Thursday, March 13th, 2014
A recent Parents poll shows most moms spend 15 hours or more each week sponging, scrubbing, sweeping, and vacuuming. To help slash that time, we enlisted the help of our editors, as well as cleaning experts, to deliver clever tricks and products for every room in your home.
In December, I sent 22 editors home with more than 30 of the latest and greatest cleaning supplies on the market. I assigned everyone a mission and they each went home to dutifully vacuum pet hair from carpeting, scour bathroom grout, steam hardwood and tile floors, wash windows, and scrub stoves—hey, we’re not above manual labor! Every sponge, brush, vacuum, and scum-busting solution was put to the test and if our real moms and dads weren’t impressed, we cut it from our list.
To see which products shined, check out our room-by-room guide to spring cleaning:
The room that’s the heart of the home is also its most mess-prone. Food prep plus eating is a recipe for sticky counters, gritty floors, and crud everywhere else. Here’s how to cut kitchen cleaning time in half:
Your Living Room and Bedroom
Make the place where your family gets clean spotless. Tackle soap scum, mildew, stained grout, and more:
Find The Best Vacuum for You
We tested the latest vacuums to find the right tools for your home’s carpet, tile, and wood. Find out which is right for your family:
Which family space do you need the most help keeping tidy? Let us know in the comments!
- Find more cleaning products at Shop Parents.
- Need help organizing? Try these bloggers’ ideas.
- Learn how to save more time with our Mommy Timesavers.
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Image: Dad and daughter vacuuming by Stephanie Rausser