6 Overlooked Home Cleaning Tasks

Often Overlooked Home Cleaning Tasks for This Spring and Throughout the Year

Springtime is usually when people get motivated to clean, organize, and freshen up their house. Maybe it is because nature appears to be freshening up the outdoors with bright green new growth and flowering trees and plants. With so many people staying at home now because of the coronvirus restrictions, this is a good time for traditional spring cleaning and these six often overlooked home cleaning tasks mentioned in a recent article written by Elizabeth Mayhew. She is a “Today” show style expert and former magazine editor.overlooked home cleaning tasks - dish rack


Dish Rack: Although you put clean items on your dish rack to dry, the dampness combines with household dust, minerals in the water, and small amounts of soap to become a breeding ground for germs and mold. On a regular basis, you should separate the parts (rack, utensil, tray) and thoroughly wash each one using dish soap and hot water. Use a toothbrush (dedicated for household cleaning) or a scrub brush dipped in distilled white vinegar to help remove mineral deposits and mold/mildew. A pen-shaped non-scratch Scrigit Scraper cleaning tool is very helpful for scraping off mineral deposits from the tray and reaching the bottom of the utensil holder to remove the mineral and mold deposits there.

Sink: The sides of the sink develop a coating of soap, minerals from the water, grease, and a variety of other things that are rinsed off in the sink, including bacteria. Clean your sink with dish soap and water. Use a plastic scrubbing pad or the scrubber side of a kitchen sponge. Then rinse off all the surfaces. Mayhew suggests disinfecting the sink by first spraying on a mist of white vinegar followed by a mist of hydrogen peroxide. Do not mix the two liquid together. Spray each one separately.

Can Opener: Food from the can being opened often gets on the can opener. This applied to manual and electric openers. Wipe down the can opener after each use. Clean more thoroughly on a regular basis. Clean the surfaces of the whole device with dish soap and water. If the cutting mechanism on an electric opener is removable, clean it in the dishwasher. Otherwise, clean the cutting parts thoroughly. A Scrigit Scraper helps get into tight spaces and remove spots of dried food.

Trash and Recycling Cans: Any trash and recycling cans you keep in the kitchen should be cleaned on a monthly basis. Any lids should be cleaned more frequently. Use paper towels dipped in hot soapy water to clean both the interior and exterior of the can. If you can get them, household sanitizing wipes are also good for this task. A bleach solution of 4 teaspoons of household bleach mixed in one quart of water also could be used. Wear rubber gloves and don’t get the bleach solution on any fabric. Let each can dry thoroughly before putting in a plastic bag.


Toothbrush Holder: There are a couple more often overlooked home cleaning tasks in the bathroom. One of them is the toothbrush holder. Rinse the holder in hot water. Then use a paper towel wet with antibacterial mouthwash to clean off the surfaces and the inside of the toothbrush slots. If the holder has an enclosed cup, fill it with mouthwash. Let it sit for a few minutes. Then rinse and let the holder dry before putting in the toothbrushes.toothbrush holder

Shower Curtain Liner: Soap scum and and sometimes mold build up on shower curtain liners, specially near the bottom. Clean the liner by removing it from the rings and putting it in your washing machine. Add a half-cup of baking soda and a couple of towels. Run it through a normal cycle with warm water. The towels and baking soda work together to scrub the soap scum off of the liner. Hang up the liner to let it dry. If you don’t think your plastic liner would survive your washing machine, specially if it is a center-agitator model, lay the liner out on a clean old bed sheet on the floor. Use a towel wet with a solution of a half-cup baking soda in a gallon of water to scrub down the liner. Wear rubber gloves. Use a second towel to dry off the surfaces.

Remember to do these six often overlooked home cleaning tasks throughout the year. If you want to see the original article written by Elizabeth Mayhew that inspired this article, click here.

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Vendor Spotlight Features Scrigit for Scraping Away Messes

FGmarket Selected the Scrigit Scraper Cleaning Tool for Their Vendor Spotlight

vendor spotlight - bathroom cleaningFGmarket.com provides an online trade show to help retailers find good products to to carry in their stores. Each week, they focus on a different vendor that they feel would be of interest to their retailers. For the first Vendor Spotlight of 2020, they chose to feature the handy and versatile Scrigit Scraper because it has a multitude of uses as a cleaning and craft tool and also makes a nice gift item. The tool would be a great addition to the product mix sold by a wide range of retailers.

