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5 Items That Will Make Spring Cleaning Your Kitchen Actually Enjoyable

5 Items That Will Make Spring Cleaning Your Kitchen Actually Enjoyable

You have to do it. You might as well enjoy it.

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Here in Birmingham, the beautiful spring weather is starting to roll in (and will hopefully stay for good). So I'm ready to throw open my windows and bust out my scrubbers and bubblers to put a shine on my long-neglected kitchen. Sure, I give every surface an anti-bacterial wipe regularly, but deep cleaning? Well, it's been a while since we saw one another.

I've got a date with a basket of cleaning supplies this Saturday, so I thought I'd share with you my new favorite cleaning utensils in case you're in the cleaning mood, too. (And if you're not, maybe these will help put you there.)

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Smart Sponges

The Scotch-Brite Scrub Dots Heavy Duty Scrub Sponge ($2.99/pack of 4) make me wish I liked washing dishes more—and I just might if I get to use these sponges every time. The non-slip curve makes cleaning a breeze, and raised dots catch the grime you never could before. Plus, they're great for nonstick pans. Can't beat that.

Swell Smells

If you (and your nose) loathe the stinging stench of chemical-heavy cleaners as much as I do, you'll appreciate the Glass and Surface Cleaners ($18) from The Good Home Co. These natural, eco-friendly cleaning products give your counters and windows a gentle clean but make your home smell delightful in the process. My favorite scent: Beach Days. Take me away, summer!

Elizabeths Embellishments

Glam Gloves

Protect your skin and nails from exposure to cleaners and water with these adorable rubber gloves ($13.95) from Elizabeth's Embellishments. Sure, the typical yellow ones work, too, but why be boring when they come in 12 fun colors?!

Mega Mop

We prefer not to think about what's lurking on the floor at home. That's why the Swiffer Sweeper Dry and Wet Starter Kit ($12) is the perfect pick. Use the dry pads to pick up animal dander and dust, then switch out to the damp cloth for a professional mop-quality clean.

Colorful Cloths

Forget the rolls of paper towels and do something good for the environment during spring cleaning. These DII Microfiber Multi-Purpose Cleaning Towels are essentials for getting every bit of dirt out of your home (and it actually gets rid of bacteria better). When you're done, just toss them in the washing machine for easy clean up. Done and done.


Top 10 Spring Cleaning Tips

When winter's here, I want to hibernate. Spend evenings huddled on the sofa with a heated blanket, a cup of tea and a good book. Toss ingredients into the slow cooker and eat soups and stews for dinner. Wear comfy, fuzzy pajamas and slippers. (Come to think of it, the heavy food might have something to do with the desire to hibernate). But once the holidays are over, sometimes it feels like a long, dull wait before spring arrives. Deep cleaning my house doesn't even cross my mind.

Then as the weather starts to warm up, I emerge from my cave (so to speak) and realize that the basic cleaning routine I go through every week is mostly just scratching the surface. Spring is a time of rebirth and renewal why not make that go for your house as well? Spring cleaning is a time-honored ritual for a reason -- the fresh air and greenery outdoors make us want to prettify our indoor spaces, too. It just makes us feel better. But if the mere thought seems overwhelming, here are a few tips to get you started.

Whether your place is tiny or massive, spring cleaning can be a challenge. Spring cleaning is about going beyond your usual dusting, mopping, vacuuming and scrubbing routine. And if you've never done it, how do you even know where to start? Like all big undertakings, it's a good idea to make a plan. Yes, that means committing pen to paper. Or creating a spreadsheet, if that's more your style.

Start by listing out every room of your house, without forgetting places like the utility room, laundry room, garage and closets. Think about tasks like cleaning the baseboards, the walls, the windows and window treatments, as well as moving and cleaning behind and under furniture (and the furniture itself). Basically, things that you probably don't clean on a regular basis. If it helps you, walk through your house or apartment while making the list.

If even the idea of making a list is too much, do a little research first. There are books and Web sites on every subject and that includes cleaning. Find a list to work from or at least get some inspiration -- I use a printed chore system that hangs on my fridge, and it has spring cleaning tasks built-in when that time of year rolls around. While it doesn't look like there's an app just for spring cleaning, there are more than a few for cleaning in general. They could help you find your starting point.

