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Sure, you might keep your house pretty clean on a regular basis, but when was the last time you truly gave every surface more than just a quick wipe down? Sorry to burst your bubble, but it’s time for spring cleaning.

Most people don’t get excited about spring cleaning, but too bad: It’s that time of year, when we all need to bust through that wintry-feeling early-spring gloom, throw open our windows, and get to scrubbing. To make it easier on you, we’ve put together a list of the basics you should have on hand—plus a few tools for the areas you probably haven’t even thought of—so your home can have its sparkliest spring yet.

Basic Cleaning Essentials

You can’t even begin the job without having the right tools on hand—and, yes, you will need more than just some paper towels and a kitchen sponge to really get things squeaky clean.

  • Microfiber cleaning cloths really do make all of the difference when cleaning, as they don’t leave behind any streaks or lint as you go. They’re also super soft and won’t scratch your more delicate surfaces.
  • Swiffer Dusters not only kick all of the dust off of your furniture, but they also help to ensure it doesn’t fly off into the rest of your home. Even better, they’re designed to reach into tight spaces to truly rid your home of all its dust and dirt.
  • Swiffer Sweepers gather all of the debris and dust on your floors while trapping small particles (unlike a broom). They’re easy to maneuver and really keep everything in one place as you sweep.
  • A good multi-purpose cleaner should always have a spot in your arsenal of cleaning products. We love going natural with our cleaning products, so once you find one you love, stick with it: From your bathroom sink to your kitchen counters, it’ll make quick work of cleaning messes and truly breaking down the grime.

Ceiling Fans, Shelves, and Tops of Appliances and Cabinets

Sometimes a Swiffer Duster just can’t get in some of the hard-to-reach spaces, mainly because you can’t reach up there yourself. For things like the tops of your cabinets and appliances, ceiling fans, and high shelves, you’ll need all the help you can get, unless you feel like busting out a ladder or climbing on your countertops like a jungle gym—no thanks! This extendable microfiber duster will make the job a lot easier; the material helps trap any falling dust and dirt as you go.

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Kitchen Cabinets

If you don’t think that your kitchen cabinets can really get dirty, you’re mistaken. Grease and oil from cooking can splatter on cabinets near the stove, and cabinets throughout the kitchen can collect fingerprints and dust both inside and out. In addition to giving your cabinets a good wipe down on the inside, polish and clean the outside with Parker & Bailey’s Kitchen Cabinet Cream. It’s formulated with all-natural oils that will cut through grease, fingerprints, and built-up dust and polish your cabinets, giving them a smooth, shiny finish.

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Appliances

Appliances like your dishwasher and washing machine are other spots in your home that are probably missing a good cleaning—after all, cleaning is what they do, so how could they possibly get dirty? You’d be surprised. In addition to wiping down the exterior of your dishwasher and washing machine door to remove any built-up grease or dirt, you should also run a cleaning cycle to loosen anything that’s built up on the inside. This appliance cleaner from Lemi Shine is powered by 100 percent natural citric extracts, which help loosen and dissolve mineral deposits within the machine. It’s the easiest way to clean the exterior surfaces of your dishwasher and the parts you can’t see too.

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Bathtubs & Showers

You may be in the habit of cleaning your tub and shower pretty regularly (right?), but a quick wipe with a sponge and cleaner is not the same as deep cleaning. Don’t worry though; it’s really not that hard—as long as you’ve got the right tools. This swiveling, expandable tool is great for a couple of reasons, one of them being that it allows you to really scrub your tub without getting inside of it. It’s easy to hold, and thanks to a head that swivels easily, you can really get into any nook and cranny for a good scrub down. Just spray some tub and tile cleaner and scrub away. We love Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day products for their plant-derived ingredients. 

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Floors

Like your shower or tub, you probably clean your floors fairly often (we hope), but how often do you really clean them? (And we’re talking more than just a simple sweep or a quick once-over with a mop that’s probably never been cleaned itself.) In addition to sweeping and mopping regularly, give your hard floors a good scrub with Better Life’s Plant Based Floor Cleaner. It’s cruelty-free, free of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), and uses plant-derived ingredients to safely clean hardwood, laminate, tile, and more. (Pro tip: Try it with a steam mop for extra sanitization and a deeper clean.)  

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