The end of winter brings one of the great annual rituals of adulthood: spring cleaning. And that ritual is extra relevant this year, as we contend with additional pandemic-related cleaning protocols and deal with the excess clutter that undoubtedly built up over the last year of self-isolation. But we’ve never been ones to shy away from a challenge, and neither should you. With the proper spring cleaning products, your home will be looking, smelling, and feeling brand new. Here are some of our favorite items to help you get your house clean—and keep it that way.
Laurastar Steam Generator When you’re doing a deep cleaning, you’ll run into some surfaces that will be tough to properly sanitize—things like drapes or upholstered furniture. After all, you can’t just throw your loveseat in the washer, and you can’t really wipe fabric the same way you wipe a countertop. That’s where a portable steam cleaner like the Laurastar Lift steam generator comes in.
The Laurastar Lift looks and moves just like a canister vacuum, giving you the ability to apply a powerful blast of steam to just about any surface in your home. You can use it to remove wrinkles from jackets and other garments you don’t want to iron, but you can also use it to sanitize your couch, curtains, and more. Laurastar’s Dry Microfine Steam system kills 99.999% of bacteria and 100% of dust mites, without leaving surfaces damp. There’s no quicker, easier way to clean your home’s fabric surfaces.
Blueair Blue Pure 411 Air Purifier Even when you’re not dealing with a worldwide pandemic, it’s a good idea to keep the air in your home clean. One of the greatest things about spring cleaning is getting to open up your windows for the first time. But for allergy sufferers, letting in the outside air can create its own set of problems. Using an air purifier can help cut down on airborne allergens and help even those without allergies breathe and sleep better. A product like the Blueair Blue Pure 411 will have you breathing easier, and even keep your home smelling fresher.
Blueair’s three-stage filtration system captures 99% of PM2.5 pollutants, which are substances like mold, dust, smoke, and pollen. It also removes typical household odors, like those caused by pets, smoking, and VOCs. Once you determine the best location to put your air purifier, just plug in your Blueair and let it run. It’s an affordable way to keep your home’s atmosphere clean.
Dyson Pure Hot+Cold Fan If you’re shopping for an air purifier, and you’re the type to usually run a fan in the spring and summer—or a space heater in the winter—Dyson offers a chance to kill two birds with one stone. The Dyson Pure Hot+Cool is a fan, space heater, and air purifier all in one. As is expected from any Dyson product, the Pure Fan is packed with high-tech features that makes it effective and easy to use.
The combination of Dyson’s high-power digital motor and Air Multiplier technology allow the Pure Fan to produce a strong stream of cooling air, without the choppiness that typical rotary fans produce. Switch on the heat function, and warm air can quickly be circulated throughout an entire room. The sealed HEPA filters capture 99.97% of fine particles in the air, keeping the atmosphere clean even on days when the Air Quality Index tips into the red. And with real time monitoring, the Dyson Pure Fan can detect airborne particles and alert you to them, so you’ll always know the quality of the air in your home.
Mophie Phone Sanitizer One of the most commonly-discussed topics over the last year has been how dirty our smartphones can be. We carry them everywhere, everyday, and they collect tons of germs along the way. And since we’re constantly bringing our phone to our face, it’s a good idea to try to keep it clean. Instead of trying to wipe it down with chemicals that can damage the phone, the Mophie Phone Sanitizer uses the power of UV light to kill germs.
Sanitizing your phone with the Mophie is quick and easy—just open the lid, place your phone inside, and after a few minutes it will be ready to use. The Mophie Sanitizer kills up to 99.9% of typical surface bacteria without the use of chemicals or heat. You can even use it to sanitize other small, non-porous items, like your keys, smartwatch, or credit cards. And when it’s not being used to sanitize, the lid of the Mophie Phone Sanitizer doubles as a universal wireless charging pad.
iRobot Braava jet 240 If there’s ever an option to automate part of your cleaning rituals, we suggest you take it. One of this century’s greatest advancements in home cleaning was the dawn of the robotic floor cleaner. Everyone knows the iRobot Roomba robotic vacuum, but its hard-surface sibling is just as great. The iRobot Braava jet 240 is a compact mopping robot that is at home on any hard floors.
Like the Roomba, the iRobot Braava maps its own path around your home, and you can add “Virtual Walls” to restrict it from certain rooms or areas you don’t want mopped. Thanks to its tiny size, the Braava jet 240 can get into hard-to-reach places that you otherwise would not easily be able to mop, like under furniture. Disposable mopping pads pick up dirt and debris, while the Precision Jet Spray function automatically senses stubborn stains and applies an extra blast of cleaning solution. A robotic floor cleaner is one of the most helpful tools you can add to your cleaning arsenal.
Miele Triflex HX1 Miele vacuums have long been among the most revered canister vacuums available, thanks to their powerful suction power, innovative features, and tank-like construction. The brand has set its sights on the popular stick vacuum market segment, and they’ve hit a home run with their main entry. The Miele Triflex HX1 is cordless stick vacuum cleaner that offers three distinct form factors. Range mode puts the motor near your hands for easier vacuuming of elevated surfaces; Comfort mode moves the motor to the opposite end for easier handling when cleaning floors; and Compact mode removes the stick so you can vacuum inside your car or other cramped spaces.
The Miele Triflex HX1 boasts as much suction power as one of the brand’s full-size vacuum cleaners, so you won’t have to trade cleaning abilities for compactness. A replaceable lithium-ion battery provides up to 60 minutes of runtime, and the maintenance-free Hygiene lifetime filter means —all while capturing 99.98% of all fine particles
Bayes Eco-Friendly Cooktop Cleaner Cleaning a stovetop can be one of the most tedious jobs in the kitchen, and usually involves harsh chemicals. Bayes Eco-Friendly Cooktop Cleaner does just what the label suggests: it gets rid of stubborn, cooked-on grime without the harmful substances found in most industrial cleaners. This cooktop cleaner is non-toxic, suitable for a variety of hard surfaces, and acceptable for use in enclosed spaces. In fact, Bayes Cooktop Cleaner is citrus-based, so it will leave your kitchen smelling great.