5 Essential Cleaning Tools That Are Worth Every Penny
Stock up on these cleaning tools for a house that shines—with minimal effort on your part.
So many great cleaning tools and gadgets are designed to save you time and energy when it comes checking off every box on that cleaning list and making every room of your home shine. Of course, most of these cleaning tools do not come cheap. But if you want every surface in your house to sparkle with minimal effort from you, you’re going to need the right tools—and some top-notch cleaning tips.
While the items on most cleaning supplies lists can be expensive, they don’t all necessarily need to be. There are many things you can end up overpaying for but shouldn’t—these items are great opportunities to save while stocking up on cleaning tools and supplies.
A great example of this is bleach. It’s the ultimate multitasker, with a seemingly endless assortment of uses. Bleach disinfects bathtubs, floors, sinks, and even those filthy areas inside the toilet. It should also be fairly inexpensive. Because all bleach is made from the same chemical compound, sodium hypochlorite, it doesn’t matter whether you buy the store brand, name brand, or even the kind that smells a bit like lavender: All of it works the exact same way.
When cleaning with bleach (or any other chemical), you should be wiping surfaces down with cotton rags. But don’t overpay for those, either. In fact, you really don’t need to spend money on those at all. Instead of buying new rags, you can cut up old towels and t-shirts or upcycle those stained, dingy washcloths.
Using rags will also eliminate the need for pricey disposable wipes. They can be so tempting, but you end up overpaying a lot for packaging and convenience. Furthermore, disposable wipes that aren’t biodegradable will just end up in landfills. Buying separate products and rags makes more sense on multiple levels.
On the flipside, as a general rule, most cleaning tools that can be reused or are electronics engineered to do something that’s difficult to be done manually will be worth paying extra money for. You’ll want to invest in these five essential cleaning tools for your cleanest home yet—you’ll be amazed by what a high-quality cleaning investment can do.
According to Jennifer Greggory, brand manager of Molly Maid, microfiber cleaning cloths are worth the investment. “These cloths are reusable, and with only water they remove up to 99 percent of bacteria from surfaces. In addition to the ideal dusting tool, microfiber also reduces streaking on glass,” she says. Microfiber cloths are also an eco- and budget-friendly alternative to paper towels.
Our suggestion: AmazonBasics Microfiber Cleaning Cloths, $13 for 24; amazon.com.
Greggory also suggests investing in a quality high duster with an extender. “Cleaning ceiling corners, air vent returns, and ceiling fan blades can be a much simpler task [by] eliminating the use of a ladder if you invest in a high duster,” she says. There are even dusters with accessory kits that can be used for different surfaces, depending on what your needs are.
Our suggestion: Eversprout Flexible Microfiber Ceiling and Fan Duster, $38; amazon.com.
Using a basic sponge to remove baked-on food from pots and pans often doesn’t cut it. A good brush helps keep your pots and pans looking new with a lot less elbow grease. Look for one with a built-in soap compartment to really up your cleaning ante.
Our suggestion: OXO Stainless-Steel Soap Dispensing Dish Brush, $13; williams-sonoma.com.
Using a robotic vacuum/mop hybrid doesn’t just keep your floors looking clean—this gadget can save you a seemingly endless amount of time and energy. If you program yours to clean on a regular basis, you can often skip manual cleaning with a regular upright vacuum.
A total game changer, the ECOVACS DEEBOT Ozmo 930 Robotic Vacuum/Mop Cleaner is programmable with a Smartphone app. It can clean carpets as well as wood floors and other hard surfaces.
Our suggestion: ECOVACS DEEBOT Ozmo 930 Robotic Vacuum/Mop Cleaner, $600; bedbathandbeyond.com.
Cleaning windows is a massive undertaking, unless you have a robot do it for you. A good robot will get your windows clean and streak-free every single time. Investing in a robotic window cleaner is also far less expensive than hiring a professional crew and much safer, in many cases, than trying to do it on your own. You can save thousands of dollars over time.
The ECOVACS Winbot X has a safety tether for both indoor and outdoor cleaning. It also operates for nearly an hour on a full charge.
Our suggestion: ECOVACS Winbot X, $400; walmart.com.