Here is what the article had to say about my invention.

Vendor Spotlight logoForget about using your fingers to scrape off unwanted substances when cleaning the house. The Scrigit Scraper is here to help you save time and effort while getting rid of adhesives, glues and even grease!

Jay Feinberg crafted the Scrigit Scraper to solve his problem of quickly cleaning small spots of unwanted dirt and grime.

“I do most of the kitchen and bathroom cleaning, and a lot of household repair projects,” Feinberg said. “I invented the tool because I found that there was no good small scraper tool that can quickly clean off small spots of unwanted substances, such as dried food, candle wax, dirt and latex paint splatters.”

Even better, the scraper can get into hard to reach spaces such as corners, edges and shower door tracks!

Scraping label off glass

Scrape off price stickers

Feinberg said that people commonly use their fingernails to clean, but that can cause breakage. Some even use screwdrivers but that just scratches the surfaces that need to be cleaned. The Scrigit Scraper’s unique cylindrical shape makes it easy to hold and carry, and the rounded or flat edges fit perfectly into edges and grooves.

Scrigit Scraper is great during any time of year, and the perfect unique gift. The tool is extremely versatile and provides a quick, safe, and convenient way to get rid of messes. Keep it in the kitchen, bathroom, car, workshop, boat, pocket, or purse and never be left cleaning up with your hands again!

The Scrigit Scraper is made of a durable plastic called Eastman Tritan, which is similar in hardness to a fingernail. This makes it safe to use on most household or automotive surfaces. The plastic is softer than acrylic plastic, meaning the Scrigit Scraper can clean Plexiglass windows or other acrylic plastic surfaces. It can be easily cleaned with just soap and water and can also be used with common household cleaners, even those with ammonia. It is resistant to paint thinner, Goo Gone, gasoline, and acids, making it flexible for any cleaning situation.Scrigit Scraper packages

Use the Scrigit Scraper for any and all cleaning needs around the house and never break fingernails or cause scratches again. And check back soon for a new product; the Scrigit Scraper team has a new introduction early this year! For the original Vendor Spotlight article, click here.

About FGmarket.com

Founded in 2003, FGmarket emerged as an online trade show for wholesalers and suppliers across the country. The idea was to give those who independently own retail stores and unique boutiques a way to connect with suppliers and wholesalers that meet their needs.  An average of 20,000 visitors search through FGmarket’s community of wholesalers per day to find everything they need for their business.

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Handy Gadget for Holiday Crafts and Stocking Stuffers

Use Scrigit Scrapers for Holiday Crafts and Stocking Stuffers People will Love

Are you making your own holiday crafts for your own house or to give as gifts? Are you looking for clever gadgets to use as stocking stuffers that people will find really useful?Scrigits for stocking stuffers

Craft Projects

If you enjoy creating your own holiday crafts, such as gingerbread houses, tree ornaments, candle holders and many more, the pen-shaped non-scratch Scrigit Scraper is a really handy tool. Actually, it is two tools in one.

One end has a unique rounded tip similar in shape to a fingernail. This can be used instead of your fingernail as a scratch-free scraper to remove adhesive stickers, labels and tape. It can also be used to scrape off small spots of dried food, latex paint, glue and various crafting materials without damaging your fingernails. This shape also makes nice U-shaped impressions in clay and other substances to simulate roof shingles, leaves on trees, fish scales, and many more.Shaping clay Christmas tree with Scrigit Scraper

The other tip of the tool has a flat edge that can be used for such things as removing excess wet glue or paint. It is also very good for cleaning along edges, grooves, and corners. Both tips are great for shaping clay and Play-Doh.


Stocking Stuffers

If you are looking for ideas for stocking stuffers, consider packages of Scrigit Scrapers. Both men and women would consider this handy tool a welcome gift because Scrigits have hundreds of uses. The pen-shaped tool provides a quick, safe and convenient way to clean up around the house and the interior and exterior of vehicles. Cooks can use the tool to clean up dried food on stove tops, counter tops and bakeware. People who like to tackle DIY projects around the house will find a wide range of uses for Scrigits. As described above, the pen-shaped Scrigit is also a versatile tool for arts and crafts projects.Gingerbread house with Scrigit Scraper

Scrigit Scrapers come in 2-packs and 5-packs that are just the right size to use for stocking stuffers and in gift baskets. Your friends and relatives will thank you for giving them something so useful.

