A broom and dustpan may seem like a simple thing, but adding a couple of smart features will make cleaning up a whole lot quicker and more pleasant. To create our list of better brooms, we looked for clever features like: a click-lock dustpan for no-touch dumping, feather-tip broom bristles to collect small particles, and a built-in comb to pull out hair and dust bunnies from the broom.
With babies and young kids, you're going to have a lot of bottles and sippy cups in your life so a good bottle brush to clean them is important. I wrote an ode to my favorite bottle brush, but I'm always looking for other good ones. Scrub is sturdy, has angled brushes and an integrated nipple cleaner. Another plus is the open handle for hanging, is you wish.
Toilet brushes are things we use weekly but hate thinking about, so here are four picks to do the thinking for you. These clever holders do more than just house the toilet brush. They have great features like a draining base, ultra narrow design, a corner shape, or a perforated air-dry canister. A well-designed toilet brush may cost a bit more than the cheap one from the local store, but it pays to get one you don't mind using routinely.
Most computers, appliances, and electronics get fairly hot while in operation and need sufficient air flow to keep them running efficiently. Dust is one of the biggest culprits of electrical equipment failure, due to ventilation interference and eventual overheating. While blasting with compressed air will do a quick job of clearing out the dust (and is a lot of fun), it spreads the accumulated debris directly back into the air - bad for breathing, allergies, and overall interior air quality.
Q: My little boy loves playing with the iPad and uses a stylus to paint and color. So it wasn't unreasonable for him to believe he could use a marker...a permanent marker...in the same way with my laptop. I caught him just as he brushed the screen, but not before he left a small visible mark across the edge. Is there an easy way to remove permanent marker from the screen or will I have to live with this?
Once a week I pull out the canister vacuum to clean the floors of pet hair, dust, and whatever errant debris tumbleweeding across our floors that I hunt down. Then I pull out a sponge mop to wash off all the surface dirt and oils which can't be removed by suction alone, occasionally hand wiping corners and edges.
It's easy to think, "it's just a little dust" when it comes to keeping house. What with all of life's daily responsibilities, who has the time to be dusting and sweeping every surface? However, one should note dust is a silent killer, especially when it comes to electronic devices.
If there's a habit you've got to break it's wiping your device screens, camera lenses, and eyeglasses using your shirt (or even worse, napkins). You're just inviting an inevitable scratch. That's why I recommend keeping one of these in your pocket, purse, or travel bag for cleaning screens, not only because of their safe microfiber material, but because these look less like geek cleaning cloths and more like chic handkerchiefs or pocket squares. Available in a variety of styles and colors.
With the season of flea markets and antique fairs now upon us, I'm prepping for the summer influx of secondhand furniture finds and putting together the ultimate used furniture cleaning kit. With most of these household items already in your kitchen, you'll be ready to get any grimy piece sparkling in no time.