Squeaky Clean: 5 Spring Cleaning Essentials
As we bid winter adieu and welcome spring, what better time to get your home shiny and new? But before you start scrubbing floors and wiping walls, it’s imperative to have the proper products on hand to get the job done. Check out our list of 5 Spring Cleaning Essentials to ensure an eco-friendly, effortless, and spotless start to the season.
Shark IONFlex 2X DuoClean Cordless Ultra-Light Vacuum. This freestanding, cord-free vacuum features a second removable, rechargeable lithium-ion battery and a charging dock, so you can always charge one while cleaning with the other; bendability to ensure a flexible reach while cleaning and freestanding, compact storage; a bristle brush to deep-clean carpets, and an additional soft brushroll to pull in larger particles and directly engage floors for a polished look; and the ability to transform it into a hand vac, providing the ultimate in cleaning versatility. To purchase: $459.99, sharkclean.com
Caldrea Basil Blue Sage Cleaning Essentials Set. Refined yet relaxed, this scent provides a sprig of spring with notes of sage, basil, thyme, rosemary, spearmint, and cinnamon leaf. The set includes dish soap, countertop spray, hand soap, laundry detergent, and linen and room spray—everything you need to get your home looking and smelling fresh. What’s more, Caldrea products are free of ammonia, chlorine, glycol solvents, parabens, phthalates, formaldehyde, artificial colorants, phosphates, and petroleum distillates and are not tested on animals or made with animal-derived ingredients. To purchase: $75, caldrea.com
Baking Soda, White Vinegar, and Lemons. Items lingering in your pantry are some of the cheapest, most effective (and eco-friendly) cleaning tools. Pour 1/2 cup vinegar and 1/2 baking soda down drains then mix with hot water to unclog (you can also put a whole lemon peel through the garbage disposal to freshen), spray vinegar on walls and shower curtains to prevent or remove mold and mildew, clean spills on carpet by spraying stains with a solution of half vinegar and half water then blot with a towel after a couple minutes, and add 1/2 cup of baking soda to your liquid detergent for brighter looking and better smelling clothes.
ATTITUDE Window and Mirror Cleaner. Streak-free and made with plant- and mineral-based ingredients (only seven in total!), this cleaner allows you to wipe windows and mirrors without worrying about things like cancer-causing chemicals, with a fresh and clean citrusy scent to boot. Purchase: $4.95, attitudeliving.com
Zwipes Microfiber Cleaning Flat Mop. Whether using damp or dry, this premium microfiber cleaning mop is a champ at picking up dust and dirt—no chemicals needed. The wraparound design and push-and-grab clasps allow you to replace the mop pad with Zwipes’ reusable, long-lasting, and machine washable cleaning cloths. Purchase: $12.08+, zwipes.com
By Megan Wiskus