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Fall Cleaning Guide for Busy Moms

Fall Cleaning Guide Provides Ideas and Tips for a Clean House

After a summer of outdoor activities with the kids running in and out of the house all of the time, it is time to freshen up the inside of your house for the upcoming holiday season. Blogger Jennifer, The Intentional Mom, has created a fall cleaning guide and even provides a printable checklist. As a mother of 9 children, as well as a blogger, author and writer, she had to become a master of cleaning and organizing. She must get a lot done in as little time as possible.fall cleaning guide supplies

In her recent blog about fall cleaning, she provides some easy fall cleaning ideas and tips that are perfect for busy moms (and dads). Here are some of Jennifer’s thoughts from her fall cleaning guide.

The Right Tools

Having the right tools and supplies makes the cleaning process faster and easier while achieving better results. One of these tools is the pen-shaped non-scratch Scrigit Scraper. Jennifer describes the Scrigit Scraper as “my favorite cleaning tool of all time.” The tool is great for removing adhesive stickers, labels and tape. It is also very effective for removing dried food, dirt and grime from counter tops, floors, edges, corners, and grooves. It can get into tight spaces that your fingers can’t reach while keeping your fingers from getting cut, preventing your fingernails from getting damaged, and eliminating that awful feeling of gunk stuck under your fingernails.

Note that Jennifer discovered the benefits of using Scrigit Scrapers on her own. Then she approached me – Jay, the inventor of the tool – about sponsoring some of her cleaning blog posts. All of the opinions she expresses in the article are her own.

dog on couchClean Your Upholstered Furniture

Having your doors and windows open during the summer allows a lot of dust to enter the house and settle on everything. Along with cleaning the floors, you should also clean your upholstered furniture. Start by removing all removable pillows and cushions (and any dogs and cats). Check underneath the cushions and particularly in the crevices along the sides and back for lost food, pens, coins, and other objects.  Use a vacuum cleaner with a hose and a crevice tool to thoroughly clean out all the crevices. Then use a wide-mouth upholstery tool on the hose to vacuum the flat  part of the base where the cushions normally rest, the back, the arms, and all the surfaces of the cushions. This surface vacuuming goes rather quickly since the vacuum cleaner is doing most of the work. Then put the couch back together.

Smoke Detectors

Carefully remove each smoke detector from its mounting bracket. Check the date of manufacture on the bottom. It the unit is more than 10 years old or does not have a date (which means it is over 10 years old) replace the smoke detector. They become unreliable after 10 years even if the test button causes it to beep. For units under 10 years old, carefully remove dust from the exterior and vent openings using a brush tool on the vacuum hose. Use a damp cloth and a Scrigit Scraper to clean off any dust and grime left on the surface and in the vent openings. Install a fresh battery and reattach the detector to its mounting bracket.

Scrigit cleaning slider tracksWindows

Fall is a good time to clean windows because you can open the windows without it being too hot or cold outside. Start by vacuuming loose dirt from the window tracks. Gather a supply of clean, soft absorbent rags or microfiber cloths. You can make your own window washing solution in a clean bucket using 1 to 2 teaspoons of liquid dishwashing soap or 2 to 3 tablespoons of vinegar or clear household ammonia in a gallon of warm water. You can also combine the liquid soap with either the vinegar or ammonia. You can also use commercial window cleaning sprays. For dirty outside windows, a wet a rag with the cleaning solution from the bucket works best because you can keep rinsing off the rag in the cleaning solution. Then use a dry rag to clean the window. On inside surfaces, use either the wet rag technique or spray on window cleaner then wipe with a dry rag. Use a Scrigit Scraper to clean off any spots that don’t easily come off with the window cleaner, such as bird droppings and latex paint splatters. Use a Scrigit Scraper to clean sliding window and door tracks along with a cleaning solution. You can use this method HERE.


By the fall, your refrigerator probably contains a lot of noticeably spoiled or outdated foods. Go through everything in the refrigerator to get rid of the old stuff and make room the food you will need to store for Thanksgiving and other holiday meals. Take out the drawers and shelves to wash then in the kitchen sink, if possible. Use a Scrigit Scraper to safely remove spots of dried food from the plastic and glass surfaces. Use the tool to remove the grime that builds up along the edges of the plastic frames around glass shelves. Remember to clean the crumbs and dirt out of the top of the door gaskets. The editors of Real Simple magazine named the Scrigit Scraper as one of their favorite tools for cleaning refrigerators and other kitchen cleaning tasks.

