Although cleaning will always be a hassle, having top-notch cleaning accessories will make your life a lot easier. Whether it be mops, dusters, or just paper towels, there’s a big difference between just adequate cleaners and the best cleaning accessories for your home.
But what makes cleaning accessories good, and how do you find ones that fit your criteria? We are here to help you determine good cleaning accessories and offer some suggestions for top-notch picks that should save you time, hassle, and energy.
How to Choose Cleaning Accessories
The most important qualities in home cleaning accessories are affordability, value, and efficiency.
Affordability – Do you really need it?
Is the item in your price range, and will you use it enough to justify its price tag? It is the second part of this question that many people forget when shopping for cleaning accessories.
For example, you might be able to afford to buy a carpet shampooer, but if you are only going to shampoo and clean your carpets once or twice a year, paying $200 for something that is just going to sit in the closet and take up space for 363 days of the year is probably unwise.
Value – Is it worth the money?
What item will last the longest and give you the most bang for your buck? Buying a vacuum cleaner for $50 might seem like a great value, but it isn’t if it leaves your floor less than clean or breaks after a month.
When looking for value, you need to look at more than just the price tag. Ask yourself these questions, and if you don’t know the answers right away, investigate:
- How good is the item at doing its job?
- Is the item made well, and will it last long?
- How much upkeep does it require?
Compare the answers to these questions to the price tag to determine whether the accessory is a good value.
Efficiency – Does it get the cleaning job done quickly?
When thinking about efficiency, you need to think about more than how good the item is at doing its job. Consider these questions:
- How much time am I currently spending on the task this product will help me with, and how much time will the item save me?
- Is the item easy to use, and can the accessory be easilycleaned?
- How quickly can the item perform the job?
- Does the item requiremuch storage space, and do I have a convenient place to put it?
These questions will determine how much time you need to spend (and how much time you can save) by using that item over your current cleaning method/accessories.
Below a detailed review of our top cleaning accessories which should be in your home. We call them the “Must-Have” cleaning accessories to make you cleaning job easier:
People clean tile, wood, or linoleum floors with mops. Works perfectly with any homemade floor cleaner. You can choose between dry mops and wet mops, but wet mops, which also need a bucket of the water, clean up sticky, extra grimy, or wet messes dry mops cannot.
A spin mop has a swivel head for easier cleaning, quickly spins the excess water out when dipping and rinsing the mop in the bucket. O-Cedar makes eco-friendly cleaning accessories and products.
Swiffer floor mops are nontraditional mops designed for convenience. Instead of thetraditional mop head, Swiffer mops have disposable cloths that wrap around a flat head.
The dry sweepers work on dust and surface grime (things you would use a broom for), while the wet variety works on stuck-on problems or sticky areas where you’d usually use a mop. The starter kit comes with the mop and dry and wet cloths.
The main problem with most dusters is rather than removing the dust; they just smear it around. If you want to remove dust, you need to break out your actual cleaning supplies, spray and wipe everything down to remove the dust.
That is not the case with this duster. Swiffer’s duster starter kit comes with the duster handle and five dusters.
Microfiber cloths are ultra soft cloths that are gentler than cotton or linen alternatives, which is why they are often used for quick cleaning jobs. Zwipes is a leading brand in household cleaning accessories.
Paper towels may often be overlooked as an essential cleaning accessory, but having the right paper towels, or any paper towels when you have a quick spill to clean up or counter or appliance to wipe down is often much more convenient than using non-disposable cleaning supplies. Bounty is one of the more popular brands of towels and here’s why.
Magic erasers are small multi-purpose cleaners, primarily used to remove tough stains, about the size and shape of a sponge. They are made from melamine foam, which is alsoused for insulation and soundproofing and is known as an excellent cleaner often found as an active ingredient in sponges.
The original Mr. Clean Magic Erasers are just melamine foam. However, they come in a variety of types, and other more specialty erasers have other cleaning ingredients in them as well.
Although all these products are worth having, for me, the Swiffer Sweeper Floor Mop is the real must-have. This versatile mop is easy to store and use, works well as a broom and a mop for general cleaning and requires barely any upkeep at all. It could be a go-to cleaning item for both your mop and your broom for general everyday cleaning.
Overall, all these reviewed products are a must-have for serious home cleaning. They are the perfect cleaning accessories for all daily cleaning jobs around your home.