Do you want to do it fast or do you want to do it right? After you draw up your list of tasks, you might be re-thinking how much time to allot to it. Sure, you can hit the highlights in a weekend, but if you want every square inch truly clean, you'll need to take more time. Before you give up because you can't take a week off work just to clean, remember this: nobody can.

The answer? The classic divide-and-conquer technique. Go back to your list and break down each task into manageable chunks. There's no rule about how long it should take you to finish your spring cleaning, and it doesn't have to be finished by the first day of spring. Estimate how long each task will take you and where you can add them on to your everyday routine. For example, if you're in the bathroom wiping down the sink and counter, maybe you can also take the time to clean and organize under the sink, too.

You also need to build in breaks to avoid burnout. I'm guilty of powering through when I'm in the middle of a task, but then sometimes I run out of steam before I reach my goal. At the same time, be a little ruthless with yourself -- now is not the time to flip through your old yearbooks or reread letters from pen pals.

I don't mean getting mentally prepared, although if you haven't looked under your sofa in a long time, you might need to be ready for anything when you pull that sucker out. I'm talking about making sure that you have all of the supplies you need. Spring cleaning isn't the most thrilling thing in the world, but it will be even more annoying if you have to stop and run to the store because you're out of something.

You probably have the basics already, but at a minimum, you'll need an all-purpose cleaner for everything from walls to floors and a glass cleaner for windows and mirrors. Don't forget about specialized cleaners, like oven cleaner, silver polish or wood oil, because you probably don't use those things nearly as much. Your tools are just as important: Inspect everything from brooms to mops, and replace them if they're in bad shape. A frayed broom can make sweeping take twice as long.

Spring is also a good time to go green. You can even go one step further and discover new uses for household items like white vinegar and baking soda. You may not have them in the quantities you'll need for cleaning, but buying them will cost you much less than traditional cleaning supplies. Try to avoid using paper towels if you can (although I can tell you that coffee filters are the best way to a streak-free window). Microfiber cloths are great for dusting, and you can use the inexpensive white cloths known as bar mops for just about everything. I use these, as well as a mop with a refillable head that can be machine washed.

Spring cleaning is kind of a misnomer because it's just about cleaning. If all you do is shuffle piles of stuff to clean around them and then put them back, sure, your stack of VHS tapes is cleaner, but is your living room ambiance really better off for all of your hard work? Before you can clean, you have to declutter and organize. There are lots of ways to go about it, but the easiest is to set up three different bins (or boxes, whatever works): keep, toss and donate/sell.

With each item, ask yourself what this particular thing is doing for you. If the answer is nothing but it's still calling to you, next decide whether you could be happy with just taking a picture of it (I'm thinking of some of those souvenir tchotchkes gathering dust). If you don't even want a picture of the thing, then why is it sitting on your shelf? A common mistake is to let the donate/sell bin stagnate. Make time to deal with those items accordingly so you don't have that staring you in the face in the midst of your otherwise sparkling clean home.

Once you have your "keep" items, think about how you can better organize them. If you're a cooking magazine hoarder (guilty as charged), go through the magazines, pull out the recipes you just have to make and haven't gotten around to yet, and either put them in a binder or scan them in. Recycle the rest. You can find inexpensive baskets and bins in all sizes at thrift stores or dollar stores.

You've got a plan, you've budgeted your time, you have your supplies ready . and it still seems like way too much work for one person. There's really no shame in asking for help. And you might even need it for some of the big projects that involve moving around furniture or climbing ladders to dust light fixtures. Getting someone to help you clean might be even harder than getting someone to help you move, though.

If any other people live in your house, that's a good place to start. Their stuff and their mess are contributing to the need to spring clean, right? If you have kids, get them to focus on their rooms first (including the closet). Just remember that you'll need to help keep them on track and make sure they didn't just shove everything under the bed. Even small children and toddlers can do things like dust baseboards they're still eager to help, and there's no time like the present. No luck with anybody at home? Offer to help a friend with his or her spring cleaning in exchange for help with yours (or for free food and/or alcohol -- if it works for moving, why not for cleaning?). Finally, if you can afford it, you could also hire a maid service to tackle some of the larger jobs that just seem way too overwhelming.

