Cleaning is an inevitable and important fact in life. And while most people don’t enjoy doing household chores like laundry, vacuuming, and dishwashing, those jobs serve an important purpose. The benefits of cleaning are countless; Just to name a few, cleaning your home regularly promotes good health and hygiene, reduces stress and extends the life of your belongings.
Our cleaning expert, Jolie Kerr, has over a decade of experience in the field – if something needs cleaning, chances are she knows how to do it. To inform this collection of articles, she has called on her extensive knowledge and sought out other experts to help you choose the right cleaners and tools for the job, detailing the techniques to use and explaining the science behind the mess.
Windex All Purpose Cleaner cleans both glass and chrome, so you can polish mirrors and taps with it. It also works as an all-purpose cleaner that can be used safely on countertop and floor materials from corian and formica to granite and marble.
This is a great general natural cleaner, according to our experts, as it can be used as a window cleaner, leather cleaner, grease cutter and more.
While yoga mat sprays are not necessary, they are formulated with the grip and stickiness of a mat in mind, which can be important if you clean your mat after each use, as recommended by experts.
When it comes to the tools used for scrubbing — sponges, rags, paper towels, etc — Kerr strongly recommends using a Dobie Pad. These non-scratch sponges are perfect for sanding surfaces without damaging plastic or glass.
These are Amazon’s most popular – and a favorite of ours, too.
These pan scrapers can be of great help to food that has become encrusted.
Our pick for the best grill brush features a durable, large stainless steel brush head that cleans your grill effectively and safely.
With a divided basket, you can separate laundry as it goes into the basket, instead of having to claw through a huge pile of dirty clothes on wash day to separate light from dark or clothes from towels.
When it comes to laundry detergent, you don’t need a special product for washing sportswear, but it can be nice to have. While the type of detergent you use is not important, it is important how much detergent you use. Using too much will make it difficult to rinse your garments thoroughly, which can lead to more buildup that traps sweat and mold.
Take the stress out of leather care with these handy nourishing wipes.
20 Products Under $25 to Keep Your Car Clean and Organized
The very best you can buy to keep your car clean is a handheld vacuum. It will do a quick job of cleaning seats, floor mats and even the dashboard. This portable vacuum cleaner from VacLife has good reviews and a low price, a practically perfect combo
How – and how often – to wash towels, according to experts
In some cases, the best way is to wash your towels with cold water.
How – and how often – to wash sheets and duvets, according to experts
For sheets that are dark colored, using this type of detergent can reduce fading.
Our experts say that for optimal cleaning and disinfection, make sure the washer and dryer aren’t overloaded on the hottest setting, so the mask can spin freely in any machine. They also note that just using a stain-targeted detergent is fine.
Felicia Linsky, an award-winning Hollywood makeup and spray tan artist, says her go-to makeup stain remover is OxiClean’s gel stick.
Jewelry foam cleaners are a good option for most jewelry as they are safe to use on all metals and almost all gemstones.
Everything you need to clean up spills and mess during the holiday season
Red wine and cranberry sauce are holiday season staples — and they stain like the dickens, too. Fortunately, Wine Away, an editor-approved solution, works not only on red wine stains, but also those stubborn cranberry sauce stains.
It’s probably a good idea to have a light broom and dustpan nearby in front of the entrance to clean up anything from nature that gets swept up on shoes.