Circle of Excellence 2010: Best Household Products

Our Circle of Excellence awards go to products that wowed us editors and you. We sent samples to readers to test. Only items that earned across-the-board raves made the final cut.

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Shout Advanced Gel


"When I let the gel sit overnight on an old tablecloth, the set-in stains washed right out the next day."
—Julie, Laingsburg, Michigan

Shout Advanced Gel, $3.50, for info

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Swiffer Sweeper


"We have three children, two dogs, and four cats, and I was amazed at the amount of dirt and pet hair this got off my floor, even after I'd just gone over it with a regular broom!"
—Chrisann, Belvidere, New Jersey

Swiffer Sweeper, $10, for info

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Black & Decker Flex Vacuum


"With a dog and two cats, I have plenty of pet hair to clean up! Sure beats carrying the large vacuum around all the time."
—Linda, Green Cove Springs, Florida

Black & Decker Flex cordless mini canister vac, $80,

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Scotch-Brite Streak-Free Mirror Cloth


"Initially I was skeptical, but after one use I fell in love with how this cloth made my mirrors and bath and kitchen fixtures sparkle."
—Mary, Cuba, Illinois

Scotch-Brite Streak-Free Mirror Cloth, $4, for info

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Purex Complete 3-in-1 Laundry Sheets


"Awesome for convenience! It was great not to have to measure detergent or add softener, and it made our clothes really clean and fresh."

—Denise, San Diego, California

Purex Complete 3-in-1 Laundry Sheets, $9.99/20 sheets, available at

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Clorox Greenworks Natural All-Purpose Cleaner


"No streaks whatsoever on my glass or mirrors. Love it!"

—Cindy, Hemet, California

Clorox Greenworks Natural All-Purpose Cleaner, $5.49, available at

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Method Wipes


"The best thing I've used to dust every surface in my home, and it has a very nice grapefruit scent."

—Patricia, Surprise, Arizona

Method Wipes, $5.49/30 wipes, available at

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Mr. Clean Magic Eraser


"By far the most-used sponge in my house. I have two boys and a dog, and this gets rid of every stain, from permanent marker to dirt."

—Amy, Ladera Ranch, California

Mr. Clean Magic Eraser, $8.29/8-pack, available at

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Shark Steam Pocket Mop


I was impressed with what steam alone can do, and since we have family members allergic to chemicals, I no longer worry about cleaning the floors."

—Lia, Hazel Park, Michigan

Shark Steam Pocket Mop, $120, available at

Originally published in the April 17, 2010, issue of Family Circle magazine.

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Ingrid Hoffmann Hard Enamel 3.4-qt Caldero with Lid by T-Fal


"This has become my go-to pot, and it now has a permanent home on my stovetop. I've used it for literally everything I've cooked since receiving it for testing!"
—Lorianne, Wilsonville, Oregon

Ingrid Hoffmann Hard Enamel 3.4-qt Caldero with Lid by T-Fal, $25,