12 Pretty Tools for Dirty Household Jobs
Relaxing in a clean home may feel rewarding, but there's no denying that getting your space in order isn't always fun. That's why it pays to have attractive cleaning tools around to help motivate you to get your housekeeping in order—in style. "You know how you buy yourself exciting workout clothes to get you an extra reason to work out? Well, same goes for cleaning," says Kadi Dulude, founder of Wizard of Homes, a New York City-based cleaning service company. "It's not a task a lot of us are looking forward to doing, and having cool tools to use may just be that one little push to get you off the couch and onto dusting."
And design-savvy tools can do more than just inspire your next marathon cleaning session; they can make the job easier, too. As Anjie Cho, interior designer and author of Holistic Spaces: 108 Ways to Create a Mindful and Peaceful Home
, explains: "Beautiful and thoughtfully designed tools make cleaning a joy not only because they are pretty to look at, but because there have been careful touches added to make the experience user-friendly." Even better, Cho adds: "Attractive tools that offer a balance of form and function, can become a part of your décor rather than an eyesore."
Still not convinced of the power of pretty cleaning tools? We're highlight 12 gorgeous tools for otherwise unattractive jobs to prove our point. From a sleek trashcan to a sophisticated toilet brush, here are a dozen gorgeous items that will instantly upgrade your cleaning endeavors this spring.
Blomus Essential Toilet Brush
If you thought there was no such thing as an attractive toilet brush, it's time to think again. This lovely (albeit pricey) brush comes in a sleek, silicone-coated ceramic holder with a matte finish.
Blomus Essential Toilet Brush, $42, food52.com
Casabella 4 Gallon Bucket in Rose Gold
Mop buckets: Can't deep clean your home without them, but can't stand to look at them either. Luckily, this petite plastic mop bucket has pretty rose gold-colored handles, so it's easy on the eyes and easy to carry around when you're cleaning.
Casabella 4 Gallon Bucket in Rose Gold, $9.99, bedbathandbeyond.com
Composed of natural corn husk with a chic wooden handle, this hand-sewn broom is slightly larger than the typical household broom, so it makes sweeping a breeze.
Barn Broom at Lostine, $65, lostine.com
Umbra Natural Woodrow Trash Can
For as much as we use our trash cans at home every day, most look not so pretty. This sculptural option is composed of natural bentwood.
Umbra Natural Woodrow Trash Can, $21.99, containerstore.com
Good Thing Richman Dust Pan
Whoever said dust pans couldn't look adorable has obviously never seen this one. Designed by Brooklyn-based company Good Thing, this scalloped stainless steel dustpan comes in four different lacquered finishes and includes a beechwood brush to boot.
Good Thing Richman Dust Pan, $29, westelm.com
Pet & Lint Brush
Nothing's worse than a lint-covered sofa or outfit. This sophisticated brush features thick rubber bristles that will swiftly remove lint, pet hair, and other debris from upholstery and clothing.
The Laundress Pet & Lint Brush, $60, thelaundress.com
Round Laundry Basket
Nobody likes to look at dirty laundry. So why not store yours in a stylish laundry basket? This clean-lined steel basket can hold up to 15 pounds of clothes and has wood handles for easy transport.
Kaufmann-Mercantile Round Laundry Basket "Tosca," $65, kaufmann-mercantile.com
A good duster can be a game-changer for your cleaning routine. This adjustable one features a contoured wood handle and fine goat hair bristles that sweep away dust and debris without scratching delicate surfaces.
Schoolhouse Electric & Supply Three-Way Duster, $68, schoolhouse.com
Stainless Steel Toilet Plunger
Believe it or not, stylish toilet plungers do exist. This state-of-the-art stunner hides inside a sleek stunner stainless cover, so it's out of sight when not in use.
simplehuman Stainless Steel Toilet Plunger, $30, simplehuman.com
Thick Linen Kitchen Cloth
Don't let this stylish cleaning cloth's appearance fool you. Composed of durable 100-percent linen, this thick kitchen cloth is super chic but still strong enough to soak up unsightly spills on the fly.
Need Supply Co. Thick Linen Kitchen Cloth, $15, needsupply.com
Table Brush Set
If you're a fan of Scandi-style décor, then we have the brush set for you. This curvy oiled beechwood table brush and dustpan are handmade in Sweden, and features horsehair bristles for foolproof cleanup.
CB2 Table Brush Set, $39.95, cb2.com
Ceramic & Oak Toolbox
Searching for a way to store your tools in style? This ceramic toolbox boasts a solid oak wood handle that doubles as a divider so you can better organize your utensils, implements, and tools.
Kaufmann-Mercantile Ceramic & Oak Toolbox, $65, kaufmann-mercantile.com