Spring cleaning products checklist

Spring is a time when we can finally open our windows and doors to warmer temperatures and chase all of the germs that festered in our homes all winter outdoors. And spring cleaning is a great way to spruce up your home and get it sparkling after being cooped up indoors for months. But instead of dreading the chore of cleaning your home from top to bottom, make it easy with these spring cleaning products. Each of these cleaning products saves you time by cutting down on the effort you need to rid your home of unwanted dirt and germs. And because all of these products can be found at Walmart stores and on Walmart.com, you'll also save money. Stop dreading spring cleaning and get it done in no time so you can enjoy the nicer weather and more time with your family.

Multi-surface cleaners
Mrs. Meyers All Purpose Cleaner
While this cleaner may seem expensive, even at the low Walmart price, it's actually a great value. Just ¼ cup of this all-purpose cleaner can be mixed with a gallon of water to clean most surfaces in your home. And because it's natural, you can feel good about scrubbing down well-used surfaces, toys, baby furniture, and more without worrying about harsh chemicals. This fantastic cleaner comes in two delicious scents: lavender and lemon verbena, which will leave your home smelling clean and fresh.

Windex Antibacterial Multi-Surface Cleaner
Cleaning windows and other glass surfaces is a must when spring cleaning, since the harsh winter weather leaves spots and streaks everywhere. But instead of just cleaning your windows, you can kill germs at the same time with this antibacterial cleaner from Windex. When you're done cleaning your windows, you can also use this cleaner on appliances, stainless steel, countertops, and more. Not only will your surfaces be clean and streak-free, the germs will be gone as well.

Clorox Disinfecting Wipes
Part of spring cleaning is getting rid of all of the germs that build up around your home. Surfaces like door knobs, telephones and other constantly-touched items harbor bacteria that can make you sick. To quickly, yet effectively get rid of the germs on these items, use Clorox Disinfecting Wipes. These disposable wipes are easy to clean with, and just a few wipes can get rid of the germs in your home in minutes. I use these all of the time to clean up bathroom and kitchen counters, door handles, and other germ-filled surfaces quickly and easily.

Swiffer Duster Starter Kit
Spring cleaning means dusting your home from top to bottom, which, if you're short like me, can be quite a difficult task. To clean my moldings, door frames, ceiling-mounted light fixtures, and tops of bookcases, I use Swiffer Dusters. The handle extends so that I can easily dust difficult-to-reach surfaces, and the dusters lock dust inside their fibers instead of spreading it around. I use these dusters to clean everything in my home, from lampshades to wooden blinds to shoe molding. And because they're so simple to use, I don't waste a lot of time and don't strain my muscles in the process.

Cables Unlimited Ultra Absorbent Microfiber Cleaning Cloths
Electronics are all over our homes, yet they can be difficult to clean. Using the wrong cleaning solution or cloth can damage sensitive surfaces, but TVs, computers, stereos, and other electronics collect a lot of dust and need to be regularly cleaned. Microfiber cloths are the perfect solution. Use these cloths to clean dust, grease and grime over glass, metal, and other hard surfaces in your home without scratching or damaging them. You don't even need to use any cleaners with them and they're machine washable, so you can use them over and over. This six-pack of cloths is already inexpensive at Walmart, but they also save you money in the long run, making them a great addition to your cleaning arsenal.

Pledge Multi-Surface Floor Cleaner
If you have a lot of hard floor surfaces in your home, than this cleaner will easily take care of them all. From wood to linoleum to laminate, clean up dirt, smudges, and streaks from all of your floors and leave them looking shiny and new. Because this cleaner can tackle most floor surfaces, it's easy to go around the house and clean all of your rooms at the same time without having to change cleaners. I love being able to go right from the bathroom to the kitchen to the living room without stopping, saving me a lot of time in the process.

Orange Glo Hardwood Floor Kit
If you have hardwood floors, this kit is a timesaver that will make your floors sparkle. Walmart stores and Walmart.com carry this kit, which contains a mop with swivel head, a machine-washable microfiber pad, and Orange Glo 2-in-1 Clean & Shine. I love this product because it cleans my wood floors and polishes them at the same time, and it doesn't take me very long to complete. I can put the kids to bed, move the furniture, and get my downstairs floors done in less than a half an hour. They look great for weeks, even with the daily abuse they receive from four small children. I also love that I can toss the mopping pad in the washing machine and reuse it again and again, saving money, time, and resources.

Glade Carpet and Room Odor Eliminator
After a long winter of having everyone cooped up inside, odors can start to build in carpets and upholstery. Whether your home smells like pets, kids, or mildew, this deodorizer will make everything smell fresh again. Simply sprinkle it on carpets or fabric and vacuum to release the clean, fresh scent. This is a great way to freshen everything up after a deep clean and keep it smelling fresh. And the low Walmart price, you can afford to use it again and again.

Babyganics Scrub-a-Tub Tub and Tile Cleaner
Bathrooms are gross places that harbor all sorts of germs, but the last thing you want is to replace the germs with harsh chemical residues. When you have children, you want only natural products to touch their skin. Enter Babyganics, a line of all-natural cleaning products that are safe for everyone and carried at Walmart. Not only can you use this cleaner on your tub and bathroom tile, you can use it to clean all of your bathroom surfaces, including the portable potty. And if it's still too cool to open the windows when you start your spring cleaning, Babyganics doesn't give off strong odors, so you can breathe easily as you clean.

Clorox Automatic Toilet Bowl Cleaner
Scrubbing your toilet is important, but to keep it germ-free in between deep cleans, try these automatic toilet bowl cleaners. Simply drop one of these tablets in your toilet tank and the bowl will be cleaned and disinfected with every flush. And since each tablet can last up to three months, this four-pack can last you up to one year, which is a great value at the Walmart price. This cuts down on your cleaning time and keeps the germs at bay in one of the potentially dirtiest spots in your home.

Easy Off Fume-Free Daily Oven Cleaner
If you have a self-cleaning oven it can save you time, but sometimes the strong fumes aren't worth it. And if you have children and can't get them out of the house or ventilate properly, you may have to skip it all together. But your oven doesn't have to stay dirty; use Easy Off oven cleaner instead. This fume-free cleaner gets the baked on spots and stains out without the harsh odors. Instead, you can get your oven sparkling clean with only a light lemon scent left behind.

Soft Scrub Kitchen Cleanser
Kitchens have a lot of surfaces that need to be cleaned, including those with baked-on food stains. This multi-purpose cleanser can be used as a foam to clean and degrease tough stains, or a spray to clean surfaces like countertops and appliance surfaces. This cleaner even works upside down, so it's easy to quickly use all around your kitchen. And because it works so well on tough stains, it saves you scrubbing time and leaves you with a sparkling clean kitchen.

Written by Susan Ott.