to-reach spots…

That’s why the dusting wand lands at #6 on my must-have have list of cleaning gadgets!


5. Window towels

Window cleaning cloths

I loved the E-cloth window towels so much I gave them their own spot on my list. These towels were my introduction to the E-cloth line of products, and not only do they leave your windows and mirrors streak-free and spotless, but they also help the environment since they are replacements for paper towels. These are truly one of my favorite cleaning products...what can I say, I'm in E-Love with them!!


4. Cleaning Putty


Blue cleaning putty dust cleaner gel

Got dirty, nooks & crannies?

Then grab your putty!


I've used this nifty little cleaning invention in the cracks of my car console, on my son's computer keyboard, in the vent of my microwave...really any place I can't get a rag into, I grab the putty instead. It's also an inexpensive investment, so you won't break the bank on this brilliant tool for your cleaning kit!

3. On Guard All-Purpose Cleaner


I've been an oil-loving momma for almost 2 decades now, and I try my best to always chose toxic-free home supplies. That's why I use either Thieves or OnGuard all-purpose cleaner for pretty much EVERYTHING in my home. When you look at the initial cost, it appears to be a little pricy, but it comes super concentrated and lasts for years!! Plus you can use it for all of your sanitizing chores so you don't need to buy any other specialty products...this one all-purpose cleaner replaces them all!


2. Vacuum



Having a kick-a** vacuum is a MUST in any cleaning supply list, and you know this lady is just too cheap to invest her life savings in a Dyson, so I grilled the Best Buy dude on what brand was a less expensive option that will do the job without breaking the break. And lucky for me "Best Buy Dude" worked in a vacuum repair shop when he was younger, so I found the right brain to pick!! He recommended getting a Shark, for its great price point, long-life without repairs, and overall capability...so that's what I got...and I've had our a few years and I've been super pleased with it!

And now it's time to reveal the #1 cleaning supply on my list is....cue the fanfare...


1. Magic Eraser

Not only is the magic eraser probably the most cost-effective item on my list (averaging about $1 per eraser), but it also comes by its name honestly... it is truly "magically". Anywhere you have stubborn marks or dirt buildup, the magic eraser will make it disappear! I have used it on nearly every surface in my home...sinks, tubs, dirty computer keyboard, doors, walls, baseboards...you name it, I've probably taken a magic eraser to it to get it clean! It's by far the most used and most versatile cleaning supply in my home!


So what do you think of my list?


Top 10 Genius Cleaning Products

Do you have any tried and true cleaning products that I overlooked?


I'm always eager to try out something new!


Until next time cheers to all of your messes magically disappearing and cheers to you!


XOXO,


💗 Magan



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The month of May is literally right around the corner...


which has me saying...


"Where the heck has the first 4 months of 2021 gone??"


I seriously cannot believe that Spring is here!!!


So that means it's time to dive into some Spring Cleaning!


Can I get a "Woo Hoo"?? 🙌🏽


Okay, maybe you're not as excited as I am to get cracking on deep cleaning your home, so I made a pretty printable just for you to help make the task a bit more fun!


Printable 30 Day Deep Spring Cleaning Calendar


Simply click on the image above and print out a calendar to motivate yourself or help hold yourself accountable...and bonus, your house will be super clean and germ-free in the process...now I call that a WIN-WIN!!


If you just tackle one small task each day, by the end of the month you will have accomplished SO MUCH!! #youcandoit


Until next time, cheers to a squeaky clean home, and cheers to YOU! 🥂


XOXO,


💗Magan






Family pulling down their masks in front of Disney Castle

Hi Ho, Hi Ho, It’s Home from Disney We Go!


The Weber family just got back from Disney World in Florida, and after a year of intense lockdowns and restrictions here in California, the freedom and (semi) normalcy of our trip was just what the doctor ordered!

