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Best New Cleaning Products 2017

  • Meet Our Experts

    These five pros scrubbed, rubbed, spritzed and washed their way through 80+ new products to see which ones bubbled to the top.

    Kelly Jones

    Mom of three and founder of The Cleaning Girl, Inc., a 100% woman-owned-and-operated cleaning crew based in Delaware.

    Jolie Kerr

    Cleaning pro, New York Times best-selling author, advice columnist at Esquire magazine and host of Ask a Clean Person: The Podcast.

    Melissa Maker

    YouTube phenom (her videos at Clean My Space have racked up nearly 100 million views!) and author of the new book Clean My Space: The Secret to Cleaning Better, Faster, and Loving Your Home Every Day.

    Beth McGee

    Professional cleaning expert with two decades of experience and author of the motivational, inspirational Get Your House Clean Now: The Home Cleaning Method Anyone Can Master.

    Becky Rapinchuk

    Mom of three, art teacher turned blogger behind the fan fave Clean Mama, launched in 2009, and author of the just-released how-to guide, Simply Clean.

  • Best Green Products

    1. Becky Rapinchuk likes this eco-wise formula because it thoroughly cleans wood, laminate and tile without any gross residue. Method Squirt + Mop Hard Floor Cleaner in Spearmint Sage, methodhome.com, $6

    2. A workhorse on counters, glass cooktops and stainless steel. Lemi Shine Glass + Surface Cleaner, lemishine.com for stores, $3.50

    3. Beth McGee tested J.R. Watkins’ spray cleaner in eight homes, and it excelled on virtually every surface—furniture, sinks, appliances, counters, fixtures, tubs and showers. J.R. Watkins All Purpose Cleaner in Coconut, jrwatkins.com, $5

  • Best Green Products, continued

    4. Kelly Jones tested a pod on a load of heavily soiled white rags, and they came out spotless. Seventh Generation Free & Clear Laundry Detergent Packs, target.com, $13 for 45 packs

    5. “The thickness of the gel makes it easy to apply to the lip of the toilet bowl,” says Jolie Kerr. Better Life Toilet Bowl Cleaner in Tea Tree & Peppermint, cleanhappens.com, $8

    6. “It checked all my boxes: gently scented, effective and no soapy film left behind,” says Melissa Maker. Seventh Generation Natural Dish Liquid in Clementine
    Zest & Lemongrass,
    target.com, $3

  • Best Cleaning Tools

    7. Part scrubber, part microfiber cloth, safe on cast iron, stainless steel, ceramic and more. Scotch-Brite Scrubbing Dish Cloth, scotch-brite.com for stores, $3

    8. The easy-to-use wedge shape is gentle on glassware but toughens up in cold water for extra scouring power. Dawn Scrubtastic Scrubber Sponges, Publix stores, $4 per 3-pack

    9. “Libman’s dustpan is genius,” says Jolie Kerr. “It stayed put as I swept up messy coffee grounds—and without that little line of crumbs that never quite makes it into the pan.” Libman Step-On Dustpan, libman.com for stores, $7

  • Best Specialty Products

    10. Despite the goofy name and tad-too-strong fruity scent, Air Wick’s toilet bowl pre-treatment really keeps bathroom smells at bay. V.I.Poo Toilet Spray in Lemon Idol, walmart.com, $9

    11. A spritz of this aerosol-free mist actually removes odor-causing molecules from air and fabrics and finishes with a light, fresh scent. Febreze One in Bamboo, Target and Walmart stores, $7

    12. The scuff-erasing standby is more useful than ever, thanks to microscrubbers redesigned to last longer. Mr. Clean Magic Eraser Extra Durable, mrclean.com for stores, $3 for 2 pads

  • Best Deep Cleaning Products

    13. Kelly Jones gifts new clients with these kits, which now feature a less streaky, reformulated solution and five pads to last well over a month. Swiffer WetJet, swiffer.com for stores, $24 for starter kit

    14. “I’m a Krud Kutter convert,” says Melissa Maker. “I sprayed the grimiest spot I could think of—my oven exhaust filter and vent—and the grease dripped right off.” Krud Kutter Kitchen Degreaser All Purpose Cleaner, rustoleum.com/krudkutter, $4

    15. A baking-soda paste is just the thing to deal with greasy cookie sheets, dingy sinks and stove grates with baked-on grime. Apply with a damp sponge and let set before scrubbing. Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day Baking Soda Cream Cleaner in Lemon Verbena, mrsmeyers.com, $4

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    16. Multitasking is where it’s at. This machine vacuums and mops in one fell swoop. Bissell CrossWave All-In-One Multi-Surface Cleaner, bissellcrosswave.com, $250

    17. One swipe makes quick work of pet hair and dirt on hard surfaces. It’s almost like the cloth is magnetic! Bona Disposable Dusting Cloths, bona.com,
    $9 per box of 10

    18. Now you see it, now you don’t. One shot nixed the mysterious purple ink stains on Jolie Kerr’s fridge door. Clorox Scentiva Multi-Surface Cleaner in Hawaiian Sunshine, clorox.com for stores, from $3.50 per bottle

  • Best Laundry Products

    19. A gentle, concentrated powder derived from real soap flakes gets the stink out of workout clothes and sporting gear like nobody’s business, sans harsh chemicals. One bag cleans 64 loads. Loads of Laughs Natural Laundry Suds and Softener, theoptimistco.com, $18 for a 4-pound bag

    20. Front or top load? Cold, warm or hot? This detergent works well in any type of washing machine or water temperature. Persil ProClean Power-Liquid, grocery and drug stores, $12 for 100 ounces

    21. These squishy detergent packets powered through a massive load of college-student laundry hauled home for break. Whites were brighter, and everything smelled great coming out of the dryer. Tide PODS Plus Downy, tide.com for stores, $12 per 32-count pack

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