Spring cleaning is a big task to tackle for many households around the country. Seeing as you wouldn’t send a construction team out to build a house without any tools, why would you even think about beginning to check off items on your spring cleaning checklist without the proper tools you need to get the job done right?
When we talk about tools, we’re not talking about heavy-duty power tools, we’re talking about the right kinds of cleaning supplies, the most effective cleaning products, and a few other tools that’ll help ensure your home and your lawn look great after you’re done scrubbing them down and shining them up.
The Best Tools for Spring Cleaning
1. Wipes, Rags, and Sponges
This is perhaps the most important item on our list of the top tools you need for spring cleaning, yet it sounds so simple, right? Whether you’re cleaning your bathroom, kitchen, office, or even patio space, you won’t get very far without the right kind of heavy-duty sponges.
The easiest cleaning tool is any kind of pre-moistened cloth – just pull, wipe and toss! Cotton rags tackle most chores with ease and are easily cleaned and re-used. Sponges are a great option here as they’re non-scratching and double-textured and also resist. Magic erasers (or even DIY magic erasers) are another great cleaning tool, and similar to sponges, you’re able to cut them in half to make them easier to clean with. Cutting them in half doesn’t reduce their effectiveness and it makes it all more budget-friendly for you.
The phrase “spring cleaning” truly should be “spring cleaning and organizing,” because after you’re done cleaning your house, you have to organize it, right? Right. So, don’t forget to add organizers of types, sizes, and materials to your shopping list before you start cleaning.
Some of the most practical areas where you can make the best use of organizers include:
- Kitchen cabinets
- Bathroom cabinets
- Home offices
- Kids rooms
Instead of just purchasing an organizer for the sake of it, make sure that it’ll help you optimize your space and clean it up in a way that not only looks cleaner but is more functional for you, too.
3. Primers & Cement Sealers
While these two products don’t fall under the umbrella of cleaning supplies, they should absolutely be considered to be spring cleaning tools. Remember that, during spring cleaning, you’ll need to ensure that you’re paying attention to your exterior spaces as well, which include your pool, patio, and irrigation system.
Chances are that if you live in an area where it gets a bit cold, your irrigation and piping system might need a little extra love come springtime. Whether you’re repairing leaks in the pipes of your irrigation system or are having a professional look at your PVC piping system for your pool, having a primer and solvent cement on hand can save a lot of time.
4. Work Gloves
Protect your hands while working outside by having a pair of thick, high-quality work gloves on hand. Outdoor spring cleaning requires you to remove dead leaves, trim bushes, and irrigate your lawn. All of those tasks are going to be much more painful to accomplish without the gloves.
While you’re at it, be sure to pick up a few packs of large trash bags as well. Not only will you need them to pile up old clothes to donate, but you’ll also need them when you start spring yard work.
5. All-Purpose Eco-Friendly Cleaner
Going green is a great tip for those thinking about spring cleaning in 2021. Instead of purchasing harmful chemical cleaners for the interior of your home, make your own all-purpose cleaners.
To DIY a great indoor and outdoor glass cleaner, mix a gallon of hot water with one cup of vinegar and one tablespoon of dish soap. Be sure to use it while it’s still warm, and the results will likely be better than other store-bought cleaners you’ve used in the past.
Need an all-purpose cleaner for everything else in your home? Here’s where you can get creative! A good base to start with is:
- 2 cups of water
- ¼ cup of hydrogen peroxide
- ½ cup of distilled white vinegar
- 1 teaspoon of liquid Castile soap
To spice it up and leave your home smelling better than ever, add a few drops (10-20) of your favorite essential oils.
6. Pumice Stones
This last essential spring cleaning tool is more of a hidden treasure than a tool. However, it’s easily one of the best multi-purpose tools for house cleaning that you’ve likely never heard of.
Pumice stones are great for more than just removing calluses; you can also use them to remove stains from toilet bowls, pull up hair from rugs and carpet, and remove greasy spots on your stove and other appliances. Mix a little of your all-purpose cleaner beforehand and use it to help lift tough stains (but check first to make sure that you’re able to use it with the fabric or material).
Follow Your Spring Cleaning Checklist
However you choose to engage in cleaning this year, it’s best to create a spring cleaning checklist first so that when you head to the store to purchase all of the necessities, you’re aware of just what tools you need for spring cleaning.
Our best advice is to find tools that serve more than one purpose. Some heavy-duty sponges and cleaning tools, along with cleaning products and the right kind of exterior products such as primers and solvent cement will go a long way in helping you spruce up your space for the spring without requiring you to pay a fortune.