‘Tis the season to host parties, dinners, and family reunions! But with all that comes a load of chores, such as cleaning up and washing dishes. Worry not about all the work, as we’ve rounded up some of the best post holiday clean up essentials, rated by those who actually use them. These products are tried and tested by many and are highly recommended by customers. Stock up on these items just in time for the holidays and you won’t have to worry about cleaning up, with these helpful home and kitchen cleaning essentials.

 

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1. Hefty Strong Multipurpose Large Black Garbage Bags, 30 Gallon, 74 Count

Garbage bags are a definite must-have, especially during the holiday season when you’re hosting parties every weekend. This pack of 74 heavy duty Hefty bags are perfect for extra-large kitchen cans or big cleanup jobs no matter where you are in your home. These extra large bags provide superior puncture resistance and drawstring dependability so you can clean up messes effortlessly. It has a 30 gallon capacity with a thicker plastic that can handle kitchen mess, post-party cleanup, garage cleanup, and more. It features a thicker gauge plastic so it can withstand the elements while hiding waste. Also features White Pine scent and patented Odor Block Technology so you can keep your home and surroundings smelling clean. So whether you’re cleaning out disposable utensils and other party essentials, you’re sure the trash is safe and puncture-free from plastic forks, barbecue sticks and more. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars on Amazon.

Customer review: “This is the only trash bag brand I trust for heavy duty use. I often consolidate all other trash bags throughout the house into this bag to be put outside, and even when I fill it to the brim and/or put a lot of heavy items in it, the bag stretches but doesn’t fall apart. I’ve tried other popular brands that couldn’t handle the load so sticking with this!” Chrissy

2. Presto! Full-Sheet Paper Towels, Huge Roll, 12 Count

Whether for kitchen messes that need to be cleaned up or for general cleaning of spills and other post-party scatters, these paper towels are up for it. As much as 75% more absorbent versus leading 1-ply brand, Presto! offers 12 huge rolls with full size sheets to let you handle even the biggest messes. It lasts 2.5 times longer than a regular 36-sheet roll. The best part? It is PEFC certified and made with pulp sourced from sustainably managed forests and controlled sources, so you’re sure you are not harming the environment. Rated 4.7 out of 5 stars on Amazon.

Customer review: “These are full-size sheets instead of the tear off half sheets so be prepared to be amazed at the amount of liquid or mess a single sheet will absorb and clean. I was quite impressed by how big the roll was and the fact that I needed to use fewer towels to get a particular job done compared to using other brands. I’ve tried them all from store brand to generic to name brand and the generous size of the sheets and the absorbency works for me. These are basic white without decoration and are embossed with a nice texture. They are softer than I expected and I often fold them for napkins for use at the table. Definitely give these a chance in your home.” Denise Crawford

3. Green Works Compostable Biodegradable Cleaning Wipes, Original Fresh, 186 Wipes

If you’re looking to switch to greener alternatives for household cleaning materials, now is the time. Meet Green Works’ compostable and biodegradable cleaning wipes that are naturally derived, with plant- and mineral-based ingredients for expert cleaning without the harsh chemical fumes or residue. It has a minimum of 95% naturally derived ingredients to maintain the highest standards. It is safe to use on most non-wood surfaces and has a pleasant fresh scent. It is especially formulated to provide effective and thorough cleaning power. Its packaging is also made of post-consumer recycled material. Effective to use on counters, appliances, sinks and toilets. Afterwards, just toss them into a compost to help reduce waste. Rated 4.4 out of 5 stars on Amazon.

Customer review: “I’ve tried a lot of different brands of cleaning wipes and have found that Green Works is the best! The fresh scent and smooth texture allows me to use the wipes for everything from wiping down my kitchen counter and dining room table to wiping off the dust on my furniture (and I found using the wipes instead of a spray keeps the dust away longer).” Amazon Customer

4. Kirkland Signature Easy to Use, Streak Free Premium Dishwasher Pacs, Automatic Dishwasher Detergent

The holidays bring about several get-togethers, dinners, and parties. Make sure you’re ready to handle all the dishes with Kirkland Signature’s Automatic Dishwasher detergent that effectively removes grease, coffee, wine, eggs, and other stains on your dining ware. It has an improved formula that does not require a pre-rinse and a lemon citrus scent that guarantees clean. Super easy and convenient to use. Rated 4.4 out of 5 stars on Amazon.

Customer review: “I read a consumer reports article online that stated this brand of dishwashing soap pods were the best. Or I think they were in the top five. I will definitely buy these again once my box empties. They do a fantastic job of getting baked on sauces, stroganoff, buttery flour pasted on mixtures, and many other types of casseroles cleaned very well and with no streaking and no greasiness.” Sweetiebell

5. Method Bathroom Cleaner, Eucalyptus Mint, 28 Ounce

Bathroom cleaning is one of our most disliked chores and we totally understand if you hate it too. But it doesn’t have to be difficult, especially when you have the Method Bathroom Cleaner. It is designed with Powergreen technology that harnesses the strength of naturally derived, non-toxic ingredients to provide your home with a mighty cleaning punch. Its biodegradable formula is powered by lactic acid and corn-starch derived decyl glucoside that dissolves and breaks down soap and lime deposits. It is great for use as a  tub cleaner, tile cleaner, toilet bowl cleaner and shower cleaner. It can even clean fixtures and chrome. This holiday season, make sure your bathroom is clean and ready for your family and guests with Method Bathroom Cleaner. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars on Amazon.

