CLR & Tarn-X Review: Spring Cleaning Made Easy

Posted on Apr 17 2014 - 12:04am by Susan Bewley

Disclosure: I received these products for free to review. The opinions in my review are honest and my own.


For me, spring cleaning is something amazing and also terrifying. Yes, I love having a clean house, but sometimes some of the messes you find are quite terrifying. For me, the worst is the appearance of mold in the bathrooms or getting rid of nasty stains on our stove. I also dreaded doing these chores since I knew they were going to take me hours of hard scrubbing. As I was prepping myself for the weekend of scrubbing, i was approached by Jelmar, asking if I would like to try a variety of CLR products. Having seen my family use traditional CLR growing up, I was curious about these products and couldn’t wait for them to arrive!

CLR Products: Metal Clear

Out of all the Jelmar products we had the opportunity to try, the Metal Clear is my absolute favorite. This cleaner allow you to clean chrome, porcelain, stainless steel, aluminum, and laminate counter tops easily. This mildly abrasive formula cleans just about any surface without scratching it, making it a perfect choice for kitchens. This stuff was so easy to use and amazing that I was able to make my stove top and kitchen sink look like new in almost no time. It looked even better than when I (or my husband) spent hours scrubbing it! To say the least, this is one product we aren’t about to give up anytime soon!

Metal Clear

CLR Products: Mold & Mildew

Like many other homeowners, we can’t stand mold and mildew in our house. It seems to always be a constant problem in our shower and we were excited when we had the opportunity to try this cleaner. This Mildew Remover is very easy to use and can be used on most household surfaces. For us, the best part was that no scrubbing was required. All you do is leave the cleaner on for 10 minutes and wipe it away, making cleaning the shower as easy as possible!

Mold & Mildew

CLR Products: Grease Magnet

Part of owning old cars means you have to deal with oil on your driveway, right? Well, this isn’t the case with CLR Grease Magnet! This industrial strength cleaner removes oil, grease, and tar from driveways, outdoor flooring, and machinery. Not only is this cleaner very easy to use, it is also biodegradable and safe for vegetation, making it a great choice for most homeowners!

Grease magnet

CLR Products: Tarn-X Tarnish Remover

When you have an older house, you learn very quickly that tarnish can sometimes appear in the oddest of places. For example, our doorknobs outside. Our poor handles look a bit on the scary side due to weather conditions outdoors. With Tarn-X Tarnish Remover, you can make metal look amazing without scrubbing or rubbing. Not only is it easy to use but can be used on most fine metals, allowing you to have beautiful, shiny metal throughout your home! This tarnish remover can be used on sterling silver, silver plate, platinum, copper, gold, and diamonds.


CLR Products: Tarn-X Jewelry Cleaner

While it technically isn’t part of spring cleaning, I was very excited to get into the Tarn-X Jewelry Cleaner. Many of my beautiful necklaces are old and the chains look a bit on the sad and dull side. With the Tarn-X kit, you can clean just about any type of meal or stone, including gold, silver, platinum, diamonds, and even precious and semi-precious stones. As well, the entire kit has everything you need inside, including a special brush and jewelry basket for your jewelry.

Tarn-X jewelry

CLR Products: Overall

After trying out various CLR products, I have to say my husband and I are major fans. Not only did it make our house look amazing, but took the work out of some of the worst cleaning jobs. After trying our products for a few days, I am excited to give the CLR products we were able to try an A+ rating!

CLR Products: Where to Purchase

Would you like to try any of the products featured in this review? You can find CLR products at your local hardware store or big box retailer, including Wal-Mart, Kroger, Home Depot, Target, and Lowes. To see if a store near you carries CLR products, make sure to check out the Jelmar store locator. If you cannot find it at your local store, you can also purchase their products on

CLR products

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Susan Bewley is a professional writer who has been writing content online & in print format for over 10 years. As well, she is an alumni of the University of Louisville with a Masters Degree in Special Education. When not working as an online business consultant or ghost writing, she can be found writing on Budget Earth, on her own novel, or working with various entities in the pet industry.

14 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Sandra VanHoey April 17, 2014 at 5:16 am - Reply

    I have used the Tarn-X many times awhile back on several silver pieces I owned that tarnished badly. It works great

  2. Cindy McElwee April 17, 2014 at 8:41 am - Reply

    I would definitely like CLR~ & Tarn- X featured in a giveaway ~ love that CLR~ Metal Clear would clean & shine my stainless steel appliances & I buy old chains at estate sales & I can clean them with Tarn- X & make them look new again ♥

    • Susan Bewley April 17, 2014 at 11:48 am - Reply

      I would love to see them in a giveaway as well. CLR said they are hoping to do one with us in the near future 🙂

  3. Lynn C. April 17, 2014 at 9:50 am - Reply

    I’ve used both Tarn-X and CLR, and they are some of the best products on the market! I’m sure the jewelry cleaner and mold/mildew remover would also be great, and now I’m intrigued about Grease Magnet.

    • Susan Bewley April 17, 2014 at 11:46 am - Reply

      This stuff really is amazing. I wish I could post all the pictures I took of the products but it would very much slow down the load time of the page. I should put them on Instagram for everyone to see.

  4. Dorothy Teel April 17, 2014 at 11:01 am - Reply

    Thank you for this review I have added CLR Metal Clear to my shopping list for this weekend, I would love to try it around my faucets and water taps, I use vinegar, but it has a hard time with the hard water build up, so I am looking for another product and this sounds great.

    • Susan Bewley April 17, 2014 at 11:44 am - Reply

      I will never use anything again on my sink. I love natural cleaners and making my own, but this stuff just rocks. I even burned some chili yesterday and had the most terrible mess all over my stove. It cleaned up that nasty mess in seconds. 🙂

  5. lisa April 17, 2014 at 12:02 pm - Reply

    Those are all good products.The only issue I have is that I’m so chemical sensitive, I have to open a window to air out the house when I use them.

    • Susan Bewley April 17, 2014 at 12:58 pm - Reply

      I have to do the same. We have a window right about our kitchen sink that I open. I also wear rubber gloves or put my hands in ziplock baggies when I clean (yeah, I’m a dork).

  6. Kristen Hernandez April 17, 2014 at 12:46 pm - Reply

    I really need to do some Spring cleaning. Maybe I will find a magic lamp and a genie will come out and take care of it for me = )

  7. md Kennedy April 17, 2014 at 1:24 pm - Reply

    I’ve always been a CLR fan for the classic CLR formula. But I did not know they had o many different cleaners as well. I’ll have to try them.

  8. Lindsay Giedosh April 17, 2014 at 3:24 pm - Reply

    I use both Tarn-X and CLR to clean and I’m always super happy with the results!

  9. Shannon April 17, 2014 at 7:18 pm - Reply

    I love Tarn-X, it is a great product.

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