Everyone has a vacuum, but relatively few own a steam mop. This is a missed opportunity. Why? For a surprising variety of surfaces—everything from marble and vinyl floors to tile grout, countertops, and windows—steam mops like the Oreck Steam-It provide low-effort, high-powered, mess-free deep cleaning. Perhaps the best part: Unlike most common cleaning tools, steam mops operate without any chemicals or detergents. Simply fill yours with tap water, and within a minute, the Oreck creates a high-temperature steam, able to lift away dirt and grease even while sanitizing your home by reducing bacteria, such as E. coli, staph, and salmonella. Available at Amazon; $131.75.
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- 10 Products You'll Love—Even If You Totally Hate Cleaning
10 Products You'll Love—Even If You Totally Hate Cleaning
Oreck Steam-It Steam Mop
When's the last time you cleaned the baseboards in your home—or for that matter, the window and door casings? Next time you get a chance, inspect the trim closely, and you're likely to find it covered in a fine film of dust and dirt. Of course, if you set out to clean the moldings in your home manually—the old-fashioned way—then you're in for an exhausting day of bending, stooping, and stretching, over and over again. Enter the Baseboard Buddy. First made famous in 2011 by TV infomercials, this clever cleaning tool has remained popular ever since, because it delivers on its promise of turning otherwise backbreaking work into a hassle-free breeze. Available at Amazon; $25.18.
Scrub Gator Utensil and Dish Scrubber
Homeowners spend countless hours in front of their kitchen sink with a bottle of dish soap and a sponge, scrubbing and scraping to remove caked-on food from dishes, silverware, pots, and pans. The Jokari Scrub Gator Utensil and Dish Scrubber makes doing dishes easy with its multi-use design. Close the scrubber to wash silverware between the dual bristles, and open it to scrub larger items. With this clever product, the days-old stack of dirty dishes in the sink becomes far less intimidating! Available on Amazon; $6.89.
Eye-Vac Stationary Vacuum
Sweeping your floors is a relatively easy chore, but bending down to collect debris can be a (literal) pain. Eliminate the extra labor with the Eye-Vac EVPRO Professional Touchless Stationary Vacuum, which effectively replaces your dustpan. Simply brush dirt and debris in front of the gadget, and infrared sensors will detect the mess and suction it up into a removable canister. The Eye-Vac EVPRO also comes with a HEPA filter, as well as automatic and manual setting options. Available on Amazon; $119.
Microfiber Mop Slippers
Cleaning has never been easier when all it requires is putting on your slippers. The HomeTop Cute Animal Cleaning Slippers have microfiber bottoms that can catch hair, dust, and dirt. You can use them on dry or wet floors, and then toss them in the laundry afterwards. Now your favorite things like walking to the kitchen in the morning for coffee can count as cleaning too. Available on Amazon; $12.99.
Stomp n' Go Stain Removal Pads
Red wine stains on a white or beige carpet are enough to make any homeowner mad. Fortunately, that extra energy will work in your favor when you enlist Bissel's Stomp 'n Go Stain Removal Pads during cleanup. These pre-moistened cotton pads lift even the toughest set-in stains—tough set-in stains like wine, food, fruit juice, coffee, pet messes, and more—in just 30 minutes. Lay one out on a spill, stomp (no scrubbing here!), and return a half-hour later for refreshed carpet. Available on Amazon; $37.55 for a set of 5.
Eufy RoboVac 11
Cross vacuuming off your to-do list for good when you team up with the ever-reliable Eufy RoboVac 11. Programmable via a remote for scheduled cleanings as well as impromptu sweeps, this robot vacuum handles the dirty work on both hard floors and low-pile carpeting. Its impressive suction, two side brushes, motorized rolling brush quickly grab up dust, crumbs, and—thanks to the HEPA filter—allergens like mites, spores, and pet dander. Available on Amazon; $219.99.
Eruption Disruption Microwave Cleaner
You probably know that for optimum performance, you should clean your microwave on a regular basis. When food spills get baked on, however, the awkward angles inside a microwave makes it difficult to reach and remove the mess. Blast it away with this volcano-shaped cleaner. Simply fill the reservoir with water, pop on the lid, place it in the microwave and add heat. Within seconds, steam will erupt from the crater, loosening food residue from the sides of the microwave. Once the tool has done its work, you'll have a much easier time doing yours. Available on Amazon; $19.99.
Cyber Clean Electronics Cleaner
For as much as they are used, electronic devices rarely get the cleaning they need and deserve. When you do remember to wipe them down, it becomes a challenge to get all the crumbs out of the nooks and crannies. But this fun-looking tool—which looks more like slime kids would play with— solves those issues. Cyber Clean is a non-toxic, biodegradable cleaning compound that removes 99.9% of harmful particles. It’s designed to mold itself to the object you’re cleaning so it can remove all the dirt. After each use, you fold the jelly-looking tool in half so the picked-up dirt and dust becomes micro-encapsulated inside, unable to transfer to the next item you clean. Cyber Clean can be reused multiple times, and its resealable bag includes a color chart that indicates when it’s time to get rid of it and replace it with a new one. Available on Amazon; $4.35.
RotoScrub Bathroom Cleaning Drill Attachment
If there were a magic tool that could help you clean your bathroom up the 5 times faster, who wouldn't want to use it? This set of drill attachments promises to slash the number of hours you spend scrubbing by leveraging the power of your cordless drill. Attach the non-scratch nylon scrub pads to any drill, tighten the bit, then power up. The flexible scrub pads can be used on almost any bathroom surface—from showers to tile, from sinks to tubs. Get ready to point, click, and clean! Available on Amazon; $15.95.