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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Targeted Cleaning Tasks Deliver Big Bang for Your Effort

These Spring Cleaning Tasks Focus on Five Zones for a Clean and Decluttered House

Since you are probably spending more time in your house during the winter months, this is a good time to start your spring cleaning tasks. As a result, you will then have more time to spend on outdoor activities when the weather gets nicer. This is the philosophy of blogger Jennifer, The Intentional Mom. 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.

In her recent blog about spring cleaning, she explains how to divide your house into five main zones and then focus on 30 spring cleaning tasks. Instead of being overwhelmed by looking at all that needs to be done to clean and declutter your entire house, she believes in dividing up the cleaning effort into smaller tasks. Each of the tasks can generally be done in about 30 minutes or less. As a result you will feel less stressed and a continuing sense of accomplishment as you complete each smaller cleaning task.

Intentional Mom cleaning tasks

The Right Tools

Of course, 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 her spring cleaning blog post. All of the opinions she expresses in the article are her own.

Here is a very brief summary. A link to the entire blog post is provided below. You can also get a free printable Spring Cleaning Checklist.

Zone 1: Kitchen

Cleaning tasks include the microwave, stove top, oven, and refrigerator. Boiling some water with lemon juice added in a microwave-safe bowel or glass measuring cup really speeds up the cleaning process. Jennifer really likes using a Scrigit Scraper for cleaning refrigerators. The tool is very good at cleaning gunk off the edges of glass shelves without scratching the glass or plastic edges. Of course, then there are the cabinets and the drawers with more corners and edges.

Zone 2: Living/Family Rooms

There are a lot of places for dust, dog and cat fur, and food crumbs to accumulate in and under the furniture.

bathroom faucet cleaning tasksZone 3: Bathrooms

Bathrooms are one of the most rewarding places to clean because they seem to sparkle when you are done. A Scrigit Scraper is essential for cleaning in the bathroom because the tool can clean the edges around the faucets, sinks and floors. The tool is also effective for cleaning the groove around the drains and in or along the shower door track, depending on the style of door you have.

Zone 4: Laundry Room

As you are busy cleaning your clothes, dirt accumulates on your washer and dryer.

Zone 5: Bedrooms

You will keep your vacuum cleaner busy here. Take the time to clean under the bed and behind furniture.

General Areas

These areas around the house include dusty baseboards and ceiling lines with dangling cobwebs. On nicer days, open the windows to clean out the dirt that accumulates between the inner and outer window, if you have that window style. A Scrigit Scraper is very helpful for cleaning the tracks of sliding windows and doors.

See the whole article for information about all the cleaning tasks at Room by Room Spring Cleaning Cheat Sheet & Free Printable Checklist. Check out Jennifer’s blog for a wide range of useful information at

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Listen to Your Clutter to Conquer It

Organizing and Cleaning Expert Provides Tips on How to Conquer Your Clutter

In a recent blog post, organizing and cleaning expert Donna Smallin Kuper asks, What would your clutter say if it could talk? As most of us spend more time indoors during the winter months, the accumulation of all types of items in your house and the need to declutter becomes more obvious. Here are some of the symptoms she describes.

Can you find what you need when you look for it?

Do you have more than one junk drawer or an entire junk room?

Is your dining room table, kitchen counter, or desk piled high with paper and other items?

I would also add, Is your guest bedroom, finished basement or garage so full of boxes and various items items that the rooms can’t be used?

clutter in houseIf all these items around your house could talk, here is what they would be saying.

“You dumped me.”

If you are in the habit of setting things down instead of of putting them away, clutter happens.

“I forgive you.”

Clutter often accumulates in our homes because you think how much you paid for something that you did not end up using. As a result, you feel guilty for getting rid of the item even if you will probably never use it.

“Please let me go.”