The Intentional Mom’s fall cleaning guide also includes ceiling fans, bathroom fans, and dryer vents. Links to other cleaning topics are also included. See Easy Fall Cleaning Ideas for Busy Moms for more details and a free printable checklist. Check out Jennifer’s blog for a wide range of useful information at TheIntentionalMom.com.

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5 Handiest Household Inventions Under $20

Scrigit Scraper Included in Post on 37 of the Handiest Household Inventions

In a recent post, writer Allison Hart picked out 37 of the handiest household inventions on Amazon for under $20. “A few well conceived, clever gadgets can make all the little every day things you do a bit more convenient,” stated Allison. “From cleaning products to travel tricks to kitchen gadgets, a little innovation can go a long way towards making your life easier.”

In my opinion, here are 5 of the handiest household inventions on the list. One is also the wackiest but could be very handy for some people. A link to the complete list, which includes links to the products, is included at the end of this post.

Scrigit removing label - handiest household inventionScrigit Scraper

Once again*, the Scrigit Scraper was chosen as one of the writer’s favorite gadgets. The pen-shaped non-scratch Scrigit Scraper has a wide range of uses from removing adhesive labels to cleaning in the kitchen, bathroom and throughout the house. It can also be used for cleaning your cars and for working on craft projects. “Sticky adhesive labels on glass or plastics, hard water stains, and dried paint on your windows or switch plates are no match for the Scrigit Scraper,” said Allison. ” This handy cleaning tool can also reach into otherwise unreachable places.” (*Scrigit was also a featured product in 31 Kitchen Gadgets That Might Have Been Invented by a Genius.)

mini heaterBrightown Personal Portable Mini Heater

If you work in a cold office at your place of employment (or even a home office) or have a cold room in your house, you will really like this personal portable ceramic mini heater. At only 6 inches tall, this attractive little heater will keep you warm while taking up very little space.


Angled Measuring Cup

angled measuring cup - handiest household inventionsWhen you use a standard measuring cup, you have to pour the liquid, stop pouring, bend over, and then look at the cup from the side to accurately see how much is in the cup. With this cleverly designed Angled Measuring Cup from OXO, you can read the volume measurements as you pour from a standing position.

outlet shelf - handiest household inventionsEchogear Outlet Shelf

So many household gadgets need to be plugged in these days. Often the only available outlet is not by a table or there is not enough space near the outlet for another gadget. the Outlet Shelf easily replaces the outlet wall plate and provided a space above the outlet to put your electronic gadget.

Runaway wheeled alarm clockClocky Runaway Alarm Clock

The wackiest product is the Runaway Alarm Clock. If you have problems waking up in the morning and getting out of bed before falling back to sleep, then this is the product for you. This clock makes you get out of bed and chase it around the room in order to turn off the alarm.

To see the whole post with the handiest household inventions, go to 37 of the Handiest Inventions on Amazon Under $20. And thank you Allison for including the Scrigit Scraper in this select grouping.

Thanks for reading this post.

Jay, inventor of the Scrigit Scraper

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10 Handiest Kitchen Gadgets for Cooking & Cleaning

Scrigit Scraper Included in Post as One of the Handiest Kitchen Gadgets

In a recent post, writer Abi Travis identified 31 of the handiest kitchen gadgets for cooking and cleaning that “might have been invented by a genius.” “There’s no better place for gadgets than in the kitchen,” stated Abi. “There are so many tasks that can be made easier with specialized gadgets. And they’re actually fun to use!” The products range from the practical – stainless steel straws – to the fun but frivolous –  a special toaster that can cook hot dogs and toast the buns at the same time. One of her favorite products is the Scrigit Scraper cleaning tool. As the inventor of the Scrigit, I am very happy to be included in this list.

From my perspective, here are 10 of best kitchen gadgets on the list. They are in the same order as in the complete list. A link to the complete list, which includes links to the products, is included at the end of this post.

Nano Glove

This is a duster shaped like a glove. The fabric will capture dust, dirt, liquid, and grime.

Splash PaddyKitchen Paddy - handiest kitchen gadgets

Abi has the same problem with her kitchen sink as I have. Water either splashes your shirt directly as you are washing items or builds up on the front edge of counter. Then when you lean against the counter, you get a big wet spot on your clothes. The Splash Paddy is a clear, flexible plastic shield that will keep you from getting splashed. Somehow, it will roll up when not in use.

