Spring cleaning 101: The products you’ll need to clear the clutter
Do a bit of word association with the word “spring” and several words will probably come to mind. Flowers and showers, for sure. Fever might be one, too.
But surely, “cleaning” will crowd its way into the clutter of words. Because, ultimately, we want the clutter of winter, along with all the cobwebs and grime, cleared out of homes. Now.
How best to tackle the task? One room at a time, is our suggestion. Real Simple recommends a few products to consider, that are guaranteed to get the job done. Seventh Generation Disinfecting Spray not only has a pleasant, thyme scent, but it’s natural, so no worries about polluting the environment–or your home. And, for those really tough jobs, like stains on counters, Fantastik with Bleach is the magazine’s go-to product.
The crew at Good Housekeeping–who should know something about housekeeping–like Mr. Clean’s multisurface cleaner, along with Spic and Span’s Cinch, which works well on glass, laminate and even stainless steel. Goo Gone got the seal of approval for a product which does well with pesky outdoor cleaning chores (think the grill).
And if you’re ready to scrub, many a house cleaner knows that Bar Keepers Friend does better than just about any other product–and contains no bleach, so it’s not toxic when mixed with other cleaners that have ammonia (always keep in mind that the ammonia/bleach mix is dangerous).
Finally, we offer a nod to a few products that will help make the weekend chores move along more quickly. Spring cleaning? Let’s do this.
This bottle includes a spray bottle, microfiber cloth and lemon juicer, so you can move from caustic cleaning products to all-natural solutions. It even comes with a “recipe” book, to help you make your own products. Recipe Natural cleaning bottle, $9.95, crateandbarrel.com
Mop it up
If you have a lovely tile or stone floor, you know no ordinary mop will do. We suggest this version, which gets a thumbs up from those who want a no-residue shine. Bona stone, tile & laminate mop, $39.99, bedbathandbeyond.com
To really get to the dust on the floor and grime, we have one suggestion: The Shark. It’s beloved by Consumer Reports, and by clean freaks everywhere. You can find options everywhere, but don’t let the fact that they’re lightweight fool you. They suck up dirt like an anteater suctions ants. The Shark Navigator vacuum, $129.99 on sale, bestbuy.com
Light as a feather
For those hard-to-reach places (you know, the ones you’ve been ignoring all winter), find yourself an old-fashioned feather duster with a long handle. But for the dust that’s settled in corners of furniture, especially shelves, we suggest a great cloth. Allergies? Stop sneezing and start dusting. Guardsman Ultimate Dusting Cloths, $12.99 for a five-pack, bedbathandbeyond.com