Look at what you have sitting around the house and taking up valuable space. Is there really any value in keeping clothing that is several sizes too small? Are you likely to every use the craft supplies or materials for a hobby you gave up years ago? In addition, items that are the most difficult to part with are things you inherited. Are they really something you would buy today? Just because somebody else gave them to you doesn’t mean you have to keep them forever. Consider taking photos of the items, write up a description of their backgrounds, and then findindig a new home for them.

“You have too much stuff.”

Maybe you might not really need a bigger house, more storage space or even a storage locker. You might just need less stuff. “Clutter detracts from our lives in ways we don’t even realize,” said Donna. “It gets in our way. It steals our time, energy and attention.” Think about how good you would feel if all those excess items were gone. Keep thinking about that good feeling as you eliminate the clutter room by room.

To read the entire article, which includes more suggestions on how to deal with these four issues, go to What Your Clutter Would Say If It Could Talk.

About the Author

Donna Smallin Kuper is an organizing and cleaning expert. She is the author of a dozen best selling books. Donna has been a guest on multiple television and radio shows. She was interviewed as a subject matter expert for many magazine articles. Among these are articles are ones that appeared in Real Simple and Redbook magazines where she recommended the pen-shaped non-scratch Scrigit Scraper as one of her favorite household cleaning tools.


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DIY Holiday Decorations: 2 Easy Projects to Try

‘Tis the Season! Deck the Halls with these Winter Holiday Decorations that Can be Easily Made at Home

terrarium & snow globe holiday decorations

Homemade holiday decorations help personalize your holiday decor. Here are two ideas that are easy to make with a wide variety of materials. The terrarium can be kept out throughout the winter season.

Make Your Own Winter Terrarium

Step #1: Select your terrarium

These glass containers come in a variety of shapes and sizes (we love this faceted version from West Elm). You can even use a clear drinking glass.

Step #2: Set the scene

Fill the bottom of your terrarium with faux snow from your local craft store (here is an option found at JOANN Fabrics) or salt. Then layer moss and more snow to fill your terrarium ~⅓ of the way. Reach deep into corners by leveraging both the flat and round edges of your Scrigit Scraper.

Step 3: Plant your objects

Deck out your snow scene with miniature pine trees, tiny deer, or even snowmen made with cotton balls. Rearrange each object carefully with your Scrigit Scraper.

Step 4: All done!

Showcase your new terrariums on your mantel, dressers, or anywhere else that could use a bit of homemade holiday cheer.

Make Your Own Mini Snow Globe Ornament

Scenic terrariums aren’t your style? Make an ornament or snow globe instead as one of your holiday decorations! The ornament version looks just like a miniature snow globe. Both are almost as easy to make as buying one. Here’s how to make your own.

Step 1: Grab the glue gun

Insert a small amount of hot glue to the bottom of a large, clear plastic ornament or snow globe glass container.

Step 2: Set your trees or other items

Use the same miniature pine trees we mentioned above or other decorative items. Delicately insert them into your ornaments so their trunk is firmly set in glue. Hold the tree in place until the glue dries by using your Scrigit Scraper.

Step 3: Grab the glitter

Using a funnel, fill the ornament ⅓ of the way full with course white glitter.

Step 4: Close it up!

Secure your ornament by adding a few dabs of hot glue gun to the lids, then hold securely until dry. Finish off by trying a small piece of twine on each lid!

Happy crafting! Light a fire, grab the kiddos, and make a cup of warm hot cocoa while you make these beautiful holiday decorations.

Contributed by guest blogger Cyndi G.

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3 Ideas for Creating the Perfect Thanksgiving Tablescape

Helpful Hints for Creating the Perfect Tablescape

An autumn tablescape is a favorite decorating opportunity for a lot of people. The design can be chock-full of deeply vibrant colors, textures, and natural elements, It’s the perfect stage for the coziness that comes with entertaining friends and family during Thanksgiving. (Not to mention all of the buttery comfort foods…)gourds in tablescape

The best part of these tablescapes? The majority of the elements required can be found in your craft drawer or right outside your home, making these DIY projects ultra easy and ultra affordable.