With a senior graduating this Spring, we knew this was most likely our last family vacay with the 5 of us, so we did it up in a BIG WAY, squeezing in as much fun as we possibly could into the 6 days we were in Florida with trips to the Magic Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, and Blizzard Beach…it was a DISNEY EXTRAVAGANZA!!


Although many things were just like the “Gold Old Days” (AKA Pre-Covid) there are some things that have changed and there are a handful of things I wish I had in my Amusement Park Survival Kit Backpack during our trip!


So I’m going to break down the things that are MUST-HAVES if you are heading to Disney World anytime soon!

Many of the items I had in my amusement park arsenal I’ve written about before that you can read here: What to Pack in Your Amusement Park Bag


As a family, we’ve been to Legoland, California Adventure, Disneyland, Universal Studios (in FL & CA), Sea World, Knott’s Berry Farm, Six Flags Magic Mountain, and a handful of zoos and these are the tried and true items that we cannot go without on our amusement park adventures! #amusementparknerds


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Disney Amusement Park Bag Essentials

1. Sanitizing Wipes

I honestly think that my pack of anti-bacterial wet wipes was the MVP of our trip. We used them to wipe down every table we ate at (because clearly the workers there were not doing it - eew!), and we also used them to wipe off our hands throughout the day! They are super versatile and take up very little space. So be sure to add them to your bag!


2. Face Mask

Minnie Mouse Face Mask

When we visited the Magic Kingdom and Hollywood Studios, Covid was still on the mind of most people, and masks were required throughout all of the parks we visited. Honestly, they were real sticklers about keeping them on, so be sure to bring yours with you, and you might as well look extra cute in this themed face mask!


3. Mouse Ears


So you may disagree with me on this one, but I definitely think Mouse Ears are a must-have!! I actually did not take a pair but my daughter did, and I gotta say, I think I look a lot more festive in them...what do you think?



NO MOUSE EARS 👎🏽


WITH MOUSE EARS 👍🏽

4. Hand Sanitizers


Mickey and Minnie Mouse Hand Sanitizers

Although there are hand sanitizer machines throughout the parks, I'd estimate they were empty or broken about half of the time, so you will want to bring your own supply of hand sanitizer! Look how cute these Mickey and Minnie ones are, and they can clip to the outside of your backpack to make them easily accessible!

5. Durable Backpack


Black leather mickey mouse backpack

As you can tell, this gal loves a theme, and if you are in the market for a new backpack, look how adorable this Mickey Mouse bag is!!



I personally like the backpack-style bag because it can get a little heavy and the full backpack style is easier for me to carry. This one also has several pockets for handy storage and convenient organization, and the outside pockets make it easier for quick access to your most used items!


6. Oversized Sunglasses


You'll be made in the shade with these cool sunglasses! I actually have this exact pair from Amazon because for $9.99 you can't beat the price! They have 100% protection against harmful UVA/UVB rays, and if you lose them while doing a loop de loop on your favorite roller coaster upside (or you are like me and set them down and forgot where you left them!), you can replace them in a flash, with very little money!


7. Leather Wallet Phone Case


Bringing your entire wallet to any theme park is NO BUENO because no one needs that extra weight in the backpack, and in case it gets misplaced you won't lose all of those important wallet items! So just grab some cash, your driver's license, and a credit card or two, and off you go!


I often find that I spend a lot of time digging through my bag every time I need my debit card to purchase something. This leather wallet phone case is the perfect way to keep it all organized, so no more digging! There is enough space for more than 10+ cards as well as cash and your keys. It also has a detachable anti-lost lanyard so you can hold your phone and valuables while on the go!


8. Portable Phone Battery

The Anker Powercore Portable Battery is always on my list of must-have travel items! There is nothing worse than being at a theme park with a dying battery, making picture-taking and communicating with family members very limited! It totally stresses me out just thinking about it! Grabbing one of these portable chargers will give you the peace of mind that you'll have a juiced-up phone all day long!


9. Emergency First Aid Kit


Our family's travel first aid kit has saved us so many times!! Accidents happen, especially with kids, so be prepared for whatever comes your way with an emergency first aid kit! I love this set made by Mama Bear Outdoors because first of all, it's super cute (priorities, people)!


