I know, I know ... it seems like just yesterday you were on your hands and knees attempting to undo the unholy mess of stains, spots, smudges, splatters and splotches left behind by the nonstop parade of sauced houseguests, spill-prone seniors, and aggressively messy ne'er-do-wells that passed through your home during the holiday season. But with spring, the season of renewal, rebirth, and Magic Erasers upon us, it's time once again to break out the feather dusters and the abrasive scrubs for a zesty household cleaning session (or series of sessions depending on how well your post-holiday clean up missions went).
Below, you’ll find 12 tidy-up tools ranging from a toilet brush handmade by visually impaired individuals in Brooklyn to a hydrogen peroxide-based shower cleaner that's free of chlorine bleach, Triclosan, parabens, ammonia, and other notable nasties. There's a little something for everyone — and every room in the house — to be found here. And, as always, the emphasis is on low-waste/reusable, handmade/American-made, and nontoxic/fume-free products.
That being said, when it comes to cleaning solutions, the most economical and environmentally friendly ones can often be concocted from stuff that you might already have around the house (baking soda, lemon juice, white vinegar, etc.) but if you’re looking to experiment with a new, non-homemade solution this spring cleaning season, look no further ...
And be sure to check back 'round these parts next week when I'll be dedicating an entire post to the extremely deep cleaning and sanitizing powers of chemical-free vapor steam cleaners.
NYCIB Sanitary Bowl Brush @ West Elm Market ($9)
Whisk-Away-Cancer Broom @ Berea College Crafts ($18)
PROXI Daily Shower Cleaner @ Alice.com ($3.99)
Haven Lemon Scrub Powder @ Haven Clean & Simple ($11.95)
Full Circle Walnut Scrubber Sponge @ Reuseit.com ($3.95 - 2/pack)
EarthStone Bathroom Block @ Green Depot ($3.95)
Orla Kieley Spring Limited Edition All Purpose Cleaner - Tomato Vine @ Method ($4.49)
Sapadilla All Purpose Cleaner - Bergamot & Grapefruit @ Sapadilla Soap Co. ($10.95 CDN)
Lint-Free Cleaning Cloths @ Caldrea ($10/6-pack)
Daddy Van's All Natural Countertop Care @ Abe's Market ($8.96)
Nellie's Laundry Soda - 100 Load @ Nellie's All Natural ($18.99)
Lola Eco Clean Bamboo & Tampico Scrub Brush @ Vine.com ($12.51)