If there’s one thing certain about East Coast weather, it’s that our seasons are chronically capricious. Forget the phrase that says March comes in like a lion and leaves like a lamb — instead, it seems like Mother Nature embodies a moody, hybrid creature that is simultaneously part-lion, part-lamb.
Roar, baaa, roar.
But despite the confusion over which season the winds are teasing, there’s one telltale sign that spring has arrived for an extended stay: bugs.
Suddenly, insects are popping up everywhere, and I’m not talking about the colorful butterflies flitting around outside. I’m talking about the bold, six-legged trespassers cruising around my apartment carpet. Now, it’s not like I’ve spotted a juicy cockroach or army of ants inside yet, but even the occasional beetle is an uninvited guest that sparks a high-pitched shriek. And I know this inquisitive beetle isn’t acting alone. He most likely has a battalion behind him, clamoring to storm the castle.
This annual, warm-weather march of the insects can only mean one thing: I’ve neglected to tidy up my apartment all winter, and now it’s time for the dreaded spring cleaning.
I despise cleaning. I mean, I love having a clean, fresh-smelling home, but the act of dusting and scrubbing is miserable. I’d literally rather figure out my taxes than deep-clean my apartment. But if I want to keep the bumptious bugs at bay, I have no choice but to take the polishing plunge.
Fortunately, spring cleaning isn’t as torturous as it used to be because we live in a modern age of high-tech gadgets and gizmos. With these top-tier tools at our disposal, I dare say that cleaning can be fun (at least, some of the time). If you’re like me and eager to splurge on products that will do all the scrubbing for you, then read on — these trusty tools will make your spring cleaning a breeze!
Move over, Roomba — you’re so last-century. This remote-control robot vacuum has high suction power and lithium-ion endurance to make it the savviest solution to clean your surfaces. Plus, the pet edition has triple-cleaning-action brushes to suck up your pet’s shedding fur. Real review: “I love this thing! I was skeptical that it would be useful in our 3700+ square-foot home, but boy was I surprised. We have it set to clean the downstairs three times per week while we sleep. The next day there is always a big collection of dust, dirt, and cat hair in the collection bin. Once a week, I take him into the bedrooms and he always finds a bin full of dirt there, too. Nice to have this guy cleaning under the beds, sofas, dressers, etc. where we would not normally vacuum. Have not had to use our central vacuum system since before we got this, and our wood and carpeted floors are much cleaner than they ever were before.”
If the RoboVac still leaves behind loose lint and pet hair, this reusable pet hair remover will finish the job! The convenient roller traps lint and fur from your upholstery and releases it with the press of a button, so you can use it again and again without a sticky mess. Real review: “I’ve had it in my possession for like 2 hours and I’ve cleaned everything — the couch, the blinds, the cat tree pad, I’m obsessed. I feel like this thing should win an award for being so awesome. It’s better than those sticky rollers; it’s better than the one-directional velvet wand thing I always use the wrong way and make a mess — it’s the best. Worth $25. Seriously.”
Before you mope about mopping, check out this scrubbing and sanitizing steam mop that automates the tedious task! The combined power of steam and rotating pads leaves your hardwood floors clean and pristine. Real review: “The spinning pads are the best thing ever with this steamer/scrubber. It almost feels like it’s self-propelling with less effort to direct the steamer/scrubber to a certain area. It feels very effortless to use, and I can tell it does clean way better compared to my original steamer which requires me to manually scrub the floor. This product definitely makes my floor cleaning a lot easier. Very highly recommended!”
To most effectively banish your bugs, don’t forget to clean your baseboards! This baseboard and molding cleaning tool will target those narrow areas without taxing your back and knees thanks to its lightweight design and extension handle. Real review: “This wonderful mop will save you from working on your hands and knees or getting a step stool to dust above doors. What a fantastic time saver. Also, it is very lightweight, so it doesn’t strain your back. Wish I had heard of this mop light years ago.”
If you’re like me, springtime means allergy season, and you wish you could rid the air of dust and germs. Now, you can! This Wi-Fi and Bluetooth-enabled smart air purifier kills more than 99% of harmful germs, spores, and odor particles while targeting airborne viruses with its ultraviolet light. The filter also traps dust and pet hair, so you can breathe easily in your home. Real review: “This air filter is simply AMAZING. It is whisper-quiet, it is powerful, it is very well balanced, it is good looking, and the app is very convenient for me. I’ve had Honeywell and other name-brand air filters that have been loud, unbalanced, and are junk compared to this unit!”
If you shudder looking at those stubborn stains on your carpet, you need this handy tool. This professional portable carpet cleaner traps and scrubs stains off your carpet, upholstery, area rugs, and stairs. The Bissell boasts a 0.75-gallon tank and 22-foot power cord so you can clean more spaces for longer. Real review: “Very simple to operate and very effective. My darling pooch decided I needed to test it out the very first day it arrived – and it performed exactly as described. Not a trace of her slip-up to be seen.”
This Angry Mama cleaner won’t let you leave crud in your microwave! Fill her up with vinegar and water, stick her in your nuking device, and watch steam sprout from her head that softens the toughest spills and stains. Real review: “Something I didn’t believe until I tried it. So easy-to-follow directions, written on Angry Mama. Was wishing it would magically take care of itself, but all it took was a quick swipe with a paper towel and GONE. Loosened everything, which is half the process; was soooo white once cleaned!”
Forget “As Seen on TV” — the Pink Stuff miracle paste has taken off on TikTok! This set includes the paste and multi-purpose spray that, together, are touted to clean stains away. Use this combo on any hard surface, inside or outside your home! Real review: “I’m not sure where this has been all my life. The Pink Stuff Cleaning Paste could only be made by unicorns; it’s the only explanation. I’m thrilled they released their magic paste into the world for our sparkly clean benefit. The before and after only took a paper towel and light pressure — when I say light, I mean light. Muscles were not toned nor was sweat released by any means at the simple excursion it took to do this. It took less than 30 seconds. Game changer. Thank you, magical unicorns of the universe for bestowing this magic power on us!”
It doesn’t have to be a pain to wash your window panes, even from the inside out! This Glider window cleaner uses magnets with microfiber cloth to shine your thickest windows, all while you’re standing indoors. Real review: “I am obsessed with this window cleaner! I have 38 windows in my home and am charged a fortune when I call for professional cleaning. Saw an ad for this and ordered it through Amazon. I cleaned 20 windows in one evening and it worked perfectly! Not only does it clean both sides at one time — but it left zero streaks.”
What’s the meaning of spring cleaning if you’re not condensing your clutter? This interlocking bin pack makes organizing your drawers easier than ever, whether that’s in your bedroom, bathroom, or kitchen. Real review: “These are fantastic! They are rubbery plastic, not the hard plastic that chips or cracks. You have the option of locking them together in different configurations, which is great. I have organized my junk drawer dozens and dozens of times, but with these bins, it may be the last time I have to do it. I’m so happy about these that I just ordered another set.”
What are your favorite splurges for spring cleaning? Let us know in the comments below!
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