7 Must-Have Cleaning Products of 2021

By Lindsey O'Connell

We are all home a lot more than ever before. We’re also a lot busier than we have ever been before. So that means a lot less time (or desire?) to clean our homes. But, in addition to the concerns of the pandemic, it’s also flu season. So, keeping away the germs is one of the most important things we can do for our health right now. 

We’re big fans of “clean” cleaning products, as well as innovative technology. So it makes us geek out when the two worlds collide. There are a number of companies breaking boundaries in the cleaning world in terms of safeguarding ourselves from COVID and all that lingers in the air. 

Here’s 7 new wellness cleaning products that will change the game for you in 2021.

No More Moldy Humidifiers 

I don’t know about you but, every time I clean out my humidifier I’m super grossed out. How can all that gunk be good for me?! Canopy was developed by  Dermatologist Dr. Dendy Engelman, who was on a mission to create a no-mist humidifier. Gone are the days of the gross, gunk filled tanks. This anti-mold machine provides clean, filtered moisture but without bacteria.  It’s small enough to sit on your nightstand and has a calming night light glow. 

Canopy Humidifier, $150

Turn Tap-Water into A Killer Cleaner

Turn water into wine? Ok no, this new product  can’t do that. But Ozone Clean can turn your tap water into a chemical-free multipurpose cleaner that kills up to 99.999% of bacteria and viruses. We spend a big chunk of our paycheck on cleaning products, so this product will help save up to $400 a year. You might be thinking “this is too good to be true” because we originally thought the same thing…but below is the gist, and it’s actually quite simpler than you’d expect. 

Ozone Clean uses century-old science (aqueous ozone) that has been used for decades as one of nature’s most powerful disinfectants—but only in the industrial space as the technology was too expensive for household use, until now. Spray it on anything…counters, appliances, bathrooms, rugs, toys, pet items, even FOOD to wash away bacteria and pathogens on veggies, fruit, fish, meat and poultry.  

HoMedics Ozone Clean, $99

One-Stop Shop Clean Product App 

The cleaning market is saturated with a lot of promises and claims. But, how do you really know which products are truly “clean”? You’re new best friend Merryfield. This is a one-stop app for shopping clean label products from brands you can trust.  Every product was vetted by their Clean Council, a group of four industry experts, from nutrition to beauty and industry quality standards, with decades of experience in the clean label industry. Not only does it introduce users to new brands and products, but it breaks down all those confusing label claims and rewards you for shopping from partnering brands.  Even cooler? You can earn points for shopping that can be redeemed for gift cards to retailers including Amazon, Sephora, and Target. 

Download Merryfield here.

Your QuaranTeam Cleaning Bundle

We’ve got to keep our QuananTeams protected. Puracy, a natural home and personal product company, has an  arsenal of eco-friendly cleansers to wash away the mess and keep everyone in their family safe (babies and pets, too!).  These products are free of essentially everything—sulfates (i.e. SLS, SLES, SCS), caustics, phosphates, phthalates, animal byproducts, dyes, chlorine, allergens, optical brighteners, perfumes, chlorine, ammonia, formaldehyde, bleach, and more. No more choosing between safety and efficacy. We love their surface cleaners and laundry detergent! The best part? Every purchase helps Puracy give back to nonprofits and charitable organizations around the U.S.

Puracy products, starting at $4

A Machine that Removes COVID From the Air

Now, more than ever, we’ve come to appreciate the importance of feeling safe, secure, and protected in our homes. OxyPure is the first air purifier proven to remove coronavirus from the air. OxyPure’s technology automatically detects a room’s air quality and odors, then reacts in real-time to purify the room. In addition to viruses, OxyPure eliminates lead, mold, dust, pollen, smoke, pet dander, allergens, and bacteria. It can connect to your smartphone or tablet so you  can control air quality from anywhere. Important to note, it is a bigger piece of equipment, so you may need to make some space for it. 

NuWave OxyPure Air Purifier, $599

Plant-Powered Sponges

Sqwishful is a Brooklyn-based, woman-owned company with a mission to create a zero waste sponge that actually works! The Pop Up sponges are 100% plant-based and biodegradable, and can outlast the use of 30 paper towel rolls. When you’re ready to replace it, compost it! Compressed to reduce its carbon footprint, you inflate the sponge with water (= super fun, kids love running them under H2O) and it’s designed to expand and fit your hand with angles for cleaning corners and edges.

Sqwishful Pop Up Sponges  (pack of 3),  $6

Clean Dryer Balls

We love the Zum products almost as much as the company’s vibe. Dryer sheets will add toxic chemicals to your laundry loads.  Zum Clean Wool Dryer balls fluff your clothes, smooth out wrinkles, speed up drying time, and they’re reusable for up to hundreds of loads. And if you love that dryer sheet smell, don’t worry…they also have aroma blends like sea salt or Frankincense and Myrrh. And don’t stop there, you should also try out their soaps for face, body, hands and home—all without nasty ingredients.

Indigo Wild Zum Clean Wool Dryer Balls, $21.83

(photo credit: Shutterstock and brands)

About Lindsey O'Connell
Former Editorial Director, Nutritious Life

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