Ten handy clean­ing helpers to buy be­fore spring

Sun Sentinel Broward Edition - Homespot - Broward East - - LIVING G SPACE - By Kathryn We­ber

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.

$19.95, Crate­and­Bar­rel.com

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.

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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.

© 2015 Kathryn We­ber. Dis­trib­uted by Tri­bune Con­tent Agency, LLC.

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