Bissell Steam Mop
Gone are the old mop and bucket days! The simplicity of steam cleaning gives it an edge over the old method—and the high temperature of the steam sanitizes your hardwood floors. It's a green cleaner too, since the mop covers are washable and the Bissell only needs water to run. Available on Amazon; $59.99.
Flexible Scrub Brush
The contours of your tub and shower can make it a hassle to clean with ordinary brushes. The Rubber Maid Flexible Brush bends to clean any curve in the washroom. As a plus, this double duty brush easily locks into a flat position and functions as an all-purpose surface cleaner, which is sure to make your next bathroom cleaning a breeze. Available on Amazon; $8.50.
Just add water, and these handy sponges magically erase just about every form of dirt, grime, or soap scum. They can be used on all kinds of surfaces, flooring, and furniture alike. Believe it or not, there’s probably not a stain out there that can stand a chance against the magic eraser. Available on Amazon; $9.99.
O-Duster Robotic Floor Sweeper
This life-changing bot may make dusting floors your new favorite chore. Power it up on its rechargeable batteries, and watch it navigate your hard floors on autospin, gathering up all the lint, dust, and hair on an attached electrostatic cloth. All you’ll need to do is keep your new robot friend charged and swap out the disposable cloths. Available on Amazon; $40.
Electronics Cleaning Brush
Pen-like in shape and easily portable, the OXO Electronics Cleaning Brush features, on one end, a retractable brush, and on the other, a silicone wiper. With the soft bristles of the brush, you can clear away dust and fuzz from small, delicate surfaces, such as the lens of a camera. Meanwhile the silicone wiper enables you to clean hard-to-reach crevices—between the keys on your laptop computer, for example. Available on Amazon; $14.99.
Collapsible Silicone Bucket
The definition of versatility, buckets are an asset, if not an essential, for countless household activities, including cleaning. Of course, for something so useful, buckets couldn't be simpler, and for centuries, their design went unchanged. But now, thanks to the advent of silicone, you can side-step the bucket's only historic drawback—bulk. The Infusion Living Collapsible Bucket folds down to less than two inches thick! Available on Amazon, $25.
Spin & Go Pro Mop
Another floor-saver to invest in is this lovely little self-drying mop. The round microfiber mophead spins 360 degrees for a thorough clean and is super absorbent—good for even your messiest spills. But the best part of this as-seen-on-TV mop? Push a couple of buttons on the handle, and this tool spins itself dry—no need to get your hands dirty! Available on Amazon; $80.
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A pressure washer is a great tool for washing a stained deck or patio. But for lighter jobs, a simple hose and broom should suffice. However, handling those two tools at the same time can be awkward. That's what makes this broom so incredible. It attaches to a standard garden hose so you can spray away messes, then scrub away the debris in one go. Available on Amazon; $28.31.
Microfiber Ceiling Fan Duster
Cleaning ceiling fans is tricky business. First of all, you probably need to stand on a step ladder to reach the blades, and secondly, it's easy to make a mess by dumping all that dust onto your floor. But this microfiber mop head can be attached to a telescoping pole so you can clean both sides of the fan blades—from the floor. The best part is that the curved design traps dust for easier clean up. Available on Amazon; $19.99.
This leaf scoop eliminates the need for a ladder and that dizzying fear you get whenever you climb on the roof. Use the grabber at the end of the pole to clear your gutters. Wet or dry debris, pine needles, or the occasional lost Frisbee, the GutterWhiz will have your back all year round. Available on Amazon; $39.99.
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