There's nothing like driving around in beautiful spring weather in a convertible with the top down and the wind in your hair. Just keep those thoughts in mind while you're cleaning your house. If you don't have a convertible, maybe you could treat yourself to a rental after you accomplish your goals. OK, back on track. One time-honored trick when you're spring cleaning is to tackle each room from the top down. Yes, you were supposed to make a list. But do you always do what you're supposed to? I sure don't. If you're more the type to wing it, you can get lots done by going into each room and literally going from ceiling to floor.

My house is a split-level with very high ceilings in the main living area, so cleaning from the top down means getting out an extension pole. Other than that, though, it's a pretty simple concept. Dust and clean the ceiling, molding and the light fixtures. Then wipe down the walls, clean the windows and window treatments, dust pictures and other art and sanitize the doors and light switches. When you're done with what's on the walls, move on to the furniture and the outside and inside of any storage pieces. You can either start with the closets or do them right before you clean the floor, which is always going to be last.

4: High-traffic Zones and Shortcuts

Even with all these tips under your belt and after enlisting help, does it still seem like an absolutely horrible, monumental and otherwise insurmountable task? Fine. Go over the list -- if you've made one, of course -- and figure out what you can cross off. One way to do that is to think about the most high-traffic areas of your home. The kitchen has to be high on the list, and so does the room that houses the TV, whether that's the living room or a den. So what can you remove? Rooms like guest bedrooms, bathrooms that don't get much use or finished basements with very little furniture or stuff in them (does that exist?). Closets that are already pretty organized anyway. Basically, the places where you and your family do the most living are the places that will need spring cleaning the most.

Another way to speed up the process is to look for shortcuts, like spot-cleaning instead of cleaning the whole thing. Instead of steam-cleaning all of the carpet, focus just on the stains in the high-traffic areas. If you have a hand-held steamer for clothes, use it on curtains instead of taking them down to wash. Window washing from the outside is a classic spring cleaning task, but I have to say that I haven't done much of it myself. I just turn the hose on the outsides of the windows occasionally to get rid of bugs and leaves, and I'm satisfied with that. A more ambitious person might take down the screens and scrub those, then clean the windows, too. It's your house, so you decide how your time is best spent.

I know, I said that there aren't any rules about when you have to finish up your spring cleaning and that it doesn't even have to be done by spring. However, actually getting everything finished, period, will become more difficult as time goes by. When the warmth and beauty of the new season is beckoning to you from outside your window, do you really want to be knee-deep in a closet reorganization? Before you know it, you'll be in the dog days of summer, trying to find beach toys in the garage and realizing that once again, you weren't able to get to that room in the spring.

So here's my crazy advice: start early. Those doldrums of winter, when it's too cold and dreary and blah to go outside, are actually the perfect time to spring clean. If you have a yard, you don't have any of that work to do. If you live in a place that gets lots of snow in the winter, you can keep yourself busy (and warm) inside with your cleaning tasks. Then you can get outside guilt-free in the spring.

Grocery stores use a system called FIFO (first in, first out) to rotate products with a limited shelf life so that they'll sell before they spoil. We should take a cue from businesses and save ourselves both frustration and money, and yet, many of us don't. There are probably expired products lurking in your pantry and medicine cabinet right now.

When you're spring cleaning your pantry, don't just pull everything out and put it back in. Actually check out those jars, cans and boxes. Pretty much everything has an expiration date. Whether something like pasta is still good past its date is up to you, but awareness is a good thing. You may be periodically cleaning out the fridge anyway, but sometimes we forget about the condiments. They have a longer shelf life most of the time due to ingredients like vinegar and those fantastic preservatives, but that life must come to an end at some point. When in doubt, throw it out. While you're at it, consider a new organizational system so you don't keep buying cinnamon because you can't find it and assume you're out.

The medicine cabinet and your other bathroom storage areas also need to be purged of old stuff. Expired medicine can be dangerous at worst and ineffective at best. Cosmetics don't have expiration dates, but liquid-based ones especially can harbor bacteria and should go in three to six months. If it looks or smells bad, let it go.


