Must-Have Cleaning Products and Household Gadgets

Ready, Set, Clean! Handy supplies to stockpile, gadgets that really work and easy storage ideas.


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Wet or dry, it's a dust and bacteria magnet.E-cloth in mint green, ecloth.com, $8


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A two-pronged attack on mildew and soap scum. Grout & Detail Tool and Twin Blade Squeegee and Holder, Target, $4.50 and $6 each


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The microfiber cleaning head opens to trap dirt on ceiling fans, molding and floors. NeatHome Blossom Duster, amazon.com, $20


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A lightweight model that easily maneuvers under sofas and chairs. WindTunnel Air Bagless Upright, hoover.com, $160


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In one pass this powerhouse sucks up debris while mopping floors clean. DC56 Dyson Hard, dyson.com, $330


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A detachable pole transforms this sweeper into a broom. Ergo Broom and Dustpan, casabella.com, $25


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Crumbs won't stand a chance against its feathered bristles. Good Grips Any-Angle Broom, oxo.com, $20


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Organizers

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Sturdy metal baskets max out closet space. Kitchen Cabinet Organizer, bedbathandbeyond.com, $15


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Organizers

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Tote products in this bright, convenient caddy-and-bucket combo. Nesting Caddy and 4-Gallon Bucket, casabella.com, $7 and $10 each


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Organizers

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A colorful, no-nails-needed perch for dusters, rags and gloves. Small Wire Hook in Boldly Blue, command.com for stores, $4


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Organizers

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Store up to 22 different tools, including mops, brooms and cloths. The Grook Utility Holder, large, casabella.com, $20


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Cleaning Products

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Great for hiding minor scratches or to give wood floors a shine boost. Libman Hardwood Floor Cleaner, homedepot.com, $7


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Cleaning Products

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A citrusy grime fighter for sinks, pots and pans, tile and porcelain. Caldrea Powdered Scrub in ginger pomelo, caldrea.com, $9


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Cleaning Products

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The go-to bottle for quick touch-ups that's tough on dirt but easy on the planet. Clorox Green Works All-Purpose Cleaner, Rite Aid, $3.50


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Cleaning Products

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A disinfectant that erases water rings and stains. Seventh Generation Toilet Bowl Natural Cleaner in emerald cypress and fig, seventhgeneration.com, $3.50


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Cleaning Products

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Spray and swipe away greasy fingerprints and smudges. Swiffer Dust & Shine with Gain scent, swiffer.com for stores, $4


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Cleaning Products

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Stainless steel looks brand-new with a wipe of this creamy, bleach-free miracle worker. Bar Keepers Friend Soft Cleanser, Lowe's, $2.50


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Cleaning Products

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Extra strength to zap scuffs on walls and outdoor furniture. Mr. Clean Magic Eraser Outdoor Pro, mrclean.com for stores, $10/7 pads


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Cleaning Products

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Cleans a wooden kitchen table of cooking grease or craft-time messes. Method Wood for Good Daily Clean, methodhome.com, $6


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Cleaning Products

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Biodegradable wipes and a fresh lemon scent make quick work of stone or laminate counters. Mrs. Meyer's Surface Wipes in lemon verbena, mrsmeyers.com, $4


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Cleaning Products

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Windows and mirrors glisten after a spritz of this coconut-based formula. J.R. Watkins Window Cleaner, jrwatkins.com, $4.50

Originally published in the October 2013 issue of Family Circle magazine.

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