Everyone wants to be one of those people who always seem to have a spotless home but keeping things clean and tidy can be a real chore. Luckily, being prepared with the right tools and cleaning products can make the whole process that much easier. From a laser-focused vacuum to tried-and-true natural cleaning products to time-saving gadgets, we’ve rounded up 11 products that just might change the way you clean your home for the better.
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Originally published July 15, 2021. Updated July 8, 2022.
A (Stylish) Surface Cleaner
Grease and grime are a part of life, but many label-laden cleaning products can be major eyesores, which means you’re more likely to hide them away – and less likely to use them as often as you might need to. This multi-purpose surface cleaner features a plant-based formula that’s made from coconut-derived actives and jasmine essential oils (instead of harsh solvents), and the biodegradable bottle is sleek and stylish enough to stay on the counter 24/7. Want more clever alternatives for the biggest eyesores in the home? We’ve got you covered. Public Goods Surface Cleaner, Indigo, $9.
A Smarter Vacuum
If you can’t stand to see a speck of dirt on a freshly vacuumed floor, it might be time to upgrade to a more innovative carpet cleaning solution. Designed with laser dust detect technology that illuminates dust and debris on your floor, this powerful cordless vacuum makes it easier to get an ultra deep clean. Dyson V15 Detect Total Clean Vacuum, $999 Dyson
Non-Paper Paper Towels
You don’t have to go to totally zero waste (although, we did try it) to make a difference when it comes to reducing waste – especially if you’ve been using disposable paper towels to clean your home. These sponge cloths are perfect for cleaning your kitchen, bathroom and pretty much any surface in your home. They last for two-to-three months, can be sanitized in the washing machine, and can then be recycled or composted when they’re been used to their full potential. Ten and Co. Sponge Cloths Set of 4, Indigo, $24.
A Detail-Oriented Brush
Still scrubbing your grout with a toothbrush and a lot of effort? Losing sleep trying to figure out how to get the gunk out from around your sink drain? The right tool can change everything. Made of BPA-free recycled plastic, this dishwasher-safe special cleaning brush has super-firm bristles for scrubbing on one side, while the other end of the brush features a flexible pointed nib for deep-cleaning crevices. Full Circle Micro Manager Cleaning Brush, Amazon,$13.
A Duster With Real Reach
Do you find yourself stretching to dust and clean ceilings, light fixtures or other hard-to-reach spots? Save yourself the strain with a lightweight duster. Complete with a convenient duster head, this tool lets you keep your home cleaner from every level – with ease. Swiffer Duster Extendable Handle Starter Kit, Amazon, $14.
A Fur-Busting Broom
Spoiling your pets is basically a form of self-care, but all the excess fur that our beloved animal friends leave around the home can be stressful when you’re trying to keep a clean, calm home. Perfect for pet parents, this broom is made with soft rubber bristles that help quickly nix hair, lint and more from your carpets, hardwood floors and upholstery. Evriholder FURemover Broom, Amazon, $19.
A Winning Window Washer
It’s time to leave streaky windows, mirrors and glass in your past. Cleaning glass surfaces with a rag or towel tends to leave a residue that doesn’t exactly scream “clean.” Instead, spray these surfaces with your cleaner of choice and then use a squeegee to gently pull everything down. You’ll get a streak-free clean in way less time (and using way less elbow grease). Mr.Siga Multi-Purpose Squeegee for Window, Amazon, $18.
The Best Spin Mop for Deep Cleaning
As one of the most beloved cleaning products on social media, it’s no surprise that this spin mop bucket has over 15,000 five-star reviews. With its deep-cleaning microfibre mop head and a high-quality foot pedal to help wring out excess moisture, this tool will quickly become your go-to for squeaky clean floors. Vileda Easy Wring Microfibre Spin Mop & Bucket Floor Cleaning System, Amazon, $35.
A Greener Way to Cleaner Bathrooms
This eco-friendly product makes cleaning your toilet a lot more fun. Made from baking soda, citric acid and peppermint essential oil, these toilet bowl cleaner tablets are the perfect way to keep your toilet fresh and clean. Toilet Bowl Cleaner Tablets (Pack of 6), Kinsfolk Shop, $6.
A Battery-Powered Super Scrubber
This cleaning tool might be small, but it sure is mighty! The power scrubber boasts 60 scrubs per second, making it the perfect secret weapon for tough cleaning surfaces (like the grout in your shower tiles) in a flash. Rubbermaid Reveal Power Scrubber, Amazon,$20.
A Natural-Cleaning Necessity
If you’re looking to transition to more natural cleaning products, baking soda is a great place to start – it can clean and deodorize so many things. If you’re using baking soda for cleaning, stock up on a larger package that’s made specifically for cleaning purposes (i.e. not for baking). Simply Clean Baking Soda 2Kg, Amazon, $11.