Cleaning

Broom Holder

Your broom needs a little love. Trust me, it told me so. It’s sick of being thrown in a closet and left on the floor, like it means nothing to you, and it wants to be held aloft by this Broom Holder, so it’s kept neatly on the wall, at the ready for your next mess. Dare I say this holder is nice enough to not live in a closet? Your decision, but I think it just might be (especially if you have one of Minam’s Barn Brooms).
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Purchase Information:

Price: $42.00
Available from: Minam

Chikuno Cube House

The above photo initially baffled me, as I wasn’t quite sure what I was looking at. The honeycomb structure is what caused the confusion, as the Chikuno Cube is normally shown as a black, charcoal cube, and its honeycomb composition is not usually highlighted. If you’re not familiar, the Chikuno Cube is made of activated bamboo charcoal and clay, and with tiny air pockets, the cube absorbs odor; to “recharge” the cube, just set it in direct sunlight for a few hours. The simple wood base gives the cube a home, allowing it to make sense amongst your other things in your closet or bathroom. And, yes, $68 is quite a bit of money to spend on a air freshener, however, I’d argue it’s a much better alternative (both in function and in the looks department) to some of your other choices*.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $68.00
Available from: THE LINE

Clean Slate

Spring cleaning = blah. If you need motivation to clear out the cobwebs, why not get a few new cleaning supplies that will help you along? Someone has added quite the selection of brushes, tools, and cleaning agents to help get our houses in order, and there’s a good chance it’ll kick some of us into cleaning mode. Check out the collection- the brushes from Redecker are shown above, fyi.

Purchase Information:

Price: $4.95 and up
Available from: Crate and Barrel

Asahineko Table Broom & Dust Pan

Go ahead and scoff at the $140 price tag. It is a table broom and dust pan, after all. However, the next time you’ve swept crumbs off the table with your gross sponge or inept hands and scattered some of the mess on the floor and chairs, don’t come back here complaining that there’s nothing you can do about it.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $140.00
Available from: Mill Mercantile

Hakutan

If you have $300 and a not-so-nice smelling room, you either buy a boatload of ugly artificial air fresheners or you buy the Hakutan. As you may know, the Hakutan is a section of White Charcoal with an extremely high carbon content; this high grade of charcoal cleanses the air naturally and remains active indefinitely. It regulates humidity (think bathroom) and absorbs odors (kitchen smells), all while looking like a small natural sculpture. And, if you should ever tire of it, you can dispose of the Hakutan by crushing it and mixing with potting soil, as it makes an excellent fertilizer.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $300.00
Available from: ModMobili

Nail Brush Soap Dish

It’s a soap dish and nail brush all in one. Handy? Of course. Functional? Yes sir/ma’am. Made for the the mudroom, workshop, kitchen, you name it. Materials: natural stout pig bristle and specially ridged beachwood handle.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $18.00
Available from: Best Made

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Housekeeping Brushes

You super finicky housekeepers, check out the huge selection of household cleaning brushes over at Nessentials. It’s pretty ridiculous, and will have you going cross eyed with all the specific tools to keep dirt and dust at bay.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $12.00 and up
Available from: Nessentials

SRF/Iris Hantverk Brushes

Chances are you’ve heard of Iris Hantverk (or SRF Hantverk), the Swedish company that handcrafts brushes using traditional techniques. I’ve been a fan for a while now and find myself more often than not disappointed that retailers seem to stock only a few pieces of the vast collection. Of course, you can order the brushes directly through Iris Hantverk, but unfortunately their website isn’t the easiest to navigate. So, for your perusal (should you be interested), here are a few retailers that stock a considerable amount of the collection.

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Dustpan and Brush (color)

Color! Now one of the most lovely dustpan and brush sets is available in color, making spring cleaning a pleasure rather than a chore… er, or hopefully so. We posted the original black/grey color back in ’07, and shortly afterwards I bought one for my studio/office space. I do have to say it makes cleaning up that much nicer.

Dustpan: Polypropylene
Brush: Beech with natural bristles

Purchase Information:

Price: 23,75
Availability: Buy Dustpan and Brush (color) here

Natural Solutions Cleaning Kit

Just add elbow grease. If your place is a pigsty and you’re short on the basics, this kit would be a convenient thing to get. Of course, you could get some of the items yourself and maybe save a few bucks, but that’s up to you. It’s also worth noting that this could be an excellent housewarming gift.

Contents: Baking Soda, Hydrogen Peroxide, Distilled White Vinegar, Spray Bottle, Tarpon Natural Sponge, Microfiber Dusting Cloths, Cleaning Rags, Natural Cleaning Solutions Booklet

Purchase Information:

Price: $34.95
Available from: Green Depot

Alice Supply Co: Camo and Woodgrain Toolbox and Dustpan

Some fun patterned household tools from Alice Supply Co…might make some tasks a bit more enjoyable perhaps?

Camo Dustpan & Broom Set, $40.00, Buy it here.
Woodgrain Dustpan & Dust Broom, $40.00,
Buy it here.
Camo Tool Box, $60.00, Buy it here.
Wood Grain Tool Box, $60.00, Buy it here.

Purchase Information:

Price: $40.00
Availability: Buy Alice Supply Co: Camo and Woodgrain Toolbox and Dustpan here

Book Brush

Make dusting your books a snap with a specialized brush that is stored along with your collection.

Brush Book book shelf duster. With different brush lengths, brush off the top pages of books along the shelf and store the brush book along side your books. Any book collector will appreciate this item.

5.5 in. L x 1 in. W x 8.5 in. H

$80.00, Buy it here.

Purchase Information:

Price: $80.00
Availability: Buy Book Brush here

Brush #1

I’m a little confused. A long while back we posted the Redemption shoe brush, but it’s no longer available. And I guess I thought this one was the same one, but, of course, it’s not. This one is by Fredrikson Stallard, while the other one was by Simone Luling. Is there someone who could shed some light on this?

“A wooden brush in the form of a crucifix, Brush #1 comments on cleanliness as the material expression of orthodoxy.”

Brush #2 is also available for brushing clothes.
Materials: Oak and natural bristles

16″H x 10″W

Purchase Information:

Price: $119.00
Availability: Buy Brush #1 here

Hand Soap

These soaps by Marie Gardeski are delightfully strange. I love them because they look so out of place, and just a bit weird.

1/2″-2″ handmade goats milk + vegetable glycerin with light scent.

10 assorted soaps per bag.

Purchase Information:

Price: $20
Availability: Buy Hand Soap here

Book Brush

This is pretty awesome. The book opens up and the handles fold back and turns into broom.

“This wooden book brush is cleverly shaped as the very object it is made to clean. Featuring two handles for easy operation, the brush is ideal for removing dust from vintage books without scratching them. Included in Destination: Berlin, our limited-time product collection celebrating the city’s young and dynamic design scene.”

Purchase Information:

Price: $75.00
Availability: Buy Book Brush here

 
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