16 best cleaning products for your home in 2022
Although spring cleaning is a time to freshen up your home and hit the reset button, it can sometimes be a stressful experience. Between finding new cleaning products to get the job done faster and coming up with a game plan for which rooms to attack first, it can feel overwhelming.
To avoid the stressful pitfalls of spring cleaning, it’s important to remember that sometimes the best solution is to get back to basics. Some of the most useful cleaning products, such as vinegar and baking soda, may already be in your cupboard.
To help you discover the best products to use this spring, Real Simple Senior Home Editor Leslie Corona stopped by at TODAY’s 3rd hour to share six multitasking products, from basics to all-purpose cleaners.
Keep reading to shop for supplies you’re sure to add to your spring cleaning arsenal.
Cleaning products recommended by experts
Heinz Distilled White Vinegar
Vinegar is one of the best cleaning products you can have in your home, Corona said. This versatile cleaner can clean coffee makers, reusable straws, or even be used to polish faucets and showerheads. If you want to clean up your garden, vinegar can also be used to destroy weeds.
Bob’s Red Mill Baking Soda
Baking soda will not only keep your kitchen smelling fresh, but it’s also great for cleaning grime and stains from pots and pans. This common household ingredient can also be used to deodorize wooden cutting boards and to polish silverware, she said.
Bar Keepers Friend Powder & Polish Cleaner
Available in both powder and liquid, this product is designed to erase silver marks and scratches from plates and can even remove dirt from shower doors. This product is also known to remove rings in toilets.
Gain original dryer sheets
You may know that dryer sheets are great for reducing static and wrinkles, and can also remove deodorant stains from clothes. But did you also know that dryer sheets can degrease oven racks and deodorize small spaces? All thanks to its refreshing scent.
Homax steel wool
If your kitchen utensils need sprucing up, steel wool can come in handy. The wool can be used to sharpen scissors or smooth rough plastic cutting boards. Raw steel is also ideal for cleaning the metal ends of garden hoses and faucets.
Mr. Clean Magic Eraser
Say goodbye to smudges with this useful magic eraser. Although known for its wall-cleaning abilities, this eraser is great for removing grime from flat irons, curling irons, and even regular irons, Corona says. This product can also help erase scuff marks and dirt from white trainers, remove hard water stains from glass shower doors, and wipe dirt from kiddie pools.
More expert-recommended home care products
To make your life a little easier, TODAY also consulted three cleaning experts – Jan Dougherty, author of “The Lost Art of House Cleaning”, Beth McGee, who wrote “Get Your House Clean Now”, and Melissa Maker , author of “Clean My Space” – who previously shared their favorite products and tools to get your home spotless in no time.
“Microfiber cloths cut my cleaning time probably about 20-30%, and they’re reusable,” Maker said. “They are very absorbent; not just for dirt but for liquid.”
A microfiber cloth can absorb up to eight times its weight, making it the perfect, eco-friendly cleaning solution. Tip: you might want to buy these in bulk since you’ll be using them for everything!
Canister vacuum cleaner
Every home needs a versatile vacuum cleaner. A good one can suck up dirt from everything from carpets and floors to walls.
“It’s just a necessary tool to really clean your house,” McGee said. “Sweeping, Swiffering, none of that will get your house as clean as it should be.”
Dougherty describes this powerful cleanser as “for all your world and everything in it.” She said the dirt in the bathroom and kitchen was mostly grease. So she asked, “What better grease cleaner than a degreaser?”
She suggested mixing the biodegradable, non-toxic cleaner with water in a five-to-one ratio for regular cleaning. Dip a sponge cloth in it and place it on the end of a Swiffer mop to wipe floors. To remove particularly nasty stains from carpets and furniture, spray full strength Krud Kutter on a cloth and apply to stain, walk on it (don’t rub) and repeat.
According to Maker, diluted vegetable-based castile soap is a useful all-purpose cleanser. “The great thing about Castile soap is that you always get that nice, squeaky clean feeling,” she said. “It’s good for people who don’t like the enchanted forest or fresh lemon or whatever scent you find in cleaning companies.”
Colgate Extra Clean Full Head Toothbrush
“Any time you feel like scraping something with your fingernail is a good time to use a toothbrush,” Maker suggested. Toothbrushes come in handy for those little nooks and crannies that other cleaning products won’t fit.
You know those little discolored rings around your sink drain? Mix castile soap and baking soda, then scrub with a toothbrush. The best part is this: you probably already have an extra one in your house.
Toilet brush with hidden holder
Believe it or not, McGee uses a toilet brush to clean his kitchen floors. Seriously.
“It has a fairly long handle to make it easier so you’re not on the floor scrubbing and it has very stiff bristles,” McGee said. So practical!
Buckets shouldn’t be allowed near house cleaning, because repeatedly dipping a rag in contaminated water and product mixtures will only make your home dirtier, Dougherty said. Instead, she advised customers to invest in a few vaporizers and transfer all products to them as soon as they buy them.
Best-selling home care products
Seventh Generation All-Purpose Cleaner
TODAY’s frequent guest Lou Manfredini highly recommends this eco-friendly, dye-free cleanser from Seventh Generation. It can clean all surfaces and materials, from chrome to ceramic, and it’s available at an affordable price!
Stardrops The Pink Stuff All Purpose Cleansing Paste
A little goes a long way when it comes to this smart cleaning solution. The cream-based solution is gentle enough for delicate surfaces, yet resistant to dirt, rust and buildup.
Shadazzle All Purpose Cleaner & Polish
Another versatile cleaning product we love is this polish from Shadazzle. Formulated with natural ingredients, it works wonders on surfaces all around your home. Best of all, it comes in three soothing scents: Lemon, Lavender, and Eucalyptus.
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