Scrigit Scraper

While most of the items on the list are very specialized, the pen-shaped non-scratch Scrigit Scraper has a wide range of uses for cleaning in the kitchen, bathroom and throughout the house. It can also be used for cleaning your cars and for working on craft projects. “You know when you’re cleaning a small area and find yourself wishing you had something tiny to scrape away the gunk? That’s where the Scrigit comes in,” stated Abi.

Syrup Dispensersyrup dispenser kitchen gadget

Whether at a restaurant or at home, anytime you have to pour pancake syrup or honey from a container, some drips down the front and ends up getting the container all sticky. This unique syrup container puts the dispenser opening at the bottom. A special stand holds the dispenser when not in use.

Dishwashing Gloves

If you where gloves for washing dishes, glasses and cookware, here is an improved version. The palms and fingers are covered with tiny bristles made out of the same silicone material as the gloves. These bristles provide scrubbing action to speed up the cleaning process. Of course if you have stuck-on food or need to clean out grooves or in tight spaces, a Scrigit Scraper is still needed.

Silicone Baking Mats

These mats provide a non-stick layer between the pan and whatever your are baking. And they are reusable.

Jokari Baggy RacksKitchen gadgets - Jokari baggy rack

These clever racks hold open plastic food storage bags in an upright position, so you don’t need three hands to fill them.

Grill Mats

These mats are made out of a thin material that won’t melt at normal outdoor grill temperatures. They are great for grilling foods that would typically stick to the grates or fall apart and drop through the grates.

Cut Resistant Gloves

If you have a tendency to cut yourself with cutting up food, these gloves will protect your hands from most cuts.Handiest kitchen gadgets - Staybowlizer


This clever silicone device holds a bowl or another pot steady over another pot when you need to create a double boiler for doing something like melting chocolate. The device can also hold a bowl or pot steady on your counter so you can stir and add ingredients without needing a third hand to hold the container steady.

 kitchen gadgets - Spiral sausage cutterThe oddest gadget is a Cyclone Sausage Cutter. “Use one of these handy doodads to easily spiralize your hot dogs and sausages for a better grilling experience.” I had never heard of spiralizing your hotdogs.

To see the whole post with the handiest kitchen gadgets, go to 31 Kitchen Gadgets That Might Have Been Invented by a Genius. And thank you Abi for including the Scrigit Scraper in this select grouping.

Thanks for reading this post.

Jay, inventor of the Scrigit Scraper



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Garage Cleaning – Reclaim Your Space

Step-by-Step Guide for Garage Cleaning

Garages can become filled with all kinds of stuff faster than any room in the house. The basement is a close second, but you have to carry the items down the stairs. It is much easier to put things in the garage. From the day you begin moving into your house, the garage starts accumulating boxes of household items, deliveries of new items, bicycles, toys, gardening supplies and tools, yard maintenance equipment, auto maintenance supplies, and so much more. If you want to keep your car or cars in the garage, regular garage cleaning is essential.

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Fortunately, cleaning and organizing expert Donna Smallin Kuper recently posted an article on her blog that presents a step-by-step plan for cleaning your garage. According to the article, “With a few simple organization ideas, tidying up your garage and keeping it neat and clean is not only possible, it’s very doable.” Here is a summary.

Declutter First
  • Pick a starting point and then go through every single item and sort into four piles – Keep, Donate, Sell, Toss. A good tip for judging which items to let go of is to ask yourself, Have I used this in the past year? If your answer is no, then it’s time to get rid of it. (Of course, some things in a garage are used less frequently, so you might want to increase the time frame to 3 or even 5 years.)
  • You might hate to let go of things that you spent a lot of money on. Keep in mind that the money has already been spent. Whether you keep the item (and never use it) or let it go, the money spent on it is not coming back.  It’s best to just let go and gain extra space in the garage.
  • Trash or recycle items you’ve decided to toss.
  • If you have hazardous materials, like oil, insecticides, paint, solvents, that you don’t need, check with your local city or county government to see how to properly dispose of these materials. There might be a nearby recycling center that will take these materials.
Organize What is Left

Once you have eliminated the items you don’t need, continue your garage cleaning by organizing what you have left. Figure out how much space you need for your car or cars and then figure out how to place what is left based on types and uses.

