5 Spring Cleaning Must-Haves

Some of our favorite cleaning pros share their secret weapons for a successful grime-fighting tour around the house.


Citra Solv


“This solution cuts through grease and stuck-on food in kitchens, removes pet stains from carpets, and gets rid of makeup buildup on bathroom counters.” —Jacqueline Janus, owner of Two Chicks and a Broom

To buy: $11; walmart.com.

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Wool Duster With Extendable Pole


“Lamb’s wool contains lanolin, which captures dust and holds it until you shake the duster or wash it out. I use this tool to clean high spots (tops of cabinets) without a ladder and low areas (under the sofa) without kneeling. When you’re finished, wash the duster with a little shampoo, add a touch of hair conditioner, and rinse. Air-dry and spin in your hands to refluff.” —Linda Cobb, creator of Talking Dirty With the Queen of Clean book series

To buy: $25; jet.com.

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“This strainer fits inside the drain and collects hair that can cause a clog, eliminating the potential need for a toxic drain cleaner or a visit from the plumber.” —Donna Smallin Kuper, certified housecleaning technician, author, and blogger at unclutter.com

To buy: $13; bedbathandbeyond.com.

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Scotch-Brite Disposable Toilet Scrubber


“A sanitary solution to the icky toilet wand, this stick comes with one-use scouring pads curved to fit under a rim. Wet the pad to activate the cleaner.” —Becky Rapinchuk, founder of CleanMama.net and author of Simply Clean

To buy: $9; target.com.

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Howard Natural Stainless Steel Cleaner


“As a cleaning business owner, I’ve tried every product known to man, and this nontoxic, lemongrass-scented formula blows all other stainless cleaners out of the water. It erases smudges without streaking and gives the surface a shine.” —Jacqueline Janus

To buy: $10; amazon.com.

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