11 Secrets From the World's Tidiest People

Here's what they know about tackling dirt and clutter that you don't.

If you've ever wondered if your super clean and organized friend has magical powers that help her keep her home in tip-top shape, the answer is . kind of. After talking to people known for being some of the tidiest in the world, we found out it's actually not that hard &mdash once you know some of their best tricks.

1. They use the sunlight to their advantage.

"Any time sunlight is coming into your home at an angle, dust, especially on horizontal surfaces, will be revealed," says Anda Tanaka, a house cleaner for Two Bettys in Minneapolis. The more dust you can see on coffee tables, shelves, and counters, the less you'll miss. And when you don't have direct sunlight, you can tackle different projects: "When cleaning shiny surfaces like glass or mirrors, you can actually turn off the lights in the room and smears and smudges will show more."

2. They have a stockpile of microfiber cloths.

Everyone we spoke to swore by microfiber cloths for dusting. "The fibers in the cloth are split with open hooks on the end to pick up and hold the dust in the cloth," says Debra Johnson, a home cleaning expert with Merry Maids. These cloths are so effective, you don't even need to use chemicals or additional products, she adds. "If there are rings on a surface, the cloth can be dampened with a little bit of water."

3. They never get rid of a credit card.

Yep, even ones you can't use to make purchases anymore. "It's great to have an old credit card on hand to hit those hard-to-reach places &mdash where the lip of the sink hits the counter, the space between the stove and the countertop, the edge of sink drains, and so on," says Tanaka. Just wash it with warm water and soap afterwards so you can reuse it during your next scrubbing session.

4. They store things vertically.

To make better use of the storage space you have, but avoid a toppling effect, Janine Adams (the blogger behind Peace of Mind Organizing) has a trick: "Standing things on end in a container, rather than laying them flat, tends to make them more accessible," she says. This works with T-shirts, business cards, notebooks, cookie sheets, spools of ribbon, you name it.

5. They pick up pet hair with the wave of a hand.

Don't even bother with lint rollers or bulky vacuum cleaners. Jill Nystul of One Good Thing by Jillee has a simple-but-effective tool for fighting pet hair: a rubber glove. Pull one on and run your hand over furniture, carpet, or hardwood. Just like that, Mr. Cuddle Pants' hair comes right up.

6. They pair chores with existing habits.

The best way to make cleaning a daily habit: Pair it with something you're already doing, suggests Adams. "I wipe down the fixtures in my bathroom every morning after I brush my teeth," she says. She also treats running her dishwasher as a part of her bedtime routine and unloads it while making coffee in the morning.

7. They put their clothes away every morning.

You know that chair in your bedroom that's perpetually covered in the clothes? Apparently, it's not such a bad thing. Bridget Bodoano, author of A Spotless Home, says that since bodies produce sweat and stinky odors, it's best not to put them right back in your closet at the end of the day. Instead, she suggests hanging recently-worn garments on the back of a chair, then either put pieces back into the rotation or into the hamper in the a.m.

8. They make their stairs work harder.

"We live in a two-story house and, to eliminate multiple trips up and down the stairs throughout the day, I've placed four baskets on the steps," says Megan Ardoin of Honey We're Home. Each basket is labeled with a family member's name or a room. "We put misplaced items in the designated baskets throughout the day and empty them at night."

9. They recognize a good basket when they see it.

"Wire baskets are very popular right now, but I'm not a huge fan," says Anna Moseley, the expert behind Ask Anna Moseley. "Items fall out too easily and, when you can see everything in the baskets, they can look cluttered." Instead, Moseley chooses natural fiber baskets for her pantry and living room and metal bins to organize items under the sink &mdash and preferably ones with handles for easy toting.

10. They paint their walls with a purpose.

Walls get dusty &mdash and the darker the paint color, the more dust shows. Pick a color that's light and airy to help hide the dust. Becky Rapinchuk of Clean Mama loves the gray-beige hybrid Revere Pewter by Benjamin Moore: "It looks great in any light, hides fingerprints well, and is dark enough to give a little contrast with white or wood trim."

