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Whether you have just moved into a new home or you're looking to give your space a refresh with a good cleaning session, there are certain essential cleaning tools to have. A broom, dustpan, and mop top the list. Hard surfaces such as cork, linoleum, tile, and wood need the right tools to keep them looking their best. A dustpan or dust mop paired with a broom can have your floors looking like new. If you need more power to clean spills or scrub grime, a wet mop can do the trick.
A squeegee is another small tool that goes a long way. Squeegees help prevent mold and mildew from building up in your shower, but you can even use squeegees on your windows to keep those squeaky clean as well. Pro-tip: If you find that your squeegee is leaving streaks, it's time to replace its blade.
The "best" vacuum to get depends a lot on the types of floors you'll need to keep clean. If you plan to clean hardwood floors, you should look for a vacuum that has soft bristles. You might even use a vacuum with no roller if you only have hardwood floors at home, as rollers can create scratches on hard floors. On the other hand, if you have carpets, you will want a roller to clean those plush materials.
If you have both hardwood and carpets, you can try a vacuum with multiple brush rolls to choose from for the different floors or a vacuum that has an option to turn off the brush roll. Enough suctioning power is a must for both hardwood and carpets. Suction helps get into crevices between wood planks, and it also helps to get debris and dirt out of high pile carpets.
Aromatherapy can boost emotional and physical health, and you can use essential oils in various ways. For example, lavender is a popular essential oil, valued for its calming properties. You can try lavender to relieve anxiety, insomnia, headaches, and minor cramping or congestion.
You can add certain oils to body lotions or dilute them with a carrier oil to apply them topically, but you must always check instructions to ensure the oil you get is safe for topical use. You can also add some oils to shampoo or conditioner, or simply diffuse or spritz the oil in a room to indulge. Diffusers are a great way to spread fragrance throughout your home without using an open flame. Although diffusers are generally safe to use, you must always follow guidelines to make sure you keep children, pets, and other household members safe.
Pets bring endless joy to their homes, but they also create messes. From puppies who haven't quite mastered house training to litterbox odors that smell up the house, pets come with a range of specific cleaning needs. You'll want some specific cleaning supplies when you have a furry friend at home, but you can also use some common household essentials to clean up pet messes. Some must-haves for households with pets include:
- Dish soap
- Multi-purpose cleaning spray
- Paper towels
- Pet odor neutralizer
- Pet stain remover
- Steam mop
- A (quiet!) vacuum cleaner
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