Frequently Used Items: For items you need frequently, such as shopping bags, dog leashes and trash bags, keep them by the door. For a detached garage, this would be the garage door. For an attached garage, you might want these items by the door to the house. Keep them on hooks or shelves. (Keep a cup or mug handy on a shelf with pens, pencils, and Scrigit Scrapers for cleaning gardening equipment and vehicles and for removing mud from the treads of shoes and boots.)

Items Used Together: Group items used together, such as sports equipment, gardening supplies and auto supplies, in specific areas. Gardening supplies and sports equipment should be kept handy near the garage door.

Bulkier Items: Keep larger items, such as out the out-of-season lawnmower or snowblower, in the back corners of the garage.

Rarely Used: Items, such as snow tires and holiday decorations, that are rarely used should be kept higher up on shelves or a ceiling storage system.

Tools and Bicycles: Larger tools, such as shovels and rakes can be hung from hooks in the wall. Bicycles can be hung from hooks in the wall or ceiling near the back wall.

Keep it Tidy

Once everything is off the floor, sweep and possibly wash off the floor. Clean the floor on a regular basis. Repeat this garage cleaning process a couple times a year to keep your garage tidy.

To see the full article, go to “Cleaning Your Garage – A Step by Step Plan.”

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Parade Picks Favorite Spring Cleaning Products

Parade Picks Scrub Daddy, the Scrigit Scraper, and Nine other Cleaning Products to Make Your Life Easier

Every week, the Sunday Parade magazine includes Parade Picks that features their favorite products in a specific category. Parade’s website features more content than can be included in the print edition, including more Parade Picks.

A recent article features 11 of their favorite spring cleaning products that “make it easy (and, dare we say, FUN!) to get your house shining from top to bottom, inside and out.” Of course, all of these products are very handy for cleaning throughout the year.Parade Picks sponges and scrapers

Scrub Daddy

The original round yellow Scrub Daddy sponge with the smiley face is the first product featured. This versatile sponge is made from a unique plastic that provides soft scrubbing in warm to hot water and more abrasive scrubbing in colder water, such as for tougher cleaning jobs like oven racks. Originally featured on ABC Television’s Shark Tank. the Scrub Daddy and its many subsequent variations is an excellent home cleaning tool.

Mr. Clean Magic Eraser

Another sponge for somewhat different applications is the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser. The sponge dampened with water is amazingly effective at cleaning fingerprints and grime off of painted walls and woodwork.

Scrigit Scraper

While these two sponges are great for cleaning household surfaces with water and liquid cleaners, sometimes you need a tool for smaller cleaning tasks and getting into corners, edges and tight spaces. The Parade Picks article includes the versatile Scrigit Scraper cleaning tool for such tasks as removing adhesive stickers and scraping oScrigit Scrapers from Parade Picksff spots of dried food, drips of candle wax, and accumulated grime from surfaces, grooves and along edges.

The handy pen-shaped tool features two different types of scraper blades. The rounded tip is shaped like a fingernail but is much more durable. It can also get into tight spaces that your fingernails could not reach. In addition, the flat tip provides more versatility for cleaning flat surfaces and along edges, such as in the kitchen and bathroom where grime accumulates. This Scrigit blade is much better at cleaning surfaces than a screwdriver of kitchen knife because it won’t scratch most household surfaces.

Wet & Forget

If you live in a part of the country with high summer humidity that promotes the growth of mold, mildew and green algae on the siding of your house, you’ll love another product mentioned in the article. Wet & Forget is a very easy way to remove mold, mildew and algae from your siding, deck and sidewalks and does not contain chlorine bleach. All you have to do is spray it on. In a few days, the the green algae and other growing substances will turn gray. Rain and wind will eventually clean off what is left. Or you can do a quick power wash to speed up the process. In addition, Wet & Forget will keep the siding clear of mold, mildew and algae much longer than power washing alone. A refresher spray several months after the first spray and then in subsequent years will keep the siding free from algae, mold and mildew.

To learn about all of the Parade Picks favorite cleaning products, see “11 Spring Cleaning Products That Will Make Your Life So Much Easier.”

Parade magazine is distributed on Sundays by over 700 newspapers across the U.S. to 18 million households with 44 million readers. Parade online has over 2 million unique viewers each month.


