After years of trial and error, I've settled on a few key products that help me keep my house clean with less effort, and go longer between deep cleanings. I frequently recommend these things to people I know, so I figured I'd post about them too. I have not been compensated in any way for these recommendations. :)
My most indispensable cleaning product is Multisurface Antibacterial Windex. Like the dad from My Big Fat Greek Wedding, I use it daily and EVERYWHERE. My dining table is wood with granite insets, and this takes care of the whole shebang. (I know that's not the best for the table, so I do apply wood cleaner and granite cleaner once in a while.) Right now I'm using the lemon-scented Target version, and it works just as well.
I have two cats. This Arm and Hammer baking soda carpet stuff REALLY helps lift out fur and leaves a fresh scent - I use it almost every time I vacuum. However, my carpet is looking a lot worse for wear lately, so I might need to switch to something more intense. Has anyone tried the Resolve stuff that supposedly lifts out stains when you vacuum it up?
Mr. Clean Magic Eraser is TRULY MAGIC. I haven't used it for anything hardcore, but it's satisfying to walk around the house with one and scrub smudges off of walls, doors, and cabinets. If you have kids, I bet they'd have fun using it too. (That is, if they're little Monica Gellers like I was.)
I recently started dusting furniture with these Pledge wipes instead of Windex. They're better for the wood, and eliminate the spray-and-paper-towel step entirely. :)
Clorox drop-ins are my favorite cleaning product. Put one in your toilet tank every couple of months, and enjoy picking up the scrub brush less often. The only downside is trying to open the plastic package without getting bleach dust all over yourself.
These Clorox wipes are all-purpose, but I only use them for touch-up bathroom cleaning. Again, it's so much easier than taking out the Scrubbing Bubbles constantly, and you know the germs are taken care of between times.