And secondly, it includes all the basic necessities to sterilize and bandage small wounds, cuts, or scrapes on the go. You will be prepared for any health emergency your family faces. This portable kit is small and compact to fit in a purse, baby bag, or cute Mickey backpack while still containing everything you need.


10. Hair Brush

Okay, Okay, I know I'm a little vain, but I always take a brush with me to any amusement park. I mean, roller coasters can do a number on your hair, and you want to be sure you are picture-ready when the time arises!


11. Disposable Rain Poncho


Speaking of being prepared, I know you might think this is over the top, but I would definitely recommend tossing in your bag some disposable rain ponchos. Being miserable from getting soaked on a water ride or a random rain downpour has happened way too many times to this girl! #truestory


You can grab these pretty cheap at a discount store or order a family set fairly inexpensively from Amazon. It even has a hood to protect your hairstyle so you'll look glam all day no matter what water adventure ride you've been on!


12. Reusable Water Bottle


Mickey Mouse reusable water bottle

Do you know what is the #1 rip off at amusement parks??


Front-of-the-line pass? Nope.


The Photo Package? Keep guessing!


Stroller Rental? Heck no, that's priceless!


Parking? A very close 2nd!


And the survey says...Water!! 💧


Yes, bottles of water are such a racket at every theme park I've ever been to!


Usually over double what you'd pay at your local store. So that's why you need to bring your own reusable water bottle! It will save you a BUNCH of moolah, and it will help the earth by not buying all of those throw-away plastic bottles!

13. Lip Balm Sunscreen


Disney themed lip balm

Nobody wants chapped, sunburned lips, so be sure to throw some type of sunscreen lip balm into your bag! Still diggin' the Disney, theme? Then check out these Lip Smackers!




14. Waterproof Sunscreen


Amusement Parks are notorious for having rides that will get you wet and even possibly soaked to the bone! That's why just regular sunscreen just won't cut it! Be sure to bring a high SPF and waterproof sunscreen along with you!



HONORABLE MENTIONS:


1. Travel Size Kleenex

Sometimes those allergies kick in, so travel-size tissues are a MUST!!! 🤧 You can pick them up pretty much anywhere...Target, Dollar Store, Walmart, or just add it to your cart for your next Amazon order if you do all of your shopping online!


2. Ponytail Holders


Do you have the need for speed?


Well then, you better have some no crease hair ties to pull that mane back when you conquer the death-defying, inversion, loop-infused Rock 'n' Roller Coaster (who am I kidding, I would NEVER ride that...I'm more of a carousel rider! 🎠).


Regardless of whatever ride feels like thrill-seeking for you, you'll be glad you threw some ponytail holders in your amusement park survival bag. Goodness knows you've got to have hair that is Instagram-worthy no matter what you ride!


3. Funny Disney T-Shirts


By my estimation, I think about 50% of the people in the Magic Kingdom were wearing some kind of Disney t-shirt....and there were quite a few that were so clever! If that's your kinda' thing, have at it!! You won't be the only one wearing one!


There are TONS you can find on Amazon and Etsy...here are a few that gave me a giggle!


Funny Disney T Shirts



4. Extra Set of Clothes and Shoes (in the car)

Last but not least, learning from a few bad experiences, I'd highly recommend packing an extra set of clothes and shoes to keep in the car!


If you have some reason that your clothes become dirty, wet, and unwearable (yep, a bucketful of bird poop when I was a kid at Busch Gardens is one of my horror stories 😱) with a quick trip to the car and a change in the restroom, you'll be good as new and ready to enjoy the rest of your day!


Well, there you have it, friends, my list of Disney Amusement Park Essentials!!


I'd love to hear what's on your list!! Did I overlook anything??


Cheers to making magical memories with those who mean the most (minus any bird poop), and cheers to you!


XOXO,

💗 Magan



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