Cleaning and disinfecting are primary concerns for many New Yorkers right now because of the coronavirus pandemic. You also might find that spring cleaning is a productive way to spend your time at home during lockdown.
But, cleaning products like bleach and even paper towels are hard to find in stores these days, and when you do find them, there’s usually a limit on the amount you can buy. That’s where cleaning supply subscription services, and sites like Amazon, come in handy.
Subscription services like Grove deliver popular eco-friendly brands, while some like Blueland and CleanCult sell their own brand of eco-friendly cleaning solutions. And, sites like Amazon Prime are giving priority to shipping essential items like cleaning products—and offering a special one-week introductory trial for $2.
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Brick Underground has rounded up eight of the best cleaning supply subscription services and sites where you can buy cleaning supplies (for those who just want the Clorox already!) to see what sets them apart and what pricing is like.
Remember that many of these sites are subscription-based, but you can pause or cancel your subscription when necessary, and some sites have product limits and long delivery times.
The lowdown: Grove sells household cleaning products that are good for the environment through a flexible recurring-shipment service. You can find brands like Mrs. Meyers, Method, and Seventh Generation and they have an in-house line of cleaning products and reusable spray bottles and sponges.
Pricing: Shipping is $5 for all orders with a $39 minimum for ship-now orders and $25 for auto-shipments. Their VIP program gets you unlimited free shipping and free products (like a Mrs. Meyers gift set in your choice of scent) for $20 a year.
The bottom line: If you love Mrs. Meyers’ Bluebell scent and like the idea of auto-shipment so you never run out.
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The lowdown: Blueland’s mission is to reduce plastic waste. They sell kits with non-toxic cleaning tablets and reusable plastic bottles to mix them in. There are cleaning products and foaming hand soap options in a variety of scents.
Pricing: The kits start at $29, refill tablets are $2, and shipping is free over $35.
The bottom line: If you want non-toxic, no-frills cleaning products without bleach, or you really hate using plastic.
The lowdown: CleanCult uses a coconut-based formula in their own line of products to avoid the chemicals found in many cleaning products. You can buy an all-purpose cleaner, hand soap, and dish detergent in modern reusable bottles and order refills as needed. All of their products come in milk cartons to reduce plastic waste.
Pricing: There is no membership fee, but you’re required to set up a recurring “cleaning plan” for every one, two, or three months, but you can postpone a recurring delivery for up to six months. Shipping is free for orders with three or more items.
The bottom line: If you like eco-friendly, chemical-free cleaning products and want the reusable bottles.
The lowdown: Branch Basics’ solution to cleaning is their single multi-purpose concentrate, which you mix with water in one of their reusable spray bottles. It’s plant-based, biodegradable, and non-GMO and can be used in the kitchen, bathroom, laundry, and even on wood floors.
Pricing: There is no membership fee, but you can save between 10 and 20 percent if you sign-up for auto-shipments. Shipping is free for orders of $39 or more.
The bottom line: If you like the idea of one concentrate for all of your cleaning duties.
The lowdown: The Honest Company, founded by actress Jessica Alba, sells baby- and kid-friendly cleaning products that are made from eco-friendly ingredients. In addition to cleaning products, their brand makes baby products like diapers and beauty products.
Pricing: You can subscribe for auto-shipments of your favorite products and save 5 percent on each product. Delivery is free on orders of $50 and up.
The bottom line: If you’re a parent and want the reassurance of kid-safe products.
The lowdown: Jet sells household cleaning essentials from top brands like Method and Bounty and their own line, Uniquely J, from both their own warehouses and from other retailers when they can more effectively fulfill your order. You can also order groceries, personal care products, and baby and pet essentials.
Pricing: Free shipping on orders over $49.
The bottom line: If you want to order your cleaning supplies and snag some other household items or groceries too.
The lowdown: Boxed delivers wholesale to you without a membership. In addition to groceries, you can also order a slew of cleaning supplies in bulk. It’s Prince & Spring line has products like paper towels and hand soap, and you can also buy all of the major brands.
Pricing: Boxed offers free delivery for orders over $49. For orders below that, shipping is $7. Their Boxed Up plan is $39 for your first year then $49 after, gets you free delivery on all orders and 2 percent cash back.
The bottom line: If you like to buy in bulk, or have a lot of cleaning to do.
The lowdown: Obviously you can order a lot of different things from Amazon Prime, and it's a good place to order hard-to-find cleaning supplies too. You can order popular brands like Clorox, Windex, Swiffer, and eco-friendly brands like Mrs. Meyers. They also have their own brand of cleaning supplies that are a bit cheaper.
Pricing: You can take advantage of one-week trial for $2. After that, membership costs $13 per month or $119 a year. Shipping is free for Prime members.
The bottom line: If you just want your good ol’ Clorox as fast as possible.
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