11. They just get it over with.

Nope, being supremely clean doesn't mean you always enjoy cleaning. But usually it's better to just get started: "I like to get the majority of the larger and less enjoyable tasks done in the morning, so I am not thinking about them all day," says Jennifer Lifford, the blogger behind Clean and Scentsible.


The Dish Cleaning Hack You Didn't Know You Needed

Dish washing can be an extremely monotonous task&mdashrinse, soap, scrub, rinse, dry, repeat&mdashand it often leaves your hands dried-out and irritated. The culprit in this equation is the dish soap, which can often be way too harsh to be using on our hands nonstop. So what can make this arduous task (slightly) more enjoyable, beyond hiring a housecleaner?

A sustainable living Instagram account Simply Living Well, which boasts 177,000 followers, actually posted the answer to our pleas back in August, which Real Simple just brought to our attention. Her dish-washing hack? Use bar soap to wash your dishes&mdashnot the regular liquid dish soap we get from our local grocery stores.

The Simply Living Well account holder, Julia, says that her bar of dish-washing soap lasted an entire month. "I don't care if I never use dish soap again," Julia posted to her Instagram. "It&rsquos sudsy, nontoxic, easy to use, gentle on the skin, and comes plastic-package free. I just rub my hand brush on it and go to town on my dishes."

One account even commented, "To me, there&rsquos something so lovely about the simplicity of using ONE product for everything&mdash dishes, bath, shampoo, house cleaning, washing the dog, etc. I just love that."

Recommended by the sustainability-focused Insta account, Bring Your Own Long Beach sells $10 bars of soaps that are perfect for washing your dishes. They're safe to use on your skin&mdashincluding your face&mdashand are nonirritating, hypoallergenic, and even recommended by dermatologists in cases of eczema, psoriasis, and dry skin.


2. DIY Carpet Cleaning Spray

If you prefer a spray cleaner, especially for tough stains, this DIY spray carpet cleaner recipe utilizes the natural stain-removing abilities of Lemon Essential Oil to help lift away grime and leave your carpet smelling fresh and clean.

What you’ll need:

  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • 1 cup hot water (tap water is okay)
  • 2 tablespoons baking soda
  • 20 drops Lemon
  • Gloves

What you’ll do:

  1. Using gloves, test a small spot for discoloration.
  2. Mix all ingredients in a spray bottle and shake well, fully dissolving the baking soda.
  3. Spray on the carpet and work in with scrub brush or towel.
  4. Soak up excess moisture with a towel.

Miscellaneous

Here we have the odds and ends of any home: the remaining pieces it’s so easy to gloss over when in the regular process of tidying up. It’s likely that a few items are missing from this section (the list could really be endless, yes?), so I’m all ears for any more ideas you may have.

Dryer Vents, Air Ducts & Air Filters: Now we’re getting into homeowner territory—a space which is, as of yet, foreign to me. But I am told by my homeowner friends that these are important items to clean/replace regularly.
Washer (again, if you have one!): It’s easy to forget to clean the appliances that clean our things. But running a cleaning cycle on your washer once a year certainly isn’t a bad idea.
Window Treatments and Blinds: Wash the former. Dust the latter.
Trash Cans: Every once in a while, it’s a helpful idea to wipe out the inside of your trash receptacles. Things splatter, other things spill, and these bins could use a little extra love on occasion, too.

Do you abide by the spring cleaning rule? Do you, once a year, pull out all of your finest cleaning products and accoutrements and really freshen things up for the coming trip around the sun? If so, I’d love to hear how you approach the task! Most of the above comes solely from the perspective of someone who rents a small apartment, so if you have additional suggestions for how to clean a larger home (perhaps one that you own), please share them in the comments. Any tips you have would be appreciated as I am, clearly, an amateur in this entire process.


Tyson Tamale - Take a Bite Outta Life!

The Tyson Tamale is the fix for your taste buds when you are looking to add some spice in your life! I had to beg Tyson to part with the recipe and finally, he agreed if I&aposd just let him whisper the secret ingredient into my ear. Turns out it&aposs hot sauce! Crispy chips, deconstucted and reconstructed into a hot little firecracker!

