Cleanliness is an unavoidable and important fact of life. And while most people don’t like doing household chores like laundry, vacuuming, and dishwashing, those jobs serve an important purpose. The benefits of cleaning are innumerable; To name just a few, regular cleaning of your home promotes good health and hygiene, reduces stress, and prolongs the life of your belongings.
Our cleaning expert, Jolie Kerr, has over a decade of experience in the field – if something needs cleaning, she probably knows how to do it. To inform this collection of articles, she drew on her extensive knowledge and sought out other experts to help her choose the right cleaning agents and tools for the job, detailing the techniques to use, and explaining the science behind the mess.
Windex Multisurface Cleaner cleans both glass and chrome, so you can use it to polish mirrors and faucets. It also works as an all-purpose cleaner that can be used safely on floor and countertop materials from corian and formica to granite and marble.
This is a great general natural cleaner, according to our experts, as it can be used as a window cleaner, leather cleaner, grease cutter, and more.
While yoga mat sprays are not required, they are formulated with the mat’s grip and tack in mind, which can be important if you clean the mat after each use as recommended by experts.
When it comes to the tools used for scrubbing (sponges, rags, paper towels, etc.), Kerr highly recommends using a Dobie Pad. These non-scratch scouring pads are perfect for scrubbing surfaces without damaging plastic or glass.
These are the most popular on Amazon, and also our favorites.
For stuck foods, these scrapers can be of great help.
Our pick for the best grill brush features a large, durable stainless steel brush head that cleans your grill effectively and safely.
A divided hamper allows you to separate clothes as they go into the hamper, rather than having to rummage through a huge pile of laundry on laundry day to separate light from dark or clothes from towels.
When it comes to detergent, you don’t need a special product to wash gym equipment, but it can be nice to have one. While the type of detergent you use is not important, the amount of detergent you use is important. Using too much makes it difficult to fully rinse clothes, which can lead to more buildup that will trap sweat and mildew.
Take the stress out of leather care with these convenient, nourishing wipes.
20 products under $25 to keep your car clean and organized
The best thing you can buy to keep your car clean is a handheld vacuum. It will quickly clean seats, floor mats, and even your dashboard. This portable vacuum from VacLife has great reviews and a low price, a practically perfect combo
How and how often to wash towels, according to experts
In some cases, using cold water to wash towels is the best way to go.
How and how often to wash sheets and duvets, according to experts
For dark-colored sheets, using this type of detergent can reduce fading.
Our experts say that for optimal cleaning and sanitizing, you want to make sure the washer and dryer on their highest heat settings aren’t overloaded, so the mask can spin freely in each machine. They also point out that just using a concentrated stain detergent is fine.
Felicia Linsky, an award-winning makeup artist and spray tan artist in Hollywood, says that her favorite stain remover for makeup is the OxiClean Gel Stick.
Foaming jewelry cleaners are a good choice for most jewelry, as they are safe to use on all metals, as well as almost all gemstones.
Everything you need to clean up spills and holiday messes.
Red wine and cranberry sauce are staples of the holiday season, and they tint like heck, too. Fortunately, Wine Away, an editor-approved solution, works not only on red wine stains, but also on stubborn cranberry sauce stains.
It’s probably a good idea to have a lightweight broom and dustpan near the entrance to clean up anything from nature that gets dragged on your shoes.