Spruce Up Your Home and Yard This Fall With These 9 Cleaning Essentials

The sound of leaves crunching on the ground outside your home may seem tranquil, but the mess piles up quickly. Fortunately, there are plenty of tools and gadgets out there that make cleaning and restoring your yard an (almost) effortless task.

From tree-trimming shears to leaf scoops, read on for a few of our favorite fall cleaning tools, all of which are available for purchase on Amazon. The best part? Each one clocks in at under $60—so feel free to stock up on a few of them.

1. Gardzen Large Leaf Scoop & Rake Set; $33

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If you need some reasonably priced essentials to tackle simple yard work, this four-piece lawn-care set comes complete with a rake, two scoops, and a 72-gallon bag, which makes it a breeze to pick up leaves and other debris. This is a great option if you’re a new homeowner or just need some dependable tools for the basics. So far, it’s garnered more than 1250 Amazon reviews and earned a 4.5-star rating, making it well worth the $33.

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2. Carhartt Insulated Work Gloves; $25-$53

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Whether you’re picking up leaves or working in the garden, these insulated gloves were designed with durability in mind. Thanks to their cotton, leather, and suede construction, they can handle (almost) any cleaning job while keeping your hands safe. Choose from sizes S-XXL.

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3. Black + Decker Electric Leaf Blower; $29

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The only thing more satisfying than jumping straight into a pile of leaves? Destroying the pile with an electric leaf blower. This 4.7-star-rated Black + Decker model offers strong and speedy cleaning capabilities while weighing just under four and a half pounds. This is definitely the right option for smaller jobs, and at just $29, it’s an ideal way to clear your yard and sidewalks without taxing your budget. Be aware, though, that you do need an extension cord for this model, which you can find here. If you want to go cordless, Black + Decker has that model, too, but it’ll cost you $79.

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4. Sun Joe Electric Handheld Chainsaw; $59

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Chainsaws might have a bad rap in pop culture (looking at you, Leatherface), but there’s no question you’ll need one for yard work—and this electric model is especially convenient when it comes to trimming branches and tidying up your backyard. It’s equipped with a safety switch for added protection, too. One five-star reviewer praised the saw’s compact size and reasonable price, saying, “This little guy is perfect for those that have a backyard and live in the city! For close to $90, I thought this would explode in my hands or something, but it turned out to be [a] very capable little saw. After a full day of trimming and shortening [a] fence bush, I could safely say that this thing exceeded my expectations.”

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5. Fiskars Softgrip Pruner; $14

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This compact pruner has an average rating of 4.7 stars with many users praising its usability and budget-friendly price. The tool cuts precisely and effortlessly into thick branches, shrubs, and trees. Additionally, the rust-resistant coating protects against sap and debris buildup. You’re not going to trim an entire line of bushes with this tool, but for smaller jobs—a stray branch here, an overgrown shrub there—you’ll want this by your side.

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6. Husky 42-Gallon Contractor Clean-Up Bags (20-Pack); $25

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These top-rated plastic bags can hold up to 42 gallons of garbage without tearing or ripping, thanks to their heavy-duty construction. Simply fill it, tie it shut, and voilà. This is exactly the type of heft you need when clearing your yard of branches, grass clippings, and leaves. For big jobs, you can grab a pack of 20 that will probably last you a few seasons.

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7. Mrs. Meyers Clean Day Apple Cider Kitchen Basics Set; $27

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If you’re looking to bring a fall flavor to your kitchen and bathroom, this autumnal-inspired, apple cider-scented set (which includes dish soap, hand soap, and multi-surface cleaner) has everything you need to keep your space clean and festive. All three products are made of plant-derived ingredients and essential oils, and reviewers have responded with a 4.8-star rating.

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8. Corona Folding Pruning Saw; $22

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This pruning saw—which is designed to trim branches—is especially ideal for storage and small spaces thanks to its collapsible design. Its ergonomically designed handle offers a firm and comfortable grip, while the curved blade cuts incredibly smoothly. It’s earned a 4.8-star-rating, with one five-star reviewer saying, “Since I’ve had the saw, I estimate I have cut 60 or 70 trees. The saw cuts them very easily. When cutting you have to remember that it cuts on the pull. My saw is about 3 years old and still very sharp.”

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9. The Wedge Gutter Cleaning Scoop; $9

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Pick up leaves with ease—and clear your gutters of buildup—with this handy scoop. Per the manufacturer, it’s designed to fit all standard 5- and 6-inch gutters, and it sports a built-in mesh screen to help you drain all the sludgy funk before disposing of those gunky leaves. It also works well for clearing rocks, dirt, and silt.

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