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11 Essential Spring Cleaning Products

Mental Floss logo Mental Floss 3/13/2017 Alvin Ward
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Dreading spring cleaning? Don't worry: These products will make your house sparkle in no time.

1. SCRUB DADDY; $15

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The Scrub Daddy is no ordinary sponge—and that's not just because of its smiling face. The scrubber alternates between soft and rigid, depending on the temperature of the water you rinse it with. Gently wipe down dishes with a soft, warm sponge, or tackle harder stains with a colder, harder sponge. The product is the darling of Shark Tank, and it currently holds the title of being the top performing item from the show. In fact, if Bon Appétit is to be believed, it's the only Shark Tank product worth buying.

Find it: Amazon

2. INSTANT RUG REJUVENATOR; $50

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Anyone with a light colored carpet knows the struggle of keeping it clean. This rug rejuvenator scrubs more vigorously than you could ever do by hand. It has two sets of rotating bristles that massage the carpet shampoo into the fibers. Once the shampoo dries, the crystals and dirt can all be easily vacuumed up. The simple cleaning process gives a deep and balanced clean that will make your carpet look and feel brand new.

Find it: Hammacher Schlemmer

3. DYSON CORD-FREE VACUUM; $560

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Say goodbye to cumbersome cords and cables with a completely wireless vacuum. This popular Dyson vacuum is battery powered and runs on a digital V8 motor that can last up to 40 minutes. The powerful vacuum is great for getting dirt that's deeply wedged into corners and carpets, and you can even remove the handle and use the smaller handheld option for harder-to-reach areas.

Find it: Amazon

4. SWIFFER WET JET; $25

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The Swiffer Wet Jet is an improved version of the already beloved Swiffer mop. Similar to its predecessor, the flexible mop has a special, disposable pad that dirt clings to. What sets the Wet Jet apart is the battery-powered stream of cleaning solution that you can expel with the push of a button. As you might expect, wet floors are much easier to clean, and the cleaning solution leaves a refreshing smell.

Find it: Amazon

5. ONE-HANDED BROOM AND DUSTPAN; $30

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Once you've finished sweeping, getting the pile into a dustpan can prove to be a bit of a problem. This unique dustpan aims to make the process somewhat simpler by removing the handle. Instead, the device has a spot for your foot to keep it in place while you sweep in debris. And as a bonus, it even has a little comb on the side to clean out the broom when you're finished.

Find it: Amazon

6. MICROWAVE CLEANER; $5

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Getting caked-on food off of the inside of a microwave is going to need more than just a sponge and some elbow grease. Use this "angry mama" cleaner to help loosen up the gunk first. Simply fill it with water and a bit of vinegar and microwave. The steam from the head will soften the splatters and help remove any funky odors.

Find it: Amazon

7. DUST MOP SLIPPERS; $8

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If you haven't swept in a while, you might notice your socks beginning to pick up bits of dirt and hair—but now you can do that on purpose. Make your footwear work for you with these slippers that double as microfiber mops. Now you can clean your floors without even thinking about it, and then toss the slippers into the wash afterward.

Find it: Amazon

8. MR. CLEAN MULTI-SURFACE ANTIBACTERIAL CLEANER; $3

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You can't go wrong with a classic. The well-known household staple has earned a place in clean kitchens across the country thanks to its ability to cut through thick messes on most surfaces without leaving streaks. It even got a shout-out fromGood Housekeeping as the Best Overall multi-purpose cleaner.

Find it: Target

9. SPONGE GLOVES; $8

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OK, these gloves may look ridiculous, but hear us out. When the sponge is built right onto the glove, it's one less thing to worry about, and having scrubbers attached to your fingers makes it easy to apply just the right amount of pressure to scrub off dried-on or burnt food residue.

Find it: Amazon

10. BAR KEEPERS FRIEND; $12

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Bar Keepers Friend is about to be your friend for polishing appliances and cookware. The substance is tough on rust, lime, stains, and tarnish and comes with a non-scratching scourer cloth. Use it on white porcelain sinks and tubs, pots, pans, and anything else that needs a new shine.

Find it: Amazon

11. SUPER CLEAN; $15

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Dirty keyboards and other gadgets are often the last things on your list to clean up. Now you can happily check it off first, using this giant yellow glob of goo. The Silly Putty-like substance is perfect for grabbing little bits of dust, dirt, and snack residue from your laptop, phone, and anything else with lots of nooks and crannies.

Find it: Amazon

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