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Here in Birmingham, the beautiful spring weather is starting to roll in (and will hopefully stay for good). So I'm ready to throw open my windows and bust out my scrubbers and bubblers to put a shine on my long-neglected kitchen. Sure, I give every surface an anti-bacterial wipe regularly, but deep cleaning? Well, it's been a while since we saw one another.

I've got a date with a basket of cleaning supplies this Saturday, so I thought I'd share with you my new favorite cleaning utensils in case you're in the cleaning mood, too. (And if you're not, maybe these will help put you there.)

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Smart Sponges 

The Scotch-Brite Scrub Dots Heavy Duty Scrub Sponge ($2.99/pack of 4) make me wish I liked washing dishes more—and I just might if I get to use these sponges every time. The non-slip curve makes cleaning a breeze, and raised dots catch the grime you never could before. Plus, they're great for nonstick pans. Can't beat that.

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Swell Smells 

If you (and your nose) loathe the stinging stench of chemical-heavy cleaners as much as I do, you'll appreciate the Glass and Surface Cleaners ($18) from The Good Home Co. These natural, eco-friendly cleaning products give your counters and windows a gentle clean but make your home smell delightful in the process. My favorite scent: Beach Days. Take me away, summer!

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Glam Gloves 

Protect your skin and nails from exposure to cleaners and water with these adorable rubber gloves ($13.95) from Elizabeth's Embellishments. Sure, the typical yellow ones work, too, but why be boring when they come in 12 fun colors?!

In the mood to spring clean your kitchen? Check out this guide to Spring Cleaning Your Kitchen for Weight Loss. You'll get the dirt on making your kitchen weight-loss ready. 

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Mega Mop

We prefer not to think about what's lurking on the floor at home. That's why the Swiffer Sweeper Dry and Wet Starter Kit ($12) is the perfect pick. Use the dry pads to pick up animal dander and dust, then switch out to the damp cloth for a professional mop-quality clean. 

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Colorful Cloths 

Forget the rolls of paper towels and do something good for the environment during spring cleaning. These DII Microfiber Multi-Purpose Cleaning Towels are essentials for getting every bit of dirt out of your home (and it actually gets rid of bacteria better). When you're done, just toss them in the washing machine for easy clean up. Done and done.