Guest Picks: A Clean Sweep
Keep your clothes clean with this pretty Fog Linen apron as you wax the furniture. Made with 100 percent linen, each wash will make it softer and more absorbent.
Hand-crafted from recycled glass, this soap dispenser is a beautiful way to wash your hands or apply hand lotion after doing the dishes. The copper spout dispenser is cute too.
This enamelware dustpan is made of metal coated with a sturdy, glossy porcelain enamel. Paired with the wood and horsehair broom, these hard-working tools will keep things tidy in your home for many years.
Made using 100 percent natural ingredients responsibly harvested from the mountains and deserts of the West, these room sprays are perfect for bringing the scent of the great outdoors into even the fustiest city apartment.
Make washing up after dinner a little more enjoyable with the pretty Ferm Living Spear tea towel. Printed on 100 percent organic cotton, it's as ecofriendly as it is attractive.
Looking for a cleaner that's organic and environmentally friendly? The Dish & Hand Castile soap is a perfect choice. It's just as good for washing hands and dishes as it is for mopping and cleaning all kinds of surfaces. It's even pretty enough to sit on the counter when not in use.
As decorative as it is gentle, Savon de Marseille's large hand-crafted soap bar is great for laundry (especially baby linens), household cleaning and washing hands.
Simple and functional, the galvanized steel bucket from Labour and Wait is a design classic. Usable indoors or out, it would look lovely as an impromptu vase for flowers too.
Humble but infinitely useful, this twine made from 100 percent cotton is made to food-quality FDA specifications for sausage making and charcuterie. But it is just as handy for bundling together magazines for recycling too.
Make laundry day a pleasurable one with this attractive laundry basket from West Elm. It's also good for holding magazines, toys, pillows or knitting supplies when not on laundry duty.
Get those coats off the hallway floor in style with the elegant Marvin coat rack by designer Gareth Neals. It'll also happily accommodate bags, umbrellas and sweaters.
Polishing the furniture becomes a positive pleasure with this beeswax wood finish. Made by hand from natural oils and beeswax, this lovely product polishes and seals untreated pieces, cleans wood and restores antiques.
Sweep the floor without ending up on the floor with this elegant dustpan and broom set. Its clean design makes it nice enough to keep in a handy corner until called upon to deal with the next round of crumbs.
Tidy away your less-than-attractive DVDs, magazines, electronic devices, shoes, laundry or home office papers in these lovely Paris baskets. They're a great storage solution for anyone in a small space.
Make a dull chore a pleasant one with Mrs. Meyer's lemon countertop spray. It cleans, removes odors and leaves a lovely fresh and natural scent afterwards — much nicer than a lingering chemical smell.
Scrub even the cheesiest pot clean with this efficient pot brush. Designed to fit comfortably in the hand, its stiff bristles will go to work on that lasagna dish with ease.
Made from 100 percent wool attached with a Velcro fastener for quick and easy laundering, this duster is perfect for gently cleaning fragile items. Its flexibility makes it a natural for getting awkward items like ceiling fans swept clean instantly.
Organize your cleaning supplies in style with this cheerful maroon bucket. It would also be handy for holding garden tools, art supplies, workshop odds and ends, toys and more.
Beautifully minimalist in form, the Norm pedal trash bin is not only lovely to look at, but also designed to open easily without the lid hitting the wall behind it — a huge plus in my view. It's a civilized answer to keeping your bathroom tidy.
Make cleaning the kitchen sink a magic trick with this sponge set. Made of biodegradable vegetable cellulose, these ecofriendly sponges can be compressed into thin wafers for easy storage and will expand again when dipped in water.Next: Can-Do Cleaning Strategies for Busy People