11 Essential Spring Cleaning Products

Better Life/Amazon
Better Life/Amazon

While cleaning probably won’t top too many people’s lists of favorite springtime activities, a good top-to-bottom scrub of your home can be a cathartic experience. To help you get started on your spring cleaning, we pulled together a list of products that will get your house sparkling in no time.

1. Scrub Daddy Three-Pack; $18

Scrub Daddy sponges.
Scrub Daddy/Amazon

The Scrub Daddy is no ordinary sponge—and that's not just because of its smiling face. The scrubber alternates between soft and rigid, depending on the temperature of the water you rinse it with. Gently wipe down dishes with a soft, warm sponge, or tackle tougher stains with a colder, harder sponge. The product was the darling of Shark Tank a few years back, and now it’s a staple in stores everywhere.

Buy it: Amazon

2. Instant Rug Rejuvenator; $40

A carpet cleaner from Hammacher Schlemmer.
Hammacher Schlemmer

Anyone with a light-colored carpet knows the struggle of keeping it clean. This rug rejuvenator scrubs more vigorously than you could ever do by hand. It has two sets of rotating bristles that massage the carpet shampoo into the fibers. Once the shampoo dries, the crystals and dirt can all be easily vacuumed up. The simple cleaning process gives a deep and balanced clean that will make your carpet look and feel brand new.

Buy it: Hammacher Schlemmer

3. Dyson Cord-Free Vacuum; $400

A cordless Dyson vacuum from Amazon.
Dyson/Amazon

Say goodbye to cumbersome cords and cables with a completely wireless vacuum. This popular Dyson vacuum is battery powered and runs on a digital V8 motor that can last up to 40 minutes. It's great for getting dirt that's deeply wedged into corners and carpets, and you can even remove the handle and use the smaller handheld option for harder-to-reach areas.

Buy it: Amazon

4. Swiffer Sweep and Vacuum; $48

A Swiffer that sweeps and vacuums.
Swiffer/Amazon

The Swiffer Sweep and Vacuum is the all-in-one tool you need to get your floors clean. With its long-lasting battery, you can get to work on cleaning up dust, dirt, and any other remnants of winter. The Swiffer uses its sweeper to get unwanted particles out of hard-to-reach places, while its vacuum works on larger debris that may still be lying around on the floor.

Buy it: Amazon

5. One-Handed Broom and Dustpan; $30

A one-handed broom and dustpan.
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Once you've finished sweeping, getting the pile into a dustpan can prove to be a bit of a problem. This unique dustpan aims to make the process somewhat simpler by removing the handle. Instead, the device has a spot for your foot to keep it in place while you sweep in debris. And as a bonus, it even has a little comb on the side to clean out the broom when you're finished.

Buy it: Amazon

6. Two-Pack of Angry Mama Microwave Cleaners; $12

A steam microwave cleaner.
Bell Dream/Amazon

Getting caked-on food off of the inside of a microwave is going to need more than just a sponge and some elbow grease. Use this "angry mama" cleaner to help loosen up the gunk first. Simply fill it with water and a bit of vinegar and microwave. The steam from the head will soften the splatters and help remove any funky odors.

Buy it: Amazon

7. Dust Mop Slippers; $11

A person wearing mop slippers.
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If you haven't swept in a while, you might notice your socks beginning to pick up bits of dirt and hair—but now you can do that on purpose. Make your footwear work for you with these slippers that double as microfiber mops. Now you can clean your floors without even thinking about it, and then toss the slippers into the wash afterward.

Buy it: Amazon

8. Better Life Unscented All-Purpose Cleaner; $8

Better Life cleaner.
Better Life/Amazon

This is one bottle with a lot of uses. Better Life can be used on countertops, toilets, baseboards, floors, and pretty much any other place in your home that could use a good scrub. You can even use it on laundry to remove stains. And an added benefit? It’s a plant-derived cleaner that’s safe to use around kids and pets.

Buy it: Amazon

9. Scrub Gloves; $16

Scrub gloves you can use to clean your house.
MITALOO/Amazon

OK, these gloves may look ridiculous, but hear us out. Having scrubbers attached to your fingers makes it easy to apply just the right amount of pressure to scrub off dried-on or burnt food residue.

