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    20 Cleaning Products To Help You Get Through Cold And Flu Season

    Germs be gone.

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    1. A hefty kit of Purell hand sanitizers, including wipes, pump bottles, and travel-size bottles that'll help kill the germs constantly being transferred to your hands whether you're at home, in the car, at work, etc.


    Set includes: Two hand sanitizer bottles (8 oz), two sanitizing wipes canisters (100 count), six travel hand sanitizers (1 oz), and two jelly wrap carriers.

    Promising review: "I love everything about this product! It's a great deal price wise and the package deal of the diverse items is great! I can now place the sanitizers in each room that need them! Purell has such a clean, refreshing scent that doesn't 'linger' with a sour or fruity smell like some other sanitizers do and I like that and that's mainly why I buy Purell other than the fact that it dries quickly and sanitizes as advertised. It's a wonderful product! It's Purell all the way for me!" —IBDB

    Get it from Amazon for $14.72.

    2. A Germ Guardian air purifier that claims to reduce up to 99.97 percent of harmful dust, pollen, pet dander, mold spores, and other allergens, so whether you're sick or trying not to be, you can ensure that the air you're breathing isn't making your symptoms worse.


    Promising review: "Got one of these for a 1 BR apartment (~1000 sq feet) after some wildfires in the area were causing bad air quality. This thing worked like a charm. I noticed a difference every time I left my apartment and came back. Was great to have some fresh smelling air." —Kenny

    Get it from Amazon for $109.73+ (available in white or black).

    3. A bottle of Lysol laundry sanitizer additive that can kill 99.9% of bacteria (like staphylococcus aureus and klebsiella pneumoniae). Simply add it to your rinse cycle and trust it to de-germ your garments. Plus, it contains 0% bleach to get the job done.


    Promising review: "Dear god, please don’t ever stop making this liquid nectar from the heavens! This is the best invention for laundry since Gain Pods! I’m so happy about this! It makes washing my dogs' beds, blankets, toys, towels, etc. (all three of them) every week so much easier! I looooove it! If you have kids, pets, a weakened immune system or just enjoy having incredibly clean towels, sheets, or clothes... this stuff is the stuff to do it!" —Stephanie Miles

    Get it from Amazon for $9.97.

    4. A pack of dishwasher cleaning tabs to remove all the grime from inside your machine and stop it from having hidden residue, that way you can ensure your dishwasher is actually cleaning those germy cups and utensils.


    These tablets are designed to penetrate, dissolve, and remove residue that can make your dishwasher stink. They also help get rid of lime and mineral build-up that can appear inside your dishwasher. Use them once a month to keep your dishwasher fresh and clean!

    Promising review: "Works extremely well. We haven't done any cleaning on our dishwasher in five years, and the sliding trays were tough to pull out and push in, there was detergent build up all over the inside, and there was a milky film on all our cups. I bought this, ran the dishwasher with two tablets while it was empty, and the difference was astounding. There was still some buildup and I figured it would require another cycle, so I popped another two tablets in, ran the machine a second time, and now it looks and sounds brand new. No more film on the glasses, no more dirty dishes from clogged sprayers, no more odors, and no more build-up around the door seals." —Martoune

    Get a pack of six tablets from Amazon for $3.89.

    5. A squeegee broom guaranteed to pick up hidden hair and particles embedded into the carpet. No one wants to be trying to fight a cold while still coughing and sneezing due to all the hidden allergens surrounding you. The 100% natural rubber brush picks up pet hair like a magnet and easily removes hair from carpets, rugs, hardwood, and linoleum., Amazon

    The built in squeegee edge can also be used to clean windows, showers, and windshields. Use it to clean up liquid spills on tile, concrete, or any hardwood surface too. It's basically a must-have to keep your floors shining.

    Promising review: "This thing just plain works. We got a mature golden retriever last year and were told he didn't shed. Then in the spring he started shedding badly. We were tired of hair everywhere and I found this product on a whim one day. I ordered it and it was tough at first. The bristles pulled the hair up but then caught the tufts and spread them around. I found that using short quick strokes with the rake turned upside down got the best results. The backside is like a squeegee and helps pull the hair up in long rolls and keeps the hair in one big pile." —Nick V.

    Get it from Amazon for $13.33.

    6. A bottle of mold and mildew remover, because all of that gunk (especially when you're stuck in the house with it) can sometimes lead to stuffiness, wheezing, eye irritation, and more. This isn't going to help when you're trying avoid feeling like crap. Just apply the gel on the surface, let it sit for 7-8 hours, and rinse it off — no scrubbing required!

