Spring officially kicks off tomorrow, and one way to start the new season with a clean slate (literally) is by creating a spotless and organized space. Common mops, vacuums and basic cleaning products are useful for tackling simple household tasks, but if you want your space to feel truly refreshed, there are plenty of innovative gadgets on the market that can make tidying up your home easier and more enjoyable.
“Gadget Nation” author and tech expert Steve Greenberg joined TODAY to share unique cleaning tools that everyone should own. He found products like an extendable squeegee, a fridge air purifier and a powerful handheld vacuum that can simplify household tasks.
Learn more about how you can make your space spotless with these nifty cleaning gadgets.
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Don't let dirt or grime on your windows block out that long-awaited sunshine. Keep them clean and clear with this squeegee. One side features a heavy-duty sponge, which can be used to wash away dirt, while the other has a rubber blade that will clear away water and cleaning solutions for a streak-free shine. The handle can be extended, so you can clean even the hardest-to-reach spots.
No matter how often you're vacuuming and sweeping, the rugs and carpets in your home will still need a deep cleaning every so often to clear up tough stains or lingering debris. The Rug Renovator will help you do just that. It has two brush settings, to tackle both small and deep-set stains. Thanks to the ergonomic design, you won't have to bend over to get your carpets clean — and your back will definitely that you for that.
This vacuum is about the size of a wine bottle, but don't let its small frame fool you. It features powerful suction, so you can clean up messes quickly. Use the extension nozzle to reach those tricky spots, like the area under your couch or a tight corner. The filter can be washed out in the sink for easy cleaning.
Toss out that gross, old toothbrush you've been using clean up your bathroom, and consider using this scrubber instead. The moving head scrubs 60 times per second, to save your arm the hard work. It comes with three sizes of brush attachments, including a larger multipurpose option that's great to use on sinks and stoves and a grout version to tackle the small gaps between tiling.
For anyone who doesn't have a shower hose, this attachable tool will make cleaning your shower so much easier. Simply slip it on to your showerhead to spray away dirt and grime or rinse off surfaces that you just cleaned. It can also be used to fill buckets or clean off muddy shoes. And they even make a version for washing off your furry friend, too.
Tackling germs is an important part of the cleaning process, especially this year. This rechargeable strip uses UV-C light to disinfect your household items. It comes with mounting hardware that's easy to set up, so you can attach it to the top of a drawer to easily clean multiple items at once. It has a motion sensor, so every time you open the drawer the light will turn on for 15 minutes to disinfect your phone, keys and any other items that you place in.
Say goodbye to gross fridge smells with this air purifier. Using ionization and ozone technology, it kills the bacteria in your fridge to keep it smelling fresh and help your food last longer. It will run for up to 24 days on one single charge.
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These reusable silicone gloves can help you tackle multiple household tasks. Thanks to the thick silicone material, they keep your hands dry while doing the dishes. The small bristles that cover the palms are also helpful for removing pet hair from rugs or furniture.
The Surface Sanitizing Steam Mop produces hot, pressurized steam to clean and sanitize surfaces. It heats up in only 30 seconds and can be used on hardwood, tile or synthetic flooring. The mop also includes multiple tools like a scraper, bristle brush, grout tool and more to get tough stains off your floor.
Cleaning the outside of your windows can be difficult and, in some homes, nearly impossible. This window cleaner uses magnets to reach the outside of windows — essentially sandwiching the window in between two gliders covered in microfiber cloths. The attached safety string prevents the exterior glider from falling.
These cloth paper towels are far from your regular disposable paper towels. Instead of tossing one in the trash when you're finished cleaning, you can reuse it multiple times. All it takes is a quick rinse in your sink.
According to the brand, a single roll comes with 75 sheets and can last up to six months. They can be used for anything from mopping floors to polishing wood.
You can create your own multi-purpose cleaner at home with this gadget, says Greenberg. Combine salt, vinegar and water in one of the bottles and add an activator capsule to the mixture. Next, place it on the electric base to send a shock of electricity through the cleaner. The electric current changes the composition of the mix and creates a sanitizing spray that can be used on virtually any surface. It's safe to use around pets and kids and has no added fragrances.
Soak, separate and drain your laundry with this unique bucket, which also features a strainer. Created by mom of three Kelly Lavery, it's designed to keep your hands clean and dry while hand-washing laundry. The Strucket has a 19-liter capacity and comes in four colors.
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