The good folks over at CLR were kind enough to supply me with CLR Stainless Steel Cleaner and CLR Bath and Kitchen Cleaner for the purpose of review. All thoughts and opinions on the products are solely mine.
I love cleaning products and if you ever meet my children you will know why. My three youngest children are on some off the charts scales for messiness and destruction. My daughter who is the youngest should not be though. She just follows along with the boys and adds her own form of deviltry to our house of pandemonium. She colors and “decorates” everything she thinks needs to be made pretty. The boys though, they have some legitimate reasons for being messy. Both of them are on the Autism Spectrum and when they get into digger mode can ransack a room in minutes to find one Thomas train or Lego. My 9-year-old eats such a small amount of food due to meds not making him hungry and not being able to sit still when his meds wear off that we will let him eat just about anywhere to get some nourishment into him. This leads to food debris and spills in some unusual places. He also has an oral fixation that leads to fingers in the mouth and then touching of things in the house.
A bit more than a year ago I was able to start changing out some of my kitchen appliances. I was taking them from black to stainless steel. Oh, it was going to be beautiful! Bright, shiny appliances to help make my mini kitchen look bigger. Sadly though that did not happen. You see I never realized or factored in the fact that stainless steel appliances show EVERYTHING! They are always a big, bold testimony to your homes cleanliness or un-cleanliness. I can wipe them down and minutes later they will look like garbage if a child has strolled through the kitchen in search of me, a drink or some food. It’s so bad that I ban them from entering the kitchen when I am working on blog recipes.
I have tried countless stainless steel cleaners to help battle the unsightly messes my children leave for me and many of them leave the appliance looking cloudy or streaky, even when using the special cleaning cloths. So when CLR contacted me and asked me if I wanted to review their Bath and Kitchen Cleaner and Stainless Steel Cleaner I jumped at the chance.
My daughter being the great little helper that she is decided to kick things off right away. After opening up my box from CLR I noticed that there were purple Hello Kitty ink stamps all over the front of my refrigerator. I immediately went into ranting, freak out mode until I realized I was standing there with a box that contained Stainless Steel Cleaner. I took it out and sprayed it on the refrigerator. I immediately saw purple ink running down and smiled. I wiped down the refrigerator with a paper towel and it was shiny, streak-free and Hello Kitty free. I also noticed that it helped with the hard water calcium build up we get from the ice and water dispenser. Usually I have to scrub and scrub and scrub some more on this. She was also kind enough a few days ago to smear Play-Doh on the front of my dishwasher at night when Daddy got her a drink. I of course found it dried the next morning. The cleaner helped remove it with a minimal amount of elbow grease.
The Bath and Kitchen Cleaner was also a huge hit with me. I predominantly used it in the kitchen since that is my main work area and I loved how you hear it fizzing as it works on stains and messes. For tough stains I could spray it on and let it do its thing. I then just needed to wipe it off with a paper towel and voila, pretty kitchen again. My 9-year-old has been learning to pour his own drinks or get his own ice cream and sometimes he does it on his own now. Needless to say, I sometimes find dried dairy circles on the counters. I just spray this on and it quickly breaks up the stain for me to wipe away.
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