Housekeeping & Cleaning Tools

7 High-Rated Cleaning Supplies Loved by Amazon Reviewers — Shopping

In addition to that awesomely fast two-day shipping (if you're a Prime member, that is), and the fact that Amazon basically sells everything, the site has one other major thing going for it: a ton of extremely thorough and honest reviewers. If something has hundreds (or more!) of five-star reviews and loads of glowing written recommendations, you know it's gotta be good. After all, you don't want to spend money on (or wait two days for) something that's not going to work!

Here are some of our personal favorite cleaning supplies that also rank among the best of the best, according to the online universe.

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Get The Cast Iron Cleaner That People Are Obsessed With — Amazon Deal of the Day

You've heard us extol the virtues of a well-seasoned cast iron pan. A cast iron pan is versatile, lasts forever, and cooks everything from steaks to eggs to steak and eggs like a pro. That said, cast iron pans also require a specific kind of upkeep. It can feel overwhelming — enough to make you want to throw in the towel and just use non-stick pans exclusively!

Don't do it: Listen to us (and countless generations of grandmothers who came before us) and get yourself a cast iron pan, and then buy this Amagabeli Cast Iron Cleaner for only $13 on Amazon to keep that skillet in tip-top shape.

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How Often Should You Wash Your Dish Towels? — Cleaning Tips from Kitchn

I love a cute dish towel. I switch dish towels up seasonally, plus I have color-coordinating ones, which I like to pair up with each other as nice little pattern-mixing schemes for my kitchen.

Obviously, beyond being a decorative element, dish towels are workhorses in the kitchen. "Dish towels are multipurpose tools — people use them to do things like dry their hands, mop up spills, hold glassware as it air-dries, and dry veggies," says Melissa Maker, author of Clean My Space. Given their crucial role in keeping your kitchen clean, it should come as no surprise that kitchen towels need to be washed pretty often.

But turns out, it's a lot more often than I realized.

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The Cheesy Kitchen Cleaning Product I Can’t Live Without — Cult Favorites

I often make shopping decisions based on form and not on function. I have dish towels that are way more pretty than they are absorbent. I have beautiful leather coasters that stick to the bottom of my glasses when you go to take a sip. And I have a cabinet full of adorable juice glasses that are too small for even a not-thirsty child.

I tend to prefer things that are nice to look at and am willing to adjust how I operate if it means getting to use something cute.

Yet, I happen to have a basket full of Scrub Daddy sponges, which I find to be incredibly cheesy. (Even the name is kinda cheesy!) And I couldn't live without them.

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The Best Defense Against Fruit Flies — Tips from The Kitchn

Fruit flies are a fact of life — especially come summer, when fresh produce is abundant and also spoils faster on your countertop. It's almost inevitable that you'll find a few buzzing around your kitchen. They'll eat anything that's remotely spoiled, can sneak in through open doors or the tiny holes in your window screens, and multiply swiftly.

"Fruit flies have a quick gestation period," says Scot Hodges, director of professional development for technical services at Arrow Exterminators. "It only takes them 12 to 15 hours to lay eggs, then just a week for those eggs to turn into adults, so you can develop a problem really quickly." Great.

Don't panic just yet. Here's what you need to do.

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All the Things You Can Do (and Clean!) with Lemons — Cleaning Tips from The Kitchn

You may or may not have noticed a lot of lemon-related stories on the site lately. The thing about lemons is that they make for excellent cleaning tools. They're loaded with citric acid, which can eliminate stains or combine with alkaline compounds to create a powerful chemical reaction.

Get a quick science lesson: What Makes Lemons Such Good Cleaners?

Whether it's cleaning with them, buying lemon-scented products, or just eating them, we love us some lemons. Keep reading to check out some of the many ways you can use lemons at home.

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