50 Best New Cleaning Products

Expert-tested time-savers that really get the job done.

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We did the dirty work of interviewing experts and trying out the latest cleaners, tools and gadgets. Help yourself to the top performers.

Meet the Experts

Donna Smallin Kuper  Known as the One-Minute Organizer, founder of unclutter.com and most recently the author of Clear the Clutter, Find Happiness.

Jolie Kerr The neatnik who produces the weekly cleaning advice column and podcast “Ask a Clean Person” and author of the New York Times best-selling book My Boyfriend Barfed in My Handbag...and Other Things You Can’t Ask Martha.

Becky Rapinchuk A green cleaning specialist, creator of cleanmama.net and author of The Organically Clean Home.

Debra Johnson Curriculum manager at Merry Maids (merrymaids.com), where she oversees housekeeper training for 500-plus franchise locations across the country.

Melissa Maker The self-proclaimed cleaning ninja behind CleanMySpace.com and YouTube sensation at her Clean My Space channel.

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Better Life All-Purpose Cleaner (Green Cleaners)


This mild-scented multitasker is safe on any non-porous surface. Cleanhappens.com, $7

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Reliable Steamboy 200CU (Green Cleaners)


“Steam is beautiful,” says Johnson. “This stick model cleans and sanitizes without chemicals.” Reliablecorporation.com, $99

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Force of Nature Cleaning and Disinfecting System (Green Cleaners)


Transform tap water, salt and vinegar into a potent disinfectant that blasts viruses and bacteria. Forceofnatureclean.com, $90 for a starter kit

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The Optimist Co. Bright Side Natural Glass and Surface Cleaner in Tea Tree & Eucalyptus (Green Cleaners)


“A solid all-over cleaner for anything except stone,“ says Rapinchuk. Theoptimistco.com, $6

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Method Dish Soap in Honeycrisp Apple (Green Cleaning)

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“Super sudsy and worked on everyday dishes and even a crusty pan with just a little soaking time,” says Rapinchuk. Methodhome.com, $4

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Bona Free and Simple Hardwood Floor Cleaner (Green Cleaners)

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Achieve spotless wood floors sans harsh dyes, aromas and dulling residue. Bona.com, $10

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Better Life Granite and Stone Cleaner (Green Cleaners)


Show your counters some love with a formula that’s totally food-safe. Cleanhappens.com, $7

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Seventh Generation Disinfecting Wipes (Green Cleaners)

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Awesome for quick touch-ups, crumbs and spills. Seventhgeneration.com, from $3

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How to Declutter the Kitchen

How To Declutter The Kitchen

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Caldrea Linen and Room Spray in Tangelo Palm Frond (Laundry Products)

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A dreamy scent that perks up sheets and comforters in between washes. Caldrea.com, $10

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Clorox Control Bleach Crystals (Laundry Products)


When a load calls for bleach, avoid accidental splatters and spills with this water-activated crystalline formula. Walmart.com, $4

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Tide Pods Plus Febreze in Botanical Rain (Laundry Products)

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Two thumbs up for convenience—these premeasured detergent capsules dissolve in any temperature water. Tide.com for stores, $9/23-pack

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Downy Fabric Conditioner in April Fresh (Laundry Products)

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Fight wrinkles and static right in the rinse cycle with this reformulated standby. Downy.com for stores, $7

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Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day Peony Laundry Scent Boosters (Laundry Products)

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For towels with the subtle smell of a fresh bouquet. Mrsmeyers.com, $10

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All Oxi Mighty Pacs (Laundry Products)


“Anything that makes laundry easier makes me happy!” says Maker. “I tossed a packet in with a load of cleaning cloths. They came out bright and odor-free.” All-laundry.com for stores, $13/56-pack

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Tide Rescue with Febreze Odor Defense (Laundry Prodcuts)

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Extra cleaning muscle in the form of oxygenated bleach packets to refresh stinky sports clothing and exercise gear. Tide.com for stores, $10/18-pack

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Reliable Pronto100CH (Laundry Products)


Talk about double duty—a handheld steamer that smooths out wrinkled clothing and spiffs up windows, tiled surfaces and even grill grates! Reliablecorporation.com, $99

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How to Add Bathroom Storage

How to Add Bathroom Storage

Keeping the bathroom organized and clutter-free is easy when you find the right storage items. Watch this video to learn how you can get your bathroom in order.

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Rejuvenate Soap Scum Remover (Deep Cleaners)


A bleach-free alternative for hard water stains and funky tub film. Homedepot.com, $8

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Libman Microfiber Sponge Cloths (Deep Cleaners)


“Great scrubbers for those tough jobs—use one color for dusting, another for countertop wiping and so on,” says Johnson. Libman.com for stores, $4/3-pack

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Bona PowerPlus Hardwood Floor Deep Cleaner (Deep Cleaners)

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A must-have for shine in high-traffic areas. Bona.com, $12

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Oxo Good Grips Extendable Tub and Tile Brush (Deep Cleaners)


“With three layers of bristles in front and a swiveling head, this brush goes to town on grout lines and tight corners,” says Smallin Kuper. Oxo.com, $16

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Clorox Kitchen and Bathroom Scrub Singles (Deep Cleaners)


Best for battling seriously disgusting messes, such as old spills in the base of a Crock-Pot or stubborn shower gunk. Walmart.com, $4 for a 14-pack (kitchen) or 12-pack (bathroom)

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Scrub Daddy Sponge (Deep Cleaners)

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Scrub Daddy Sponge Major scour power and just plain cute. Homedepot.com, $4

