I’m one of those weirdos who loves cleaning. Not the day-to-day stuff like dishes and tidying but truly deep cleaning. My favorite job is spring-cleaning the kitchen. After busy holidays and constant winter foot traffic, it’s a necessary project with a very satisfying conclusion.
For me, spring cleaning goes beyond the regular “deep” clean I might do on a Saturday morning. When I spring-clean the kitchen, I go into power mode and move the range to scrub the wall and floor, disinfect the trash can and recycling bins, vacuum light fixtures, degrease anything that lives on upper shelves, declutter the pantry, degunk the dishwasher filter, and even spend a few hours on the fridge. But I definitely don’t do it in that order because when you’re cleaning—especially in the kitchen—it’s important to work from the top down. When I’m done I’m extra motivated to keep up with daily maintenance and I’m more excited to cook.
Still, I have to be in the mood to do this kind of cleaning. To get myself there, I need two things: the right music and new cleaning supplies. I get as excited about new cleaning supplies as I used to about new school supplies—they make me feel ready to take on the world, or at least tackle a bunch of grease and grime in my little corner of it.
If you’re dreading a deep clean, or just need a little something to put you in the mood, read on for 29 products to make spring cleaning your kitchen more fun.
A smart speaker to set the mood
The built-in speaker on your phone isn’t powerful enough to keep you entertained while you deep-clean your kitchen. As soon as you start running water or using a battery-operated cleaning tool (just wait!) you won’t be able to hear your favorite podcast or that Oliva Rodrigo song you keep playing on repeat. Upgrade your kitchen audio with a portable Bluetooth speaker that also happens to be waterproof if you get a little overzealous with the steam cleaner.
JBL Go3 Wireless Speaker
Ultimate Ears Wonderboom 2 Wireless Speaker
Even the most eco-friendly reusable cleaning supplies need to be replaced eventually. If your scrubbies have seen better days, this is the perfect time for a refresh because fresh scrubbers have more scouring power than worn-down ones. Plus, you won’t be able to resist cleaning with these cuties.
Sponge.NYC Kitchen Sponge
$10.00, Coming Soon
Watermelon Dish Scrubbie, 3-pack
Bright Box Ergo Scrub + Wipe
Fred Just Ripe Avocado Sponge
$6.00, World Market
Fresh cleaning products
If your cleaning supplies are running low, stock up on the best—and best-smelling—products to help you tackle every corner of your kitchen including an all-purpose spray cleaner, a degreaser for that upper-shelf grime, and something for the floors. If you prefer more natural cleaning products, diluted cleaning vinegar (which is slightly more acidic than the kind you cook with) is safe to use on most surfaces.
Mrs. Meyer’s Multi-Surface Cleaner Spray
Aunt Fannie’s All Purpose 6% Distilled White Cleaning Vinegar
Method Kitchen Degreaser
The Pink Stuff (2-Pack)
Method Squirt + Mop Hard Floor Cleaner
These accessories may look a little ridiculous out of context, but that’s what makes them fun. Plus, they’re super practical for keeping your hands safe, your tools handy, and your floors pristine. And when you wear them all together you’ll look like a cleaning MACHINE!
Three-Pocket Waist Apron
Oxford Cloth Work Apron
Casabella Rubber Gloves
Microfiber Cleaning Mop-Dust Slipper
Mop Slippers/Shoe Covers for Floor Cleaning, 10-pack
A vacuum cleaner-mop combo
What’s better than a robot mop? A vacuum cleaner-mop combo. It may not be as hands-off as a robot, but a machine that actually vacuums while it mops (as opposed to something that pushes around a dirty mop pad) is life changing—especially for people with kids, pets, or muddy yards.
Tineco Floor ONE S5 Wet Dry Vacuum and Mop
Bissell CrossWave Pro Deluxe Wet & Dry Vacuum
Tools that do most of the work for you
Elbow grease is great and all, but sometimes your elbows get tired. These products help combat kitchen grease and grime—very little elbow energy required.
Rubbermaid Power Scrubber, 2-pack
Iezfix Electric Spin Scrubber
Bissell SteamShot Deluxe Hard Surface Steam Cleaner
Plink Garbage Disposer Cleaner and Deodorizer
Angry Mama Microwave Cleaner
When was the last time you replaced your most basic cleaning tools? If your broom, mop, or microfiber cloths are looking frazzled and worn, they’re probably not performing their best. (Surprise bonus: Upgrading your kitchen broom means you now have a porch or patio broom.)
Mr. Siga Microfiber Cleaning Cloth, Pack of 12
Serdary Broom and Dustpan Set with Adjustable Handle
Bona Multi Surface Floor Spray Mop
A way to tote your tools
A cute caddy can help you cart around all your new cleaning supplies—and keep them organized for all those maintenance cleans you’re totally going to do now, right?
Favori Storage Caddy
$37.00, Yamazaki Home
Large Multi-Purpose Cleaning Caddy
$17.00, Grove Collaborative
mDesign Plastic Portable Storage Caddy
Originally Appeared on Epicurious