10 Best Cleaning Products You Must Have for the Ultimate Spring-Cleaning
Spring has arrived, and it’s time for some deep cleaning. Whip open that closet, roll up your sleeves and get ready to turn your home into the cleanest version of itself with the products on this list. We recommend starting with the kitchen, but do whatever feels best to you.
BEST ECO-FRIENDLY CLEANERS
1. Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day Lavender Multi-Surface Cleaner
Not only does this product come in lots of fresh and original scents (we prefer lavender for its soothing nature), but it’s a cruelty-free formula packaged in a recyclable (and refillable!) bottle.
2. Blueland Multi-Surface Starter Set
Had it with single-use plastics? Invest in reusable products like this kit from Blueland. They’ll send you a shatterproof, reusable bottle. One tablespoon makes 20 ounces of cleaner you can use on counters, tile, stone or wood.
3. GROVE COLLABORATIVE ALL-PURPOSE CLEANER CONCENTRATE
This cleaning spray is totally free of harsh, toxic chemicals. All you have to do is combine the concentrate with 16 ounces of water in a spray bottle. It works on just about any surface (including chrome and concrete) but isn’t advised for use on wood, brass or aluminum.
4. Method All-Purpose Cleaning Wipes
Method uses its Powergreen technology to clean up messes. Basically, this means environmentally friendly, nontoxic ingredients derived through chemistry. Also, the brand’s wipes are compostable at municipal facilities (not in your backyard, unfortunately) and the cleaning agents in the formula are plant-based.
Best Cleaners for Disinfecting Germs
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1. Clorox Multi-Surface Cleaner and Bleach
This spray works on multiple hard surfaces, so you can carry it with you as you move from room to room. As a bonus, this formula has a less powerful bleach odor but still gets the job done. Pro tip: After spraying, let it sit on the surface for one minute before wiping away so the product can work its magic.
2. Lysol Disinfectant Spray
This powerful spray not only kills 99.9 percent of bacteria and fungi but also zaps flu and cold viruses. It can be used on soft surfaces, too, which is nice. Be sure to follow spray instructions—again, to fully sanitize and disinfect, you’ve got to let it sit on stuff for anywhere from ten seconds to ten minutes to do its job. One perk is it’s meant to simply air-dry (so no wiping everything down after).
3. Keystone Peroxide Disinfectant and Glass Cleaner
If pressing hands, noses and cheeks against the window to get a good look outside has become the new hobby at your house, maybe invest in this product for your glass surfaces. It kills norovirus “in as little as 45 seconds” and doesn’t leave streaks on glass. It works on other hard surfaces, too.
Best Products for Cleaning Up Pet, Uh, Messes
1. Nature’s Miracle Stain and Odor Remover Spray
What makes this cleaner one of the best around for pet accidents is its enzymatic formula. It not only destroys the smell of urine and feces but also prevents animals from going back to that spot again for repeat performances. It comes in both dog and cat versions!
2. Scotch-Brite Pet Hair Lint Roller
Less a specific mess and more a constant struggle, pet hair becomes super noticeable the more time you spend at home. It’s also alarming to see how much accumulates when you finally air out closets and drawers. These rollers are designed to pick up pet hair and not let it go.
3. Natural Care Flea and Tick Carpet Powder
Nothing lingers like pet smells in a well-loved carpet. Plus, with the warmer weather approaching, the chance of bringing ticks into the house is going to increase. This all-natural powder kills ticks and fleas, is safe for pets and deodorizes.