Along with the convenience of never having to leave my home and being able to purchase more obscure items by hunting them down with just my fingertips, what I love about online shopping is the crowd-sourced opinions of others on what to buy. I mean, when a cleaning tool has thousands of five-star reviews, you can be pretty sure it'll be awesome. Here are some of my favorites from the best of the best.
The Ringer Cast Iron Cleaner, $13.99
4.8 stars with 4,721 reviews*
This chainmail scrubber is a stainless steel scrubber that's garnered over 4,500 high reviews. "Soft enough to prevent scratches, but tough enough to tear through grit," it allows you to scrub cast iron skillets, glassware, pizza stones, stainless steel cookware, and more. It won't ever rust, and it's dishwasher safe. Plus it looks super fun to play with while you're washing dishes, amiright?
Scrub Daddy, $14.24 for a pack of 4
4.5 stars with 2,342 reviews*
The Scrub Daddy almost seems like one of those cleaning tools that's way too good to be true. (But then, so do Magic Erasers and they are magic erasers.) Multi-use scrubbers that don't scratch and offer a spectrum of stiffness depending on how warm the water is, the Scrub Daddy has many loyalists who love them so much, they gift them to their friends and family. The happy face design is not only cheerful, but it allows users to grip the sponge to clean in hard-to-reach areas (Ever broken a wine glass trying to clean off a ring with a rag?). It also dries quickly and thoroughly between uses.
As one user, who touts the Scrub Daddy as "perfect in every way," says, "I don't claim many products as miracle products, but I have absolutely zero hesitation making that claim with this. If you're not using Scrub Daddy, you're doing yourself a disservice. Throw away the sponges and scrub pads, buy yourself a healthy stock of these and start loving life again."
Nellie's Laundry Soda, $37.80 for 2 3.3 lbs tins (200 loads)
4.7 stars with 173 reviews*
Nellie's Laundry Soda is natural, chemical-free laundry soap — that actually works and doesn't cost a small fortune (and those are important stipulations). It's safest for even the most sensitive skin, it's tough on dirt, and it doesn't fade or damage clothes. Furthermore, users report how "soft and fluffy" it makes clothes and that it lasts a long time. Plus, can you say adorable vintage tin?
18" Professional Microfiber Mop, $39.98
4.8 stars with 1,631 reviews*
If 1,610 people can get excited about an almost-40-dollar microfiber mop, it must be great. Its 18-inch length, stainless steel handle, and the inclusion of two microfiber cloths make this a "professional" workhorse that users claim gets debris from even tough-to-reach spots and leaves their floors pristine. As one happy customer exclaims, "NO MORE HEAVY BUCKET OF WATER TO EMPTY!! NO MORE HEAVY, WET STRING MOP TO DEAL WITH!!! I love this microfiber mop and will never go back to the old way of cleaning my floors. A+++."
Buff Pro Microfiber Towels, $13.80 for a 12-Pack
4.8 stars with 757 reviews*
Most of us know the benefits of cleaning with microfiber towels: they have millions of tiny fibers that create a huge surface area that attracts dirt like a magnet. Microfiber cloths have become ubiquitous and it's hard to choose which one to buy. But over 700 people agree these are a smart purchase. They are economical at about a dollar a towel, and they are large, measuring 16 by 16 inches. Perhaps most exciting of all, they come in an array of colors, which can be used to color code cleaning tasks, if that's your thing.
O-Cedar EasyWring Spin Mop, $33.88
4.4 stars with 4,027 reviews*
If you're anything like me, sometimes you just need to wet mop. This spin mop, which clocks in at just shy of 4,000 reviews and almost a full five stars, is the answer. The microfiber mop head attracts dirt and the spinner dries the mop to your preference in a, dare I say, fun way with the pedal you just step on.
4.6 stars with 1,598 reviews*
No more saving old toothbrushes. This OXO deep clean brush set is thrilling to use because it lets you scrub out those nooks and crannies and seams that hold on to crud and that you rarely get to with that old toothbrush anyway. Clean around fixtures, scrub faucet crevices, and more with the perfectly angled brush head, studded with bristles of just-right stiffness. And the wiper blade is genius. Can you tell I have and use these myself? Love them.
* ratings and number of reviews based on information available on 5/25/17