It can be fun to try something new, whether that’s a recently launched cleaning gadget, or a new clothing trend. But some things are tried-and-true for a reason, and if anyone knows about products that stand the test of time, it’s mothers. Considering I pine after my mom’s heirloom dining set, and trust her generations-old recipes, it only makes sense that come Amazon Prime Big Deals Day, I take her product recommendations into serious consideration. After all, my mother walked so that I could run.
I asked my mom to share some of her favorite products, and call it mom-tuition, but all of her picks just so happen to be on sale right now. From beauty finds to cleaning products that don’t mess around, keep reading for Amazon finds that come with one opinionated mother’s stamp of approval.
Shop Mom-Approved Prime Day Finds
- Le Creuset Stoneware Rectangular Dish, $99.95 (was $124.95)
- Fox Run Stick-Um Candle Adhesive, $7.63 (was $8.99)
- MacKenzie-Childs Courtly Check Ribbon, $28 (was $38)
- Lodge 10.25-Inch Cast Iron Pre-Seasoned Skillet, $18.90 (was $34.25)
- Cedar Space Cedar Blocks, $11.99 (was $16.99)
- Tecnu Extreme Poison Ivy and Oak Scrub, $12.22 (was $19.04)
- The Pink Stuff Miracle All-Purpose Cleaning Paste, $4.99 (was $5.97)
- Mr. Clean Magic Eraser Active Foaming Cleaner, $13.34 (was $15.99)
- Leather Honey Leather Cleaner, $15.99 with coupon (was $24.99)
- Covergirl Lash Blast Volume Waterproof Mascara, $9.24 (was $12.99)
- Fuller Brush Tile Grout E-Z Scrubber Complete, $29.99 (was $59.99)
- Comfytemp Wearable Weighted Heating Pad, $35.99 (was $42.99)
Le Creuset Stoneware Rectangular Dish
A mom of two and “Nonna” to four granddaughters, my mom feeds a lot of mouths every weekend. Responsible for hosting Sunday Sauce, she prepares her classic Italian marinara in the same 10-quart stockpot she’s had since the 90s (80s, maybe?), and the Le Creuset Stoneware Rectangular Dish isn’t far behind. Because it evenly maintains temperature throughout, it’s great for side dishes like garlic bread, chicken francese, or—my favorite—eggplant parmesan. Given that it is fridge- and freezer-safe, it also does triple duty with the lid working as a platter for serving, and a container for storing. Plus, my mom never springs for anything that isn’t both microwave- and dishwasher-safe.
Mr. Clean Magic Eraser Active Foaming Cleaner
There’s no ancient, secret solution to keeping her home as clean as she does, but if ever there were a magic elixir to credit, it would be a 10-pack of Mr. Clean Magic Eraser Active Foaming Cleaner. It’s my mom’s go-to response nearly any time I ask her how to get rid of a mark or stain.
“I use it on everything,” my mom tells me. “It cleans the sides of sneakers, keeping them white, and it rubs out scruffs from the floor and marks on the walls.”
A big fan of the lavender-scented ones, my mom only has one negative thing to say about the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser: They rip rather quickly, which is exactly why she buys them in bulk.
Fox Run Stick-Um Candle Adhesive
This is a new product in my home, but apparently it’s every mother’s secret to keeping taper candles sturdy and straight. I usually just wing it by dropping a small amount of wax into the candle holder, but it doesn’t always hold once it dries. Of course, when I asked my mom what her secret was, I was surprised that there was an actual answer (although, by now, I shouldn’t be).
Fox Run Stick-Um Candle Adhesive is like glue for your pillar candles. It dries clear and fast, and it sticks candles in place once and for all, since it doesn’t harden or melt the way wax does.
“Because I hate the way it looks when a candelabra is full of crooked candles,” my mom adds.
MacKenzie-Childs Courtly Check Ribbon
From serving platters to pet bowl dishes, anything MacKenzie-Childs gets an immediate thumbs-up in my family. In fact, it’s tradition to gift each other at least one MKC must-have for the holiday season! But my mom’s favorite budget-friendly gift-giving hack is to buy MacKenzie-Childs Courtly Check Ribbon whenever it’s on clearance. While it’s not exactly a substitute for an $85 dish, it does have a way of—as my mom says—“zhuzhing up” an old gift bag or simple wrapping paper.
Lodge 10.25-Inch Cast Iron Pre-Seasoned Skillet
My mom has two of these pans, and because I’m constantly taking notes, so do I. (And if I needed a third, I’d buy another Lodge 10.25-Inch Cast Iron Pre-Seasoned Skillet right now, because it’s 45 percent off ahead of Fall Prime Day.)
“I keep one at home, of course, and then a second one in our vacation home in Vermont,” my mom explains. “It’s the best of the best for cooking eggs in the morning, and there’s nothing like searing a steak in a cast iron pan.”
