Well, it’s that time of year again…the time for spring cleaning.
I’ve written a lot over the years about the best DIY cleaning and laundry solutions (like solutions made with vinegar, baking soda, lemon, and alcohol) and tips to make the cleaning process go faster. Using these multipurpose ingredients will save you money, are gentler on your home, and are environmentally friendly. They are also ideal for use around your pets and kids. They are also super easy to make with ingredients you probably already have around the house, so you can have the perfect cleaning supplies available at the drop of a dime.
What I haven’t really touched on are my favorite items to clean with, so read on for more about my favorite new cleaning essentials. Check the bottom of the post for links to more posts on cleaning.
According to Casabella, over 70% of Americans participate in spring cleaning each year. Of all the rooms to clean in one’s home, the American Cleaning Institute found that people tend to prioritize the bedroom, kitchen, and bathroom as the most important areas to focus on, so I’ve included the products I use to thoroughly clean these areas.
Before you get started, you need some good gloves. You can use throw-away latex gloves for general cleaning and/or a good pair of water stop gloves for the kitchen.
Everyone needs Lysol wipes. They’re just the best.
If you’re gonna use Magic Erasers, you might as well try the value pack that has the perfect sponge for everything.
I clean my dishwasher at least once a month. You can run the dishwasher with 1 cup of vinegar in the top rack of the dishwasher and then run it again with baking soda sprinkled all over the bottom of the dishwasher. Or you can use my favorite dishwasher cleaner below, which you just place upside down in the silverware holder.
For Glass, Windows, and Blinds
- Cleans glass surfaces without scratching
- Honeycomb texture cleans water spots, smudges, and dirt
- No chemicals needed
This cleans glass without scratching it, so you can use it on windows, mirrors, and even glass stemware. You can use only water with this, or combine it with a glass cleaner.
- Nylon brush for detailing tight spaces, such as window sashes and window sills
- Microfiber attracts and holds dust from in-between blinds
- Microfiber is machine washable
This cuts down the time you spend on your windows and blinds because the little microfiber attachment attracts dust and can clean 2-3 blinds at a time. The little sill duster brush on the other end is also really convenient.
For Stainless Steel
These stainless steel wipes were life-changing for me, especially because my entire kitchen and appliances are made of stainless steel. I like wiping my stainless steel surfaces with the wipes and then drying the surface with the microfiber stainless steel cloth below.
- Dual texture fibers cleans and polishes stainless steel surfaces without scratching
If you don’t want to use chemicals, you can also just use these stainless steel microfiber cloths with water.
There are several options for dusting your drawers, walls, electronics, and more:
- Use dry or moisten with water for powerful cleaning
- Elastic wristband for comfortable and secure fit
- One size fits most
- Microfibers attract and hold dust
This fits both Matt and I well, and is super easy to use. You just run your hand along dusty areas and voila! dusted. You can also try Swiffer’s dusting solutions, which I’ve also had success with.
Paper towels can be great cleaning supplies because they’re cheap and convenient. But they are so wasteful and throwing away all those paper towels over time can be hard on the environment and your pocketbook.
Microfiber cloths can be used again and again, and then just thrown in the wash. They are safer for the environment and can be used without chemicals. They are also faster to use because you can open them up and clean large areas at a time (as opposed to a tiny sponge). Each of the cloths I linked below come in sets of two.
- Microfibers are densely constructed polyester and nylon fibers, and once woven together, the fibers produce a net-like surface area, trapping moisture, dirt, and debris.
- Microfibers are able to reach tight corners and gaps, where traditional cotton fibers cannot.
- The nylon element also produces a static charge that attracts dirt, pulling it in and trapping it until the cloth is washed.
- Textured on one side for scratch free scrubbing
- Soft on the other side for drying, polishing, and buffing
- Safe for all surfaces including granite, corian, and porcelain
This is perfect for cleaning just about any surface around your home.
- Plush microfiber picks up and traps dust, dirt, fingerprints and grime
- Safe for use and won’t scratch furniture, woodwork, and cabinetry
These are ultra-soft and great for dusting. They are so soft, I wish I had a blanket made of it 😛
If you want to see what else I’ve written about cleaning and organizing recently, check out the posts below:
What are your favorite spring cleaning essentials?
I received these products complimentary for testing purposes. All opinions are my own. I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.