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

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"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, shoutitout.com for info


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Swiffer Sweeper

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"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, swiffer.com for info


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Black & Decker Flex Vacuum

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"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, blackanddecker.com


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Scotch-Brite Streak-Free Mirror Cloth

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"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, scotch-brite.com for info


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Purex Complete 3-in-1 Laundry Sheets

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"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 drugstore.com


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Clorox Greenworks Natural All-Purpose Cleaner

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

—Cindy, Hemet, California

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


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Method Wipes

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"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 drugstore.com


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Mr. Clean Magic Eraser

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"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 drugstore.com


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Shark Steam Pocket Mop

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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 sharkclean.com

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


10 of 10

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

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"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, hsn.com