Break the chips down into tiny crumbs. Add hot water to make a thick mush. Roll the combined ingredients in the bag and cook for 5 minutes. Unroll your snack and top with hot sauce, jalapeno&aposs or cheese.


    GATESVILLE, Texas -- These women may not have an oven, refrigerator, stove, knife, or even the ability to boil water, but they do have plenty of time on their hands. Decades, in fact.

12 Things Making a Huge Comeback During the Pandemic

Staying home for many of us has been a requirement, and we've been looking for fun things to do at home while keeping our family fed and stocked up on essentials. Things that we thought had been replaced by more modern products have seemed to make a comeback, and it has left us wondering if they'll live on post-virus. The last few months have seen us making fabric face masks, and everything from processed food to hand sanitizers have seen massive spikes in sales. Even if you were already a big Amazon Prime fan, you've probably been shopping online more than ever.

No one could've predicted that thermometers and jigsaw puzzles would be in such high demand in 2020. Each month during the pandemic is completely different and every day we're seeing a new shopping trend essentially spring out of nowhere. Personal hygiene has been an ongoing trend and according to a report on Yahoo! Finance, it's expected to continue for the next few years. Check out this list of things making a huge comeback during the pandemic and see if you've clicked "add to cart" on any of these in the past few months.

Kellogg reported an increase of their sales by 23% in their April first quarter report. Alongside some other favorite shelf-stable products like Slim Jims, the COVID-19 virus has forced us to find comfort in foods we thought we had outgrown as adults.

Home fitness equipment has seen sales grow almost 170% because of the pandemic. With the warmer weather approaching and social distancing still a thing, why not try out a new electronic bike like Gocycle to get on the fitness bandwagon?

Remember always having one at home that your parents would whip out if you happen to get the cold or flu? Now these things are hot commodity with sales rising astronomically. According to a recent article from CNN, the demand for thermometers are up 900%.

With the stay-at-home orders across the world booming, video conferencing has seen a massive resurgence. Zoom video conferencing has seen its stock rise by 150% since the beginning of the outbreak even though most recently there has been a small decline affecting its shares.

One way of distracting your child when school was done was throwing a Nintendo Switch at them. Nowadays you can barely find one anywhere. Sales for the gaming console have doubled since last March. Sales usually peak during the holidays, but the pandemic has forced buyers to dip in now.

It's not surprising that people flock to puzzles during a pandemic. They're cross-generational, require no instructions, and are affordable.

According to an April CNBC article, "Gamemaker Ravensburger has seen U.S. puzzle sales soar 370% year over year in the past two weeks, according to the company&rsquos North America CEO Filip Francke."

Google alone won't tell you how many people are interested in bidets. This once old-world way of cleansing is now becoming popular again due to the limited toilet paper resources caused by panic shopping. In some cases sales have tripled since the pandemic began.

This one should be a given, but hand sanitizer sales spiked over 800% this year. It's expected to be a hot commodity for up to the next seven years.

Sales of stand-alone freezers were up 45% from March to April, and we're expecting to see the trend continue. Everyone is looking to freeze whatever they can this summer.

Companies that just sell kiddie pools to the ones that actually build them in your backyard have seen a massive up-hike in sales especially with summer dawning. You might have some trouble finding them on online retailers like Amazon due to the massive interest.

Hair dye has seen massive spikes in their sales considering that everyone is going through a DIY coloring phase at the moment.

Suppliers are running out, and we're seeing prices start to go up on sites like Amazon. With travel still restricted in most areas, people are resorting to creating mini-staycations in their backyards.


Organize your silverware and knives

Knife storage is a must. A countertop knife block is nice if you need them at your fingertips, but you can also save counter space and tuck the knives into a drawer. Make a simple drawer knife corral similar to the one shown in the photo above by using a piece of untreated wood and a chop saw to create narrow spaces for each knife.

Silverware organizers are mandatory – and as much as we swoon for the store-bought styles in sleek stainless and non-slip silicone finishes, many of our favorites are DIY drawer dividers and organizers.

DIY flatware drawer organizer

How to make a wooden drawer divider.

Photo by: Sarah Fogle ©2016


10 Best Bathroom Cleaning Supplies for a Spotless Space

Cleaning the bathroom is less of a chore when you have the right tools. Check out our favorite bathroom cleaning supplies for all your spring cleaning needs.

