10 Essentials for Your Cleaning Kit


A Handheld Vacuum

Ready, aim, vacuum!
Ready, aim, vacuum!

You may need a broom to coax that cat hair out from under the table, but the crumbs under the couch cushions (we won't tell), the dust accumulating on the furnace vents and the lint under the water heater can all be dispatched with a cordless, handheld vacuum cleaner. These mini vacs look a little like alien weapons, and keeping one at the ready can make it easier to take care of those pesky little jobs you'd otherwise leave for next time -- or the time after that.