The weather is finally starting to warm up and I’ve got spring cleaning on the brain! I brought up the topic of spring cleaning at one of our recent blog planning meetings, and the girls and I got to talking about our favorite cleaning and organizing products. We realized that we have a lot of favorites, and that we wanted to share them with you!
It’s one thing to share a product that seems like it could be useful, but I generally like to try things out before I share them here on the blog. In this particular post, every item I’ve included is something that at least one of us owns and uses on a regular basis. I hope that by sharing our experiences with these products, we can help make your spring cleaning and organizing just a little bit easier this year. So let’s get started! :-)
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I first bought this vacuum a few years ago, and I fell in love with it almost instantly! This is the first vacuum I’ve ever owned that seems to be working just as well now as it did when I first bought it. It picks up everything, and it’s easy to clean, too.
I could write a whole post about my love for Magic Erasers. (Oh wait, I already did!) ;-) They’re my go-to tool for scuff marks, stubborn residues, and other messes that need a bit of elbow grease. The name-brand ones are great, but we recently found a brand on Amazon that sells in bulk for cheap! And when you cut them down into smaller pieces, they last even longer.
Read More: The Many Uses For Magic Erasers!
Finally, a decent-sized glass spray bottle! Most homemade cleaning solutions that contain essential oils should be stored in glass bottles, but until recently, I’ve only been able to find the small mister-type bottles. But these ones by Sally’s Organics hold 16 ounces, making them a must-have for your homemade cleaning arsenal. And they come in different colors, too!
It’s pretty incredible how much you can accomplish with just a damp microfiber cloth. You can dust, wipe down surfaces, sop up messes, and so much more! These AmazonBasics cloths get the job done, and they’re fairly inexpensive, too!
The conference table at our studio is heavy, but it’s easy to slide around thanks to these furniture sliders! Put them under the legs of your bulky furniture and you’ll be able to slide it right out of the way when cleaning.
There may not be a way to make dusting fun, but you can at least make it easier! This extendable duster can pivot any which way to reach under couches, on top of ceiling fans, and anywhere else you need to clean. And when you’re done, just toss the microfiber cover in the wash!
Command hooks are one of our favorite products here at OGT. They make it easy to get organized, and we love that you can remove them without having to fill any holes. Follow the link below for tons of ways to use Command hooks!
My daughter Britta has a set of these fridge bins and she swears by them! They’re great for corralling items together and reducing chaos in your fridge. Plus you can slide them out easily to get the stuff in the back, rather than having to reach way back in the fridge!
We make the most of our limited kitchen storage space at our studio by storing our bulk ingredients in plain sight. These glass storage jars have a clean and classy look, and the vinyl labels we added make it easy to identify what’s inside.
I can never have too many spray bottles! These ones are sturdy, inexpensive and they come in a four pack. These are a must-have item if you’re looking to start making your own cleaners.
Keeping my pantry well-organized makes throwing dinner together so much easier. With this can organizer, I can quickly see exactly what I have and what I’m running low on. It’s perfect for food storage closets, too!
It’s a little embarrassing to admit that I currently have 3 bottles of paprika in my pantry. Every time a recipe called for it, I’d peek in the cupboard and assume I didn’t have any. Now that I have this spice organizer, my pantry looks nicer and I only have the spices that I need! :-)
If you’re planning on tackling the yard this spring, don’t forget your heavy duty trash bags. They’re extra sturdy, extra large and perfect for gathering leaves, old clothes and whatever junk has accumulated in the garage this winter!
14. Work Gloves
A good pair of work gloves can prevent sores and blisters after a long day of yard work or heavy lifting. This pair will last for years to come and you’ll glad to have them around when you need them!
You just can’t beat this classic design when it comes to sponges. They’re perfect for gentle dishes and the toughest messes, and you can get a six-pack for just $5!
The Hurricane Spin Scrubber was a product that I learned about from a reader. When she suggested using it along with my soap scum busting solution for cleaning the shower, I had to try it! It works perfectly to clean every nook and cranny of the shower, kitchen and more. In addition to being useful, this scrubber is just fun to use – I love it!
I use these super versatile bins in almost every closet in my house and studio! They’re great for holding bedding and out of season clothing. I also use them to control chaos on the floor of my kitchen pantry.
A caddy like this is a must for efficiently cleaning your home. Instead of running around gathering cleaning supplies, keep them with you as you move from room to room. Alternatively, this is a great way to corral crafting supplies.
A good sturdy pail comes in extremely handy for so many different jobs! From mopping the floor, soaking stained clothing, washing the car, or serving as an impromptu ice bucket for cold drinks, I could not live without my big bucket!
My sister recommended this steamer to me years ago after she bought one and LOVED it! I soon fell in love with it too. It produces lots of steam and is super easy to operate! I’ve had mine almost 8 years now and it’s still going strong.
These wetjet mops are so handy to have around, I think every home should have one! Here’s a tip that I use: before mopping with one, grab a spray bottle and fill it with hot water and spritz your entire floor. The extra water will help your Swiffer cleaning solution and cleaning pads stay damp, so they can go twice the distance!
Owning your own pressure washer has become more affordable than ever and once you realize all the things you can use it for, you’ll wonder why you didn’t get one sooner! See my post about Surprising Things You Can Clean at the Car Wash.
We installed hardwood floors in our house a few years ago and I was at a loss as to how to clean them until a friend recommended this cleaning system. It’s great at cleaning and caring for your wood floors and you can find it at most grocery stores!
I’ve found that when it comes to getting my husband and kids to help with organization around the house, the easier it is the better! That’s why I love the laundry hamper with three compartments. It lives right by my washing machine and I have each compartment labeled so no one has an excuse for putting their clothes in the wrong place. Having everything pre-sorted makes laundry so much easier!
Over-the-door shoe organizers are one of my favorite organizing “hacks.” They’re useful for so much more than just shoes! I use one in my pantry for everything from foil and trash bags, to bag clips and granola bars. Keep one near the front door to keep wallets, umbrellas, and keys handy.
We end up with a lot of stuff in our kitchen cabinet at the OGT studio because of all of the different posts that we work on! It can be hard to keep everything organized. We love these under-the-shelf baskets for corralling small things and helping keep cabinets a bit more organized! Not to mention it helps makes use of every available inch of space!
I have a serious love for these mason jar spray tops! You might have noticed they show up in my photos a lot, like in the posts for my shower soap scum buster, homemade glass cleaner, and scented vinegar. I’m always looking for new ways to put my *ahem* rather extensive mason jar collection to good use, and these spray tops fit the bill nicely!
I buy baking soda in bulk because I use it so often, but it can be a pain to pull out the big bag every time I need to use it! So I like to keep some in a mason jar with this great pour cap for easy access.
I actually have a whole post on ways to use a pumice stone for more than just removing rough skin from heels! Pumice stones work great for cleaning toilet bowl stains, removing burned on gunk from the oven, pulling dog and cat hair off rugs, and much more.
Read More: 10 Handy Household Uses For A Pumice Stone
My daughter-in-law Kaitlyn told me about these magnetic spice jars! Her spice cabinet is tiny and makes it hard to find anything. So she put these tins on the side of her fridge right next to her stove and made some cute labels for them using our Silhouette CAMEO machine. She says it makes cooking so much easier!