Not all of us are neat freaks. So what&aposs the secret to cleaning less often? Investing in the best bathroom cleaning products and tools to get the job done right the first time. Because the sooner you&aposre done scrubbing a toilet or mopping tile floors, the more time you have to spend doing what you love. We&aposve selected customer-rated top sellers and products tested by Consumer Reports to help you round out your bathroom cleaning supplies list. Most are less than $15, and all will make cleaning your home easier.

Best All-Purpose Cleaner: Love Home & Planet Lavender & Argan Oil Multipurpose Cleaner Spray

Everyone needs a trusty all-purpose spray for quick surface cleaning. Not only is this plant-based cleaner suitable for any surface, but it’s also made with calming lavender essential oils that leave your home smelling garden-fresh after each use. Plus, you can&apost beat the price.

Best Toilet Scrubber: Clorox Toilet Wand System

Cleaning the toilet isn’t the most enjoyable task, but it&aposs a bathroom checklist must, and this reusable wand makes it more bearable. No need to store the grimy scrubber heads each time—simply throw them in the trash when you&aposre finished, then pop on a new one from the included caddy. This way you know you’re truly disinfecting and not just recirculating germs with an old brush.

Best Wipes: Kirkland Signature Disinfecting Wipes

Costco does it again. These durable wipes come in a pack of four with two scents: lemon and fresh air. They can be used on almost everything, including surfaces like countertops and cabinets, and nooks and crannies like the tiny space between grimy faucet handles. They&aposre also handy for quick daily wipedowns between deep cleans!

Best Paper Towels: Viva Strong & Soft Paper Towels

Of all the paper towels, consumers rated these the most absorbent. Plus, they stand up to the strongest scum and pesky stains such as rust. This means you&aposll spend less time scrubbing, and you won&apost use as many towels. For less than $2 a roll, it&aposs an easy choice. 

Best Microfiber Cloth: VibraWipe Microfiber Cleaning Cloth

Microfiber cloths are essential for any proper bathroom cleaning session. The plush fabric is safe to use on any surface and will give your mirror, stainless-steel appliances, and shower door a streak-free shine. Bonus: they are machine-washable and come in four fun colors.

Best Mop: WetJet Power Mop Starter Kit

Gone are the days of filling up a bulky bucket and sloshing it to your cleaning destination. The Swiffer WetJet is one of the best bathroom cleaning tools on our list due to its ease of use and hardworking features. Its self-spraying system takes the place of a traditional bucket of soapy water, and its small footprint makes it easy to store when you&aposre finished. 

Best Squeegee: OXO Good Grips 10 in. Stainless-Steel Multi-Purpose Squeegee

A squeegee should be your new go-to tool for streak-free cleaning. It allows you to give showers a good clean without having to wash a towel or cloth. This one features a flexible blade that’s perfect for uneven shower doors or surrounds, and it comes with a suction cup so you can hang it up to dry after each use.

Best Natural Solution: The Laundress Scented Vinegar

Trust us—white vinegar is your best friend when it comes to cleaning the bathroom. Its acidic nature is tougher than your average all-purpose cleaner, making it our number one pick for washing surfaces. Watch it work wonders on chrome fixtures, too, removing even the toughest hard water spots. Plus, this eco-friendly version comes in a fresh-smelling scent.

Best Scrubbing Brush: Clorox Flexible All Purpose Scrub Brush

Scrub brushes are a versatile must-have for any cleaning caddy. Dip one in a diluted bleach solution and use it to scrub down the grout in your tiled shower or around the base of your toilet. They&aposre great for scrubbing away tough buildup around the bathtub drain, too! This one comes with a removable handle to help you reach into tight corners and crevices. 

Best Vacuum: Dyson V8 Absolute Stick Vacuum

A good vacuum can change your entire cleaning routine (not to mention, shorten it). This one is definitely on the pricier side𠅋ut with good reason. It’s cordless, lightweight, and converts into a handheld so you can swiftly pick dust off those baseboards. The HEPA filtration system makes it a good pick for those with allergies or asthma, too.