For some mysterious reason, with the lovely weather of spring comes the expectation that we should stay inside and scour our homes from top to bottom.
In an effort to help you get that dirty job done so you can get out into the sunshine STAT, here are some tools, sites, tips and products that will help speed things along. (Remember, prices are subject to change and be sure spring cleaning projects are in your budget.)
1. Persil ProClean Power-Liquid 2-in-1
Price: $5.50 for 40oz/20 loads at Walmart
Consider ditching your go-to detergent and give Persil a try. Why? Consumer Reports ranked this European transplant No. 1 this year. And for good reason. This hyper-concentrated formula is a powerful stain fighter with whitening and freshening all in one.
2. dapple Naturally Clean Everything Spray
Price: $6.99 at Drugstore.com
While you’re at it, try a new all-purpose cleaner. This plant-based, biodegradable spray, which was designed in partnership with “green” chemists, is surprisingly effective at cutting through grease and grime. And bonus: the lovely smell of lavender will keep you calm while you clean.
3. MicroKLeN Broomy
Price: $18.95 at LTDCommodities.com
Whether you’re trying to reach the crumbs under the fridge or if someone just spilled cereal all over the floor, you’ll be ready. The handy Broomy transforms from an unobtrusive, flat box on the wall to a dustpan and broom in seconds. It’s available in red or silver.
4. COOKINA Gard Oven Protector
Price: $13.97 at Amazon.com
Face it, cleaning your oven stinks. Make the job easier next time by laying one of these trim-to-fit, non-stick sheets down on the bottom to catch spills (up to 550 degrees Fahrenheit). They are easy to clean, reversible and you can even use them to line cookie sheets and baking pans.
5. Metapo PS150 Cordless Portable Power Scrubber
Price: $53.99 from Overstock.com.
This portable, waterproof gadget will scrub everything from bathroom tiles to outdoor furniture with very little effort. Simply attach the appropriate brush head, turn it on and let it scrub. The kit comes with a rechargeable battery and several attachments.
You can find more helpful tools for spring cleaning on Credit.com.