Set the table in autumn style with these stunning fall table decorations

The Rustic Table

Get ready to channel some elegant barn vibes. First, use a yard or so of your favorite unhemmed flannel fabric as your table runner (check at a local fabric store for deals). Iron it to remove the wrinkles, but don’t stress about imperfections. Then, layer small gourds and tiny pumpkins down the runner, interspersing candle tumblers and even a few small pumpkins as you see fit.

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Next, head out to your backyard with sheers in-hand. Cut a few branches from a nearby fruit tree (such as a plum with small dried fruit still attached). If any dead flowers or leaves remain on the branches, keep them there! Their colors will add a beautifully imperfect touch. Lay the branches between the pumpkins and more candles. Finish the look with the necessities: layering rattan chargers, plates, silverware, and napkins.

The Updated Table

If you’re looking to brighten up your Thanksgiving table, opt for a tablescape with a fresher look. Dress bowls or baskets with any combination of apples, lemons, limes, oranges and acorn squash. Using a white table runner, disperse silver dollar eucalyptus and potted baby’s breath. Next, place preserved boxwood bowls over the eucalyptus. If you have more citrus and acorn squash on hand, use them to fill in the areas that look sparse. Once again, finish the look with the necessities: layering glassware, plates, silverware, and napkins.

The Traditional Table

Nothing beats a classic fall table. Start yours by placing a solid table runner of your choosing (fall or cream colors only) across your table. Follow with a bed of magnolia tips directly on the table runner fabric. Then arrange acorn squash around the magnolia tips. Grab your favorite mercury glasses (silvered glass candle holders that do not actually contain mercury or silver) and disperse them down the table, placing an individual soy wax candle/melt in each one. Scatter remaining acorns and mini gourds as you see fit to fill the holes on your tablescape. Then complete the look with tall, white unscented candles. Let their wax drip directly onto the runner for a vintage touch on a classic table.

For an even more interesting combination of shapes and textures, fill the runner with silver dollar eucalyptus leaves, star pods and squash. Insert extra touches of green, incorporate geodes, leaf skeletons or air plants. Complete the table by filling glass jars with hazelnuts supporting long, thin unscented candles.

Additional Hint: Use a Scrigit Scraper cleaning tool to remove candle wax from candle holders and other surfaces. It is safe to use on most surfaces, but test in an inconspicuous spot on wood and other softer surfaces.

Contributed by guest blogger Cyndi G.

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Clean Up Caked-on Messes in Your Kitchen: Here’s How

Handy Hints for Cleaning Up Food Spatters and Caked-on Messes

Your kitchen will get dusty, grimy and in need of a deep cleaning because you spend more time there than in any other room. Since it’s full of hard to reach places, clean-up can get tricky! We’ve narrowed in on two of the toughest areas to clean areas in your kitchen so you don’t have to… Here’s how you knock out your kitchen’s caked-on messes.

stovetop - caked-on messesA Caked-On, Greasy Stove Top

Busy cooks know the struggle of cleaning a stove top, especially after your hard labored dishes boil over into the coils and trays. Grease cooked onto the stove is one of the most challenging messes to clean up in your kitchen.

The ideal time to act? When the mess has just occurred and the stove top has gently cooled. Grab your Scrigit Scraper cleaning tool, a non-scratch scrubber sponge, a microfiber cloth and warm soapy water. Absorb any grease with the paper towels. Make sure to frequently switch to new paper towels to avoid spreading the grease to new locations. Once most of the grease is cleaned, circle back with your sponge and soapy water to tackle the mess cooked onto the stove. Squeeze the sudsy water over the stain, then let it sit for 3-5 minutes. Start by scrubbing with the scrubbing side of the sponge. Then follow up by scraping off hard to remove dried food and grease spots with the flat end of your Scrigit Scraper. Also use the tool to clean around the edges.

Shine with a fresh microfiber cloth once all of the caked-on food stains have been removed.

