Whether you dread it or relish it, spring cleaning season is finally upon us. (And I have to admit, my not-so-tidy apartment is in need of some serious organization.) Kick off this year’s spring cleaning routine with these smart tools that’ll make the job go simpler and speedier (and maybe even a bit more fun):
Super scrubbing. Cut back on the time you spend cleaning the tub, shower tiles, and other bathroom surfaces by using the ScumBuster XtremePower Scrubber from Black & Decker ($39.99). Simply pour your cleaner of choice into the scrubber’s handle and get ready to blast away nasty grime. This motorized tool features 25¬–30 minutes of run time. Plus, its clever 3-in-1 extension handle lets you reach high surfaces, as well as those hard-to-reach corners and crevices.
Clean sweep. Say goodbye to icky dust bunnies once and for all. The OXO Under Duster ($24.99) allows you to sweep under beds, sofas, chairs, coffee tables, and other low items with ease, thanks to its wide 14” head and jointed, bending handle. This eco-friendly duster comes with a 14-inch microfiber head that’s removable and washable. And should you suddenly need to dust while you’re washing the duster head, you can simply use a disposable cleaning sheet in its place and proceed. The duster’s nonslip, cushy handle grip is just icing on the cake.
Versatile vacuum. For me, one of the most annoying things about vacuuming isn’t the process itself (truth be told, I enjoy vacuuming). Rather, the problem lies in lugging the vacuum out of my overly cramped coat closet and then reorganizing my closet’s contents to put the vacuum back in when I’m done. That’s where the 18 Volt Cordless High Performance Pivot Floor Vac from Black & Decker ($99.99) would come in handy. This lightweight, cordless vacuum cleans a variety of surfaces, including carpets, rugs, kitchen tile, and hardwood. When the canister is full, simply empty it over the trash can. And best of all (for me, anyway), it’s super-easy to store because it neatly folds in half.
Ready to rinse. Take your spring cleaning prowess outdoors—after all, your siding, deck, driveway, and alfresco furniture deserve a little TLC after a long winter. Pressure washers such as the 2550 PSI/ 2.3 GPM Gas Pressure Washer from Troy-Bilt ($299.00 at Lowe’s) thoroughly washes these outdoor items, so they look their best for spring and summer. If you use a gas-powered model like the Troy-Bilt one I mentioned above, make sure to wear the included safety goggles when operating it. And to prevent any mishaps, check the product’s manual or information packet to make sure it’s safe to pressure wash.
Oh, and before I leave you to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day: Are you a fan of the Black & Decker Pivot Floor Vac and ScumBuster Xtreme Power Scrubber? Stay tuned for exciting news regarding these products in the coming weeks
The Home Know-It-All