21 cleaning products and organizers our editors love for spring cleaning

Spring cleaning season is officially upon us, so what better time than now to think about what really are the best organizing and cleaning products we’ve ever tried?

From Magic Erasers to compression bags, these are the cleaning and organizing products we trust and use to keep our homes spotless all year long.

$229.99 on Amazon or $249.99 $219.99 destination

For some reason, my apartment collects dust like crazy, so having a vacuum cleaner that can literally run for over an hour and requires nothing more than a push of a button or a quick “Hey Alexa” command has changed my mind. lifetime. It picks up every little hard-to-reach piece of dust and debris under the bed or out of awkward corners, and is even a master at capturing the wool that is STILL shedding from my living room rug.

Stephanie Griffin, Senior Digital Content Strategist

$12.53 at Amazon

Alming compression bags

I have too many clothes and little space. To free up some space in my closet, I’ve started putting clothes in vacuum bags and they make a world of difference. They are great for organizing and storing seasonal clothing. Pro tip: I use the smaller ones in my luggage when I travel and it saves a lot of space!

Lindsey Smith, Associate Editor

$22.99 at Amazon

Calees Cable Management Box Set

This organizer kit comes with an array of cable clips, ties, and sleeves—so many I haven’t used them all yet—to keep the monstrosity of tangled cords and cables out of sight. The largest box fits a standard power strip and is roomy enough to keep two coiled up laptop chargers inside, along with a phone charger and a couple of other cables that I keep powered through the top holes for facilitate access. I use the smaller one to store spare chargers, headphones, and other small tech cables.

Sophie Shaw, Associate Beauty Editor

$39.89 at Amazon

Spontex Essentials Multi-Purpose Cloths, 120-Pack

I am absolutely obsessed with these multi-purpose cloths. They are the perfect tool for cleaning, whether in the kitchen (in the style of Swedish dish towels) or in the bathroom, these versatile cloths are essential in any home. They can be used wet or dry and are a great alternative to wasteful paper towels. After a few uses, throw it away and get a new one. Trust me, you’ll love them.

Emily McNutt, Senior Travel Editor

From $34.99 on Cloud Paper and from $39.99 on Amazon

These eco-friendly paper towels have become my go-to for cleaning all surfaces in my home. The packaging is 100% plastic free, recyclable and compostable and each roll comes with 150 sheets. It looks much smaller than regular paper towels, but in my experience, it’s just as soft and absorbent, and best of all, it never streaks.

Stephanie Griffin, Senior Digital Content Strategist

$2 destination

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My kitchen drawers used to look like essentially junk drawers until I bought Target’s new organizing line, Brightroom. I collected all the different sizes of storage trays to hold all my odds and ends. The result is fully organized drawers that make it incredibly easy to find what you’re looking for. And did I mention that these trays start at less than a dollar each?

Rosanne Salvatore, Associate Editor

$39.99 at Amazon

Niubee Acrylic Shelves 2 Pack

I have quite a large collection of perfumes and these acrylic shelves were the solution to give them a designated spot that keeps them organized but still within reach. I love how simple the shelves are, how easy they were to install (comes with screws and wall plugs), and how nearly invisible they seem.

Sophie Shaw, Associate Beauty Editor

$749.99 at Dyson or Best Buy

Dyson v15 Vacuum detection

Not only is my Dyson vacuum incredibly light and easy to maneuver with one hand, it works so well that I really want to vacuum. The many different attachments make it easy to do just about any type of vacuuming you need to do, but my favorite attachment is the “Laser Detection” attachment that reveals microscopic dust. I have a super dusty apartment, and this laser is really the only way I can find dust in every nook and cranny.

Hayley Saltzman, Director of Social Media

$65 in visitor

Away The Insider Packing Cubes, 6-Pack

I am a total convert to packing cubes. In fact, I am so obsessed with them that I now use them beyond my suitcase. I have a dedicated set of packing bins that I use to store things around the house. For example, during the winter, I will put away my summer shorts, shirts, and bathing suits, and then switch to my winter clothes when the weather starts to warm up. It’s a great way to keep your clothes organized, especially if you live in a small space.

— Emily McNutt, Senior Travel Editor

$31.32 $9.40 at Amazon

Spectrum Diversified Grid Storage Basket

Like most people, the cabinet under my kitchen sink is a mess. I was getting frustrated trying to find the items I use most often so I grabbed an over cabinet hanging storage cart and it solved all my problems.