    Promising review: "Wow! I would give this 10 stars if I could. We've had issues for a few years with the caulking behind the handle of our kitchen faucet turning black from mildew. We've scrubbed with what seems like a million different products, with no luck. We were actually just talking about ripping out the caulking and doing a total replacement. But, my husband saw this online the other day and decided to order it. Almost immediately when he applied it, you could see it was starting to work. We left it on overnight and the black is COMPLETELY GONE! It's incredible. 1000% worth the (small) investment." —Nicole D.

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

    7. A couple bottles of Lysol all-purpose cleaner to help get rid of viruses and other scum on your counters, appliances, bathroom, and more, while leaving behind a fresh lemon scent.


    Promising review: "I was super impressed with the strength of this product! I sprayed my stove, which never seems to get clean enough, and I hardly had to do any scrubbing — the cleaner did most of the work! I definitely recommend this product, and you really can't beat the price! The scent isn't as strong as I'd like, but it's not a detrimental feature." —M. S. Miller

    Get a pack of two from Amazon for $4.47.

    8. An extendable microfiber duster set that'll reach the toughest (and probably dustiest) areas of your home. That way you won't be sneezing and itching your eyes from all the dust and then spiral, thinking you've got the flu.


    It comes with four pieces: an adjustable handle that extends from 24 to 49 inches, a regular short handle, a fluffy duster good for brushing stuff down from high places, and a bendable chenille and microfiber duster that grabs and holds onto dust and dirt.

    Promising review: "Perfect for my needs. Love the telescoping design and that it has no protruding joints that would prevent it from fitting underneath furniture with low clearance. Reaches under, behind and around all the tight spaces I can't get to without moving heavy furniture around. The duster is also very lightweight and can handle delicate situations." —Sjay

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99.

    9. Two bottles of a no-rinse, no-wipe disinfectant spray that claims to kill 99.9% of viruses, bacteria, germs, mold, and fungus. So you can spray down your whole house and sleep better at night knowing WAY fewer germs are invading your space. AND it doesn't leave any fumes or chemical residue behind.


    Promising review: "Excellent product​ and I can't believe that no one thought of this formula before now. I use it on sheets, in the car, the bathroom, anywhere that needs disinfecting. To all those who didn't like the spray nozzle: I couldn't disagree more. It's non-aerosol and still produces a fine mist with no splatter; and it's easy to engage." —dinesk

    Get a pack of two from Amazon for $12.91.

    10. A Fur-Zoff pet hair remover that'll easily sweep away fur from your carpets, couch, and chairs, which may be causing your face to swell and itch — also making you think you're dying a slow death.

    Promising review: "Holy cow this is magic. I have a 230 pound Mastiff. I have purchased any and everything claiming to get dog hair off car carpet. I have used at least three different vacuums and attachments. Lately I have been using a microfiber towel because it had some grip. Then this piece of magic arrived. It gets every single hair no matter how embedded. There were hairs I had a hard time removing with my fingers. The Fur-Zoff pulled them right out. This has reduced my hair removal time in half!" —david r

    Get it from Amazon for $9.98.

    11. A set of drill brushes so you can remove any of that hard-to-clean grossness that's caked up on your stove, shower, or floor. It may take some time and effort now, but at least you won't have to worry about that yucky bacteria invading your space while you're just trying to live.

    Make sure to use them only on surfaces you're pretty sure they won't scratch! And you can alway test in a discreet area first to check.

    Promising review: "I bought this on a whim because my walk-in shower is just a pain to clean. I'm 51 and I guess I've just been old school with how I clean, so hand scrubbing it was for years. The FIRST time I used this to clean my shower it took five minutes AND it scrubbed my shower more clean than it has been in years. In the corners, the floor, the glass door...everything came out squeaky clean. I'm NEVER cleaning my shower by hand again." —Terry

    Get the set of three brushes from Amazon for $14.95 (available in six colors).

    12. A non-toxic daily shower spray to keep the residue and bacteria away. Plus, you don't even have to rinse it off! It's a lazy, yet effective away to make sure the place where you're washing away the germs is, well, clean.


    You just spray it on after your shower — no rinsing required! It works well to prevent mildew and soap scum in showers without glass doors too. (It's the middle product shown above. See the toilet cleaner below and grab the bathroom cleaning spray here.)

    Promising review: "Our shower has one of those full length glass doors that was impossible to keep from hazing over. We even use a squeegee on the door after every shower, and it still managed to build up on the door. I have tried so many different cleaners, but had just about given up on ever having a spotless glass door. I decided to try this stuff since I love the smell of eucalyptus, so even if it didn't work, it wouldn't be a total loss. Now we use the squeegee as usual, and then spray the door with this shower cleaner and the door is completely clear. No scrubbing. No wiping. I love it!" —girlgeek

    Get a pack of two from Amazon for $14.24.