Buy it: Amazon

10. Bar Keepers Friend Sponge; $16

Bar Keepers Friend cleaning product.
Bar Keepers Friend/Amazon

Bar Keepers Friend is about to be your friend for polishing appliances and cookware. The substance is tough on rust, lime, stains, and tarnish and comes with a non-scratching scourer cloth. Use it on white porcelain sinks and tubs, pots, pans, and anything else that needs a new shine.

Buy it: Amazon

11. Gel Keyboard Cleaner; $13

A keyboard cleaning gel.
bonzer-shine/Amazon

Dirty keyboards and other gadgets are often the last things on your list to clean up. Now you can happily check it off first, using this giant glob of goo. The Silly Putty-like substance is perfect for grabbing little bits of dust, dirt, and snack residue from your laptop, phone, and anything else with lots of nooks and crannies.

Buy it: Amazon

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Make Your Own Ship in a Bottle With This LEGO Set

This particular design was based off an idea from a long-time LEGO fan.
This particular design was based off an idea from a long-time LEGO fan.
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Building a ship in a bottle doesn’t need to be a stodgy affair—especially when you’re doing it with LEGO bricks.

The 962-piece set ($70 on Amazon) is based on a design from Jake Sadovich, a longtime LEGO fan from Idaho. Sadovich spent three weeks designing his own version of a ship in a bottle using 1400 LEGO bricks before uploading images of the finished result to the LEGO Ideas site in November 2016. His project received the 10,000 supporters it needed to garner a review from the LEGO team in less than two months, and in August 2017, the company green-lit plans to build and sell an official set based on his design.

A LEGO ship in the bottle with the box.
Despite the ship's small size it has a lot of features.
LEGO/Amazon

Placed inside a bottle made of transparent bricks, the miniature ship boasts plenty of detailed features for its 5-inch-long size, including sails, six cannons, a crow’s nest, a compass (sorry, it isn’t a working one), and a flag. There's even a wax-sealed cork built out of LEGO bricks, too, as well as small LEGO pieces designed to serve as the water beneath the ship.

Some of the other fan-submitted LEGO Ideas projects the company has brought to life include the NASA Apollo Saturn V ($200) and a replica of the Central Perk set from Friends ($60).

At Mental Floss, we only write about the products we love and want to share with our readers, so all products are chosen independently by our editors. Mental Floss has affiliate relationships with certain retailers and may receive a percentage of any sale made from the links on this page. Prices and availability are accurate as of the time of publication.

Sling TV’s 14-Day Free Trial Gives You Access to Countless Movies and Shows, No Credit Card Required

Sling's 14-day free trial doesn't require a credit card, so you won't accidentally be charged once it's up.
Sling's 14-day free trial doesn't require a credit card, so you won't accidentally be charged once it's up.
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You’ve probably encountered more than one so-called free trial that required you to input a credit card to access it. And if you’re like many of us, you have probably forgotten to cancel the trial before the free period ended—more than once. But Sling TV is looking to offer users a free trial that’s, well, actually free. From now until April 5, new subscribers can access over 50,000 on-demand movies, 45 channels, and more during their free 14-day trial, no credit card required.

Fittingly dubbed the “Quarantine Special,” the free trial gives viewers access to a Sling Blue subscription, which offers channels like CNN, MSNBC, Bravo, A&E, Cartoon Network, Nick Jr., and more. The Blue subscription also allows you to stream on up to three devices simultaneously and record live shows on their cloud DVR.

Rather than having to sign up for a long-term contract like with traditional cable, Sling is a month-to-month service that allows you to stream content to your TV or computer/smartphone through web browsers, Roku, Amazon, iOS, and Android devices.

After the free trial, you have the option of signing up for the Sling Blue or Orange subscription, both of which are $20 for the first month and then $30 after that. There are a few key differences between the two. According to Tom’s Guide, with Orange, you won’t have access to NBC networks. And with Blue, you won’t be able to watch ESPN or the Disney Channel. Orange only lets you stream on one device at a time, whereas with Blue, you can stream on up to three simultaneously. However, you can swap between the two for no extra cost, or you could combine the subscriptions for $45 a month.

Much like Sling, Disney Plus also allows subscribers to enjoy seven days (with a credit card) for no cost, and you can get more details by heading here. And if you're looking for more ways to save money as a cord-cutter, check out our guide on the cheapest ways to do so.

At Mental Floss, we only write about the products we love and want to share with our readers, so all products are chosen independently by our editors. Mental Floss has affiliate relationships with certain retailers and may receive a percentage of any sale made from the links on this page. Prices and availability are accurate as of the time of publication.

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