Customer review: “I was blown away by how easy the soap scum came off my shower doors and walls. I literally sprayed everywhere and left it alone for a good 10-15 minutes before coming back to give a gentle scrub down and viola! Soap seemed to be melting off and the scent it definitely easy on the nose. Great product to have!” Ofir A.

 

More Holiday Clean Up Essentials for Your Household

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1. Better Life Natural All-Purpose Cleaner, 32 Fl Oz (Pack of 2)

Holiday family get togethers often bring together people from all walks of life. Make sure your home is clean and sanitized using only the safest materials for your family. Better Life Natural All-Purpose Cleaner is a 100% plant-derived cleaning agent that is made of soap bark, coconut, and corn and produced without alcohol, petroleum solvents, dyes, parabens, SLS/SLES, and other harmful chemicals. It effectively cuts through grease and grime and cleans toilets, countertops, appliances, upholstery, baseboards, walls, floors, tables, showers, boats, cars, sporting equipment, toys, and any water-safe surface or upholstery. It’s also unscented so it’s safe for those with scent sensitivity. Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars on Amazon.

Customer review: “I bought this for kitchen and bathroom, and I’m glad I did. My children can use this to clean, and I’m not worried about them inhaling toxic chemicals AND the bathroom smells good afterward. I use this in the kitchen with the same results.” Avid Reader

2. Scotch-Brite Non-Scratch Scrub Sponge, 6-Pack

Tough cleaning jobs need a tough partner. Good thing there’s Scotch-Brite non-scratch scrub sponge, which effectively wipes away mess from nonstick cookware, countertops or any other surface that is prone to scratches. This non-scratch scouring pad cuts through messes without leaving a trace. It features two sides for any type of cleaning job: a scouring pad on one side and an absorbent sponge on another. It is made of durable materials that is safe for all cookware. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars on Amazon

Customer review: “I have tried many other brands and the main issue is that it gets a super funky smell way sooner on the other brands in comparison to this one. You might save a few pennies but you end up throwing them away sooner. Keep with this. It’s reliable.” Jason D. Griffith

3. Shark Steam Pocket Mop Hard Floor Cleaner with Swivel Steering XL Water Tank

Parties and get togethers can wreak havoc in your home, with guests unknowingly bringing in dirt from outside. Worry not about cleaning up with the Shark Steam Pocket Mop. It is powered by powerful steam on demand and features a natural mopping motion that together removes everyday dirt and grime that regular mops just can’t get rid of. It has a 20-inch power cord and quick release cord you can easily store. Its powerful steam delivers heated steam in 30 seconds to remove dirt and grime, providing 99.9% sanitation against germs and bacteria. It features 2 washable microfiber pads that lifts and locks away dirt and a soft grip handle for comfortable use. Great to use on sealed/glazed hard floor surfaces. Rated 4.1 out of 5 stars on Amazon.

Customer review: “This steam mop works great. We used to wet mop tile, Bona or swiffer our wood floors, etc and this does it all. It’s much easier than all those and does a great job on all the floor surfaces we’ve used it on. It’s light and easy to move around, works fast and cleans very well. I’d definitely recommend it for any type of hard floor you have. The price is also a deal in my opinion!” Birfield85

4. Zwipes Microfiber Cleaning Cloths (24-Pack)

Microfiber cleaning clothes are very convenient, which is why you should keep some at home for any cleaning job. This 24-pack of microfiber cleaning clothes from Zwipes are great for cleaning the kitchen, rooms, bath, garage, and car. It is made with 110,000 fibers per square inch, which helps clean with or without cleaning materials or detergents. It provides lint-free and streak-free cleaning anywhere in your home. It effectively absorbs 8 times its weight in water and dries in half the time versus standard cloth towels. Comes in three colors so you can avoid cross-contamination between areas in your home. Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars on Amazon.

Customer review: “I’ve been using this product for Four years and they still hold up! We have two small kids and they are great for cleaning up messes, dropped food, wiping dirty hands, kitchen countertops etc. Very durable – we wash them twice a week. The stitching holds and no stains. I’m sure we’ve saved hundreds of dollars from avoiding paper towels.” Bailey and Ling Bao

5. TreeLen Dust Pan and Broom

Nothing quite beats a broom and dustpan combo. This set from TreeLen is perfect for sweeping at home or office after a long party. It features front facing teeth to clean the broom into the dustpan with just one move. The dustpan features a flexible lip that conforms to surfaces so that dust goes into the dustpan and not under it. The broom conveniently clips to the dust pan handle for quick and easy storage. Works great for multiple surfaces. Made of ABS material and plastic. The broom features a 52-inch long handle. Rated 4.3 out of 5 stars on Amazon.

Customer review: “This thing is a life saver. I can sweep up piles all over the house and almost all of it will fit in this thing and I don’t have to bend over. It’s very deep. And I can get it to the garbage can without fur balls flying out. It makes it so much more convenient because I usually have to pull the hair out of my broom and not only is that gross, it’s dirty. I plan to get my mother one of these, as it really does help reduce the strain on your body bending down to sweep.” Juveria Sarwat

 

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