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

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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

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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10 Rad Gifts for Hikers

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Greg Rosenke/Unsplash

The popularity of bird-watching, camping, and hiking has skyrocketed this year. Whether your gift recipients are weekend warriors or seasoned dirtbags, they'll appreciate these tools and gear for getting most out of their hiking experience.

1. Stanley Nesting Two-Cup Cookset; $14

Amazon

Stanley’s compact and lightweight cookset includes a 20-ounce stainless steel pot with a locking handle, a vented lid, and two insulated 10-ounce tumblers. It’s the perfect size for brewing hot coffee, rehydrating soup, or boiling water while out on the trail with a buddy. And as some hardcore backpackers note in their Amazon reviews, your favorite hiker can take the tumblers out and stuff the pot with a camp stove, matches, and other necessities to make good use of space in their pack.

Buy it: Amazon

2. Osprey Sirrus and Stratos 24-Liter Hiking Packs; $140

Amazon

Osprey’s packs are designed with trail-tested details to maximize comfort and ease of use. The Sirrus pack (pictured) is sized for women, while the Stratos fits men’s proportions. Both include an internal sleeve for a hydration reservoir, exterior mesh and hipbelt pockets, an attachment for carrying trekking poles, and a built-in rain cover.

Buy them: Amazon, Amazon

3. Yeti Rambler 18-Ounce Bottle; $48

Amazon

Nothing beats ice-cold water after a summer hike or a sip of hot tea during a winter walk. The Yeti Rambler can serve up both: Beverages can stay hot or cold for hours thanks to its insulated construction, and its steel body (in a variety of colors) is basically indestructible. It will add weight to your hiker's pack, though—for a lighter-weight, non-insulated option, the tried-and-true Camelbak Chute water bottle is incredibly sturdy and leakproof.

Buy it: Amazon

4. Mappinners Greatest 100 Hikes of the National Parks Scratch-Off Poster; $30

Amazon

The perfect gift for park baggers in your life (or yourself), this 16-inch-by-20-inch poster features epic hikes like Angel’s Landing in Zion National Park and Half Dome in Yosemite National Park. Once the hike is complete, you can scratch off the gold foil to reveal an illustration of the park.

Buy it: Amazon

5. National Geographic Adventure Edition Road Atlas; $19

Amazon

Hikers can use this brand-new, updated road atlas to plan their next adventure. In addition to comprehensive maps of all 50 states, Puerto Rico, Canada, and Mexico, they'll get National Geographic’s top 100 outdoor destinations, useful details about the most popular national parks, and points on the maps noting off-the-beaten-path places to explore.  

Buy it: Amazon

6. Adventure Medical Kits Hiker First-Aid Kit; $25

Amazon

This handy 67-piece kit is stuffed with all the things you hope your hiker will never need in the wilderness. Not only does it contain supplies for pain, cuts and scrapes, burns, and blisters (every hiker’s nemesis!), the items are organized clearly in the bag to make it easy to find tweezers or an alcohol wipe in an emergency.

Buy it: Amazon

7. Hiker Hunger Ultralight Trekking Poles; $70

Amazon

Trekking poles will help increase your hiker's balance and stability and reduce strain on their lower body by distributing it to their arms and shoulders. This pair is made of carbon fiber, a super-strong and lightweight material. From the sweat-absorbing cork handles to the selection of pole tips for different terrain, these poles answer every need on the trail. 

Buy it: Amazon

8. Leatherman Signal Camping Multitool; $120

Amazon

What can’t this multitool do? This gadget contains 19 hiking-friendly tools in a 4.5-inch package, including pliers, screwdrivers, bottle opener, saw, knife, hammer, wire cutter, and even an emergency whistle.

Buy it: Amazon

9. RAVPower Power Bank; $24

Amazon

Don’t let your hiker get caught off the grid with a dead phone. They can charge RAVPower’s compact power bank before they head out on the trail, and then use it to quickly juice up a phone or tablet when the batteries get low. Its 3-inch-by-5-inch profile won’t take up much room in a pack or purse.

Buy it: Amazon

10. Pack of Four Indestructible Field Books; $14

Amazon

Neither rain, nor snow, nor hail will be a match for these waterproof, tearproof 3.5-inch-by-5.5-inch notebooks. Your hiker can stick one in their pocket along with a regular pen or pencil to record details of their hike or brainstorm their next viral Tweet.

Buy it: Amazon

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This Portable Pocket-Sized Pump Is on Sale for $35 Today

Coolado
Coolado

If you're tired of getting blue in the face every time you need to inflate something, check out the Coolado, which is a portable and multifunctional pump that will inflate everything from pool toys to air mattresses at the press of a button.

The Coolado Portable Multifunctional ePump is compact, fast, and lightweight, so it’s easy to bring along anywhere. The cordless design is powered by a lithium battery that will hold a charge for up to 90 minutes of continuous inflation—but chances are you won't need to recharge often, since the Coolado can inflate an entire air mattress in under two minutes.

Weighing just under 5 ounces, the Coolado is small enough to fit right in your pocket, and you can recharge the whole thing with a USB cable. Once you're done, just throw the gadget into its protective case for easy storage. The package also comes with three extra nozzles to fit on whatever needs inflating.

The Coolado is 22 percent off today, making the whole set with three nozzles just $35.

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