When was the last time you took a look at your ceiling fan? How many dust bunnies do you think are currently lurking beneath your bed or living room couch?
Yes, it’s that time again — spring cleaning season. Time to declutter your closets, clean under beds, wipe down window sills and maybe even take that power washer out of its box. We know that cleaning all the nooks and crannies in your home can be time-consuming and exhausting. You’ll need multi-purpose cleaners and vacuums and natural cleaning products and on and on. But just think about that warm, happy feeling you’ll get when you are finally done. You will truly feel like the master of your domain.
Remember that the trick to tidying up your space during spring cleaning is to keep it simple. We like products that can do double duty and also those that really penetrate and lift stubborn stains. We know that red wine spill that you didn’t treat soon enough with club soda haunts you daily. In this post, we’re going to share stain removers that will help make your spring cleaning a breeze.
No matter what kind of stain you’re tackling, keep reading to find the best stain removers for the job.
Bathroom Stain Removers
To make spring cleaning more manageable, you can group similar chores, such as cleaning all glass surfaces at the same time. While you probably tidy up your bathroom weekly, spring cleaning is an excellent time to clean light fixtures and shower doors as well.
Bathrooms are one of the most annoying rooms to clean. The combination of frequent use and high moisture levels means that all manner of gunk and grime accumulates in every little nook and cranny. Common bathroom stains include glass spots and smudges, mold and mildew, grout stains and toilet stains.
What To Look For? Today you can find shower cleaners, toilet cleaners, glass cleaners and products for every other surface in your bathroom. However, we strongly recommend selecting products that can handle all of the above, or close to it. For instance, if you have a good all-purpose stain remover with bleach, there’s no reason to buy a seperate toilet cleaning product, too. If you prefer natural cleaning products to harsher products with bleach and other chemicals, there are some high-quality eco-friendly natural cleaning products to try instead.
Windex Glass Cleaner with Vingegar
When it comes to cleaning glass, you can always reach for a trusty bottle of Windex or Method Glass Cleaner, but our preferred product is actually Windex with Vinegar, which really cuts through the grime like nothing else we’ve tried. If you find that you have debris like hairspray or dust on glass surfaces, be sure to wipe down mirrors and shower doors with a little alcohol. Windex Glass Cleaner with Vinegar works well on mirrors, windows and most bathroom fixtures.
Method All-Purpose Cleaner
For soap scum on glass shower doors, you can get away with using a multi-surface cleaner such as Method All-Purpose Cleaner. Method makes its products from non-toxic ingredients derived from plants like corn and coconut, which is why it’s popular among parents and pet owners. This multi-purpose stain remover is great for non-porous like counters, tile, stone, wood and glass. The biodegradable ingredients also make it gentle enough to be used to remove fingerprints from your regular doors. Method products have a refreshing fragrance that’s not overpowering, and while it’s not the best choice for extremely stubborn stains, Method plus a little elbow grease will wipe out most common household stains.
Soft Scrub Cleanser with Bleach Surface Cleaner
If you need something with a little more oomph for stained bathroom surfaces, we highly recommend Soft Scrub Cleanser with Bleach Surface Cleaner. Soft Scrub’s bleach cleaner works well on sinks, toilets, showers and grout that have accumulated stains from soap scum, mold and mildew, and the bleach will not only kill germs, viruses and mold but also stop mold from growing on those surfaces for weeks to come. This is one of those products that makes you go, “Wow, I didn’t realize my bathtub was so filthy!” You’ll need a good cleaning brush or washcloth to get the most out of this cleaner, but it can replace several different cleaning products currently taking up space under your sink.
ECOS Shower Cleaner
For daily upkeep and to extend the time between cleaning, lightly spray ECOS Shower Cleaner on tiles and shower door. It contains tea tree oil that removes water spots, smudges, soap scum, and stains. And its lavender oil leaves behind a pleasant scent.
Powerhouse Pumice Toilet Stone
BEST TOILET STONE
If your toilet has rings or other stubborn stains, then what you really need is a pumice stone. This is the ultimate toilet stain cleaning hack, and it works like a charm on stains that other cleaners just can’t touch. We like the Powerhouse Pumice because it comes with a handle, making it easier to clean the grossest surface in your home.
Drill Brush Spin Scrubber Kit
BEST FOR STUBBORN STAINS
Sometimes, even the best stain removers just don’t seem to get the job done. No matter how many times you scrub, you can’t seem to get rid of grout stains or grime. That’s why a drill brush kit is one of our favorite cleaning hacks. When combined with an effective stain remover, this high-powered brush tackles stains that elbow grease just isn’t a match for.
Kitchen Stain Removers
After the bathroom, the kitchen is usually home to the most annoying stains. The kitchen can be particularly tricky because oils and sauces from cooking can find their way into tight corners and crevices, and cleaning around appliances like refrigerators and stoves can be a time-consuming nightmare.
Fortunately, the best kitchen stain removers make the job a heck of a lot easier. Some of the same products featured above, particularly Method All-Purpose Cleaner, will also come in handy when cleaning the kitchen. However, kitchen stains may require some special cleaners, particularly stains on natural stone surfaces such as granite and marble.
Below, you’ll find a collection of the best stain removers for the kitchen.
Seventh Generation Lemon Garden Wood Cleaner
BEST FOR CABINETS
The best and easiest way to remove grease from cabinets is with Seventh Generation wood cleaner. It not only breaks down grime on surfaces such as wood, aluminum, ceramic and Formica but also leaves a lovely satin finish.
Method Granite Cleaner
BEST FOR COUNTERTOPS
Countertops can get gross and though warm soapy works well on many surfaces others can be tricky. If you are wiping granite, stone and marble, then reach for Method Daily Granite Cleaner. It leaves behind a nice streak-free finish and is derived from non-toxic materials.
Dining and Living Room Products
Finally, spring cleaning isn’t complete until you tackle the dining room, living room and any other areas with carpets or upholstery. Cleaning carpet stains can be a very involved process, and we have seperate guides to the best carpet cleaners and spot cleaning solutions.
In addition to these cleaning toools, there are a variety of cleaning products and stain removers that are helpful to keep on hand for cleaning upholstery and carpets.
Woolite Carpet Upholstery Foam Cleaner
If you have rugs or carpeting with set-in stains in addition to elbow grease, you will need something with foam such as Woolite Carpet and Upholstery cleaner. It has a soft brush that helps to lift dried on food and fluids. It is not only a great stain remover but it also neutralizes stinky scents.
Also Consider: Swiffer Dusters Heavy Duty
Ceiling fans tend to get dusty, and while you can climb a ladder, you can also make your life easier by using a Swiffer Duster. It comes available with an extendable handle for higher surfaces or a short handle for furniture, blinds, and your TV.
More Spring Cleaning Tools
In addition to the best stain removers, you’re going to need some tools to properly clean your home and rid it oof stains.
Using paper towels can make you feel guilty because who wants to use something so disposable? But there are instances where they make life a breeze and function well. They can be particularly useful for cleaning mirrors, as they are typically lint-free. But if you want to sidestep guilt, use a sustainable product like Reel paper towel, made from bamboo a renewable resource. And for electronics, use an anti-static or microfiber towel for removing fingerprints and smudges.
Sometimes you have a small area that needs to be treated, and OxiClean Stain Pen is a good spot stain remover. It is an excellent choice for banishing coffee, tomato sauce, cranberry juice and wine stains from clothes, but it can also be used to clean carpets, rugs and upholstery in a pinch.