15 Spring Cleaning Must-Haves Under $15
These handy tools and tonics will get your home sparkling clean this season—and they won't break the bank.
When the days grow longer and the weather begins to warm up, it’s once again time to undertake major spring cleaning projects. Spring cleaning originally came about because it was finally warm enough to open windows and doors, but early enough in the season that there weren’t many bugs. Nowadays it’s still an annual tradition in most homes to bust out the cleaning supplies in March or April, and get every corner of the home spick and span.
While many homeowners opt to hire professional cleaning services or purchase new cleaning gadgets this time of year, you don’t have to spend a lot of money for spring cleaning to go smoothly: These essentials will help you clean the home from top to bottom, and each costs just $15 or less.
1. Automatic Squeezing Sponge Mop
A mop is spring cleaning essential, but finding a quality model that costs $15 or less may seem like wishful thinking. However, this Quickie Sponge Mop fits the bill and even provides automatic wringing action. The 48-inch handle helps with hard-to-reach corners, and the cellulose sponge absorbs excess water so floors dry quickly.
2. Reusable Cleaning Gloves
Spring cleaning can take a toll on hands, which can become dry or red after they’re exposed to harsh cleaning products. The right pair of cleaning gloves makes all the difference when you’re scrubbing household surfaces: Elgood’s dishwashing gloves are made from latex-free PVC, and have a comfortable cotton lining. They’re waterproof and oil resistant, and we love how the palms and fingers have nonslip grips that will keep mops, sponges, and other implements firmly in hand.
3. Mr. Clean Magic Eraser
Those of us who have used Mr. Clean Magic Erasers can attest that the name of these melamine sponges is hardly an exaggeration. When it comes to deep cleaning, they’re effective tools for removing stubborn stains and scuffs from walls, baseboards, and doorways. These durable sponges are also great for scrubbing tough-to-clean kitchen and bathroom surfaces. In addition to these household applications, Magic Erasers are also excellent for cleaning white sneakers.
4. Bar Keepers Friend
Bar Keepers Friend should be part of every household’s cleaning arsenal because of its incredible ability to remove stains from a wide variety of surfaces. It can zap grease and rust stains with ease, and because it’s very lightly abrasive it’s safe to use on stainless steel, ceramic, aluminum, brass, and porcelain. This two-pack of 12-ounce containers ought to be more than enough to clean the average home.
5. Microfiber Cleaning Cloths
Microfiber cleaning cloths have myriad uses, from dusting and glass cleaning to dishwashing and car detail. MR.SIGA’s microfiber cleaning cloths are made from ultra-soft material that won’t scratch or damage delicate surfaces. They’re lint-free and extremely absorbent, making them just as perfect for cleaning up spills and messes as they are for tidying bathroom sinks and cleaning windows.
6. Broom and Dustpan Set
Every household needs a good broom, and this one from Radley & Stowe offers quality performance at an affordable price. Its dual-textured bristles pick up debris of various sizes, and the broom’s angled head reaches easily into tight corners. Unlike many other budget brooms, this one includes a dustpan that clips onto the handle for easy storage.
7. Natural All-Purpose Cleaner
An awesome all-purpose cleaner is a spring cleaning staple, and with a variety of high-performance natural products on the market, there’s no need to choose chemicals that may be unsafe for children and pets. Better Life’s all-purpose cleaner is sold in a two-pack of 32-ounce bottles, and is available in clary sage and citrus (our favorite!) or pomegranate scents; Better Life also makes an unscented version for those who are sensitive to essential oils or synthetic fragrances. The solution is plant-based and biodegradable, and the two bottles come with one spray nozzle to minimize plastic waste.
8. Heavy-Duty Trash Bags
Spring is the time to tackle dreaded, time-consuming tasks like cleaning out the garage, shed, or basement. When it comes to hauling away trash and unwanted items, heavy-duty garbage bags are key. These large trash bags from Hefty are sold in a pack of 25, and each one has a capacity of 30 gallons. The 1-mil-thick plastic bags stretch without tearing easily, making them ideal for heavy loads and larger objects.
9. Cleaning Caddy
Hauling armfuls of cleaning products from room to room can really slow down a spring-cleaning spree, which is why a cleaning caddy is a smart investment. This Made By Design cleaning caddy is 7.3 inches high by 9.75 inches wide x 13.24 inches deep and can hold enough bottles, sprays, sponges, and rags for most cleaning undertakings. It’s also compatible with the brand’s 16-quart bucket, which can be filled with water or a cleaning solution.
10. Disinfectant Spray
While multipurpose cleaners remove dirt, grease, and debris, some are ineffective when it comes to disinfecting surfaces. That’s where Seventh Generation’s Disinfectant Spray, which kills up to 99.99 percent of bacteria, comes in. The botanical formula can be sprayed on and forgotten, as no rinsing or wiping up afterward is required to sanitize problem surfaces.
11. Odor Eliminator
Once everything is clean, some residual odors may hang around your home. Angry Orange’s Eliminati Bathroom Odor Eliminator can help to remedy that with its natural orange spice scent. It’s safe to use on fabric and removes odors from clothing, carpeting, upholstery, and more. However, this cleaner is formulated with tea tree oil, which is known to be toxic to cats and dogs. For that reason, it’s best used in pet-free households.
12. Bottle Brush Cleaner Pack
Spring cleaning and dishwashing go hand in hand, and this set of microfiber bottle brush cleaners includes options for cleaning baby bottles, water bottles, straws, tumblers, wine decanters, flasks, and other tricky items. The brushes are made of rust-resistant stainless steel and feature BPA-free nylon bristles. They’re also dishwasher-friendly, so washing them after the job is done is hassle-free.
13. Oven and Grill Cleaner
Cleaning the oven is one of the more onerous household chores, but the right product can make it more painless. Easy-Off Fume Free Oven Cleaner works quickly and is touted for its lack of fumes, so it may be more pleasant to use than your oven’s automatic cleaning function. The spray is formulated to cut through baked-on grease and other food spills in both ovens and grills.
14. Microfiber Extendable Feather Duster
Reach every nook and cranny in your home with an extendable feather duster like this duster from DELUX. It features a telescopic stainless steel handle that extends up to 100 inches, making it easier to get rid of cobwebs, dust off high shelves, and reach that pesky space above kitchen cupboards. The feather duster head bends up to 90 degrees, and it can be removed from the handle to be cleaned.
15. Distilled White Vinegar
White vinegar has seemingly endless uses, from culinary applications to cleaning every corner of the home. To incorporate it into your spring cleaning, simply mix white vinegar with equal parts water and pour it into a spray bottle. Use it to clean clogged shower heads, remove odors from fridge interiors, descale a kettle, and much more. A 1-gallon jug of Heinz white vinegar should be more than enough for all your deep cleaning needs this year, and any excess can be used for canning, pickling, or cooking.
The prices listed here are accurate as of publication on February 8, 2022.