The Field Guide for the Cleanest House on the Block + Must Have Tools
September 23, 2016
If you find yourself stressing over the less than clean state of your home and have no idea where to start; we've got your field guide. It works for everything from slightly unkempt to needs a good deep scrub STAT. And who better to partner with on this 411 than our favorite makers of cleaning tool essentials, OXO? Check out this guide of action items that will take the guess work out of cleaning and leave you with the most sparkling home on the block, plus all the genius OXO tools you need to get there.

Every Day

Make Bed | Clean Dirty Dishes | Sweep Kitchen Floor | Wipe down counters | Clean Bathroom Sinks


A quick 20 minutes doing a few daily essentials will really keep your home tidy and in control. This is a great maintenance schedule. Things like making the bed, doing the dishes and sweeping the kitchen floor do wonders for keep your cleaning game on point.

Upright Sweep Set

Designed for effortless efficiency, so you only have to sweep once and done. The dustpan locks in the open position for controlled pickup and disposal, and has a rubber lip for optimal contact with the floor. The dustpan teeth comb out dirt from the Broom's soft, feathered bristles.

Microfiber Floor Duster with Slide-Out Scuff Eraser

For an easy + quick floor sweep, the Microfiber Floor Duster is a must. The large microfiber pad is perfect for easy dusting, while the Scuff Eraser is ideal for getting rid of scuffs and marks.

Soap Dispensing Dish Brush

Make those daily dishes a breeze with comfortable scrubbing and soap dispensing all in one. With a light push of the soft, non-slip button, the silicone valve shoots soap onto your dishes, then quickly seals to prevent drips and waste. Includes a scraper on back to remove baked-on food. Durable nylon bristles are safe for non-stick cookware and bakeware.



Every Week

Change bed linens| Wipe down kitchen appliances | Clear out expired food from refrigerator and pantry | Scrub bathroom surfaces | Clean mirrors | Dust furniture and shelving | Vacuum carpets, rugs and upholstery | Mop floors | Do laundry


Once a week,  your home requires a little more heavy lifting. Think scrubbing and cleaning those heavy trafficked areas like your kitchen and bathroom and giving the vacuum a good whirl around the old abode.

Microfiber Spray Mop with Slide Out Scrubber

Clean all the messes, from tough spots to humongo spills with this mopping all-star. If you come across a tough spot, simply step on the pedal to release the scrubber for easy spot-cleaning. Then glide the scrubber right back in and continue cleaning with the pivoting microfiber head. And the cherry on top? It's safe on hardwood floors.

Extendable Tub and Tile Scrubber

Cleaning your bath doesn't have to be a full body workout. Get that tub sparkling without a kneel, crouch or climb. The Extendable Tub & Tile Brush extends from 26” to 42” with a quick twist. The bristled head pivots for cleaning at different angles, making it perfect for for tubs, tiles, glass, floors and narrow spaces around the toilet.

FurLifter Furniture Brush

Say bye bye to furry remnants from pets, as well as hair and other fuzzy bits on your cozy furniture with this must-have tool. Its microbristles effectively trap fur, dust and lint, and the self-cleaning base means that there's no waste or need to buy refills.


Every Month

Dust blinds | Dust and clean light fixtures | Clean inside microwave and oven |Clean washer, dishwasher and coffee machine | Wipe down switchplates and door knobs | Wipe and vacuum baseboards | Disinfect trash can


You know those hard to reach places that you rarely think about? Like that pretty light fixture or inside the dishwasher? Now is the time to roll up those sleeves and get to work dusting and cleaning those often forgotten areas.

Microfiber Extendible Duster

Never let vertically challenged interrupt your cleaning plans again. With the extendible wand, you'll own even hard to reach spots. The Microfiber Extendable Duster extends to 54" with a quick twist. The Duster head rotates 270° and locks at multiple angles. Lock in a vertical position to clean ceiling vents and light fixtures or at a 90° angle to dust the tops of bookshelves and cabinets.

Kitchen Appliance Cleaning Set

Overworked coffee machines and impossibly small appliance crannies have nothing on this cleaning wonder team. This versatile set includes two brushes with four heads: A loop brush, an angled brush, a chisel scraper, and a flat scraper. The set snaps together on a handy clip, and the two pieces feature long handles to keep hands away from blades and crevies.

Electronics Cleaning Brush

Don't let always dusty electronics get you down. This dust annihilator is here to save the day. The slim silicone wiper fits into little nooks around keyboard keys and screen edges, and the brush is soft enough for camera lenses and other sensitive areas.


Every Season

Clean inside of fridge  | Clean out freezer | Wash pillows and comforters | Wash windows | Clean under and behind furniture | Air out rooms | Clean drapes | Clean fireplace | Sort through closets and drawers


At the beginning of a new season, it's time to breathe a little air into your home and kickstart that organizing bug. Sort through closets and pantries, organize drawers and give your drapes, pillows and comforters a good washing.

Deep Clean Brush Set

The ultimate duo, these brushes are perfect for kicking out all that stubborn grime. Includes a large brush for scrubbing shower door tracks, stovetops and more, and a small brush for fixtures, thin grout lines and other tight spaces. Small brush has a built-in wiper blade to remove dirt from drains and crevices.

Angled Measuring Bucket

Eliminate the guesswork of water to detergent ratios and leave the math to this smarty pants bucket. The patented top-view angled surface lets you see just how much is being added while looking straight down. Built-in measurements on the bottom provide added convenience when measuring smaller amounts of detergent.

Stainless Steel Squeegee

Clean windows like a pro with this tool that also plays nicely with tiled surfaces, shower doors and mirrors. The Squeegee has a flexible blade that can be used on rippled surfaces, while the soft handle nestles in the palm of your hand without slipping. The suction cup conveniently stores the Squeegee on the wall.



And there you have it. With the help of OXO's awesome lineup of cleaning tools and this guide to cleaning quickly and thoroughly, you'll be sitting pretty in a spotless home in no time.  It's a simple, manageable approach which is music to busy ears. With OXO, your spotless home is only a spray mop, wiper blade squeegee and extendable duster away. Check out their lineup of essential tools and kickstart your roadmap to clean.