    13. And an antibacterial toilet bowl cleaner, because no one wants those unmentionables floating into the air (especially if you've been a little under the weather and spending a lot of time on the toilet).

    Promising review: "We love Method brand cleaning supplies because they are cruelty-free and green! It's the ultimate win for everybody; us, the animals, the planet! Anyway, this product cleans our toilets like a boss. It always removes all stains and grime that builds up along the walls of the toilet bowl. Unlike many other products, this does NOT have an overpowering odor, and actually smells refreshing. I highly recommend this product." —Bean & Peanut

    Get it from Amazon for $3.99.

    14. A pair of small deep clean scrub brushes to get all of the cracks and crevices squeaky clean — you never know what's hiding in there, especially if you've been tracking outside germs throughout the house.


    Promising review: "I HIGHLY recommend these brushes for grout. If you are on the fence of 'Ehhh do I NEED a grout brush? I could just scrub the floor...' Stop. Get these brushes. They are stiff and cut down the elbow grease time incredibly. Plus you can use them on anything. Pros: Sturdy, easy to clean, solid brushes. Con: Hands may 'hurt' a bit after use due to elbow grease." —Jennifer

    Get the two from Amazon for $5.99 (two colors).

    15. A PhoneSoap device that uses UV light to sanitize your device so you're not constantly transferring tons of germs every time you scroll or hold it up to your face.

    Promising review: "Actually I did a lot of research on this type of sterilization of phones before I bought this. Everything I found by scientists or electronics reviewers said that it does in fact kill all those gross germs that are ALL OVER our phones. You can’t see it — the phone doesn’t look any different when you take it out, but I’ll trust the experts who say this light is working. It makes me feel better after I clean it so I guess that’s a win." —SCole

    Get it from Amazon for $79.95 (available in nine colors).

    16. A microfiber dusting glove so you can eliminate the dust particles that have been collecting on your blinds and shelves. These types of allergens can also be mistaken for a common cold.


    Promising review: "Do you hate having to dust around things? I know I do. This glove is ideal — you can just wipe away dust while easily maneuvering around odds and ends in your way. Because it’s your own hand inside the glove it’s also easy to maneuver over oddly shaped things like silk plants or blinds. I absolutely recommend this!" —Katherine Wise

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

    17. A rust stain remover to get rid of any unappealing rust, because when rust gets into the air, it can also cause irritation for some people, like dust.

    Promising review: "I used it on our tubs, toilets, sinks, and shower. It took one bottle of this stuff to achieve the same result as three bottles of other brands. I will buy this again hands-down. I just sprayed, walk away for a few minutes, and wiped and rinsed." —Carrie D.

    Get it from Amazon for $4.99.

    18. A container of Clorox disinfecting wipes that can help you quickly (and easily) take care of 99.9% of germs on almost any surface from the bathroom to the kitchen. These may just be your new best friend.


    Promising review: "I have always been a user of the regular scented Clorox wipes, but I always thought they were super chemically smelling, and I would smell the scent on my hands for a few days (after washing them multiple times). When the new wipes came out I was BEYOND excited to try them, and let me tell you. They did not disappoint. They are the best smelling cleaning product I’ve ever used. Makes cleaning more enjoyable." —Brandy

    Get a container of 70 wipes from Amazon for $4.48 (available in two scents and in packs of one and six).

    19. A set of straw-cleaning brushes for getting the gunk out of your travel cups and reusable straws so you're not drinking up germs, especially if someone else you live with has been sick recently.


    Promising review: "These are AWESOME! My husband has really long straws for his really huge soda/tea jugs. I never found anything that would reach far enough to get them clean in the middle. Not to mention the straws are not flat on the inside, no they have little grooves that nothing can get into to clean, until now. Reaches past the middle on each end, scrubs the little grooves with little effort, and rinses right out. Absolutely the best thing ever." —Carrington

    Get a pack of six from Amazon for $3.99 (available in five colors).

    20. And a pair of dusting slippers that you can shuffle around the house in to keep the floors clean from any unwanted fuzz and dust, adding to your fear of being ill when really it's just an annoying stuffy nose.

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    Promising review: "This must be the greatest idea since the discovery of fire! Two days in, and my hardwood is shining! And all with just walking around! Of course the quality is pedestrian (pardon), of course it doesn’t look like it was made by Versace, but that’s not the point, is it?" —Nigel

    Get them from Amazon for $11.68+ (available in sizes 6-11 and in four colors).

    Check out "We Tested Gadgets For People Who Suck At Cleaning, And Here's What Actually Worked" for more details on these lil' helpers.

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