To spring clean most effectively, you need to have the right supplies, said Russ Lammers, owner of Lammers Household Services in Willmar. Here are his top five must-have cleaning supplies:
n Clorox or a similar bleach product.
n Phosphoric acid. "This is great at removing hard water stains," Lammers said. He recommends the brand Chrome-R-Tile, available at most hardware stores.
n Multi-purpose cleaner that has germ cleaning power, such as Lysol.
n Microfiber cloths. Choose the high-quality ones that don't leave lint behind. These can be found in the auto care section of retail stores, Lammers said.
n Hot water. "There is very little you can't do with hot water," Lammers said. For example, he suggests boiling a half cup of water in the microwave for three to four minutes to loosen food build-up and make it easier to clean.