Ten handy cleaning helpers to buy before spring
Tribune Content Agency It may be cold now,
but spring — and the cleaning that comes with it — is just around the corner. Update your home with some cleaning helpers that will be there when the weather is more agreeable, or help keep your house in top shape until spring arrives. With today’s homes and soaring ceilings, reaching those tall places without a ladder may seem impossible. But the Extendable Pole Cleaning System has attachments for all your high household jobs. $49.95-$179.95, WilliamsSonoma.com
If you’re tired of finding dryer sheets stuck to your clothes, go with a natural alternative made of lamb’s wool. Woolzies Drying Balls come in a set of three and agitate your laundry while providing the natural softening power of wool.
Sometimes, you like the scent of your favorite cleaner. Other times, you just want to use your own cleaner on your floors. The Rubbermaid Reveal Microfiber Spray Mop has a wide, microfiber mop head and a refillable bottle so you can squirt the cleaner of your choice as you go. $19, HomeDepot.com
If your brooms and mops are slumped in the corner of your laundry room, tidy up with the Envriholder, a five-position wall organizer. $17, Walmart.com Get a head start on spring gardening by saving your vegetable scraps in a White Ceramic Compost Bucket instead of throwing them away or keeping them on the counter where they can smell and attract annoying gnats. The lid hides a charcoal disc that keeps odors down. $14.99, WorldMarket.
Whether it’s the grates on your stove or a pan for the oven, cast iron needs regular maintenance. Camp Chef Cast Iron Conditioner will keep your pans, grills and grates seasoned and conditioned perfectly. $10.90, Amazon.com
It’s no one’s favorite job, but picking up dog bombs in the backyard is easier when you don’t have to bend over and pick up by hand. Scoop, carry and then dispose easily with the Clean Go Pet Sanitary Scoop, Shovel Style, for dog droppings. $34.49, Overstock.com
Today’s dish soaps are designed to work harder than ever on greasy dishes, but it makes washing dishes harder than ever on your hands. WaterBlock Gloves keeps water from getting on your clothes or running down your arms, and they’re pink and pretty to boot.
If cleaners have failed to get your tub or shower sparkling again, try the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser Bath Scrubber. The wonders it works on your walls and sneakers can make your bath look practically new again. $5.99, PGShop.com
We all love our Swiffers, but imagine covering even more territory on each pass? The Swiffer Sweeper X-Large is 1.5 times larger, and if you have lots of solid flooring, you’ll really appreciate that big size. $11.99, Target.com
For more information, contact Kathryn Weber through her website, RedLotusLetter.com.
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