A word of advice from both of us? Just be sure to clean, season, and take care of your cast iron skillet correctly, and it’ll last you a lifetime.
Cedar Space Cedar Blocks
Speaking of that vacation house, Cedar Space Cedar Blocks really come in handy there, especially in the off-season.
“These help keep the moths away, and make the clothing smell nice, especially because it can get musty up there sometimes,” my mom explains. (It’s worth noting that my dad also chimed in: “It makes the whole closet smell nice.”)
A natural, safer, and non-toxic alternative to the mothballs of the past, these small blocks don’t scratch delicate clothing materials like cashmere or wool, and they can fit in drawers, storage bags, shoes, in between clothing, and just about anywhere else you may need some freshening up.
Tecnu Extreme Poison Ivy and Oak Scrub
My mom is an avid gardener, so poison ivy is a touchy subject. She tells me, “I’ve had it more times than I’d like to remember,” then reminds me about the one summer she had it down her legs so badly, she would go to the beach just to sit in the saltwater to take away the sting.
“Lesson learned,” she says. So that never happens again, she now sticks to a strict routine of always wearing gloves and long sleeves while gardening, and then immediately washing her hands (and arms) with Tecnu Extreme Poison Ivy and Oak Scrub.
The label even recommends applying it to the entire body in the shower. The “poison ivy soap,” as it’s called in my house, gets to the root of the rash by removing the poisonous oil, urushiol, thanks to natural exfoliating beads. It’s beloved by forestry workers, landscapers, and, you know, my mom.
The Pink Stuff Miracle All-Purpose Cleaning Paste
Now, my mom doesn’t have a TikTok, but The Pink Stuff Miracle All-Purpose Cleaning Paste is still a must-have for her cabinet under the sink. Obviously, it’s a number one best-seller and a viral hit that needs no introduction, but my mom particularly loves using it with the help of the electronic scrub brushes from The Miracle Scrubber Kit (not currently on sale, but also a fave).
“It’s the only cleaner that removed months of baked-on crud from my favorite MacKenzie-Childs Dutch oven,” my mom says, adding that she has also used it to clean inside the microwave and the oven, and that it also works wonders “removing green grime from the vinyl siding of the shed.”
Leather Honey Leather Cleaner
I may be a full-fledged adult—at least, legally—but leather is just one of those things that I don’t necessarily think about cleaning. Or taking care of it at all, really. But according to my mother, leather does, in fact, need to be cleaned and cared for properly. For her, there is no better leather cleaner than Leather Honey. It cleans and restores leather, vinyl, plastic, and rubber, and yep, even faux leather.
My mom first gave me a jar of this when I moved into my first home, without me asking. The Leather Honey appeared on my doorstep in a plastic bag with a note that read, “You need to wipe down the leather chairs in the basement, so the leather doesn’t crack.” Enough said.
Covergirl Lash Blast Volume Waterproof Mascara
My mother is known for never being without her makeup. “I’ll put it on to go to the mailbox,” she says, which is an anecdote I’ve heard since I was a kid—and she means it. Right before the doctors rolled her into heart surgery two years ago, she was reapplying her Covergirl Lash Blast Volume Waterproof Mascara, to make sure it wouldn’t run.
She doesn’t use an eyelash curler, and has never gotten lash extensions, but to this day, Lash Blast 825 Very Black Waterproof continues to be her weapon of choice, with or without glasses.
Fuller Brush Tile Grout E-Z Scrubber Complete
When I asked my mother which part of the house she spent the most time cleaning, she said, “I’ve spent most of my life scrubbing bathroom tile,” and added that a grout brush with a stiff bristle, like the Fuller Brush Tile Grout E-Z Scrubber Complete (now half off), is the key to a quality clean.
This brush is super lightweight, and has a great range of motion, measuring 9 inches long by 1.5 inches wide. Its V-trim works away grime from the shower and tub and in between tiles and grout, since it can more easily slide into those hard-to-reach angles. Plus, the handle extends from 29 to 52 inches, so no crevice goes unscrubbed.
Comfytemp Wearable Weighted Heating Pad
Most ailments can be cured—or at least, made more bearable—by a handy-dandy heating pad, according to my mom, and the Comfytemp Wearable Weighted Heating Pad is very similar to two of my mom’s favorite things—a heating pad, and a heated blanket.
Not only is it wearable like a blanket, but it’s weighted throughout, which allows it to stay in place better than others that only have weighted edges. It snaps closed at the neck for full neck and shoulder coverage, then wraps around again at the waist, like a bathrobe.
“It’s like if a heating pad were a robe,” she explains. “It’s great for aches, pains, and cramps, but also if you’re just cold, too.”