Lindsey Smith, Associate Editor

$4.29 destination

Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day Multi-Purpose Liquid Cleaner - Lilac

This spray really does it all. I use it to clean my gleaming white marble counters, my wooden TV console, the mirrors around my house, my Breville coffee maker, my dog’s “accidents,” and even my electric stove, which has historically been impossible to clean. . It’s formulated with clean, safe ingredients and best of all, it smells like spring in a bottle.

Stephanie Griffin, Senior Digital Content Strategist

Starting at $5 at Urban Outfitters

Felix Collapsible Storage Box

I love these affordable little boxes from Urban Outfitters, and I use them throughout my apartment to keep things a little more organized. The blue one on my desk holds all my hand creams and diffuser oils, and I have a white one in my kitchen to hold oils and spices. They add a nice pop of color, are super easy to put together, and can be used for a million different uses.

Hayley Saltzman, Director of Social Media

$11.47 at Amazon

Mr. Clean Magic Eraser, 10-Pack

I swear on the Mr. Clean MagicEraser. These things can get stains and dirt out of anything. I use them in the kitchen, the bathroom, on the walls and even to clean my shoes. There’s no mess or stain these can’t tackle.

Lindsey Smith, Associate Editor

$70 $54.68 at Amazon

Force of Nature Multi-Purpose Starter Kit

While this may seem a little more expensive than other cleaning products at first glance, the device itself is rechargeable and all you have to buy in the future is a refill pod. I love that this product is not single use, and I am even more of a fan of the fact that it really cleans well. It was one of the only products to remove a coffee stain from my carpet, plus it disinfects surfaces and contains no toxic chemicals.

Hayley Saltzman, Director of Social Media

$24.24 at Amazon

Swiffer WetJet Floor Mop Starter Kit

The Swiffer Wet Jet is my go-to product when I need to clean my apartment floors. I swear because it really picks up absolutely everything and leaves my floors sparkling clean.

— Tyler Holender, Social Media Intern

$5.94 at Walmart

Grandma's Secret Stain Remover Laundry Spray

I’m prone to spilling food on myself and Grandma’s Secret Spot Remover is my holy grail. Don’t let the cheap price fool you, this stuff really is the best. A small spray will make any stains disappear. It also works amazingly well on makeup stains.

Lindsey Smith, Associate Editor

$32.99 $28.99 at Amazon

Stori Audrey Stackable Cosmetic Organizer Drawers

My bathroom cabinets were a mess before I bought these stacking drawers from Amazon that really changed the game. They have helped me maximize the space under my bathroom sink and are deceptively roomy so I can categorize and store each of my makeup products, and not to mention find them now too. Marie Kondo who?

Stephanie Griffin, Senior Digital Content Strategist

$269 at Amazon

Poppin Stow 3 Drawer File Cabinet

When my husband and I moved into a new apartment and set up a shared home office, we quickly realized we needed some office organization solutions. This Poppin cabinet is cute and cheery enough to add some flair to the space, yet functional enough to make our office feel a bit like an actual workplace. We share the file cabinet and then use the top drawers for other random office supplies. We both love it.

Hayley Saltzman, Director of Social Media

$16.99 in honest

Honest Multi-Surface Refillable Cleaning Kit

Honest Company All-Purpose Liquid Cleaner is my go-to for kitchen cleanup. The formula is versatile and can be used on countless surfaces. Cuts through grease and grime, yet is gentle enough on the most delicate surfaces. I’ve been sticking with discontinued bottles of my favorite scent, but the brand recently switched to refillable containers.

Lindsey Smith, Associate Editor

$29.99 $21.99 at Amazon

Kincmax Shower Caddy Basket Shelf

I used to hate having all my shower essentials on the floor and having to frequently step over them to get in and out of the shower, so this organizer has been a game changer. They are now on the wall which makes it very easy to grab what I need and keep everything else out of the way. The adhesive is also super strong and doesn’t come off.

Tyler Holender, Social Media Intern

$9.55 at Amazon

Scrub-It Steel Wool Soap Pads, 20-Pack

When I was younger, I never understood my mother and grandmother’s obsession with steel wool. Once I got a place of my own, I realized why they raved about them. I almost threw out some of my favorite pots and pans because of how stained they were, but a quick clean with these makes them look brand new.

Lindsey Smith, Associate Editor

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