A Sauce-Splattered Microwave

It’s happened to all of us. Food goes flying in the microwave when we decide to rewarm a bowl of saucy food and forget to cover the plate with wax paper or plastic wrap. For the moments when you forget to use a splatter guard or the splatter guard fails, don’t stress!

Place a cup of water with lemon slices in a microwave safe bowl or glass measuring cup. Microwave the concoction for two minutes then let it sit (without opening the door) for another two minutes. The lemon will deodorize naturally, and the water will steam soften the cooked on food particles. When you open the door, quickly wipe away any softened sauce and food inside your appliance. Once you’ve done so, follow up with your Scrigit Scraper to easily scrape away any remaining mess. You’ll have a fresh microwave in minutes!

Don’t forget, as with any surface in your home, frequent cleaning is always best to avoid caked-on messes. Wherever you face a buildup challenge, keep your Scrigit Scraper easily accessible! Our packs come in multiples of two or five so you can keep one wherever you need it for quick and easy cleanups.

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3 Forgotten Chores to Include in Your Fall Cleaning

Helpful Fall Cleaning & Safety Tips for Your Transition Indoors

There’s no denying it; fall is HERE. Leaves are changing, nights are cooler, and seasonal chores are upon us. Soon enough, you’ll be snuggling under blankets and spending a LOT more time indoors… So grab your fall cleaning list: We’ve got a few seasonal “must-dos” to get your home primed and prepped for winter.fall cleaning tasks

Clean Your Kitchen & Bathroom Grout

By now, that bright white grout of yours is showing every single summertime stain and blemish, such as black mildew stains. It’s super hard to keep clean on a regular basis, so add this task to your fall cleaning list.

To clean, use your Scrigit Scraper cleaning tool to scrape off any soap scum and other substances stuck to the grout. Also use the tool to clean corners, edges and the shower door track. Then use a spray bottle containing equal parts vinegar and water. Spray the solution on your kitchen and bathroom tiles and grout. Let it sit for at least five minutes. Scrub your grout with a narrow grout scrub brush or a toothbrush and the tile with a scrubber pad. Then rinse.

For remaining stains, create a mixture of equal parts chlorine or oxygen bleach and hot tap water in a plastic container. While wearing rubber or plastic gloves and old clothes, dip strips of paper towels or toilet paper in the solution and carefully place on the stained grout. Make sure you have plenty of ventilation when using chlorine bleach. Let sit for about 15 to 20 minutes. Lift some of the wet paper off to see if the stains are gone. If not leave on another 5 to 10 minutes. Then rinse off.

Clean Your Keyboards & Remote Controls

Once winter comes, you’ll probably be spending a lot more time curled up in front of your computer and TV. So prep the surfaces you’ll touch most. Use a dry cloth to wipe away all visible articles from your remotes and keyboards. Then follow up with a pre-moistened disinfecting wipe. Wipe down the entire surface of each item, but don’t forget the details! Use your Scrigit Scraper with the wipe around the flat tip to reach into each and every crevice. There’s likely to be food particles and dried, sticky residue left from snacking (and any other “messy” activities we get into on a daily basis.

Check & Replace Smoke Alarm Batteries

It’s one of the most important chores on our TO DO list, but it’s also the most easily forgotten. Your smoke alarm will chirp when it’s time to change the battery, which almost always happens to be in the middle of the night or when we’re rushing out the door. Avoid the stress altogether by replacing the batteries every six months. Remove the cover, then unclip the old battery from its holder. Most detectors utilize a 9-volt battery. If you struggle to remove the battery connector, grab the flat end of your Scrigit Scraper to pop loose the battery. Then immediately replace it with a fresh one. If your smoke alarm is more than 10-years old, then replace it with a new one, preferably with a sealed-in 10-year battery.

Don’t leave the deep-cleaning to springtime! Enjoy your time indoors this upcoming winter by taking a few steps during your fall cleaning to ensure it’s a clean, safe space. Keep your Scrigit Scrapers nearby to ensure you’re always able to tackle the job – – – and enjoy the season!

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