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Method Foaming Bathroom Cleaner (Deep Cleaners)


For the chemical- and scent-sensitive, a plant-based spray foam for anywhere in the bath. Methodhome.com, $5

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Bissell SpotBot Pet (Deep Cleaners)


This miracle worker lifted a month-old stain out of one tester’s area rug. Bissell.com, $150

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Video: Pantry Organization

Pantry Organization

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iRobot Roomba 980 (Cleaning Tools)


 An enormous splurge but smart as a whip, this robo-vac docks and recharges itself to clean carpet, hardwood, tile and under furniture with the tap of an app. Irobot.com, $900

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Pura Naturals Soap & Scrubber Kitchen Sponges in Citrus Burst (Cleaning Tools)


 “These non-scratch sponges come preloaded with cleanser, and you can add more when they run out,” says Smallin Kuper. Puranaturalsproducts.com, $8.50/3-pack

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Dawn Luxe Premium Latex-Free Gloves (Cleaning Tools)

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“These felt nice, with a cushion-like interior, and stayed put during dishwashing,” says Kerr. Dawn.cleanerhomeliving.com, $4.50

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Hoover Air Cordless Lift Upright Vacuum (Cleaning Tools)

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An upright-canister hybrid for the best of vacuuming worlds. Hoover.com, $400

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Dyson V6 Mattress Handheld Vacuum Cleaner (Cleaning Tools)


Dust mites meet their match with this cordless powerhouse, a top pick for asthma and allergy sufferers. Dyson.com, $250

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Shark Rotator Powered Lift-Away Speed Vacuum (Cleaning Tools)

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 “A great contender that’s fairly lightweight so you can maneuver from hardwood to carpeting and stairs easily,” says Maker. Bedbathbeyond.com, $300

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Casabella Everywhere Duster (Cleaning Tools)


Conquer floor-to-ceiling dust with an extra-wide pivoting microfiber head. Casabella.com, $15

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Mr. Clean Magic Eraser Toilet Scrubber (Cleaning Tools)


“Loved it so much I threw out my regular toilet brush!” says Kerr. “Great for getting under the lip of the bowl.” Mr.clean.cleanerhomeliving.com, $9

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Video: Small Bedroom Storage

Small Bedroom Storage

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Rowenta Intense Pure Air (Specialty Cleaners)


This purifier filters out airborne pollen, bacteria, mold and more. It’s the only one on the market that eradicates the dangerous home pollutant formaldehyde. Bedbathbeyond.com, from $299

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Gold Bros. Stain Rx Wipes (Specialty Cleaners)


“Removes red wine from cotton like magic,” says Smallin Kuper. “Tuck a few in your purse to quickly treat spots on just about anything.” Stainrx.com, $15/box of 18

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Frosch Bio Spirit Glass Cleaner (Specialty Cleaners)

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A light spritz makes easy work of soil deposits on windows. Froschusa.com, $4.50


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Febreze Fabric Refresher with Tide Original Scent (Specialty Cleaners)


For fabric couch cushions and carpets reminiscent of fresh laundry—no folding necessary! Febreze.com for info, from $3.50

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Zep Microwave Miracle Foaming Cleaner (Specialty Cleaners)

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Your microwave (or the communal one at the office) deserves a good cleaning. This steam- activated formula does the heavy lifting. Homedepot.com, $4

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Oxo Good Grips Furlifter Brush (Specialty Cleaners)


“As a proud cat mama of two, this is now my go-to lint brush for furniture and clothing,” says Maker. “The generously sized paddle comes with a case that traps fur and debris at its base for easy emptying.” Oxo.com, $16

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CLR Stainless Steel Cleaner (Specialty Cleaners)

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Fingerprints and smudges on stainless steel fridges and appliances don’t stand a chance against this hardworking spray. Walmart.com, $5

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Casabella Microfiber Glass Cloth (Specialty Cleaners)


The secret to streak-free, lint-free shiny mirrors. Casabella.com, $10/set of 2

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Guardsman Dusting Cloth (Classic Cleaners)


 Say goodbye to baseboard dust bunnies with this extra-large reusable cloth. Shopguardsman.com, $3

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Oxo Good Grips Soap Dispensing Palm Brush (Classic Cleaners)

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Saves space by the sink with its built-in soap reservoir and has a replaceable head if bristles get grimy. Oxo.com, $6

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Swiffer Sweep + Vac Starter Kit (Classic Cleaners)


Great for sucking up dirt and pet hair in small spaces. Swiffer.com for stores, $55

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Seventh Generation Natural Dish Liquid in Free & Clear (Classic Cleaners)


Big-time grease-cutting strength and truly fragrance-free. Seventhgeneration.com, from $3

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Brillo Steel Wool Soap Pads (Classic Cleaners)


Still bringing dingy pots and pans back to life. Brillo.com for stores, $2.50/10-pack

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J.R. Watkins All Purpose Cleaner in Lemon (Classic Cleaners)

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Gentle on surfaces and pretty enough to leave out on the counter. Jrwatkins.com, $5

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Mr. Clean Magic Eraser Extra Power (Classic Cleaners)


The stain- and scuff-fighting sponge in every pro cleaner’s arsenal. Mrclean.com for stores, from $3/4-pack

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CLR Bath & Kitchen Cleaner (Classic Cleaners)

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“This cut through a serious layer of grime and soap scum in a friend’s filthy bathtub in virtually no time,” says Kerr. Target.com, $4

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Bounty Paper Towels (Classic Cleaners)

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 One sheet handily tackles a spill and survives several rinsings. Bountytowels.com for stores, $2/roll