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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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This $49 Video Game Design Course Will Teach You Everything From Coding to Digital Art Skills

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If you spend the bulk of your free time playing video games and want to elevate your hobby into a career, you can take advantage of the School of Game Design’s lifetime membership, which is currently on sale for just $49. You can jump into your education as a beginner, or at any other skill level, to learn what you need to know about game development, design, coding, and artistry skills.

Gaming is a competitive industry, and understanding just programming or just artistry isn’t enough to land a job. The School of Game Design’s lifetime membership is set up to educate you in both fields so your resume and work can stand out.

The lifetime membership that’s currently discounted is intended to allow you to learn at your own pace so you don’t burn out, which would be pretty difficult to do because the lessons have you building advanced games in just your first few hours of learning. The remote classes will train you with step-by-step, hands-on projects that more than 50,000 other students around the world can vouch for.

Once you’ve nailed the basics, the lifetime membership provides unlimited access to thousands of dollars' worth of royalty-free game art and textures to use in your 2D or 3D designs. Support from instructors and professionals with over 16 years of game industry experience will guide you from start to finish, where you’ll be equipped to land a job doing something you truly love.

Earn money doing what you love with an education from the School of Game Design’s lifetime membership, currently discounted at $49.

 

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Find the Perfect Images for Memes and Websites With This AI Tool

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Technology has made careers and hobbies in website design, journalism, and even meme creation accessible to anyone, and stock images play a huge role in getting your content out to users. To help you add the images you need to make your project stand out, JumpStory is offering a lifetime membership to its professional stock photography collections (including more than 25 million photos) and unique content-matching feature for just $99.99.

JumpStory is different from other stock photography catalogs; it uses a Photo Guarantee service to find exactly what you’re looking for based on categories or even copy you’ve already written. Authenticity and relevance are the keys to better performance, and if you’re selecting images for clicks and impressions, JumpStory’s HighJumper feature can help. The advanced artificial intelligence highlights the images anticipated to perform best, and with a quick click, you can remove the background and edit photos to fit your needs. The collections include over 25 million images, illustrations, vector icons, and videos, and more than 20,000 images are added to its library daily, so you’ll never run out of fresh assets.

If you’re putting together videos for YouTube or even corporate videos and ads, their video library will give you access to tons of relevant assets, specifically curated based on your script copy and performance predictions. Use a specific search term or even paste a sentence from your writing and watch the curation begin. You’ll see a tiny orange HighJumper icon on images the AI predicts will perform best.

JumpStory’s authentic stock photography is currently offering lifetime membership for $99.99—that's a 95 percent discount. Use their collection for your blog, social media, video content, or website and connect with your viewers by grabbing their attention with every image.

 

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