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Gift Baskets for Easter, Bridal Shower & House Warming

Scrigit Scraper is Unique and Useful Addition to Gift Baskets

I have heard from many people that the versatile Scrigit Scraper makes a great addition to gift baskets or just a nice small gift for almost any occasion. When giving several small gifts, such as at a bridal shower or birthday party, most people try to find something different but useful. It is unlikely that the recipient of the gift would have a Scrigit Scraper, and it would definitely be useful since it can be used for so many different tasks, such as cleaning and crafts. The Scrigit packaging is attractive, so it looks good in a gift basket.

The scraper could also be added to baskets individually, with the empty package possibly hidden underneath for reference by the recipient. The scrapers could be decorated with small stickers or incorporated into a design, just as people do with Peeps.Easter gift baskets idea


Some people put together adult Easter baskets. These gift baskets usually contain a mix of seasonal snack foods, such as Peeps, and clever useful items. With so many uses by men and women for cleaning, house repairs and crafts, the Scrigit Scraper is a very thoughtful gift. The scrapers could be decorated with small stickers, such as bunnies, or incorporated into a design, just as people do with Peeps.

Bridal shower Nail care gift basket

Nail Care Gift Basket

Bridal Shower

For the bride, you could create a nail care gift basket as shown in the photo. A mixture of nail polishes and other manicure accessories can be assembled in a basket along with a package of Scrigit Scrapers. The bride could use the Scrigit Scrapers for cleaning tasks instead of her fingernails in order to protect her fingernails and manicure from damage. The Scrigit Scrapers will be very handy for removing adhesive stickers attached to wedding presents, such as glassware and dishes.

House Warming

When people are moving into a new house, there will be a lot things that need cleaning. There will also be a lot of price stickers and adhesive product labels to remove. For house warming gift baskets, a package of Scrigit Scrapers could be included along with a selection of house cleaning and maintenance supplies. A Scrub Daddy Sponge, a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser and colorful microfiber cleaning cloths rolled in decorative shapes would also be good additions to the basket. A screwdriver with multiple tips that store in the handle would also be a great idea.

Please share your ideas and photos for using Scrigit Scrapers in gift baskets or with other types of gifts.

Jay, Inventor of Scrigit Scraper

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Think Spring – Pancakes and Maple Syrup

Enjoy Spring Eating with Pancakes Topped with Butter and Maple Syrup

Growing up in Northeastern Ohio, one of the first signs of spring was the running of the sugar maple sap. Warmer days and cool nights cause the sap in sugar maple trees to start heading up the trunks of the trees. Carefully placed taps collect the thin sugary sap in buckets for hand emptying or tubes leading to collection tanks. News stories and advertisements celebrating this early spring ritual would announce the start of this process and the highly anticipated breakfasts of pancakes served as fundraisers for volunteer fire departments, churches, and other groups.pancakes with syrup and butter

Maple Syrup Production

The best known location in the rural area east of Cleveland for seeing maple sap turned into maple syrup is the Burton, Ohio Log Cabin and Sugar Camp. Located right on the town square, the sugar house produces maple syrup in the spring and maple candy throughout the year. It typically takes 10 gallons of maple syrup to produce one quart of maple syrup.

Obviously, large numbers of maple trees need to be tapped to produce commercial quantities of maple syrup. The tapping of trees and producing of maple syrup is carried out throughout the the northeastern quarter of the United States and in Canada. Of course, the popularity of pancakes (aka flapjacks)  with maple syrup stretches across the United States and Canada. Traditional pancakes in the United States are made by frying a batter consisting of eggs, milk or buttermilk, flour, salt and a small amount of baking powder. There are a wide range of variations and add-ins, such as blueberries or chocolate chips. In many Latina cultures, maple syrup is served over various types of corn bread.

Making Pancakes

Now after reading this, you probably want to eat some pancakes with maple syrup. If you are making your own, choose a mix where you have to add your own eggs. Add an egg to any pancake mix that says it is complete. This will make the pancakes lighter and fluffier, which tastes better. Of course, you could also use your favorite recipe to make them from scratch.

Cleaning Upscraping batter from pancakes

After cooking pancakes, there are usually drips and dribbles of batter that dry on the stove top and kitchen counters. This dried batter is usually difficult to scrub off. Use the rounded fingernail-shaped tip of a handy Scrigit Scraper cleaning tool to quickly and easily scrape off the dried batter spots without scratching any of the surfaces. If the batter dries along edges or in grooves, use the flat tip of the Scrigit tool to remove it.

Enjoy your spring eating!

By: Jay, inventor of the Scrigit Scraper


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